Episode 91 Street Gang Chocolate Wars

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Episode 91 was super full of delicious food and wizardry!

Last week we had the honor of being the first guests to grace the counter top at Viet Pham’s brand new concept restaurant, Pretty Bird Chicken! The official opening was February 21st. Located on Regent Street just next to the new Eccles Theatre, it is a small and very quaint space. We got to talk to Viet and interview him while he and his chef’s cooked the Nashville hot chicken thighs for us! We tried the thigh and the boneless thigh sandwich. Hard to say what was the favorite because all of our plates were pretty close to clean when we left! You may know Viet from Food Network shows such as Iron Chef, Extreme Chef, and The Next Food Network Star. Viet has been perfecting his Nashville chicken for 5 years and it is so exciting to see it come to fruition. We had Viet on almost 14 months ago and he told us how he was going to be opening Pretty Bird Chicken and we are so grateful it has finally made it to Salt Lake! Viet’s Nashville chicken comes in four heat levels: Mild, Medium, Hot, & “Hot Behind.” Pretty Bird is open from 11 AM to 9 PM Monday-Thursday and until 10 PM Friday & Saturday.

All of us at the New Utah Podcast give this 8, very enthusiastic, thumbs up!!

                  

Our guests this week are one of a kind in Salt Lake City and in Utah! Steve and AJ of The Chocolate Conspiracy stopped by, with chocolate in hand, and gave us a lesson in how good, natural chocolate is and can be made! Once upon a time AJ started by peddling his chocolate bars as a natural foodie chocolate guy on the mean streets of Manhattan, he was rejected by Steve while Steve was working at a local natural goods shop. After much determination, AJ adjusted his recipe and came back strong and The Chocolate Conspiracy is now selling in over 12 states,  including Hawaii! What makes their chocolate so unique? First of all AJ knows his food and the science behind it. He has created a dark chocolate bar out of a non-roasted cocoa bean and honey! No dairy, no soy, no gluten, and no refined sugar. You hear that people with allergies and dietary restrictions? You can eat these bars!! Then you have Steve who has helped build and get the Chocolate Conspiracy name circulating and in your mouths.  AJ, Steve, and their small supporting staff have partnered up to create chocolate bars for Utah locals; Fisher Brewing Company, Aceda Honey, Hip and Humble, and Orchid Dynasty. We don’t want to give away the whole interview, but they also just made the list of Best Chocolate Shop in Every State from the Daily Meal. You can find them online at EatChocolateConsipracy, at the local farmers market on Saturday’s, on Instagram, on Facebook, and on Twitter.  They host a ton of classes, so follow them so you can go!

 

Today (Feb 23rd) starts the second year of Wizarding Dayz! We had founder, Val Cameron-Walker from episode 34, stop by for a few minutes and talk to us about what is different this year and how they have grown! They added a large amount of workshops and panels including masters of dueling, a Jedi panel, a puppetry class, and truth about the new Lord of the Rings series from TheOneRing.net! They added a HUGE Narnia wardrobe, an actual real live tattoo artist doing geeky tattoos, a trading post where you can bring anything to trade, and of course their book exchange is back! They collected over 3000 books they donated last year and this year will even be bigger! Bring in your books for exchanging or donating. Look for our friend Hraefn and his Ravenhenge! Tickets are still available. Please go support this amazing event in our community. Click on the picture below for more information!

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Music: Bootleggers Dance by local Utah Band Folk Hogan

Host and Producer: Jessica

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Jessica is your producer and co-host of the New Utah Podcast.

