New to Salt Lake City? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

If you’re new to Salt Lake City of a just in the process of planning to relocate to Salt Lake City then there are a few things you will want to know to make sure that you can your family get settled as quickly and easily as possible. This is our Salt Lake City Newcomers guide to get you on the right track.

New to Salt Lake City: Finding A Job

 

If you have moved to Salt Lake City and need to find a job then there are a lot of great resources available to help you find the perfect opportunity to suit you and your family life.

To help start your search you could try these resources:

 

New to Salt Lake City: Getting on the Road

 

If you are relocating to Salt Lake City from outside of Utah then you might need to think about getting your vehicle registered and getting a new state driver’s license.

If you are planning to get a new license there are a few steps to follow:

 

  1. Schedule an appointment online, or just walk into the office
  2. Complete the application form (you can do this online before you attend the appointment if you wish)
  3. Get a photo taken
  4. Give evidence that you have complete the appropriate driver training course. This can be done by giving over your current driver’s license. If you don’t want to do this you will have to get a learner’s permit and use that for 90 days
  5. Show proof of your identity, including your social security number and two proofs of your residence in Utah.
  6. You will have to take an eye exam and then, one or both a written and practical test.
  7. Pay a fee of $32 or $39 if you are 20 or under.

Some helpful links:

 

New to Salt Lake City: Enrolling your Kids in School

 

Before you decide exactly where you kids are going to go to school you will want to get the low down on the option available to you. After all a good education is one of the key’s ingredients to the American dream.

 

New to Salt Lake City: Registering to Vote

 

Getting registered to vote in your new state is a big deal. You don’t want to miss out on the chance to have your voice heard so make sure you get yourself signed up. If you are getting a Utah driver’s license you will be asked then if you wish to register to vote, so you can kill two birds with one stone. 

You can also register to vote online, it’s really easy to do, so there’s no reason to put it off.

Things To Do In Sugar House: Fun Activities; Where to Shop; Places to Eat

Please Note: We’re continuing to post about local businesses, events, and area attractions; however, things often change due to COVID-19 restrictions.  So please, double-check before you visit any of our recommended spots to confirm availability, accessibility, or any restrictions.  Stay safe. Be well. And support Local! Thank you.
 

One of the oldest neighborhoods in the Salt Lake Valley, and the former location of the Sugar House Prison, Sugar House has become one of the hottest and trendiest neighborhoods in Utah. Which means there are plenty of things to do in Sugar House – from entertainment, great food, and fun places to shop.

Things to do in Sugar House: Entertainment

 

Sugar House is in the heart of the city, but there are all kinds of activities for runners, cyclists, and swimmers.  Come to think of it, Sugar House is the perfect spot to train for that triathlon.  Bonus: these spots are perfect for families too.

 

  • Visit Sugar House Park – Sugar House Park, the former site of the prison, is popular year-round.  Head to the park any evening during the summer and you’ll find all kinds of activities. From organized team sports, classes, families out with kids, and people taking laps around the park itself.  Winter calls for sledding on the hills surrounding the park.
  • Go Swimming at the Fairmont Aquatic Center – For fitness buffs, if running or cycling is not your thing, head over to Fairmont Aquatic Center and swim some laps in the pool. Or take your kids to the leisure pool during hot summer days to cool off.  They also offer classes and camps for your kids too. Swimming, gymnastics, and martial arts are just a few of their offerings.
  • Hike Parley’s Trail – Parley’s trail, connects the Bonneville Shoreline trail at the mouth of Parley’s Canyon to the Jordan River Parkway.  Walk, run, or ride part or all of the eight-mile trail that runs through the heart of Sugar House.  Don’t forget to check out Parley’s Historic Nature Park at the mouth of the canyon.

Things to do in Sugar House: Where to Shop

Sugar House is full of small, locally-owned shops that range from quirky, to sophisticated to entirely unique.  Here are a few of our faves – the types of shops you can get lost in looking around.

