Our Salt Lake City Bucket List

Now that we know we are leaving Utah this upcoming spring, we’re already waxing nostalgic on our time here. We will have both lived here for about 10 years by the time we say goodbye to this state…a whole decade of memories! Still, there are plenty of things one or both of us has never done while living here.

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Some of the items on the list are embarrassing things that it seems like everyone we know has already done, and then there are a few things that are more obscure. But when it comes down to it, most of them have to do with food and the outdoors — two things Utah does very well! Here’s our Salt Lake City bucket list:

1. Spend a weekend at  Zion National Park. This one is the highest priority on our list because it’s so shameful that I’ve never been! (David has been before, but still wants to explore it more) I know plenty of people who don’t even live in Utah and have come from near and far to experience the beauty of this place. Angel’s Landing, The Subway, The Narrows…I even know all of the cool hikes, but never witnessed any of them in person. Now that the cold weather is here…hopefully we’ll be hitting up Zion in the spring before we leave!

2. Check out CG SparksThis is a really random one, but I’ve passed this furniture store a thousand times before and just want to check the place out. Who knows, maybe we’ll find something for our new home across the country and add it to the moving truck!

3. Pretend we can afford home decor at Bohem. (main photo) This is another furniture store in town that would be fun to explore. It’s brand new and definitely out of our price range, but we can dream, can’t we?

4. Figure out if TacoTaco is the best Mexican food in Salt Lake. Our family’s both have go-to Mexican restaurants in our hometowns (Taqueria Salsa and Despo’s), but we’ve had a rough time finding a spot to hold that honor in SLC. We like the sit-down food at Red Iguana, but we want a quick/easy/cheap Mexican place that doesn’t make you fear for your health/life. Heck, we’d even be okay fearing for our lives if the food was that good. But we just haven’t found it yet. This spot opened late this summer and has potential to win the award!

5. Go to Tulie Bakery for breakfast. Going out to breakfast is one of our favorite dates. It feels more luxurious and special than going out to dinner, especially on a weekday morning. After hearing people sing praises over the Tulie French toast, I’m thinking I’d always regret it if we left SLC without giving it a try. And on the topic of French toast…I need to try Eva’s French toast, too!

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6. See Bryce CanyonThis may be overly hopeful to think we’ll squeeze in a weekend at Bryce Canyon and Zion in less than six months, when it’s the start of winter…but I sure would love to see this world wonder!

7. Journey to Provo for a food tour. Of course, the year I left Provo life behind was the year all these cool restaurants started popping up. I’ve been wanting to get down there for awhile and try a few I always hear about, namely: SLAB pizza, Cubby’s and Black Sheep Cafe.

8. Take David to the Chow TruckI’ve had these Asian-style tacos a few times and they’re still on my mind. David needs to see what they’re all about. The flavor action is too good!

9. Full Moon Scenic Lift Ride at Sundance. Again, this is one I’ve done before, but David hasn’t. Last time I went was on a date with another guy that wasn’t all that great…but with David it would be all the more magical! Another unlikely item on the list, though, since we just missed the last full moon ride of the season and they don’t open until summer!

10. Get David out on the mountain! Once spending every waking moment of winter strapped into his snowboard, David has decreased his snowboarding time by about 99.5 percent since being a student and full-time worker dad. What a guy. But wherever we move will not have snowboarding close or to the quality that Utah has, so he’s going to take advantage of his three-day work weeks and get out there for some quality snowboard time this winter! Liv and I will stay home and bake cookies. Or maybe watch from the lodge.

11. Hike The WaveOn the Utah/Arizona border, it’s another hike that’s unlikely to happen, but the photo ops are just too amazing not to add to the list!

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12. See the Midway Ice Castles and try Dairy KeenSure, they’re overhyped every winter, but again, I think we need to go to the Midway Ice Castles just for the photo op. We will dress ridiculously warm and then hopefully be in the mood to see what Dairy Keen milkshakes are all about, while we’re in the neighborhood!

13. Go to the Museum of Natural Curiosity with Liv. This children’s museum opened up earlier this year right before Liv was born. Considering that she’s completely entertained by a piece of foil and a red cup at this stage of life, I’ve passed up chances to go thus far. But next year will be prime time for this little babe to check out the wonders of this fun place. And I’m pretty sure I’ll enjoy it too.

14. Check out NPS. I’ve heard high tales of killer deals and amazing finds at this warehouse discount store out in the middle of no where, so I just want to see it for myself.

15. Camp in the High UnitasConsidering that you can’t comfortably camp in Utah’s mountains until around July, this one definitely won’t be happening, but look at those views! Maybe someday.

Photos from Bohem Instagram, Wikipedia and here.

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Hey here I am again, starting a blog.

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I’ve started lots of blogs in my time. I’ve got a love/hate relationship with the whole concept of blogging, but deep down I think it’s mostly a love/love relationship, because I love magazines and this is like millions of new magazines out there for me to discover for FREE. So I guess blogs are pretty cool.

I mostly have a love/hate relationship with the idea of me being a blogger. But I am a writer by profession, so I guess I shall accept my fate. I’m starting this new blog to be my pretend magazine of things I might write about if I wrote for a real magazine. Not a documentation of my life or pictures of ridiculously beautiful food or a library of intellectual thought or a fashion blog for me to get free awesome clothes. Just my own little Brookezine of stuff I think is cool or interested to mention to the internet black hole.

Read if you want — I can’t guarantee I’ll post regularly or give out awesome stuff. But I’ll live out a little piece of my NYC magazine writer dream (that actually seems not all that fun in reality) right from my little desk in my 500 sq foot apartment in Salt Lake City. Okay cool, bye!

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