  • Favorite Utah Spot: Treasures Antique Mall in Springville. It’s my happy place.
  • Favorite Utah Restaurant: Can I pick by cuisine? Currently it is Per Noi cause their gnocchi is like fluffy pillows of heaven in my mouth. (this changes frequently cause I love to eat at local places!)
  • Utah Spot you haven’t visited but want to: Sun Tunnels and the Salt Flats.
  • What is something people should do at least once in Utah, both residents and visitors: Go to Bear Lake in the summer.
  • What is your favorite Utah stereotype that people completely live up to: The way Utahn’s say things like, “roof” (ruf) “for”(fur) “mountain” (mout-un) “button” (but-un) etc.
  • What do you geek out about: Meeting celebrities, traveling/taking photos of cool buildings, and researching the why of things.
  • Who is your favorite band: How about top four? Depeche Mode, Oingo Boingo, Erasure, and currently Billie Holiday.
  • Favorite meal/food: Pizza without red sauce and anything breakfast.
  • What’s your claim to fame: probably my cakes or how many celebs I have met? Maybe that I like to travel alone? I actually don’t know my claim to fame.
  • What are three random facts about yourself:
  1. I buy rare and discontinued whiskeys at auction to flip (yes, that means I am a bootlegger)
  2. I have never taken a cake decorating class in the 14 years I’ve been doing cakes.
  3.  I love going to cemeteries.

Host: Jeremy

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Jeremy is the creator and mind behind the birth of the New Utah Podcast.

Having been part of the podcast scene for the past half-decade, Jeremy is a seasoned veteran of this crazy new phenomenon. Jeremy is also an Entrepreneur, Designer, The CEO/ and Owner of Salt City Home Designs. Maker, DIY Warrior, Urban Farmer.

  • Favorite Utah Spot: Ghost towns of Utah
  • Favorite Utah Restaurant: This changes but I do like the Bohemian Brewery / restaurant
  • Utah Spot you haven’t visited but want to: Never seen the Spiral Jetty
  • What is something people should do at least once in Utah both residents and visitors: Go see an Off-Broadway Show, try a local brew pub
  • What is your favorite Utah stereotype that people completely live up to: Obsession with Fry Sauce!!!
  • What do you geek out about: Old Buildings, Architecture, and DIY projects

 

  • Who is your favorite band: Yikes, this changes too…. Mystic knights of the Oingo Boingo (But 40’s big band swing is always my go-to in the office
  •  Favorite meal/food: All the foods… but I do like Italian
  •  What’s your claim to fame: Owner CEO/ Salt City Home Designs… and I make stuff
  • What are three random facts about yourself: 

1.   Almost cut my finger off 2 summers ago

2. I do love the Disney Lands (And I don’t care who knows)

3.  I am still ashamed of what I did for a Klondike bar in the 90’s

Episode 90 Who farms when the farmer is sick?

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This week we were going to be joined by the elusive Farmer Luke of Petersen Farms, but the illness struck and we will have him on in a few weeks for farm talk! Instead you get to listen to us talk about hoarding mother-in-laws, if Jeremy should bee keep again, our house projects, and how Bob Costas is a douchebag. Or is he?

In the spirit of the Olympics we made sure this week to dive deep into important topics, like that the Olympics hands out well over 450,000 condoms, that STD’s run rampant, and most important; Olympic sports that are so obscure you have probably never heard of them, brought to you by the Huffington Post. Ski ballet should definitely make a come back.

Don’t forget to follow our friends Olio Skin and Beard Co to see when their next soap making classes are! Make sure to sign up fast because they do sell out!

We also want to mention that the Salt Lake Library will be offering a loca Utah musician streaming music service starting this summer! What an awesome way to support local music! Make sure to follow their website which will launch this summer. You can read more about the program at KSL.com

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Music: Bootleggers Dance by local Utah Band Folk Hogan

Episode 89 The Origins of Utah town names

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A month ago we hosted Jeff and Trey of Art Dimes for episode 86 to talk about how they were assisting 12 year old, Ozzy Passin, with his very first graphic novel/comic book! This week we had Ozzy and his bird call in and tell us about his kickstarter and how he came up with the idea for Stand Wars! There is one more week left on his kickstarter, so help a kid out!

Utah said goodbye to one of its caretakers this past week with the passing of Jon Huntsman Sr. From creating those cartons your burgers are carried in, to creating a legacy with the Huntsman cancer institute, we sure hope his family will be able to carry his legacy of philanthropy.

This week we tried our knowledge at whether or not we knew the history behind some Utah city names. You can take the “where did Utah towns get their names” quiz by clicking HERE.  Also Jessica’s ancestors named a town in Utah too!

Don’t forget we are following along with the legislative session. You can track bills by going to the Utah Legislature Page. Don’t forget if you see something important to you to call and email and even show up to put your voice out there.

