Thai Siam Draper, Utah Vegan Options

5/29/18 Update: This restaurant has closed their doors.

Adam and I got really into Thai food a few years ago. We love the spices and all the vegetables! Our favorite Thai restaurant we've been to in Utah is Thai Siam in Draper.

thai restaurant in draper utah curry

Their menu has a green square with a V in it next to the items that can be made vegan. This only applies to the menu at the restaurant, the one online does not have this information. There aren't very many items with the V next to it. The ones that do are Grilled Thai Salad, Steamed Veggies, Steamed Noodles, Sticky Rice, Sweet Sticky Rice, Steamed Rice, Peanut Sauce, Gang Ga Ree Yellow Curry, Pad Pra Ram, Pad Khing Ginger Stir Fry, and Pad Preaw Wan Sweet and Sour Sir Fry. 

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We love spring rolls, but they don't have a V next to them, so we asked and they're also able to make the Fresh Spring Roll vegan! You can get it with tofu or just veggies. It comes with 3 sauces, but only 2 are vegan. The peanut sauce is so delicious. It's our favorite Thai sauce we've ever had and it was much better than we were expecting it to be. It has peanut butter and curry spices. 
It's our favorite sauce with the spring rolls. Sometimes they'll bring out all 3 sauces, even though we ask for it to be made vegan, but other times they'll only bring out the vegan ones. You can always ask them if something is vegan or not if you are unsure.

vegan thai fresh spring rolls
The sauces on the left and in the middle are vegan. The one on the right is not. The middle sauce, peanut sauce, is the best!

The other thing we order is the Gang Ga Ree Yellow Curry with white rice. You can get the curry with a mix of veggies (that's what we do), or with tofu, carrots, and potatoes. We really love their yellow curry! It is spicy without being super hot and it's also a little sweet. We love to share this and leftover it since it's family style and comes with a lot. 

The downsides with this dish are that if the restaurant is busy they don't cook the veggies for very long, and on $6 curry day (Thursday) they don't give you nearly as many veggies. So you end up with a ton of curry sauce and not enough veggies and rice to eat it with.

gang ga ree yellow curry
This is the yellow curry with a mix of veggies. It's our favorite thing on the menu!

Another strange thing about Thai Siam is that the door says "Free Wi-Fi", but they do not have wi-fi and the servers have no idea what you're talking about when you ask them about it. Overall, we really love Thai Siam and plan to keep eating here for a long time!

Winter Activities in Midway, Utah

Last Saturday we decided to go have some fun in Midway, Utah. It's not the biggest of towns, but we love to go every winter to go to the Midway Ice Castles and to go ice skating. 

Utah ice castles

First, we went to the Ice Castles. It's best to buy tickets online before you go. This way you can avoid finding out that it's sold out when you get there. To go on a Friday or Saturday it's $14.95 for an adult and $8.95 for kids if you buy online. If you buy tickets in person, then it's $19 for adults and $12 for kids. It's kind of pricy, but it's very unique. I've never been anywhere else like it. 
We went to the Ice Castles 3 years ago and this year it was much better. We thought it was bigger and there was more to do. There were more tunnels, caves, and slides. The slides are a lot of fun, but you do get pretty wet. The website recommends wearing boots, and I definitely recommend it too. You're walking in snow the whole time, so higher boots are the way to go. I'd also suggest bringing an extra pair of socks for the drive home in case yours get wet. Bundle up for coming here because it really is cold! Wear a big jacket, a beanie, and gloves. 

There are some concession foods, but they're overpriced, so eat before you come and bring a few snacks. 

After the Ice Castles, we went over to the Midway City Ice Rink. We love a good outdoor ice skating rink, so this one has been our go-to for years! It's a small ice rink, but isn't too busy. 

Midway ice skating

This year the ice rink will stay open until March 3rd. With skate rentals, it costs $10 for adults and $9 for kids. If you're looking for some fun winter activities, but aren't too into skiing or snowboarding, then the Ice Castles and ice skating are perfect!

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January 2018 Fitness Goals

Happy January! At this time of year, it's hard to not think about goals, and especially fitness goals. I fell in love with fitness and exercise a few years ago. In 2015 I decided that I wanted to be a personal trainer to help other people reach their goals too. In 2016 I got certified as an ACE Personal Trainer.

My main goal for this month is to focus on my lower body. I'm a big fan of working out upper body and abs, but I don't always enjoy working out my legs and butt. They get so sore and it makes simple tasks, like walking, a struggle. I decided that I wanted to start working out my lower body more this year, so to start it off, I decided to do a 28 day legs and butt fitness challenge I found on Pinterest!

