8.14.2012

Quintessential Utah

Kathy from Read This Instead posted things on her blog that say, "Utah" to her. I thought it was a great idea, so I decided to do it myself. 

These are things that--to me--are quintessentially Utah:

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The rivalry between BYU (the best team EVER) and UofU (those other guys), that began in either 1896, or 1922--depending on who you ask. Also known as: The Rivalry That Divides Families Once A Year. Or if you're my family, it's a year-round light-hearted battle. 
Sadly, this year it was announced that the Holy War will be put on hold for two years. 

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This one was on Kathy's list, but I had to put it on mine as well. I used to hate this stuff, until my taste buds inexplicably changed about a year ago; now I can't get enough. Fry sauce is a Utah/Southern Idaho tradition, and if you haven't had it with your fries, you're missing out! It's basically just ketchup and mayonnaise, but some people put other things like pickles (mmm) and onions (ew) in theirs. It's served at all the restaurants, including big fast-food chains. If that doesn't show how big of a deal fry sauce is in Utah, I don't know what will.

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Potlucks/Big Gatherings
Along the lines of food: It isn't just Utah that does potlucks and big gatherings, but they're pretty frequent happenings around these parts...which is good, because potlucks are my favorite type of gathering. The food is always delish!

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Delicate Arch
It's everywhere; from our travel brochures and websites, to our license plates. This geologically carved sandstone is next to the beehive, in nationally recognized Utah symbols. Although I prefer this one over the beehive, since it gives you a peek at all that Utah has to offer (do you know how many THINGS there are to do in this state? 5 national parks, 6 national forests, and 43 state parks. Craziness!).

Believe it or not, there are a lot of famous musicians--and even actresses and actors--who come from utah. We're pretty proud of them 'round here. (And as I found out from Kathy's post, the Neon Trees began their road to fame in Utah!)

Author Events
No, I didn't just put this on here because this is a book blog. I really mean this one. Utah isn't the only state to have author events, but I have to say that I have been present at some pretty awesome events. Because of places like the Provo Library, the Salt Lake Library, and The King's English, Utah consistently has visits from some of the coolest authors in town, with large auditoriums that are full of fans. We're big on books and reading here...which means we're also big on authors.


What are some things that stand out in your own state?

16 comments:

  1. I was going to follow in Kathy's footsteps too and do this. And, I The Holy War is near the top of my list. :)

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  2. Sweet! The Holy War is definitely a big one. :) I can't wait to see your list.

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  3. I lived in Utah for a few years... my parents are still there and I love going to visit. I miss that place!!!

    Angie
    Angela's Anxious Life

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    1. I had no idea! I'm glad you get to come back and visit, though. I love Utah!

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  4. Like I was telling Kathy, my husband use to summer in Utah (work the festival in Cedar) and he loves fry sauce. Still misses it and makes his own.

    :)


    SheDaisy! I so didn't know. What a great song.

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    1. Oh, I had no idea! Yeah, the stuff is great. Glad you get to have a taste! :)

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  5. Oh I hate The Holy War! I know it is a big part of our state, but I think it is so overboard.

    I LOVE fry sauce! I can't believe this hasn't caught on with the other states yet. What is wrong with them?

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    1. I definitely agree about the Holy War; I've seen it taken WAY too far. But for me, it's just fun banter. :) And yeah, the other states need to get up to speed with the fry sauce!

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  6. These are so Utah! I love fry sauce too. I kinda miss that. Hmmm maybe I'll just make my own.

    Kathryn @ Clean Teen Fiction

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    1. Do it! Lol. Fry sauce is always what people tell me they miss about Utah; it's available everywhere here.

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  7. I love it! I don't know how I forgot the football rivalry... even my mom cheers for the U, the stinker! And I made a point to get the Arch on my license plate. I had no idea we had that many parks, either. I'll have to check those out. :)

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    1. Traitor! Haha, just kidding. I have cousins who all went to the U, and it is the best source of family rivalry. :) I didn't know we had that many either, until I wanted to get an actual number. I think I'll make it a goal to visit all of them at some point in my life.

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  8. Mmmmm. Fry sauce. They serve it at our local burger restaurant with the fries (only they call it camp fire sauce) it is SO GOOD!

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    1. Ooh, I like that name for it. It is definitely delicious!!

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  9. Go BYU!!!! I am from Utah and I do bleed blue :) One time when I was watching "Drive Inns, Diners, and Dives" on the food network they made some fry sauce. The host whispered into the camera, "These people think they invented this stuff, but outside of Utah it's called Thousand Island." I had a good laugh.

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    1. Haha, too funny! We definitely didn't create it, but I firmly believe we did make it huge. :D I actually watch that show, but haven't seen that episode. I'll look out for it.

      Yay for BYU!!

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