Salt Lake Magazinehttp://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/feeds/rss/enA&EADVERTISEMENTAt HomeContestDan Nailen's Lounge ActDealsGetawayGlen Warchol's CrawlerIn The HiveIn The MagazineKid FriendlyMary's RecipeOn the TableOutdoorsPC LifeShop TalkUncategorizedFri, 28 Nov 2014 15:10:21 +0000Five for the Roadhttp://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/11/28/five-for-the-road-38/<p class="p1">As you prep for the weekend, here are <a href="/blog/tag/five-for-the-road/">five things</a> to eat, see and do.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>In the Hive:</strong> <a href="/blog/2014/11/24/the-holidays-at-the-grand-america/">The holidays at The Grand America</a></p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="654" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/grandamerica2.jpg" width="490"> <br>With the holidays quickly approaching, The Grand America Hotel is the place to go to get in the holiday spirit.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>How to be a Utahn:</strong> <a href="/blog/2014/11/26/how-to-be-a-utahn-park-citys-electric-parade/">Park City’s Electric Parade</a></p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="314" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/electricparade.jpg" width="442"></p> <p class="p3">New York has the Macy’s Parade, but Park City’s parade lights up the night.</p> <p class="p2"><strong>On the Table</strong>: <a href="/blog/2014/11/26/park-citys-riverhorse-on-main-to-dish-up-sunday-brunches/">Riverhorse on Main to dish up Sunday brunch</a></p> <p class="p2"><img alt="" height="214" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/riverhorse.jpeg" width="320"></p> <p class="p1">Sleep late Sunday mornings, and brunch at Riverhorse on Main starting on Nov. 30.</p> <p class="p1"><strong>In the Hive:</strong> <a href="/blog/2014/11/28/all-aboard-for-the-christmas-season/">All Aboard for the Christmas Season</a></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="197" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/christmas_cruise_with_santa.jpg.opt308x197o0,0s308x197.jpg" width="308"></p> <p class="p1">Info on the North Pole Express and the Christmas cruise down the Provo River</p> <p class="p1"><strong>A&amp;E:</strong><strong> </strong><a href="/blog/2014/11/28/local-musician-robyn-cage-is-on-fire/">Local musician Robyn Cage is on fire</a></p> <p class="p1"><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/piano.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Singer/songwriter Robyn Cage prepares to debut her first full-length album, but she needs your help.</p>Jaime WinstonFri, 28 Nov 2014 15:10:21 +0000http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/11/28/five-for-the-road-38/A&EIn The HiveLocal musician Robyn Cage is on firehttp://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/11/28/local-musician-robyn-cage-is-on-fire/<p><span><span>When it comes to lyric driven, emotionally resonant female musicians, Adele, Fiona Apple and Lana Del Rey are a few names that come to mind. And <a href="http://www.robyncage.com/">Robyn Cage</a> would be right at home on that list.</span></span></p> <p><span>The Utah native deftly layers sultry vocals over dreamy soundscapes rounded out by the rich tones of vintage piano to create her atmospheric sound. Her songs are intensely personal and reverberate with authentic emotion. “I've spent five years learning to embrace my inner freak,” Cage says. “I'm learning to accept my eccentric self rather than trying to hide it away.”</span></p> <p><span>Robyn Cage</span></p> <p><img alt="" height="490" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/robyn-cage--avatar-image.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><span><span>Cage recently released an EP called <em>Tales of a Thief</em>, a collection of six songs that comprise the first half of her forthcoming full-length album. These songs are the culmination of five years spent writing and refining, along with many sleepless nights. “<span><span><span>Most of my songs start with the lyrics. I’ll get an idea for a song from something I see or hear, or I’ll just wake up in the middle of the night with a phrase stuck in my head,” she says. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span>A Musical Theatre major at the Boston Conservatory, Cage is “very comfortable tapping into and expressing the emotion of a song.” The impact of her performance comes from channeling the energy of the songs themselves, careening from passion and heartbreak to frenzied celebration. “I love stories,” she says, “and there is a mini-story in every song I write.”