Behind the scenes: Utah food blogging and the state’s best restaurants

UTAH (ABC4) – In recent years, food blogs have grown in popularity with the increasing use of social media. It’s no secret that food is universally loved. Food bloggers all over the world acknowledge this recognition and prove a point of appreciation for the best of the best in terms of restaurants, cafes and all food related places. Food blogging is a common practice in larger cities, but what about smaller rural areas? According to a Utah food blogger who dubbed the “Mile High Food Fairy” on Instagram, “There are actually quite a few food bloggers in Utah.”

The 31-year-old Amber is a “tooth fairy by day, food fairy by night” as stated in her Instagram bio. When she’s not treating the kids like a pediatric dentist, Amber wanders into the beehive country to reveal her hidden gems – foodie edition. With over 50,000 followers, it’s safe to say that Amber is a successful food critic. Her page features high-quality photos of everything from ice cream and donuts to Mexican street corn and thick, sloppy burgers. After just one look, your mouth will water.

Speaking to Amber, ABC4 was eager to know her favorite places to eat in Utah.

“I’m a big fan of Thai and Indian food, and I love sweets.” Amber referred to Baan Thai at Traverse Outlets in Lehi as her favorite Thai joint, while Little India, a fairly new restaurant in American Fork, is now her favorite Indian spot.

“In terms of desserts, the Doki Doki in Salt Lake is my favorite. They do these Japanese-style desserts, like crepe cakes made with 20 thin layers of crepes. They have this amazing passion fruit. They also serve light ice cream with taiaki, which is a ferry About a soft fish shaped cake. Other dessert spots that Amber loves include MoMo’s Gourmet Cheesecakes in Provo, Spilled Milk in Salt Lake, and Pie Flight in Salt Lake.

For the best breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert treats in the Salt Lake District, Amber says Daly Crips is her go-to for brunch and brunch. “It serves delicious breakfast and crepes, and there is a really good chicken Alfredo crepe. It’s a nice place overall.”

For dinner, Sapa Sushi takes the cake. “Saba is my favorite sushi restaurant so far.” Amber highlights some other spots that she felt deserved recognition, such as Skewered Thai across from Trolley Square and Hero Hotpot in Chinatown. “I feel like it’s the most authentic place in Utah.” Outside of SLC, Amber says the queso tacos from La Casa del Tamale in West Valley City are a must.

After talking about food, Amber went on to share how her blog came to be. Four years ago, Amber had just moved to New York City for a year and had become familiar with the foodie scene. From there, she started small by taking pictures of her food and posting them on her Instagram profile. She said, “I was also using Yelp a lot and became a Yelp Elite, so I started doing some food and restaurant reviews and started taking more pictures, trying to make it look absolutely beautiful and posting it on my profile.”

The city dweller found herself trying new restaurants based on the New York City foodie accounts she followed. “That’s how I was finding places to go in New York.”

After her stay in the Big Apple, Amber moved to Denver, Colo for two years. “While I was there, my friends were pushing me to create a separate Instagram for my food posts,” she said. In the end, Amber had to be persuaded by one of her friends to set up the food page, which her friend told her would help her run it. “I actually created the account, but it just became my account. Basically, someone else had to make it for me,” she laughed.

The inspiration for her account name, milehighfoodfairy, comes from Amber’s career as a pediatric dentist and her home in Denver, “Mile High City” when she created the page. “I never ended up switching the name when I moved to Utah,” she explained.

Amber has been a resident of Utah for two years and has had her food account for about four years. “I had about 10,000 followers when I moved to Utah. Once I moved I lost a lot of my followers in Denver but gained a lot from Utah as I was posting more content in Utah. My page really started growing once I started recycling my TikToks on My Instagram. I feel like my Instagram reels mirror TikTok early on, and people love it. By February, my page really exploded.”

Anyone browsing Amber foodie’s account will notice her immaculate photography skills. When asked if she had any experience with photography, she replied, “No, no experience. I just got a couple of photography books, watched some YouTube videos, just played with my Canon camera and sort of understood what worked. Even when using a camera My phone, I always try to capture what looks visually appealing.”

So, what goes on behind the scenes? Amber explained that she usually goes on her food trips by herself, although sometimes her friends get involved. “They will play my hand models,” she joked.

Before Amber left, we asked her what her blog had done for her personally. She revealed that she has gained a great sense of community and belonging through her Instagram.

“I think the biggest thing that has been done for me is to connect with new people. Whether it’s other foodies in the foodie community, or just getting to know the business owners and learning about their backgrounds and stories. I became friends with the owner of Doki Doki for example.. So yeah, the coolest part is just getting to know and making connections with these wonderful people who own these great local shops, and then also learning about other food bloggers as well… That’s a big part too because I feel like an adult I can be making friends More difficult, I mean, you’re not in college anymore. So, through the foodie community, we all have something in common. We love food and we love supporting local businesses and that brings us together.”

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