Monthly Archives: June 2014

Travel to the Orient Without Leaving Home!

As the home of Utah State University, Logan is known as a college town, but that doesn’t mean that dining options cater only to the penny-pinching undergraduate. For a more gourmet experience suited for a night on the town with your honey, consider Takara Sushi. Takara has earned 4.5/5 stars on Yelp making them one of the most revered eateries in the area. (more reviews on Urban Spoon here)

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When you look at the menu, you’ll see why. From the list of sushi options, you’ll find something for everyone. For first-timers, Takara offers the basic rolls such as California, Salmon, Cucumber, etc. (along with Sashimi and Nigiri). For the more adventurous, they have a hefty list of “Special Rolls” that include fun originals such as the “Anger Management” roll (deep fried shrimp, cucumber, spicy crab, cream cheese, and tempura crunchies + special sauces) or the “Loco Cilantro Roll” (spicy tuna, avocado, cucumber, jalapeno, topped with cilantro) – just to name a few. The impressive crowd you’ll find here – even on a weekday evening – is recommendation enough to at least check it out (see more reviews here)

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Now, for you non-sushi lovers, do not be deterred. This restaurant has it all! In addition to their array of well-named sushi rolls, they also serve noodle dishes and entrees that can please even the most timid pallet. Their list included dishes such as vegetable or shrimp tempura, beef with vegetables, and chicken and curry over rice – each served with a house salad and miso soup. You can see why Takara Sushi is a local favorite.

To continue with the oriental theme, make the weekend truly memorable by booking a night at the Anniversary Inn in Logan and request the Oriental Gardens Suite. From the exotic and ornate oriental decor to the Japanese-style murals, you will feel like you have travelled east to a different land. The entire suite is tranquil and calming. Lay with your sweetheart under the red canopy while relaxing on down pillows and comforter. The Zen garden and bonsai tree will add to the aura of relaxation – especially when enjoyed from the jacuzzi tub for two.

Feeling the need for exotic travel? Look no further than your home town. Between Takara Sushi and the Oriental Gardens Suite, you’ve planned a staycation that allows you to enjoy an oriental-themed weekend without even booking a flight.

A Fortune-Filled Proposal

When we tell people the story of our engagement, two details always stand out; the fact that I ruined the proposal and the fact that I promptly threw my ring in sweet and sour sauce and said to my now husband, “You’re so dumb!”
The weekend we got engaged, we were on a road trip to visit Joe’s grandma in Southern Utah. He had a few different ideas of where and how he wanted to propose to me while we were there, but none of them were working out for him. I was eager to be engaged and I was fairly certain Joe had the ring with him on our trip. I was also sick with an ear infection, laryngitis and had a sinus infection coming on, so I was extremely grumpy and impatient with him all weekend long.
Joe kept mentioning that he was craving Chinese food one day on our trip, so I finally told him that we should get some for lunch the next day. That night I had a dream that he put my ring in a fortune cookie at the Chinese food place and proposed to me that way. All the next morning, I was paranoid and text my friend about how I’d had this dream and I really thought it might happen because he’d passed up so many good opportunities to propose during the weekend and I had to get the ring sometime.
After Joe picked up our takeout (for our “romantic” lunch date at his grandma’s kitchen table), he came back and got our food all put on plates, complete with our fortune cookies. I moved my fortune cookies off of my plate so that I wouldn’t get sauce on it and tried to decide if it felt like a ring was in there, but it didn’t. I was still paranoid and suspicious. When we finished eating, I picked up my fortune cookie and Joe sort of reached for his but then he changed his mind. I didn’t like that he was just watching me (we usually open them together), so I told him that he should open his too and he told me, “No.” Our dialogue went something like this:
Me: “Are you sure you don’t want to read yours?”
Joe: “Yep.”
Me: “Why not?”
Joe: “You should just read yours first.”
Me: “Can I read yours for you?”
Joe: “No.”
Me: “I’ll just read it for you, ok?”
I picked up his cookie and he kind of shrugged at me, so I cracked it open and saw the bottom part of the ring
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Me: “You’re so dumb!”
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Joe got down on one knee and I kissed him before he said anything…Oh, and I’d put my ring on my plate in my sauce.
Joe: “Will you marry me?”
Me: “Yeah” or “Uh huh” or something like that.
Joe: “You were supposed to open your cookie first.”
The paper inside my cookie said, ‘Just say “Yes!”‘. I always teased Joe that if he waited too long to actually propose, I’d say no to him.
Our proposal might not have been perfect or been Joe’s first choice for how he wanted to propose, but it ended up being perfect for us. I’m glad he was able to overlook my grumpy, impatient mood and love me anyway. This month we’re celebrating three years of marriage and we couldn’t be happier!
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Thank you for sharing your engagement story with us Amberly and Joe! We’re just relieved you decided to open the cookie instead of biting into it. Congratulations on over 3 years of marriage! You are well on your way to a happy life together. We are thrilled to share your story here.

If you are interested in having your proposal story published here on the Anniversary Inn Blog, just email a brief summary of the events and a few photos to anniversaryinnproposalstory@gmail.com. Those who submit their stories are automatically entered into our contest to win a free night at one of the four Anniversary Inn locations (Boise, Logan, 5th South, SLC, and South Temple, SLC). We look forward to hearing from you!

