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The Ultimate Utah Food Guide!!!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

AT LONG LAST! I lived in Utah all my life and love love love food. I narrowed all the restaurants down to the best of the best!

It took me a while to figure out the most efficient way to put this together. I have pictures of all the food, but that turned out to be a very long blog post, so if you want to see photos just click the blog post link. All the restaurant names are linked to their website. Restaurant names are organized by city (north to south Utah) and then by type of food (breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert).


Park City
Salt Lake City/Holladay
  • Dog Haus: You can get any hot dog vegetarian! Chili cheese dog, regular hot dog with ketchup and mustard. Blog post here
  • Sconecutter: Really good scones with cinnamon sugar butter. 
  • The Ridge: Pretzel cheese fondue, cookie and ice cream dessert. Blog post here
Alpine/Highland/American Fork
  • Dear Lizzy: Do a tea party here! Good lunch and pastries too. Blog post here and here.
  • Bona Vita: Caprese salad, bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, Margherita pizza. Blog post here
  • China Wok: Hidden but so good! Cream cheese wontons, sweet and sour chicken. 
  • Beyond Glaze: Maple, old fashioned. Blog post here
  • SnoasisAny snow cone with sweetened condensed milk on top. Blog post here
  • Coffee Pod: Apple cider. They also have open mic nights sometimes. 
  • Juice N JavaApple celery juice. 
  • Magleby's: Asian salad, French toast, chocolate cake.
  • Tommy's: Burger and fries. Blog post here
  • Shirley's Bakery: Veggie panini, chicken ranch panini, cinnamon twist, raspberry big foot. Blog post here
  • Guru's/Enliten Cafe: SWEET POTATO FRIES (!!!), tofu tacos. Blog post here
  • Station 22: Tons of soda flavors! Sweet potato fries, chicken sandwich, chicken and waffles. 
  • 180 Tacos: Korean fried tofu, buffalo chicken, malasadas. Blog post here
  • Communal: Kind cool, you all eat at the same table. 
  • Good Thyme Eatery: Really good, farm fresh food!
  • Pizza Factory: Crazy, twisty, tall breadsticks. 
  • Brick Oven 
  • Gloria's Little Italy: On Friday nights there is a guy who plays the accordion while you eat! Call ahead to make sure, if that's the only reason you're going.
  • Pop N' Sweets: Candy and soda from all over the world! You can get any soda made into a float. Blog post here and here
  • Provo Bakery: Chocolate cake donut with chocolate frosting, apple fritter. 
  • Roll With It Creamery: Strawberry balsamic ice cream. 
  • The Chocolate: "Frosty" glass of milk (is actually frosty lol), Cazookie, Neapolitan cake! They have different cake every week so call and ask before you go if you have a specific one in mind. Blog post here
  • Elaine French Bakery: Macarons. (Often looks like it is closed, but it isn't! Go in!) Blog post here
Spanish Fork
  • Sip-N: The Oreo cookie! It's so good I made a Spanish Fork column just for it. Blog post here
  • Zub's: Breadsticks.
St. George
Places with locations all over Utah and Salt Lake County
  • Black Bear Diner: The grizz! It's enough food for two people. Blog post here
  • Beans and Brews: Best hot chocolate in Utah.
  • Ivie Juice Bar: Beach babe açai bowl. 
  • The Orange Peel: Roses Are Red, Orange Creme Dream, Thai coconut bubble tea with avocado, pearls, and no sweetener.
  • The Matterhorn (food truck): French toast. Blog post here
  • Kneader's: French toast, egg and croissant sandwich, veggie sandwich on focaccia, gingerbread cookies (recipe here), steel cut oats, raspberry cream cheese croissant, frozen hot chocolate... basically everything.
  • Cubby's: Rosemary fries, sweet potato fries, any salad, chicken sandwich. Blog post here
  • J Dawgs: Hot dogs, J Dawg's sauce.
  • Pizzeria Limone: The limone, margherita, divino dessert pizza. 
  • Fiore Pizza (food truck): Margherita, pepperoni. Blog post here
  • JCW's: They can make any burger with a garden patty if you're vegetarian. Hamburgers, Hawaiian burger, fries, fry sauce, huge shakes.
  • Zao: Rice bowls, green curry, snap peas, Maine Root organic sodas. Blog posts here and here.
  • Aubergine and Company: Cheesebread, tomato basil soup, açai bowl. Blog post here
  • Slab: The Mikel, buffalo chicken. Blog post here
  • Tsunami: Edamame, honey badger roll, Sean Connery roll. You can get any roll in soy paper if you don't like seaweed.
  • Blue Lemon: Kid's meal Mac and cheese (apples and dip in this is so good), hummus plate, sweet potato fries, lemon blueberry pancakes, berry orange crepes. Blog post here here.
  • CupBop: Doochi bop, kimchi, b bop. 
  • Malawi's: Thin crust pizza, berry dessert pizza. 
  • Bombay House: Coconut curry vegetables, chicken tikka masala, naan, mango ice cream.
  • Brugee's Waffles and Frites: Torpedo waffle with strawberries, fries and different flavors of mayonnaise. Blog post here
  • Hokulia (seasonal): Snow cones, sno cap (sweetened condensed milk on the top). Blog post here
  • Sweet Tooth Fairy: Cake bites.
  • Waffle Love: The red wonder, regular waffle with Nutella and whipped cream.
What do you guys think? Did I miss anywhere?