 

  • Tea Zaanti-  Salt City’s Best TeaHouse. Find a wide selection of tea where you will have the opportunity of tasting some delicious and exotic options that you can’t miss. Go and have a TEA-rrific time.
  • Central Book Exchange – a staple in Sugar House for decades; they claim to have over 90,000 items in their ever-changing inventory. This is one place in which, you could quickly lose a few hours. They also happen to be our neighbors! Go on, enjoy.
  • Got Beauty – a locally owned Salon, Spa, and Boutique. Find all your beauty needs and then some. They have some great gift options as well. 

Things to do in Sugar House: Places to Eat

From bars, a little hole in the wall eateries, and posh restaurants, Sugar House has dozens of great spots – all within a few blocks of the central business district!  You’ll want to explore on your own, but here are a few of our go-to spots.

 

  • The Ruin (Best Spot to Grab a Drink) – You’ve been out all day shopping or playing, or working for that matter, and you need to unwind a little.  Check out one of Sugar House’s newest bars, The Ruin. Tucked next to Hidden Hollow in Sugar House, you’ll find friendly people, good drinks, and good food
  • Somi (A Taste of Vietnam) – Right near The Ruin, on Wilmington Plaza, you will find Somi, serving up their classic Vietnamese dishes. Their Lemongrass Beef Noodle pho is fantastic.  They also have great lunch specials.
  • BGR Sugar House (Best Place for a Fast Bite) – If a burger is more to your liking, head across the street to BGR: Burgers Grilled Right. They always have a monthly special you can only get for that month, and then it is gone. BONUS: you can get any of their burgers on a pretzel bun, what is not to love about that. Try the Korean BBQ, it may sound a little odd, but it is excellent.  They also have great vegetarian options.

Looking for more to do in Salt Lake:

 

 

The Best Food in Salt Lake City (Beyond Just Restaurants)

Over the last decade, the number of visitors coming to Salt Lake City has increased significantly. Especially for those who love food, Salt Lake City provides a destination where flavors from all over the world meet and melt in the mouths of those who appreciate them.  With a sizable immigrant, refugee, transplant and minority community, the city has become a melting pot of cuisines and flavors.  

If you’re only trying out the traditional restaurants and eateries however, you are missing out on a large part of the food in Salt Lake City.  It is not just all about formal eating places; there is much more to savor beyond the restaurant. People on the go, they on a budget or just seeking adventure will find the following eating spots quite impressive:

Food in Salt Lake City: Specialty Markets

When you walk into a specialty market in Salt Lake City, expect to find niche food products that are delicious, unique, and can’t be found anywhere else! Some of our favorite specialty markets for food in Salt Lake City are:

  • Caputo’s   You cannot afford to be in too much of a hurry when you visit Caputo’s. In this deli, expect to sample lots of Italian specialty goods – including fine chocolate, cured meats, cheeses, imported pasta, and olives.  Since their 3 markets and delis are situated in mixed-use neighborhoods, they are a prime spot for people-watching. Choose between half for full meals but expect original taste and an excellent experience.

  • Liberty Heights Fresh  The tagline for this deli and specialty market lets you know they source some of the best food in Salt Lake City for the best ingredients every time. The food you get at Liberty Heights Fresh is prepared with integrity so every bite, sip, or piece is accounted for. The owner carefully curates a selection of locally sourced eggs, cheeses, vegetables, and proteins as well as specialty foods from around the country.

  • Black Cherry   A  Mediterranean and Middle Eastern specialty market, The Black Cherry Market is a pinhole that offers visitors a view of the world on a plate.  With items like Turkish Delight at Arabic coffee and Halal meats, this little market is one to get lost in. You’ll find delicious fresh-baked flatbreads and yummy jams, dips, and spreads.

