Salt Lake Magazine City Library Review: Wednesdays in the Tower2014-09-02T14:43:24+00:00Salt Lake magazine/blog/author/webintern/<p class="p1"><img alt="" height="737" src="/site_media/uploads/September2014/wednesdays-in-the-tower1.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">A magical castle full of secrets, a baby griffin, wizards and unexpected adventure fill the pages of <a href=""><em>Wednesdays in the Tower</em></a>, the second installment in Utah author Jessica Day George’s Castle Glower children’s fantasy series. Princess Celie is in for a surprise when the castle leads her to a hidden tower where she finds a griffin egg. There is just one thing wrong with this discovery: griffins do not exist. At least, this is what Celie has been told. Once the egg hatches, it becomes clear that she is wrong—she has just become the caregiver of a baby griffin. With the help of her wizard brother Bran and her friend Pogue, Celie tries to keep the new addition to the castle a secret, as it becomes clear that the castle wants it to stay safe and hidden after the arrival of a suspicious wizard. Celie must figure out how to care for a griffin in secret while she and her family try to uncover the reason behind the castle’s strange new developments.<span style=""> </span></p> <p class="p1">Overall, <em>Wednesdays in the Tower</em> is a fun new children’s fantasy that can be enjoyed by all ages. The endearing relationships between Celie and her brothers in the story depict a richness of close-knit family ties. The magical surprises that the castle throws at the family keep the plot moving as the reader searches for answers along with the characters. The story ends with an unexpected twist that leaves the reader craving more. To find out what happens to Celie and her family, look for the next book in the series,<em> Thursdays with the Crown</em>, due to be published the end of this year.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>About the Author (from her </strong><strong style=""><a href="">website</a>)</strong></p> <p class="p1">All author Jessica Day George ever wanted is to read and write books. From the time she was 12 on up, she told people that she wanted to be a writer. She eventually earned a BA in Humanities/Comparative Literature from Brigham Young University, where she enjoyed classes in Pottery and Old Norse. Originally from Idaho, she now resides in Salt Lake City with her husband and three young children.</p> <p class="p2"><em style="">Betsy Matheson is a Library Assistant at the Anderson-Foothill Branch of the Salt Lake City Public Library. To find </em><em style=""><a href="">Wednesdays in the Tower</a> and similar books in the library's catalog, or to find more info on The City Library's programs and services, visit </em><a href=""><em style=""></em></a></p>Looking for inspiration: Modern fireplaces with TVs above2014-09-02T09:35:29+00:00Salt Lake magazine/blog/author/webintern/<p>We’ve seen hints that summer is coming to an end, so now may be a good time to start thinking about how wonderful it feels to sit by a warm fire during the upcoming cold winter months.  <br><br>One of our current projects will have a modern linear fireplace with a TV mounted above. We've been searching around for examples of this application to share with the client, and there are some beautiful projects that seemed worth sharing.  <br><br><img alt="" height="336" src="/site_media/uploads/September2014/1nicolefireplace.jpg" width="490"><br> <br>by Masterpiece Interiors, Inc. via <a href="" target="_blank">Wayfair</a><br><br><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/September2014/2nicolefireplace.jpg" width="490"><br><br>via <a href="" target="_blank">Roomfu</a><br> <br><img alt="" height="330" src="/site_media/uploads/September2014/3nicolefireplace.jpg" width="490"><br><br>by Claudio Leccacorvi via <a href="" target="_blank">Trendir</a><br> <br><img alt="" height="703" src="/site_media/uploads/September2014/4nicolefireplace.jpg" width="490"><br><br>by <a href="" target="_blank">Spark Modern Fires</a><br><br><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/September2014/5nicolefireplace.jpg" width="490"><br><br>by <a href="" target="_blank">Jennifer Bertrand</a></p> <p><em><em><em title="”Author:"><a