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Utahhhhh, People Working Together

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
So these are all the pics from our trip to Utah! In one post! I took minimal photos and got most of these from J and our moms. Yay for other people taking photos. Without further ado!

Tuesday // So this is us flying over Connecticut. IT. IS. SO. GREEN. I actually really love the green. When we first moved here, we kept driving around trying to find neighborhoods and suburbs, and there weren't that many. Seeing an aerial view, it makes sense! It's mostly like, houses tucked in the woods, which is v cute. 

Cookies and cream frappuccino at the Minneapolis airport. THE BEST. I can't remember what this place was called, but it was v good. Bless coffee shops. They are like my home away from home.

Anddddddd here we are flying over Utah lol. Alllllll suburbs and brown! Is there somewhere that has the suburbs like Utah, with the green like Connecticut? Let me know. In the market, here!

I was telling J he could be a model because he has a beautiful resting face. This was the photo I took afterward of his resting face lol. Gosh, especially once he gets his man bun he gonna be on that model train!

We stopped at Pizzeria Limone before we even went home. Straight from the airport, my babies. Yes, it's that good. Also I forgot to get a picture of the divino, but it is still the best dessert pizza in all the land. Oh, maybe Max Brenner ties or is better? Idk. 

So we use Rover (formerly DogVacay) when we are out of town/gone all day. It's like Airbnb, but for dogs. I love it because it's just someone's house and you know your pup is well taken care of. If you sign up for it, use this link so I can get $20 for T. #notsponsored. Just a fan. When I really wanted a dog I signed up for it. Watching a few dogs definitely held me over until we could get Tucker!

Anyway, Tucker made this bulldog friend last week while I was in the city for school, and he was there again on the 4th of July! They are cute. It makes us feel like we need to get a bulldog friend for him...

The rest of the day we just swam and chilled! Utah is flat, so we were able to watch fireworks (it was the 4th of July) from my inlaw's backyard! It was so nice! They went on for a long time too! I miss them haha. In Connecticut, each town does them on a different day, and you have to park and take shuttles to the places to view them, so it's pretty crowded. (We never went, this is just what I heard. So if it's wrong, forgive me.)

Wednesday // The next morning we picked up Kneader's breakfast for J's fam! I make a pretty mean French toast with sweet syrup, but nothing beats Kneader's. 

This is J pre-haircut. Keep reading to see him post-haircut.

This is what like, 13 orders of French toast look like, in case you're wondering. They had to take some out and hand them to us separately, because they couldn't fit through the window lol. 

Also, lol. So on this trip I was still in school. Like, we left on a Tuesday, and I had class Thursday and the next Tuesday. I kept forgetting? I had papers and stuff due though. So on Wednesday (and for like 1 hour early Thursday morning) I wrote a paper. It was supposed to be 10 pages with 8 references, but I just did 8 pages with 6 references because I'm over it. I wasn't expecting to get a good grade, but guess what? This girl got a 90/100 lol. Also, on that note, I studied for a research final the night before and the morning train ride to. Guess what I got? 104/100 lol. I got every single question right, including the extra credit!

All of this is to say that I think I do better in school when I miss some days and don't do any of the reading, lol!!!

So our friends own JZ Style Salon in American Fork, and it is seriously the cutest ever! We always go when we go back to Utah. If you haven't been, YOU. NEED. TO. It has such a cute, fun vibe and all the girls are so nice. Like I need to get them to decorate my house because the interior design there is 10/10. 

