Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Morty's Cafe: Trivia Night

Morty's Cafe is a fairly recent addition to the Logan food scene.  The cafe is located on Darwin Ave on the USU campus.  The dining room is small but in warmer weather there is an excellent 2nd floor patio that diners can enjoy.  The menu features gourmet burgers, quinoa bowls, baked goods, and shakes in addition to the regular burger restaurant trappings (fries, onion rings, sodas, etc). 

I've tried several of their burgers and have enjoyed them all, but am particularly fond of the Sunnyside, Kimchi, and Hawaiian burgers (pineapple AND jalepenos, yes please!).  In addition to the regular menu they introduce a special item of the month each month.  Last month they featured the Morty's Gras, which was a pulled pork sandwich with house made coleslaw on top.

Tuesday nights at Morty's are Trivia Nights.  Hosted in the beloved pub quiz format, these nights have steadily grown in popularity.  I consider myself decent at trivia games, but I've discovered that my friend Shari is Mensa level when it comes to dominating at quiz night.  Including our win tonight Shari has won a total of 3 times, once in individual competition and twice with teams.  Our team names have varied from MLT to Rocky vs The Russian.  After tonight I believe we're changing our name to The Ken Jennings.  We'd like to say "Good game" and "sorry, we get a little over-enthusiatic sometimes" to all the other teams, and thanks to Team Flying V for giving us a run for our money, we'll always have Cork.

Here is a photographic account of Trivia Night tonight.  If you feel like taking on team The Ken Jennings (and if you enjoy losing) feel free to challenge us next week, Tuesday night, at 7:30pm, and bring your A game.

The decor...

The ambiance...

The menu...

What's for dinner...

The trivia competition...

The host/moderator...

Wrong answers to the question: "A kitchen tool with the same name as an instrument in the lute family..."
Hint: It's not a spoon.
Hint: It's not a ladle.  Although these answers combined brought to mind a funny therapy scene from the movie 28 Days.
 The winning round...

The end.

Sad day in Logan

Crumb Brothers is closing for business at the end of the month.  I'm really, really depressed about this.  Here is their announcement from their facebook page.

Good Morning ~
Dear Friends
By the end of this week, you will see our ad in the newspaper announcing the closing of Crumb Brothers Artisan Bread and Cafe on March 28. Bill and I are sending out this advance notice to treasured friends and customers of Crumb Brothers.
With respect to the 13 wonderful years at Crumb Brothers, plus our great fortune to share our love of food and books with the community since 1988, we are ready to close our last chapter as business owners. We remain passionate about our love of good food, great books and fine company. But we are now committed to turning our passions toward a more private domain and relishing often-neglected relationships with friends and family.
We have bought the proverbial sailboat to set off on new adventures. Only our sailboat is a new (wonderful) SUV and our adventures largely land-based! Mostly we are retiring from business in order to: stay home, travel a bit, enjoy friends, relish this community and look for new ways to express our commitment to a sustainable lifestyle.
We cannot thank you all enough for supporting us in our business ventures. We love this community. Now onto the next chapter...

"To Infinity and Beyond."
Diane and Bill

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Monthly Photo Challenge

I decided to start an online photo challenge group on Facebook.  The idea is to pick one subject, theme, or technique to work on for each month.  Everyone in the group takes the selected theme and then tries to take a photo or series of photos based on it, then upload it to the group and we have a discussion about all the images in the group gallery  The main goal of the group was stimulate conversation about creativity and to get people out actively engaging in art in their daily lives, versus procrastinating "I had this great idea for a photo but I'm too busy with xyz..."

The theme from last month was "Everyday Objects", where the assignment was to take an ordinary every day item and make it shine in a photograph.  The assignment this month was "Read to Me" and here is the description I put up in the group.
FEBRUARY'S CHALLENGE: Read to me. Pick a book and make an image of that book or an image that interprets that book. Is it your favorite book? A book you hate? The most recent book you read? Show us the book and be creative. I'm stealing this theme from an article in the local paper:  http://news.hjnews.com/allaccess/logan-library-invites-public-to-submit-book-selfies/article_6e4d32a2-a43a-11e4-9b78-37df10b63d49.html
 I selected the most recent book that I had finished reading.  The book was "The Art of Asking: How I Stopped Worrying and Let People Help" by Amanda Palmer, based on this phenomenal TED talk she did in 2013.

