Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Restaurant Spotlight: Ice-N-Cream

Something new and exciting has come to Provo... DOLE Whip! Ice-n-Cream is a new dessert parlor located on Freedom Blv. Their specialty is the famous DOLE Whip Pineapple soft serve ice cream just like at Disneyland, but they also have amazing Dole Raspberry and delicious Hawaiian shaved ice! They have over 50 flavors to choose from and all their flavors are directly imported from Hawaii.

We loved the twist DOLE Whip soft serve with both the pineapple and raspberry ice cream with Li-Hing-Mui powder (traveling plum) on top. The ice cream is amazing and the powder only enhances the flavor. Try it in a waffle cone or a bowl. Stop by today and bring the little ones, they have kids sizes just for them. They will also enjoy the wall size chalkboard. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Weekend Roundup

Bluebird Cafe Concert Series is tonight (July 18) at Sundance Mountain Resort starting at 8:00 pm. Tonights show features Amy Grant, Marshall Altman, and Dylan Altman. Amy Grant has won six Grammy Awards, 25 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, and has the first Christian album ever to go Platinum. Heart in Motion is her highest-selling album, with over five million copies sold in the United States alone. Marshall Altman is a writer and producer. He began his career on the west coast in the mid-90's with a rock band, Farmer. In February of 2014, he broke through country radio simultaneously earning the #1 spot for "Friday Night" by Eric Paslay. These successes came on the heels of producing Amy Grant's critically acclaimed album, How Mercy Looks From Here, which was her first album in twelve years. Dylan Altman has been writing songs and performing in Nashville for 18 years. He has had three number one songs including Time McGraw's "Watch The Wind Blow By", Jake Owen's "Barefoot Blue Jean Night", and Jason Aldean's "Take a Little Ride".

Provo PlayStreet is this Saturday (July 19), in Downtown Provo. PlayStreet is a day of free family-centered fun. 100 South will be closed to traffic allowing people to walk, bike, and play in the street! There will be dozens of games and activities including carnival-style games, free popcorn and cotton candy, free breakfast pastries (9:30 to 11:30 or until the food runs out), and contests. This event is sponsored by Utah Valley University in partnership with Downtown Provo Inc. You can also check out the Provo Farmers Market just down the street.  

Saturday is also the 20th Annual Llama Fest at the Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork from 5:00 pm-9:00 pm. There will be cultural activities, food, music, spinning and weaving demonstrations, music, dance, and competitions between the llamas and their handlers. There will also be a baby llama corral where children can see them up close!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

We Love Utah Valley Parks

There are so many places to go, people to see, and places to eat here in Utah Valley. One of the greatest things about our County is the great outdoors. We are so lucky to be surrounded by beautiful and majestic mountains that offer plenty of fun outdoor activities for the whole family.

This month we want to recognize all the great parks both local, state, and national that the Valley has to offer. Please use the image below and share with us on Facebook or Instagram what your favorite parks are! And be sure to use the hashtag #VisitUtahValley so we can find your pictures. We can't wait to hear and see all of your answers!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Move Over Mousse, Here Comes Mamacitas!

Located in what was once The Choc’late Mousse at 155 University Ave., Mamacitas is bringing South American Tapas to Provo!

Never had Tapas before? It’s not necessarily a kind of food. Tapas mean you have an opportunity to sample dishes without having to order a full entrée. Have you ever made a meal out of appetizers? At Mamacitas, that’s the point!

Featuring an eclectic, young vibe and Latin foods served family style, Mamacitas promises a meal designed to encourage interaction and conversation amongst family and friends.

We had the opportunity to try a few of Mamacitas offerings such as their Chilaquiles (a fantastic twist on nachos with chips sautéed in salsa rojas and topped with a fried egg); Pulled Pork tacos (which feature tender and juicy pork with a subtle but sweet hint of mango flavor) and their Carne Asada tacos (in short: to die for! The meat was perfectly cooked along with beautifully caramelized onions). You can also get the Carne Asada in an entrée. Many of their offerings are also available vegetarian or gluten free.

Craving a sweet treat? Mamacitas has you covered with their dessert menu which includes a Flan; a Flourless Chocolate Cake; and Chocolate Strawberry Empanada with many more options to come. The strawberry empanada tastes like fried summer: a light, flaky crust filled with warm gooey chocolate syrup and strawberries and topped off with soft, cold cream and chocolate flakes.

Of course, a Tapas bar isn’t officially a “bar” without a number of delicious drink options! They have a rotating menu of frozen drinks. The Guava Passion drink is absolutely delicious; cold, tart, and served in a unique and fun glass! Eventually, Mamacitas will have a liquor license so they can expand their drink offerings to include magaritas and the like!

