Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Order Gourmet Burgers at Kiosks inside Utah McDonald's

By Victoria Saley from obSEUSSed

If you haven't been to McDonald's this month, you'll be surprised at the changes you'll see inside. Utah is a test market to try a new dining experience and when I tried it this month, I can tell you this is a game-changer for McDonald's. 

Marissa and I had fun trying out the kiosk.

Walk inside your local McDonald's and you'll notice the Create Your Taste touchscreen kiosk (60+ restaurants will offer this in Utah by the end of 2015. It is brand new!). It allows you to customize your perfect burger. In addition to the traditional sesame seed bun, there are now options like artisan breads, ciabatta rolls and lettuce wrapped burgers. You can make it any way you want.

To tell you the truth, the only negative thing I could notice is that it took a little longer to order at first because I wanted scroll through to see all the 20+ toppings like guacamole, sriracha mayo, chili lime tortilla strips, caramelized onions and more.  The first time you try it, just plan to take your time to see all the options. Once you know the basics, you'll be a pro in no time. 

Pay at the kiosk and they deliver your food to your table in stylish wire baskets. It takes 5-10 minutes for them to freshly prepare the food but I enjoyed my time waiting as I sipped on my soda, looked at my phone (gotta love that free wi-fi at McD) and watched my kids play in the play land. The 2nd and 3rd visits I ordered for just myself (not my whole family), the order was done just under 5 minutes.

It was so much fun customizing my burger to my taste. I tried a gourmet burger on an artisan roll with pepper jack cheese, guacamole and Sriracha mayo.  Yes, it had a kick! You can tell a difference in the meat and how it is prepared. They have a separate grill to pan sear the burgers. McDonald's explained each restaurant has hired 2-3 additional staff to run Create Your Taste, (including a chef to run the grill) so computers are not replacing jobs.

I was so impressed with this new gourmet burger dining experience at McDonald's. 
I'm excited Utah is one of the few test markets to start offering Create Your Taste.  Look for the logo outside your McDonald's. Check this link for a location near you: Create Your Taste Locations




We want you to try it out too. I Heart Salt Lake is giving away a $25 McDonald's Arch Card (gift card).

To enter the giveaway fill out the form below.

The winner is Cathie P!
Giveaway ends at midnight Decemeber7, 2015.
Winner will be chosen at random. 

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*Disclaimer: I was provided a free meal to test this out and gift cards to share with readers of iHSL. All opinions are 100% my own. (seriously impressed with the changes at McD!)

Monday, November 30, 2015

Candlelight Christmas and a Giveaway

Who is getting excited for Candlelight Christmas at This Is The Place Heritage Park? It is such a fun experience! If you haven't been before, make sure to check it out this year.

 It is such a great way to experience Christmas of over a century ago during quieter and simpler times.

Candlelight Christmas runs December 7th-23 and December 26th (Monday- Saturday evenings).
$11 adults, $8 children (3-11) and seniors. Children 2 and under free.
5:00 pm- 9:00 pm
Live Nativity and Father Christmas opens at 6:00 pm

Take home a little bit of Christmas by joining in the fun of making crafts and homemade gifts in one of the decorated historic homes or pioneer cabins. Don't forget to do some holiday shopping at the Gift Shop at the Visitors Center or at the ZCMI Mercantile. You can also get a hot soup meal at the Huntsman Hotel.

$2 off Candlelight Christmas passes by mentioning I Heart Salt Lake!

We are giving away 6 free passes to Candlelight Christmas and a certificate for a dozen donuts on our Instagram. Head over there for easy entry! 

This Is The Place Heritage Park

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Franz Spirit of Giving and a Giveaway

Did you know that every year Franz Family Bakery hosts the Spirit of Giving charitable event to give back to the community?

Throughout the month of November, (November 1st-November 28th), Franz accepts nominations for 50 families in need to receive $500 along with Franz food products (including a year supply of Franz bread) to help make their lives a little more special during the holiday season. Sounds pretty cool right? Well it gets even better, if your nominee is picked then you receive a year supply of Franz bread too!

