The Best Utah Blogs & Podcasts

Tuning into a local podcast and/or browsing a local blog, is a great way to not only get familiar with all things Salt Lake City, but to also get a virtual introduction to people you may never meet, places you didn’t know existed and maybe even connect you to a new topic you hadn’t thought of. These sources of information are typically free and a great resource for both Utah transplants and natives.

Podcasts Worth a Listen

 

I am Salt Lake– The husband and wife duo, Chris and Krissie Holifield host this local podcast covering topics from local restaurant owners to recovering drug addicts and drug dealers.

 

Slcdunk– For all the Utah Jazz fans out there and sports enthusiasts, SLCdunk talks news, gossip and trade rumors.

 

The New Utah Podcast– Created by four people that talk about the history of Utah, some of its unique qualities and the states undyeable beauty.

Blogs Worth Reading and /or subscribing to

 

Gastronomic Salt Lake City– For the latest food news happening around the state, subscribe to the oldest online food magazine in Utah, run by a former Salt Lake Tribune critic.  From menu watches to restaurant openings and closings, this site will keep you in the foodie loop.

 

Salt Lake Chamber– The Salt Lake Chamber is your source for time sensitive business news and interesting stories of both their members and the community. Stay in the loop with policy updates and important city announcements as well.

 

Building Salt Lake- Taylor Anderson and Luke Garrott, cover the urban development news across the Wasatch Front, and with the current pace Utah is growing, we suspect it is a full-time job.

 

Things to do in Downtown Salt Lake

Founded in 1847 by the Mormon pioneers, and still the home of the headquarters for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and one of only two major urban areas in the Great Basin, Salt Lake City has lots to see and do. The downtown area has been up and coming for several years now and continues to grow up. But don’t take my word for it, check some of these places out.

Things to do:

http://thegallivancenter.com/
See what is happening at the Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake. From concerts to food events, and the yearly Craft Lake City DIY event, there is always something happening at the Gallivan. And check out ice skating all winter long at the ice rink starting in November. And every Thursday for all the businesses in the area, there are a collection of food trucks where you can swing by for lunch.

https://saltlakefilmsociety.org/
If you don’t want to be outside, why not catch a film at the Broadway Center Cinema. As part of the Salt Lake Film Society, the Broadway features some of the best independent films all year, and during the Sundance Film Festival, you can catch many of the Sundance films there as well.

https://www.slcfarmersmarket.org/
Just down the road from the cinema, at Pioneer Park during the summer and at the Rio Grande Depot during the winter, check out the downtown farmers market.
Every Saturday from June to October, swing by Pioneer Park in the AM for fresh produce, local meat, eggs, and other locally made sauces, spreads, baked goods, and culinary accouterments. The market moves indoors to the Rio Grande Depot from November to April where you can still find great local products.  

 

Where to Shop:
 
https://squareup.com/store/boozetique
Also on Broadway is Boozetique, a great little shop for all your cocktail needs. From glassware, corkscrews, and shakers to bitters, simple syrups and more, you will find all your drinking needs. 

https://www.goldenbraidbooks.com/
Down the street and around the corner a little ways, you will find Golden Braid Books, a little oasis in the busy city. Offerings include gifts and books for feeding the mind, spirit, and soul.  Find items to fix your feng shui or find that best seller you have been looking forward to reading all year.
When you’re shopped out and need a bite to eat, there are fantastic restaurants within a few minutes walk.

 

 

Where to Eat: 

http://hslrestaurant.com/
You’ve been out all day shopping or playing, or working for that matter, and you need to unwind a little. You’ll want a reservation for this one, but Chef and owner and James Beard award winner Briar Handly is doing some fantastic things here. Get the cauliflower; you will not be disappointed.

http://www.undercurrentbar.com/
After dinner, head around the corner to Under Current, an upscale neighborhood bar. They can make all the classic cocktails you might want and have a bar-tending staff that can create just about whatever you are in the mood for. If you still need a bite after dinner, they make some killer fries.

http://www.beerbarslc.com/
And speaking of fries, head on over to Beer Bar where you can find all things beer, of course, and grab some excellent Belgian style frites. With German-style beer hall tables, and a menu that consists of sausages and fries, what’s not to love. But if beer is not your thing, step through the door to the adjoining Bar X and grab yourself another cocktail.

