Restaurants in Utah [ Salt Lake City + Park City ] for Blend 2014

Longest title ever.

I have a whole lot of Blend 2014 recaps coming for you. I thought I would try to focus on topics that would be interesting to all readers instead of do a giant photo dump just to get all of my pictures off my phone. It’s possible that a giant photo dump would have been easier, but I tend to do things the hard way.

blend 2014 group shot from lindsay's list

For those of you who don’t know, Blend Retreat is a blogging retreat where bloggers who have likely been blog-stalking LindsayJanetha and/or Lauren (the lovely hosts this year) can come together and meet in person. (HUGE thanks to these ladies for making this whole weekend possible! I am so grateful for all of their hard work!)

blend retreat lindsay lauren, janetha

This is kind of a scary thing for most bloggers who are accustomed to hiding behind a computer screen. It’s scary to meet all of the blends (blogger friends) for the first time, but trust me…it’s so worth it!

Blend Retreat, although not specifically specified in the title or anywhere else, consists mostly of food and fitness bloggers. So what did we do all weekend? Eat and workout. And take a ridiculous amount of selfies. (<-but that is for another post)

Here are just some of the restaurants in Utah I dined at while attending Blend 2014.

Buckle up! This is a long one!

Thursday Restaurants in Utah:

Red Rock Brewery ]

After meeting up with Katie at the Salt Lake City airport (she was sweet enough to wait for me!), we grabbed our rental cars and headed to  Red Rock Brewery where we met up with AlyssaMollieJulieAlex, and Lindsay. It took me awhile to get there because I couldn’t figure out how to start my freaking car! As it turns out, you start it by pushing your foot on the brake and hitting the start button. Who knew?

I indulged in Red Rock’s  new Barbecue Turkey Burger with Sweet Potato Fries. Turns out in Utah, those sweet potato fries are actually yams. Weird.

red rock brewery salt lake city utah

After we got all checked in and settled at the hotel in SLC, we had a guided tour of Temple Square from Alyssa who happens to be Mormon and knows all about the Mormon faith (more to come about that), rushed back to freshen up and change to head to…

Gracie's ]

where we all hung out on the rooftop and had some tasty drinks with Becky and Katie and French Julie (she is from Canada, is bilingual and has the most adorable French accent). Erica also joined us since she lived in the area. She is super sweet. 

gracies salt lake city ut 2014

I opted for the skinny margarita (so fresh and delightful) along with Lindsay. If you haven’t met this gal..she is freaking hilarious.

It was a great atmosphere with live music, tasty drinks and a cool, laid back staff.

We collectively decided it was time for dinner at about 8pm and attempted to eat at Squatter’s but there was an hour long wait! We kept walking and found a pizza place called…

Settebello Pizzeria ]

Kimmy joined us all at the Pizzeria which brought our number up to 12. Julie (one of my newer Blend BFFs…we didn’t hang out much last year and I am so glad we did this year!) and I split the meatballs which basically came like a dissassembled meatball pizza, and a side salad for a bit of freshness that I was craving.

settebello pizzeria park city utah

The food was pretty good, but the service was awful. We arrived close to closing, but ordered right away. When it came time for the bill, the waitress dissapeared slash would avoid us at all costs. It definitely put a bad taste in my mouth..and I’m a waitress! I know it’s annoying to have people arrive “late,” but it was 8:30pm…come on!

 

Friday Restaurants in Utah:

Breakfast was complimentary at the hotel and as with everything in life…you get what you pay for.

After breakfast, we packed everyone into two cars and headed to Park City, Utah. By the time we were all checked in and hauled all of our swag up to our ginormous hotel room (we got a suite with 10 gals!), hugged as many blends as possible (oh how good it is to hug someone whom you’ve shared ups and downs of life with via the internet!), we were all starving.