href="" target="_blank">Nicole Zeigler</a>, <a href="">Google</a>, ASID, NCIDQ, CKBR is the owner/lead designer at enzy design,LLC; a full service interior design firm, with a specialty in kitchen and bathroom design. <a href="" target="_blank"></a></em></em></em></p> <p><em><em><em title="”Author:">This post was originally posted on <a href=""></a></em></em></em></p>Get your elbows out: Voting in the Salt Lake magazine Farm to Glass Cocktail Contest started September 12014-09-02T09:21:34+00:00Mary Brown Malouf/blog/author/mary/<p>The most creative shakers in town have wracked their brains to come up with cocktails showcasing fresh farm ingredients. Now it's up to you to decide which brainchild is the best.</p> <p>Some sample entries: The Gin Angel, from Tin Angel. Forbidden Harvest from Faustina. The Peeping Tom from Pago/Finca.</p> <p>Other bars and restaurants that are competing include: Alamexo, Bar X, Bodega/The Rest, BTG Wine Bar, Copper Common, Grand America's Gibson Bar, Pallet, Rye, Takashi, Taqueria 27, Wild Grape Bistro and Zest.</p> <p>You have the whole month of September to flit from bar to bar, taste, seriously consider and cast your vote at</p> <p>May the best drink win.<img alt="" height="335" src="/site_media/uploads/cocktailcontest123445.jpg" width="500"></p>Local Business Spotlight: Cupcakes by Kasthuri2014-09-02T09:02:03+00:00Salt Lake magazine/blog/author/webintern/<p><span><span><span><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August2014/cupcakesbykasthuri2.jpg" width="490"></span></span></span></p> <p><em>Photo courtesy of Cupcakes by Kasthuri</em></p> <p>Kasthuri Kateel spent her years in Malaysia baking cookies and cakes for festivals and for her family and friends. Today she is the owner of <a href="">Cupcakes by Kasthuri,</a> bringing us her unique take on one of Utah's favorite desserts.</p> <p><span style="">When Kasthuri first came to Salt Lake in 2008, she was disappointed to find most cupcakes were beautifully decorated, but overly sweet and lacking in flavor. </span><span style="">One day while walking in the Avenues, Kasthuri decided to stop at Cafe on 1</span><span style=""><sup>st</sup></span><span style=""> and simply asked the owner, “If I bake something, will you consider selling it?” The owner agreed, and after a few years, Kasthuri started to bake cupcakes full time in 2013.</span></p> <p><span style="">Kasthuri's philosophy of “double the flavour, less the sugar” goes hand-in-hand with her preference for organic, sustainable products. </span><span style="">When basic ingredients like flour, sugar and baking powder aren't treated with hormones or artificial flavoring, the organic flavors in the cupcakes—like real raspberry, ginger and chai—are allowed to shine through.</span></p> <p><span style="">“</span><span style="">I'm really particular about the ingredients that go in,” Kasthuri says. Even her kitchen in <a href="">Artspace Commons</a> is solar-powered and filled with energy-saving appliances. </span></p> <p><span style="">Kasthuri has enjoyed having a booth at the </span><a href="" style="">Downtown SLC Farmers Market</a><span style=""> this year, because she is able to see people's reactions when they first try her cupcakes. “They really appreciate [the taste], even the kids do. People love products that are a healthier version, that really are baked with heart and soul,” she says.</span><span style=""> </span></p> <p><span><span><span><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/August2014/cupcakesbykasthuri1.jpg" width="490"></span></span></span></p> <p><em>Photo courtesy of Cupcakes by Kasthuri</em></p> <p><span><span><span>I, like many Farmers Market patrons, found the cake base to be moist and flavorful, and the frosting to be smooth, fruity and just sweet enough. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Not only has Kasthuri's time at the Farmers Market brought exposure to her business, but it has helped her integrate into the strong small-business community of Salt Lake. “We are all friends,” she says. Most importantly, it is through this community that she is able to find the locally grown, fresh, sustainable products she needs for her recipes. </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="">"It's how food is supposed to be—how our great-grandparents would have eaten before us."