Amour Café has opened in Salt Lake City near Liberty Park at 1329 S. 500 East (888-554-6845). This quaint new café comes to us from John and Casee Francis, owners/founders of Amour Spreads, makers of award-winning jams and marmalades. Amour Café offers espresso beverages and fresh, seasonal ingredients for in-house baked pastries, small plates, breakfast items, gelato and more. Need more motivation to visit Amour Café? How about this: Pastry and dessert chef Amber Billingsley is in charge of the kitchen. AmourSLC.com
South Indian Food Fest
Saffron Valley (26 E St., 801-203-3325) is hosting its Days of the Marigold 2016 South Indian Food Festival now through July 3, featuring signature dishes representative of the Southern Indian culinary landscape. In an email, owner Lavanya Mahate says, "Guests will have an opportunity to nosh on a variety of seafood, poultry and mutton (goat meat) dishes prepared in the slow-cooked traditional methods using fresh ground herbs and spices to create complex curries and sautéed favorites." Examples include Kozhi lamb chukka, Andhra masala chicken, Mysore/Mysuru mutton curry, Mangalore masala prawns, Chettinad squid curry, Nandu soft-shell crab masala, Madurai spicy fried fish and much more. SaffronValley.com
If you're in the market for wholesome, healthy, fresh food that's also fast, you're in luck. Mollie & Ollie opened last week at 159 S. Main (801-328-5659). The new high-tech fast-casual eatery specializes in hormone-free proteins and pesticide-free greens from purveyors such as Jones Dairy Farm, Purcell Mountain, Organic Valley and Miller Honey. Customers are encouraged to customize and create their own personalized dishes using specially designed touchscreens. It's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers breakfast scrambles, salads, sides, desserts and more. Stir-fry options alone include fresh-made egg noodles, brown rice or red quinoa with an array of veggies and proteins including honey-brined chicken, citrus-poached shrimp, slow-roasted turkey breast, tofu, baby spinach, roasted mushrooms, green beans, roasted summer squash, edamame and baby kale, plus various sauces. MollieAndOllie.com
Quote of the week: "Indian food is like classical music raga—it takes time to build up to a crescendo."
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