Tuesday December 3, 2013
When doing your holiday shopping this year, you might want to think about giving Utah-made food gifts to food fans on your list. Giving local products as gifts supports Utah's economy and shows you've put some thought into your selection. Here are a few suggestions for Utah-made foods that might go well together in a gift bag or basket. I'm getting hungry just thinking of the possibilities!
- Artisan bread from a local bakery like Vosen's Bread Paradise, plus some Miller's honey and Butcher's Bunches jam
- Coffee from Beans & Brews, plus some pecan brittle from Western Nut Company
- Rico Brand chips and salsa, plus a few bottles of Apple Beer
- Fernwood chocolate mint sandwiches and a Fernwood pecan log
- A wedge of Beehive Cheese Company's SeaHive cheese, plus hearty crackers and some Utah apples
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Image courtesy Butcher's Bunches.
Thursday November 28, 2013
There are 26 days left until Christmas, and it's time to get shopping if you haven't already. Hitting the stores on Black Friday is one way to get a lot of your gift shopping done at once, and retailers try to make it a festive experience.
Most malls and discount stores will be opening before dawn Friday, and in some cases shopping starts Thursday night. Major malls in the Salt Lake area will make a party out of Black Friday, with giveaways and entertainment.
Here's a list of Black Friday events in the Salt Lake area, so you can strategically plan your bargain-hunting. Happy Shopping!
Photo: City Creek Center at night. Courtesy Visit Salt Lake.
Tuesday November 26, 2013
Thanksgiving dinner takes long time to prepare, but there are usually a few hours left over for other activities Thanksgiving Day. You could hit the early holiday sales or watch some football, but a little outdoor activity might be healthier and more enjoyable. Thanksgiving Day events around the valley will help you have a more active Thanksgiving - some of my favorites are Feast with the Beasts at Hogle Zoo, the Human Race to benefit the Utah Food Bank, and the City Creek Cold Turkey 6K.
The forecast calls for mild and sunny weather Thursday, but bundle up if you're going out early or traveling to a mountain resort.
Salt Lake City Thanksgiving Day Events
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Thursday November 21, 2013
'Tis the season to be baking, and maybe improving your cooking skills or trying a new recipe. There are lots of fun holiday cooking classes in the Salt Lake area over the next couple of weeks, offering advice on the best techniques for cooking classic recipes, or fresh ideas for new recipes. Some of the classes that have caught my eye are holiday desserts with Marguerite Henderson Nov. 25, candy making at Thanksgiving Point Dec. 7, and a risotto and gnocchi workshop at the Salt Lake Culinary Center Dec. 9. Whether you're a beginner or an accomplished cook, it's fun to get a fresh perspective from an expert.
Salt Lake Area Cooking Classes
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