28 day legs and butt workout challenge

During this challenge, you do workouts for 6 days, then take a rest day. The amount of reps started out pretty low and goes up during the challenge. I love how all three exercises in this challenge are body weight movements. There is not equipment needed, so you don't have to go buy anything or have a gym membership. You can just do these exercises at home anytime of the day.

This challenge includes doing jumping jacks, lunges, and squats. Each of these exercises work out a different part of your butt, or glutes, and they also work your legs, and other muscles. Jumping jacks engage all muscle groups, especially your gluteus medius (the top of your butt), your abs, and legs. Lunges work out your gluteus maximus (a big muscle over the middle of your butt), quadriceps (top of your thighs), hamstrings (back of your thighs), and calves. Squats work out your gluteus medius, (the bottom part of your butt), hamstrings, and quadriceps.
I am on day 14 and can already feel my quads and glutes getting tighter! I'll be honest, I'm extremely sore all the time and have never taken so many baths, but I think this challenge is great. I don't plan to keep working out my lower body this often. I just want to show a little more muscle definition and I want to be able to do squats a couple times a week without feeling so sore after.

Other health and fitness goals of mine this month are to do upper body exercises 2-3 times a week and add a little more protein into my diet after each workout.

5 Utah Restaurants With Vegan Options You Have To Try

Last updated: 12/10/19

We love to try new restaurants and Utah has no shortage of fun restaurants to try. Our favorite kind is fast casual, but we also like to go to some sit down restaurants. All of the following have vegan options and are some of our favorite places in Utah to eat.

1. Thai Basil

Thai Basil is a Utah restaurant with vegan options. Featured here: vegan yellow curry.
Vegan yellow curry from Thai Basil

Thai Basil is a Thai restaurant located in Riverton, Utah. They also have more locations in Utah. It is a sit down restaurant. We love to go for lunch or dinner and get the dinner sized dishes to share. Our favorite thing to share is the Yellow Curry with mixed vegetables, which is vegan.

It comes with jasmine rice and we substitute the meat for other vegetables. When they make it this way it comes with potatoes, carrots, red peppers, green peppers, zucchini, onions, broccoli, and corn. The yellow curry has a little spice to it that we love, but it's not too spicy.

This dish costs us about $12 and we always have enough leftovers to have it again the next night. Other dishes we've ordered and liked are the fresh spring rolls and the tempura veggies. Just a warning though, this restaurant is very hot in the summer. We recommend taking it to go.

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2. Vertical Diner

Vertical Diner is a vegan restaurant in Utah. This is their La Mesa, one of their savory breakfast dishes.
La Mesa- Vegan breakfast from Vertical Diner

Vertical Diner is a hip little restaurant in Salt Lake City, Utah. Everything on the menu is plant-based, which makes it a vegan restaurant. These are hard to come by in Utah, so it makes it pretty unique. They have many different things on their menu, but we always stick to the all-day breakfast section. Our favorite entrees have been:

  • The Chocolate Chip Pancakes
  • Biscuits and Gravy
  • La Mesa (hash browns, black beans, rice, red sauce, tofu scramble, grilled peppers and onions, cheese sauce, salsa fresca, sour cream, and guacamole)

The menu has food items that are not typically vegan, like meat and cheese, but they are all made from plant products. It is a very reasonably priced restaurant for being a sit down. It's about $6-10 per plate, depending on what you order. The servers are super nice and the food comes out quickly!

3. Zao Asian Cafe

Zao Asian Cafe is a Utah restaurant with vegan options. Featured here are vegan tacos.
Vegan tacos from Zao Asian Cafe

Zao Asian Café is all about fresh and healthy Asian food. You can get a rice bowl, tacos, salad, bahn mi, or soup. Our favorite is the rice bowl with yellow curry and veggies. There are so many vegan options here. I have a separate blog post about that, which you can read here.

Top your meals off with one of their special drinks. Make sure to get the Thai Mango one, as it’s our fave. Their chips and guac are also amazing. For two people to eat here without the soda, it’ll cost you about $15.

4. Costa Vida

Costa Vida is a restaurant in Utah with vegan options. This is the veggie salad.
Vegan salad from Costa Vida

You can’t live in Utah and not eat at Costa Vida. Years ago a restaurant named Café Rio started up and really brought Mexican food back to the state. A rumor that I've heard is that the owners got divorced and one partner kept Café Rio and the other one started Costa Vida. I personally think the flavors went with Costa Vida.