Salt Lake City Parks

Salt Lake City has a wide variety of puplic parks, depending on what types of activities you want to do. From paddle boats at Liberty Park to great sledding hills in the winter at Sugar House Park, you can pack a picnic and spend the day outdoors enjoying all the amenities each park has to offer.

Here are a few we think are just great.

 

 

Sugar House Park- The land that houses Sugar House Park was once the site of the Utah State Prison. In 1947 the Utah Legislature passed a statute to set aside the land to be used as a state park.  The park is 110.5 acres of green space and a large pond. There are seven pavilions, regulation soccer and baseball fields. Two children’s play areas with plastic playground equipment and an amphitheater that seats 220 people. In the winter, hills provide great sleigh-riding hills.

 

1330 E 2100 South

Liberty Park-The second largest park in Salt Lake, spanning 80 acres. There are many unique things to see and do at Liberty Park. Tracy Aviary is a beautiful walking area of all different types of birds. Liberty Lake has paddle boats puttering about and a small island in the center where you can get out and sit in a gazebo overlooking the lake. There is a large water play area, Seven Canyons Fountain, where water flows down cement canyons into a large pool of water at the bottom. Two playgrounds, one for older kids and one for younger kids, are separated by a splash pad. They also have tennis courts and a swimming pool.

600 E 900 South

Memory Grove-This park is full of monument’s, Creekside pathways and fountains. Plenty of picnic tables are available to have lunch and take in the views. The park was constructed in the 1920’s and has monuments that honor fallen soldiers from the First World War. There is also a replica of the Liberty Bell. Memory Grove is a great place for walking, jogging or biking.

There are off-leash areas for dogs at the north end of the park.

 

300 N Canyon Road

 

Parks for Kids with Disabilities

 

Liberty Park- The rotatory playground (playground #2) has ADA access and a water feature for kiddos with special needs.

There are also large ADA swings.

 

600 E 900 South

 

Wild West Jordan Playground- Crews are currently working on adding new equipment to this all-abilities playground to make it even better than it was before. Play equipment is custom made and will re-open this Fall.

 

1985 W 7800 South

Pioneer Day or Pie and Beer Day?

If you have lived in Utah for any length of time, especially during the summer months, you have most likely heard the debate of Pioneer Day vs. Pie and Beer Day. Pioneer Day is celebrated on July 24 to commemorate the first Mormon Settlers in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847.

Pie and Beer Day, also celebrated on July 24th, is an annual tradition where bakeries and local restaurants have pies paired with local craft beers.

Whichever holiday you celebrate, or perhaps both, we have found a few places around town that put on an array of fun-tivities.

Pioneer Day

Parades down Main Street, the smell of Brigham’s donuts inside the Social Hall and a beautiful bird show that you can get up close and personal, are some of the main events that make celebrating Pioneer Day at This is the Place Heritage Park unique. Be sure you get in on the watermelon eating contest.

This is the Place Heritage Park

2601 East Sunnyside Ave

Days of ‘47

The celebrations run from July 19th-24th. Cowboy games and the rodeo take place at the Utah State Fair Park. Desert News Marathon kicks off the morning of the 24th with the colorful historic parade beginning shortly after. Families line the streets the night before to get that special seat. Fireworks take place at dusk at Liberty park

Utah State Fair Park

155 1000 W

Liberty Park

900 South 700 East

 

 

 

Pie and Beer Day

 

The Beer Bar will be offering 26 different pairings of pie and beer. Tickets are $30 and include five pairings.

Beer Bar

161 E. 200 S.

2pm-6pm

 

Ogden Bicycle Collective is hosting a celebration at Talisman Brewing Company. There will pie, beer and a raffle, along with a guided community ride and safety inspection. Tickets are just $5.

Talisman Brewing Company

1258 Gibson Ave

4pm-7pm

 

 

 

Route starts at South Temple and State Street.

Then runs East to 200 East.