</span></p> <p><img alt="" height="327" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/piano.jpg" width="490"></p> <p><span>Five years ago Cage was living in NYC, working professionally in musical theatre and waiting tables between gigs. “I thought I was living the dream, but I couldn't shake the feeling that I was in the wrong place, both physically and artistically,” she says. It was time for a change.</span></p> <p><span>In spite of her trepidation, she reached out to a music producer and convinced him to sign her. The first song she wrote is called “Burning Now,” which became the first single off her EP. Cage had found her true calling in song writing. She bravely rearranged her entire life, leaving Manhattan to settle in the mountains of Park City. “Returning to my home state has been a creative rebirth for me as an artist,” she says.</span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><iframe height="287" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/KC-ZGvkJR40" width="480"></iframe><br></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span>Her personal and artistic evolution has been a journey of self-exploration, encountering and embracing the complicated layers we all have but often hide. “I've made friends with the darker side of my Gemini personality,” she explains, “and now it manifests beautifully in my music, not in my life. I'm happier, more creative and more driven than I have ever been.”</span></p> <p>Cage teaches voice and piano at the Granger School of Music and performs locally while she continues to work on her music. She started a <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/629885626/robyn-cage-debut-full-length-album-release-and-pro?ref=discovery">Kickstarter campaign</a> to fund the completion of her first full-length album, and the response has been incredible. Less than 24 hours after it launched, she had already reached 31 percent of her goal; “I'm blown away,” she says, “I'm completely floored and filled with gratitude.”</p> <p><span>To read more about Cage, hear more of her music and find out where her next live performance will be, check out her website <a href="http://www.robyncage.com/">here</a>. Visit her Kickstarter campaign <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/629885626/robyn-cage-debut-full-length-album-release-and-pro?ref=discovery">here</a> to learn how you can contribute to the completion of her debut album.</span></p> <p><span>“</span><span><span>This album is dedicated to the dreamers, the oddballs, the 'mad ones,'" she says. "For those with a voice inside waiting to be found, fighting to be heard and understood, this music is for you.”</span></span></p> <p><span><span><img alt="" height="557" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/robynhappy.jpeg" width="490"></span></span></p>Salt Lake magazineFri, 28 Nov 2014 14:43:08 +0000http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/11/28/local-musician-robyn-cage-is-on-fire/A&EIn The HiveAll Aboard for the Christmas Seasonhttp://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/11/28/all-aboard-for-the-christmas-season/<p><img alt="" height="197" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/christmas_cruise_with_santa.jpg.opt308x197o0,0s308x197.jpg" width="308"><br><em>Photo courtesy of CLAS Ropes Course</em></p> <p>As the story goes, if you can’t hear the sound of the Christmas sleigh bell, you might be missing the magic of Christmas. From children’s book to major motion picture, all the way to Provo canyon, the North Pole Express might be just the thing to help you kick off the holidays.</p> <p>Rides run from Nov. 28–Dec. 24, but the time to get your tickets is right now. Ticket prices range from $15 on discount days to $45 for general admission first-class. While on the Express, enjoy 90 minutes of Christmas games, songs and treats. You can purchase tickets <a href="http://hebervalleyrr.org/specialevents/northpoleexpress/">here</a>.</p> <p>If you’ don’t want to break the bank, a Christmas cruise down the Provo River may be more your style. Imagine all those Christmas lights reflecting in the water. As with the train ride, expect Christmas songs and hot chocolate, but make sure to bundle up for this one—December weather in Utah is no picnic.</p> <p>Tickets are $8 per person, with a discount for large groups who call ahead and make reservations. Running Dec.  1–23, the first departure begins at 6:30 p.m. Blankets are encouraged. Click <a href="http://clasropes.com/halloween-cruise.php">here</a> for more info.