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Salt Lake City Sweets

Let’s talk about sweets. There are three types of people that eat out: those who order their meal and don’t leave room for dessert, those who order their meal and split dessert with someone, and those who order dessert AS their meal. I’m not ashamed to admit to being the latter. I used to have a naggy little voice in my head that would say silly things like “maybe you should order a salad first”, but honestly, why pay $15 for a salad when I can eat that at home? Can I get an amen?! Life is short, order the cheesecake.

Salt Lake City’s variety of sweets was the perfect excuse to indulge in some afternoon cappuccino and pastries. Usually I’d be exploring the nearest doughnut shop, but after typing “pastries” in yelp I realized that there were going to be some gems in SLC that I had never heard of. Before we talk about those, let’s start with the familiar, shall we?

Banbury Cross Donuts – I came here on a quest to get their blueberry cake or strawberry glazed doughnut, but when I walked in through the door almost all the flavors were sold out. Did it mention it was only 10 am? The interior of the shop is simple and unassuming, so I knew people weren’t coming here for the ambiance –these little morsels of fried dough were going to be tasty. The selection was limited at that time, all they really had left was the typical fare (sprinkles, glazed, old fashioned, etc) but I managed to find a cinnamon crumble doughnut that looked really promising. It was REALLY covered in cinnamon and brown sugar, so beware if you are really sensitive to spicy foods, besides that it was the perfect fall flavor. I also told the worker it was my first time there, and she gave me a free rainbow sprinkle doughnut. If you’re in town and are looking for a little adventure in your doughnut, I would definitely recommend this place, just make sure you come early 🙂

Vosen’s Bread Paradise – This small German bakery was a little slice of Europe. Walking in, I was instantly drawn to the fresh baked pretzels, spezi sodas, and every type of Kinder chocolate under the sun. After reminding myself to keep my eyes on the prize, I ended up getting what I came here for: the maple croliner. Have you heard of the latest cronut craze (the perfect offspring between a croissant and a doughnut)? Well, this is similar to that, but better. The croliner is filled to the brim with fresh, authentic Bavarian cream, and even though the exterior is rolled in sugar and topped with a maple glaze the sweetness was never over the top. This was the freshest cronut-ish pastry I have ever had. Not a big fan of maple? No problem. They also serve chocolate croliners.

Les Madeleines Cafe & Patisserie – Walking into Les Madeleines, I knew exactly what I was going to order. The internet was raving about something called “Kouing Aman”, and being the curious cat that I am I had to go try it. Moment of honesty: I definitely sat in my car by myself trying to find the right pronunciation for “Kouing Aman”. Was is it QUEEN-AH-MOHN, COO-ING AH-MAN?!? Who knows. I ended up just tapping against the glass with my finger and saying “one of these please”, and it worked! Sitting at my table, I stared at the small, funny-looking, too expensive pastry I just ordered and thought “this better be worth it”. I took one bite, closed my eyes, and made some strange sound that made the lady next to me look over her shoulder. My bad, I wasn’t expecting to be tasting heaven today. Actual pastry heaven; pure, buttery, caramelized sugar, moist perfection. The inside of the Kouing Aman is SO moist and delicious, a perfect contrast to its slightly flaky, crunchy, bronze exterior. I found myself taking smaller bites the closer I got to finishing it because I didn’t want the deliciousness to end. I wish I could forget the perfect sweet flavor of this incredible pastry so that I wouldn’t crave it anymore, but alas, life is cruel. There’s a reason why Les Madeleines has a limit of 10 Kouing Amans per customer. If you want to walk all that sugar off when you’re done, the Salt Lake City and County Building is right across the street, and it has a park and outdoor fountains for the enjoyment of the public.

Have you found something delicious on your travels that you wish you could have an endless supply of? Let us know what it is and where to get it on the comment section below. We love trying new things! Thanks for reading.

Bon Apetit,


Destinations Sips & Bites Utah

Ritual Chocolate | Park City

Fall’s in full swing. The leaves have changed, the weather’s getting cooler, and pumpkin-spice has been infused into everything from lattes to deodorants (Someone, please stop this madness). I have found that few places are more beautiful than Park City during autumn. One day, as I was looking for a warm drink and coffee alternative to enjoy while on a walk, Yelp led me to Ritual Chocolate Factory. Don’t let the word “factory” fool you, this place is small, cozy, and owned by locals. They pride themselves in their knowledge of chocolate beans and ability to bring out its true flavor profile without the overwhelming sweetness that is so common nowadays.

