Monday, November 4, 2019

The 9 Best Craft Breweries in Utah

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There is nothing quite like sitting down at a brewery and sipping on a cold, well-crafted beer. Whether you seek Ale, Lager, or another unique beer, Utah has an abundance of beers crafted by experienced brewers. While you might be used to the taste of corporate companies’ brews, there is a special experience about sampling various types of hand-crafted beer. Small-company breweries put a lot of hard work into crafting their beer, ensuring that every sip is delicious and has just the right amount of flavor and ABV percentage. This list of 9 best craft breweries in Utah will reveal a variety of craft breweries and what they offer while you are enjoying the beauty of Utah.

a colorful lineup of craft beers

1. RoHa Brewing Project - Salt Lake City

This locally-owned brewery has been handcrafting beer for over two decades. The name derives from the original owners - Rob Phillips and Chris Haas (RoHa). The RoHa Brewing Project uses engineering knowledge and analysis skills to bring their customers great tasting beer. The owners want you to know that while there are many breweries there is always room for better tasting, crafted beer. This brewery offers pale ale, deep ale, IPA, and some seasonal drafts like Pumpkin Black and Back Porch Pale Ale. Pair it with a delicious dessert and this local hotspot is sure to please!

rows and stacks of silver beer kegs

2. Salt Flats Brewing - Salt Lake City

This brewery prides itself on crafting beers for a classic time when people would drink beer to enjoy their time around friends and family. Started in a garage, and geared towards racing fans, this brewery is ready to take you around the racetrack with Ales, Wits, Lagers, and Stouts. Salt Flats brews smooth 4% ABV beers. This means that you can stay longer and have a session with others without getting inebriated in the first two rounds.

a row of silver tanks used for brewing

3. Uinta Brewing - Salt Lake City

Started in 1993, Uinta Brewing crafts a variety of beers including Hop Nosh IPA, Double IPA, Golden Ale, Pilsner, Lager, and Kolsch. Interesting fact, this brewery was the first business in Utah to go 100% wind-powered. Check out their website for a full timeline of their history and how they continue to bring their customers delicious beer. If you are looking for a brewery that is truly a family, then look no further than Uinta Brewing.

front entrance to Bohemian Brewery with their distinct green logo

4. Bohemian Brewery - Midvale

Using their traditional knowledge and skill of brewing, Bohemian Brewery opened its doors in 2001. The owner and his family harnessed their ancestral brewing techniques that can be dated back to the 1200s. Here, you can sit down and enjoy a classic Lager using old brewing methods. You can also experience a brewery tour to see the exciting process of Bohemian crafting. Tours are done on the first Wednesday of each month. Pair your Lager with an old-world European food choice and this brewery will surely take you back in time.

a sampler platter of 20 different beers and ales

5. Red Rock Brewing - Salt Lake City

This award-winning brewery serves high-quality crafted beers and amazing food! Red Rock Brewing opened in 1994 and has been a hot commodity since. Here you can enjoy draft classics that are under 5% ABV, Fine Lines beer, and an Artist Palette sample. All of which have been selected to bring you the best-tasting experience in Salt Lake City.

a group of friends all raising their glasses together

6. Desert Edge Brewery - Salt Lake City

With the tagline of “Damn Good Beer”, how could you not stop into this brewery? Desert Edge Brewery has been serving up crafted beer since the 1970s and offers a large menu of different beers. Some of the featured crafts are Utah Pale Ale, Latter-Day Stout, Game Day Red Ale, Vienna Lager, and you can sample a guest craft as well. Desert Edge Brewery believes that a small-business mindset is best for customers because it provides an authentic experience compared to a corporate company.

several copper brewing tanks so large that a ladder is needed

7. Epic Brewing Company - Salt Lake City

Priding itself on being Utah’s first brewery to sell high alcohol content beer since the prohibition, Epic Brewing Company is a go-to spot for locals. There are three series of beers that are unique to Epic Brewing Company: Utah Series, Elevated Series, and Exponential Series. Epic Brewery uses 22-oz bottles to showcase their beer but there are 12-oz cans available in selected beer. From the classic taste of drafts to the pucker of a sour IPA, this brewery will leave you coming back for more.

adobe-styled exterior of Moab Brewery

8. Moab Brewery - Moab

Being Moab’s only microbrewery and distillery along with being the largest restaurant, Moab Brewery is busy every day. Don’t let that stop you from checking out their many crafted beers. Grab a Pilsner on tap, a canned Lager, or a bottle of Scotch Ale. While you sip on your crafted beer, enjoy a pub burger or one of their other various types of food on the menu. Moab Brewery is in the beautiful red rocks of Moab, so be sure to head out for sight-seeing afterward.