</p>Salt Lake magazineFri, 28 Nov 2014 13:57:22 +0000http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/11/28/all-aboard-for-the-christmas-season/A&EIn The HiveDan Nailen&#39;s Lounge Act: A Sort of Homecominghttp://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/11/28/dan-nailens-lounge-act-a-sort-of-homecoming-1/<p><strong><img alt="" height="245" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/sturgillsimpson.jpg" width="490"></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.thestateroom.com/calendar/sturgill-simpson">STURGILL SIMPSON, THE STATE ROOM</a>, Friday, Nov. 28, 9 p.m., sold out</strong></p> <p>You might have heard some of the well-deserved hype around rising country star Sturgill Simpson, recently named "Emerging Artist of the Year" at the 2014 Americana Honors &amp; Awards, but did you know he also has some significant history in Salt Lake City? According to a <a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304101504579543640189785928"><em>Wall Street Journal</em> article published in May</a>, he was drinking heavily back home in Kentucky after a stint in the Navy when a buddy scored him a job in Salt Lake City working for Union Pacific. Not only did the hard work help dry him out; Simpson also met his now-wife, who encouraged him to get back into music by buying him a little home-recorder and booking him some shows around town. Eventually, they sold everything they had and moved to Nashville, where he's since released two albums of stirring tunes that give "country" a good name.  This show is sold out, but if you can find a ticket online or from a scalper the night of the show, do it! Lucette opens the show.</p> <p><iframe height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_70HJMikcBo" width="480"></iframe></p>Dan NailenFri, 28 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/11/28/dan-nailens-lounge-act-a-sort-of-homecoming-1/A&EDan Nailen's Lounge ActIn The HiveFashion Friday: Black Friday Attire http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/11/28/fashion-friday-black-friday-attire/<p>Today is the day that many of us have been waiting for. As we close in on good deals and bargain prices (and the risk of being trampled) stress levels will certainly be high, so it’s a good idea to dress for speed and comfort, without sacrificing style entirely. Achieving this balance is a beautiful thing.</p> <p>Look 1: </p> <p><img alt="" height="615" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/blackfrit.jpeg" width="410"></p> <p>Geo-Jacquard Swing Pullover | <a href="http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/clothes-blouses/4112265637552.jsp#/" target="_blank">Anthroplogie </a></p> <p><img alt="" height="352" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/blackfri2.jpg" width="193"></p> <p>Levi’s 535 Leggings | <a href="http://us.levi.com/product/index.jsp?productId=34380986&amp;&amp;cp=3146849.54359526.54359536.54359906" target="_blank">Levi’s </a></p> <p><img alt="" height="494" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/blackfri3.jpeg" width="370"></p> <p>Berkley Loafer Slip-on |<a href="http://www.freepeople.com/shoes/berkley-loafer-slip-on/" target="_blank"> Free People </a></p> <p>Look 2:</p> <p><img alt="" height="306" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/blackfri5.jpg" width="300"></p> <p>Michael Kors Chunky Knit | <a href="http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/michael-michael-kors-chunky-knit-cowl-neck-sweater?ID=1540100&amp;CategoryID=260#fn=sp%3D1%26spc%3D1391%26ruleId%3D%26slotId%3D7" target="_blank">Macy’s </a></p> <p><img alt="" height="402" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/blackfri4.jpg" width="204"></p> <p>Rag and Bone Slim Boyfriend | <a href="http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/rag-bone-jean-the-dre-slim-fit-boyfriend-jeans-classic/3784434?origin=category-personalizedsort&amp;contextualcategoryid=0&amp;fashionColor=&amp;resultback=2507&amp;cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-browseresults-_-3_9_D" target="_blank">Nordstrom</a></p> <p><img alt="" height="600" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/blackfri6.jpeg" width="400"></p> <p>Adidas Original Superstar 2 sneaker |<a href="http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=32158776&amp;parentid=SEARCH+RESULTS#/" target="_blank"> Urban Outfitters</a></p> <p> </p>Emi ClarkeFri, 28 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/11/28/fashion-friday-black-friday-attire/Shop TalkA &quot;Christmas with Misfits&quot; at Plan-B Theatrehttp://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/11/27/a-christmas-with-misfits-at-plan-b-theatre/<p><img alt="" height="633" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/christmas-with-misfits.jpg" width="475"></p> <p><span style="">In drama and comedy, Utah playwright Julie Jensen has created work that takes no prisoners and makes no compromises. In </span><span style=""><em>Christmas with Misfits</em></span><span style="">, which Plan-B Theatre will premiere in a 10-day run beginning Dec. 11, Jensen crafts four short stories to tell several truths about Christmas.