So inspired by the talk and the book I started to work on ideas for a photo.  My first thought was to do an homage to the Eight-Food Bride but have her holding the book in her left arm and holding aloft a plate of donuts in her right arm (a la the statue of liberty) and a sash that said "Take The Donuts!", but as I scoped out the local thrift shops I couldn't find anything that would work for what I had in mind, so I changed tactics.  Here are a few of my images inspired by the book.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Cache Valley Restaurant Updates

The Waffle Iron is renovating 37 W Center Street (formerly the Real Deals location) for their first brick & mortar store, but it looks like they will continue the food truck for a while.  http://www.the-waffleiron.com/

Young Auto Mall has begun hosting Food Truck Fridays in their lot on the North end of Main Street.  Check their facebook page for details.  Today they will have several trucks there from 11am to 2pm.  https://www.facebook.com/yhondatoyota

Logan Steakhouse is opening on Monday, February 2nd in the former Hamilton's location just off of Airport Road in North Logan.  Prices look on par with most Jackson Hole chop houses.  http://www.thelogansteakhouse.com/

Tacos El Rey food truck is closed for the winter but will be back when the temperatures warm up.

Gia's Italian restaurant is closed, but the Factory Pizzeria in the basement of the same building is still open.

There is a pizza restaurant and lunch counter in the general store in Newton.  I ate there last week and was impressed with the quality and value.  I will post a review soon of the Newton Market.

Dunkin Donuts is now officially open for business.

Trader Jim's Bistro in Smithfield is temporarily closed for repairs and renovations, they will be reopening soon.

Apparently there is still some confusion about  The Grill in Aggie Station.  It was previously run by Mario, but he has now moved his restaurant concept into Blue Square food court and renamed it Mundos https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mundos-Latin-Grill-at-Blue-Square/1500820203512662The Grill in Aggie Station is now run but a completely different cook and manager and they have a different menu https://www.facebook.com/Aggie.station.grill Sadly this means that Mario's amazing breakfast burritos are no longer available in the Bessinger Tesoro stations around town, you have to go to Blue Square to get them.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Christie Heywood Photography Giveaway

One of my favorite Cache Valley Photographers is having a giveaway to celebrate the launch of her updated website and blog.  You may remember Christie from my portrait session back in June.  You can find all the details by following this link:


You can find Christie on Facebook, her website, or the new blog.

Friday, January 23, 2015

USU Photo Guild Print Sale - Tonight!

Stop by the USU Photo Guild's Print Sale tonight from 5pm-9pm in FAV room 113 (the entrance nearest the intersection by Aggie Ice Cream and the former Golden Toaster location)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

New Logan Restaurant

The Logan Steakhouse is set to open for business in the former Hamilton's location on February 2nd.   Check out their facebook page for upcoming announcements.  Or check out their website for details http://www.thelogansteakhouse.com/

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Where in the world... (UPDATED)

Remember the airplane photos posts?  Well the scanning continues and we found a small mystery.  We aren't sure where this photo was taken.  My father believes he took it in Goldsboro, NC when he was stationed there during WWII, but he isn't sure (actually said Goldsburg, SC, but there is no such city), so we're turning to the internet.  If you've been to Goldsboro could you take a look at this photo and let us know if dad is correct?

UPDATE: I've had two sources confirm that this photo was taken in Goldsboro NC on Walnut Street.  The large building on the left is the Hotel Goldsboro.  God bless the internet.

Friday, January 09, 2015

Winter Mornings

I do believe that there are few things quite so wonderful as waking up to see ice creeping up your window panes and fog blanketing the world outside, but you are warm and safe in the cocoon of a very fine bed with no where to go and no pressing responsibilities. To be able to lie there in comfort and hear and watch the world pass by in the frozen landscape. This, this is one of my favorite guilty pleasures.  That is until the dog decides to sneak her head under the covers and press her cold wet nose against my bare skin...

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Ringing in the New

A good friend of mine is an ordained interfaith minister who offers her services as a wedding officiant for those seeking a non-denominational wedding ceremony.  If you are interested in Kassie's services you can learn more by visiting her website here.

Kassie was preparing earlier this week to wed a young couple on New Years Eve when she learned that they still needed a venue to be wed in.  She reached out to her friends online for ideas for a free and small wedding venue.  My family owns office space downtown.  In that space is a closing room that I thought might work for the occasion so I offered it to the bride and groom and they accepted.

On NYE I showed up a couple hours before the ceremony to set up the room for the ceremony, decorate a little bit, and make things ready.  I found out that they weren't going to have any flowers or a photographer, so I slipped out and grabbed my camera and a few flowers from Lee's which we repurposed into a bridal bouquet, decorations, and petals for the aisle.

The ceremony was simple, sweet, and lovely.  After the bride and groom along with their guests had departed to celebrate, I simply blew out the candles and went home.  The next day the clean up only took 20 minutes...now that's my kind of wedding.  Thanks to A and K for letting me photograph their ceremony.  I wish them a long life of happiness together.