Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Temporarily Out of Service

Pregnancy. Nausea. Aching body. Labor. Newborn. Baby. Three children. One of the three is like three-in-one. I'll be back one of these days.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

La Nay Ferme CSA in Provo, Utah


If you haven't heard, seen, or tasted yet, you will. This is where farm-to-table begins.
La Nay Ferme is a really great CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)
 located up on the east bench of Provo.

Last year was their first season, and I've procrastinated long enough.

A couple of weeks ago, on a beautiful Saturday morning, we headed up to La Nay Ferme for a tour.
Mark and I already knew we were going to sign-up to be members, but we were also excited to take our two kids on a tour so they could see where some of their food comes from.
Now, whenever we serve greens to our kids, they ask, "Is this from the farm?" and we say yes, and they eat it. Ha, our plan worked.

While we were there, they happened to be filming a video about their tours. Check us out! My son wants to be a farmer!

When you become a member of a local CSA it means you are purchasing a "share" of high-quality vegetables and fruits. Founder, Clinton Felsted, cares deeply about providing high-quality food to locals, and even local businesses. Currently, about six Utah County restaurants/companies use La Nay Ferme's produce; Communal, Pizzeria 712, Spark, Sundance Foundry Grill, Sundance Tree Room, Real Foods Market, and I'm sure more to come.

Without electricity, La Nay Ferme uses high tunnels, sometimes called hoophouses, made of metal and plastic to help extend the growing season. This helps the farm be able to plant in January ready for shares in March.

The view is incredible up here and I look forward to it each time I pick up my share.

The spinach! Their spinach is incredibly crisp, tender, and delicious.
This must be what spinach is supposed to feel and taste like (this goes for everything in the share). My 5-year-old and I snack on it all the way home.
I can never go back to the lifeless spinach from the grocery store...

My first week's bag included mixed greens, spinach, arugula, baby chard, and thyme.
This week's bag includes mixed greens, baby spinach, arugula, turnips, kale, endive, oregano, and sorrel. It's so fun to anticipate what we get each week!

We're incredibly lucky here in Utah Valley to have such a great CSA.
To become a member (highly recommended), you may buy one week, four weeks, or twelve weeks. Pick-up is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday between 10am-6pm. Take a tour!

More info: Website
Stay Updated: Blog
Become a Member: Here
Schedule a Tour or Ask a Question: Here
Recipes & Meal Planning: Pinterest Page

P.S. - La Nay Ferme invites a local chef to teach a weekly cooking class using that week's items; free for members, $20 for the public. We attended a class which happened to feature the incredible Chef Sam Oteo from Tortilla Bar.
Inspiring and fun!

The chef featured in this video is the talented Lindsey Johnson from Cafe Johnsonia.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Sneak Peak of Blue Pablano in Provo, Utah

Update 2: New location at 473 E 300 S Salt Lake City, UT. :( My heart is broken.

Update 1: Even though I haven't done an actual post about this place yet, Blue Pablano has become one of our major favorites. My update is that they are temporarily closed until they reopen at a newer location. 

More new food to add to the amazing food-scene happening in Provo. I'm waiting until after the official opening of Blue Pablano to do a review of their amazing food. 
Here's a sneak peak of their tacos. Drive on by, see if they're open, and enter; 
located in the old Center Street Deli location on Center Street.

Predicting this place will have a constant line out the door...

Friday, March 22, 2013

Winner: Old Towne Grill Dinner-for-Two

AnnaleeMarch 21, 2013 at 1:33 AM
"Grilled Portobello and the grilled kale salad. Tasty veg dinner!"

Congrats!! Please email me with your full name and contact info.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Giveaway: Old Towne Grill Dinner-for-Two


A couple of Saturdays ago we decided to take our kids out for breakfast and bowling.
We chose Old Towne Grill for a visit. 

They are located in the Madison building on Center Street in Provo where you may have to show your I.D. to get in, but they have a great little family section tucked away in a cozy corner where you can feel nice and casual with your little ones.

I met the owners, Joshua & Adam, at a photo shoot for their website, and I just think they are a couple of fun and cool guys. They were happy to sponsor a giveaway to give you an opportunity to come try their great food.

Contest Closed
Prize: Dinner-for-Two (1 appetizer, 2 entrees, 1 dessert)

To Enter: Go to their website HERE. Browse through their menus and leave a comment about what you'd like to order. That's it!