</span></p> <p><span style="">The stories are dark comedy in the purest sense but with a handful of unexpected moments of emotional sensitivity. “The Girl and The Elf” embodies the potentially creepiest of circumstances involving a seven-year-old girl, who valiantly insists on holding onto the few remaining strands of magical illusions, and a 49-year-old little person who is an elf at the Macy’s holiday store display and is trying to be as delicate as possible in bursting her bubble about holiday magic.</span></p> <p><span style=""><img alt="" height="605" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/julie-jensen-christmas-with-misfits.jpg" width="452"><br><em>Christmas with Misfits playwright, Julie Jensen</em></span></p> <p><span style="">"Him and Her on Christmas Eve” features a pair of gay adolescent nerds—a young man and woman—both of whom “might have a lisp, might wear a wool hat, and might wear big glasses.” Best friends since childhood, they decide to lose their virginity to each other in the back seat of a car, because no one else seems to want them. </span></p> <p><span style="">Set in a church basement bazaar, “The Baby Jesus Collection” emphasizes the indispensable role women play in ensuring the Christmas economy, even if it kills them in striving for continuous perfection. One woman infused with holiday optimism is selling hand-knitted booties while her begrudging friend is peddling Aunt Jemima pin cushions, which could easily be seen as offensive. Both are surprised to see a man enter, carrying a display board with 1,121 examples of the infant Jesus, which he hopes to have acknowledged by the </span><span style=""><em>Guinness Book of World Records</em></span><span style=""> as the largest collection of its kind. </span></p> <p><span style="">Rounding out the quartet of stories is “Christmas in Meadow Manors,” echoing the truth about Christmas always being a disappointment. Jensen casts two elderly characters, a straight man and a gay woman sitting in wheelchairs on Christmas morning in a place the man describes as “the celestial kingdom of nursing homes.” It’s 68 degrees in the desert, no realistic chance of snow, and both decide not to go to dinner with their families. The woman explains why giving up Christmas is easy: </span></p> <p>“<span style="">I’ve always hated it. It’s not a holiday for us: Tinsel on rooftops and glitter on deer butts, bunnies and bugs with colorful scarves. It’s not a dyke sorta holiday.” When the man asks what is a “dyke Christmas,” she responds, “Who knows? There haven’t been any. Because we are considered unmarried women. And so far as our parents live, we have to go back home for Christmas. And act like children. Because we do not know what else to do and neither do our parents.” </span></p> <p><span style="">Jensen, who clearly despises what the holiday has become, says the play is meant to be “a coming out of the closet” for acknowledging the truths about Christmas. This year, Jensen, whose work has been produced more extensively across the country than by any other Utah playwright, is looking forward to spending the holiday alone in Washington, D.C. </span></p> <p><span style="">She will be joining rehearsals for her adaptation of Kathryn Erskine’s novel </span><span style=""><em>Mockingbird</em></span><span style="">, which was commissioned by the Kennedy Center’s Theatre for Young Audiences. </span><span style=""><em>Mockingbird,</em></span><span style=""> which will premiere next month at the Kennedy Center, is about a young girl on the autistic spectrum who is coping with her brother’s death and is trying to handle her relationships with family members and friends at school. </span></p> <p><span style="">With </span><span style=""><em>Misfits</em></span><span style="">, which runs barely an hour, Cheryl Ann Cluff, the play’s director, says, the play’s four stories carve out an arc spanning the “death and rebirth of magic.” The staging echoes the holiday’s nightmarish potential, featuring giant boxes spilling over with decorations and accessories that typically cram any living room during the Christmas season. Audiences also will hear music described as “subversive” for the holiday, including selections by Sufjan Stevens, </span><span style=""><em>Zombie Christma</em></span><span style="">s by Emmy The Great and Tim Wheeler, and songs by the English indie pop duo </span><span style=""><em>The Boy Least Like To</em></span><span style="">.</span></p> <p><span style="">Ticket information for the production, which runs Dec. 11–21, is available <a href="http://planbtheatre.org/christmaswithmisfits.htm">here.