Anyway, I got my bangs back this time! I feel like I am my true self with bangs. When we were driving home, J was like, "Welcome back!" lol. I got them choppier this time, so they don't have to always look so perfect. I am v excited!

Also this is J's parent's cat. He was laying in the sink and then I tucked him in. We bonded.

That night we had a birthday party for J! This is my nephew swimming lol. 

My side of the fam came straight from the airport. They were just in Spokane visiting my grandma and I am jealous. I love Spokane.

Thursday // We went to Beans and Brews for breakfast. I am sad they don't do a points card anymore because I was like, SO CLOSE to getting a free drink. And they do 24 oz hot chocolate there which is amazing. The road getting off the freeway to AF Canyon is one of my favorite views in UT. 

Then we drove up to Tibble Fork. It was a fave of ours when we lived there. I don't know what construction they did, but it looks really pretty! I would be really interested to see before and after photos.

We swam for a bit and then went to lunches! I went to lunch with one of my friends from my old work who I LOVE AND MISS SO. MUCH. It was good to chat and catch up. People are cool and doing cool things. It's fun to be gone for a bit and then come back and hear what has changed!

J went to Station 22 with his mom! How cute is this picture he took lol. I found it on his Google Photos. I just want my sons to love me as much as J loves his mom! 

I can't remember what happened after that. Probably we swam, because that's what we did in all our spare time lol. Do you think I got tan? Cause guess what, I didn't. One of these days I'm going to go to frickin' Hawaii or something and just get so tan. Just so I can say I was tan once in my life. 

For dinner my mom and I went to Tsunami! It was SO GOOD. So I thought the roll I liked was called Sean Connery, but it's actually the Honeybadger that is my favorite. It has these little crunch onions that are SO GOOD and is wrapped in avocado. GET IT. We sat at the bar and chatted with the guy making the sushi. It was such a funny experience. When we first sat down, my mom jokingly was like, "You don't mind if we watch you, do you?!" Just to be funny, ya know? And the guy was like, "Well, it used to make me nervous but I am used to it now! So it's fine!" And we were like.... "Good?" Lol.

AND THEN there was tofu in one of the rolls. My mom is like, weird about tofu for some reason. So she was trying to pick it out of a piece of sushi but is like, beginner chopstick level. So I was telling her it's like a little surgery and was picking it out for her. Then, we looked up and the sushi chef was like, "What are you guys doing???" And we started laughing and were like, "She just wanted to taste it without tofu!" "I'm just curious!" And he was just like, "You're playing Operation!" Lol. 

Needless to say, I would definitely sit at the bar again.

So this next part is way sad. I wanted to hot tub and watch The Bachelorette. So we like, got some treats and drinks (ok they were already there but we got them out of the fridge and stuff) and got all settled in to watch it. AND THERE WASN'T A NEW EPISODE.

Why do they do this to us, you guys? I mean honestly BE CONSISTENT. We just chatted instead and it was pleasant. 

Friday // We went to breakfast with J's mom at The Original Pancake House. I got the eggs Benedict and it was A+. They give you SO MUCH food there! It's v good though. 

Right after that I went to lunch with my friend Leah and got açai bowls! It was good to catch up! 

When I got back I swam for a bit and then J and I got Orange Peel. J gets the Orange Burst (or something like that) and I get this. I saw the recipe on Utah Grubs and let me tell you. IT'S SO GOOD! Boba, man. 😋

Friday was the night of J's bachelor party (we were there for a wedding), so I hung out with my mom. We went through all the stuff J and I had at her house from living there last year. It felt good to get organized! Then we got snow cones from Hokulia, aka the best snow shack ever. Are there snow cones in Connecticut or New York City? I need one, bad.

So also we went through old photos. It was so funny. My mom put all our profession photos into a photo album, and in my 3 year old and 4 year old photos I am dressed in the exact same outfit hahahahaha. She said she feels bad about it; I just lol. I guess I grew like 0% those years?

Also we found this vintage photo of Trixie with our old dog, Buster. This photo was taken in 2001 YOU GUYS. She just died in 2017. It made us feel so weird when we found it. We were like, "She was almost 17 or 18?!?!" My mom is convinced we got her in the summer and she was smaller than this. So, it was like a Twilight Zone. Also notice how she was all black! The white on her was just grey because she was so old haha. Oh, and Buster was a Scottish and Boston terrier mix. They say he was pretty ugly but I think he's a cutie. I like his ears.

