The Hot Spot

12 Mar

Mini Tacos

The Hot Spot

115 W Main St

Salina, UT 84654

Hours: Mon-Thurs 10am-9pm / Sun Closed

From my last two posts, it should be clear that Mom’s Cafe is my go to spot when in Utah, The Hot Spot is a super close second, practically a tie.

The Hot Spot is located right down the street from Mom’s Cafe. It is an adorable tiny drive thru, with walk up windows and picnic tables for those who would like to eat there. The menu consists of chicken strips, fries, burgers, sandwiches, burritos and tacos, as well as a massive drink menu including soda concoctions and shakes.

My go to meal at the Hot Spot is their chicken strips and fries. When I was little I’d get the regular fries, but during my time living there this summer I moved onto sweet potato fries, mmmm. Β The food is prepared fresh so the chicken strips always come out piping hot. I can’t recall the original fries, as before moving there this summer I had not been in Utah for almost 5 years. The sweet potato fries though were excellent. Crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside. They really reminded me of sweet potato fries I used to get on campus at CSUF. To top it all off, their ranch is amazing!

My mom’s go to choice at the hot spot is their mini tacos. Tiny tacos drenched in cheese. I’ve never tried them, but she absolutely loves them.

If you find yourself in Salina and don’t have time for a full sit down meal at Mom’s, you have to at least let yourself drive thru The Hot Spot.


Chicken Strips and Sweet Potato Fries

Mom’s Cafe Scones

6 Mar

Mom’s Cafe

Β 10 E Main St

Salina, UT 84654

Β Hours: Sun-Thurs 7am-9pm / Fri & Sat 7am-10pm


If you have read my previous post (click here if you haven’t) than you know how much I adore the little place known as Mom’s Cafe. It is adorable, charming, home cooked food, your small town dreams are made of.

One of the absolute best things at Mom’s is their scones. Now these are not the traditional scones you expect. The baked, thick, sometimes fruity, pastries you find at Strabucks while you wait for your morning kick. These are deep fried, fluffy pillows of love, and probably responsible for the extra 10 lbs I moved to Hawaii with.

These scones, although still delicious, are slightly bland on their own, and because of this they are served with the topping of your dreams, (even if you have never heard of and/or tried) honey butter. It is the creamy, sweet, salty, perfectly squeezable topping that melts into that piping hot fresh scone to take all your taste buds to cloud 9.

I may sound like a Utah scone fan girl, but if you like pastries, and deep fried simplicity, you need to stop by Mom’s Cafe.

Mom’s Cafe

27 Feb

Mom’s Cafe

10 E Main St

Salina, UT 84654

Sun-Thurs 7am-9pm / Fri & Sat 7am-10pm


Hot Beef Dip

You may not know it, but when you hear the words “small town life” or “small town diner” you are thinking of Mom’s Cafe. Located on probably one of the last corners of main street USA in a town you’ve probably never heard of, and located nowhere near anywhere you’d ever find yourself, is the restaurant which alone is worth a detour if you ever find yourself anywhere near the state of Utah. If you live there, even better. Grab a car, grab a friend, and hit the road.

Mom’s Cafe is located one town over from where I was living in Utah, the town where my grandmother grew up, and in fact is where my grandmother worked when she was young.


Salad Bar Creation

From the outside the place doesn’t look like much and inside is dated, but in the most wonderful way ever. People know people here and if they don’t know you they will soon. The waitresses are fun, quick (for a small town) and friendly. The food is hot, fresh, and taste like something your mom or grandma would make. It’s not a place for low calories, it’s a place to relax, indulge and enjoy.

Enough raving, on to the food. My go to dish is there chicken strip dinner, and yes it’s been my go to dish since I was 10. It comes with 2 or 3 giant chicken strips, mixed veggies, mashed potatoes (sometimes served with white gravy or times chicken), a trip to the salad bar to kick off your meal and a heaven in your mouth scone, slathered in honey butter to finish it all off.


Chicken Strip Dinner

The salad bar isn’t super fancy and at times can be a little sparse, but they always have croutons, fresh lettuce, and the best ranch dressing ever, so I couldn’t be happier. The chicken strips are fried perfectly, not too greasy, moist on the inside, and crunchy on the outside. Paired with their to die for ranch and OMG. The veggies I will skip, because they may be canned, but there is too much goodness to complain. Their mashed potatoes are perfectly whipped and whichever gravy you get you won’t be disappointed.


Pastrami Cheeseburger

Last is the scones, which I will avoid going into much detail as my following post is dedicated just to them. They are just that good. Just t give a short summary, these are not the coffee house scones you are thinking of. These are golden brown, deep fried pieces of dough. I know that doesn’t sound like much, but paired with delicious honey butter, and I promise it is one of the best things you will ever eat. (Remember you don’t come here thinking about your waistline.)


Chocolate Cream Pie

My mom’s go to dish is their beef dip and fries. Tender pieces of roast beef and a fluffy yet sturdy bun, dipped in salty savory au jus is amazing and quite filling. You also have the option of making it a little more philly cheesesteak like with roasted peppers, onions, and cheese. It is a different experience, but just as good. Their fries, I must admit, I was not a fan of to begin with, but after two months they grew on me. They are not the traditional crunchy fries I am used to in California, they are a little limp, but do have a subtle crunch to them and still super fluffy on the inside. Seasoned right, and with ranch, they are a great partner to a sandwich or burger.

Anaheim Packing House – Adya

18 Feb


Anaheim Packing House
440 South Anaheim Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92805

Mon – Sat 11am-9pm / Sun 11am-8pm

Eating at Adya was the first and only time I have ever tried Indian food, so I have no point of judgment on which I talk about this food.