Food in Salt Lake City: Utah Local Sweet Shops

While a large number of farmers have turned Utah to be the farming capital of the north, a lot of entrepreneurs are making the scenery sweet. Utahns are known for their sweet tooth – which guarantees a delicious stop at some of our favorite spots:

 

  • The Chocolate Conspiracy – they make their raw and vegan chocolate bard from scratch – controlling every step of the process to ensure consistency every time. With a goal of producing authentic chocolate flavors, a bar of The Chocolate Conspiracy is what you need to nibble on as you enjoy the rest of Utah.
  • Ruby Snap – it does not matter how old you are; a trip to Utah is never complete if you have not bought some Ruby Snap goodies. Each cookie is named lovingly with an old-fashioned name; guests may come in and order “Two Viviannas, one Virginia, and one Zoey to go.” For once, here is a menu of cookies that have been made with love using only the finest ingredients which you can at least pronounce. Ruby Snap is your home of pleasant surprises when you are in the Salt Lake City food scene.
  • Bubble and Brown – a bakery that focuses on buttery pastries and cakes with minimal sugar – instead of relying on ingredients at the peak of their season to infuse sweetness and flavor.  Bubble and Brown never disappoint for breakfast pastries and special occasion cakes.
  • Dolcetti Gelato – Utah’s original gelato spot, Dolcetti Gelato offers a variety of traditional gelato flavors as well as a unique take with Utah-centric ingredients. Perfect for a hot summer’s day.

Food in Salt Lake City: Food Trucks

Food trucks are always on the go – moving from site to site throughout the day… If you love food in Salt Lake City, these food trucks are well worth tracking down. Here is what to expect from a few of them:

 

  • CupBop – the menu of the day will definitely keep you glued to these food trucks. CupBop is a Korean-fusion truck serving up bowls of rice, noodles, meat, kimchee, and spicy sauces ranging from 1 (not spicy at all) to 10 (flaming mouth hot).
  • Waffle Love – the Belgian waffle will make your love affair with food deeper than you can imagine. And a taste of Belgium in Salt Lake City can be found at Waffle Love. Close your eyes and wait for the toppings to surprise you because they will; you will dig in without a care in the world.
  • Fire and Slice Pizza – taste the pizzas from Fire and Slice Pizza – they are baked in a traditional (but portable) wood-fired pizza oven with unique flavors and pizzas of the day.
  • Havana Eats – Cubans living in Salt Lake City will wait at the corner every day for the Havana Eats food truck to set up. Ever been to Cuba? Kill two birds with one stone by eating from this food truck that prepares authentic family meals with joy and tradition.
The culture of food in Salt Lake City is growing and expanding all the time.  Want to know more about places to eat and things to do in Salt Lake City?  Check these out:

The Spring Home Maintenance Checklist You Need Today

Don’t just spring clean… Get going on your spring home maintenance today!

Spring is in the air and that means that you’re probably thinking about spring cleaning.  Hold on though! You also need to be thinking about some key spring home maintenance items as well! Doing these 8 things at least once a year will save you time, money, and a big headache down the road.  The goal is to prevent things from going wrong or catching little problems early BEFORE they become major problems.

We created a handy check list of 8 spring maintenance items you should be checking every year.  As a matter of fact, you can probably get these done in one weekend and then you don’t have to worry!

 

1.  Check your gutters and down spouts

Gutters and down spouts get all clogged up over the winter with leaves and debris.  Get up on a ladder every spring and clear that gunk out.  It will save you leaks, breaks, pools of stagnant water and a big repair bill.

2.  Inspect your roof

Most roofs will last around 12-25+ years (depending on the material) IF, and only if they are inspected regularly and repaired.  While you’re up on the ladder cleaning your gutters and drain spouts, take a moment and climb up on your roof.  Look for loose roofing, pooled water, or curling shingles.

It can be very affordable to repair your roof regularly.  If your roof ends up leaking during those springtime showers, it can cost you thousands in damages PLUS the money to repair or get a new roof.

It’s a good idea to check your roof both in the spring and the fall. Just to be safe.

3.  Check seals on windows and doors

Check and repair any seals on window sills, door sills, and thresholds.  Look for damaged or peeling caulk, splinters, loose panes and gaps.  While you are at it, check and repair any screens – you’ll be glad to be able to open those windows and air out your home without bugs getting in!  Here is a handy guide for how to caulk your windows.