9. Wasatch Brew Pub - Park City

Established in 1986, Wasatch Brew Pub is among the most acknowledged brewery in Utah. With locations in Park City and Salt Lake City, Wasatch Brew Pub brings its customers delicious, crafted beer including Apricot Hefeweizen, Nitro Porter, and Pale Lager. These are just a few items on their long list of brews. Stop in at either of their locations to experience a wholesome menu and friendly staff. Wasatch Brew Pub caters towards tradition and stakes claim of bringing breweries and microbreweries back to Utah.

Utah has a lot to offer whether you are a local or a tourist. When you are done exploring the tall mountains, hanging out on a lake, or hiking through the red rocks of Moab you can stop in, relax and enjoy various crafted beers and a delicious bite to eat. The best part about all these breweries is that they are made from hard-working people who have invested their time in providing customers with the very best of beer. Whether you seek a dark ale or pale IPA, this list of breweries will leave your taste buds satisfied.

Monday, October 28, 2019

9 Essential Hiking Tips

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Hiking can be the most relaxing experience you will ever have. However, hiking can also be rigorous, demanding, and dangerous. With tall mountains, thick forests, and vast desert plains; there are many places to plan your hike. There are also different types of weather-permitting hikes such as the cold mountainous trails of the Uintas or in stark contrast, the hot desert surrounding the red rock in Moab, Utah. No matter what type of hike you are looking for, there are some essential tips you should note.

1.  Don’t Go Too Big

When deciding where to hike, you should account for your physical ability. Obviously, choosing to climb a 5,000 ft hill as a beginner would not be the most ideal situation. Research trails and decide how far you want to hike. There are apps such as All Trail that will reveal the intensity levels, and friendliness of trails. It will also show how long the trail is and what to watch out for. If you are on social media, ask for recommendations from your friends and other locals in hiking groups.

a hiker looking down at the green valley below

2. Check the Weather

Checking the weather prior to your hike will give you valuable information as to what to wear and if you need to bring certain accessories like a rain poncho. Some parks will have cameras on their trails available to the public. Check the website for the trail you are looking to hike, and if they have cameras you can use those to see real-time weather. Pay attention to the wind levels/chill as well; that can make or break a good day of hiking.

a backpacker with full gear, hiking at high altitude

3. Know the Trail

Before you head out on your trail, gather as much information as you can. Make sure you allow plenty of time and have reviewed the trail on a map. Also, heed caution to any previous wildlife reports. Asking your friends and locals will allow you to be aware of any dangerous aspects to the trail such as steep drop-offs, or if there are water spots you may need to look out for.

4. Tell Someone Where You Are Going

Always tell somebody where you are going. Emergency situations arise all the time even if you are going for just a quick 10-minute hike. When you let someone know where you are going, be sure to include an estimated time of how long it will take you to hike and what time they should expect you home. Arrange a time for them to call you if you have not checked in with them first.

a mother and daughter hiking with their puppy

5. Pack Essentials

As you plan for your hike, pack what you can carry depending on how long your hike is and how long you plan to be away. You will also need to factor in the weather and emergency supplies. There are about ten (10) emergency supplies you should plan to pack: first aid supplies; a lighter or other fire starter; extra water and food; emergency shelter; flashlights with extra batteries; sun protection; and a compass with a map. These essentials are light enough to carry in a pack and on any length of the trail.

hiking shoes, multitool, first aid kit, water bottle, and rope laid out

6. Use the Right Gear

Hiking does not generally use a lot of gear unless you're going rock climbing. If you are a beginning hiker all you will need is what you have on your back. Most hikers' first mistake is wearing clothes- such as jeans or other materials- that soak up moisture. This can irritate the skin if it gets wet. You should wear clothes that are made for strenuous activity, like dry fit. You should also wear appropriate shoes, hiking shoes are a good start but do not wear brand new shoes that have not been broken in and do not wear a very old pair of hiking shoes. Additionally, choose a pack that fits snug to your back and is not too loose or too tight. Following these steps for choosing the right gear will help you along your way.

a pair of geared-up hikers smiling while looking into the distance

7. Time Your Hike

It's best to go for a hike at the beginning of the day that way you can have extra time for scenery and other stops that you may need to take. If you are taking a long hike, time management is essential so that you can reach your milestones on time. It's also good to have that extra time just in case you make a wrong turn and need to retrace your steps, or in case an emergency arises.

a group of hikers crossing water on top of rocks

8. Hike in A Group

Hiking in a group has its benefits. It can help in protecting you and the other hikers by deterring wildlife. Hiking in a group is also beneficial because you have the option to switch gear or other hiking items. There may also be someone in the group more experienced with hiking, should an issue arise. As a bonus, other hikers can help you get that perfect photo!

a narrow, shaded trail through a lush forest

9. Leave no Trace

While you are taking a beautiful, scenic hike be sure to pick up after yourself. Do not leave trash or any other hiking accessories behind. Wildlife is prone to hanging around trails because of items in trash cans or left around trails. To avoid encountering wildlife in the future, you must pick up and take your trash with you to dispose of it properly.