Before you pick your poison, try out all the free samples against the wall. The workers there are  sweet and friendly and will encourage you to try all the flavors. When you’re done, you can pick your favorite and have it melted and blended into one of the many drink options they have available. So delicious! The bars are a little pricey, so I went with the sipping chocolate, which I’m pretty sure is just straight-up melted chocolate magic in a pretty cup. If you want to make a day out of it, check out their website for their factory tour times. One fun idea is getting a hot drink to go and taking the short drive to downtown to enjoy it. Either way, stop by this little gem for all your chocoholic needs 🙂

Did that last picture of the melted chocolate being poured into a cup make your heart beat a little faster? Yeah, me too. I can tell we’re going to be friends.

Happy fall y’all,


Destinations Oregon Sips & Bites

Bend’s Best Tea & Coffee

Downtown Bend smells like fresh mountain air and good coffee. No joke! If you’re walking through the artsy blocks of this city you’re bound to run into more coffee shops than you imagined you’d find. If you’re not a coffee drinker, stick around. We’re also covering a delicious tea shop.

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Crow’s Feet Common-

This coffee shop is so picturesque! It’s nestled in a wooded area right in front of the river and walking distance to Mirror Pond. There are seating areas that face the city as well as others that face the water. Once you walk in, you’ll be transported to a bike lover’s dream — someone had a lot of fun designing this place. Biking memorabilia fill the walls, and there’s even a ski-lift chair installed for your sipping enjoyment.  It’s a common sight to see bikers coming in from a long day’s ride and sipping on beer. You heard that right, they serve beer here. I could see my husband living in this shop if we stayed any longer. If you’re walking through, come in and see all the paintings made from coffee and beer; they’re beautifully done. Also, stop by next door at Crow’s Feet Common bike shop for all your two-wheeled needs.

La Magie-

If you like baked desserts with your warm drink, La Magie has got it all. A friend and I were craving a girly treat, and this place did not let us down. When you first walk in, you’ll run straight into the delicious display of pastries. I remember barely making eye contact with the worker helping us because I couldn’t stop staring at the goodies in front of me. Get. In. My. Belly. I got a chocolate-something that had flecks of gold glitter on top. Yum! The lounge is a unique blend of woodsy and feminine that stayed true to Bend’s style. We absolutely loved how there were fresh-cut flowers and silky couches right next to a wooden wall. From what I hear, this is also an excellent breakfast/brunch place.

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Townshend’s Tea House-

If coffee isn’t your thing, you might be spending a lot of time at Townshend’s. I spent many afternoons here editing photos and sipping on Black Tea Peppermint Lattes. The menu separates teas by leaves to make your search easier. I have never seen so many types of Chai before! Try out their Pumpkin Chai as a latte, it’s really good. If the descriptions on the menu aren’t enough to help you decide, you can go to their tea wall and smell the small glass containers in the cubbies. Their tea-connoisseurs are really friendly and approachable. There were a few times when I told them I wanted to try something new and after asking me a few questions to learn about my preferences they found the perfect match!  Looking for a different drink? They also serve bubble tea and their very own kombuchas!

Thump Coffee-

Walking into Thump made me want to spend the afternoon there reading books having nothing but coffee and the tasty gelato from the place right across the street. The first thing you’ll notice when you walk in (other than the smell of coffee nirvana) is the collection of wooden rectangles hanging from the ceiling. Thump provides these pieces of woods and markers for costumers to write wishes, and hang them all over the shop. Isn’t that cool? I spied a few that made me laugh — like ones about wishing for their Hogwarts letters – but there were also some really sweet heart-felt ones. The most common wish I saw was “I wish I still lived in Bend”. I’ve never lived there, but I too wish I lived in Bend. Every time I came into Thump there was a long line and barely any seating left. If this doesn’t speak volumes for their coffee I don’t know what does.

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The Looney Bean-

This coffee shop used to be a house, which means all the sitting rooms are a little more private than your normal open-floorplan shop. Most people come here for the outdoor seating though. The water-front backyard area is filled with lounging chairs, picnic tables, and even a fun bean-toss game, all directly in front of the river. It’s really beautiful and spacious while still feeling private. Dogs are welcomed in the patio, as long as they’re not mean, otherwise they get thrown into the river. Just kidding about that last part.

Dough Nut-

Last but not least, a doughnut shop that makes me swoon. What kind of cruel person would I be if I told you all about the best coffee in town without telling you where to get the perfect doughnut to Have with it? Come here early while the doughnuts are still fresh. It’s less than a 10 minute drive from downtown! I got a s’mores and a chai doughnut, and they were both finger-licking good. If you’re gluten-free like my husband, they also have a few overly-priced traditional gf options, so make sure you reeeeeally want it.

Have you been to Bend? What’s your favorite shop that I might have missed? We’re always looking for new suggestions, especially when it comes to food.

Until next time,