at Utah’s State Capital in order to celebrate a girl’s quinceañera. Even though it was March, the sparkling lights and lit-up trees, the snow on the mountains and the crisp Utah air gave us the impression that it was Christmas. The city was much more diverse than we expected with well-integrated Hispanic and Asian communities and they represented their communities through their gastronomy. We were spoilt for choice when it came to cuisine, having brunch at Eva’s Bakery, a French boulangerie in downtown Salt Lake City. Not to be missed is Mrs. Backer’s Pastry Shop, which has been a hit in the city for 78 years. There were dozens of bars to choose from as we searched for a spot to have an informal dinner with fantastic cocktails. A word of caution to the traveller: if you do not have a US driver’s license, you need a passport to get you into any establishment that serves alcohol. A foreign driver’s license will not cut it. Other highlights included seeing the frescoed walls and ceiling of the Cathedral of the Madeleine. Being a book lover, I had a long wander in Ken Sanders Rare Books - a bookshop with so many genres that I could have spent more time in there than we had. But we had to make our way home, and like all good things, our trip had to come to an end. One thing I was not surprised about: Salt Lake City was as unique as I expected it to be. I Top Photo: Eva’s Bakery. Bottom Photo: Ken Sanders Rare Books.
downtown the magazine
spring / summer 2019