Romantic Places to Spend Valentine’s Day

The holiday created for lovers, Valentine’s Day, brings 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 and Park City that will surly win you even more love points. Make those reservations today

Grub Steak

Serving a prix-fixe dinner for two for $47.75 a person, you get your choice of baby romaine Caesar salad, wild rice and mushroom soup, or Grub Steak’s famed salad bar, followed by coffee-rubbed New York steak with crème fraiche. After dinner treat yourselves to chocolate lava cake with raspberries and vanilla ice cream.

https://grubsteakparkcity.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/

HSL

Chef Handly has created lovely 4-course prix-fixe dinner for Valentine’s Day. Start off with the oysters with grilled lemon, then choose from Kona Kampachi Crudo, Grilled Broccolini or Acorn Squash. Move into the next course with choice of Diver Scallop, Roasted Beets or a Rabbit dish. Third course is your choice of Pappardelle Pasta, Beef Short Rib or Duck Breast. Complete the meal with your choice of Whiskey & Caramel Cremeux, Chocolate Torte or White Chocolate Mouse. Price is $75 a person.

http://hslrestaurant.com/

Stanza

Chef LeBlanc has also created a delicious 4-course prix-fixe dinner for Valentine’s Day. Start with pacific oyster with sturgeon caviar. Second course is your choice of Ceviche, Potato & Leek soup, classic Caesar Salad or Candied Fig & Roasted Nut Salad. For your third course, choose between Veal, Spinach & Ricotta Gnocchi, Arrabiata Stuffed Italian Sausage or Crab Agnolotti. Next up is your choice of Grilled Filet, Brown Butter Scallops, Balsamic Glazed Seabass or Fennel Sausage & 3-pepper Bucatini. Hope you save room for dessert, as you indulge in either a Cherry and Solstice Chocolate Cannoli or the Butterscotch Budino. Price is $65 a person.

https://www.stanzaslc.com/

 

Midici, The Neopolitan Pizza Company

If you are more of a casual couple, head down to the Gateway for some delicious dinner options. Midici is offering a dinner for two that includes two entrees, two sodas and two of their gelato offerings, all for the price of $25.

https://mymidici.com/

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

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.

 

  • Unhinged Boutique – a quirky little shop hidden behind Whole Foods Market on Highland drive.  A locally owned boutique offering an eclectic assortment of new, locally made, and found clothes, gifts, and accessories.  You’ll find something here for those hard to shop for (or just for yourself).  It is a browser’s paradise.
  • 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, 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.

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Best Places to Take Your Dog in the Winter

It may be cold outside, but your four-legged friend still enjoys being outside and getting that much needed exercise. There are several dog-friendly places to enjoy even in the winter months, and avid hikers love to ‘break trail’, just be sure to bundle up!

  • Elbow Fork-Millcreek Canyon

    A 4.8 hike, with moderate difficulty. On odd days, your canine can enjoy the space off leash.

  • Neffs Canyon- 4326 White Way, Salt Lake City

    A 5.5-mile round-trip hike that can be moderate to difficult, with some great views. No leash required.

  • Red Butte Road-Red Butte Canyon

    Within minutes of the University of Utah campus, this hike is 1.6 miles, perfect for a light workout day.

  • Grandeur Peak- Front side off of 3300 South

    Another 5.5- mile hike round trip, also moderate in difficulty. One of Utah’s quickest mountains to summit with beautiful views.

If hiking is not on the agenda for the day, take your furry friend to one of these dog-friendly patios:

 

  • Brewhouse Pub 1722 South Fremont Drive
  • Campfire Lounge837 East 2100 South
  • Caputo’s 15th & 15th1516 South 1500 East
  • Fisher Brewing Company320 West 800 South
  • Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria2121 South McClelland St
  • Pig and a Jelly Jar401 East 900 South
  • Pig and a Jelly Jar1968 East Murray Holladay Rd.
  • Prohibition151 East 6100 South
  • Proper Burger Co.865 South Main Street
  • Squatters 147 West Broadway
  • Taqueria 27149 East 200 South
  • Taqueria 271615 South Foothill Blvd
  • Taqueria 274670 South Holladay Blvd
  • Taqueria 276154 South State Street

New Year, New Goals 2019

The timeless tradition of setting new goals for oneself is a way to refocus at the beginning of a new year. Whether your goals are professional or personal, or both, they can be a powerful motivator when kept top of mind. Nothing is more satisfying that checking off those resolutions as you conquer the list.