Then turns South to 900 South.

Then turns East to 600 East (Liberty Park).

 

Courtesy of Daysof47.com 

Best Places to Grab a Coffee In Salt Lake

We have some of the best coffee roasters right here in Salt Lake. The coffee culture is alive and well, whether you are a hot, iced or blended fan, decaf or caf, going for coffee is a social experience that appeals to the masses all year long.

Here are some of our favorite spots to grab a coffee.

Publik Coffee Roasters- Offering 4 unique blends. Beans are sourced from Brazil, Guatemala, Ethiopia, Peru, Planadas and Tolima and roasted in house. Each flavor blend is unique and the profiles range from dark chocolate to nutty. Baristas prepare a beautifully crafted finish, a work of drinkable art. The atmosphere is fun but also can be a great space to plug in and work.

Various Locations

975 S. West Temple

931 E. 900 South

Campos Roastery & Kitchen– The Australian coffee roaster not only has delicious coffee with amazing flavor profiles, but the company also has a social conscience that is evident in their simple statement, “Quality Coffee Cultivated by Good”. Fun vibe, delicious food offering sand a rooftop space opening soon.

228 Edison Street

Millcreek Coffee Roasters – This family owned business, has been roasting coffee in Salt Lake since 1992. They visit the countries of origin to source the beans they roast and are focused on an environmentally-friendly way to produce.  Beans are roasted daily to ensure the best quality and flavor. Free Wi-Fi, breakfast and lunch items are also available.

657 South Main Street

3 Cups-Brewing beans from local roasters, Blue Copper and La Barba, this happening coffee hub has some of the best coffee and treats in town. There are house made savory and sweet items along with some refreshing gelato to add to your daily brew.

4670 South 2300 East

Salt Lake Roasting Company- Founder John Bolton set out to travel the world on a mission to find the best organic, shade-grown beans on the planet. SLRC roasts beans from North, South and Central America. The flavor profiles range from dark roasts to blends and green, unroasted beans are also available. Stop in for a cup and take home a pound.

820 East 400 South

Sugar House Coffee- It really is a community gathering space, and they serve great coffee. Awesome patio, fun and energetic vibe, you will want to linger there so we recommend getting a large coffee and maybe a sandwich.  With locally sourced products wherever possible, it is the perfect spot to spend a few hours.

2011 South 1100 East

Our Favorite Salt Lake Farmers Markets

It is almost that time! Salt Lake farmers markets bring local farmers, producers and purveyors together in a centralized, open-aired market to sell their fresh products to the public. Farmers Markets are popping up all over the state, and we could not be happier. Supporting local is paramount to building our communities, keeping money in our economy and making connections.

 

Here are a few of our favorites:

Sugar House Farmers Market – This family-friendly neighborhood market focuses on local products with a Sugar House flair. Enjoy fresh produce, unique craft artisans and delicious foods on a Wednesday evening.

Fairmont Park

June-October

Wednesdays, 5-8pm

Downtown SLC Farmers Market – Now entering its 28th year as Salt Lake’s long running summer tradition, the Saturday market supports local farmers and producers by offering a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, grass-fed beef, dairy, eggs, honey and locally made baked goods and other culinary delights.

Pioneer Park

June 8- October 19

Saturdays, 8am-2pm

Liberty Park Farmers Market – one of SLC’s newer markets, this market is great for families with fun kids activities, an art market and a robust produce market.

Liberty Park

June – October

Fridays 4 pm – Dusk

 

Daybreak Farmers Market – This market launched last year and has been a huge hit. Here you will find small producers, local crafted good, organic produce, wild seafood and many other fun vendors creating leather goods, pottery etc.

Daybreak-11274 Kestrel Rise Road

June 1-September 28

Saturdays, 10am-1pm

BEYOND SALT LAKE CITY

Park Silly Market – Entering its 13th season, the Park Silly market takes place on Sundays on Park City’s Main street and includes artisans, local foods, jewelers and local products. The Park Silly market is full of fun vendors, energetic vibe- some folks dress in costume, and great treats.

Park City’s Historic Main Street

June 2-September 22

Sundays, 10am-5pm