- Pizzeria 712 - 320 State St #185, Orem, UT - This has been a Crafts family favorite since it opened. 712's approach shares many of our own philosophies and values regarding food - simple yet creative, ingredient driven, and house-made. Always delicious!
- Asahi - 1470 N State St, Orem, UT - Great sushi at a great price. Conveniently located. We go here a lot!
- Tsunami Restaurant & Sushi Bar - 1616 W Traverse Parkway, Lehi, UT - Not only is the sushi fabulous, there are lots of delicious options to satisfy even the sushi averse, including an impressive sake list.
- Oteo - 139 S State St, Lindon, UT - Tacos, sopes, and empanadas after our own hearts! Innovative and trendy, yet still simple and without fuss. Don't miss the avocado tacos.
- Black Sheep Cafe - 19 N University Ave, Provo, UT - Southwestern Native American cooking with full bar selections. Upscale and full service, but still casual. Ryan recommends the hog jowl tacos!
- Cravings Bistro - 25 W Center St, Pleasant Grove, UT - A modern take on classic comfort dishes (grilled cheese and soup). It's impossible to pick the wrong sandwich, but if you're undecided opt for the ABC (apples, bacon, and cheddar). And it's just a few blocks away from our own office!
- The Foundry Grill - 8841 N Alpine Loop Rd, Sundance, UT - Ryan spends a lot of time skiing the slopes at Sundance, and drops in here often for an elegant dinner of modern American cuisine. The Tree Room, and Owl Bar are excellent too!
- Peace On Earth - 35 N 300 W #200, Provo, UT - Let's be honest, it's not easy to find a great cup of Joe of Utah County. We're so happy to see more places like this coming to town. Great sandwiches and beautiful digs as well!
- Taqueria 27 - 1688 W Traverse Pkwy, Lehi, UT - Great food at great prices. Fun for groups. Also featuring an array of specials updated daily.
- 180 Tacos - 3368 N University Ave, Provo, UT - Too many taco places you say? There's no such thing! Great to dine in or take. The daily specials are always fun!
- Bam Bams BBQ - 1708 State St, Orem, UT - Delicious Texas-style BBQ. And just like in Texas, the best thing is the brisket!
- Yamato - 1074 State St, Orem, UT - As much as we like to see new comers in our local restaurant scene, we're also ecstatic that places like Yamato stand the test of time. Excellent sushi as well as other classic Japanese dishes.
- CHOM Burger - 45 300 N, Provo, UT - Just because you've ditched fast food for good, doesn't mean you can't find a tasty burger out there. We love CHOM. And the milkshakes are killer too (especially the rotating seasonal selection)!
- Sidecar Cafe - 1715 W 500 S, Springville, UT - In addition to the great breakfast and lunch menus, you can check out the Legend's Motorcycle Museum while you're there.
- Straptank - 1750 West 596 South, Springville, UT - Across the parking lot from Sidecar, this brewery (yep, you read that right) features pub grub to satisfy all comers.
March 29, 2019
The Top 15 places to eat lunch in Utah County
March 14, 2019
March Recipe of the Month: World’s Best Mashed Potatoes
March 8, 2019
Host an Olive Oil Tasting!
- Extra virgin olive oils. Start with 3-6 oils. Pick premium selections. And look to achieve as much variety as possible - oils of varying itensity, of different colors, and from multiple locales.
- Wine Glasses.
- Small Plates.
- Bread. Something with a great crust. Simple breads sans any flavors or accoutrements (the bread is simply to deliver the oil, not compete or contrast with it).
- Palate Cleanser(s). We suggest fresh fruit (apples, oranges, berries, etc.) and sparkling water.
- First, pour about a tablespoon of the first olive oil into your wineglass.
- Swirl the olive oil in the glass. Cup the glass in one of your hands and cover the top of the glass with the other. Swirl gently to release aromas. The warmth from your hands with help the aromas release as well.
- Uncover the glass and smell the oil deeply. Take mental notes of what you smell. Is it peppery? Fruity? Buttery?
- Next, take a sip of the oil almost in a 'soup-slurping' fashion. Allow the oil to run across the palate. Breathe in through your nose. Try to smell the oil again before swallowing.
- As you exhale, swallow the oil and concentrate on the flavor. Think about some general categories such as fruitiness, pungency, bitterness, earthiness, pepperyness, etc. Write down your observations and then compare them with your fellow tasters! You can also re-taste the oil by pouring it on a small plate and dipping the bread in the oil and seeing how that affects the taste.
- When you are ready to move on to the next oil, cleanse your palate with plain bread, a slice of apple, and/or sparkling water.
- Repeat the process for the oils.
February 25, 2019
The artisan chocolate capital of America is . . . Utah? Local Partner Feature: Amano Chocolate
- Cleanse the palate. Many flavors of good dark chocolate are subtle and will be lost or ruined when tasted against lingering flavors from a meal. Apples, citrus, and other light fruits can work well. Sparkling water is an excellent option. Fruit and sparkling water together are ideal. Cleanse before each new chocolate. Yes, this may mean your cleansing the palate multiple times if tasting multiple chocolates.
- Smell the chocolate. Smell again. Break a piece apart and smell the freshly exposed surface once more. This will prime your palate for the upcoming tasting. And it will zero in on the most subtle flavors that may be overpowered by others when tasted.
- Don’t taste cold chocolate. The bar should be at room temperature when you start. And it’s recommended to warm the chocolate in your fingers for a few moments before introducing to the mouth. Warming up the chocolate will help the flavors release and be perceived as you taste.
- Don’t rush. Although chewing 1-3 times can help accelerate things, this is the upper limit. Wait for the chocolate to melt. Massage the chocolate between your tongue and the roof of your mouth. Breathe in through your nose. Try to smell the chocolate while your tasting it. Slow down and focus on the flavors - especially how they change from start to middle to finish.
- Use a proper sample size. Too large, and you’ll be tempted to chew too much. Too small and you’ll miss flavors before it’s melted away. 5 - 15 grams is good window to target.
February 13, 2019
Ryan’s Valentine’s Day Menu
14 Day Rose & Cherry Infused Valentine 75 Rose & Cherry cupcake Amuse
American Ossetra caviar, french toast, creme fraiche, and buttermilk syrup Soup
wild mushroom bisque with black garlic crouton and mascarpone Entree
tuna, gooseberries, and shaved foie gras Entree
chili pepper fried chicken with radish, kumquat and ginger salad Salad
winter squash and citrus salad with shaved fennel, local greens, and sorrel rhubarb dressing Intermezzo
pomegranate, grapefruit, and herb granita Dessert
olive oil cake with poached pear, zabaglione, and warm granola Cheese and Honey
local raw unfiltered honey and artisan cheese selections Chocolate
flourless chocolate cake with dark chocolate ganache, and chocolate cookie crumble, finished with edible gold flake Wishing you a romantic and delicious Valentine's Day!