Monday, September 30, 2019
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
1. Ruby RiverRuby 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. https://www.rubyriver.com/
2. Rodizio GrillThose 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. https://www.rodiziogrill.com/
3. Magleby’sIf 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. https://www.maglebys.com/
4. La Jolla GrovesIt’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. https://www.lajollagroves.com/
5. Carrabba's Italian GrillA 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. https://www.carrabbas.com/
6. CommunalDowntown 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. http://communalrestaurant.com/
7. Cubby’s Chicago BeefSlyly 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. https://cubbys.co/
8. Texas RoadhouseAs 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. https://www.texasroadhouse.com/restaurant-locations/utah/orem
9. DP CheesesteaksIf 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. http://www.dpcheesesteaks.com/
10. Mo'BettahsLooking 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. https://mobettahs.com/
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.
Monday, September 16, 2019
Fall has come, and the air is cool. Spooks are abounding, and leaves are turning a plethora of wonderous and festive colors. Halloween is just around the corner, and it’s time to get out in the world and enjoy some of the best fall time events to be found in Utah. Get ready for tasty treats, spooky tricks, and a season bursting with fun for the whole family with our list of the 8 Best Festive Fall Events in Utah! Keep reading now, you don’t want to miss this!
1. Enjoy the thrills of Cornbelly’s, an adventurous and fun time for the entire family. Cornbelly’s is one-part fair, two-parts corn maze, and a haunted house, all combined with wagon rides, bounce houses, duck races, and more. Adding a bonus to an already grand time is that Cornbelly’s is only one part of the greater experience one can find at the Thanksgiving Point Gardens – a nonprofit farm, garden, and museum in Lehi, Utah. Those traveling in the area, or those just never have made the trip out to the farm, should not miss Cornbelly’s this fall season.
2. Find wonder in the Gardner Village WitchFest! Every year, from September 15th to October 31st, visitors to the great state of Utah can head on over to Gardner Village to enjoy a variety of fun witch costumes and puppets flying through the air, a scavenger hunt for the kids, and a fun evening rounded out with some tasty treats at the local bakery at a discount. It’s fun for the whole family, and a great way to welcome to the season of spooks this year. What better way could there be to experience the local flair and life of native Utah this Halloween season?
3. Find terror and thrills on a spook-filled Sleepy Hollow Wagon Ride. No Halloween is complete without at least a tale being told of poor old Ichabod Crane and how he lost his head one foggy Halloween night. Well, this year experience the tale yourself as the headless horseman chases you down and haunts your journey. The main attraction might the headless rider of legend, but wagon riders can expect a variety of scary encounters and thrilling moments all throughout the ride, from a variety of different monsters and ghouls to boot. Head on over to Midway, Utah, for the event that runs every weekend up to Halloween.
4. Float downriver at the Provo River Halloween Cruise. The water is still, the sky is dark, and the banks are filled with the glowing eyes of hundreds of orange Jack-O-Lanterns. It makes for quite the sight, that much we guarantee. And don’t worry about cheap tricks and plastic trinkets making for a disappointing venture, as each pumpkin shining out at you is hand-carved from the real deal . . . one must wonder just how many they go through a season. But that’s not all, as river riders can expect a few additional spooks and events while on their way via a pirate attack and, if you’re lucky, the captain of the barge might even share his tale of woe and sorrow with his crew. The cruise can be found in Provo, Utah, and is geared more toward children and families.
5. Venture out to This Is The Place Heritage Park to enjoy this Halloween season’s Little Haunts event! Little Haunts is hosted in the park itself and offers a wide variety of fall time fun. The staff dresses up in costume, visitors are encouraged to join in and do so too, and kids are welcomed to make their way around the area trick-or-treating to their heart’s delight. While one might go to Little Haunts for the Halloween fun, the park’s other activities are up and running and ready to be experienced as well. Some of the fun that can be had are pony rides, petting zoos, train, and wagon rides, and panning for gold!
6. Drive on by and enjoy South Salt Lake’s famed Monster Radio! This fun event is part music show and part light show thrills as classic monsters and figures strung up as lights sing along and dance on billboards to the grooves of the beat being played out for audiences. The event runs for about three hours in all, but it’s a come as you please affair, where families should by no means feel stuck or obligated for the long haul. For a relaxing and stress-free time, check out the Monster Radio in South Salt Lake, Utah.
