On the Go

For years I’ve loved following the blogs of complete strangers who seem to fill their life with the color and happiness that we all seek. And while, from day one I’ve understood that the life we portray on the internet is nothing more than the highlight reel, it has always sparked an interest in me like no other. I love seeing how other people live, what their normal is, especially when it feel so opposite to mine. And because of this fascination, I’ve tried several times to launch my own successful blog. None of which have ever amounted to anything. This time however, something feels different. So now comes my announcement to the 3 of you who actually read here. (And lets be honest, I’ve only posted twice before, so I’m not really letting anyone down with a change in direction.) But I’m changing directions.

I’ve always been someone who can’t seem to sit still. I’m always looking for my next adventure and planning the next 3 steps of my life. It’s a wonderful and terrible quality. In one regard, I’m very organized and curious, but thinking ahead can cause a lot of anxiety and can be incredibly lonely. I tend to have a “grass is greener on the other side” approach, which usually leads to a lot of unmet expectation. Over the past year, I feel like I’ve tried to fight this natural tendency, rather than simply acknowledge that it’s there, and then just go forward. So that’s what I’m trying to do now.

From here on out, I want to allow my natural tendency to wander be something that allows me to connect with others rather than further isolate myself. I want to explore, while knowing that it isn’t a choice between adventure or having a home. I guess in the simplest form of expression, I just want this little space on the internet to be a place where I can pursue and share what I love rather than what I think I need to be posting.

So here it is, I’m taking this blog in the direction of adventure. I might not be heading off to a different country every week like so many travel bloggers are somehow able to do, but I will be exploring more. I’d love it if my 2 readers (and hopefully someday a few more) would join me on this journey. Whether it’s exploring my city, or a different continent, I’m on a journey to find balance between my love of exploration and my need for finding a home.

The Vegetable Spiralizer: My New Love

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A week ago I picked up a $15 spirializer from Target and it has completely changed my lunch and dinner routine. I’ve mostly been using it for zucchini noodles, but you can use the spiralizer with beets, carrots, potatoes, really anything. My go-to meal this week has been a simple veggie stir-fry. It only takes minutes to prepare, and it has kept me from having to throw out any uneaten produce, which is a huge win in my books.

If you haven’t hopped on the zucchini noodle bandwagon, give it a go. This has been my favorite combo so far:

1 tbsp of olive oil or avocado oil

1 red pepper

1 cup of sliced mushrooms

1 cup of shredded carrots

1 zucchini

salt and pepper to taste

sautéed on medium heat

It’s seriously the easiest meal and only takes about 15 minutes. Plus filling up on veggies is always a better option than making a meal out of popcorn, which I am very guilty of.

 

Salt Lake City Travel Guide

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After spending a little over a year in my cute downtown apartment, I’ve come to think of myself as a Salt Lake City expert and I am here to impart my wisdom to you.

I’ll be honest and admit that when we moved to Salt Lake, I was pretty devastated to be leaving my beloved East coast and didn’t always handle the adjustment with grace. But, after really getting to know this little city, and sometimes viewing it with the harshest of lenses, I’ve come to not only appreciate it, but maybe even love it. Or at least like it a whole stinking lot to the point where I think everyone needs to give it a chance.

So here you are, my guide to everything you must do, see, and especially eat in SLC!

Breakfast/ Brunch

The Bagel Project

This cute, family owned joint is perfect for lazy Saturday mornings. You can’t go wrong with an everything bagel with scallion cream cheese.

Blue Plate Diner

You could really go here for any meal and find something good, but I’m all about their breakfast menu.

Oasis Cafe

I love Oasis for the food and the quaint atmosphere. It’s one of my favorite place to take people who are passing through town.

Lunch/ Dinner

Cubby’s

This Utah chain is my favorite casual spot. I could get the Kale and Wild Rice Salad everyday and never get tired of it.

Red Iguana

Hands down the best Mexican food in Salt Lake City.

Bombay House

This is a recent discovery for us and has quickly become one of our favorite places. There are a lot of good Indian restaurants in SLC, but this one is the best.

Settebellos

You’ll think you’re in Italy eating this Neapolitan pizza.

Pizzeria Limone

A more casual and budget friendly option for Neapolitan pizza.

Spitz

Another Utah chain, this Mediterranean spot is a favorite place for meeting up with friends. Get the Street Car Fries with the Works, half sweet potatoes fries and half regular.

Dessert

Gourmandise Bakery

A great assortments of pastries and baked goods.

Settebellos

Not just for pizza! The gelato is one of my favorite treats in the summer.

Branbury Cross Donuts

The best donuts in SLC! If you want to get donuts on the weekend, you need to get there early as they sell out quick.

What to See and Do

Ensign Peak

This short hike overlooks downtown and is easy enough for even the most inexperienced hiker.

Temple Square

One of the most historically significant spots in SLC. There are free tours daily and the grounds are absolutely gorgeous.

Memory Grove

The best place to escape from the city, without actually leaving the city.

SLC Farmer’s Market

Enjoy live music, grab some food and enjoy all the local venders.

Twilight Concerts

Enjoy the warm weather and live music with $5 outdoor concerts every Thursday night from June – August.

Pioneer Theatre

The only regional theatre in Utah, enjoy high quality performances for an affordable price.

Grand Theatre

I’m totally biased here, but I love the Grand. It’s the best price in town for live theatre and a great way to support local performers.

Library Roof Top

Open when weather permits, soak up some sun on downtown rooftop during the warmer months.

Jazz Game

Going to a Jazz game has become my favorite way to spend an evening. It’s such a fun atmosphere, there are tons of great food options in the arena, and you can find discounted tickets for almost every game.