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Showing posts with label utah guide. Show all posts

Monday, February 4, 2019

D8 Nite

Monday was good! We both worked as normal and then went to Pizza Factory for dinner! I use Localfluence for my food Instagram and it's so fun! Basically you get free food in exchange for a review. Pizza Factory pizza actually isn't my favorite, but I am OBSESSED with their breadsticks!! THEY'RE SO GOOD. 

Anyway, if you are in Utah and like to do influencing things, look up Localfluence! 

We have started switching on and off what nights we watch TV and what nights we read. Monday we read and J got this picture of Tucker that makes me lol. Look at his face!!! Hahahahaha. 

I have been meaning to post a book review post, I just keep prioritizing other things! I will try to get around to that tomorrow, because I have read so many good books I want to share about! 

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P.S. Here's a happy list for today: Dancing to Marshmellow with Tucker / Our waiter calling us "friends" / Getting a new car!

Sunday, January 27, 2019


Sunday was good! I got to sleep in! We are trying to train Tucker to sleep in later, so J got up with him but then fell asleep on the couch and we both slept through church haha. 

I had my book club, too. This month we read Born A Crime by Trevor Noah. I didn't read it, but the first few pages I got to had so much good stuff. I was highlighting like crazy! We went to Sweet Lake Biscuits, which has been on my list for a while! I got the eggs Benedict, which were ok but I don't know if they were the best. I honestly wish they would do a biscuit French toast like Jacob's Pickles, because their biscuits were SO GOOD! I think I may have just gotten the wrong thing! 

They had limeades too which were really good! I liked that the straws they gave us were reusable. And when I asked for a to go cup for my drink, it was compostable and they didn't give me a straw. Very eco-friendly! ALSO, while we were walking out I saw Joshua James! He is a really good musician from Utah who I have now seen twice haha. 

I spent the rest of the day just hanging out! I started a new fiction book, Sunburn, which I am really liking! We also watched the Ted Bundy Tapes documentary on Netflix that was really good. It was very informational and I learned so many new things about him.  

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P.S. Here's a happy list for today: Trying a new place, Sweet Lake Biscuits and Limeade / My friend giving me a ride to brunch and belly laughing at things that were said / Sleeping in

Sunday, January 20, 2019

01.20.19 - The Rose Establishment!

Sunday I met up with a friend for brunch at The Rose Establishment! I have been wanting to go here for a long time and it met my expectations! I got this chia pudding that was really good. I also got a hot chocolate with cashew milk that tasted really normal? I have actually heard that cashew milk is one of the closest tasting to regular milk? Idk! But, it was good!

I also finally semi-satisfied my tomatoes soup and cheese bread craving! The cheese breads from Aubergine and Company are SO GOOD. But the frozen Brazi Bites were all I had and they were ok haha. Good, but not the same thing! 

I also finally hung up all my Polaroid pictures! I am so dumb lol. I have done these for so long and always just eyeball it. Well, this time I realized you can measure out 2 points and then put a strip of masking tape in between to keep it all even! It looks so much better hahaha. I'll have to post a picture later!

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P.S. Here's a happy list for today: Having brunch with a friend / Setting up my polaroid wall / Throwing my wallet across the room and it landed perfectly in my bag 

Saturday, November 17, 2018

11.17.18 - Thanksgiving Celebrations!

Remember how I have hated Thanksgiving for as long as time? (Here are a few articles I skimmed that may help you find out why: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Sorry in advance if there is anything oppressive, I just skimmed them!)

So, this year we opted out of Thanksgiving and went to eat at Black Sheep Cafe the week before! It's a Native American restaurant in Provo that is SO GOOD. I tried the cactus pear lemonade, honey lavender fry bread, and green chili pork taco. All of which were very delish!

Friday, November 16, 2018


Ok so I feel like I always say this, but I am really trying to do more like, nice camera photos. Basically what happened is I had that stint with influencing but then finished grad school and was all like, "I just want a normal job" and moved to Utah and essentially stopped taking any nice camera pictures. It was fine for a bit, but I honestly missed like the creative aspect of influencing, like planning out a cute shoot and photographing and editing. Not so much the selling to my friends hahaha. 

ANYWAY. Basically I have been really bored and just feeling bleck, so I figure I might need to do photography again, just for the sake of having something to do! 

Last weekend we tried a new food place, Ramen 930. It was pretty good! J thoughts his chicken and rice bowl was better than CupBop WHAT! It was actually pretty good, I thought. But I will never get over that tofu bowl from CupBop and the fact they don't have it any more (😢).

Sunday, July 1, 2018

A Very Non-Bloggery Account Of The Hall Of Breakfast

So if you live in Utah you have probably seen a million people posting about the Hall of Breakfast. It's a traveling, interactive art gallery! It reminds me of the Museum of Ice Cream they had (have?) in New York. Anyway, basically it's very cute and fun. 

Ok so when you walk in they give you a little ice cream sample! How cute!