From choosing the right trail; packing essentials; having an accountability buddy; and to ensuring you are not leaving trash behind, these 9 essential tips to hiking will ensure you have a wonderful stress-free hike. Knowing your trail is the most important because everything else will fall into place once you know the trail. If your trail is more accommodating to electronics it would also be wise to take a cell phone or satellite phone. Hiking can begin as a small hobby but grow into a weekly adventure for days at a time in more demanding environments. Enjoy the great outdoors!

Monday, October 21, 2019

7 Steps to Planning a Memorable Vacation

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It is finally time for you to plan out that vacation you have been saving time and money for. No more hypothetical planning, this is the moment where you will plan and set it in stone. So, where do you start? You may have had a general idea of a vacation planned in your head, but you have not sat down to figure out the little details to start the process. This list will give you the foundation to build your vacation and make it memorable. With those words in mind, here are 7 Steps to Planning a Memorable Vacation.

a couple researching travel destinations with brochures and websites

1. Pick Your Destination

Whether you want to plan a large vacation to an exotic location or snuggle up next to your partner in the woods, having a solid destination is key. For example, instead of planning to visit the state of Utah, decide what city in Utah you would like to see. You can also choose your destination based on what activity you want to do or see. If you want to spend the length of your vacation exploring majestic red rock, then plan to stay in Moab, Utah. If you would rather spend days swimming in a lake, research Bear Lake, Utah where there is fun for the whole family. Once you find the perfect destination, the rest of your planning will be a breeze.

hands pointing to Rome on a map. with coffee, compass, and a toy airplane

2. Decide on the Length of Your Trip

This step is a necessity. It can determine the amount and time of your activities. Whether you want to take a long or short vacation, you will need to plan time for travel. If you are flying, you can plan 2 or 3 days for traveling to and from your destination. It can sometimes take a full day just to get in and out of an airport. Knowing your destination and the amount of time you will be away will help you plan out the cost and what you can really afford.

a paper map being covered by seashells, money, and a snorkel

3. Know Your Budget

You have spent countless months saving up for your vacation. Now is the time to spend it wisely. You need to decide how much money you want to set aside for lodging, food, gas, activities, and miscellaneous costs. Additionally, make sure you read through your airline's policies in case you have extra baggage or service fees. Once you have budgeted costs you will gain a better understanding of where your money is going.

a man on the computer with a toy airplane and a map

4. Book Flight & Accommodations

There are a couple of different ways to go about booking your flight and accommodations. There is the traditional route of looking up hotels, resorts, B&B’s, etc., and booking them individually. There is the route of using third party booking sites that often offer vacation bundles. There is also an option offered by some reward cards you may have. Some airlines and hotels offer complementary services based on various rewards. When you are looking for lodging, consider the amenities you might need such as pet-friendly, or maybe you want a room with a view. With any method you use to book, make sure it fits your schedule, budget, and family needs.

hikers with backpacks heading towards a zipline

5. Plan Activities

This is the fun part! Research everything you can about your destination. Read reviews and make a list. Depending on how long you plan to stay there, you can always narrow down your list. Leave some time for relaxation, the atmosphere, and enjoying the beauty of your surroundings. Check with your lodging and see if they offer shuttle services or discounts to activities. Save a large activity for the end of your trip, that way you can end your vacation in the best way.

a stack of suitcases in front of the beach

6. Pack

We have all been there. Packing a hundred pairs of socks for a 6-day trip to the beach. Keep it simple, the last thing you want to worry about is hauling a ton of luggage around. Depending on where you plan to go, you only need the essentials and one or two special outfits. Also, pack according to weather and conditions. Lastly, pay attention to your activities and what they recommend you wear. If you plan to go on an ATV trek through the forest, it is wise to pack boots and even a pair of gloves. You will also need to remember your passport, and I.D. if you are leaving the country. Be smart with packing and you will enjoy an effortless traveling experience.

