• earthspring organics salad with summer greens, candied walnuts and goat cheese
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    Earthspring Organics: Salad and Smoothie

    Earthspring Organics Salad and Smoothie Two of my favorite things to eat are salads and smoothies. Even though making these items from scratch may seem like a lot of work, they really aren’t! However, in order to make salads and smoothies taste delicious, I highly suggest you use high quality ingredients. I’ve recently been cooking with Earthspring Organics. Earthspring Organics is a local company (a huge bonus in my book ) that uses a hydroponic system on a vertical farm. They harvest and deliver their organic lettuces daily to offer their customers fresh products. Their products can be found in most neighborhood grocery stores including Natural Grocers, Macey’s, Dans, Dicks, Clark’s, Fresh…

  • donut with chocolate frosting and colorful sprinkles from parsons bakery
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    Parsons’ Bakery

    Parsons’ Bakery This past weekend, the four of us went on a drive to Bountiful. Why in the world would I go to Bountiful? Well, it was to stuff my face with all things sweet from Parsons’ Bakery. Even though it was only the four of us, I bought enough to feed a family of 10. I’m one of those people that once I started ordering, I can’t stop. Owen requested a donut with chocolate frosting and sprinkles. Shocker. The toddler wanted the most colorful item in the case. Even though the plan was to sample the goodies at a local park, Owen demanded to eat his on the drive…

  • grilled octopus with fave beans and lemon piece on white plate from manolii's
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    Manoli’s

    Manoli’s I’ve got to admit when I first heard of Manoli’s, I assumed it was a typical Greek restaurant that served oversized gyros, sides of lemon rice, and desserts drenched in honey. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good gyro here and there but they aren’t an item I crave. Well, let me just say, my naive assumptions were wrong. Way wrong. Manoli’s offers modern Greek dishes that are full flavored, complex, and down right delicious. Since Ian and I love to try different dishes, we decided to share a few small plates. The sesame encrusted eggplant with yogurt chile cream and honey was perfectly crisp, salty, and slightly…

  • Beltex Meats Cubano sandwich
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    Beltex Meats

    Beltex Meats I’m not quite sure where to begin with my love of Beltex Meats. It’s a pasture raised, whole animal butcher shop. The meat cases usually include various specialty cuts, brined pork chops, sausages, duck liver mousse, terrines, head cheese, Jamaican beef patties, sauces, soups and more. Keep in mind they don’t always offer every cut or every housemade item, but if you had your heart set on something specific, let the butcher know and they’ll offer some equally delicious alternatives. They also can guide you on how to best cook the different cuts of meat. An added bonus? They make delicious sandwiches on Saturday (usually the Cubano) and…

  • leslie drinking a beer at fisher brewing co
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    Fisher Brewing Co.

    Fisher Brewing Co. It should be no surprise that I’m featuring one of my favorite places in Salt Lake City: Fisher Brewing Co. Even with a 4% ABV restriction, Fisher Brewing manages to make beers that have flavor. A few favorite options include the Galaxy Kolsch, C-Note, and the Glacial Pace IPL. They have rotating taps, so you can always look forward to a potential new option. The atmosphere is open and modern. You can see the brew tanks, which is my favorite part of the brewery. Another bonus? Service is always quick and friendly. Honestly, it’s as good as good can get. Ian and I try to get a beer there…

  • The Old Dutch sandwich
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    The Old Dutch Store

    The Old Dutch Store I’m a sucker for a tasty sandwich. One of my favorite places to get my sandwich fix is The Old Dutch Store. It’s a deli meets specialty Dutch goods store. Most of the sandwiches come with meat in tube form (liverwurst, pate, salami, teawurst, or pork loin), tomato, mayo or miracle whip, lettuce, tomato, and cheese. Simple but delicious. You can order just the sandwich or sandwich with a meal. The former comes with a small side salad, dessert, and pickle. If sandwiches aren’t your jam, they have often have specials that consist of sausages, potato salad, corned beef and cabbage, meatballs, cakes, cookies, and more.…

  • conestoga ranch s'mores at fire pit
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    Conestoga Ranch

    Conestoga Ranch Last year, I swore off Bear Lake. I remember rather vividly thinking I will never, ever go back to Bear Lake. Why? Because of a disastrous attempt at camping with my 15 month old.  I’m pretty sure I had been looking at Instagram accounts of amazing, overachiever moms and thought to myself, “I’m going to be like them. And do all the things cool moms do!” Well, I quickly learned I don’t want to be just like them and camping with a 15 month old was terrible idea. Thus, my disdain for Bear Lake. Fast forward a year, and I’m given an opportunity to stay at Conestoga Ranch…

  • al pastor taco with meat, pineapple, cilantro, and onions from el morelense
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    El Morelense

    El Morelense If forced to choose one of the best bites of food in Utah, it would be the al pastor tacos from El Morelense.  The meat is slightly caramelized, topped with pineapple and placed on a soft and fresh corn tortilla. The condiments are complementary, allowing you to put on as much salsa, onion, cilantro and lime as you please. It’s a taco you’ll crave and dream of until your next visit. I promise. The other tacos, while not as good as the al pastor, are definitely tasty. The chorizo comes in a close second.  The highly seasoned meat balances beautifully with the acidic salsas and herbaceous cilantro. If you’re a lengua…

  • boiled wontons topped with chili sauce and scallions form tea bar
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    Tea Bar

    Tea Bar Taro boba. It’s one of my all time favorite drinks. Honestly, I shouldn’t like it. I’m not traditionally a sweet drink type of person. Sweetened ice tea? Ewww. Lemonade? I’ll pass. Gatorade? No thank you! But offer me a taro boba or bubble tea as it’s often called, and I’m silly putty in your hands. While I’ve sampled many bobas in Salt Lake City and West Valley, I have consistently come back to Tea Bar. Yes, the bobas are sweet. Some may think overly sweet. But Tea Bar has managed to balance the sweetness with other standout flavorings, including taro, almond, Thai tea, matcha, coffee, and many more.…

  • everything bagel and veggie cream cheese from rich's bagels
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    Rich’s Bagels

    Rich’s Bagels Bagels. I could eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I dream of bagels embedded with everything seasoning, toasted, and smeared with a thick layer of veggie cream cheese. Where might I get this bagel fix I speak of? Rich’s Bagels. Located in Holladay, it has a complete locals feel. With patio type furniture, long walled mirrors, and a bulletin board covered with old photos, the ambiance is definitely unique. Even though I don’t love the atmosphere (my husband would disagree with this sentiment) the bagels completely make up for any loss of love.  A nice toothsome chew and seasoned liberally, they are the best bagels in Utah.…