The first room had a bunch of stuff, like little games and stuff. But my favorite were these toasts of famous paintings lol. 

The next room had a bacon slide and little bacon chocolate chip cookies, which were interesting but probably not my favorite. 

I loved this breakfast propaganda wall lol. 

Ok yeah, so going into this I had no idea they had food samples. So it was a very nice surprise!! These waffles also weren't my favorite mostly because I'm not a huge maple fan but they were very cute! Now that I'm writing this I sort of wish I would have warmed it up in the oven. Someone, try that and let me know if it's good.

The next room was the donut room! They had samples I think? But I think they were out when we got in there. There was an employee in this room who I am positive spends all her days taking photos for people hahahaha.

I really can't remember what this next room was? But I do remember they had cheese samples, one was like a lavender cheese and was very interesting and good!

Ah, the ball pit. It was fun getting in this as adults because we obviously haven't been in one in like 20 years lol. And also it wasn't swarming with people which was also nice. I forgot to mention this, but there was this one room that had confetti and fans you can throw up. We literally walked right through it because it was FILLED TO THE BRIM with bloggers all trying to get a perfect Instagram photo lmao. One group of girls was like, plotting how to get more confetti and were like, "Let's try using this hat to hold the confetti??" hahahahahahah. 

Anyway! That's it! There is a cute little gift shop at the end with cute little gifts. Overall I thought it was a fun little museum! It took us maybe 20 minutes to go through the whole thing? It could definitely take longer if you have kids or take a lot of pictures. But overall would definitely recommend!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Celebrating Passing My Test!

Ok so one of the good things about being back in Utah is ALL. THE. FOOD. I didn't realize how much good (and reasonably priced) food Utah has until I moved away. Now that we are back, I am flying through my list! If you have any recommendations, let me know :)

A few weeks ago we went to Mod Pizza to celebrate me passing my Social Work test (whew!). I think what I would say about Mod Pizza is that it is good pizza, but there are other pizzas that I think are a little better and pizza places with better dessert options. That being said, it wasn't bad pizza! 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Ultimate Utah Food Guide!!!

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
  • Silver King Coffee: Drinks and really good scones!
  • Atticus Coffee and Books: My favorite is the vegetarian sausage sandwich. Really great atmosphere and neat gifts as well.
Salt Lake City/Holladay
  • 3 Cups Coffee: Avocado toast, hot chocolate. Blog post here
  • Publik Coffee
  • Tulie Bakery
  • Eva Bakery: Stuffed French toast, avocado toast, macarons. Cute exterior. Blog post here
  • The Rose Establishment
  • The Original Pancake House: Hashbrowns, pumpkin pancakes, chocolate chip pancakes, banana pancakes, huevos rancheros.  
  • Gourmandise
  • Hire's Big H: Burgers, fries, veggie burgers too. 
  • The Copper Onion: Pasta carbonara, fries, homemade bread, honey and goat cheese ice cream. Blog post here
  • Eva Restaurant: Rosemary fries, margherita pizza. Blog post here
  • The Pie Pizzeria: The cheese bread, cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza.
  • Cafe Trio: Parmesan flat bread, cheese pizza, chicken pizza, pudding with biscotti. Blog post here
  • Naked Fish: Spicy edamame, veggie sushi.
  • Pie Hole: Cheese or pepperoni slice. Graffiti approved walls so bring a marker! Blog post here
  • Spitz: Street cart fries, mediterranean döner. Blog post here
  • Banbury Cross Donuts: Strawberry coconut. Blog post here
  • Ruby Snap: They give you huge samples of any cookie you want. Favorites are Rikki, Penelope, Virginia, Maris, Mia.
  • Hatch Family Chocolates: Chocolate covered banana, chocolate covered raspberries. Blog post here
  • La Bonne Vie: Macarons. Cute packaging. Blog post here
  • Deseret Book at City Creek: You can fill a bag of bulk candy for $5! Blog post here
  • Nielsen's Frozen Custard: Cookie dough custard.
  • Sweet Lake Biscuits and Limeade: Great for brunch and fun limeades! Really booked on the weekend so make a reservation. 
  • Last Course: Rosemary and honey ice cream, nachos (they are chocolate dipped in strawberries)
  • Taqueria 27: Pear and beet taco (so good!), churros
  • 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
  • Snoasis: Any snow cone with sweetened condensed milk on top. Blog post here
  • Trellis Cafe: Lavender lemonade (!!!!), sweet potato fries, veggie burger. 
  • Fiiz drinks: (Soda) Lime in the coconut, Chandler Bing.
  • Makanmakan: Tofu curry
  • Coffee Pod: Apple cider. They also have open mic nights sometimes. 
  • Juice N Java: Apple 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 
  • 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
St. George
  • Fractured Prune: Literally any flavor will be heavenly. Blog post here
  • TwentyFive Main: Cupcakes.
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 (best açaí bowl in Utah!... and maybe anywhere!)
  • 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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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Utahhhhh, People Working Together

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.