</span></p> <p><span style="">You can find Kasthuri and her cupcakes on Saturdays at the Downtown Farmers Market at booth 14 W on 400 West, at the City Creek Nordstrom eBar on weekends and at Sugarhouse Cafe. You can order her cupcakes or have your wedding, work party or other event catered by visiting her website,</span><span style=""> </span><a href="" style=""></a><span style="">.</span></p>Beauty Buff: Lashes2014-09-02T09:00:00+00:00Emi Clarke/blog/author/Emi/<p><img alt="" height="181" src="/site_media/uploads/September2014/eyelashextensions-1.jpeg" width="350"><br><a href="" target="_blank">Entice Lashes</a> | 282 E 900 South | SLC UT</p> <p>Lashes and mascara have been essential to a make-up routine for many decades, and have been one of the easiest ways to create a finished look, without putting too much effort into it. However, recently eyelash extensions have started to replace the tube, making it easier for us ladies to have long thick lashes day after day. </p> <p><img alt="" height="235" src="/site_media/uploads/September2014/eyelashextensions2.jpg" width="350"><br><a href=";about=19" target="_blank">Got Beauty</a> | 900 E 2100 S | Sugarhouse UT</p> <p>Don’t get me wrong I still use mascara, but the options that are available now make it almost imposable to achieve a beautiful lash. The hardest part about lashes is choosing a lash process that works best for the individual. Today I will be highlighting several different ways to achieve perfect lashes. Weather it be, eyelash extension or mascara knowing what your options are can help make your make-up routine less stressful and the outcome noticeably better.</p> <p><img alt="" height="568" src="/site_media/uploads/September2014/mascara-1.jpg" width="350"><br><a href="" target="_blank">Blinc Mascara | Splendor Beauty Emporium</a> </p> <p><img alt="" height="488" src="/site_media/uploads/September2014/mascara-4.jpg" width="250"><br><a href="" target="_blank">Revitalash Advanced | Splendor Beauty Emporium</a> </p> <p>Here are a few things to consider when shopping for mascara: choose a mascara that is not going to irritate your eyes, that will stay on all day without creating a pile of black flakes. Lastly, the brush is one of the most important components of the mascara. Depending of the type of brush it can create a fuller lash, help maintain a curl, and give your lashes lengthen. A good set of lashes are just as important as a fresh hair cut, they complete and create a have been gaining huge amounts of popularity lately.</p> <p><img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/September2014/mascara-3.jpg" width="250"><br><a href="" target="_blank">Perricone MD Mascara | Sephora</a></p> <p><img alt="" height="250" src="/site_media/uploads/September2014/mascara-2.jpg" width="250"></p> <p><a href=";skuId=1327493&amp;productId=P286723&amp;_requestid=30773" target="_blank">Buxom Buxom Amplified Lash Mascara | Sephora</a></p>Farm to Fork Wine Country Dinner Weekend–in Idaho. Pop on up there.2014-09-01T18:03:58+00:00Mary Brown Malouf/blog/author/mary/<p><br><br>A couple of years ago, I toured Idaho wine country and <a href="/blog/2012/04/13/the-wine-country-next-door-idaho-food-meets-wine/">came back to Utah impressed</a>. I'm not the only one. Besides the local farmers who have turned their farms over to grapes, the area west of Boise is full of winemaking transplants from California, Oregon and Washington where land has been priced out of entrepreneurial reach. This is good wine dirt.<br><br>Soon it will no longer be a secret: the Canyon County area, just outside Boise, is the wine country in Utah's back yard. Besides the regional giant, Ste. Chapelle, smaller wineries like Bitner, Hat Creek and Indian Creek are upping the quality of their wine every year. The countryside is beautiful and unspoiled, and filled with friendly people. <br><br>Want a taste? <br><br>Friday, September 12, the food and wine lovers in the area are throwing a five-course dinner with wine on the Indian Creek Bridge</p> <p><img alt="" height="450" src="/site_media/uploads/indian_creek,_caldwell,_id.jpg" width="338"></p> <p>a wooden span over the creek–I would call it a river–that runs through the town of Caldwell, county seat. The first annual