What’s good here? Everything! Literally. To eat vegan here, we order either chips, guacamole, and salsa or a salad. When I get a salad here I get the tortilla, lettuce, guac, tortilla strips, limes, and salsa fresca. I'm not sure if their beans are vegan, but I know that their rice is not.

 When you compare Cafe Rio to Costa Vida, you’ll find that they have shorter lines, a staff that speaks better English, a cleaner restaurant and better tasting tortillas. For two people to eat here, you can expect to pay between $15 and $20.

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5. Pizza Studio

Pizza Studio is a restaurant in Utah with vegan options. This is a create your own veggie pizza.
Vegan pizza from Pizza Studio

We love pizza just like everyone else! Pizza Studio is the type of restaurant where you walk through the line cafeteria style, see the ingredients in front of you and have it made before your eyes. Each pizza is 11” and you get unlimited toppings. You first pick the type of crust that you want and then you pick out your toppings. It’s about $8 for each pizza and it comes out fast!

They have a lot of vegan options, including vegan cheese and some vegan meats. I'm not a fan of those though, so for my pizza I order the rosemary herb crust, red sauce, herb roasted potatoes, corn, broccoli, green peppers, and fresh basil. It's my favorite pizza out there!

Delicious Vegan Cinnamon Rolls From Cinnaholic

A few weeks ago Adam and I tried Cinnaholic for the first time! Cinnaholic was featured on the TV show Shark Tank. Everything they have is dairy-free/vegan! We went to the location in Salt Lake City. We didn’t know much about it, other than it being a vegan cinnamon roll shop. We love cinnamon rolls, but don’t love the work that goes into making them, so we were very excited!

vegan cinnamon rolls in Salt Lake City from Cinnaholic

When we lived in Seattle, we would go to a bakery in Pike Place that had vegan cinnamon rolls with maple frosting. When I saw that Cinnaholic had maple frosting as an option, I was sold!

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They have a lot of different frosting flavors and toppings. It can be a little hard to decide what to get. I decided to get maple frosting with pecans. Adam got vanilla frosting, caramel, and pecans. Both of us preferred mine, so that’s definitely what we’ll get next time. Adam's was still really good, but the caramel didn't have much flavor. We could barely taste it.
The owner was very friendly and fun to chat with about vegan things in the area. I love their late hours, so you can go get a vegan dessert in the evening. Most bakeries close a lot earlier, so that’s a big perk.

Inside Cinnaholic Salt Lake City

These are seriously the best cinnamon rolls I've ever had, so I highly recommend it whether you're vegan or not. You should try out Cinnaholic as soon as you can!

Dress: Cleo Madison’s Kimberly Plaid Dress

Cinnaholic's address: 358 S 700 E Ste D Salt Lake City, UT 84102

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Modern Native Necklace

Modern Native is a new company that is run by one of my friends and her sister. They chose the name because of their Native American heritage.

They have a great selection of framed botanicals, locket necklaces, framed feathers, framed real butterflies, and resin necklaces. My necklace is a resin necklace. They have similar ones in different shapes.

I love the teardrop shape of mine and the colors! It is a light pink color with gold in it. So pretty!

Check out their website and their Etsy store to get ideas if you'd like a custom order. You can also follow them on Instagram at @modernnative

I loved this necklace paired with my Cleo Madison dress! This is the Amalfi Floral Dress on Cleo Madison's website.

The Best Vegan Sugar Cookies Ever

I've been vegan for almost 2 years now and I wish I had gone vegan sooner. I had been vegetarian since about age 5 and I thought going vegan would mean boring, flavorless food and no baked goods.

That hasn't been true at all though. I knew that sugar cookies were going to be what I missed most, but then I was able to start making them vegan-friendly!

vegan sugar cookie recipe

These sugar cookies are seriously the best! They are so much fun to make for all the different holidays and they’re great to give away as gifts. Sugar Cookies Ingredients:
  • 1 cup vegan butter (I use Smart Balance)
  • 1.5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 flax egg (1 Tbsp flaxseed meal and 2.5 Tbsp water)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2.5 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
Combine butter, flax egg, vanilla and almond extract. Add sugar, flour, cream of tartar, and baking soda. Mix well. Refrigerate to chill. Roll out and cut into shapes. Bake at 375 degrees for 7 minutes. Butter Frosting Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon almond milk (I use Almond Breeze Original)
Cream butter, powdered sugar, & vanilla extract. Add almond milk & food coloring.
Try putting them in the fridge and eating them cold. It makes them so much better!