7. Roll out to Jaker’s Jack-O-Lanterns! Jaker’s is tailor-made for family fun with their massive pumpkin patches, corn mazes, spooky alleys and thrills, and giant slides for kids to zip down on. Jaker’s comes complete with tons of other activities to enjoy, some good food too, and all for a low price of $3 per person ages three and up. Jaker’s Jack-O-Lanterns can be found at 400 S 950 W in Springville, Utah.
8. Take a long ride out in the majestic nature of Logan Canyon. While well worth a visit any time of the year, maybe not winter unless you feel fine with being cold, Logan Canyon is a true sight during the fall season. Visitors can expect to see hillsides aflame with red and golden leaved trees, a cool atmosphere perfect for outdoor fun, and perhaps best of all, you’ll have missed the summertime rush and find a more peaceful experience at Logan Canyon than what otherwise might have been found. Logan Canyon can be found out near the Utah State University in northeastern Utah.
Fall really is chock-full of fun and spooky adventures to be had, and there is plenty of that to be had in Utah, that’s for sure. Flee from the Headless Horseman, laugh as witches fly through city streets, and rock out as your favorite monsters dance in the dark to some of the season’s best-themed tunes. All of that and more can be found during this fall season across Utah. Now get on out there to see them all!
Monday, September 9, 2019
Mountain climbers, hikers, and travelers all have two specific things in common – the thrill of adventure in their hearts, and the desire to see amazing things. Well, the rock-climbing scene of Utah won’t disappoint.
Utah is home to a wide variety of climbing challenges and awe-inspiring vistas. Strange formations in arid lands, lush valley canyons of green where the wind carries cotton, watery canyons laying watch over rivers and more can be found in this amazing place. We could go on for days about the many locations and things to see when out for a climbing adventure in Utah, but we’ve decided to narrow down the list to only the best. Check out below for our top 5 climbing locations in Utah!
1. Maple CanyonLocated just outside Fountain Green, in Central Utah, Maple Canyon is known by hikers and climbers for its cobblestone appearance and a multitude of possible paths up and around the location. As opposed to many hiking paths in the area, much of Maple Canyon is shaded and as such the perfect place for a relaxing day outdoors when the heat is too much to bear in other locations.
This Canyon is what is known as a conglomerate rock, with embedded clasts (cobbles), and is very accessible by road and public transportation. The difficulty of the climb itself varies, but it’s recommended that intermediate to experienced climbers take on this challenge as the cobblestone landscape of the canyon makes for an interesting and unique experience.
2. Rock CanyonRock Canyon is known to have hikers across its vista’s day and night. It can be found on the east end of Provo and drops off into the Virgin River. The make of the canyon varies, and climbers can expect to see reddish quartzite and limestone, among other rock and color combinations.
It can be difficult to access the canyon, and prospective climbers should plan ahead. Roads in the area are mostly unpaved, dirt only, and can be sandy and unsecured. Offroad vehicles may be required to make the trip, and while on foot travelers should watch for poison ivy near the exit of the canyon.
3. Desert TowersIn the famed Moab Desert, the Desert Towers are known around the world for their stark beauty and fascinating architecture. It is no exaggeration that climbers and travelers flock to the area from all around and that this location is one not to be missed.
Experienced climbers will find a thrilling challenge and an engaging time with the Desert Towers. The climb itself is sheer and high, allowing for an amazing view of a truly incredible place. What really enthralls climbers in this area, besides the view, is how each tower poses its own difficulties and challenges. Some of the top towers to challenge are Owl Rock, Ancient Art, the Castleton Tower, and The Priest.
4. Little Cottonwood CanyonLittle Cottonwood Canyon is as picturesque as it is extreme. Climbers have been enjoying the serene views of this location since the 1930s, and the canyon offers easy access and peaceful adventure outdoors. The canyon is located within Wasatch-Cache National Forest, a place worth visiting all on its own, and is a short 15-minute drive from Salt Lake City. The area is also known for the number of rare plants found to grown within the canyon, and mountain goats can often be spotted in the surrounding mountains. Lovers of geology and history may also want to know that the canyon is estimated to have been formed 15 to 25 thousand years ago by an alpine glacier, and the official term for this kind of canyon is a Glacial Trough.
