09222017

Scoop’s up: Rockwell Ice Cream Co. dishes about ice cream creativity

What does it take to make the perfect ice cream? Fresh ingredients, heavy cream—and a dash of creativity have been the recipe for success at Rockwell Ice Cream Co. in Provo. Justin Williams opened Rockwell in November 2015 after two years [...]

Customers reflect on 55 years of El Azteca

El Azteca has been a staple to get good Mexican food in Utah County, but after 55 years the owners have decided to close their doors. The owners of El Azteca, the Rubio and Revuelta family, announced their closing on Facebook on Aug. 22. The [...]

ICYMI: Rodizio Grill starts cooking in Provo; Taysom Hill touches down for Green Bay Packers

In case you took a break from the news this weekend to soak in those last summer days, here are some headlines to brush up on. Taysom Hill runs 23 yards for NFL touchdown https://twitter.com/NFL/status/899096678665302016?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.vanquishthefoe.com%2F2017%2F8%2F19%2F16174918%2Fvideo-taysom-hill-puts-defenders-on-skates-in-23-yard-td-run-for-green-bay-packers Former [...]

Darkened donuts: Krispy Kreme offering a culinary eclipse

The sun and moon did not schedule their date above Utah County for the 2017 solar eclipse, but that’s not stopping a Krispy Kreme glaze craze. In order to witness the total eclipse of the sun, travelers must look up from a 70-mile-wide [...]

With a second location and a food truck, Bam Bam’s puts barbecue on the menu

Review by Mary Crafts-Homer I’ll never forget the time I cooked BBQ for George W. Bush on his stop in Utah when he ran for president the first time.    He strolled over to the grills and said, “Looks like you’re doing some BBQ here.” I [...]

Tucanos ‘meats’ University Place with tradition of community and celebration

Sponsored Story Tucanos may have moved to University Place on May 15 — but the myriad of flavors and festive traditions will continue at its new location. In 2000, Tucanos opened its first location in Provo, Utah, bringing the taste of Rio [...]

5 Utah Valley doughnuts and deals to try on National Doughnut Day

National Doughnut Day has once again rolled around on its circular fashion — and Utah Valley doughnut shops are ready to celebrate on June 2. Here are five Utah Valley doughnut and deals you do-nut want to miss on National Doughnut Day. Daylight [...]

Mo’ Bettahs is Mo Delicious

I went to review Mo’ Bettahs against my better judgment. I typically don’t dine at fast food — and especially not where they appear to just pile food on a Styrofoam plate to fill guests up with no concern for quality. But on the recommendation [...]

Utah’s best summer staycations for families

When summer hits, many Utah families plan to get far away from home and their busy school-time schedules. But instead of skipping the state, why not stay in Utah? Staycations are easier on your wallet, and Utah has some of the most beautiful, [...]

2017 Best of UV: Restaurants

It isn’t puzzling why we all heart Utah Valley! We pieced together your thousands of love notes and votes to reveal 309 winners that give the big picture of the county we call home. BAKERY 1. Kneaders 2. Shirley’s Bakery & Cafe 3. [...]

Puzzle with patience: Bombay House takes time to perfect food

Puzzles aren’t exactly known for being fast and easy — and that’s the beauty of the 1,000-piece project. Bombay House co-owner D. Shanthakumar believes Indian food also takes patience and time. Shanthakumar grew up in Southern India before [...]

Strap puts Springville on the food map

A lot of people have been asking me for a review of Strap Tank in Springville — Utah County’s first beer brewery and restaurant. I attended their pre-opening event, but decided to wait six months to see where they were going and how [...]

Rockwell so totally rocks the ice cream scene

By Mary Crafts-Homer It seems my restaurant reviews having been getting much more positive as of late. I don’t know if that’s because I’m just getting soft in my old age or because the restaurant scene in Utah Valley is getting that much [...]

Tucanos slated to open new location at University Place in 2017

Fire up the grill, Orem — Tucanos Brazilian Grill is opening a new Utah County location at University Place. Tucanos, which serves an exhibition-style meal of Brazilian meat and vegetables alongside a salad bar, will begin construction on [...]

Made with love: Mother-daughter duo bake up delicious business

By Janessa Broadbent Scents of daily fresh bread fill Natalia Riboldi’s memories of childhood — and now those scents waft through adulthood as she bakes and creates alongside her mother. “One thing I really love about my mom is that she’s [...]

Oteo is Mexican magic north of the border

By Mary Crafts-Homer Lots of folks call themselves “foodies” nowadays, and Utah Valley is no exception to the national wave of elevated food tastes. However, there is a difference between the weekend “foodie” and those of us who live [...]

2016 Best of UV: Restaurants

Best Bakery 1. Kneaders 2. Enliten Bakery and Café 3. Shirley’s Best Barbecue 1. Bam Bams BBQ (Find out what Founder Cameron Treu’s most embarrassing moment in business has been. Hint: It involves Detroit Lions’ Ziggy Ansah.) 2. [...]

Bam Bams BBQ’s sweet success and Ziggy misidentification mistake

After Utah native Cameron Treu took the barbecue world by storm by winning multiple awards in barbecue competitions in the west, he returned to Utah to open a quality barbecue restaurant. Bam Bams BBQ opened in Orem on June 1, 2013, and sold [...]

Deliciousness? Czech!: Hruska’s Kolache serves up European favorites with a twist in downtown Provo

By Mary Crafts-Homer I was born and raised in Iowa and learned to cook in my mother’s kitchen. She was known as one of the best cooks in the county and loved to entertain. I guess I’m kind of a chip off the old block! One of my favorite [...]

Where there’s smoke there’s deliciousness: Spanish Fork’s Madera Smokehouse opens with awesome sauce

By Mary Crafts-Homer I’m about to make a really bold statement. The new Madera Smokehouse is about the best smoke house in the state! There, I said it, and I’ve got some good reasons to back this up. Madera’s “Southern Pride” smoker [...]