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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A Sweet Ride for a Sweet Tooth

As you know, I took a roadtrip last week. I drove alone with the girls to Utah. That wasn’t the original plan, and thankfully Nate was able to join us on the ride back…needless to say it was quite the adventure! We had a great trip, spent time with family, and ate lots of goodies.

gmc terrain web

GM provided us with a brand spanking new 2010 Terrain to use for the trip. When we got the car it only had 400 miles on it! It was definitely a SWEET ride. I’ll tell you all the reasons I loved driving the Terrain (and a few of the things I didn’t love) in a bit…but first, let’s have some dessert, shall we?

My uber sweet tooth was able to track down plenty of yummy desserts while we were in Utah. We were in Provo for only one night and were able to spend $50 on all things bad for you and enjoyed every bite. I have concluded that Provo, UT is to dessert what Dublin is to beer.

For the 2010 This Week for Dinner Provo Dessert Tour we hit three places: The Sweet Tooth Fairy, Gloria’s Little Italy and Shirley’s Homemades Bakery.

sweet tooth fairy cakebites web

The Sweet Tooth Fairy is a relatively new bake shop in Utah (locations in Provo and Draper) with delicious baked goods of all kinds, and the shop itself is adorable. Their cakebites were featured on Rachael Ray’s show…and you can order them to be delivered anywhere in the country! We arrived just before closing, so they were almost out of everything…but we were able to get our hands on some delicious cupcakes and the famous cakebites (coconut was our favorite flavor!).

gloria's little italy dessert web

Gloria’s Little Italy is a great Italian restaurant in Provo…yes, apparently you can find good Italian food in the middle of the Rocky Mountains! I’ve eaten dinner there before, but for this trip we focused on dessert. I ordered a tasty and freshly filled cannoli because we all know I simply cannot resist that dangerously rich dessert. We also ordered two slices of cake, which were heavenly. That cream filling you see there? Oh what goodness.

shirley's sweet rolls web

For breakfast we had chocolate eclairs and a variety pack of sweet rolls from Shirley’s Homemades Bakery. Yes, I have a serious sweet tooth, but I swear to you I only eat eclairs for breakfast on special occasions (and yes, I do believe kicking Nate’s butt on drums playing Rock Band is a special occasion). The sweet rolls are great, with the perfect amount of icing. Orange and cinnamon tie for first place in my book.

shirley's eclairs web

Just when I thought the desserts were over, we decided to have dinner at The Dodo our last night in Salt Lake. (P.S. The BBQ dip turkey sandwich with salad and house dressing is one good meal. I had it twice while I was in town!) The Dodo is also famous for their amazing desserts. We ordered FIVE different kinds of pie (hey, there were 7 adults to feed!) and they were all mighty tasty. Everyone’s favorite was the Banana Cream Cheese Pie. In fact, I’m going to try to recreate that one at home. My second favorite pie was the Avocado Lime Cream Cheese. The flavor was pretty amazing.

the dodo banana pie web

the dodo avocado pie web

So how did this sweet tooth like her sweet ride? I really liked driving the Terrain a lot. I’m not a huge fan of the crossover in general…if I buy a bigger car one day I want it to seat more than 5 people. But honestly, this was a really fun car to drive. And our model had lots of bells and whistles, so it’s been hard going back to my SUPER basic sedan. But I’m surviving.

Things I loved about the Terrain:

  • USB port – I really really love this – being able to easily charge and listen to our iPods and iPhones is the best
  • Remote keyless entry, with a button that opens the back (I used that all the time) and remote start (we didn’t use this except for fun…but if you live in a hot or cold place, it is pretty darn handy since you can program what temperature you want the car to be when you get in)

