Valentine’s Day Dinner Specials to Enjoy with Your Sweetheart

Valentine’s Day, that time of year when cheesy love notes, heart-shaped boxes of chocolates and red roses take center stage.

Why not really impress your sweetheart this year by making plans to visit one of these romantic eateries in Salt Lake–you may even win extra love points. Make those reservations today!

Fratelli Italian Ristorante

Serving a prix-fixe dinner for $35 a person, you get a 3-course dining experience with your choice of lobster bisque or Campagne Ceasar salad to start, crab cake or petite filet with Cabernet pan sauce for course two,  and chocobella cake or raspberry Tiramisu for dessert.  You can also order off the regular menu that evening.

https://fratelliutah.com

 

Log Haven

If the picturesque atmosphere isn’t enough, the food will impress you. Order the Korean Fried Cauliflower as a starter and you will have a taste of what the evening will have in store.  From the Grilled American Waygu with charred brussel sprouts, pomme frites and truffle aioli to Shrimp Scampi with Fettuccini, you will delight in the satisfying flavors. Chef Jones has even created a 3-course Low Calorie/High Impact Special if you are watching those calories.

http://www.log-haven.com/

SLC Eatery 

Enjoy a 3-course dinner for $60 a person with an optional wine pairing for an additional $35. Choose from Roasted beets, black kale salad or seafood fried rice to start. Followed by your choice of Goat Cheese Agnolotti, ora King Salmon, Snake River Farms Beef Shoulder Tenderloin or roasted chicken. End this amazing meal with choice of dark chocolate panna cotta, Raspado, or Affogato.

http://slceatery.com/

London Belle

A lovely 3-course prix-fixe dinner for Valentine’s Day has been selected at London Belle for $50 per person. Start with smoked salmon nachos or Chermoula spiced cauliflower. The main dish choices are Wagu tenderloin or honey butter blackened sea scallops and your choice of triple chocolate mouse or tangerine English custard for dessert.

www.londonbelleslc.com

Tucanos Brazilian Grill 

A delcicous dinner for two at $31.95 per person which includes the chef’s selections of rosemary herb salmon, roasted rib eye, grilled shrimp and a special Valentine’s chocolate treat. Complinmentary rose included! 

https://www. tucanos.com 

Great Places to Get Comfort Food in Salt Lake

comfort food in salt lake

Comfort food, the classic and often nostalgic foods from our childhoods that bring us comfort because they are rich in flavor and high in carbs. Think mac and cheese and fried chicken, those two items can stand alone or pair together perfectly as a meal.

The Salt Lake valley has many restaurant options to satisfy those cravings, here are few to get your started.

Tradition SLC

Tradition opened in 2017 by Ashton Aragon and Max Shrives. Opening the restaurant is a way for them to share their family favorites and traditions with their customers and bring an elevated, but comfortable family meal to your table. With dishes like fried chicken, served with grits or the classic chicken and dumplings with roasted chicken and scallion dumplings, dining here will warm your belly.

501 E 900 South

Open for Dinner Monday-Sunday, Brunch on Saturday and Sunday

OquirrhThis fairly new, small but quaint restaurant has a menu full of comfort food dishes. One of the most popular is the chicken confit pot pie. Think flaky crust, tender chicken with a savor filling and you be craving this place often. They also just added a root vegetable risotto to their fall lineup.

368 E. 100 S.

Open for dinner Wednesday-Sunday 5-10pm

Francks– Few dishes scream comfort food as much as meatloaf. Whether you grew up eating it as a kid or found a hankering for it as an adult, there is something about a slice of meatloaf that warms the soul. However, Franck’s meatloaf is made in a circular shape…just adds to its charm.

6262 S Holladay Blvd

Open for Dinner

Oak Wood Fire Kitchen Chef Brandon Price just dropped a new fall menu at this Draper eatery, and with classics like Bolognese and short rib gnocchi, most every entre has that comforting, stick to your ribs, kind of good. And well, there is always there woodfire pizza…

715 E. 12300 South

Open 11am-9pm Daily

Ruth’s Diner It is no secret that Ruth’s mile high biscuits are reason enough to head up the canyon for a meal, but there are plenty of other reasons on the menu as well. Classic dishes like pot roast and chicken fried steak do not get any heartier. And they serve breakfast until 4pm every day.

4160 E. Emigration Canyon

Open Daily 8am-9pm

Stoneground Kitchen– From house made lasagna to pork tenderloin with fried polenta, this comfort food with an Italian flare is all that is right about eating carbs. Not feeling a heavier entre, try one of their pizza’s, which are available gluten free.

249 E 400 S

Open for lunch and dinner

Halloween Fun in Salt Lake

Halloween is fun for all ages, amiright? Whether you enjoying dressing up, hosting a spooky party, or just handing out candy to the littles that show up at your door, there is such a fun energy on this particular holiday, we suppose it could be all the candy?

