March 11, 2008

Lisa: local flavor

Just Cook It

A month or so ago, some friends brought over a meal from Just Cook It, and we all made it together. It was some kind of Thai chowder with chicken, and it was DELICIOUS. The idea is that you sign up for however many meals you want (certain dishes are only served on certain days), and the groceries and a detailed recipe calculated for the right number of people will be delivered to your door. The groceries were beautiful and fresh, and we got just the amounts we needed. Just Cook It serves a very limited area (eastern Salt Lake City), and the meals aren't much cheaper than dining out, but if you enjoy cooking but hate the shopping and meal planning aspects, or if you want to look like a much more accomplished chef than you really are, it's worth a try! I think it's a great option for a date or social gathering where the cooking is part of the activity.

So Cupcake

When a cupcake bakery opened up less than two miles from where we live, Sarah and I had to go check it out. The bakery is called So Cupcake, and it's a very cute little shop in a very ugly building. The cupcakes have cutesy names like "So High the Moon Lemon," but we ignored that and got several to try: red velvet, lemon, mocha, and carrot cake. They were all tasty, but my favorite was carrot cake, followed by the lemon. The cupcakes themselves were moist and good, but it was the frostings that really stood out. Tasty--and how fun to have them so close! I figure that if we walk there, we can justify the calories of the cupcakes...

Mighty Leaf Tea

Mighty Leaf isn't local, but you can purchase their tea online or at a nearby Wild Oats. After seeing a recommendation on Mighty Girl, I ordered a sample pack of different herbal teas, and so far they've been really good. As Maggie said, they're a definite step up from most bagged tea, but you still have the convenience of the tea bag. I'll let you know which one's my favorite one I get through the whole selection.

Posted by lisa at March 11, 2008 08:14 PM

I wish Just Cook It delivered to Orem. That sounds awesome!! Also carrot cupcakes. I don't want to live in world without carrot cupcakes.

Posted by: Jeremy on March 12, 2008 09:53 AM

I sort of feel like a cupcake right now. Did you know that Whole Foods bought out Wild Oats? That location now has their new Whole Foods sign up and everything. I was thinking about going to see if anything inside looks different. Want to join me? We could stroll with Nora.

Posted by: sarah on March 12, 2008 10:59 AM

Definitely count me in for a Whole Foods trip. I haven't been there since it changed (obviously). We could walk there, if we want to get crazy! How about Saturday?

Posted by: lisa on March 12, 2008 11:10 AM

Yeah, that's what I meant by strolling with Nora! Woot! Saturday!

Posted by: sarah on March 12, 2008 12:16 PM
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