Farm-to-Fork dinner will feature locally sourced food–this has always been prime farm and orchard country–and wine. <br><br>Call the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce to buy tickets–$125 per person: 208-459-7493 or you can email <br><br><br><br></p>Toast Gets Trendy2014-09-01T11:57:11+00:00Mary Brown Malouf/blog/author/mary/<p><img alt="" height="393" src="/site_media/uploads/August2014/toast-gets-trendy.jpg" width="490"><br><em>Photo by Adam Finkle</em></p> <p class="p1">Admittedly, it’s not the most exciting-sounding food trend of the year. But there’s no denying that toast (and not the clinking glass kind) is having a moment as a huge artisanal food trend. We could spend a lot of time wondering why—are we sick to death of eating the same old garlic-foam-sous-vide pork belly with pea sprouts and poached quail eggs with side of brussels sprouts, kale and quinoa? But there’s no real point in philosophizing about food trends and no need to delve into this one’s origin (which seems to be a San Francisco café called Trouble owned by a self-described schizo-affective disorder sufferer). Best just to eat what’s cool and be glad that, for the moment, it’s toast, and it’s here in SLC. <span> </span></p> <p class="p1">Publik, No Brow and The Rose Establishment, all “third wave” coffee joints, have toast menus. The basis of all toast is thick-sliced artisanal bread, toasted. Then the toast is topped with all kinds of things: avocado slices (with fleur de sel and maybe some beets) are a popular option, but me, I stick with cinnamon toast. </p> <p class="p1"><a href="">NoBrow Coffee &amp; Tea,</a> 179 W. 900 South; <a href="">The Rose Establishment,</a> 235 S. 400 West, 801-990-6270; <a href="">Publik Coffee,</a> 975 S. West Temple</p> <p class="p1"><a href="/in-the-magazine/october-2014/">Back&gt;&gt;&gt;Read other stories in our Sept/October 2014 issue.</a></p>Drawing Fire2014-09-01T11:54:29+00:00Glen Warchol/blog/author/glen/<p><img alt="" height="416" src="/site_media/uploads/August2014/drawingfire.jpg" width="490"><br><em>Photo by Adam Finkle</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>The Salt Lake Tribune</em> political cartoonist <a href="">Pat Bagley’s</a> goofy-but-searing renditions of political and cultural crazies has made him a byword for fearless journalism. In May, The Leonardo museum had him create a mural of Utah’s greatest (and most-absurd) hits. As one of the foremost voices watch-dogging Utah’s peculiar culture, Bagley has taken on a truly desperate cause—saving his beloved <em>Tribune</em> (<a href=""></a>) from extinction. As that hot mess shakes out, we’ll count on Bagley’s wry take on our world.</p> <p><a href="/in-the-magazine/october-2014/">Back&gt;&gt;&gt;Read other stories in our Sept/October 2014 issue.</a></p>Nightmares on Screen2014-09-01T11:29:44+00:00Salt Lake magazine/blog/author/webintern/<p><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/August2014/nightmaresonscreen2.jpg" width="490"></p> <p class="p1">Mario DeAngelis is no stranger to major festivals and fan gatherings—he’s been involved with Slamdance, Sundance, Park City Film Music Festival, Salt Lake Comic Con and FantasyCon. But none have let DeAngelis show his dark side like his own <a href="">Salty Horror International Film Festival,</a> which first began scaring Salt Lake fans five years ago.<span> </span></p> <p class="p1">“We provide the only outlet in Utah for horror films in a typical film festival setting and we have been international since the first year,” DeAngelis says.</p> <p class="p1">And this year, with an energy boost from the insanely successful Salt Lake Comic Con, slasher fans and monster makers will unite for the film festival’s core event, Salty Horror Convention, the only scary movie fan convention offered in Utah, Idaho or Wyoming.</p> <p class="p1">The first-year convention will be packed with horror artists, authors, filmmakers, make-up artists, performers and celebs. For rookies in the world of horror, the convention offers demonstrations and panels with Utah and industry professionals on topics like “How to draw Horror Comics,” “How to write for Horror,” and “Horror Movies.”