Wednesday, April 23, 2014

you can't go to salt lake without eating at porcupine grille

you can't go to to salt lake without
a stop at porcupine grille. it is
one of my family's favorites, so
i was excited to come do a feature!
it's a favorite among locals and
tourists, since it's right at the base
of the canyon leading to some of the
best skiing in the state (snowbird,
alta, and brighton.) we have had 
many great meals here after a long
ski day, and it always hits the spot!

^^ first off, we ordered the ahi spring rolls.
AKA, my dad's dream come true. he was
in h-e-a-v-e-n. i am not always a raw fish fan,
but i tried these and had to admit -- they are
amazing. the flavor with that ginger, wow.
i have a suspicion my dad will now get
these every single time he eats at porcupine.
^^ that picture on the left is real life...not posed.
that is how happy he was after his first bite.
^^ house salad = refreshing, unique flavors for a perfect light dish.
the fresh pears and mandarin oranges are great and the creamy 
house balsamic vinaigrette is something to write home about.
^^ next, their chicken noodle soup. i promise it is like
no other chicken noodle soup you've ever had.
my entire family loves this and my mom picks it
up anytime someone is sick because after having 
this, it's impossible to eat any other chicken noodle
soup. it's the creamiest, yummiest soup and with
one of their warm, soft bocce rolls it's perfection.
no liquid broth, all creamy delicious goodness.
^^ thai chicken pizza. i can't go here without ordering it!
the flavors are just right, & it's one of my favorite meals.
i could probably drink the peanut sauce on its own.
^^ and, the famous wahoo fish tacos. my dad and brother
basically live off these. the crunchy shell inside the soft
tortilla is so good, plus the lime chipotle sauce = amazing.
**pro tip from my dad: you can order the fish tacos blackened 
in these tacos, which "kicks up the already sensational flavor"
(direct quote from my dad - haha)
^^ i could eat this off the screen!
^^ brady and i in food heaven.
^^ and as if that wasn't enough, we tried the famous
fish & chips, done JUST right. first of all, the chef
uses fresh halibut which is incredible and rare, especially 
in salt lake city. second, the house made beer batter is
very light and just right. i am very picky about my  
fish & chips and we all agreed these were to die for.
^^ to top off the greatest meal, chef mike corbett insisted that
we try the chocolate porcupine dessert with vanilla bean ice
cream. inside of the ganache shell was chocolate mousse
and other layers of deliciousness. we somehow found room!
^^ thanks to stacey + kyle for setting this up! 
sorry kyle, we caught you with your eyes closed :)
loved meeting some of the great team behind porcupine.
^^ and, i loved having lunch with my dad + brother,
the two biggest fans of porcupine grille in SLC.
they frequent this place, so i had to bring them along!
take it from us: porcupine grille is a must when in salt lake.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

my little friends

even though we don't have 
kids of our own, i can't
believe how much i
love being auntie em to
our little nieces + nephews.
why are they so cute and
why do they grow up so fast?
last week while visiting home
i tried to just soak up their
little faces and personalities
as much as i could since we
don't get to play with them all
the time! thank goodness for
facetime so they remember me.
here are some favorite moments!
^^ those little shoes in 
the stroller...
kills me!
^^ nothing better than a zoo trip!
^^ the cutest little dude at hires
^^ chase's sister added a new nephew to the crew
this week, i can't believe the timing worked perfectly
and i could meet baby parker! he is the sweetest!
^^ tay snapped this sweetest picture of will + kate
taking in their new baby brother! i can't get over it.
^^ i soaked up every second with this little angel
all week. i love being his auntie and LOVED
knowing he can now hear us with his cool
new hearing aids! he is the absolute sweetest.
 little tagg man! i can't even.
^^ knock knock at papa + yaya's door!
 the cutest zoo dates ever!
these pictures. can't handle.
i just want to squeeze them!
dear littles, your auntie em loves you!

Monday, April 21, 2014

a cookie date

monday calls for cookies.
this monday has been long coming
back from such a fun week visiting home,
so to cheer myself up i'm posting about one
of my favorite treats ever...ruby snap cookies.
the best gourmet cookies on earth! best flavors,
cutest shop, all natural ingredients. if you live
in salt lake please tell me you've been? if not,
please tell me you'll go? i love everything about
it and loved going on a little date here with my mom.
^^ can i eat this off the screen? trying to right now.
^^ the names & pin-up girls are the cutest. every cookie
has one, and there are two specials each week.
^^ this one sounds different, but it was probably
my favorite of the day (and we tried a lot!) it's
a current monthly special, so hurry down and try it!
^^ they also sell the cutest sassy cards -- this place
is perfect to pick up a darling cookie in a box
along with these funny cute cards for a gift.
^^ and of course, the most darling girls work here. 
loved visiting and getting my ruby snap fill!
i heart cookies!
this store location is near downtown at
770 south 300 west, but you can also
get rubysnap dough at whole foods
trolley square, "the store," and
harmons downton! you need to go.
don't believe me yet?
see their flavors here.
thank me later.