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Music: Bootleggers Dance by local Utah Band Folk Hogan

Episode 88 No One Wants to be Victimized by a Wig

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*Enter pageant wave here*

This week newly reigning Miss Gay Utah and current reigning 2017 Miss Gay Central States America, Miss Gia Bianca Stephens and her alter-ego Ted Nicholls, joined us for a lesson in drag pageantry, cleared up some misconceptions, and gave us some herstory on Gia’s start.

We know that not everyone might be familiar with what defines a drag queen vs say a transvestite, or someone who is transgender. Gia reminded us that the term “drag” comes from Shakespeare “Dress Resembling A Girl,” because once upon a time men played both roles on stage. Also a reminder that drag isn’t a sexual orientation but merely an art form.

Gia Bianca Stephens has made a name for herself in the Utah drag and performance community. Gia was integral in starting Beauties on Broadway Brunch, Ladies of Marmalade with one of our alumnus Indi Skies, she had traveled the country competing in numerous pageants, and she helped start one of Utah’s first drag pageants; Miss Great Beehive State Premier. Listening to Gia talk about Utah’s drag community, it is true, we really do have something special here with the variety of talent. We don’t want to give away too much of the interview, but we learned a lot, so you should listen and learn too!

We can’t wait to see how she does again at Miss Gay America when she decides to compete again. Follow and support Gia Bianca Stephens on her Facebook and Instagram to see where her next performances and pageants lead her! And TIP… THIS… QUEEN!

This week we are so excited to announce the grand opening of The Truffle Cottage’s store front! They will be having a grand opening February 3rd at 11am at 45 S Main Street in Pleasant Grove! Congrats to Jennie and her team. Check out our episode we got chocolate wasted with The Truffle Cottage by clicking HERE.

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Music: Bootleggers Dance by local Utah Band Folk Hogan

Stand Wars Kickstarter

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We had artists, Jeff West and Trey McCoy, of Art Dimes on with us for episode 84 to talk about a brilliant 12 year old they are helping to create a comic book with! Ozzy Passin had an idea for his own comic book, Stand Wars, and Jeff and Trey are helping with bringing the art to life for his vision. Stand Wars is about three kids who come up with an idea to start a lemonade stand in order to raise money to enter a video game tournament. Everything doesn’t go as planned when they have to deal with bullies and other obstacles.

They went live with their kickstarter this past week and they are already a THIRD of the way to their goal! We cannot wait to see this kids dream come true!

Click HERE for the kickstarter page and to support Ozzy!

 

 

Episode 87 Holystone Distilling is an alternative!

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Episode 87 we finally had the opportunity to sit down with award-winning distiller, artist, and all around bad ass Ethan “Chainlink” Miller. Chainlink you might be saying to yourself? How does one get a nickname like that? Lucky for you, Ethan told us all about it! Having Ethan on with us was like a Russian nesting doll; each layer had a new story and you just want to keep opening to the next one!

You may have heard Ethan’s name as a distiller at High West, in Portland, Oregon at New Deal, and more recently a co-founder at Dented Brick in Utah. Ethan has bigger plans though! We started at the beginning and then learned he went from making sure people’s eyes were in check to making them blurry! (you know, the booze) Ethan founded the Distiller’s Guild of Utah, and who doesn’t love a guild? His hopes are that it will bring the local distillers/brewers together whether they are brainstorming or fighting for better liquor legislation up on Capitol Hill working together for a common cause. Ethan has taught continued learning courses about whisky and numerous liquor related topics for the U of U. Most recently he was hired with a local Geo-coring company, has been down training at NASA, and is about to spend a month and a half in Japan on a boat using his new found skills.

Did we mention he is an all-around bad ass?

Now, it’s hard to say most importantly because all of these things he has done are important. Ethan has recently teamed up with Barbie and Michael DeShazo and they are starting up a new distillery in Utah called, Holystone Distilling.

No, this has nothing to do with anything related to the Mormon Church. A Holystone is a piece of sandstone brick that was used to wash the decks of Navy ships. Check out their website for more on the history and origins!  Always striving to create with looking at the process as an art, Ethan promises that Holystone will be all new recipes with a combination of good liquor and a community gathering in arts and music.