</a></span></p>Salt Lake magazineThu, 27 Nov 2014 06:00:00 +0000http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/11/27/a-christmas-with-misfits-at-plan-b-theatre/A&EIn The HiveRiverhorse on Main to dish up Sunday brunchhttp://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/11/26/park-citys-riverhorse-on-main-to-dish-up-sunday-brunches/<p><img alt="" height="214" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/riverhorse.jpeg" width="320"></p> <p><em>Photo courtesy of Riverhorse on Main</em></p> <p>Starting this Sunday, Nov. 30, until the end of the year, <a href="http://riverhorseparkcity.com/">Riverhorse on Main</a> will offer a <a href="http://riverhorseparkcity.com/brunch-menu/">Sunday brunch menu</a>. </p> <p>And don't worry if you're still a little full from all the Thanksgiving binge-eating—the menu is a la carte. Brunch items include buttermilk pancakes, Nutella-stuffed French toast, homemade biscuits and a Utah red trout BLT. <span style="">Rolling out of bed on a Sunday morning won't be so hard when a menu like that is waiting for you, not to mention the live music that will be playing as you brunch.</span></p> <p><em>Where: Riverhorse on Main, 540 Main St., Park City</em></p> <p><em>When: Sundays starting Nov. 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.</em></p> <p><em>Cost: A la carte pricing starts at $6</em></p>Salt Lake magazineWed, 26 Nov 2014 16:32:13 +0000http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/11/26/park-citys-riverhorse-on-main-to-dish-up-sunday-brunches/On the TablePC LifeMary&#39;s Recipe: Seared Romanescohttp://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/11/26/marys-recipe-seared-romanesco/<p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/seared-romanesco.jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Taking this one from my good friend Val Rasmussen, who wrote this recipe for an issue of <em>Utah Bride &amp; Groom.</em></p> <p>Seared Romanesco, just one of the recipes served by caterters <a href="http://www.lortshervlasic.com/">The Blended Table</a>, partnering with Chef Tom Grant of <a href="http://martinecafe.com/">Martine</a>.</p> <p><strong>Ingredients</strong></p> <p>4 heads romanesco<br><span>salt and pepper<br></span><span>2 cloves garlic <br></span><span>olive oil<br></span><span>herbes de Provence </span></p> <p><strong><span>Instructions</span></strong></p> <p>Trim the outer leaves of the romanesco, then blanch for three to five minutes in boiling water or until tender. Immediately, chill in an ice bath.  Heat olive oil, garlic and seasoning in a saute pan, add romanesco and sear until golden brown. </p> <p><em>This recipe originally appeared on <a href="http://utahbrideandgroom.com/blog/2012/05/18/seared-romanescol/">utahbrideandgroom.com.</a></em></p>Mary Brown MaloufWed, 26 Nov 2014 15:30:21 +0000http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/11/26/marys-recipe-seared-romanesco/Mary's RecipeOn the TableMovie Review: The Theory of Everythinghttp://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/11/26/movie-review-the-theory-of-everything/<p><img alt="" height="326" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/theoryofeverything1.jpg" width="490"><br><a href="http://www.focusfeatures.com/the_theory_of_everything"><em>The Theory of Everything</em></a></p> <p class="p1">If you want the science, read Stephen Hawking's books. If you want something equally amazing, see this movie, which focuses on the relationship between Hawking and his first wife, Jane. But bring some tissues—if the stellar performances of leads Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones don’t get you, the wonderful soundtrack will. And if that doesn’t, just keep in mind this is a true story, one that Hawking himself said was “largely genuine” and brought him to tears upon viewing. And if that doesn’t get you, you have no heart.<span style=""> </span></p> <p class="p1">Similar but superior to “A Beautiful Mind,” “Theory” is first and foremost a love story, or rather a story about love. Hawking’s contributions to science are obviously mentioned, and would be suspiciously absent if they weren’t, but the focus here is on the more down-to-earth aspects of his story. A brilliant young mind is slowly imprisoned by a motor neuron disease related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), painfully contorting Hawking’s body into uselessness. Redmayne embodies Hawking, becoming the most familiar version of him before our eyes. Jane’s devotion to him is equally given life in Jones’ performance. Expect both of them to get Oscar noms in a tough field this year.