My original plan was to go to Cafe Rio ASAP upon landing in Salt Lake City because I remember how delightfully fresh and amazing it was last year. We attempted to dine at the location in Park City, but the line was out the door. That is when it was decided. We were going to have to conform to a healthy living blogger stereotype: eat at…

[ Whole Foods ]

I got a huge turkey sandwich with delicious pesto, swiss cheese and spinach. I scarfed down half of it and had half of it left for later in the weekend when I needed real food ASAP (we were all super active all weekend, like 14,000 daily steps on the fitbit and only had snack bars readily available).

I also tried out Steaz, which is something we carry at the cafe and it was just what I needed–caffeine, flavor and carbonation.

whole foods sandwich and steaz in salt lake city
 

 [note: you are seeing two halves of the sandwich. I did not cut one of those in half to save ha!]

Next it was time to head out for the group run (more on that later) and shower and get ready for cocktail hour (more on that later as well).

cocktail hour blend 2014

 

Saturday Restaurants in Utah:

I attended the bootcamp bright and early with my fellow blends followed by a delicious breakfast at the hotel. Then it was time to get ready for the hike! 

I took a delicious shower (we were all dusty from the hike) then I proceeded to mow down the other half of the Whole Foods sandwich since we never had a real lunch. There were snacks and smoothies at the hotel, but not a real meal. Glad I was prepared!

We hung out by the pool a bit and then headed to one of the rooms for some much needed yoga.

(More on all of this later! So much to recap!)

Then it was time to head downtown for some dinner and fun.

High West Whiskey Bar ]

Our first stop, was at High West where everyone just planned on getting a drink and maybe some apps. I ended up ordering a salad that was ginormous, fresh, sweet and filling enough with goat cheese, apples and walnuts to be my dinner to go along with some whiskey samples.

high west whiskey bar park city

Yes. This girl sampled some whiskey along with Meighan and Julie. I can now tell you that I am not a fan of the smokey flavor in whiskey, although Laura adores it. I liked the one with a caramel flavor, but they were all pretty hard to drink…especially since the 3 of us were sipping them.

Shenanigans followed with Heather and Melissa. Giant animals remind me of the first year of blend with Sarah, whom we missed so much!

blend 2014 shenanigans
 

Then we headed to..

Purple Sage ]

..which we kept trying to call Purple Haze or Purple Rain. I ordered a glass of Kung Fu Reisling and my first ever chilled soup. Chilled potato soup. It sounds super weird, and it kind of was…but the flavors were amazing. Heather B was nice enough to order two meat and cheese platters (which I don’t even see on the menu??) for the table and I about died when I tasted the sausage. Someone passed some sort of pork down the table later and I again almost died. The food was that good.

purple sage at park city utah

 Then we all headed back for some of Janetha’s mom’s scones. I stayed a whole 10 minutes, but long enough to hear some encouraging words from Lauren about not really using our NASM certifications. What can I say, I love where I’m at now and am not ready to shake things up quite yet!

 

Sunday Restaurants in Utah

I slept through the Sunday bootcamp since I got terrible sleep (and was pretty sore), but did venture down for some oatmeal at breakfast. After lots of hugs and more selfies, we packed up the car again and headed out for some lunch!

I really am glad I decided to get in a day early and book my flight super late (8pm!) so I could really get some extra time with some of the ladies. The Julies and I finally made it to….

Cafe Rio ]

and it was everything I remembered from last year. It’s like Chipotle, only somehow better. I got the salad which still had a tortilla (which was ah-ma-zing) with chicken, pico de gallo and a bit of cheese, beans and tortilla strips. I want to go back right now and dive in!

cafe rio park city utah

We then headed back to Salt Lake City downtown to wander and discovered everything was closed on Sundays (the Mormon Church owns the mall?). Finally we found a place to sit down and chug some water (among other things).

Squatters Pub and Grill ]

This time when we went to Squatters we only had 3 gals so we just snuck into the bar. It’s quite the happening place! The Julies and I just sampled some beer and I gratefully chugged some water (holy moly it’s dry in Utah!) while we waited for some of the other ladies to head to dinner.

squatter's pub and grill utah blend 2014

I tried a strawberry blonde beer and even though I’m not a beer gal, I LOVED it. Now I know if I ever go out for a beer to request a BLONDE.

