Author: Jared Roberts

Skip the chain, eat local in Provo

Before you head out to TGI Friday and get cheese fries with your friends, meet a local and get something you can’t get anywhere else you have lived. Bombay House Cuisine: Indian Recommended dish: Chicken Tikka Masala Address: 463 n. University Avenue Provo, UT This place was recommended to me by my good friend who is actually from India. His advice: Go with a group of friends and grab two or three menu items (total cost: about $30) and split it between about five people. Awesome experience and incredible Indian Food. Joe’s Café Cuisine: American/southern Recommended dish: Joe’s burgers Address: 1126 s. State Street, Orem This place has great atmosphere. Joe is the owner and has a personality that’s larger than life. Make sure to bring in a few friends when you go and be sure to snap a picture with Joe. Rice King Cuisine: Chinese Recommended dish: Sweet and Sour combo (even their fried rice is wonderful) Address: 278 w. Center Street, Provo This place is proof that something doesn’t need to be expensive to be good. The egg drop soup is delish and the portions are generous. As with the other restaurants, bring a date, a group of friends, or a professor from who you need a better grade. Mountain West Burrito Cuisine: Fresh/organic Recommended dish: Anything Address: 1796 n. 950 West, Provo Don’t let the location...

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Roads to nowhere

As the Utah Valley roads have reminded us, the road to hell is surely adorned with orange construction cones. The state of Utah has famously set aside large amounts of money for road construction at the expense of other state programs. The legislature has  made provision to eradicate the problem through a series of measures to reduce road construction costs in the future (Example: SB 229), but there is more that can be done to lower construction costs and thus reallocate the funds appropriated to UDOT out to other programs. 1. Better City planning- According to research done by United Way of Utah County, Utah Valley will reach the 1 million people milestone by the year 2040. Surely more roads will need to be built by that time which means more spending for road construction. Utah Valley can avoid a lot of spending traps if it is smarter with its initial road building and future community planning. We need to create large enough roads that won’t need to be widened later on. We also need to ensure better accommodation of the inherent usage and wear repairs that our roads will have to undergo in the future. One way may be to set up more back roads and additional large streets. 2. Replace more semi-trucks with rail. Utilizing the existent vast railway system for shipping means less road traffic and...

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Critique of the Week: In-N-Out Burger

You’ve seen the lines as you’ve driven by and wondered what all the excitement was about. Is Bon Jovi doing autographs at that In-N-Out place up the road? Does the meal come with a raffle ticket for the new Lamborghini Reventon? Nope. People are simply lined up for … wait for it … a cheeseburger. Clearly, there must really be something to those burgers! For those of you who are interested in the In-N-Out experience but don’t want to spend the entire week in line, I have gone forth and sampled this culinary cocaine. Here is the report of...

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Christmas traditions through the ages

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen — and like me, you’ve probably wondered if we should be teaching such words to our children, especially all in the same sentence and tied together like that. This is aside from the point I’m trying to make, though: Do you recall the lesser-known facts of Christmas at all? For example, what is it about standing under a parasitic plant that encourages us to smooch? (That’s mistletoe, for the botanically oblivious.) This goes back to Hellenistic traditions in which Mistletoe was believed to have the power of bestowing fertility. Centuries later, this concept of fertility was incorporated into marriage rites. In the eighteenth century during Christmastime, a young lady standing under a ball of mistletoe could not refuse to be kissed. (Keep that in mind ladies.) Such a kiss could mean deep romance or lasting friendship and goodwill. If the girl remained unkissed, she could not expect not to marry the following year. Though history books do not bear this out, it is apparent that this tradition was probably a joint marketing ploy initiated by Carmex and Listerine to encourage more wintertime kissing. How about the tradition of poinsettias? Poinsettias are a plant native to Mexico and were named after Joel R. Poinsett, a U.S. ambassador to Mexico who brought the plant to America in 1828. Poinsettias were likely used...

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Critique of the Week – Date spots in the valley

Well folks, this week I’ve decided to do something a little different and do a double feature. (After all, I can only use the word “fun” so many times to describe one place.) My topic: attractions in Utah Valley. Jump On It in Lindon Located just off the freeway five minutes north of UVU is Jump on It. As the name implies, the method to this place’s entertainment centers on that activity enjoyed since childhood, jumping. This place is basically a series of trampolines all lined up together along with “side” trampolines and proves to be an outstanding venue...

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