parents getting their children excited about the trip

7. Take Care of Home Life

This is a given step, but sometimes we do not always plan and that can create chaos. If you have pets at home and do not plan on taking them, book a boarding house or pet sitter right away. Boarding homes can fill up fast, especially around the holidays and often require certain vaccines. If your pet does not have those vaccines, you will need to also book that appointment with the vet before boarding. If you are taking a vacation away from the kids, make sure you have a family or a babysitter in place and a backup babysitter in place of that one. Some other things to consider are telling your bank you are vacationing, taking out cash, finding someone to water your plants, and having the post office place a vacation hold on your mail.

hiking boots hanging out of the tent, overlooking a lake

This last section is going to also serve as Step 8, enjoy yourself! We work hard and often forget to take care of our needs. A vacation is a time to relax, release, and have fun. Planning the trip does not need to be stressful so it is important to plan and understand your full itinerary. Whether you want to see the red rocks of Utah, ATV in Hawaii’s thick forests, or enjoy a quiet weekend away in a cabin; these 7 steps of planning a memorable vacation will get you on your way!

Monday, October 14, 2019

The Top 10 UTV Riding Areas in Utah

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The large terrain of Utah has never been underestimated and holds countless hidden gems. With its spanning deserts and tall, majestic mountains, Utah has hide-a-way spots great for taking off-highway vehicles (OHV’s). Whether you are setting out for a bouncy ride, rocky ride, or you just want a serene view, Utah offers a variety of trailheads that will meet your expectations and more. This list brings you the most exciting and beautiful Top 10 UTV Riding Areas in Utah.

two ATV's riding a trail through lush green mountains

1. Arapeen OHV Trail

With over 350,000 acres to ride, the Arapeen OHV Trail System has gained a respected reputation. Located just two hours south of Salt Lake City on U.S. Highway 89 in Sanpete County, the Arapeen OHV Trail offers over 600 miles of trails to explore. With various types of terrain, you can enjoy the fresh air and beautiful mountain lakes during your scenic ride. The Arapeen OHV Trail has been featured on multiple outdoor television shows, so if you’re craving adventure this is the place to be!

two ATV's parked on the side of a dusty trail

2. Five Mile Pass OHV Area

This local hotspot is 14 miles west of Eagle Mountain, Utah and boasts year-round trails. The terrain is made of rocky trails that wind through the natural vegetation. The Bureau of Land Management is in the process of planning a developed campground with water resources and has already installed four new restrooms. Not only can you ride your ATV, but the trails are friendly enough for smaller motorized vehicles as well. With an abundance of flat land, there can be fun for the whole family.

a side x side rider coming down the face of a sand dune

3. Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

Located between Mount Carmel Junction and Kanab is the picturesque Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. Known as the shifting sea of red sand, the whole family can participate in the fun. There is a park fee of $10 per vehicle for single-day use. Camping fees vary on how many sites and hookups you will need; be sure to check out their website for more information. The Coral Pink Sand Dunes are open seven days a week. Come prepared and don’t forget water!

a truck and trailer getting ready to unload ATV's in the desert

4. Knolls OHV Area

If you are visiting the Bonneville Salt Flats, then you must stop by and ride the Knolls OHV Area. With over 36,000 acres, this area boasts hills, sand dunes, and various terrain trails. You must have a whip flag and newer sand tires are recommended. The entrance fee for this year-round area is $6 per vehicle or you can get an annual pass for $40. The Park asks that you respect and stay within the boundary lines as there is a military bombing range nearby. This is the place to ride if you want all terrains in one stop.

ATV's lined up behind rippled sand dunes in the sunset

5. Little Sahara Sand Dunes

Just like the name suggests, this mini version of the Sahara Desert located in central Utah - 4 miles west of Jericho Junction and only 115 miles from Salt Lake City. The Little Sahara Sand Dunes offer 60,000 acres of exploring. If you want to camp out, there is an $18 fee per vehicle for one night. Whether you are looking for sand, hills, rocky terrain, or winding through bushes. The Little Sahara will keep you coming back for more.

6. Mill Canyon OHV Trails

This 43-mile trail in Mill Canyon is full of serene beauty including small waterfalls and an abundance of wildlife. Located in Wasatch County, the Mill Canyon Trail is open from 5/1-11/1. The State Park fee for this ride is $7 per day up to 8 people or $75 for an annual State Park pass. There is an additional National Forest Recreation fee of $6 for a 3-day pass or an annual pass of $45. Research the trailheads before your adventure and make sure someone back home knows where you are.

