De­lec­ta­ble Din­ing

Ad­ven­tures in Eat­ing

Serve Daily - - NEWS - By Amy Baird

You know that mo­ment when you are try­ing to de­cide where to eat and your mind sud­denly goes com­pletely blank? It seems like ev­ery week this hap­pens to me. You have your fa­vorite places where you are a reg­u­lar, but some­times you want to try some­thing new. And let’s be hon­est. It can be a lit­tle in­tim­i­dat­ing to try a com­pletely new place. You don’t know if the food will be epic or medi­ocre. Even if you are brave enough to try a new place, you aren’t sure what to or­der.

Go­ing new places can be amaz­ing, if you make the right choice. Ev­ery place has dishes that are LIFE CHANG­ING good. I am talk­ing about the kind of dishes you are will­ing to drive 45 min­utes in rush hour traf­fic in the heat of the sum­mer when you are 8 months preg­nant, kind of good (Oh Mei Viet­namese sand­wich #8). My goal is to help ease the wor­ries of eat­ing some­where new and help you find some new places to add to your eat­ing out op­tions.

Now, a lit­tle bit about me. I grew up in Cal­i­for­nia’s San Joaquin Val­ley (think agri­cul­tural gold­mine) eat­ing fresh straw­ber­ries from road­side stands, tri­tip sand­wiches at the Clo­vis Farmer’s Mar­ket, and Foster’s Freeze ice cream cones (dipped in choco­late, of course). I moved to North Og­den, Utah when I was 11 and learned to love Brigham City peaches at Niel­son’s fruit stand, Coun­try Boy Ice Cream (no longer in business), and Train­ing Ta­ble ham­burg­ers. After grad­u­at­ing from high school, I went to BYU-Idaho where I met my hus­band, Nick, at the cafe­te­ria. We ended up sit­ting across from each other and talk­ing over spaghetti, Snicker’s salad, and choco­late milk. Fast for­ward and here we are liv­ing in Span­ish Fork with our two lit­tle girls.

My hus­band and I love eat­ing out. Our fa­vorite thing to do is find hole-in-thewall places that look ques­tion­able but have out-of-this-world food. Think “Din­ers, Drive Ins, and Dives.” Like Lon­es­tar Ta­que­ria in Salt Lake City. I would NEVER have imag­ined that a run-down taco shop in Salt Lake City would have the best fish ta­cos I have ever eaten. We love go­ing on road trips and look­ing up Yelp reviews to find hid­den gems. It is an ad­ven­ture to drive through a city, not know­ing where you will end up.

Some culi­nary high­lights of my life are eat­ing steak frites at a street café in Paris, eat­ing fish and chips in Strat­ford on Avon (WITH MASHED PEAS), eat­ing sal­mon on a boat ride to Vic­to­ria B.C., and eat­ing cheese­cake in NYC. Some of my Utah fa­vorites are Le­mon Rasp­berry Pie at Ruth Ann’s Diner in SLC, choco­late cake at Magelby’s, top sir­loin at Tu­cano’s, and Chicken Bryan at Carraba’s.

I am de­lighted to be the new­est writer for De­lec­ta­ble Din­ing! Hon­estly, it has al­ways been my dream to write food reviews. I hope that to­gether we can ex­plore Utah County’s culi­nary ex­panse and find some new fa­vorites. Best Meals Ever: Ar­ti­san Pizza: Vic’s Pizze­ria in Olympia Wash­ing­ton; Chicken: Nando’s London, UK; Brunch: Sara­beth’s on Cen­tral Park South in NYC; BBQ: Ranch House BBQ in Olympia, Wash­ing­ton; Best Fish Taco: Lone Star Tac­que­ria in SLC; Best Pie: Penny Ann’s Café SLC; Ice: (Not a meal, but it is IM­POS­SI­BLE to get in Paris. Chi­nese Lunch Spe­cial: Ts­ing Tao in Payson.

Steve Gray

A bob­cat was found lurk­ing around the grounds of Maple­ton Jr. High on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 27.

Sub­mit­ted by Amy Baird

Nick and Amy Baird on Eif­fel Tower en­joy­ing a cup of ice.

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