Celebrate Your Anniversary With the Fishies

Let’s be honest, fishing is not for the impatient or the faint of heart. However, with the right gear in the right location, fishing can be incredibly exciting and even romantic. This year, surprise your sweetheart by planning a lazy afternoon picnic, set on the banks of a quiet river and enjoy your anniversary in the company of fishies.

First, you must plan a picnic – after all, what is an anniversary celebration without food?!
Option #1: Take-Out
Perhaps you have a favorite restaurant, one you frequent often together. Most restaurants have a “take-out” option, so call ahead and order a few dishes to share. Even higher-end, fancier restaurants will often accommodate requests for take-out. Imagine the surprise of pulling fillet mignon or pasta carbonara out of the picnic basket! Your spouse would go crazy. However, take travel time into consideration. There’s no use in spending money on food that will go bad.

Option #2: Make-It-Yourself
In my opinion, the simplest picnic is best. Plan a meal around delicious foods that also travel easily such as hummus with pitas or veggies, sandwiches, cheese and crackers, fresh fruit, cookies or brownies, etc. Don’t be deterred, a simple picnic can be easily made extravagant by adding a few specialty items like candied nuts, a fresh slice of pie from the local bakery, or slices of gourmet cheese from the deli counter. Pack this with a delicious sparkling beverage and wine-glasses and you’re on your way to a real special surprise.

Secondly, get the gear.
If you are interested in fishing long-term, go to a local fish and tackle store and invent in your own gear. If you’re in Boise or the surrounding area, check out Howard’s Tackle Shoppe on your way to the lake. The staff there is incredibly helpful and knowledgeable; they will equip you with everything you need at a decent price. If this fishing endeavor is a one-time adventure, check out your local fish and game organization (for Idaho, go here). Oftentimes, they will offer free lessons or cost-friendly ways of testing the waters without making an investment into expensive gear. June 14th is Free Fishing Day in Idaho – the one day a year when you can fish without a permit. See the schedule of events to find out where you can go to enjoy the days festivities.

 

Third, pick your location.
While the local fish and game activities are fun and convenient, it you’re looking for a romantic afternoon, get your hands on a fishing pole to share, rent a canoe and head out over the waters with your sweetheart for a truly romantic excursion. I recommend Lake Lowell. Just 30 minutes outside of Boise, this lake is pristine and heavily populated with animal life. It is conveniently located and never very crowded. It is considered a prime spot for spring fishing, so make the drive, it will be worth it.

Last, but not least, book a night at the Boise Anniversary Inn.
Anniversary Inn has just the suite to cap off your perfect anniversary: Fisherman’s Wharf. This Ruby Suite is enchanting. Nestle in next to your sweetheart in the cozy bed of a canoe (don’t worry, mattress is included!) and reminisce the days events surrounded by beautiful panoramic murals of Boise’s natural wildlife. It will feel like a continuation of the day on the lake…just without the flies or fish. After an afternoon spent fishing, you’ll be happy to relax and enjoy celebrating one more year with your beloved.

A Staycation at the Opera

Salt Lake City has always had a reputation of featuring real talent in the realm of the arts. Between the Utah Symphony, Ballet West, Pioneer Theater, and the Utah Opera, theater goers have their pick of truly excellent, local performances on stage throughout the year. If tourists from around the country are coming to Salt Lake to see these shows, shouldn’t we be taking advantage of the prolific artistic culture in Utah as locals?

butterflyPageBannerAs the 2014-2015 theater season begins this summer and fall, consider planning an “opera-style” staycation right here in Salt Lake. This year, the Utah Opera has a fabulous line up, starting with Puccini’s Madame Butterfly that begins on October 11, 2014 at Capitol Theater. As one of Puccini’s most famous works, Madame Butterfly is the tragic tale of the boundaries race and status place around love. The story begins in Nagasaki, Japan when a U.S. Naval Officer and a common Japanese woman – Butterfly – fall in love and are married. Soon after the marriage, the naval officer leaves for the United States and does not return for years. When he does return, he brings with him his American wife in hopes to adopt the son he shares with Butterfly. The encounter yields devastating consequences. Written in 1900, the opera has influenced many other works including Schonberg and Boublil’s Miss Saigon. With elaborate sets and opulent costumes, this masterpiece is not to be missed.

To cap off your enjoyable staycation, book a night at the Anniversary Inn on South Temple, just blocks away from the Capitol Theater. You and your sweetheart could forgo the stress of finding a parking space and take a romantic walk down South Temple admiring the sites along the way. To carry on the opera theme, reserve the Phantom of the Opera Suite. With painted murals from the musical combined with ornate decor reminiscent of an opera house, you will find yourselves the star of the show as you and your honey spend the evening relaxing in grandeur. And you didn’t even need to leave your home town!

Tickets to Madame Butterfly go on sale July 20th – check the Utah Opera site for further updates. The opera runs October 11, 13, 15, and 17 at 7:30 pm and on October 19 at 2 pm. The opera is sung in Italian with English subtitles projected above the stage. Under 30 years of age? Check out these amazing discounts from Utah Opera! For the full season preview, see this video. Subscriptions to the Opera can be bought here.