This year, Monique has set both professional and personal goals. Taking on the year with gusto, she has already sold her first house of 2019, making her one step closer to her goal of 50.

 

On a personal note, Monique hopes to do more traveling this year. 2018 did not lend itself to much down time and she is ready to recharge!

In addition, she plans to work out, at least twice a week to take care of her body and her mind. The life of a real estate agent is a lot of hustle and moving parts, Monique wants to slow her pace down just a tad.

Monique also turns the big 4 0 this year! We can’t wait to see what else she has in store to make this year her best yet.

 

 

Behind the Scenes, A Photo Tour

 

Come with us behind the scenes on a photo tour! We love exploring old houses and neighborhoods, some of the treasures we discover can transport you to a different time. From vintage stoves, carpets, wallpaper and even thermostats, to creative outdoor living spaces that are both functional and welcoming. Take a look at some of our fun discoveries.

Properties with carpet that takes you back in time is always fun to explore. Vintage elements may not appeal to all buyers, but can’t you just see yourself dressed up in disco attire and enjoying this space? We sure can.
Creative, yet functional outdoor spaces can actual gain you more living space, an outdoor room is great for entertaining or for just having an outdoor retreat. Here are some of the fun designs we have come across.

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Things To Do In 9th And 9th: Fun Activities; Where to Shop; Places to Eat

Tucked just a few blocks southeast of downtown and blocks north of Sugar House is a little residential and commercial neighborhood. Called 9th and 9th for the intersection of 9th south and 9th east.  There are plenty of things to do in 9th and 9th – with great eating, shopping and activities that could keep you here all day. 

Activities & Things to do in 9th & 9th:

9th & 9th is a great place to spend the day hanging out – with lots to do and lots of interesting people, it is a great spot for spending the day.

  • Catch a Movie at the Historic Tower Theater – Known for showing older and cult films all year, you can always catch a movie at the Tower theater. As part of the Salt Lake Film Society, the Tower 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. Count on the Tower of Terror every October which includes regular showings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  • Grab a Coffee & Conversation – Stop in for a coffee and some people watching at The Coffee Garden. A local institution so popular it put a Starbucks across the street out of business. For all things coffee and pastry in the 9th and 9th area, this is your spot.
  • 9th and 9th Street Festival – A summer festival that is not to be missed!  With plenty of music, food, art, family, and friends; there is always something exciting going on at the festival.

Things to do in 9th and 9th: Shopping

There is a cute little pocket shopping district here – with multiple independent shops. Here are a couple of our faves:

  • Hip and Humble – a local lifestyle boutique with two locations, the first in the 9th and 9th neighborhood. Here you will find clothing, gifts, books and home decor for all the ladies in your life. Guys, are you paying attention?
  • Just down the road a block from Hip and Humble is The Stockist. With clothing and accessories for men, women, and children as well as jewelry and home decor, you are sure to find something for everyone on your gift list. Or do a little shopping for yourself.

 

Things to do in 9th and 9th: Where to Eat

There are a bunch of great places to eat in the 9th & 9th area – all within a few blocks.  It is worth grabbing a drink and one spot and moving on to another for dinner.

  • Pizza Nono – You’ve been out all day shopping or playing, or working for that matter, and you need to unwind a little. Walk up the street a little to this little gem, Pizza Nono, for a simple but stellar traditional Neapolitan inspired pizza. High-quality ingredients, locally sourced when available, make for some excellent pizza. Go check them out; you won’t be disappointed.
  • After dinner, head around the corner to East Liberty Tap House for a drink or another bite. With an ever-changing menu, based on ingredient availability, they focus on quality food and drink. And their well-curated selection of craft beer on tap will keep you coming back, only six taps, but you know they will all be excellent.
  • And Publik Kitchen may be more of a breakfast and coffee place, but you can snag a great sandwich at lunch. Try the BLT or the Chicken Salad Melt for something truly inspiring. They make a great avocado toast too. 
  • Finally, if you are craving something sweet, look no further than Dolcetti Gelato! Utahns LOVE their ice cream.  And Dolcetti’s is some of the BEST!

 

Ready to explore all the things to do in 9th and 9th?  Here is more information about the area!

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