Behind the Scenes: Utah Food Blogging and the State’s Best Restaurants

Behind the Scenes: Utah Food Blogging and the State’s Best Restaurants

UTAH (ABC4) – In recent years, food blogging has grown in popularity as the use of social media has increased. It’s no secret that food is universally beloved. Food bloggers around the world acknowledge this accolade and make it a point to recognize the best-of-the-best in terms of restaurants, cafes and all food-related places. Food blogging is a common practice in big cities, but what about in smaller, more rural areas? According to a Utah food blogger called the ‘Mile High Food Fairy’ on Instagram, “Utah actually has a ton of food bloggers.”

Thirty-one-year-old Amber is a Utah-based “tooth fairy by day, food fairy by night” as noted in her Instagram bio. When she’s not treating kids to a pediatric dentist, Amber is roaming the Beehive State to unveil her hidden gems — the foodie version. With a following of over 50,000, it’s safe to say that Amber is a successful self-made food critic. Her page showcases high-quality photos of everything from ice cream and donuts to Mexican street corn and thick, sloppy burgers. Your mouth will water after just watching it once.

When talking to Amber, ABC 4 was curious to find out what her favorite places to eat are in Utah.

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

“In terms of dessert, doki doki in Salt Lake is my favorite. They do these Japanese-style desserts, like a crepe cake made with 20 thin layers of crepes. They have this passion fruit that’s amazing. They’re soft with taiyaki. —serve ice cream, too, which is a fish-shaped soft waffle.” Other dessert spots Amber loves include Momo’s Gourmet Cheesecakes in Provo, Spilled Milk in Salt Lake, and Pie Flights in Salt Lake.

For the best breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert in the Salt Lake area, Amber says Dali Crepes is the go-to for breakfast, lunch, and brunch. “She does breakfast crepes and savory crepes, there is a chicken Alfredo crepe that is really good. It is a lovely place in general.”

For dinner, Sapa takes the sushi cake. “Sapa is by far my favorite sushi restaurant.” Amber highlighted a few other places she felt deserved recognition, such as Skewed Thai off Trolley Square, and Hero Hotpot in Chinatown. “I think it’s the most authentic hotspot place in Utah.” Outside of SLC, Ember says the queso tacos from La Casa del Tamal in West Valley City are a must-try.

After the dinner conversation, Amber shared how her blog came to be. Back-tracked four years ago, Amber had settled in New York City for a one-year stint and was getting acquainted with the foodie scene. From there, she started small by taking pictures of her own food and posting them on her personal Instagram page. “I was also using Yelp a lot and Yelp became Elite, so I started reviewing some of the food and restaurants and started taking more photos, trying to make them all look beautiful and putting them in my personal touch. was posting to the account,” she said.

The city dweller found himself trying out new restaurants based on NYC foodie accounts. “That’s how I was getting a place to go in New York.”

After living in the Big Apple, Amber relocated 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 shared. In the end, Amber has to be persuaded by one of her friends to create a food page, who was asked by her friend to help her run it. “He actually created the account, but it just became my account. Basically, someone else had to create it for me,” she laughed.

The inspiration for her account’s name, @milehighfoodfairy, comes from Amber’s profession as a pediatrician and her home in Denver, ‘Mile High City’, when she created the page. “I never ended up changing names when I moved to Utah,” she explained.

Amber has been a Utah resident for two years now and has been eating her food for almost four years. “I had about 10,000 followers when I moved to Utah. Once I moved, I lost a lot of Denver followers but gained a lot of Utans, because I was posting more Utah-based content. Once I started recycling my TikTok on my Instagram my page really started to grow. I feel like Instagram makes TikTok the reels quickly, and people love it. By February, my page was really torn. ,

Anyone passing by Amber’s eating account will notice her immaculate photography skills. When asked if he has any experience in photography, he replied, “No, zero experience. I just found some photography books, watched some youtube videos, and just played around with my Canon camera and just kinda figured out what works. Even using my phone’s camera, I always try to capture what looks appealing.”

So, what’s going on behind the scenes? Amber explained that she usually goes on her food expeditions herself, although her friends sometimes join in. “They’ll play my hand models,” he joked.

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

“I think the biggest thing this has done for me is connecting me to new people. Whether it’s other foodies in the foodie community, or just getting to know business owners and getting to know their backgrounds and their stories. For example I have become friends with the owner of Doki Doki… so yes, the best part is getting to know these awesome people who own these awesome local shops and want to build a relationship with them, And then other food bloggers want to know too… That’s also a big part because I think making friends as an adult can be pretty hard, 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 it brings us closer together.”

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