[ Red Rock Brewery ]

I finished up where I started! Since Brittany couldn’t eat at our original choice of restaurants (food allergies), we joined with Ari, Nicole, Candace, and Erika at Red Rock. Of course I would have liked to try a new place, but seriously, Brittany is the sweetest person in the world so we were all willing to do anything we could so she could enjoy her dinner allergen-free.

brittany and me blend 2014

Me + Brittany

This time I tried out the shrimp salad with yellow sweet potatoes (so good! less sweet than orange ones!) and left the grapefruit on the side for my friend Candace. Nom.

red rock brewery shrimp salad with sweet potatoes blend 2014

And there you have it!

This post took about 5 hours. Maybe (maybe) slightly less since I had to break to eat and clean up the apartment, read some Blend recaps (still have yet to do laundry), but yeah.

It takes time to link to all my lovely blog friends and the great restaurants we dined at (and to virtually dig through hundreds of photos..then edit them!), but I think it will be worth it to look back on AND if you ever decide to visit Salt Lake City and/or Park City, you now know of a few great restaurants in Utah. :)

 

use this one amanda

 

Tell me….

Have you been to Utah? Where did you eat?

 

Linking up to:

What I Ate Wednesdays with Jenn at Peas and Crayons

 

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Comments

  1. There were SO many delicious eats in Utah! I am really hoping Cafe Rio makes an entrance to the midwest veryyy soon ;) I will be in Colorado next weekend and I am going to have to search one out!
    Becky @ Olives n Wine recently posted…Friday the 13th – ZOOMA StyleMy Profile

  2. Awww! I miss you so much already Amanda! I meant to tell you that before, but I really like how professional your blog look! You can easily tell that you must put a lot of hours in it! And your pictures are beautiful! My mouth was watering big time by looking at them ;) Now if only we had Cafe Rio or Chipotle here in Montreal :(

    • Oh man I’m blushing over here! I probably spend too much time on it haha. And I have a pretty sweet blog lady I e-mail when I can’t figure something out. :)

      Come visit me in the twin cities! We can go to the mall of america and we have Chipotle!!

      Miss you, friend! You better go next year!

  3. Your pictures are all so gorgeous! You are such a sweetheart and I had a great time getting to know you this weekend <3 <3!!

  4. I LOVED Purple Sage! Probably the most amazing food I’ve had in FOREVER.
    And I got that same Shrimp Salad when we went to Red Rock on Thurs night (except I got it with no sweet potatoes and balsamic dressing)!

  5. I love Park City and we ski in Deer Valley. Some of my favorite restaurants there are Talisker on Main, Silver, and Riverhorse. Many nice places to eat for the size. Will have to try the ones you mention next time. Thanks.

  6. next year, i’m eating with you and we are getting a picture!!

  7. I think my favorite was settebello. Sorry Cafe Rio, but I love pizza and meatballs. Although Red Rock’s was super good too. I just found out settebello is a chain and they have one here!
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  8. I would just chill at Whole Foods all weekend, LOL! That’s how I ROLLLLLL!
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  9. So much delicious food. I had the Kung Fu wine as well because we are secret ninjas. :)

  10. that salad!!! Mmmm!!

    But don’t forget, you also had trouble parking your car…. ;)

  11. I’m so happy you were able to try out all the fabulous Utah restaurants! Isn’t Cafe Rio awesome?! I miss Utah for all of their great unique pubs and eateries. And yes, the LDS church owns pretty much all of Utah. Ha! (At least it seemed that way to me when I lived there.) I absolutely adored you and loved getting to chat with you throughout the weekend! I’m so glad you came! xoxo
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  12. so fun to see you eating at all the places i usually go! so that last salad, i ALWAYS take the grapefruit off. i think it’s such a weird addition?! anyway, love you!

  13. It was so good to see you again!!! Yes, the smokier the better for me… but we can agree on sausages. #twss LOL!
    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted…Utah Dining with BlendsMy Profile

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