• peanut sauce in small white bowl next to veggie spring rolls
    Recipes,  Sides

    Peanut Sauce

     Peanut Sauce One of the best parts about Thai food is the peanut sauce. When I went to college in Portland, I would frequent a local Thai restaurant that had the BEST pad thai and peanut sauce. To tell you the truth, for year I have been trying to perfect a sauce equivalent to the one I had in Portland. Often it was either tasted too much like coconut milk or resembled a sauce that tasted like liquified peanut butter. Yuck!  Well, the time has finally arrived.  It is perfectly balanced with sweetness, peanut butter, spice, and the funkiness that comes from fish sauce. Enjoy this sauce with spring rolls,…

  • 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…

  • 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.…

  • 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…

  • 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.…

  • lobster roll and chips from freshie's lobster
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    Freshie’s Lobster Co.

    Freshie’s Lobster Co. This Friday Feature is going to be short and sweet. Because there’s not much more to say than YES PLEASE! If you have yet to enjoy a lobster roll from Freshie’s you’re missing out. Big time. I’ll admit, the price tag breaks the bank a bit ($25 for the XL, $20 for the Real Mainah, and $11 for the Tourist), but they are 100% worth it. The tender, buttery meat is dusted with herbs and placed in a toasted and buttered roll. I’m not the only one praising their glory. They received “The Worlds Best Lobster Roll” achievement at the lobster roll festival in Portland, Maine. Yup,…

  • yellow brass smoothie with blue sky
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    Brass Smoothies

    Brass Smoothies I remember my first Brass Smoothie like it was yesterday. Honestly, before ordering I questioned how someone could justify paying so much for a smoothie. Well, after my first sip, I immediately knew the answer. I could justify paying a bit more for Brass Smoothies because they were downright DELICIOUS. I also remember thinking I was screwed, because I would be craving a Brass Smoothie everyday from there on out. What makes Brass Smoothies so good? The use the fresh, high quality ingredients. The Limelight smoothie, one of my favorites, has fresh squeezed lime juice, cashews, coconut milk yogurt, kale, banana, vanilla and almond milk. It’s a perfect…

  • steak on white plate with sauce and knife from harbor
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    Harbor Seafood & Steak Co.

    Harbor Seafood & Steak Co. My new mantra: When in doubt, go to Harbor Seafood & Steak Co.. It is by far one of my favorite restaurants in Salt Lake City. Simply because the food is down right delicious. You know those places where you plan your next visit and haven’t even finished eating your current meal? That’s Harbor. It’s honestly that good. When Ian and I first tried Harbor I was convinced it wouldn’t be that good. The a la carte menu screamed the 1990’s. There’s no way such a dated menu idea (choosing 2 sides and a sauce with a protein) could taste good. Well, the chefs at…

  • cucumber toast with lemon on white plate
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    3 Cups

    3 Cups One of my favorite past times is visiting a coffee shop. Whether it’s to do work, meet-up with a friend, or simply relax with a cup of joe, 3 Cups is my go to coffee shop in Salt Lake. My requirements for a favorite coffee shop? Comfortable atmosphere, top notch coffee, and tasty treats. Fortunately, 3 Cups meets all of those requirements. Large glass windows results in plenty of natural lighting, making the atmosphere feel bright and welcoming. Seating is varied.  Options include intimate booths, large circular tables, bar style seating along the windows, or a large communal wooden table. If the weather is nice, seating outside is…