The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies in SLC

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES We have decided to really challenge ourselves to find the absolute best chocolate chip cookie in Salt Lake City.

It was hard. Ok, not really. We live for a good chocolate chip cookie!

There are a bunch of great places, but here are our top favorites:

RUBY SNAP

Ruby Snap: This is a meal replacement. Seriously. So rich and ooey and gooey and dense. The best you can get in Salt Lake City and you really only need to buy one, but you will end up buying two so you can have another one later. So so so good. We tend to stop here after work because it is just so darn convenient!

GOURMANDISE Gourmandise:  This is our choice for those of you that like the flat, crispy type. The best part of this cookie is that only the edges are crispy, the center is chewy and delicious. Gourmandise is one of the best bakeries in town and you can get an amazing lunch to go along with your dessert.

SWEET TOOTH FAIRY COOKIE

Sweet Tooth Fairy: Okay, this one is kind of cheating because it’s not just a plain chocolate chip, it’s a toffee chocolate chip cookie dipped in chocolate, so kind of like a whole other category, but it’s so good we had to include it. It’s also the closest that the Sweet Tooth Fairy comes to a regular old chocolate chip cookie. The perfect cookie for an afternoon cookie craving!

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Smart Cookie: We have been heavily addicted to Smart Cookie ever since college when the cookie shop was fortunately (or unfortunately for our waistlines) located on our walk to school. Every one of their cookies will make you happy, but their chocolate chip are just plain good. They are thick and dense, with a perfect chewiness on the inside. They also put LOTS of chocolate in their cookies, which we completely support. If you’re feeling wild, get a cookie ice cream sandwich!

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Paradise Bakery: It’s a chain, I know, I know, but we have not found cookies that are comparable. They taste like they are fresh out of the oven every single time! Bonus, they always give you three for the price of two, so you have a few for later (or for friends if you have self control…) Make it even better by ordering the coconut chocolate chip, your taste buds will never be the same!

We hope you are now all craving chocolate chip cookies!

Let us know if we didn’t include your favorite spot, we would love to hear what you love.

B&B

 

 

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Afternoon Tea at Grand America

The Grand America does everything right.
Classy, beautiful interiors with fresh flowers and the yummiest macaroons in Salt Lake City.
They also happen to have afternoon tea for $20 per person.
We went on one of the “oh my gosh I can’t believe how cold it is!” days and loved every second.
We started the afternoon with two different kinds of hot cocoa: mint and almond coconut.
The almond coconut will most definitely change your life. It was rich, warm and so decadent.
Then, just to make the fat girl inside super happy, they bring out enough tiny sized food for 10 people.
It was all so good!
The finger sandwiches were my favorite actual food and the hazelnut cake was just as good as my all time favorite from Gourmandise. So… moral of the story if you want to put on a girly dress and sip from fancy china, this makes for a fantastic afternoon.
You can go to www.thegrandamerica.com to make an appointment (do it, now!)
B&B

4th of July done on the fly!

 
If you just woke up and thought, “Oh no it’s the 4th of July. What am I going to take to the BBQ tonight?” No worries, we have some great last minute ideas.
The best part is you probably already have all the supplies.
 
#1 The perfect table setting.
You can’t go wrong with vases and candy. All you need is tape and paint.
 
#2 The perfect dessert.
To go along with the grilling theme we love the idea of strawberry shortcake kabobs!
These look adorable and are fun for kids to assemble.

 

#3 Patriotic Lemonade
Everyone wants a festive drink. This lemonade is easy as pie – all you have to do is freeze blueberry and strawberry ice cubes and voila!
 

Twin Tested: Summer of the Slush

With the temperatures rising we have been wanting something cool and refreshing to drink and what is better than a summer slush?!

When you go to 7-11 you get a whole lot of sugar and chemicals… albeit yummy.
So we decided to try out three healthier, more satisfying summer slush recipes we found on Pinterest.