Whatever your thoughts are, there are many fun, themed attractions this time of year. If you are not into scary, check out some of the less frightful events. Either way, they are bound to get you into the spirit…

Sleepy Hollow

You have heard the tale now experience it! Ride through the woods on a horse drawn wagon. Be sure to keep your eyes open, it has been said that it is haunted by the Headless Horseman. Wear warm clothes and bring a blanket, evenings get pretty chilly!

https://www.sleepyhollowutah.com/

 

Thriller Park at Kuwahara Wholesale

So many fun things to do here! From a pumpkin patch for Zombie Paintball. There are nightly performances of “Once Upon a Time” and spooky inflatables for the kids. Toddlers will enjoy the corn pit; older kiddos can peruse around the Haunted House or get their speed on with a mini tractor race. And so much more!

https://www.kuwaharawholesale.com/?fbclid=IwAR3fjrfLVZgJZXgwHp1zbjbRy1LswSYzVm2jbMqhAVHlfOeieHDBgMoCVt0

 

Nightmare on 13th

Be prepared to get spooked going through this haunted attraction. Around every corner, something is lurking and sure to jump out at any time. The costumes and actors are some of the best in the state. If you love to be scared during the Halloween season, put this on your ‘must do’ list. No one under 10 years of age is recommended to enter.

https://www.nightmareon13th.com/?fbclid=IwAR148UWzBR-mHluVLga6byEyIrqyWRtlnthHO9rtgF6EeuyGxR91CCsFfO0

300 W. 1300 South

Pumpkin Nights

Buried treasure, bounce houses, live entertainment and lit pumpkins galore! There are seven pumpkins lands with over 3,000 carved pumpkins and multiple Halloween displays. Spend hours roaming though the fairgrounds that is transformed for the season, creating the essential fall experience.

https://pumpkinnights.com/salt-lake-city/

For Adults Only:

 

Vault of Nightmares

Bambara’s Vault Bar and Nightmare on 13th haunted house, have teamed up to create a spooky pop-up bar so that adults may be too old to trick or treat can still join in on some fun. The décor will be decked out in haunted décor and themed drinks like Medusa’s eye will be served.

320 W. 1300 South

Where to Volunteer In Salt Lake

Volunteering warms the soul and fills hearts with love and gratitude. Helping others in need is a great way to give back to your community and make a difference in the lives of others.

Whether caring for homeless pets is your calling, or feeding the hungry, there is an organization excited to have you on board.

Here are a few to look into depending on your interests.

Best Friends Animal Society– Best Friends runs the nations’ largest no-kill sanctuary and is focused on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters.

Strut Your Mutt happens October 12th. Save the lives of homeless pets by participating in this annual event.

 

The Road Home-Assisting individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness through an emergency shelter, case managements and housing programs. Volunteer opportunities include front desk and kids book club. Groups also welcome.

 

Volunteers of America– They offer many programs like, Homeless adult and youth services, substance abuse treatment, mental health, detoxification, and youth mentoring ages 12-18. Volunteers are needed in a variety of programs.

Catholic Community Services-There are several programs within CCS to serve. They provide legal representation to immigrants and refugees who are seeing to legalize their immigration status. Provide meals to the homeless through the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall seven days a week. And work with refugees on resettlement and foster care.

 

The Good Samaritan Program This program provides a sack lunch for anyone who comes to their door seven days a week. Food is donated and volunteers assemble and hand out lunches.

 

The Utah Food Bank   They distribute food through a statewide network of 182 partner agencies across the state to fight hunger. You can help by giving food, money, or giving your time as a volunteer. 

Best Things to do in the fall in Utah

Fall in Utah is simply breathtaking. There are so many fun things to do in the fall, with the color changes and the chill in the air, you will want to experience all the wonder mother nature has in store, as well as take in a few fun fall inspired events this time of year.

 

Here are few or our favorites:

Take a drive:

 

Alpine Loop- is own of the most picturesque drives in Utah. The loop connects American Fork Canyon and Provo Canyon and will provide you with an abundance of color.

 

Big Cottonwood Canyon- Another scenic byway that will take you a journey of fall color changes.

 

Sundance- take a left after the tunnel as you drive from Provo to Heber. There are signs along the way.

Fall Hikes:

 

Please check links for difficulty levels.

 

Bell Canyon Reservoir– pick this hike up right in Sandy and don’t stop until you get to the lake. The colors are amazing in the fall.

 

Stair Gulch– In Big Cottonwood Canyon, the colors line the trail as you climb up the gulch.

 

Trail to Desolation Lake – behold the honey gold aspens and the pretty lake just up yonder. The hike is not a short one, so it is also a great workout.

 

For the kids

 

Gardner Village Witches– Few things say fall like the Witch display at Gardner Village. This event really is fun for all ages but younger kids really get a kick out of seeing all the creative witch displays around the village. And it is free to roam around.

 

Boo Lights– Hogle Zoo does an amazing job of creating Halloween themed light displays throughout the zoo. From a graveyard to the land of spiders, kids will enjoy all the sights…and sounds.

 

The Crazy Corn Maze- Just like the name implies, be prepared to enter a corn maze of fun with many twists and turns over 8 acres of corn.

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.