gmc terrain key fob web

  • Bluetooth wired through the car speakers…I LOVE using my phone with this feature
  • Rear view camera – now that I’m not driving around with this great feature I realize how much I used it. I loved having the rear camera, just gives additional peace of mind when backing the car up.
  • It senses if there is a person in the passenger seat and turns the airbags on and off accordingly. It can also tell if the passenger has their seatbelt on and beeps if not (it totally busted my mom)
  • Tinted windows (the girls loved this feature although they didn’t realize it…but I didn’t have any complaints about the sun all 2000 miles we drove the car)
  • The “Infotainment” System was great and included XM Radio (which was really great to have driving across the barren desert) and the GPS navigation system
  • There are about 10 different menus for the driver side dash – it can tell you how many more miles your gas tank has, your instantaneous MPG, etc, etc, etc…and it was super easy to use.
  • Cruise control
  • Good MPG (better than my Ford Taurus for sure) and high safety ratings
  • The two-toned black and brown leather interior was really nice.

The thing I didn’t love:

  • The brake pedal was WICKED high. I have a size 8 foot (pretty average) and my toes barely reached the pedal if I kept my heel on the ground. Driving on the freeway this wasn’t really an issue, but driving in town it was pretty annoying actually. I think other GM cars have an adjustable brake pedal, but unfortunately this particular car did not.

All in all it was a great car to drive for out trip! In Nevada a guy at a gas station stopped Nate to say, “Wow! Is that the new Terrain?”  Yeah, that’s right buddy, we only drive the latest and greatest. 😉

After sitting in a car for 2000 miles and eating way too much sugar, I think it’s time for me to go work out…for several days straight. Or maybe just watch some TV.


  1. What, you did not get the tollhouse at the dodo? thats the best dessert they have by far. warm tollhouse cookie cake with ice cream and whipped cream, caramel, chocolate and nuts! oh my! BTW. It was great seeing you you guys…lets not make our next visit to far away!

  2. I think what I have is classified as a “crossover” (Subaru Tribeca) except the trunk has 2 extra seats that fold completely flat for the occasion that you need to seat more than 5. I love that because 90% of the time I don’t need a big SUV so I don’t have to deal with driving a big car, and when we have company we have plenty of room.

    I think I gained 10 lbs just from reading this post….Jillian Michael’s here I come!

  3. 3

    i love love love the sweet tooth fairy! i need to try their cake bites next time i go, i always get cupcakes.

  4. 4

    OK I guess, for the sake of testing your journalistic integrity, I’ll take one for the team and stop by each of these very dangerous sweet spots during my stay in Orem this summer. 🙂 Those cakebites are calling my name. My sweet tooth thanks you. My butt and thighs do not.

  5. 5

    Jamie, we did get the tollhouse…chocolate lovers heaven, I’d say. I stand by that banana cream cheese though. Try it next time if you are feeling brave 🙂

  6. 6

    Those pictures are making me hungry! Yum!

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    Niki CB

    Please figure out the recipe for the avocado lime cream cheese pie!! that sounds soooo good.

  8. Sweet Tooth Fairy has been a weakness of mine for a while. The cake bites are so dang yummy!!! I have tried making some at home, but the ones at Sweet Tooth Fairy are perfect in every way and mine are well… not.

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    Jenny D.

    We are moving from CA to UT this summer (many tears have and will be shed) so I appreciate any and all things that will make the adjustment easier, including great places for dessert. Thanks!

  10. 10

    Now I’m hungry.

  11. 11

    Looks like I chose the WRONG night to be ‘out of vacation’ – feeling pretty left out not to have had a chance at these desserts.

  12. 12

    PLEASE tell me you were able to recreate the banana cream pie from the Dodo! It is my favorite dessert in the world!

    • Jane Maynard

      oh my goodness, I forgot to try! but now I am going to for SURE. putting it on my “cook” list for the week!

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    Did you ever re-create the banana cream pie? I just had it for the first time last month and I can not wait to go back to Utah to get more! It’s AMAZING! My hubby wasn’t there with us, but heard all about it. I’d love to try to make it for myself….I mean my husband! I have scoured the internet and haven’t found a recipe (and I don’t dare to attempt to wing it myself).

    • oh, mindee, I have tried to re-create it multiple times and just cannot get it. I honestly think they use black magic to make it all come together the way it does! if I ever DO happen to get it figured out, I’ll email you to let you know!

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