Do you have someone in mind you would like to nominate? Simply click here to nominate a family.

To help kick of this awesome event Franz is teaming up with us to giveaway a bag of Franz goodies to one lucky I Heart Salt Lake reader!

To enter the giveaway head over to our Instagram to enter to win

Thursday, October 1, 2015

This Is The Place Halloween Discount and Giveaway

Are you looking for some fun Halloween inspired things to do with your kids this season? Than look no further than This Is The Place Heritage Park. They have some fun family friendly activities both you and your children will enjoy!

We have teamed up with them to give I Heart Salt Lake readers $2 off at This Is The Place plus a chance to win a family pass. More on that below. But first let us tell you about a few of the fun things to do at This Is The Place Heritage Park.

Get dressed up and head to the park to check out Little Haunts!

Little Haunts October 15-17, 24 and 31
A "Not so Scary Trick or Treat" for the Little Spooks!
Pony and Train Rides, Panning for Gold and Treasure House
The Story Witch!
Take Home Crafts
The Heritage Park Gift Shop 
Trick or Treating 

You can also check out the Haunted Village and the Witches Ball. Must purchase separate tickets for these events. Little Haunts is included in park entrance fee.

To receive $2 off your entrance fee to This Is The Place Park use code: I Heart Salt Lake. The code is valid through October 2015. 

To enter to win a family pass for 6 and a dozen donuts head over to the I Heart Salt Lake Instagram!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Camera Shy Photography

Last week I took my kids to have their pictures taken at Camera Shy Photography at Gardner Village. It was such a good experience!

Camera Shy has three locations, you can find them at Gardner Village, Jordan Landing and in Lehi. They specialize in fun, high quality photographs that are convenient and affordable.

For only $89 you get a 40 minute session, a CD with your edited images, same day printing, and more. Sounds great right?

The 40 minute sessions fly by, even for kids. The Camera Shy staff is fun and energetic plus they know all the right tricks to getting little ones to smile. My twin two year olds were laughing, giggling and having the best time along with my six year old. I didn't have to lift a figure during the photo shoot.

Each Camera Shy studio has numerous backgrounds, walls, furniture and props to use in each session. The photographers are great about working with you to get what you want out of your session and also offer suggestions to get the most out of your photo shoot.

Give Camera Shy a try next time you need pictures, we loved them!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Treats and Trends Catering and Cookies

We recently stopped by The Store in Holladay to try out the Treats and Trends cookies we have been hearing about. Let me tell you, they did not disappoint! There are so many different flavors to choose from, including some unique cookie flavors that you won't find at other bakeries.

We love the classic Vanilla, Dr. Pepper, Lemon and Cotton Candy!
Other flavors we can't wait to try are the Neapolitan, Avocado Cream Cheese, Pistachio, Dirty Diet Coke, Cookie Dough Frosting, Pina Colada, and so many more!

You can find Treats and Trends cookies in both of The Store shops, Jolley's , Pop Shop and of course through custom orders.

One thing you may not know about Treats and Trends is they also do catering. That's right, you can have Treats and Trends cater your private event! They are a full service catering company that will customize a menu to fit your needs. Call for more information.

Head over to the I Heart Salt Lake Instagram for a chance to win a dozen assorted cookies from Treats and Trends! 


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Jump To Fun Utah Bounce Houses

Do you have an upcoming party your planning? If so then I suggest you head over to Jump To Fun Utah and check out their bounce houses and inflatables. They are a big hit with kids!

We recently had some friends over to check out two of the fun inflatables from Jump To Fun Utah. And of course we had a great time! The climbing wall was a fun addition too.

Prices are very competitive at Jump To Fun and they even offer monthly specials. They also rent chairs, tables, popcorn and snow-kone machines, games and more. 

You may remember us telling you how much we loved Jump To Fun Utah before.  We love that they come set up and clean up after the party. The work is all done for you!

Office hours Monday through Saturday 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Delivery hours Sunday though Saturday 9:00 am- 8:00 pm