Lydia Martinez

Lydia Martinez is a freelance food, travel, and culture writer. She has written for Salt Lake Magazine, Suitcase Foodist, and Utah Stories. She is a reluctantly stationary nomad who mostly travels to eat great food. She is a sucker for anything made with lots of butter and has been known to stay in bed until someone brings her coffee. Do you have food news? Send tips to lydia@saltlakemagazine.com
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First Bite: Finca Pintxos Bar

The Finca Pintxos Bar is a bit like the baby brother to Finca - with a focus on a true Spanish-bar food.

Cuban Coffee at Fillings and Emulsions

The beautiful thing about coffee culture is that it is ever-evolving, and there's plenty of it to go around in Salt Lake City. Hopping over to the New World, Cuba has long...

Beyond Chicken Noodle Soup

When cold, flu and midwinter January misery hit, I want a big bowl of soup. The hottest, spiciest, brothiest soup I can find. And while Chicken Noodle Soup has its place in...

Meyer Lemon & Thyme Semifreddo Recipe

I love citrus season. Bright, sweet citrus is my savior during the peak of the winter season when I need a hit of color as much as the hit of vitamin C....

Food Crush: Taste of Mahider Platter

I have always been a communal dinner kinda girlie. At my first-ever grown-up dinner party in my own place, I popped a whole roasted chicken into the center of the table with...

Utah Chefs and Restaurants with 2024 James Beard Award Nods

This week, the semi-finalist list for the 2024 James Beard Foundation (JBF) awards came out, and Utah came out with six illustrious semi-finalists. In the words of the JBF, “The James Beard Foundation’s Restaurant...

On the Table: Hog & Tradition Barbecue

Savor the richness of Southern smoke, Tongan flames and Dominican sizzle all in one place

Food Crush: Spicy Mussel Shooters + Basque G&T at Takashi

Takashi's spicy mussel shooters and Basque gin and tonic are an unlikely pairing in Lydia's latest food crush!

Lydia Martinez

Lydia Martinez is a freelance food, travel, and culture writer. She has written for Salt Lake Magazine, Suitcase Foodist, and Utah Stories. She is a reluctantly stationary nomad who mostly travels to eat great food. She is a sucker for anything made with lots of butter and has been known to stay in bed until someone brings her coffee. Do you have food news? Send tips to lydia@saltlakemagazine.com