Going Local: Tucanos

At the top of The Gateway mall complex, the Salt Lake City location of Tucanos looks out across the valley skyline. Photo credit: tripadvisor.com
At the top of The Gateway mall complex, the Salt Lake City location of Tucanos looks out across the valley skyline. Photo credit: tripadvisor.com

In 2000, the seemingly sleepy college town of Provo became home to a unique restaurant experience in The Shop at Riverwoods with the opening of Tucanos Brazilian Grill, better known as Tucanos for short. Since then, the business has expanded to multiple locations across the Wasatch Front and around the country, including a brand new restaurant in Orem. It’s a place that owes a great deal to Utah’s ties to Brazil.

The newest location at the University Mall in Orem, Utah. Photo credit: randoco.com
The newest location at the University Mall in Orem, Utah. Photo credit: randoco.com

The Pampas region of Brazil is where much of the culinary inspiration of Tucanos comes from, in addition to the coastal regions and continental Europe. The blend of flavors in their food translates as distinctively unique and yet authentic, as does the party-like atmosphere inside, with the flamboyant, brash decor.

Tucanos’ service is a unique experience, too, as the waiters come around with freshly-cooked Brazilian meats, seafood, and grilled pineapple. It’s tough to say no to so many good flavor combinations! Pair this with the salad bar and the premium desserts, and diners are set for a fun night out.

We at VIP Limousine definitely recommend giving this place a try. Great food, friendly service, fair pricing.

Winter is here!

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Take a guess as to where this picture was taken…

Every year, the team at VIP Limousine eagerly awaits the change of seasons. We might be biased, but we love wintertime in Utah, with the mountains above Salt Lake City getting draped in a blanket of that famous powder. People come from all over the world to experience skiing and boarding in the Wasatch.

Locals and visitors alike come to Alta, Beaver Mountain, Brighton, Cherry Peak, Deer Valley, Nordic Valley, Park City, Powder Mountain, Snowbasin, Snowbird, Solitude, and Sundance, or even the further distant locations of Brian Head and Eagle Point for their snow fix, and they deliver in abundance. Literally tens of thousands of acres between them serve over 4 million people every year, and for good reason. Our resort series about some of our favorites can also be found on this blog.

But what about outside of careening out of (or in) control down the majestic slopes of these magnificent resorts? Rest assured, there is plenty to do in Utah in the wintertime.

St. George, for example, doesn’t see nearly as much snow as the rest of the state, since it sits just north of the Arizona border. So there’s still hiking and natural sightseeing for the snowbirds who don’t go to Snowbird. And what if you’re not that far south, or prefer not to see red rock (for some inexplicable reason)?

All of the museum and historical sites in or near urban areas remain open year-round, since snow cannot cover up culture. Lights at the stunning Temple Square and other areas across the Wasatch Front are ready for viewing. There are skating rinks in Park City, The Gallivan Center, and the Salt Lake County Ice Center. The tubing hills of Gorgoza Park, Wasatch Parc, and Soldier Hollow, which also is home to nordic skiing and hosted some events from the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

Speaking of the Olympics, the Utah Olympic Park in Summit County is also open year-round to visitors wishing to experience some of the history and happenings up close and personal from the Games that almost never happened. They also host Olympic trials, including this year around New Years. The Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns also has public events occurring throughout the season, where visitors have the chance to skate on an oval where many a speedskating record was broken.

Are you hankering for some live performing arts? Utah has no shortage of wintertime- and Christmas-themed masterpieces open to the public. Ballet West is performing their traditional and beautiful Nutcracker in downtown SLC. The Utah Symphony is performing a series of holiday concerts. Utah Opera also has some unique performances up and coming throughout the season. Let’s not forget, too, all of the concerts and shows being held at Vivint Smart Home Arena, the new Eccles Theatre, and the stunning new Hale Centre Theatre in Sandy. Finally, we cannot leave out Utah’s own world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir performing throughout the season as well as year-round.

Speaking of the Vivint Arena, the Utah Jazz are playing continually throughout the winter in downtown Salt Lake. There are also the college basketball games being held at Brigham Young University, the University of Utah, Weber State University, Southern Utah University, and Dixie State University.

If you really want to get off the beaten path in Utah this winter, there’s a wealth of opportunity out and about. The untouched areas of the mountains are home to great backcountry skiing and snowshoeing. If you’re in the mood for exactly the opposite, there are a variety of lodges and coffee shops where one can curl up with a cup of hot chocolate and just watch the snow fall.

Once upon a time, certain members of a visiting basketball team complained that there was nothing to do in Salt Lake City. Respectfully, we beg to differ. And where does VIP Limousine go?

We go to all of them, and have even gone out of state to world-class destinations such as Jackson Hole. So we invite you to join us in enjoying winter in Utah and the Intermountain West, and hope you love it as much as we do.