7. Pine Lake OHV Trail

If you are looking for a majestic trail, look no further. The Pine Lake OHV Trail is a 21-mile loop that is made of mostly dirt roads. The loop consists of Pine Lake, Powell Point Overlook, and Pole Canyon. You will be amazed by the scenic views during your ride that you will want to come enjoy this trail year-round. There are no entrance fees, but if you wish to camp, there is an $11 fee for both tent and RV. With calm terrain, this can be a great ride for the whole family.

8. Paiute ATV Trail System

The Paiute Trail starts with a climb for several miles as you ascend the mountain. Once you reach the trailhead, you will have access to over 900 miles of trails and country. Breathe the fresh air of the thick forests and enjoy the serenity of nature. Richfield is the most popular town to enter in from. Plan accordingly and you will have endless adventures with this large trail system.

9. American Fork Canyon

Located in American Fork Canyon, Utah this area offers endless trails of different terrain and levels of intensity. Most of the trails are labeled moderate and accommodate ATV’s, side-by-sides, and dirt bikes. Some of the places the trails will lead you are: Snake Creek Canyon, Mineral Basin, Soldier Hollow, and Silver Lake. The park asks that you caution steep drop-offs during your ride, other than that - enjoy yourself!

10. Moab

Moab is one of the most recognized places to visit in Utah. Vastly due to its red rock excursions and serene beauty. Besides rock climbing, river rafting, and mountain biking, Moab offers incredible adventures for OHV’s. There are a handful of different trails to ride on, but most riders stick to the top 4: Fins & Things, Poison Spider Mesa, Steel Bender, and Hell’s Revenge. Each one offers its own unique experience and intensity level. One thing is for sure, you won’t be disappointed coming to Moab.

These top 10 spots have provided you the information, now you must go out and experience these beautiful places for yourself. From the windy trails of Five-Mile Pass, to climbing different sand dunes, and to the majestic beauty of the Moab; Utah is sure to impress. Off-highway vehicles are fun and exciting but can be dangerous so be sure to wear helmets. The State of Utah also wants to remind riders to watch out for fellow riders and pedestrians during rides and to make sure you are well prepared for your ride. No matter the adventure you crave, you can find it in Utah.

Monday, October 7, 2019

The 8 Best Outlets and Malls in Utah

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From serene deserts to strange rock formations, Utah is a wonderful and majestic place to explore. While you spend days planning activities add these 8 malls and outlets into your schedule. Some of them are modern, some take you back in time, but all are down-right impressive! Most of these options also include world-class dining and fun activities for the whole family. These are not in any special order but here are the 8 best shopping outlets and malls in Utah.

shoppers walking through a round open-air center

1. City Creek Center- Salt Lake City, Utah

This premier hot spot is located just off I-15 in the heart of Salt Lake City. With world-class shopping and dining options, City Creek should be at the top of your list. Some of the featured stores listed here are: Lululemon, Albion, Kendra Scott, Fabletics, and so many more. Bring the kids to City Creek and enjoy activities such as feeding the fish, and Minecon at the Microsoft store. Even if you are having a friend’s night out, your group can decorate cakes at Albion with The Blonde Who Bakes. The events at this mall are ever-growing and should not be missed!

large angled LED sign mounted on a building

2. University Place- Orem, Utah

With a tagline of, “Unlike Anything Else in Utah Valley”, this four-generation owned shopping destination is a landmark in Orem. Not only does this shopping center have entertainment accompanied by retailers and dining, but it also has a two-acre outdoor space - The Orchard - that is used for events all year. Bring the little ones to their Kid’s Place and let them roam around the playground or even play in the splash pad! When you are ready to relax, enjoy this center’s large water-fountain or enjoy a meal at one of their many dining options.

lights hanging across an open-air shopping center

3. The Shops at Riverwoods- Provo, Utah

After you spend the day going to Bridal Veil Falls at the south end of Provo Canyon, you will want to head to the Shops at Riverwoods to refresh. This center is equipped with unique stores and a handful of dining options. You can even hit the beach? Provo Beach is a 50,000 sq. ft. place where you can surf, eat, and play! You can also wind down in a float spa at True Rest Float Spa. From beautiful waterfalls to unique malls, Provo is a great place to spend the day and the Riverwoods is the icing on the cake!

stylish upscale men's wear hanging and folded

4. Outlets Park City- Park City, Utah

Formerly known as Tanger Outlets, this shopping center is home to over 65 brand name stores including Michael Kors, Nike, Fossil, JCrew, and many more. Families can stop in at the Children’s play area and take a rested break from shopping. If you want to engage in some physical activity, this outlet also offers bike-sharing. The electric bicycles are available for rent so you can explore the rest of what Park City has to offer.

