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.

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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

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

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

Utah’s One Thing: Jennifer Jones author of The Dead History

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At the end of every New Utah Podcast interview we like to ask our guests, “What is the one thing that you would tell someone visiting Utah they had to do before leaving?”

Episode 76 we were joined by author and researcher, Jennifer Jones of The Dead History and “Ghosts of Ogden, Brigham City, and Logan.” Jennifer is a transport to Utah and lives in the northern half of Utah so we asked her what her one thing she would tell someone visiting Utah they had to do before leaving! Jennifer said, head to 25th Street in Ogden! She said it is a unique part of history and there is really no place like 25th Street.

We agree! We even head that Al Capone wouldn’t step foot there.

Visit Ogden has a list of 25 things to do on 25th Street!

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Episode 84 We wish we were 12: Stand Wars Comic Book Creation

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Sometimes we get to reach outside Utah and bring people into the fold! This week for episode 84 we were contacted by the artists who did our podcast caricature, Art Dimes. Made up of the team of Emmy-nominated story-board and FX artist Jeff West and entrepreneur/mouth piece/artist Trey McCoy. Both currently based out of Arizona, we were fortunate to have them Skype in with us to tell us about an amazing project they have coming up!

We met Art Dimes at Salt Lake Comic Con a year and a half ago. We were looking for someone that would make us look super fun and capture who we were in a nutshell. We think they did a pretty swell job. We sure hope to see them back again this year and we will make sure to show them around the Utah we’ve all know and love!

Chris, Jessica, Bre, and Jeremy

A year ago, Jeff and Trey partnered up with 12 year-old Ozzy Passin, yes a 12 year-old folks, to help bring his comic book story to fruition! Ozzy is based in NYC and had a vision for Stand Wars to come to life. Stand Wars is about a dream to make it to a video game competition. The journey getting there, the experiences with bullying, and other pre-teen adventures. Jeff and Trey have been assisting in the art work as well as web design, promotion, and the upcoming Kickstarter (which we will add to this as soon as it goes live). We tried to get them to give us some upcoming work but it’s all a secret! So more to come from Art Dimes for sure! We will keep you updated as it comes down the pipeline.

We can’t imagine being 12 and having the support that Jeff and Trey have been offering to Ozzy to make his dream come true by creating Stand Wars.

Plus, who doesn’t love friends that meet through tacos?

If you are looking for animation, art work, story-boarding, etc. you can reach out to them at www.artdimes.com and sign up for their newsletter. Make sure to follow them over on Facebook and Instagram creating art!

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Episode 80 Art Activism, Gas Masks, and Poop.

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You know it’s going to be a great episode when the guest starts out by saying they will gladly talk about how many times they poop and masturbate in a day. And when Chris tries his hand at an Irish accent. And when Jessica ruins the episode by talking about what we weren’t suppose to talk about.

This week we were honored to be joined by art activist and photographer, Cat Palmer! You may know her as the artist that re-created Leonardo’s Last Supper, but with amazing people in Utah. This past weekend you may recognize her “Go Home Trump” and “Dump Trump” installation from the Utah State Capitol pre Trump visit. Let’s help her make it viral by sharing and crediting her work!

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Cat gave us insight to her inspirations, her love of gas masks, an upcoming project that she has been working to make happen, and of course, her rad mom!

Oh, and in case you were wondering, she doesn’t shoot landscapes.

Here is a list of some of her favorite locals:

Olio Skin and Beard Co.

Tin Angel

Frida’s Bistro

Zest Kitchen and Bar

Blind Dog

Two Bit Street Cafe

Water Witch Bar

Lake Effect

CM Ceramics

Jimmi Toro

Cat also let us know that she doesn’t attach her name with organizations, even though she is very active in the activist community. However, she is very passionate about Salt Lake Clean air. They have their Winter Solstice Salt Lake Clean Air Fundraiser on Dec. 17th

You can pick up Cats work on her website CATPALMER.com, at the Urban Arts Gallery, and the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

And a big thanks for James for letting us use his house!

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Episode 78 No Regerts with Utah Tattoo artist Sam Goodwin

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We are coming to you from the crossroads… oh wait.. it’s we’ll see you at the crossroads, so you won’t be lonely!

We hope everyone had an awesome Thanksgiving and you are getting ready to shop local!

Looking for a tattoo? Need a new artist? Do you collect art from different tattoo artists? Need a Utah tattoo artist who listens and is easy to chat with? Stay tuned to this weeks episode then! We were joined by the very talented and super down to earth, local Utah tattoo artist, Sam Goodwin. Sam tattoo’s at the Blaque Salt Studio on 930 S Main Street in Salt Lake City. We made sure to find out how Sam got into tattooing, how he uses Jedi mind tricks in tattooing, and if there is a spot that shouldn’t be tattooed! Sam also let us know how he mentally prepares for those long sittings. Street burritos seems to be the trick. Yes, we know, things got a little out of hand and we couldn’t stop giggling.

Check out his work on his Instagram and to book and appointment. If you walk in, just ask for the dude with the red beard. Here is such a very small example of some of his beautiful work:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hope as you prep for your holidays that you can take at least a small pledge to shop local! We have so many amazing people that are working hard in our communities to build them up.

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Utah’s One Thing: Kendrick Woolstenhulme of Beehive Cigars

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At the end of every New Utah interview we like to ask our guests, “What is the one thing that you would tell someone visiting Utah they had to do before leaving?”

Knowing your cigar heros is what Kendrick is about. Episode 61 Kendrick said that the one thing someone visiting Utah should do would be go to one of Utah’s Microbreweries, one of his personal favorites is the Bohemian Brewery. Of course he also said make sure to find the cigar culture! Beehive Cigars offers events all through the year. You can check out their events on their event page at BeehiveCigars.com.

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Utah’s One Thing: Chris Provost Dad Joke Teller and Salt Lake Comic Con MC

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At the end of every New Utah interview we like to ask our guests, “What is the one thing that you would tell someone visiting Utah they had to do before leaving?”

Episode 60 we had the honor of hosting the host of all hosts, Salt Lake Comic Con and dad joke teller, Chris Provost! Chris had a couple of things in mind when we asked him what the one thing he would tell people visiting Utah would be. First he said you have to try fry sauce. Fry sauce is a Utah staple! Sometimes it is just ketchup and mayo mixed together. Sometimes there might be a little pickle juice or spice added to it. Chris also said do donuts in the winter in an empty parking lot, and in the summer time go down “I Street” in the Avenues as fast as you can. He promises you will get some air. His final thing that someone must do while visiting Utah would be, is to visit Zion. He said seeing it for the first time will make you lose your breath.

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Music by Folk Hogan, Bootleggers Dance