Monday, October 27, 2014

Eva's Bakery

By Tim Tinker



Eva’s Bakery has opened for lunch, dinner and brunch service. Eva’s has been a mainstay in downtown Salt Lake, centrally located on 155 South Main. 


Eva’s creates what they describe as the European bakery experience based on pastries and light for breakfast and lunch, with more elaborate dishes available during their Thursday through Saturday dinner service. A vegan menu is always available, if you’re into that kind of thing.  



The Wife and I were treated to a special three course event. Starters were Roasted Duck Chowder, and Organic Green Salad. Entrees were Mary’s Organic Pecan-Crusted Chicken Breast and Braised Local Pork Roast. Desserts were Molten Chocolate Cake, and Lemon Chiffon Cake. This menu set up very nice for us to try six favorites, and get a good feel for the hip urban surroundings. Simply put, the dishes scored a perfect six for six with the Wife and I, who essentially split all six. 



My favorite was the Braised Local Pork Roast—and local is a common theme this fall at Eva’s, who strive to use fresh locally produced ingredients. The pork itself was extremely tender, and the flavor was an interesting fresh take on a timeless dish. The Wife’s entrees description is symbolic of what Eva’s is all about: Mary’s Organic Pecan-Crusted Chicken Breast served over local vegetables, currant-tomato chutney & Dijon cream sauce. I must also mention an overlooked perk of Eva Bakery: the Fresh Sourdough and Garlic Butter. 


155 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 
(801) 355-3942 

Open for  breakfast, lunch and dinner Thursday-Saturday, 
Breakfast and lunch Monday-Saturday.

European Style Bakery in the heart of Downtown, Wine and beer available.



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cakeballz in Utah




Have you heard of Cakeballz? They are a concoction of both cake and frosting rolled into one to create a delicious flavor wrapped in tasty chocolate. You have probably seen them on sticks and called cake pops. Cakeballz are the same amazing taste with out the hassle of a stick.

We were so excited to find that Cakeballz are now sold at local Costco stores! They come frozen and are good for one year and good for up to 60 days thawed. Cakeballz come in three flavors, Red Velvet, Birthday Cake and Chocolate.



Trying to make these yourself is a time consuming task so we were thrilled to know we could just pick them up on our regular Costco excursion. They are great for parties, showers, gifts, after school treats or just because you want a tasty treat!

We love the taste of Cakeballz and think you will too! Next time you are at Costco make sure to grab a box to try.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Power of Your Purse 2014



For over 100 years United Way of Salt Lake has served and straightened the greater Salt Lake Community. United Way of Salt Lake's promise is to change the odds, so that all kids and families regardless of their circumstances, have the same chance to succeed in school and life.  UWSL's mission is to improve lives and build string communities by uniting individuals and organizations with the will, passion, expertise and resources needed to solve problems.
United Way of Salt Lake has a powerful and generous network of donors and United Way of Salt Lake's Women's Leadership Council is hosting their signature gala on October 30th. Come find out how you can be a part of the collective power, wisdom, and generosity of women in your community and learn how you can take a leading role to help young girls reach their potential through education.

The new hotness is the Power of Your Purse. The Power of Your Purse is a much anticipated charitable event held at The Grand America Hotel’s Imperial Ballroom. An inspirational program will be held in honor of the success and potential of the women living in your community. Learn how your contributions can fuel the fire for the girls and young women in your neighborhood.

Jane Pauley, journalist, author and philanthropist will be the keynote speaker.

Power of Your Purse is a great opportunity to get out on the town and experience Salt Lake’s premier hotel offering at The Grand America. You will be inspired, and more importantly, your contributions will inspire the incredible women who are determined to succeed, and pay their success forward. 


