“Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.” – Vera Nazarian
Our staff has some great suggestions if you just want to stay home this weekend and cuddle up with a new story. Click the images for more information.
Andrea Peterson, Digital Media Manager
There has been a world-wide outbreak of the flu…but lucky for us it isn’t contagious…unlucky for the characters in “Station Eleven” it is highly transmittable, has an incubation period of less than 24hours and is 100% fatal. But that is not the focus of the story, if you can believe that. Just like a feverish flu, Station Eleven, written by Emily St. John Mandel of Toronto, jumps around from character to character, high anxiety moment to romance and calm, from winter to summer, and from life to death. It’s definitely a page turner, however, if you are prone to hypochondriac symptoms, beware. This book will make you question every cough, ache, or scratchy throat.
Ted McCurdy, Sales Associate
I am in the middle of this great book. It really shows the hardships that Grant went through as a young army cadet and want to be business man. He failed time after time at normal life and finally found his calling on the battlefield where his real greatness showed through. He was a real human rights advocate even by today’s standards. He was extremely forward thinking in many ways which is enlightening to see from a person of that era. I love this book, it shows the man and the time that needed each other.
Amanda Pratt, Web and Production Specialist
Blood Song is a book I’ve re-read recently. Every few months I get the urge to read or listen to it again (Audible reading is really good). The main character is so enthralling and the story is different than the normal fantasy books out there. If fantasy is your thing, I highly recommend.
Mary Brown Malouf, Executive Editor
After self-imposed “dry January” cocktails are on my mind so I’ve been dipping into Bernard DeVoto’s The Hour, a passionate to the point of fanatical treatise about the ritual of the cocktail hour and The Only Way to Make a Martini. Dry humor.
Christie Marcy, Associate Editor
I made a heck of a New Year’s resolution this year. I promised myself that I’ll read 70 books before I ring in 2018. That’s a lot of books, people—especially for someone who works as many nights as I do. But here we are and, as my kids remind me often, a promise is a promise. Part of the resolution is that I cannot cheat by reading short books or books very little substance. So, naturally, I’m going to read a lot about science and history in 2017.
So, after (ahem) some recent current events and seeing it on many Best of 2016 lists, I picked up Rasputin, Faith, Power and the Twilight of the Romanovs—a seriously comprehensive look at one of the most talked about political figures of all-time by Douglas Smith. And I mean comprehensive—this bad boy has 849 pages. Suffice it to say, that despite what you may have heard, in his 10 years in power, Rasputin was neither all sinner nor all saint. He was a complex figure in a complex time. And I can’t get enough.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some reading to do. Only 55 more to go!
Jessica Ohlen, Marketing Director
One day a successful New York lawyer and family man disappears without a trace. His family has no idea of where he went or what might have happened to him, until they find an old love letter he wrote years ago to a Burmese woman. The book is pure magic and traces the lost romance between a blind young monk and a poor crippled girl in pre-WWI Burma. Bring out your paper tissues, you will need them!
Valerie Rasmussen, Contributing Editor
During the month of Valentine’s, Love Warrior came to me by my husband. Strange, right? Love Warrior provides ample conversation about love, marriage, alcohol, kids, food and careers, so he thought it would be a good read for my book club. Ironically, my husband heard of Love Warrior via Train Ugly, a movement to coach kids (and adults) to work from a growth mindset instead of a field mindset (inspired by the work of Stanford Professor of Psychology Carol Dweck). In this memoir, the author digs through hardship to find her true self.
Whose mouth is watering? 🙋♀️😋
@granarybakehouse_slc is a small, immaculate and intimate 9th and 9th bakery with some of the best laminated pastry in town. (That means golden flakes that get all over your car because you can’t wait until you get home to take a bite.)🥖🥐🧈
Read more about Granary Bakehouse at the link in our bio! ❤️...
A brand new issue of Salt Lake magazine is coming your way!
We can't wait to share these stories with you. This issue includes our annual Blue Plate Awards celebrating those surviving and thriving in the restaurant biz. Plus, we take a road trip to Wyoming and ask why the only Utah passenger on the Titanic didn’t survive her journey.
A note from our editor Jeremy Pugh, including beautiful tributes to Mary Brown Malouf from our friends in the community, is online now. Read more at the link in our bio ❤️
Subscribers: Look for this issue in your mailbox soon. The magazine will be on newsstands March 1! 📬...
Today, we are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2021 Blue Plate Awards! 🎉
These prizes honor the growers, food evangelists, grocers, servers, bakers, chefs, bartenders and restaurateurs who do more than put good food on the table—they make our community a better place to live. This year, just surviving as a local business deserves an award, but each of our Blue Plate winners did more than that. They made us grateful for every person involved in the essential act of feeding us. 🍽
At the link in our bio, we have the full list of winners, a celebration of feats of COVID creativity and a tribute to restaurants we lost this year. If you’re hungry for more, pick up a copy on newsstands March 1! Plus, check out our Instagram for spotlights on some of the Blue Plate winners.
This year’s Blue Plate Awards are the first without our beloved Executive Editor Mary Brown Malouf. We dedicate them to her, our town’s biggest food fan, critic and champion. xoxomm 💙...
