Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The XX in SLC

It's been a while since I've posted so I'm doing a little bit of catchup. A few Tuesdays ago I had the privilege of seeing the XX in concert. I've been head over the heels for their music since I first heard Crystallized. Their music is the perfect combination of sexiness and moodiness that I just love.

I feel like it's hard to judge a show like this since the music is so much more laid back and mellow compared to others. There are a few things the XX did perfectly. One, the overall aesthetics of the show were spot on. The lights and graphics were used in a way that perfectly captured the mood of the music. It was dark and broody in a sensual way. The music also slowly built up over the course of the show in a way that was really cool. On the downside though, I felt the venue was too large for this type of show. There's a level of intimacy that characterizes the XX's music that was lost in the venue. The band also decided to perform a much slower version of Crystaized at the beginning of the show that was kind of disappointing.

Overall I really enjoyed the show though. It was my first time seeing a show at the Complex and I thought the sound was really nice. I do prefer In The Venue for the simple fact there's a balcony upstairs. I also really enjoyed John Talabot. Once I realized he wasn't a sound guy, I was quite mesmerized by his music. All in all it was a good night.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

I'm not too close. I just don't love you.

There are some people who are simply no good for you. It doesn't matter how nice they are or how much you wish them the best in life. It doesn't even matter how much you love them. Some people are just like poison to your heart. And yet even though you know it's best to say goodbye, you still hesitate or feel guilty about doing what's right.

And then there are those who inspire nothing but relief. This one is for you:

Friday, October 19, 2012

Around Town: The Pie Hole

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Picture: Source

When people ask for restaurant recommendation at the hotel, I usually respond with the same few places every time. Most people are looking for something delicious, moderately priced, and with a good atmosphere. Salt Lake City is bursting with restaurants like this so it's pretty easy to come up with suggestions. Once I get to know a guest though, the Pie Hole will inevitably get brought up.

Here's the thing about the Pie Hole, it's a little bit of a dive. And I love it.

The Pie Hole is a local pizza place that specializes in thin crust New York Style pizza by the slice. They have daily specials that include things like vegan slices and a potato/bacon pizza. Out of the endless varieties they offer (they even made a mac and cheese pizza once), my favorite is the ninja. It's jalapenos, pineapple, and peperoni on red sauce and it's ridiculously delicious. Add a side of ranch and a $1 pbr and you're looking at a tasty late night treat for less than five bucks.

The interior of the restaurant itself is a mishmash of art and color. The tables are often dirty and the music tends to be a little too loud. All of this gives the Pie Hole a cool laid back vibe that I've come to appreciate. Open till 3 am on Fridays and Saturdays, the Pie Hole is the perfect place to get a quick slice before or after the bar. If you go after last call though, be prepared to wait in a line that can often find itself reaching down the street. There's always a colorful cast of characters to talk with while waiting in line, but I tend to go earlier in the night so I can avoid the rush.

If you asked any of my friends where I go the most, they would unanimously, and without any hesitation, say "The Pie Hole." You can catch me there almost every Friday and Saturday after I get off work and there's good reason for it. Whether you come for the pizza and stay for the cheap beer or are simply looking for something filling at 2 am, you can't wrong with the Pie Hole.

Location: 344 S. State, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Cafe Rio's Cilantro-Lime Ranch Dressing

I lived in Utah for about two years before I finally got around to trying Cafe Rio. When I admitted to one of my friends I had never tried it, he declared it a travesty and treated me to lunch. Let me tell you, Cafe Rio is definitely worth the hype.

One of the most popular things at Cafe Rio is actually their Cilantro-Lime Ranch Dressing. Even people like me who don't order their salads (chicken burrito for life!), often order their dressing on the side. Seriously, this stuff is magical. While this dressing isn't completely spot on, it is delicious and may tempt you to eat all the greens in your house.


The only change I made is I substituted Greek yogurt for the mayonnaise.

Would I make this again? Only as long as I continue to eat things.

Cafe Rio's Cilantro-Lime Ranch Dressing


1 c mayonnaise
1/2 c milk or buttermilk
1 lime, juiced (about 2 Tbsp)
1 packet of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix (ignore package directions)
2 cloves of minced garlic
1/2 c roughly chopped cilantro
1/4 c green salsa (comes in a small can in the Mexican food isle, look for La Costena or Herdez brands, the main ingredient is tomatillo)
Hot sauce (like Tabasco), to taste


1. Combine mayo, milk, lime juice. and ranch packet powder in a blender. Add garlic, cilantro, and green salsa and blend until thoroughly mixed. Add a little hot sauce until desired heat is reached.

2. Refrigerate several hours before serving to allow dressing to thicken and flavors to blend.


Source: Our Best Bites

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Trying to find the in-between

I love Tuesdays. It's the only day when I don't have class or work and I've come to really appreciate the time to myself. I had to work the last two Tuesdays so I could take the weekend off and life felt more stressful than I'd like. Today is a particularly lovely day and it's nice to be home with no responsibilities for a change.

This song sums up my mood quite nicely:

The original is great too, but this version is just so much more. It makes me think of fragile and delicate things. Like the end of summer. Or when you've said goodbye but you're still learning how to let go.

Man I really love Tuesdays.

Monday, October 1, 2012

October will always be my number one

“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
                                              ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

It's amazing how much life can change in a year. In a month. In a day. All it takes is one painful conversation to change everything.

It was last October that Ryan broke up with me and completely changed the direction of my life. Its been a year of heartbreak and laughter. I've lost quite a few friends but I've also gained some new ones. I've experienced more joy and sorrow in the last year than I had in a really long time. I feel as though I've finally woken up from a deep sleep and while the lows are lower, the highs are also higher.

Even after everything, October is still my favorite.