Before I left for Utah, I met up with my old Newport Beach Film Festival team for one more night of fun and we settled on Anaheim’s Packing House.

Although I was personally not a fan of the food, the staff was incredibly helpful and friendly, and service was very quick. The food delivered was fresh, hot, and quite beautiful. I just was not a fan of the flavors, but maybe Indian food just isn’t my thing.

One thing I must brag about however is their beer. I am not a beer person at all, but they have an amazing blood orange beer, that although I cannot remember the name of, I cannot wait to get back to Adya to consume it once again.


Summer House

11 Feb

Summer House

2744 E Coast Hwy
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm / Fri 11am-10pm / Sat 10am-10pm / Sun 10am-9pm

Brie Burger

Brie Burger

One of my best friends and I went here on one of my last days in California before leaving to Utah. It was our last adventure before I took off. We both love the beach and despite having been friends for over 16 years we had never been to the beach together. Luckily for us, both of us absolutely love Corona Del Mar.


Before hitting the sand, we decided to stop for lunch. How could I skip out on a food opportunity. Located right off of PCH, Summer House was the perfect choice. Immediately after walking in, my friend and I were in love. Summer House is absolutely adorable. Food and service is pretty good too.


Fish and Chips

My friend ordered their brie burger and I got their fish and chips. Now I am not a huge fan of brie so I did not try the burger, but my friend said it was amazing and I trust her. The burger was massive, but gorgeous to look at. Normally my friend has a lot of leftovers, but with this burger she finished almost the whole thing.


The fish and chips were excellent, but just slightly under seasoned. The fish was perfectly flaky and not oily at all. Now I am not a fan of shoestring fries, but in comparison to other places, these were pretty good.

If you are ever down in the OC and looking for a bite to eat in Newport, I highly recommend stopping by Summer House.

Temporary Couch Hopping Nomad

4 Feb

I’m not dead and I haven’t abandoned my quest for amazing food, I have just been moving and couch hopping, and room sharing, and all sorts of fun things the last 8 months or so, and things, like this, just slowly got away from me.
In May my mom sold her home in California, where we were living, and moved to the literal middle of nowhere Utah. I moved her up there and stayed for about a week, but had to come back home to finish up my internship in Anaheim. Upon returning to California, as can be assumed, I had nowhere to live. I shared a room with my nieces at my sister’s home for a few weeks, before moving into a spare room at one of my dad’s old friend’s house. As not to inconvenience too much space, as far as personal belongings go, I primarily was living out of my Little Bug.


Local Goats in Scipio

By the time my internship came to an end I had yet to land a permanent full time job and had made the decision I was going to follow my boyfriend out to Hawaii, where he was stationed starting in May, but needed to save a little money first. So, in July, I loaded into my little bug and followed my mother out to the middle of nowhere Utah.



My Dairy Queen

In Scipio, where my mom moved to, her cousin owned a Dairy Queen, and I was able to get a part time job there. First day was a shock, as I think would be for anyone who had just finished working their ass off in college and had spent the last two years working at places like the Newport Beach Film Festival and Visit Anaheim. After a few days I adjusted though and looking back now that job and the few months I spent in Scipio really were quite amazing and changed my life. I had a ton of fun working at DQ, got to know new family members, fixed a lot of things with my mom, and made some amazing friends.
By September though I was done with small town living and decided to take the plunge and move to Hawaii. I drove back to California, to say goodbye to family and friends. On September 25, I boarded a plane, my first plane ever, to Hawaii.


Goodbye LA

I stayed in two vacation rentals when I first arrived, for about a month and a half. Although I managed to get part time holiday job offers at Macy’s, Sears, and Target, I managed to not have to take any of them, as my sister helped land me a job as a social media marketing specialist at a cell phone company, part time. That allowed me the income to move in somewhere more permanent. I found a room, in a really awesome home right outside of downtown, with some pretty cool people. (I’m still living there now.)
Shortly after moving into my new room, I managed to land a full time job as a communications associate at a really awesome company. Right after landing that job though a new family emergency came up and I had to fly back to Utah for a month to help with some things. Everything turned out just fine though and I was able to come back to Hawaii and my new room, and my new job.
During this time I was still pigging out and trying awesome new places. I tried to keep up on my writing, as can be seen my publish dates, but slowly time just slipped away. I think now though I have fallen into enough of a flow with things that I can pick this back up.
I have a few more back places from back in California, waiting to be written about and then I will dive in to the hand full of fun Utah places I dined at. Hopefully in the next month or so I can finally start eating my way through this new island I now call home…for now.


Oahu Sunrise

Warehouse Pizza, but not a Pizza Review

8 Oct

Warehouse Pizza

2340 D St
La Verne, CA 91750

Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm / Fri 11am-11pm / Sat 11am-10:30pm /Sun 11am-9pm


Beef Dip Sandwich

This is a strange review for me as it is for a pizza joint where I did not indulge in one piece of pizza. One of my dad’s friends offered to take me to lunch and I decided that I would follow his lead and eat as he did. Sometimes I don’t like to be a fatty all on my own. He ordered a sandwich, so I did too and I am very happy with that decision.


Salad with Ranch

I ordered their hot beef dip and it came with a salad and simple Lays Potato Chips. For the price the beef dip had a good amount of meet and just the right amount of cheese to bind it. The salad was delicious and fresh with amazing ranch. My only complaint would be the au jus. It needed salt and lots of it, but that’s not a big enough issue to ruin my meal.

What I also really loved about Warehouse Pizza was the location. It felt laid back and easy going, yet fun. At the same time it is a large enough space that all sorts of different groups of people could have a good time there without irritating the others, at least that’s how I felt. There is a big indoor and outdoor dining area. Service was also very polite.


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