I Dine Divine

A blog about great food and fantastic restaurants all over the USA, especially in Utah.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Fish Tacos at Merry Piglets (Jackson Hole, WY)



Just got back from Merry Piglets! It's a bright, colorful establishment with great food! Free chips and an amazing fresh salsa... all you can eat! I had to leave the table to force myself to NOT get full on chips and salsa. The food takes a long time here, but if you have interesting friends to talk to then it's actually a positive. Everyone was friendly tonight and the service was great! Drinks were always full, as were the baskets of chips and dishes of salsa. I ordered the Fish Tacos (one of my favorites at any mexican restaurant). When I got my food, I remembered having ordered them on one of my previous visits. They were delicious. I really like their special cilantro mayo sauce they put on top and the flame-grilled mahi-mahi was fresh and grilled perfectly. It's the special sauce that makes them so delicious to me. That and the fact that the fish is grilled and not breaded.

Is it true the best fish tacos are found in Mexico in little hole-in-the-wall restaurants? Maybe so, but we're determined to find something a little closer to home! Maybe that will be our mission for the next however long it takes. All you fish taco lovers out there, we need your recommendations. Where are the best fish tacos in Utah? In fact, let's expand this to the whole world! You never know where we'll be next! If you know of a place with worthy fish tacos, you need to tell us about them. We'll be the judge.

Speaking of fish tacos, we found another blogger with the same idea. The blog is called Fish Taco Magazine. It looks like they have quite the experience in fish tacos or F.T.'s as some of their contributors would call them. Check em out!

Most importantly though: Let us know your vote for the best fish tacos in the world.

The Merry Piglets

I'm very excited because tonight we are in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and we will be eating at our favorite Mexican restaurant up here: The Merry Piglets! We're going with most of my family and a couple friends who actually live up here. My family and i will be meeting our friends at the Rich Haines Art Gallery that he manages and from there we will walk over to the Merry Piglets for some delicious Tex-Mex!

Look for a review later on tonight, or tomorrow morning!

Thanks for visiting iDineDivine!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

How McDonald's Came About

Came across a video on cnbc.com that anyone interested in business should watch. Very interesting. Take two minutes and check it out: McDonald’s Founder Ray Kroc

Friday, April 3, 2009

La Carreta: Delicious Peruvian Ceviche!



Wow!  I can't count the number of times i drove past this restaurant never daring enough to try it out.  It wasn't until March 31st, the day our 2nd child was born at the American Fork Hospital that i took the plunge.  I was starving... i was taking care of my daughter... and i wanted something close by.  La Carreta was right around the corner.  Since i'd never eaten Peruvian food, i have to thank my waiter, Daniel for giving some awesome recommendations!  
Side note:  Part of a waiters job in my opinion is to know how to recommend good dishes.  Daniel! 5-star waiter.  He had tried everything on the menu and wasn't afraid to recommend the good stuff!

When i asked him what he recommended, he asked me if i liked sushi.  Asking a question to answer my question... Beautiful!  "Yes, i like sushi," i said.  "Then i think you'll really like the ceviche dish... the Ceviche de Pescado Mixto" he responded.  

Ceviche happens to be the typical dish of Peru.  Why not try the food they are famous for? My first ceviche experience was in Costa Rica and I've had my share of delicious ceviche experiences since, but this one took the cake.  Ceviche is usually an appetizer or dish of raw seafood marinated in lemon and lime juice.  The juice actually pickles or "cooks" the meat.  The flavor is like a party in your mouth.  Cilantro, onions, and lime juice and seafood=amazingness!

My daughter really enjoyed the "Tallarines Blancos" which is fettucini noodles, parmesan cheese and egg.  It tasted like a fancy version of our macaroni and cheese with the addition of the hard-boiled egg.  I thought it was pretty tasty too. 

Huge portions! Neither of us were able to completely finished our meals.  Prices are reasonable.  $8-12 dishes.  Service was excellent!  Complementary chips and fresh salsa... YUMMY!!! One of the best fresh salsas i've ever had! If you haven't been to La Carreta, you've gotta go.  It's so good, it sucked me in three days in a row.  I tried new dishes every time. 

I'd recommend the Jalea de Pescado dish as well as the kabobs appetizer.  And the maracuya (passion-fruit) drink is quite tasty!

For another review and an additional perspective on La Carreta, check out this Utah Food Blog link.

Also, check out La Carreta's Website!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

J Dawgs - Provo



I can't believe i had never eaten at JDawgs! What a cool little hot dog stand!  They make some killer polish and beef dawgs.  And i thought Costco had amazing polish dogs! J Dawgs is the place to grab a gourmet hot dog. They come with all the condiments: onions, pickles, banana peppers, sauerkraut, and jalepenos.  The buns are delicious, made fresh every morning at a local bakery.  And the special sauce adds a little unique sweetness that sets J Dawgs apart from any other hot dog i've ever had before.  

Next time you're craving a weener, check this place out at 880 N. 700 E., Provo, Utah.  You'll love it! After you're done eating your dawg, head over next door to Smart Cookie to grab a delicious sugar cookie and you're set!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

"All Other Smoothies Bow Down!"


Last week i went on a little trip to Charlotte, North Carolina with my co-manager, Ryan to find apartments for the summer.  While we were out there, Ryan introduced me to Smoothie King!  It's not just a smoothie store, but a vitamin/supplement shop as well.  The story behind Smoothie King is kinda cool.  Steve Kuhnau is the founder who created the original nutritional smoothie.  It all began in the late 1960's when Steve began experimenting with mixing fruit, protein, and nutrients together in a blender at home to remedy his allergies and low blood pressure. 1973 was when he opened his first shop.

I had never heard of Smoothie King before, but was hooked after my first experience.  I only tried one flavor, the Caribbean Way with some added vanilla protein.  I've gotten it the last three visits to the Smoothie King, so that tells you how much i like it.  But there are endless combinations and flavors to choose from.  Here is a link to the menu: Smoothie King Menu

We are lucky to have 3 locations here in Utah.  Lehi is the closest one to me.  There is also one in Ogden and Logan!  Find the closest Smoothie King to you: Smoothie King Locations

Anyway, i'm thinking Smoothie King might have just moved into first place on my list of top smoothie joints!!!  All other smoothies bow down!


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