2021 Blue Plate Award winner: @ricobrandut for Staying in Beansness
Last summer, it seemed that Rico would be another victim of rapid gentrification in Salt Lake. Luckily, Rico was able to find a new home in Poplar Grove and now plans to add even more employees. It’s a last-minute happy ending for a community leader who literally wears his mission on his sleeve, courtesy a tattoo in bright red block letters: “pay it forward.” 💙...
2021 Blue Plate Award Winner: @spicekitchenincubator for Keeping the Spice Flowing
This year Spice Kitchen Incubator, already an essential resource for refugees, became, well, even more essential. 💙...
2021 Blue Plate Award winner: @thestore_utah for Special Deliveries
As grocery delivery becomes the new norm, The Store offers a personal touch that only an independent grocer can provide. Last March, high-risk and elderly customers began calling in their grocery lists over the phone, and The Store’s general managers personally delivered food to their homes. 💙...
2021 Blue Plate Award winner: @cucinaslc for Preserving Neighborhood Connection
Cucina’s outdoor spaces became a place where the neighborhood could gather safely. Owner Dean Pierose offered free coffee in the mornings and encouraged his regulars to linger and commiserate together, preserving a semblance of society during a socially distanced time. 💙...
2021 Blue Plate Award winner: @fisherbrewing for Creative Canning
This year, Fisher found ways to utilize their beer, taproom space and canning capabilities for good. They created special lines of limited edition beers in custom cans to help raise funds for local businesses struggling to stay afloat during the pandemic. 💙...
2021 Blue Plate Award winner: @hearth_and_hill for Opening Doors
As the pandemic ravages independent restaurants, Hearth and Hill has reaffirmed its commitment to small businesses in Park City and used its large dining room as an informal gathering space for the city. 💙...
2021 Blue Plate Award winner: @oquirrhslc for Betting the Bottom Dollar
When COVID-19 hit Salt Lake City, Oquirrh co-owners Andrew and Angelena Fullers' dream was seriously damaged. But the Fullers keep trying to follow the rules. 💙...
@oquirrhslc is the kind of restaurant Salt Lake was slowly becoming famous for—chef-run, definitively local, deserving of awards and stars.
Now, a year into the pandemic, co-owners Andrew and Angelena Fuller are doing everything they can to keep Oquirrh alive. There are no days off, and they are serving all kinds of to-go orders to stay afloat, from burgers to charcuterie boards. 🍽
Independent restaurants like Oquirrh need our help! Tonight, order takeout from Oquirrh—or your favorite neighborhood spot—and support these essential members of our community. ❤️...
A wind storm #tbt for your feed today. 🌬️🛹
2020 was a long, long, loooong year, so we asked local photographers to share what the new normal looked like through their eyes. The link is in our bio!...
“Ballet dancers are all about achieving a continuous ‘line’ from the tops of our heads to the tips of our toes,” says @balletwest1 First Soloist Katlyn Addison. “Most of my life, I didn’t even think about how the pinkish tights and shoes sort of cut me in half visually, but the first time I saw a black woman like me wearing tights that matched her skin, I thought, ‘Wow, that really works for her instead of against her.’”
Check the link in bio for full story....
Melissa Diaz, owner and baker at @sweet_vinyl_bakeshop, calls herself a “baketender.” And that’s because, in addition to the usual sugar, flour, vanilla, etc., her cupcakes are flavored with beer and liquor from local brewers and distillers. So, Imperial Stout cupcakes, champagne cupcakes, bourbon maple chocolate cupcakes… you get the point. 🧁🍺
Check the link in bio for full story....
“We’ve had to make some very tough decisions regarding staffing and operations to get through difficult times, but we’ve leaned ontechnology to help us adapt,” Nick Gradinger, co-founder of @vesselkitchen explains. “We transformed our business to facilitate seamless online ordering and curbside pickup. It’s helped create a safer environment for our customers while still delivering the quality of food and level of service they’ve grown to expect from Vessel.”⠀
Read the full story through the link in bio....
Mother nature gifted us with some fresh snow over the weekend! ❄️ More snow in the forecast later this week means it's time to strap into those snowboard boots. ⠀
📸 Photos courtesy of: @snowbasinresort⠀
Check the link in bio for @snowbasinresort lift tickets, upcoming events and more! ⠀
Just hours after being sworn in, President Joe Biden signed an executive order calling for a review of the boundaries for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. The monuments—designated by Barack Obama in 2016 and Bill Clinton in 1996—were reduced by roughly 2 million acres by former president Donald Trump, and the executive order is seen as move towards restoring the original boundaries.
Read the full story through the link in bio.
📸Bears Ears National Monument: Courtesy of Utah Office of Tourism...
If you've never been to @dokidessert, I can assure you- you're missing out. ⠀
Doki Doki is one of Salt Lake City’s most authentic Japanese bakeries. And the authenticity shows through their delicately handcrafted pastries and cakes. Plus- fluffy pancakes, can it get any better? ⠀
Check the link in bio for a fun little write up! ⠀
Meet 9th & 9th's newest, cutest, tastiest "hole-in-the-wall" (quite literally)! @piefightslc is serving up delicious hand pies packed with flavor 🥊⠀
You can eat a pie and go for a walk at the same time- who knew?! 🥧⠀
Check the link in bio for our little review!...