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Mayan Closes

Also: J.C. Smedley's, Vanina Breakfast

By Ted Scheffler
Posted // November 7,2011 -

Mayan Goes Missing
I can’t really say that I’m mourning the loss of The Mayan Adventure; my last review of the Sandy theme-park restaurant at Jordan Commons included descriptions such as “vile” (the faux jungle ambiance), “mediocre” (the food), “annoying” (the earsplitting noise) and “bewildering” (the confusing layout). So, I’m not sorry to see the Mayan close. I do feel, though, for the 150 employees of The Mayan Adventure and Spaghetti Mama’s restaurants who were unceremoniously put out of work when the restaurants both closed on Halloween, giving the employees no advance notice; the media were informed of the closings before many of the employees. The Mayan was a 700-seat restaurant that featured cliff divers, fire dancers and a robotic talking toucan. Both The Mayan and Spaghetti Mama’s were leased by the Larry H. Miller Group to SLC3, which operated the restaurants.

New ’Cue in Bountiful
The recent opening of J.C. Smedley’s Tex Mex & BBQ in Bountiful (305 N. Main, 801-294-3327) represents a new addition to the local barbecue scene. The restaurant, located in an historic house previously called Smedley Manor, and most recently home to Sego Lily Cafe, specializes in barbecue and Tex-Mex cuisine. Named for Jack and Chris Healy, J.C. Smedley’s will serve slow-smoked brisket and pork ribs, burgers, sandwiches and much more, with beer available.

Vanina Breakfast
Cucina Vanina (1844 E. Fort Union Blvd., Cottonwood Heights, 801-938-9706) is now open for breakfast, from 8 to 10 a.m., Tuesday through Saturday, featuring light Italian breakfast specialties such as cornetti (a breakfast pastry similar to croissant), cannoli, toast with Nutella and more. A tasty way to begin the day!

Bubbles in Eden
On Friday, Nov. 11, 7 to 9 p.m., Harley & Buck’s in Eden (3900 N. Wolf Creek Drive) will host a dinner featuring Champagne and Methode Champenoise wine pairings from around the world. The cost is $65 per person, and the tasting menu includes smoked-salmon parfait; pear, Gorgonzola and candied-walnut salad; macadamia-crusted mahi mahi; and creme brulee for dessert. Visit HarleyandBucks.com for more information and phone 801-745-2060 for reservations.

Quote of the week: Lunch kills half of Paris, supper the other half. —Montesquieu

Ted Scheffler Twitter: @Critic1

 
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Posted // November 7,2011 at 14:39 The Mayan thing was just absolutely weird! When it opened, I scanned my gastronomic memory banks for a connection between bloodthirsty, illiterate, superstitious, cold-blooded, murder-cult savages. . .and their delicious cuisine that no one has ever heard of before. Anxious to sample Mayan delicacies such as boiled tree monkey testicles on a stick and mashed brains-of-foe with herbs on a corn husk, I was suprised to learn that Mayans ate staples like corn, squash and beans, considered the "Three Sisters" of hemishperic sustenance at the time, but not to be confused with The Staple Sisters. They were into maize, not Mavis.\
But to visit there and discover a mish-mash of bad Mexican and bad American dishes administered by scrubbed-white local high school kids grab-assing and horsing around with one another in the line to enter the great room was over the top. When I got my family home after one of the worst restaurant meals I ever choked down, I called the manager and only mentioned that our visit was ruined in the first 10 minutes by a large, endomorphic high school student who yelled and ranted and made a scene at the check-in area like it was a Restaurant Haunted House. He wandered around like a retarded adult making inappropriate comments to diners and fellow employees alike. And apparently his behavior was no surprise to a manager who tried to sell it to me that he was well-liked by his co-workers and they found his shennanigans entertaining.

Then I realized that The Mayan is what you got when you mixed a wealthy, successful Mormon businessman with no taste or sophistication and a theme restaurant idea = total confusion and a financial lead balloon for years.

 

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Posted // November 7,2011 at 14:13 Okay, we're idiots, but we're idiots together.
Cucina Vanina just sounds sexy! Koochy Va-jay-jay? Besa Mi Vanina? It sounds like something your Italian lover would moan over and over. "Cucina Vanina. . .cucina vanina. . .Ok, baby, I'll try but you have to help me. Like this? How about like that? More? Less? Faster?"

 

Posted // December 5,2011 at 13:10 - Cucina literally means "kitchen" in Italian. Vanina is the name of the owner, who is Italian. Cucina Vanina literally means Vanina's Kitchen.
Leave it to dense, uneducated bloggers to come up with the idiotic sexual references displayed in Duke's & Bill's comments.
Please save us the pain of having to read such idiotic comments; educate yourself before you post.

 

Posted // November 7,2011 at 14:36 - That's exactly what I was thinking when I read that name, Bill. I mean my mind went numb (not an uncommon occurrence) with the possibilities. But then, after posting my comment, I realized that Vanina is probably a person's name, and it appears as if it is.


So I've insulted this poor Italian woman named Vanina and she's probably very nice and makes good food. But shit, man! Somebody - one of her friends or family members - should have taken her aside when she devised this name to explain the possibility that it may easily be perverted by small-minded, sex-crazed morons like me. I'm a Merkin, what can I say? But it is great to have a partner in idiocy!


This reminds me of another unfortunate name I heard the other day. I met this guy that named his poor daughter Clisty. Clisty! Poor little thing. Apparently, it means "the awesome one" or some shit in Greek. But I don't think the nice kiddies at school will care what it means once they hear the word clit and learn where it resides. Poor, poor Clisty.

 

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Posted // November 7,2011 at 10:11 Cucina vanina!? You gotta be kidding. Who in the hell names their eatery using not one but two words that can easily be played as substitutions for a lady's nether parts? May as well call this place Panty Hampster Palace or The Pink Taco.

And this methode champenoise thing. Is this the wording H&B used on their publicity release? Sparkling wine works just as well and doesn't sounds nearly as pretentious.



 

Posted // December 5,2011 at 13:09 - Cucina literally means "kitchen" in Italian. Vanina is the name of the owner, who is Italian. Cucina Vanina literally means Vanina's Kitchen.
Leave it to dense, uneducated bloggers to come up with the idiotic sexual references displayed in Duke's & Bill's comments.
Please save us the pain of having to read such idiotic comments; educate yourself before you post.

 

 
 
 
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