Favorites: Food Edition

I've been thinking about introducing a new series of blog posts about some of my favorite things, beginning with five of my current food favorites. Here's what I've been loving lately.

Even Stevens
There was a time where I ate here at least once a week for almost two months straight. It's that good. For each sandwich sold, this Utah-based sandwich shop donates another sandwich to a local non-profit. My top sandwich picks are the Turkey Day, JP Grilled Cheese (love the jalapeños!) and Banh Mahi. I like ordering the turkey or grilled cheese sandwich in a half-sandwich/half-soup combo so you can dip the sandwich in their Tomato Basil Bisque. They also have a really great breakfast burrito called The Graduate, which has two eggs, tots, spinach, tomatoes, house sauce and Sriracha. I sub the meat choices (either sausage or bacon) for avocado and it's delicious! Geof and I have eaten many of these burritos as fuel before our Saturday long runs.

Halo Top
I'm so obsessed with this ice cream. It's a smart choice because it has low calories, low sugar and high protein. Halo Top uses natural ingredients in all of their flavors and it tastes just like regular ice cream. I'm not lying when I say that I could eat a whole pint at once. It's been labeled as healthy ice cream and I definitely don't feel bad when I eat it—each pint varies between 240 and 360 calories. They recently released ten new flavors and I want to try them all. My favorites so far are Red Velvet, Sea Salt Caramel, Pistachio, Mint Chip and Birthday Cake.

Photo: Halo Top

Photo: Halo Top

Jinya Ramen Bar
My first taste of Jinya ramen was two years ago in Vancouver and I was so excited to find out they just opened their first location in Utah. The chain is based in California and offers authentic Japanese ramen made with rich broths that you can customize with a selection of toppings. I love the spicy chicken ramen with an added seasoned egg. They also offer tapas—I'm a big fan of the brussels sprouts tempura with truffle oil. 

GoGo squeeZ
This apple sauce pouch is made with natural fruit and so easy to eat on the go. I received free samples when I ran the Disneyland Half Marathon earlier this year and it's now become a staple for me. I love this as a snack and as part of my race day breakfast. The pouches are convenient and there are so many different flavors to choose from. I've liked every single flavor I've tried and love that there are a huge amount of choices so I can mix it up.

Photo: GoGo squeeZ

Photo: GoGo squeeZ

Cubby's is a relaxed restaurant chain that started in Utah, featuring burgers, sandwiches and salads. They make everything from fresh ingredients and I've heard that they don't even own a freezer or can opener. My favorite options are the Portobello, Pikey and Cockadoodledoo sandwiches (minus the bacon) with a side of rosemary or sweet potato fries! I want to try one of their salads next.

Writing this made me realize that I have a slew of other restaurants and foods that I want to feature, so I'll probably do another food favorites post in the future! 

Taste Buds

Happy holidays! In the spirit of being with family and friends this season, I wanted to share an illustration series that I love that expresses a similar feeling. Taste Buds focuses on perfect pairings and was created by Philip Tseng, a designer and illustrator located in San Diego. I actually bought one of these prints for Geof and I's anniversary back in November. I thought it was so appropriate for us—we love chips and salsa more than anyone and it perfectly represents us. There are a bunch of other fun food pairings in the series. See more of them below.