 

If there is a place to get yummy summer recipes I would have to say that it is MarthaStewart.com
I got this recipe off of her everydayfoodblog. I tweaked a little bit so it is not as tart. And I think adding a swirl of whipping cream to each layer adds the perfect amount of sweetness!
Watch the segment HERE
 
Raspberry Slush 
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 cup of orange juice
3/4 cup sugar
1 squeezed lime
2 cups of ice
2 cups of whipping cream to taste, garnish with fresh raspeberries
 
This watermelon slush recipe is from CairnsManor.com
I changed it slightly by adding a tiny sprinkle of sugar to sweeten it up a bit.
 
Watermelon Slush

4 cups watermelon, seeded, diced, and frozen
2 limes, juiced
2 Tablespoons honey
3/4 to 1 cup water
A sprinkle of sugar
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Serve immediately.

I found this next recipe on one of my favorite local bloggers sites Real Mom Kitchen.
Every recipe I’ve tried from her is amazing and this one did not disappoint.
If you like pineapple or banana, you will love this!
The only change we made to this recipe was using fresh pineapple, which worked great.

{pic from Real Mom Kitchen}
Banana Pineapple Slush

  • 3 cups water
  • 4 large ripe bananas,mashed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 fresh pineapple, chopped up
  • 1/2 of a 12 oz. can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • Quick method: Combine all of the ingredients in 2 qt bowl. Pour mixture into your ice cream maker. Turn the machine on and let mix for 20-25 minutes. I used my 1 1/2 qt Cuisinart ice cream maker and need to do 2 batches. It was a little over flowing at the end but not to the point of spilling over.

    Regular method: In large airtight freezer container, combine all of the ingredients and mix well. Cover and freeze for at least 5 hours or overnight. Remove from the freezer 15 minutes before serving.

    

    Spring Menu Tasting

     
    Brooke’s Outfit
    Jacket:Old Navy, Top & Skirt: Nordstrom Rack
    Britt’s Outfit
    Top Loft, Skirt F21
     
    Log Haven is one of the most beautiful restaurants in Utah.
    Located up Millcreek Canyon, it is in the perfect location for a summer dinner on the patio.
    We loved tasting the new spring menu.
    Sitting by food critics, we realized we are not very picky because to us everything tasted amazing!
    The night was perfectly topped off with the cutest mini icecream cones.
     
    Have a great Memorial Day weekend!
    B&B
     

    Twin Travels

    Turns out, we think alike. 

    Brooke and I took trips to California one week apart. 
    I went because Sam surprised me with a trip for Valentine’s Day. 
    We basically did a Disneyland food crawl while we there.. churros… bread bowls.. dole whip.. yum!
    This picture pretty much sums up how we felt about the Happiest Place on Earth.
     We stayed at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott and absolutely loved it! 
    We had the most gorgeous view of the harbor right outside our window.
     I had to take Sam to my favorite beach in all of Southern California… the Montage. 
    Meanwhile… a week later Brooke took a quick trip to LA with her bestie Lauren.

    They loved finding treasures at the Rose Bowl Flea Market. Thanks to their big shot designer friend Brady who knows all the shopping hot spots.

    Then, they found the cutest place on earth – the Venice Canals.
    (The movie Valentine’s Day was shot there.)

    Moral of the story — go to the beach, it makes everything better!
    If you are in the area here is a list of yummy places we love:
    Toast : Hearty brunch with delicious sandwiches (last time I was there they were shooting NBA wives)
    Urth Caffe: All organic, local, and delicious food in an adorable cottage setting
    The Pink Taco : Best Mexican food in LA with a chic atmosphere
    Tell us about your favorites!

    Twin Tested: Salsa Competition

    Today we kicked off some early Cinco de Mayo festivities at Channel 2. We have some great chefs in the newsroom and wanted to put them to the test! Britt and I are huge salsa fans so deciding on a favorite was hard. Watch the segment HERE

    Brooke’s Pick: Arch’s Chopped Salsa
    This is a station favorite requested many times throughout the year. Arch uses a food processor to make sure all ingredients are finely chopped. 


    6 to 7 Roma Tomatoes
    2 Bunches Green Onions
    1 Can Whole Tomatoes Strained
    5 to 7 Cloves Garlic
    1 Bunch Cilantro (use leaves only no stems)
    2 to 4 Jalapenos (depending on taste)
    1 Tablespoon Salt
    ¼ Teaspoon Cumin

    Britt’s Pick: Lindsey’s Dirty Bean Salsa
    This salsa was made by morning producer Lindsey. It was delicious!! Especially if you love avocado. 