</p> <p class="p2"><span style="">Although much about “Theory” works (like the aforementioned score, as well as a direction that focuses on people rather than effects), it is truly the performances that bring the story home, even when that story gets tougher and tougher to watch. Even in his electric wheelchair, Redmayne keeps Hawking a viable character, playing up his obviously quick mind, but also his possibly heretofore unknown whimsical sense of humor. Hawking remains playfully mischievous, even as he slumps further and further into his chair. His nearly trademarked saying, “Where there is life, there is hope” is artfully juxtaposed with his well-known atheism, as well as his obvious medical condition. His physical deterioration is a litmus test for that hope, along with his marriage. Although it pulls a few punches and doesn’t get into the grisly details of Hawking's failing marriage, “Theory” nevertheless goes there and explores such issues with a grace that mirrors the demeanor of its lead characters who face each new challenge with aplomb.</span></p> <p class="p2"><span style="">Jones’ plays Jane with a composure that only breaks when she realizes her marriage is over, even though her love for the man continues. Although “The Theory of Everything” may play a bit hokey for some tastes, it’s a story about love that is revelatory, heartbreaking and ultimately worthwhile no matter the outcome.</span></p> <p class="p2"><em style="">123 Minutes </em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and suggestive material</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Directed by: James Marsh</em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by: Anthony McCarten (screenplay), Jane Hawking (book)</em></p> <p><em><em><em><em>Rich Bonaduce is Vice President of the Utah Film Critics Association, co-host of "Critical Mass," a Salt Lake-based movie-review show, and a contributor to <a href="/" target="_blank">saltlakemagazine.com</a>. Read more of his reviews at <a href="http://thereelplace.com/" target="_blank">thereelplace.com</a>.</em></em></em></em></p>Richard BonaduceWed, 26 Nov 2014 14:36:54 +0000http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/11/26/movie-review-the-theory-of-everything/A&EIn The HiveFinal Thanksgiving Treat: Local Chocolate by Solsticehttp://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/11/26/final-thanksgiving-treat-local-chocolate-by-solstice/<p>After the brined, roasted or deep-fried turkey, or tofuturkey, after the cornbread or sage or oyster stuffing and gravy, with or without giblets, after the mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes, after the green bean casserole or brussels sprouts, after the cranberry sauce, the rolls and butter, the waldorf salad, the sauerkraut (okay, that's only in my family), even after the pecan, mince and apple pies, there's often one flavor missing on Thanksgiving. </p> <p>Chocolate. <img alt="" height="368" src="/site_media/uploads/November%202014/chocolate_(1).jpg" width="490"></p> <p>Guess the Pilgrims had a shortage of that (like <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/business/consumer/choc-horror-cocoa-shortage-rising-prices-threaten-chocolate-bars-f8C11418435">we're about to</a>, if our appetite for cacao doesn't decrease or cacao production increases.) </p> <p>At any rate, even after the richest meal, a touch of chocolate is perfect. Not fake-o American stuff concocted with palm oil and chemical flavorings. Real, carefully made chocolate with all the complexity of coffee and dried fruit and nuts. A little piece, with a glass of cognac or port, to savor slowly. </p> <p>Lots of great chocolate is made right here: Scott and DeAnn Perry's <a href="http://www.solsticechocolate.com/">Solstice Chocolate</a> (available at fine groceries and specialty food markets<a href="http://www.solsticechocolate.com/#!where-to-buy/cbu3"> all over Utah</a>) is one of the best. </p> <p>In fact, Solstice's Madagascar chocolate has been selected by <a href="http://www.chocolatierblue.com/">Chocolatier Blue</a>–whose stated mission is to "use the best ingredients on the planet"–for use in <em>all</em> their filled chocolates. </p> <p>And Chocolatier Blue makes <a href="http://www.chocolatierblue.com/chocolates/">incredibly gorgeous</a>s chocolates, filled with exotic, unusual, thought-provoking and wow-delicious flavors like figs; mulled red wine; whiskey and bitters; coffee and vodka; sugar pumpkin and gingerbread. </p> <p>Go look at them in the case at <a href="http://www.caputosdeli.com">Caputo's</a>–they're more fun to look at than Christmas lights. And they make a fantastic hostess gift for whoever is cooking your holiday feast. Even if it's you. </p>Mary Brown MaloufWed, 26 Nov 2014 14:24:19 +0000http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2014/11/26/final-thanksgiving-treat-local-chocolate-by-solstice/On the Table