March 26, 2013

Utah Things

Salt Lake City, Utah Maria, Abby, me, Heidi

When I was in Utah I spoke on a panel about blogging at the Build Your Blog Conference. I loved having the chance to help and encourage fellow bloggers, and wish I had the opportunity to do it more. Of course I felt like a huge dork up there! :) Everyone else was so eloquent! I am slightly high strung and I tend to ramble (especially when I’m nervous!) so I felt like most of the time I wasn’t making any sense. But I hope some of what I said was able get through, lol! Thank you so much to those who were at the conference that have dropped by and left such sweet and encouraging comments here. It was such a pleasure to meet you all.  You are way too kind. :)

While I was at the conference I attended a session led by Cindy M. Hogan, Abby from Twist Me Pretty, Maria, and Heidi of Foodie Crush. All I can say is WOW! I came away super inspired. If you are on the fence about attending a blog conference, do it!! I’ve been blogging for 11 years (last Friday was kevinandamanda.com’s 11 year blog birthday!) and I still always learn something. But the best part about blog conferences is meeting new friends and making connections you can take home with you after the conference.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Everyone told me I had to try Bruges Waffles and Frites while I was in Salt Lake City!

Salt Lake City, Utah

Bruges serves Liege-style waffles, which are made from a rich, yeast-risen dough that has big pearls of sugar mixed all throughout. When the dough is cooked in a hot waffle iron the sugar caramelizes, producing a a waffle with a perfectly crispy exterior while leaving the delicate center soft and chewy. And sweet! How perfect is this little bite??

Salt Lake City, Utah

I got my topped with chunky Biscoff spread. Swoon! This was my first time trying chunky Biscoff spread. Have you had it yet? I loved it!

Of course I couldn’t leave Utah without trying the fries as well. ;) Breakfast and lunch, all in one spot! What drew me in was the 10 house-made dipping sauces to choose from. I love to dip! :) I picked Lemon Pepper Dill, because I am pretty much in love with every single thing about lemon, pepper, and dill. Super yummy! Bruges was a hit!

Salt Lake City, Utah

It’s also right next door to Caputo’s Market, and if you have a chance you should definitely pop in this fun shop. So many delicious gourmet items like chocolate, cheese, honey, olive oil, and jams you can take back as a souvenir. Heck, I would stock my whole kitchen from here if I lived in Salt Lake! Matt Caputo just happened to be behind the giant chocolate display case as Maria and I were drooling over it, and he offered to give us a private mini chocolate taste-testing class.

See, this is why you should go :) French Toast and Waffles & Ice Cream truffles!! :) Still kicking myself I didn’t bring home a box of these, lol!

Pretty much everywhere we went in Utah looked like this. Could not get over those mountains. Everywhere. Seriously, I was looking up at a Bed, Bath, & Beyond, and there were those mountains.

Have a fabulous Tuesday!! xoxo



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Anele @ Success Along the Weigh March 26, 2013 at 6:47 am

Girl, I’ve gotta say you look FANTASTIC! I would like to order your metabolism please. Just direct me to the order form and I’ll be good to go.

I can’t believe you haven’t had crunchy Biscoff until SLC! I thought you’d be all over that. Isn’t it delicious!? I like mine tucked in between some pancakes. Soooo yummy. Sigh…I need to eat breakfast pronto.

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Briana March 26, 2013 at 7:38 am

Oh. You just made me insanely jealous. I am from Salt Lake City but live in Boston now and we own a loft a half block from Bruges and Caputo’s. Those places (along with the bakery, Carlucci’s) are my stomping grounds!!

And I grew up with those mountains and they still leave me speechless! Glad you enjoyed my little hometown!

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Traci March 26, 2013 at 8:11 am

Amanda, you did great on your panel and I appreciate all of your insight and knowledge you gave to me. It was a lot of fun to listen to you and you were so positive and friendly. Thank you so much for making the time to come out and talk to us. I’m so glad that you had a great time while you were out here. Hope to see you next time you are out here visiting! Traci, BurntApple.com

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Cookbook Queen March 26, 2013 at 9:11 am

So fun!! I wish I could have seen your panel, I bet you guys did great!!

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Melissa @ Bless this Mess March 26, 2013 at 9:28 am

My heart breaks a little when I read this!! I had tickets to that conference forever and ended up driving to Indiana to bury my dear grandpa that day. Bad timing…. But you were who I was most looking forward to hearing! I just love the blog and you are one smart cookie. Maybe next year?!

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Becca March 26, 2013 at 9:34 am

Those mountains are truly amazing. And that chunky biscoff spread with a warm chewy waffle sounds so amazing this morning.

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Maria March 26, 2013 at 9:36 am

We had too much fun! Come back:)

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Rachel - A Southern Fairytale March 26, 2013 at 9:45 am

SO SO SO FUN!

Happy Anniversary ;-) YUM

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Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking March 26, 2013 at 9:55 am

Wow. The waffles, the mountains…. Spending the weekend with these amazing ladies! Where to start? Looks like a great time. I am sure your talk went so smoothly and people were blown away.

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JulieD March 26, 2013 at 10:35 am

Okay so now I want fries and chocolate! :) Congrats on 11 years of blogging, that’s amazing!! xoxo

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Angie @ Big Bear's Wife March 26, 2013 at 10:38 am

That looks like fun! I love conferences too, I always love learning about blogging and I learn something new everytime I attend one!

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Deborah March 26, 2013 at 12:37 pm

I’m so glad I got to meet you when you were here!

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Erin @ Texanerin Baking March 26, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Congratulations again on your 11th blogging anniversary! The conference sounds fun and I wish I could have been there to hear you speak. Oh, and you all look lovely! :)

And that view from Bed Bed & Beyond is ridiculous. I wonder if you ever get over it after living there for some time.

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Jennifer @ Licious Food March 26, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Another conference I knew nothing of … I need to get out more. The food looks INCREDIBLE! Thanks for sharing!

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Shirley March 26, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Thanks for sharing..I’ve lived in Utah all my life (20 minutes from SLC) and never been to that restaurant. It looks great! One of my favorite things here is the mountains! Glad you enjoyed them, too!
Hugs, and thanks for sharing!
Shirley

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Sandy@ReluctantEntertainer March 26, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Amanda, I love your posts! And photography! And you!

Just sayin’ … :)

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com March 26, 2013 at 11:47 pm

Oh my gosh! Need to move to Utah! It’s just so pretty over there :)

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Christine March 27, 2013 at 9:53 am

I’m glad that you enjoyed Utah. I might be a bit biased, but I think it’s a great place to live :)

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Karie March 27, 2013 at 11:03 am

Thank you so much for sharing! I am a Utah native living in Ohio and I miss so much about home…Planing a visit back there soon…I miss the mountains and the picture you took is wonderful! I am glad to hear you had a good time and I have enjoyed your posts about your visit….

Have a lovely day!

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Abby March 27, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Oh I just love you to pieces. We had waaay too much fun. I’m pretty sure you should just move here! Love you! xoxo

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Kathy March 27, 2013 at 2:25 pm

I’m bias but Utah is a beautiful place to live. Living here I didn’t even know about some of the bakeries and resturants–need to do some field trips. I live very close to a Sweet Tooth Bakery–I try not to think about it too much otherwise I’d be there every day!

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Susan March 28, 2013 at 7:49 am

Amanda! You look too cute! And those waffles? Well, I’ve not been to Utah, but they may be the best reason to visit….they look awesome!

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Tori April 3, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Please tell me that someone introduced you to “Fry Sauce”? You just can’t come to Utah and not experience Fry sauce. :)

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