 

4. Give some love to your deck

Already planning the first BBQ of the season?  Better get that deck ready.  Just like your roof, you want to inspect it every spring.  Look for cracks, greying wood, loose joints and water seeping in.  Every 3-5 years you’ll want to stain and seal your deck to keep it from weathering.  A final step?  Give it a good pressure wash to get it ready for that backyard party!

5.  Filter out those dirty filters

Guys. HVAC filters get D.I.R.T.Y.  They collect dust, pollen, pet hair and dirt.  And then recirculate all those things back through your house if you don’t clean or replace them regularly.  This is something you’ll want to check several times a year.

 

6.  Don’t forget about your dryer and refrigerator

When doing spring home maintenance, don’t forget to check your dryer vent.  It gets clogged up and makes your dryer work that much harder.  Which makes your electricity bill go up.

And while you’re at it, check your refrigerator coils.  Chances are they need a good vacuum.  Not only are they really gross when they are covered in dust, they also make your fridge less efficient.

 

7.  Drain that water heater

Your water heater should be 100% drained a couple of times a year.  The reason?  All kinds of minerals and sediment build up in the bottom.  Which equals corrosion and water that doesn’t heat as fast as you’d like.

 

8.  Test your smoke detectors

This spring home maintenance item can literally save your life.  Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and put fresh batteries in.  While you’re at it why not make sure that your family knows what to do when an alarm goes off.  A household fire drill goes a long way.

Need a hand?

Check out our list of trusted vendors, contractors, supplier and all around handy types who can help you if you run into problems (or they can just take care of this stuff for you).  They’ll give you a hand with the whole spring home maintenance thing!

5 of The Best Places to Get Some BBQ in Salt Lake City

​Are you hoping to get some of the most mouth-watering BBQ Salt Lake City has to offer? We’ll let you in on some fantastic local favorites when it comes to BBQ so that you can get the best of the best.

Keep reading for a guide on how to get some of the best BBQ in Salt Lake City so that you can have the meal of your dreams.

1. Pat’s Barbecue

This barbecue joint was on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives,” so you know it has to be good. This spot is known for its amazing dry rub barbeque. Try their delicious ribs for a local favorite, with a side of cornbread and coleslaw for a traditional plate that offers all the comfort food you could need.

2. Charlotte Rose’s Carolina BBQ

If you’re looking for delicious southern styled BBQ, Charlotte Rose is your best bet. As the only Carolina styled BBQ  in Salt Lake City, this spot has become a favorite amongst locals and visitors alike. Daily specials like a pulled pork grilled cheese or mac and cheese tacos are the perfect choice for any foodie who loves a greasy and delicious meal.

3. The Sugar House Barbeque Company

This spot boasts a delicious Memphis style barbeque that works to complement the rich flavors of their meats. Their meats are dry-rubbed and smoked to perfection, infusing it with amazing flavors.

With four homemade sauces, there’s something for whatever you’re in the mood for. Try their smoked platter to get a little taste of everything.

4. Miss Essie’s BBQ

This is an excellent option if you want an amazing barbeque spread for an event or party. Let them do the hard work for you, as they will fully cater your events with award-winning smoked meats, hot sides, loaves of bread, salads, and desserts. They are also offering takeout family meals right now.

5. Ombu Grill

Are you looking for a BBQ experience that explores unique styles? Ombu Grill is Utah’s first all you can eat Korean BBQ experience. With over fifty meal options, there is something for everyone, no matter your dietary preferences or restrictions.

This is a great way to feed the whole family and never leave anyone hungry. This is also a fun experience with family, or for a date night, as they prepare the meat right at your table. Get meats like brisket or shrimp, or fruits like pineapple grilled tableside for a unique and interactive experience.

Best BBQ in Salt Lake City

If you’re looking for amazing dining experiences, check out the spots on our list of the best BBQ in Salt Lake City. All of these places offer unique flavors, experiences, and settings that everyone will love. Check these spots off your Salt Lake City bucket list to get the best BBQ this location has to offer.

Are you looking to move to Salt Lake City? Contact us today so that we can help you find the best home for you in this beautiful location.  While you’re at it, check out some of our other Salt Lake City recommendations!