</p> <p class="p1">But the real draw is the film festival itself, a competition offering indie filmmakers a chance to show off their work. Along with local films, the festival has shown films from Australia, Hong Kong, Canada and the UK. Awards are given in categories including short and feature length horror, comedy horror, science fiction horror and psychological thriller. </p> <p class="p1">Past festival films, such as Cadaver’s Christmas and Beware, have gone on to DVD distribution after the festival. One of the first films to be distributed was a local film called Ground Zero, which was written, directed, and produced by Channing Lowe, a teacher at Salt Lake Community College.</p> <p class="p2"><span>The festival is taking a leap forward this year. “We’re going to be attaching more names to our festival, so we’re going to be having more celebrities this year,” DeAngelis says. One celeb already booked is Cerina Vincent, a former Power Ranger who has appeared in many horror movies, including Cabin Fever, and will be screening her own film, MoniKa, which follows a young woman seeking revenge on the killers of her younger sister, at <a href="">Brewvies.</a></span><span> </span></p> <p class="p1">Blood and gore not your thing? Many festival films also focus on comedy and suspense. “The horror genre is not just about the slashers,” DeAngelis says. “There are different types of horror. People shouldn’t think it’s just one thing.”</p> <p class="p1">Salty Horror Con runs Oct. 10–11 at Broadview Entertainment Arts University in Salt Lake City, from 12–7 p.m. on Friday, and 11–7 p.m. on Saturday. For more info and updates, visit <a href=""></a></p> <p class="p1"><strong>Why let October Steal All the Fun?</strong></p> <p class="p1"><em>If you can’t wait until October for your horror fix, Brewvies lends a theater for free Salty Horror Nights the first Thursday of every month at 10 p.m. Past screenings have included Nurse, about a nurse by day and unstable murderess by night, and Escape from Tomorrow, an American horror fantasy filmed clandestinely in Disneyland and Disney World. Eli Roth’s Cabin Fever, starring Cerina Vincent and Rider Strong, screens Oct. 10. </em></p> <p class="p1"><a href="/in-the-magazine/october-2014/">Back&gt;&gt;&gt;Read other stories in our Sept/October 2014 issue.</a></p>Living Doll2014-09-01T11:28:47+00:00Jessica Adams/blog/author/Jessica/<p class="p1"><span>As the author of </span><a href="">,</a><span> Abby Doll balances a career as a fashion executive for a major retailer while finding time to run a popular fashion blog and documenting her daily outfit choices.</span></p> <p class="p1">“My personal style is casual and laid back, but a little bit funky, too,” she says. “I love jewelry and statement pieces, and in all my blog posts I end with a shot of my shoes, which is usually what inspired my outfit.”</p> <p class="p1">Abby is always on the lookout for a good deal, but she’s also always willing to splurge on a great handbag.</p> <p class="p1"><em>See more of Abby’s fall fashion picks on her blog, <a href=""></a> and on Instagram @alldolledupblog.</em></p> <p class="p2"><strong><span>Look #1:</span></strong></p> <p class="p2"><strong><span><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/August2014/livingdoll-1.jpg" width="490"></span></strong></p> <p class="p1">Pink blouse, <a href="">Express</a>, SLC; Leather jacket, Blank NYC, <a href="">Nordstrom</a>; 7 For All Mankind jeans, <a href="">Macy’s</a>, SLC; Sunglasses, <a href="">Karen Walker</a>; Clutch, <a href="">Clare Vivier</a>; Necklace, <a href="">Raven + Lily</a>; Watch, Michael Kors, <a href="">Nordstrom Rack</a>, SLC; Rings, mixture of <a href="">KiraKira</a> and vintage.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>Look #2:</strong></p> <p class="p1"><strong><img alt="" height="735" src="/site_media/uploads/August2014/livingdoll-2.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p class="p1">Polka dot top, <a href="">Express</a>, SLC; Tulle skirt, <a href="">Space 46 Boutique</a>; Ivanka Trump shoes, <a href="">Macy’s</a>, SLC; Clutch, <a href="">Michael Kors</a>, City Creek; Rhinestone necklace, <a href="">Stella &amp; Dot</a>; Love necklace, <a href="">Dillard’s</a>, Sandy; Ring, <a href="">KiraKira</a>.</p> <p class="p1"><a href="/in-the-magazine/october-2014/">Back&gt;&gt;&gt;Read other stories in our Sept/October 2014 issue.</a></p>