    ·         1 can black beans
    ·         1 can black eyed peas
    ·         2 (14 oz) cans diced tomatoes
    ·         1 can corn
    ·         4 green onions (chopped)
    ·         3 avacadoes (diced small)
    ·         Chopped fresh cilantro
    ·         1 pkg good season’s Italian dressing
    Open and drain caned ingredients.
    Combine all ingredients in a bowl
    Make Italian Dressing according to directions, pour over top, and mix well

    Season with Salt, Pepper, and Garlic Powder to taste

    Runner-up: Melissa’s Tostitos Mango Salsa
    Our Executive Producer Melissa totally fooled us with this one – you cannot tell that it is store bought!
    Of course if you are short on time it’s a great option with a sweet mango taste.

    Twin Tested: Monthly Boxes

    We first found out about monthly box subscriptions through Birchbox, which delivers a box full of individualized makeup samples once a month.
    Well, now the world of monthly box subscriptions is booming and you can get everything from gourmet ice cream to workout snacks delivered to your door once a month.
    Birchbox $10/month
    We have been able to find several of our favorite makeup items through Birchbox.
     It really is like Christmas morning every time you find a box at your door.
    Healthy Surprise $33/month
    This is the easiest way to find new healthy snacks to eat. The company uses local farmers and vendors to fill their boxes.
    All of the snacks are all natural, vegan, gluten free, soy free, corn free and healthy.
    It is a little pricier, but the box is huge and would really last the average person an entire month.
    Conscious Box $19.95/month
    Love With Food $10/month
    Every box you purchase means you have donated one meal to a hungry child.
    Love with food focuses on classics with a twist so everything in the box will likely be new to you.
    The craziest item this month? Chocolate covered Wasabi Peas!
    If you want to try all four of these boxes for FREE, make sure you enter our contest.
    First, you have to be a follower of the blog, so go to the right hand side and click “Join This Site”.
    Then, leave a comment letting us know why you want to win.
    This Giveaway is now CLOSED.
    Congratulations to Jennifer Thedell!
    Watch the segment HERE!

    Hawaii

    Sam and I got the best Christmas present ever this year; going on a family vacation with the Haslams to Hawaii.
    My body is still craving humid air, sunshine and sand in my toes.
     After Brooke lived in Hawaii for a summer, she raved about how gorgeous it is and now I finally understand. 
     {sunsets to die for}
     {amazingly cool beaches}
     {sam jumping off our snorkel boat into perfectly blue water}

    {yummy food}

     {my M-I-L and I learned the Hukilau at dinner one night}
     {stunning views}
     {this is a picture of someone who just lot their swimsuit bottoms in the ocean. seriously. they flew off when i was boogie boarding. sam tried to go find them, but they are still floating in the Hawaiian ocean :)}
    {thankfully my sister in law Annie had an extra pair of shorts… }
    Hawaii take me back!

    Sugar

    It is shower season, and by that I mean lots of babies and weddings are on the way! 
    For Britt’s first bridal shower some friends and I decided to go with a Breakfast at Tiffany’s theme (“Breakfast with Brittany”). Because we are girls and love everything feminine we decided to take advantage of the situation and add as many cute details as possible. We used everything from adorable handmade banners, to an antique Tiffany’s vase filled with beautiful hydrangea’s. 
    Instead of your average plain goblet glass I decided to add some extra sparkle. 
    After looking around my house I came up with an easy solution!

    Supplies:
    Goblets: I borrowed the crystal goblets from my gracious mother :)
    Pomegranate Honey: This honey has a nice pink hue that matches the sugar and just happened to be in my cupboard. The honey keeps things put for hours, I encrusted the glasses 24 hours before the party.
    Sugar: Fill a bowl with about 3/4 cup sugar mix in whatever food coloring you would like.

    Method:
    Trace honey around the edge of the goblets, wipe off excess if you mess up. Then roll rim of glass around in the sugar.

    Voila!
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