Date: Thursday, October 30, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m. - Reception |7:00 p.m. Dinner and Program
Location: Grand America Hotel | Imperial Ballroom | 555 S Main St, SLC
Cost: $1500 – Table Sponsor | $1250 Table of 10 | $125 – Individual ($70 tax-deducible)
Parking will be complimentary 



Make sure to RSVP to Power of Your Purse by October 27th.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Tracy Aviary Little Chicks Classes

By Aimee from The Elephant of Surprise  



When was the last time you went to Tracy Aviary? I just went today with my little ones to attend one of their "Little Chicks" classes, and we were all SUPER impressed. If you haven't been lately, you must--and if you have little ones between the ages of 2 and 5, click here to check out their Little Chicks classes. They offer these classes during the spring and fall, and although this week is the first week of classes, there's still time to sign up! Or you can register for the classes a la carte and do just one. 

The series is 6 weeks long, with 1 class a week. Classes last for an hour and include activities, songs, stories, and a snack. And the most exciting part is a new and special bird visits each class. 

Below is my son feeding our bird friends today.


Here is our cute teacher, Jenn leading the kids in bird exercises.


Today they got a little science exploration kit, and they even painted their own bags. So cute!


If you're a member at the Aviary already, the classes come at a discount. If you're not, you get to explore the aviary as part of the class fee each time you come. 

These birds are awesome, and there is lots of fun things for your kiddos to do.


Head over to the Tracy Aviary website to check out all the fun things they have going on there, and to register for their fun and educational Little Chicks Classes! You will love them.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

University of Utah Football Party Printables


We love this time of year because we love watching the Utes play football! Don't you?
Since the Utes will be headed to The Big House to play Michigan this week, we thought you might want to download our free University of Utah party printables for your at home football party.

http://www.iheartsaltlake.com/2011/09/free-university-of-utah-party.html





Monday, September 15, 2014

Eggs In The City


If you are looking for a comfortable diner style breakfast or brunch then head to Eggs In The City.
Eggs In The City has a relaxed vibe with tasty food. We love the neighborhood too!


Menu favorites include Huevos Rancheros, French Toast (loaded with fruit), Biscuits and Gravy, Meat Lovers Skillet and the Eggs Benedict.




1675 East 1300 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 
(801) 581-0809


Have you been to Eggs In The City? Tell us what you think? What do you like to order?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Mandarin



Every year The Mandarin in Bountiful wins award after award for their amazing Chinese food so we thought we would head north and check it out.



The Mandarin has been cooking up delicious Chinese food for over 35 years. As a family owned and operated business you are sure to receive great service from the friendly and knowledgeable staff.



The Mandarin uses fresh, local produce and high quality ingredients. Last summer they used over 2,000 pounds of local produce in just six weeks.
The fresh Crab and Cream Cheese Wontons are amazing!


We also love the Zesty Orange Sesame Shrimp, Pot Stickers and Char Shu. The  Pot Stickers were cooked to perfection!


With so many choices for a main course we recommend the Kung Pao Chicken, Black Bean Chicken, Almond Chicken, Honey Walnut Shrimp, and the Mongolian Pork. Just thinking about these dishes makes me want to go back for more.



You can also ask your server for some recommendations, but really we loved every single thing we have tasted from The Mandarin.



The Mandarin can get quite busy (because everyone loves their food!) but groups of 8 or more can make reservations or smaller groups can call ahead to get on the waiting list.


And of course we can't forget to mention the frozen lemonades that come in a variety of flavors. The Lime and Raspberry were so tasty.


The Mandarin also excels in making delicious desserts! Handcrafted ice creams, bread pudding, crispy bananas, chocolates cake and more.  My favorite being the Frozen Whipped Lemon Cloud (not pictured).



The Mandarin takes a 3 week vacation each year, so they will be closed from September 14th- October 5th.  They will reopen October 6th.  Just in time for their "Woktoberfest", Oct 13-23.  During this time The Mandarin will feature over a dozen menu items in 1/2 size portions, Monday-Thursday, in house dining only.  It's a great way to try something new. 

The Mandarin
348 East 900 North
Bountiful, Utah 
(801) 298-2406


Have you been to The Mandarin? If so tell us what you think and your favorite thing to order. 

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