a fountain shooting water high into the sky, lit purple

5. Station Park- Farmington, Utah

With first-class dining, shopping, and entertainment, this beautiful display of a shopping center is set to impress. Meet up with friends at Fountain Square which is strategically placed North of Cinemark theaters. From there, shop at one of the name brand or one-of-a-kind stores or enjoy a fun activity such as painting pottery. When you get tired from shopping, Station Park also boasts a Hyatt Hotel and gourmet eateries. Customers are especially excited to eat here now that P.F. Chang’s has opened. If you happen to visit this place in the winter, you can enjoy an outdoor skating rink! Station Park is a one-stop-shop and should be on the list of places to visit!

6. The Shoppes at Zion- Saint George, Utah

Nestled against a hill in the gorgeous southwest desert is The Shoppes at Zion, with over 30 premium shopping and dining options. You will find a store for every person in your family here and within budget! The Shoppes at Zion is a great place to stop by while you are out enjoying the beauty of Saint George and with this shopping center being close to Las Vegas, The Grand Canyon, and Zion National Park your options for entertainment are endless.

upscale menswear hanging below advertisements

7. The Shops at South Town- Sandy, Utah

This newly renovated shopping center prides itself on being a one-stop-shop. With over 100 options for dining, retail, and entertainment, there is something for everyone. The Shops at South Town have a blend of unique stores as well as known retailers like H&M, Macy’s, and HomeGoods. Take a break from shopping and enjoy the Dining Terrace or head to the Round 1 Bowling and Amusement for family fun. Make sure to check out their website for coupons before you go. On your way into this magnificent shopping center, look around and see the breathtaking view of the mountains, it is sure to impress!

8. Gardner Village- West Jordan, Utah

This one-of-a-kind shopping center is like taking a step back in time. Located in the Salt Lake Valley the Gardner Village reflects the early Utah pioneer mill industry. However, you will still find trendy clothing options at one of the many small shops. What is great about Gardner Village is you can bring family and friends here to create lasting memories doing fun-artistic activities like candy making, sewing, and furniture painting. You can also host an event in one of their four venues including the Gardner flour mill. The historic atmosphere of Gardner Village will leave you wanting to go back in time more often.

Red rocks and the Salt Lake are well-known in Utah but now so are these 8 best-shopping outlets and malls. Whether you want to stay close to central Utah or venture down towards the southwest corner of the State, you will be pleased with any of these shopping experiences. From the busy central life of City Creek, the Fountain Square at Station Park or time warp of Gardner Village, you can ensure you will make unforgettable memories while exploring the great land that is Utah.

Monday, September 30, 2019

8 Fan Favorites – The Most Popular Foods in Utah

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Utah! Home of the Najavo, and the land of western settlers. A place full of deep history, amazing nature, and incredible sights to see. Well, no less amazing is the insane variety of strange and unique foods and drinks on offer throughout this great state. Listed below are just some of the fan favorites.

honey in jars being pulled with a honey dipper

1. Enjoy the sweet marvel that is honey! No list about Utah foods and beverages is complete without honoring the beehive, the state’s symbol. Utah has a long history of honey-making and beehive keeping, stretching back to the old days of its formation. Early Mormon settlers of Utah saw the beehive as a symbol of their hard work and industriousness, and they harvested the sweet nectar by the droves. When in the area and looking for a treat, Miller’s Honey, in particular, will make for a fine eat. They’re one of the country’s biggest sellers of the product and promise raw, unfiltered, pure honey.

pastrami burger with cups of ketchup and mustard

2. Chow down on the Crown Burger! Crown Burgers has set a real craze out in Salt Lake City’s burger-loving people with their signature charbroiled beef patty burger with hot pastrami, cheese, lettuce, and rounded out with tomato and fresh-cut onions on a warm sesame seed bun. Adding to the overall flavor is a generous spreading of Utah’s famed fry sauce, which we’ll be getting to next on our list. No meat-eating burger-lover visiting Utah should miss this mouth-watering delight. Stop on by the Crown Burgers at one of their seven locations across the state, five of which being in the Salt Lake City.

a cup of speckled pink fry sauce next to some french fries

3. Discover the wonder that is Fry Sauce! It’s not altogether clear just who invented this incredible condiment. Some say it was a man named Don Carlos Edwards of the restaurant the Article Circle, whereas others claim Edwards took the idea from a passing customer or another eatery in the area. One thing is certain though, Utah was where Fry Sauce came to be, and when in the area, it’s every traveler’s right and privilege to sample this original flavor. For those unfamiliar with Utah’s signature blend of sauce, it’s a secret but simple combination of ketchup, mayonnaise, and often paired with pickle juice for extra flavor.