Bonus Entries (leave a comment for each one):
Like Old Towne Grill on Facebook HERE
Like Utah Valley Foodie on Facebook HERE

Contest ends this Thursday, Mar. 21 at 11:59pm.

Good luck!!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Nicolitalia Pizzeria in Provo, Utah


Now, I know for most of you--and us--Nicolitalia's isn't exactly new on the block.

Breaded Ravioli (Small Order of 6): $3.99

Zaco: chicken, mozzarella cheese, lettuce, tomato, ranch

Melanzano dell'Orto: breaded eggplant, peppers, olives, margarita sauce
We've always liked Nicolitalia's. When we lived in Provo, this was our go-to for Boston-style, take-out pizza. The old owner, Nick, was this fun guy straight out of Boston with family recipes in hand, but he recently sold the business. I'm confident that the new owners care deeply about keeping everything the same and quite possibly the place has a new charm.


"The cannolis, a favorite Italian dessert at Nicolitalia Pizzeria, are made with a homemade blend of ricotta cream wrapped in a pastry shell imported from the Boston area. Nick’s dough and pizza sauces are all homemade; Every tasty dish that is served to his customers is freshly made to order." --Nicolitalia's Pizzeria

Nicolitalia Pizzeria has a lot of options. Check out their menu here. I would like to try one of their pasta dishes or that Chocolate Chip Dessert Pizza.

Nicolitalia Pizzeria on Urbanspoon

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Heirloom Catering in Provo, Utah

By now you know that I not only love,
but I also cherish, everything that comes from Heirloom Group.

Did you know that they also cater the same, locally-sourced food that you get at Communal?
Heirloom Catering

Photo Courtesy of Alyssa Vincent Photography

"Whenever possible we choose foods produced by local farmers who use sustainable methods. Our patrons enjoy the experience more knowing their meals are picked ripe and fresh here in the salt lake and utah valleys. In preparing your meal we merely get out of the way and let the food speak for itself." -Heirloom Catering

Photos Courtesy of Alyssa Vincent Photography

I've always felt that Heirloom's food is incredibly fresh and beautiful.
Their business is passionate, professional, friendly, and trustworthy.
What better choice to host your wedding or event?

Photos Courtesy of Alyssa Vincent Photography

The Catering Co. can accommodate any venue and enjoys serving groups of all sizes.
Here is an example of a few events that they regularly cater. If you have another event not listed here, they are more than happy to help make it a remarkable experience.

Benefits & Fundraisers
Corporate Gatherings
Intimate Dinner Parties
Birthday Parties
Anniversary Parties
Holiday Parties
Office Lunches
Casual Backyard Barbecues & Picnics

Photos Courtesy of Alyssa Vincent Photography

Their philosophy:

Joseph McRae, Owner and Director, can help you step by step to plan, organize, and kick-off your event successfully. Call or email him to have your questions answered or to set up an appointment to get started.
Joseph McRae (Owner)
office (801) 373-8001
cell (801) 404-4011

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Tortilla Bar in Orem, Utah

Update: The Oteo family has indeed re-opened a restaurant in Lindon called Oteo. They were originally involved with the restaurant, Masa, but have since separated.


Butternut Squash Black Bean Soup w/ shallot oil sauce
Tortilla Bar's chef/owner is Sam Oteo. His father and two brothers work along-side him. For more info on Sam's history, read this excellent article from the UVU Review. I'm deeply impressed with the unique style and flavors that come out of this place. I place it somewhere along the lines of Modern Mexican or Modern Southwestern.

Granny Apple a la Andres: granny apple, manchego, meyer lemon vinaigrette

Avocado Tacos: avocado, utah goat cheese, beets, shallot oil
Here we have a vegetarian taco. Amazing. I love thinly sliced veggies, especially on house-made corn tortillas. 

Molote: corn masa, organic protein (chicken on this day), salsa, frijoles
I love dumpling-like food items. This dish had a good amount of heat. The depth of flavor was impressive. You WILL miss out if you let the heat stop you from ordering this dish.

Calamari Empanada w/ cabbage
My mom decided she'd be brave and order these calamari empanadas. So glad she did! The flavors and crunchy calamari is something to be craved. I want these again soon.