Saturday // We took a family picture with J's family. This is my mom doing a test photo on me after I set up the settings haha. Awkward turtle for sure.

The family picture! We did really well matching for it being a very last minute thing! Proud.

Then we went to see my sister's new house. J hadn't seen it so he got the grand tour! My niece was like so excited to show us her room lol. She turned on Taylor Swift and made us all dance hahaha. Also idk what my nephew is doing in the picture but it's funny and cute.

So it was also J's birthday (well it was technically the day after we got home, but we celebrated it there). If you remember from my last trip, my mom had this bathrobe that I was OBSESSED WITH.  They found them at Downeast for like $20 and I was like, "Why didn't you buy so many?!" So my sister got J one for his birthday, but then was like, "I know Em will steal it so I got her one too" lol. She is very right. I love bathrobes. 

Here's what me and J would look like if we were parents lol.

Then we went back to J's parent's house and swam for a bit. 

Then we got ready for the wedding. This is J post haircut. SMOKIN', MAN. He could model like... a men's fragrance.

Some pics from the wedding we went to! It was seriously the cutest ever! The bride had a daughter and the groom brought her up there during the ceremony and asked if he could be her dad forever. She said yes and he gave her a necklace and IT WAS THE CUTEST THING IN THE WORLD. Like writing it now I have goosebumps. SOOOO CUTE. Also, J was the best man and gave a lil' speech lol. It was cute as well.

Sunday // We left! My mom is still feeding Skully, the feral cat I have been trying to condition to be domesticated for like 2 years lol.

We munched on some candy sushi my sis gave J for his birthday on the ride home. It was v good!

All in all it was a successful trip! It confirmed for us that we want to be in the West! So we are v excited for our next move there! It takes flippin' forever to get to Utah from Connecticut, so it will be nice to be like a one or two hour plane ride away in the future! Thanks to everyone in Utah who spent time with us! You all made it a good trip!

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P.S. The title of this post comes from this song, which my friend Sydney introduced me to. I sing it all the time. Especially when in Utah lol. 

Utah Trip!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Gosh I am so bad about posting trips quickly after they happen haha, but alas! Here I am! This trip happened Oct 30-Nov 6 (for my personal record in the future). 

The whole reason I went to Utah was for my sister's 30th birthday party.


I had THE BEST breakfast with my mom at her work. It was an asiago cheese bagel sandwich! It was so good because the lady like buttered the bagel and grilled it. Ah idk. I just still think about. It was seriously the best thing.

After my mom got off work we headed over to my sister's house to go trick-or-treating with the bbs! We stopped at Sweet Tooth Fairy on the way and got these delish cake bites.

I also made my mom stop at Cupbop so I could get my Doochi Bop lol. I was kind of sad though because they only put like 4 pieces of tofu in it :( And the tofu is the best part!

My niece was the cute bunny from Zootopia! She was very obsessed with me for the first few days and requested that we took this picture.

It's crazy how different the roads are across America! I feel like Utah roads are really empty with the mountains always in sight. It was fun to see them from a visitor's point of view.


I went to lunch with my friend Katherine! We ate at Aubergine and Company because I am OBSESSED with these little cheese rolls. Mmmmmm. I only use the tomato soup as a dip lol.

This is the view from my mom's neighborhood!


I obviously was very, very excited to be reunited with my one true love: Beans and Brews. So naturally I got it EVER. SINGLE. MORNING. Racked up those points! Also please observe my nails in this photo because I have been growing them out. They keep breaking but oh well.

Our friends opened a salon on Main Street in American Fork. Look how cute it is!

I got a trim and some lighter brown added in, although you can't really tell in this photo because of the editing.

I went to an early dinner with my friends Leah and Riley. We tried this new place called Around Eatery and it was pretty good! I found a hair in my salad lol, but up until that point it was a really good salad. They also have this ramen burger that Leah tried! If I ate meat I would be soooo interested to see what that tastes like. 

That night, my mom and I went to The Ridge in Suncrest. They had this cheese fondue there that I was SO EXCITED to have again. Like, talked about it a lot before the trip, and thought about it on the airplane. Well, we got there and THEY DIDN'T HAVE IT ANYMORE. The guys was like, "Oh weird, you must have come right when we were experimenting with it." So naturally we left as soon as he turned his back. 