a metal kitchen sink piled high with bananas, soft serve ice cream, and toppings

4. Test your belly with Angie’s Sink! Angie’s Sink is certainly one of the more unique foods you’ll find anywhere you go, and one that the mere thought of makes the mouth water. Brought to us by Angie’s Restaurant out in Logan, Utah, the Sink is pretty much what it sounds like. It’s a sink, of food! Mounds of creamy vanilla ice cream, two bananas whole, whipped cream, nuts, and a sweet cheery on top are what you’ll find in the sink.

a cheesy casserole baked to a golden brown in a dutch oven

5. Bask in the homemade warmth of a proper Dutch Oven dinner! Utah sure is a unique bit of land out in the Western US. Not a lot of states can say this, but out there they’ve even got an official state cooking pot, the Dutch Oven Cooking Pot. Hell, Utah even has an International Dutch Oven Society headquartered in Salt Lake City to symbolize their seriousness about their cooking. Dutch oven pots were a staple of old-time pioneers and settlers and often come in cast-iron cookware with a handle on top for easy transport and travel. One can make just about anything in one of these great cooking pots, and the only real limiter on their use is the imagination and one’s pallet. Get cooking!

corn taco shells filled with Navajo Taco fillings

6. Sample fine Navajo Tacos! Utah is a land of great history for the Navajo people. The official Navajo Nation is spread throughout the southeastern end of the state, and even touches borders with the state’s capital, Salt Lake City. So, when in the area, it’s only right that visitors interested in the state’s history and cuisine find their way to Navajo Hogan, dine in or take out. Local rumor has it that the Navajo-owned restaurant serves the best authentic style tacos in all of Navajo land and is not to be missed. Classic Navajo Tacos are made from ground beef, red beans, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and fry bread, often with the option of a blue corn shell as a tasty alternative.

7. Speaking of fine authentic cuisine, try Salt Lake City’s famed Puntas de Filete a la Nortena, of the Red Iguana! De Filete is the number one selling menu item at the Red Iguana, one of Salt Lake City’s finest Mexican restaurants. Visitors to the city can stop on by and expect to bite into this tasty meal of sirloin tips slow sautéed with bacon, jalapenos, onion, and fresh-cut tomatoes. It is certainly one meal not to miss for lovers of authentic Mexican food. The Red Iguana can be found at one of their two locations on Temple Street in Salt Lake City, Utah; 736 W North Temple, and 866 W South Temple Street and open from 11 AM to 10 PM most days of the week.

8. Peruse the finest microbrews Utah has to offer! Besides honey, Utah is probably most known (maybe, surprisingly) for its wide variety of custom microbrews and fine distilled liquors. Some of the local favorites of the state are Wasatch, Epic, and Uintah, when it comes to microbrews. For distilleries, one can’t go wrong with High West in Park City or Five Wives in Ogden. Wasatch, in particular, seems to have captured the attention of beer connoisseurs in the state, having consistently seen high ratings and fine reviews of their products since opening in 1986. Fun fact! Wasatch Brewery was the first brewery in all of Utah, and among the first craft breweries throughout the US.

Desserts and fine meals, historic brews and sinks full of ice cream, fry sauce and more, Utah offers something for everyone to enjoy. The state is rife with interesting foods and amazing beverages. While travelers certainly won’t want to miss out on any of the foods listed here, there is no way we could cover all of the great eats Utah has to offer. Get on out there and get chomping! These tasty menu items won’t eat themselves after all!

Monday, September 23, 2019

Top 10 Steaks in Utah County

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Running north and south along I-15, bounded by the Wasatch Range to the east and Utah Lake to the west, you will find the communities of Utah County. If you find yourself in this vicinity, Utah County might be a good place to go hunting for that well-marbled, prime grade steak. Your inner beast will sit up, beg, and roll over for the chance to taste that first juicy morsel of steak cooked just the way you like it. Journey through Utah Valley and enjoy the experience, searching for some of the best steaks you've ever had.

bone-in steak and potato wedges on a wood table

1. Ruby River

Ruby River is most honored to serve the local community of Provo. Voted Utah’s Best Steak by City Search and City Weekly, Ruby River offers more than high-quality steaks. This restaurant serves a full menu with steak, soup, steamed veggies, and salads. They also serve battered fries. Be sure to try a Sirloin combo or one of their specialty steaks in the $20-$30 range.

