Okay ya’ll, we are finally free and it feels nice, very nice. We took our last final yesterday morning and have been celebrating ever since. After our exam we cleaned out our old books from our carrels and chatted with some friends before leaving school for two and half weeks; it was great to just relax and reminisce about how crazy the past semester was. One down, five more to go.
Jared went to play pool with a friend and I drove up to Salt Lake to have lunch with some fabulous women bloggers and social media lovers at Meditrina. I had the Morgan Valley lamb burger, and I was not disappointed. I’m digging the trend toward restaurants offering smaller plates these days, and Meditrina succeeds in this area. Cheesecake Factory-style portions are totally unnecessary, and I’d much rather try a variety of small dishes rather than one huge dish.
After lunch I took a personal day in the “city.” Salt Lake seems so small for a capital city that it’s hard to call it that, but for the sake of making my escape out of Provo sound exotic, I will. I visited my BFF at the Lululemon showroom where she works and tried on some quality workout clothes. The prices are a bit on the ‘spensy side if you’re used to wearing old clothes from Old Navy and Target to exercise like I am, but I think the quality and style make up for the price. Some of the clothes are so cute, and according to Lulu devotees, they last forever.
After my stop at 9th and 9th I visited my favorite vintage shop, Misc. Boutique. The owner handpicks all of the pieces she carries, and they are fabulous and CHEAP! Seriously, the prices are so good I almost feel like they’re unfair. But I don’t complain, and I always leave with a great flowy dress or top for around $14–can’t beat it.
Two more shops on my SLC holiday: Caputo’s Market and RubySnap. These are Salt Lake gems, I tell you. Caputo’s is an Italian emporium (similar to Eataly in NYC, but on a much smaller scale) that offers a plethora of artisan cheeses, oils and vinegars, pastas, and the most comprehensive selection of artisan chocolates I’ve ever seen. It’s pretty much heaven on earth. I grabbed a bottle of balsamic vinegar, a few cheeses, a bag of baci rolls and some local eggs for dinner (Ramona has been low lately). At RubySnap, otherwise known as The World’s Best Cookie Shop, I had to grab one of my favorite cookies, Miss Judy. Judy is an orange dough with orange zest topped with cream cheese frosting. The shop owner and cookie devotee, Tami Cromar, is so skilled at her craft (she also happens to be Jared’s aunt–aren’t we lucky?).
I loved my little holiday in the city. Salt Lake is so charming and there are a lot of great places to shop and eat. The only downside? The smog. It’s downright gross, people. Here was my view driving in.
Yuck, right? We gotta do something about that.