Pork Belly Tacos: christiansen's farm berkshire pork, pickled onions/cucumber, chicharrĂ³n

I almost have no words for how good everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, was/is. Ha, I wish there had been a hidden video of all of our first reactions. I mean, wide eyes, and "Mmm's", and  I-can't-believe-how-good-this-is, all happened.

Chicken Tacos: louise's wild range chicken, meyer lemon aioli, carrot, lime zest

Sweet Empanadas: sweet cheese, figs, crunchy quinoa, lime zest

Listen up. I'm serious. This place is delicious. It's a small place (gotta start somewhere), so I recommend going at a slow hour or make reservations, but if you have to wait (and you will be waiting and standing outside), believe me when I say it's worth it. 

The menu changes, so hurry over and try things that I have pictured so we can talk about it!

Tortilla Bar on Urbanspoon

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Benja Thai & Sushi in St. George, Utah


Aww my home town. We stayed in St. George a couple of weeks ago. The air smelled good and we felt like we had emerged from being in a deep, dark inversion cave. We were squinting and shielding our eyes. We would stand next to our car, face the sun, and soak it in. We enjoyed the beautiful scenery. We wore shorts and went swimming and hiking. It was heavenly. Though I don't have any family in St. George anymore--*tears*--a large part of my heart still remains in Southern Utah. I think it's the most beautiful place on Earth. But, St. George, you have officially been over-discovered. So busy! But I still love ya lots.

The foodie-scene, however, has always been quite the challenge.

Potstickers: Ground pork dumplings served with soy ginger sauce. $7.95

Oh, there are plenty of restaurants, that's for sure, but you really have to dig to find the good ones. New ones are always popping up all over the place, and places go out-of-business all over the place, too. You have to really scour Yelp and Urbanspoon; the advice from locals can either be good or bad; and finally, you'll probably have to risk it on your own. On this trip, we didn't have time to visit some of our old favorites AND try new ones, so we decided to try three places, and luckily, one was a go; Benja Thai.

Red Dragon: Spicy tuna, tempura, topped with tuna and thin slice lemon 12.50
(for the kids) California: Avocado, crabstick and cucumber 5.50

When we stepped into Benja Thai, it was nicer than I expected. I began to be a little nervous to bring the kids during a late-ish dinner hour who can be hit or miss at this time of day, especially in unfamiliar territory.
(Tip: Nice-ishRestaurant+ToddlerAndPreschooler=GoAtLunchTimeOr5pm. It feels more forgiving.)
They did good though, phew.

Sushi was fine, not the best if you know what I mean, but it was fine.  Not sure if you can find good sushi in St. George though, so it might have to do for the locals. 

Thai Orange Chicken: Marinated orange chicken lightly battered and fried with a tangy Thai orange sauce with onions scallions and orange slices 11.95

The waitress suggested the Thai Orange Chicken when dining with children, so we agreed. Ha, my kids didn't eat it. They are so random! It was crispy and delicious. We have a little foodie 5-yr-old who ate sushi and potstickers, but not the chicken. Our 2-yr-old? I wasn't surprised, rice and some potstickers for her.

Musaman Curry: Thai curry with coconut milk, peanuts, potatoes, carrots, and onions spiced with chili sauce, cinnamon, cloves, and star anise 11.95

Curry was on the sweet side, but we still enjoyed it.

Overall, I would agree with my aunt from Enterprise, and my St. Georgian friends, who suggested this place; it was definitely good, and the service was great. 

Benja Thai & Sushi on Urbanspoon

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Bruxie in Rancho Santa Margarita, California

Also located in Orange, Brea, and Chino Hills, California.


Waffle sandwiches? Pretty sure this place would fit right in in Utah.

Green Eggs & Ham: Grilled Ham, Tillamook Cheddar, Jumbo Egg, Mayo, Arugla Pesto

Bruxie Salad: Grilled Chicken, Romaine & Arugla, Roasted Mushrooms, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Goat Cheese, Lemon Vinaigrette, Balsamic Reduction

Buttermilk Fried Chicken & Waffle: Chili Honey & Cider Slaw

Lemon Cream & Berries :: S'Mores - Belgian Chocolate, Graham Cracker, & Toasted Marshmallow

I thought these sandwiches would be dry, but they weren't. Everything was delicious and well-prepared. The service was friendly, welcoming, and attentive. The atmosphere was very clean, open, and bright. I would love to try more items here if I lived nearby.
It's the perfect lunch-spot!

Bruxie on Urbanspoon