2. Rodizio Grill

Those who know say that the Rodizio Grill, a Brazilian steakhouse, is one of the best choices for steak in the county. Located in Provo, this restaurant showcases a South American venue with a variety of cuts cooked to perfection. The Tri-tip steak is one of the favorites. For dessert, try cheesecake Brazilian style with exceptional sauce. Meals run from $20-$30 with special pricing for children and buffet options.

a steak topped with rock salt, with a side of grilled cherry tomatoes

3. Magleby’s

If you are hungry for a slow-roasted Prime Rib, Magleby’s might be right for you. Serving prime-grade cuts beef for over thirty years, this family restaurant has something for everyone’s taste. Steak meals with all the trimmings run for about $16-$45 depending on the cut. Expect truly great food, a warm greeting, and world-famous breadsticks. Be sure to try one of the world-famous deserts Magleby’s has to offer.

4. La Jolla Groves

It’s time to get away and experience delicious food in great company. La Jolla Groves will prove a good choice with a compelling ambiance and exotic menu. Try the Tenderloin Medallions or Filet Mignon and take some time to unwind. This island-like get-away won’t let you down. While the Wagyu Filet Mignon runs about $50, you could also consider the Hanger steak with chimichurri for $36.

a long steak on the grill with flames beneath

5. Carrabba's Italian Grill

A couple of Sicilian boys from Texas found themselves in Utah County and decided to share their family’s love for food. Though Carraba’s showcases Italian cuisine, a good steak is still a choice. Scarf down a Tuscan Sirloin or try Tuscan-grilled Rib Eye to tame your inner beast. Prices run from $15 to $30 for a remarkable steak dinner. Italian desserts are to die for, so be sure to add one on for your guilty pleasure.

6. Communal

Downtown Provo provides a good home for Communal. This restaurant flaunts local farmer's and producer’s goods, using fresh produce in their large, sharable portions. Open design provides a view into the kitchen action as they prepare your Miso Flank Steak with Pickled Cucumber Ponzu for about $30. For a side with a knock-out punch try roasted poblano mashed potatoes. If you prefer, you could try risotto or polenta cakes for a nice change.

a large steak served with french fries

7. Cubby’s Chicago Beef

Slyly disguised as a sandwich and salad restaurant, an intrepid steak hunter might pass it by; however, meat lovers can still enjoy this cuisine. Salads and sandwiches are readily available smothered with tri-tip steak. The folks at Cubby’s agree: “Eating out at a favorite restaurant should be affordable & never boring”. You can snag a good sandwich or piled-high salad for around 8 bucks. For a special county fair-like treat, try the Chocolate Caramel Whoopie Pie for dessert.

8. Texas Roadhouse

As far as franchise restaurants go, Texas Roadhouse is one of the best. Located in Provo, this one will not disappoint. This western-themed affair provides a casual dining atmosphere and is a great place to unwind. A variety of expertly-prepared steaks is available. Try the Roadkill - never fear, it is just a gussied-up chop steak smothered with sautéed onions, sautéed mushrooms, and jack cheese. Other delectable steak choices are waiting for you. Great steak dishes run from $12 - $30.

grilled chicken breast on top of seasoned potato wedges

9. DP Cheesesteaks

If you like your steak on a bun, smothered with gooey cheese, peppers and onions, you will find DP Cheesesteaks located in both Lehi and Provo. This quick, unpretentious meal is great for the passer-by, flying low on the way to other destinations. Several variations on the Philly Cheesesteak theme are offered. Sandwiches run from $8-$10 for regular and large - a great meal price. So whether you find yourself in need of a good traveler’s stretch break or just a quick sandwich dripping with juice on your lunch break, make DP’s your favorite stop.

10. Mo'Bettahs

Looking for something a little more unusual? You might be surprised to find that this little trip to Hawaii is nestled in Provo, UT. For a different taste, try the Steak Teriyaki (or Pulehu Steak). If you like you can combine it with chicken and pork samples - but then, some of us are just steak purists. Dishes run from $10-$16 for a very reasonable, uncomplicated, tasty meal.

a thick cut steak smothered in brown gravy

Be prepared for a tasty treat as you continue your excursion through Utah County, stay as a guest or settle in as a resident in this pristine part of the country. Whether you're searching for a full steak meal deal with all the sides or a pleasant steak sandwich, restaurants in Utah County will surprise the hungry steak hunter. Be sure to try one or several of the many options available. You will want to come hungry to better experience the taste of a good steak, or sandwich and all the trimmings. Time and time again the hungry beast will be agreeably satiated.