Mamacitas is located at 155 University Ave. in Provo and are currently open from 11am – 9pm Mondays-Thursdays; 11am – 10 pm on Fridays; and Saturday evenings at 4pm.

Wanna try out some Tapas?

Enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a coupon for $5 off any menu item!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Restaurant Spotlight: Guru's Cafe and Enliten Bakery

We love Guru's and know you will too. It is located in Downtown Provo at 45 East Center Street. At Guru's Cafe you can fill your belly with healthy, affordable gourmet food. Not only is the food amazing at Guru's, but the atmosphere is worth coming in for. They have everything from murals on the walls to metal sculptures hanging from the ceiling. They even have live music performed once a week.
Let's talk food, this place is delicious. All their appetizers are great, but no trip to Guru's is complete without
some of their sweet potato fries with Southwest fry sauce. They are cooked to perfection and are the perfect mix of sweet and savory. The fry sauce has a little extra kick to it that really adds to the sweetness of the potato. Guru's is a great place to take everyone, they have vegetarian options, pasta and rice bowls, burritos and tacos, soups and salads, wraps, and sandwiches and pizzas. Their soup of the day never disappoints and the salads are fresh and filling. If you are looking for breakfast try the Philly Phrench Toast, whole grain bread stuffed with cream cheese and coated with an almond cornflake batter. They serve it with strawberry syrup or real maple syrup. Or you can try the cowboy benny, fresh buttermilk biscuit topped with 2 fried eggs and bacon, all smothered in sausage gravy.          

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Weekend Roundup

It's Summer and the Lehi Round-Up is the place to be this weekend. The miniature float parade starts tonight at 6:00 pm, the parade runs from Wines Park to Lehi High School. See map below.

The PRCA Rodeo starts tonight and tomorrow at 8:00 pm at the Lehi Rodeo Grounds, you can get tickets online Here. The Rodeo has been happening since 1937. The specialty act this year is the Pro Tour FMX.

Make sure you make it to the Chuck Wagon Breakfast Saturday Morning from 7 am-10 am at Wines Park. $5 a plate, proceeds benefit Lehi High School Booster Club. There will also be a 5k, art show, Grand Parade beginning at 10 am (it follows the same route as above), booths at Wines Park, horseshoe tournament at Lehi Sports Park, and arts in the park Sunday night at 7:00 pm at Wines Park featuring the work of JaNea Kotter and friends.  

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

GIVEAWAY: Stadium of Fire

It's summer time! America's Freedom Festival has been hard at work prepping for another year of amazing events for the whole family to celebrate the wonderful country that we live in. Here is a list of a few events coming up in the next couple of weeks: 

With its longstanding role as part of the Freedom Festival, the Children’s Parade invites participants to demonstrate their pride in America and its heritage. Join 2,500 in this community celebration of patriotism.The Children's Parade will start at 10:30am and begins at 800 East Center Street, ending at 200 East Center Street at the state and county complex in Provo. 

Freedom Awards Gala - July 2 
Hundreds of community leaders, dignitaries and Utah Valley patriots will gather to honor individuals who have espoused the cause of freedom throughout the world. Participants will enjoy not only the inspiring stories of these individuals, but also great food and outstanding entertainment.

Freedom Days - July 3-5
Freedom Days is a community festival in Provo that gathers popular local vendors to showcase artwork, quilts, furniture, jewelry, paintings, clocks, pottery and more. Browse the finest hand-crafted products and unique cultural creative pieces.

Balloon Fest - July 3-5
More than 25,000 spectators will have the opportunity to experience 25 of these magical giants close-up as part of the ever popular Balloon Fest.  Balloons will be flying each morning from 6:30 am-8:00 am, July 3 and 5. The event offers families and children the privilege of walking around the balloons as they inflate.

Freedom Run - July 4
Run for America! And for your own personal achievement! Start your Fourth of July celebration with a 10K, 5K or the Mayor's one-mile fun run.

Grand Parade - July 4
The Grand Parade celebrates freedom and the American dream through bands, professionally crafted floats, giant helium balloons and local and national performers. The parade promotes patriotism among the 250,000 spectators, through music, displays, dance, and other creative expression.

Parade Route begins at 9:00 a.m. at 1060 N. University Avenue and ends at 900 East Center Street.

Reserved bleacher seats for the Grand Parade go on sale Monday, June 2nd, 2014. Tickets are sold at the Utah Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau, 220 West Center St, STE 100, Provo. For directions or other information call (801) 851-2100.

Stadium of Fire - July 4
The patriotic event, sponsored by America’s Freedom Festival at Provo, will also feature special performances by the cast of BYUtv’s immensely popular sketch comedy show, Studio C. J.R. Martinez, former U.S. Army soldier and winner of season 13 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, will host the show.