We will keep you up to date about their location and process and please follow Holystone Distillery’s progress on Instagram and Facebook!

As always we thank James for his space and the continued support of our community!

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Music: Bootleggers Dance by local Utah Band Folk Hogan

Episode 86: Help! Our Trees are Budding!

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Climate change is real. It is January in Utah and today is suppose to be 60 degrees. Our trees are budding and we are hoping that our flowers don’t start to break through the soil.

We did a lot of restaurant chat this week. Jessica visited a new burger joint in Sugar House, which unfortunately is not local to Utah, but alas BGRSugarhouse was still tasty! Jessica really did appreciate that they cut their jalapenos length wise instead of just small slices and also that they are the only BGR on the west coast! Chris and Bre went to ChopFuku Asian and Sushi in Taylorsville (follow them on Instagram too). Jeremy was super bummed to find out Iggy’s isn’t carrying Wasatch Brewery Blueberry anymore. Another cool restaurant we talked about this week, and definitely need to visit, is Bhutan House Restaurant. Opened by a family who spent over 20 years in a refugee camp, they have made their restaurant a home in Sandy, Utah. KSL.com ran a story about the family and their journey. You can read that story by clicking HERE.

Sundance Film Festival starts this weekend. Are you heading up? If you haven’t gotten tickets, or you weren’t able to, download the Sundance app and check out the e-waitlist for opportunities to try to get them! If films aren’t your thing, but you love people watching and celebrity spotting, then head up to Park City this weekend when everything is bustling.  Also, if you can get a ticket, make sure to support local film, Quiet Heroes, about the struggle of having only one doctor available during the early AIDS/HIV crisis in Utah and her fight to save the population in Utah while everyone else turned their backs.

Chris schooled Jessica with a side-eye on BitCoin this week. Apparently it isn’t actual mining…

We’ve talked about other Utah Dark sky parks but did you know that Torrey, Utah is now one of only 18 dark sky communities in the WORLD? If you want the perfect place to see the stars and planets in Utah, besides Jessica’s house, then Torrey should be on your destination list!

 

Utah Legislature session starts on the 23rd! There are so far over 1200 bills that are filed. Some of the focus areas include medical marijuana, education, transportation, tax code, and the count my vote. Utah Business has a little more information on these issues, and we will be tracking progress over the next couple months. If you are passionate about an issue make sure you are calling your representative which you can find at le.utah.gov.

If you haven’t done so already, Wizarding Dayz tickets are available for the February 23rd-24th 2nd annual event! We had them on last year, check out episode 34 with creator Val Cameron!

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Music: Bootleggers Dance by local Utah Band Folk Hogan

Episode 85 Don’t flush those pills down the toilet!

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Sometimes we get to have shows that are just us being silly and talking about the Utah we love. Unfortunately our guest had to have emergency surgery, so we will have reschedule with Herbalist Josh, but we promise when he comes on it will be pretty much amazing!

Our lessons learned this week include that Chris is a total wuss when it comes to pain. We learned about the continued love of LivePD by Chris. We also learned that opiod addiction runs pretty deep in our communities and there has to be a way to change this. We have all be prescribed a pain killer from a surgery, a fall, a broken bone, dental work, etc. When you are done with it, what do you do? Do you know what to do with it? Intermountain Health care has some steps HERE for getting rid of your expired and unused medications. And please, don’t flush them!

Did you know Utah is thriving with YA authors!? We did. We’ve had local authors Eliza Crosby and David J. West on our show. Even Jessica’s cousin Callie Kanno is a YA author and just released her newest book, Flame Singer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What else did we learn? That in Utah we have an amazing company called “Peaceful Pet Departures.” As you know, Chris and Bre lost their sweet Lia a couple weeks ago. Peaceful Pet Departures were there for their family from beginning to way after. If you are in need of letting go of a pet in a peaceful way, we highly suggest reaching out to them. They are a local Utah company with huge hearts.

For the record, Jessica is NOT making human hand-pies like Sweeney Todd.

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Music: Bootleggers Dance by local Utah Band Folk Hogan