Thursday, September 27, 2012

Thai Drift in Orem, Utah


I figured I better get some Thai food on my blog because I swear it's everyone's favorite cuisine. I'm more of a North/South American, European, Mediterranean, Indian food type gal, so I had to check out Urbanspoon for the list of top Thai places in Utah County. 
And here we landed at Thai Drift!
Don't mistake the above paragraph for me not liking Thai food. I do I do.

Spring Rolls $5.99

Pumpkin Curry $9.49
Wow. This pumpkin curry was fabulous, too sweet, but still pretty enjoyable. The sweetness fits right in for Utah Thai food I'm sure... The beef was tender, and we were both so excited to see big chunks of pumpkin. I thought the pumpkin would only be in the creamy part of the broth, but the large cubes added a special element to this dish. 

Galanga Coconut Soup (Tom Kai Gai) w/ tofu $9.49
And double wow! I ordered this dish because I had watched a particular episode of Master Chef on Hulu where Monti was stuck with ingredients that Christine had picked out. Anyway, she made an untraditional Tom Kai Gai, so naturally, I had to order it here at Thai Drift. The flavor of this soup was very well balanced and delicious. They give you a big bowl, too, so the leftovers were even better the next day.

Right: Sweet Rice & Mango $4.99

What is your favorite Thai restaurant? More importantly, where should I avoid?

Thai Drift on Urbanspoon

Monday, September 17, 2012

Cubby's Chicago Beef in Provo, Utah


Beet & Goat Cheese Salad

Cubby's is wonderful for both men who love hearty sandwiches and women who love salads. 
Also great for women who love hearty sandwiches and men who love salads. 

Original "Mr. Beef" - Thin slices of seasoned beef, topped with giardiniera (pickled veggies), placed on an Italian-style roll dipped in secret sauce.

Dragonslayer Burger - Bleu cheese burger, w/ spring mix, grilled onions, tomatoes, smoked bacon, & buffalo sauce, w/ housemade avocado spread.

I'm not kidding you--best burger I've ever had. I haven't uttered those words for a long time, let alone in Utah County, let alone, outside of In-n-Out (don't hate). They freshly grind their beef every day, so this patty is handmade folks and I'm pretty sure that had a lot to do with the incredible flavor and juiciness. It's the first time I've ever considered ordering a second burger right after consuming one. Don't forget the avocado spread!

Chicago Dog

Three Cheese Grilled Cheese

Rib City Tri-Tip Steak Sandwich (Cali-Style: Avocado & Cheddar)

Tri-Tip Steak Salad

Hoarder Burger - Sautéed portabella mushrooms, smoked bacon, crispy onions, smoked gouda, mixed greens, and a garlic aioli tarragon sauce.

After our first visit, Mark begged that we go back the next weekend "so I could gather more pictures", and welp, we're well on our way of trying everything on the menu!

Click on the Urbanspoon box below for more reviews and pictures:
Cubby's Chicago Beef on Urbanspoon

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Burger Bar in Roy, Utah


Do you ever watch Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives while starving?
When I do, I'm practically willing to hop on a plane right then and there and fly to whatever location I'm watching. 

Actually, I don't even have to be starving to want to do that...

Big Cheese Ben w/ Garden-Fresh Tomato

I should've taken a picture comparing the burger to my hand.
It was huge.
Not tall-huge, but wide-huge.

The burger was wide-huge, not my hand.

Old-Fashioned Hand-Cut Fries
The fries were most certainly delicious. My son's particular tray may have been the bottom of the batch because there were many tiny, crispy ones--my favorite. 

Buffalo Burger w/ Garden-Fresh Tomato
This one was a smaller, regular sized burger.

Peanut Butter Cookies and Cream Shake

Check out the Burger Bar DDD clip below!

Burger Bar on Urbanspoon

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Communal in Provo, Utah (lunch post)


Tomato Gazpacho

Housemade Basil Limeade and Raspberry Lemonade

House Fries

Roasted Cauliflower + Pickled Golden Raisins + Chili Flakes

Smoked Pulled Pork + Coleslaw + Pickled Onions on Pretzel Bun served with Baked Beans

This is a place you'll never get sick of because they have an ever-changing menu according to what's in-season. I'm always wanting to try every item on the menu.

Tomato/Avocado/Sprout/Cucumber + Creamy Herb Dressing on Multi-Grain Bread served w/ La Nay Ferme Greens

Communal is part of the Heirloom Restaurant Group.
We love the Heirloom Group and feel like they best represent the way we love to eat.
They use incredibly fresh, local, and in-season ingredients 
which makes simple food taste amazing.
They practically house-make everything.

Allred Peach & Cherry Cobbler w/ Butter Pecan Ice Cream

We feel like we completely understand the way they do things 
and we whole-heartedly appreciate and respect their philosophy.

P.S. - They have an incredible brunch menu on Saturday mornings. 
And of course, their dinner menu is also amazing. 

Lunch: Tues-Fri 11:30-2:30
Dinner: Tues-Sat 5-10
Brunch: Sat. 9-2

Advice: It helps to make a reservation one or two days in advance.
Communal on Urbanspoon