Jan 6

Utah Knows Bread

in Culinary Adventurism, Product Reviews

It’s a blessing and a curse to have lived in a variety of places. It’s a blessing because I’ve been able to experience/explore/taste/see so many new things. But it’s a curse because I’ve fallen in love with so many of those things and then had to leave them behind when I’ve moved to a new place. I feel as if I’ve left a bit of my heart in each place that I’ve lived. When I left California to go to college after graduating from high school I left behind my family, Trader Joe’s, In-n-Out, my favorite Mexican restaurant, my favorite donut shop, and the list goes on and on. The list is never ending for Paris and Japan, and pretty endless for Memphis as well (Corky’s BBQ anyone?). Another place that has a hold on my little foodie heart is Utah. For Mr. Fuji this may be his curse because that means that every time we visit I have a laundry list of places to go and things to eat!

A couple of the items that make the Utah list are bread items, and let me tell you people, Utah knows how to make good bread. The first item is rolls. Yes, rolls! They are called Lion House Rolls. These rolls are named after a house in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, called The Lion House, built in 1856 (named for the stone statute of a reclining lion on the portico above the front entrance). The ground level of the house is now the site of the Lion House Pantry Restaurant, where yummy meals and baked goods are served, using recipes that have been passed down for generations.
These rolls are SO good–huge and fluffy, very moist, with wonderful flavor. We ate dinner at the Lion House Pantry one night and I savored every bite of my yummy roll! Then my MIL surprised us by bringing home a big bag of rolls, freshly baked, for New Years Eve.

Mmmm… If you’d like to try these rolls (albeit with a bit more elbow grease than I had to use), the recipe is available here. Although they require a bit of work, this is a recipe that translates well to the home kitchen. I’ve made them several times and they are YUMMY!

My other bread destination in Utah is Great Harvest Bread Co.
Great Harvest has locations all over the US–I just never seem to live by one! So it makes the Utah travel laundry list. One of the things I love about Great Harvest is that you get a thick slice of bread when you go in that you can slather with butter and honey. Great Harvest’s breads taste homemade–addictingly good. I made sure to stop by the day before we left to return to California and pick up a loaf of each of our favorites: Honey Whole Wheat and Nine Grain.
Since coming home I’ve had a slice of bread at least once, if not two or three times, every day. I only wish I could bottle up the smell that hits you as soon as you walk in the door and bring that home too.

Do you have favorite things that you miss from places you’ve lived?

Coming Tomorrow: Utah Knows Cheese

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Meg January 6, 2009 at 5:28 pm

This tuna salad with just right spicy dressing and pizza place in Copenhagen with the perfect sauce and tiny shrimp.

Ice cream from a restaurant in Omaha that we went to on fancy occasions. Cinnamon. Even though there are special flavors of it out on occasion, it doesn’t taste the same.

Runzas from this small chain place in Omaha, hush puppies from a restaurant along the river, this Mexican place that had a dish I can never find again nor remember the name of, Frenchies, which are fried bread, melted cheese and something else that makes them super special and a bakery in Old Town with delicious cookies and Napolaens. So good.

In Des Monies there was an ice cream place right by our house that served special cones for dogs. Our dog Sally, just loved walking by and getting one. I miss it just for her.



K and S January 6, 2009 at 7:44 pm

yummy! I think we still have Great Harvest in Hawaii too, love their stuff.


Abigail January 6, 2009 at 9:24 pm

My parents used to work for a Seventh Day Adventist hospital in Florida, and they know how to make bread, too! I used to love going to the cafeteria with my parents on their lunch breaks (or even their days off) to pig out on fresh homemade grainy bread and other vegetarian delights. Yum. I’m not vegetarian or SDA but I sure could be after eating their food!


Misha January 6, 2009 at 11:00 pm

Definitely Yorkshire pudding (just isn't the same here in the states) & Cadbury chocolate!


Sarah January 7, 2009 at 5:14 am

Most definitely!

My father has all my favourites figured out, so when I visit him he has invariably already stocked the larder with artichoke dip, asiago bread, ruby red grapefruit juice, and others. Then there is the list of restaurants we have to visit… We always end up running out of days to eat all the food planned!

Trips to other cities I’ve lived in tend to also centre around food – dim sum and the okonomiyaki restaurant in Vancouver; Korean food, and the pho restaurant and homemade ice cream shop by the university in Toronto; the juice store, Italian restaurant, and a friend’s chai in Pune, India… The list goes on and on and on!


Bob January 7, 2009 at 11:25 am

Mmmm, bread. Man do I love bread. I think we have a Great Harvest around Boston, but since I don’t drive I only go to the little family owned Italian bakery that’s around the corner. Tragic, I know. :)


magikjaz January 7, 2009 at 4:07 pm

I’ve almost always lived in the same place.

But there was a mexican restaurant that had the most awesome meal deal. $20 fed a family of four! I miss that place for sure!

and altho it’s not the same, I miss my ex-bf’s mom’s chicken chow mein and meatloaf – man could she cook!


april January 7, 2009 at 6:40 pm

I hear ya sister! I just got back from the beehive state and I think I gained 5 pounds in bread alone.


Melanie Gray Augustin January 7, 2009 at 9:47 pm

Well…. the thing I’ve been missing the most from back home is good bread! And now your torturing me with it! Not fair!!


Jackie January 7, 2009 at 11:35 pm

Aww, I’m even more sad that we didn’t go to Utah for the holidays, we could have visited you (conveniently at the same moment those lovely rolls waltzed into the room of course)! I miss the Lion House butter mints and I miss getting King Kong Kones at Maceys. Other than that, it is all about mom’s cookin! Happy New Year Fujis!


Meg January 8, 2009 at 8:51 pm

I used to live 5 minutes from a Great Harvest. I miss it SO much!


Hannah January 9, 2009 at 12:20 am

What gorgeous bread!

I haven’t lived there, but I miss pretty much all of the local food in Portland, OR. Seriously amazing stuff.


Fuji Mama January 10, 2009 at 1:52 am

Mmmmmm, I love hearing about all of the things everyone misses!


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