5. American Fork CanyonThis is probably one of the most difficult canyons to traverse on this list, but it is no less an incredible place to be. The landscape is made up of dark caves, steep and sheer walls, and pocket-filled limestone caches. Adding to the canyon’s appeal is that due to the narrowness of the canyon’s walls, and abundant tree coverage, the canyon stays reasonable cool even during warm seasons in Utah.
Some climbing places of note in the area are Hell Cave, known by climbers to be one of the most difficult climbs in all of Utah, and The Membrane, popular among climbers of intermediate experience. Due to the popularity of the canyon, and the subsequent use and damage to the region by visitors, a small fee per-visitor is required to enjoy the canyon. Climbers can expect to have to pay $6 for a 3-day visit, $12 for 7 days, and $45 for an annual pass. In addition, there are a plethora of camping sights in the area, and any fees or costs associated with each will have to be paid.
Our list here has touched on only the top of what can be found for climbers and travelers in the Utah wilderness. From the easier routes of Maple Canyon to the sweat and grit laden paths of the American Fork Canyon, climbers of all kind will definitely find a place to be amongst the places described above.
And, the climb aside, the view alone would be well worth time spent in the area. The haunting view of Desert Towers is most recommended, but the rest all too have their charms and quirks for adventures to explore.
One way or another, the mountain climbing in Utah promises one hell of a good time. Adventures assemble! There are climbs to conquer and places to see, now send it!
Monday, September 2, 2019
Are you the ultimate thrill-seeker and adrenaline junkie searching for the ultimate fun vacation? If so, Utah is the perfect place for you to explore. Choose from amusement parks with options such as rollercoasters, haunted houses, and water parks. This area has everything you’re looking for in order to spend a wild and fun time with friends.
Check out the 8 best amusement parks in Utah proven to provide you with the ultimate adventure of a lifetime:
1. LagoonGet ready for a day filled with rides. You’ll find different attractions like rollercoasters and water rides to enjoy. Whether you’re interested in a coaster with speed or a lot of looping, this amusement park will have what you’re searching for. If you’re feeling hot that day and want to cool off, head over to the water rides.
Their main water ride, called Rattlesnake Rapids is an attraction filled with rapids ready to splash and soak you. Not into the thrilling rides? They also have some calm rides available for you to enjoy as well like a teacups ride or a merry-go-round. This park is fun for all ages and thrill-seeking levels.
There will be several birds flying around both in and outside of the different animal cages and habitats. You can also head over and check out all types of mammals and fluffy animals as well as the slippery reptiles inside of their respective habitats. You’re in for a wild time at this zoo.
There are several other entertaining activities like rides with tons of curves and drops. Some of the rides are made for you to enjoy to the fullest with unique lighting and fog effects. To take a break from some of the thrilling attractions, you can relax as you float along the lazy river.
You may even get to witness some dinosaurs you’ve never even heard of. As an added bonus, some of the dinosaur sculptures even move around and make different noises to be even more realistic.
5. High JumpIf you’re looking for a spot for your kids to enjoy themselves and release some energy, this will be great for them. There are a ton of different sections inside this area for your kids to jump around and have an entertaining time.
You’ll also find different inflatables for the kids to jump on and interact with. There are numerous obstacle courses and other activities to engage in and increase the fun you and your kids are having.
Once you’ve maxed out on your laser tag playing and are ready for a break, you can head to the bowling alley. Pop in for a few rounds of bowling for a friendly competition with friends and family. If bowling isn’t quite your sport, you can also rollerskate through the jungle-themed roller rink. Finish the day off with a round of billiards on the many pool tables. Boredom is nonexistent here.
You’ll walk into several different dark rooms inside of a warehouse. There will be a lot of things, and people, popping out to spook you throughout the attraction. In other words, be prepared to get scared.
Not only are the slides exciting for older kids and adults, but the little ones will have tons of fun on the playground. This water park is known to have one of the largest playgrounds with more than 12 different levels for them to explore.
Vacations are extremely fun to enjoy with the family. They're even more fun when you spend them going on different adventures by trying out all sorts of unique attractions. By choosing to spend your next vacation in Utah, you’re bound to have an action-packed vacation with non-stop fun.