Author: Nick Scholz

The Christmas drink: An appreciation

When we think of the astounding variety of foods, desserts, candies and chocolates that we, in the name of tradition, will stuff our faces with this holiday season, our minds turn to the well-known staples of the giddily-gluttonous Christmas feasts of years past: gingerbread, mashed potatoes, puddings, cookies and a turkey so large that it must have left a crater where it fell from the sky.   What we often neglect in our yuletide lists are the ever-important Christmas drinks. These drinks, often associated with the holidays (and in the case of at least one of them, an increase...

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Black Friday: To shop or not to shop?

Top five reasons to go Black Friday Shopping: By Nick Scholz   In Utah Valley, few events match our natural inclinations quite as well as Black Friday. It is the frightening union between dependable thrift and wanton consumerism, penny-pinching frugality and wildly irresponsible capitalism and it speaks to our deal-searching souls.   For those who find themselves on the fence about joining the early-morning crew, here’s a few good reasons to jump into the fray:   You may be brutally beaten, but those deals sure won’t be! Provide a restful sleeping atmosphere for the significant other, roommate or family you leave at home. Finally get the chance to use those brass knuckles your brother bought you last Christmas. For regular people: Get your heart racing by waking up at 5:30 a.m. For parents: Kick up your feet, relax and sleep in until 5:30 a.m. Nothing beats watching a conservative Mormon housewife throw an elbow at an 85-year-old woman for grabbing the last iPod case.   Top five reasons to abstain from Black Friday Shopping:   Black Friday is the deal-distributing juggernaut of the world of American trade. Single-handedly elevating Christmas shopping to the status of “contact sport,” Black Friday is the Colossus of Rhodes of the bargain hunting world: it’s a beautiful monument to humanity at the beginning of the day and a tattered, war-torn pile of rubble at...

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The V – Calendar Nov.14-20

Every Day   Arts From Heart to Hand All day, donation BYU Museum of Art North Campus Drive, Provo   The Matter of Words All Day, donation BYU Museum of Art North Campus Drive, Provo   Wide-Open Spaces All day, donation BYU Museum of Art North Campus Drive, Provo   Entertainment The Marvelous Wonderettes 7:30 p.m., $13.50 – 19.50 Hale Center Theater Orem 225 W. 400 North, Orem   The Elephant Man Wed. – Sat. 7:30 p.m., $7-14 Harris Fine Arts Center Brigham Young University, Provo   Monday, Nov. 14 Arts UVU Chamber Orchestra 7:00 p.m., free Orem City Library 56 North State Street, Orem   Entertainment Discount Night 7 p.m., $3 for 6+ people OZZ Fun Center 490 N. Freedom Blvd., Provo   Family Night at The Quarry 6:00 p.m., $7 2494 N. University Parkway, Provo Velour Live Music Gallery 135 N. University Avenue, Provo   Muse Music’s Open Mic Night 8:00 p.m. 145 N. University Ave., Provo   Food Eat Like a Pilgrim 6:30 p.m., $17-30 Thanksgiving Point 3003 N. Thanksgiving Way, Lehi   Tuesday, Nov. 15   Entertainment Scera Cinema Classics – Soul Surfer 10:00 a.m., $2 SCERA Center for the Arts 745 S. State Street, Orem   Savion Glover: Bare Soundz 7:30 p.m., $13-35 ($7 off with Student ID) de Jong Concert Hall Brigham Young University, Provo   Open Mic Acoustic Night 8:00 p.m. Velour...

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Best local pizza restaurants in Utah Valley

Some people are just different from everyone else. They exercise their genius in whatever medium speaks to them most and inspire the rest of us to be better than we think we can be. These four Utah Valley artists work in the medium of sauce and cheese to tease our taste buds and satisfy our stomachs.   Nicolitalia Pizzeria – Their slightly spicy sauce creates a unique taste, and coupled with the distinctive dough recipe, makes for a somewhat floppy, fresh-tasting pizza. With a new location opening in Draper, things are looking up for these artisans of the oven....

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Best Halloween baked goods in Utah Valley

Halloween shall stand forever as a testament to humankind’s willingness to confront any danger, face any hazard and submit to any peril in its unceasing pursuit of candy and treats.   Consider the premise of this, the strangest of all holidays: a person dons a costume, demeaning or unsettling; they venture, so costumed, into streets flooded with their peers and they brave a sea of costumed horrors. People do all of this with a single-mindedness now absent from modern American discourse: lip-smacking, gut-busting, colon-crushing indulgence of the sweet tooth. For one night a year, even the most diet conscious...

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