I was very disappointed. 

We dined, instead, at 180 Tacos. I forgot to take a picture of my tacos but I ate both of them, as well as all of these malasadas which is like twice as much as I usually eat lol. When in Rome!

Does anyone know who does the art at 180 Tacos? 

We got treats at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, which I worked at last summer lol. I got this pretzel stick, but unfortunately didn't eat a lot of it because I was so full the whole trip. We also walked around the Riverwoods and discovered that Victoria's Secret carries BYU collegiate apparel!


Once again, the mountains!

Trixie and I went to Beans and Brews for breakfast. I was hoping they would give her a pup treat, but they did not :(

This is my favorite road to drive on in Utah. It's the road you take getting off the freeway into American Fork canyon.

My mom still has Skully! It's a mean, feral cat that just eats our food and runs away lol. I tried to domesticate it for like a year and it became a little less skittish, but still wouldn't let me touch it. :(

I went to Guru's with Katherine for lunch. She had never been there!! Can you believe it?! Anyway, I got a large order of fries, and let me tell you, it was LARGE. 

My mom and I went to dinner at Bombay House. I have yet to find a coconut curry dish in the northeast that rivals the coconut curry dish at Bombay House! 

For dessert we met up with my sister's family at Waffle Love! My mom and I had like 2 bites of this waffle because we were both so full lol. Also I felt like it kind of tasted like cleaner? Idk. But the best waffle there is the one with biscoff and strawberries.

When you're the third child and you're over it lol.

That sunset tho.


Friday morning we picked my brother, his girlfriend, and my grandma up from the airport! We had breakfast at Eva Bakery. I set this shot up on self timer while they had no idea what was going on, and then ran back and was like "5 SECONDS UNTIL THE PHOTO!" And I have to say, we did pretty well at looking natural.

That feeling you get when you killed it at self timer lol.

I got the avocado toast and it was SO GOOD. Those heirloom tomatoes were perfect! My brother and his girlfriend were so offended by our waitress haha. They are in the restaurant biz so they were telling us all the things she was doing wrong and it was so funny! Like she definitely wasn't the friendliest, but other that I wouldn't have noticed. 

Salt Lake is so pretty! I love cities haha. I wish there was a way to live in a city but also have a car  and back yard and enough money to afford life.

We went to Starbuck's to my grandma her mocha and I met this cute old guy! I chatted with him about his little dog and learned that they often go to Starbuck's together and he rescued her. #socute #goals

We went and walked around the visitor center at Temple Square. They have this really tall statue of Jesus that is p cool! Also galaxy walls that I want to have in my home.

Does anyone know the back story to this installation piece Salt Lake? I am a fan. 

We couldn't leave Salt Lake without stopping at Ruby Snap! Those cookies are srsly bae. 

I got the one with coconut and chocolate chips (I'm forgetting the name) and I also got some of the cookie dough to compare it to. I think the cookies from the store are better, but the cookie dough cookies are actually super close! And you can get them at Harmon's if you don't want to make the trek to SLC. 

The mountains, once again. 

My sister's birthday party was on Saturday. The original plan was to not let her know the rest of the family was in town until at the party on Saturday. However, we decided to optimize our time together and surprise her with them on Friday night! I think she may have known they were coming.... lol.

We went to dinner at Tsunami and I got the Sean Connery! The last time I got it it had these little crunchy fried onions on the top that were SO GOOD. But this past time it didn't have them :( 

Kids be cray!

They are v cute though.


We went to breakfast at Ivie Juice Bar which is my FAVORITE. I am still in search of an acai bowl on the east coast that rivals Ivie. 

The beach babe all the way! The girls accidentally brought us the wrong bowl, so we ended up with an extra beach babe lol. 

For dinner we did PF Changs. Not Utah specific, but still really yummy. I love their coconut tofu dish. 

You can't go to PF Chang's without splitting a great wall of China cake! 

Then we were off to the birthday party! This trip was my first time seeing my sister's new house, which was v fun. I love house tours. 

My sister and grandma!

My baby niece does the funniest faces.

This is what she does when she wants a drink.

The whole fam minus Jake and my grandma's husband!

Our last meal while on the way to the airport with my grandma and mom! 

It was a very fun trip! Idk when we will be back with my school schedule and Jake's limited time off, but whenever we are I'm sure everything will have changed again lol.

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