1.30.2012

to do salt lake city.

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off and on, here and there, folks have asked me what they should see and do while in my beloved city: salt lake. maybe it's because they can sense the passion in my voice when i talk about it. or maybe i'm just really cool and they want to be me ... regardless, i've decided to share my thoughts on the subject: 

things to eat 

  • redrock brewery $ -- for your fresh brewed cream soda
  • hire's big h $ -- for your burgers
  • ruby snap $ -- for your cookies
  • gourmandise $ -- for your french connection
  • caputo's $ -- for your meatball sub
  • toasters! $ -- for your balsamic vinegar on a deli sub
  • bruges $ -- for your belgian waffles, try the fresh peaches with creme fraiche (it will make you want to be a better person)
  • mazza $$$ -- for your mediterranean
  • les madeleine $$ -- for your kouign amann
  • settebello $$ -- for your authentic pizza
  • litza's pizza $$ -- for your american pizza
  • cafe med $$ -- to get your greek on
  • aristo's $$ -- let me just say this, if i were ever on the best thing i ever ate, i would site this restaurant
  • dolcetti $ -- for your gelato
  • so cupcake $ -- of all the cupcakes i've tried, i still love these most
  • the little america coffee shop $$ -- for your comfort food
  • vinto $$ -- GREAT gelato
  • su casa $ -- for your mexican
  • finn's $$ -- for your classy saturday brunch
  • j wongs $$ -- for your chinese
  • pig in a jelly jar $ -- for your chicken and waffles
  • copper onion $$$ -- for the best taste in salt lake
  • the roof - $$$$ -- for the view
  • oh mai $ -- for your vietnamese
  • penny ann's $ -- for your pie
  • eva's cafe $ -- for your paris in salt lake fix
  • avenue's bistro $$$ -- for your burger with candied bacon on it
  • kathmandu $$ -- for your indian (dat tandoori chicken!)
  • ekamai $ -- for your thai
  • rusted sun pizzeria $ -- for your bleu chicken pizza
  • cubby's $ -- isn't in salt lake ok! but i love it so go to provo and get some burgers!
  • dask's $ -- more greek, and for your rice pudding
  • salt city burger company $$ -- for your gourmet burgers
  • from scratch $ -- for everything ... from scratch!
things to do/see

  • cathedral of the madeline
  • the salt lake city library
  • memory grove
  • gilgal gardens -- joseph smith jr. as a sphinx? find it here
  • the tower theater
  • the broadway theater -- home to film lovers
  • the capitol
  • gravity hill -- haunted hill or optical allusion?
  • the salt lake city cemetery
  • the spiral jetty -- worth the 20 mile drive on a dirt road
  • church history museum
  • temple square
  • the leonardo
  • utah museum of contemporary art
  • utah museum of natural history
  • red butte gardens
  • antelope island state park
  • liberty park -- ride the ferris wheel, feed the ducks, visit the aviary
  • discovery gateway
  • find the food trucks!
  • hike! -- there are hundreds of hiking spots just minutes away, all levels and all beautiful

shopping

  • city creek
  • trolley square -- look for tabula rasa and cabin fever
  • chic and unique
  • the green ant
  • antoinette's -- for vintage jewelry
  • 900 south 900 east -- look for hip and humble, children's hour, koo de ker
  • 1500 south 1500 east -- look for the king's english book store

summer brings even more to do. i love my city in the summer time. there is always a festival to attend. the greek festival, the arts festival, movies in the park, food truck thursday, concerts in the park (specifically twilight in pioneer park and the red butte series), the farmer's market, bike gangs.

man i love this place.

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