Monday, April 7, 2008

Brownie Chows Down in Utah!

Brownie is sad. Very sad. My trusty laptop, Junior, had a wee bit of an accident. It involved water. Not a lot of water. But enough that Junior needs a 24 drying out rest period before I can try to use it again. Sniffle. Since I can not access any of the delicious photos I took of Blondie and Brownie's world tour this weekend, I'm finally going to blog about the rest of her eating adventures in Utah. Now on with the chow...

Prior to my recent business trip to Utah, I had only spent one day in the city while waiting for Lawman's flight to come in. During that time I savored a ham & cheese sandwich at The Terrace Restaurant in the Salt Lake City airport. I highly recommend their ham & cheese sandwich if you have a layover in SLC. Much better than the standard airport fair. And I also had a meal at the Rodizio Grill in downtown SLC. An all you can eat Brazilian meat restaurant that operates on the red light/green light principle. Turn your cue to the red side, no meat. Green side, bring the meat on. It's a very showy and has it's charm especially for rabid carnivores, but in general I found that the meat to be overly salty--perhaps to insure that I wouldn't be able to eat all that I could eat. Suffice it to say, when I knew that I would be in the Salt Lake City area for 5 days in March on business, I was very much looking forward to exploring some of the local cuisine. Here are some of the highlights.

Discovering new things!

I have at least a medium sized latte pretty much every morning. Alas, Lattes are not easy to come by in Utah. Members of the Church of LDS tend to avoid caffeine. After several mornings of decaf and back-to-back work sessions, I was so desperate for caffeine, and since chocolate was plentiful, I was considering just choco-gorging for my fix. Turns out looking to the chocolate was the answer...Snickers apparently makes a candy bar with caffeine and taurine and b-vitamins. Who knew? I was ready to try about anything so the 60 mg of caffeine were a welcome addition to my morning--almost the amount of caffeine in a regular cup of coffee; though though at 250 calories a bar, that's 245 more calories than I would get in a cup of black coffee. Desperate times...Biting into the bar it looked pretty much like a regular Snickers though I'd say that the caramel was a slightly darker (though I could have been imagining it in my caffeine deprived stupor). At first bite it tasted like a regular Snickers, but the aftertaste was a bit off, slightly bitter, which gave it more of the flavor of one of those weird taurine-infused "health" bars (not to say that it was healthy) but it tasted overly manufactured. I wouldn't buy it again, but it helped a little, in a pinch.

Other noteworthy Utah food experiences:

*Having my first Shamrock Shake after an eight year search.

*Dessert at Sundance Resort. Beautiful view and beautiful food. I had the Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding with Crème Anglaise. Delicious! I would have never thought to make bread pudding with croissants. So soft and pillowy. The dish was studded with dark chocolate chips. This is definitely something that I'll try to make at home. It would make an impressive dish for entertaining.

While my bread pudding was delicious. Lawman was the hands down winner with his Apple Pie a La Mode with Salted Caramel Ice Cream. Amazing. The pie was warm and rich. And the ice cream was the right balance of sweet and lightly salty.

*Funeral Potatoes. This homemade dish was served as a side at the luncheon on my last day in Utah. American cuisine at it's finest, Funeral Potatoes are made with shredded potatoes, sour cream, cheese, cream of chicken soup, baked up with a crunchy corn flake topping. So decadently good. I could go for a serving of that right about now...

I'm working on tracking down an excellent Funeral Potatoes Recipe and I promise to report back when I do.

All in all it was a tasty trip. I only wish I had a chance to try the vending machine pizza. How often does one get the choice of pizza, chicken nuggets, and fries all from a vending machine at an airport?! Utah is awesome!

1 comment:

Bridger W. said...

Should you ever find yourself in Utah again, here are a few suggestions:

Red Iguana
Tacos Nacos
Les Madeleines bakery
Flour Girls and Dough Boys bakery

I'm living in New York for a few months and am so thankful for this blog. You two do an awesome job.