This month I had the pleasure of attending a press trip in Salt Lake City, Utah, for The Daily Meal. Obviously who doesn’t enjoy a 100% paid for you trip? (Though I should mention that all opinions about said trip will be 100% mine.) Even from aside from that it was wonderful. The people were lovely, the city was lovely. Actually, Salt Lake in many ways reminds me of a cross between Denver and the city where I went to college, Grand Forks, North Dakota. Salt Lake is a burgeoning city, much like Denver was 10 or 15 years ago. People are moving there for the beautiful mountains, skiing, and out door sports. Then, those same people who came from bigger areas, (and born and raised locals as well) start looking for more art, culture, dinning, and bar options… and so the city grows some more. Though Salt Lake really isn’t known right now for it’s fine dinning or bar scene, there are some really fantastic options for both popping up. Totally Denver, except we are at the 10-15 years later part, and we have a ton of great dinning options, bars, shopping, etc. right now. Again, I do have to say Salt Lake is getting there. Things are shifting.
Yet, Salt Lake also reminds me of Grand Forks, that small town, local feel, is really there. You could walk the bulk of the city in a fairly short time if you wanted to. You could easily pick a favorite restaurant, bar, or coffee shop, become a regular and get to know people. Plus the city is so clean! This just doesn’t happen in bigger cities, more people, more dirt. Grand Forks was much like that, clean, friendly, walkable, plus you really had that sense you could get to know people. After all you’d see the same ones over and over again at the coffee shop, the bakery, the bar… So, Salt Lake in my opinion is kind of a nice mix between big city and small town. I would describe it as amenities without dirt, perhaps?
Anyhow, I’ve been writing a number of article for The Daily Meal about my experiences in Salt Lake, so I thought I would take a few days here and there and share a few of them with you. I hope you enjoy, and please feel free to share your own experiences in Salt Lake with me!