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
Image courtesy Butcher's Bunches.
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.
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.
How to Dress in Layers - from About.com guide to skiing Mike Doyle
'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.
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Thanksgiving is a holiday that celebrates home cooking, but it's also one of the most popular holidays for dining out. There are plenty of creative chefs in the Salt Lake area willing to prepare an amazing Thanksgiving feast for you and your family. To help you find just the right place, I've put together a list of Salt Lake area restaurants and caterers for Thanksgiving dinner, at a variety of prices. Tables in many of the restaurants fill up quickly, so it's a good idea to make reservations now.
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Utah residents have a proud tradition of military service, and most of us have seen close up the kinds of sacrifices our military personnel have made. Salt Lake City celebrates Veterans Day Monday, Nov. 11, with the largest events at the University of Utah and in Taylorsville. Highlights include a Veterans Day parade at Taylorsville City Hall at 11 a.m., and the 58th annual Veterans Day Concert at 7 p.m. at the University of Utah's Huntsman Center. Veterans and their families can get free admission to Hogle Zoo, and lots of local restaurants are offering free meals for military personnel. Remember to fly your flag and thank a veteran Monday!
Photo by Gary Conner
Both teams will be looking to reverse disturbing trends tonight, since Galaxy has been one of the worst MLS teams on the road this season, and RSL has lost six of eight elimination matches at home since Rio Tinto Stadium opened in 2008, most recently suffering a 1-0 loss to lowly DC United in the US Open Cup championship earlier this year.
RSL is due for a big win at the RioT, team captain Kyle Beckerman told the Deseret News. "We're going to succeed in one of these and then who knows what can happen. Momentum is a pretty big thing, so we're hoping to really change the tide on Thursday."
RSL lost the first leg of the playoff series 1-0 on Sunday in Los Angeles. The series is decided by aggregate goals, so RSL needs to outscore the Galaxy by two goals tonight to advance to the Western Conference finals.
Update: RSL wins 2-0 in overtime, advances to Western Conference Finals. RSL will face the Portland Timbers Sunday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at Rio Tinto Stadium.
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This week's storm has dropped the season's first significant snow it Utah's mountains, and Utah ski resorts are getting ready to open as early as Friday, November 8. I'm sure we'll all miss the fantastic fall weather, but there's nothing like a beautiful powder day to help get you through the long winter!
Note: Resort opening dates may change with changing conditions.
Utah Ski Resort Opening Dates: 2013-2014 Season
Nov. 8 - Solitude Mountain Resort
Nov. 8 - Brighton Ski Resort
Nov. 20 - Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort
Nov. 22 - Alta Ski Area
Nov. 22 - Brian Head Resort
Nov. 23 - Park City Mountain Resort
Nov. 23 - Canyons
Nov. 29 - Snowbasin
Nov. 29 - Powder Mountain
Dec. 7 - Deer Valley
Dec. 13 - Sundance
Dec. 13 - Wolf Mountain
Dec. 13 - Beaver Mountain
Dec. 19 - Eagle Point
Salt Lake Area Ski Resorts - Which one is your favorite?
Photo by Mike Brown, courtesy Solitude Mountain Resort
"Spooky Science" at the Leonardo, Salt Lake City's science, art and technology museum, is a new kind of Halloween experience for the whole family. Local set designer Thomas George has created the exhibit as a theatrical experience immersing visitors in the science of the spooky. The exhibit features a black light maze, a mad scientist's lab, and fun demonstrations for all ages. Visitors will learn more about phobias, being buried alive, creepy animals such as scorpions, and scary examples of science gone wrong. The exhibit is available now through Thursday, Oct. 31.
209 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Included with regular museum admission: $9 for adults; $8 for seniors, teens, and military; $7 for children 6-11; children 5 and younger free.
Image courtesy The Leonardo
The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome is looking for volunteers to help create, sort and label purple baby hats to help prevent infant abuse. Every year the NCSBS collects purple infant hats for their public awareness campaign, Click for Babies. Knitted or crocheted caps will be given to newborns in hospitals throughout November to help educate parents about PURPLE crying, a normal, but frustrating period of increased crying all infants experience in the first few weeks and months after birth.
The volunteer group is holding a knit-in/crochet-in event Wednesday, Oct.23 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Anderson-Foothill Library, 1135 S. 2100 E. in Salt Lake City. Knitters and non-knitters are invited for this lighthearted, fun event that supports the serious cause of preventing shaken baby syndrome.
The group has already collected more than 3,000 hats, so most volunteers will be packaging the hats and labeling with a message about safety and PURPLE crying. Those wishing to knit or crochet baby hats should bring soft purple yarn, plus knitting needles or crochet hooks. See the Click for Babies website for patterns and more details.
Image courtesy National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome