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Meet The Team

There’s a lot to love about Salt Lake. Growing at breakneck speed but still misunderstood by outsiders, Salt Lake transcends the snowy and conservative caricature that defines it from afar. We’re Small Lake City: a city in a town known for its generosity, its beauty, and its familiarity. Every day, you’ll hear from the team highlighting what makes this beautiful, complex city we call home just a little bit better.

Ali Vallarta

Ali Vallarta
Podcast Host
@whyitsali

Where I’d take you to eat in SLC
We are going to The Pearl and getting the greens & mushrooms over rice. Later, we can swing by Santo Taco and get birria tacos with consomé.

Best book or movie or TV show about SLC
SLC Punk!

Something we do better in SLC than anywhere else
Chocolate chip cookies. Hot. With milk. Delivered to your house.

Emily Means

Emily Means
Lead Producer
@Em_Means13

A place in SLC not enough people know about
Gilgal Garden. It’s a weird, hidden sculpture garden featuring a sphinx with Joseph Smith’s face (he’s the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).

Where I’d take you to eat in SLC
We’re going to Copper Onion and sharing the ricotta dumplings. Non-negotiable.

Something we do better in SLC than anywhere else
Our streets are on a grid system, which makes it very easy to figure out where you’re going — as long as you know your cardinal directions and where the temple is. Good planning by the pioneers.

Ivana Martinez

Ivana Martinez
Producer
@ivana__martinez

Someone from SLC you should know about, but don’t
The Utah Legislature probably. Who are those guys? Most people don’t know but they totally should! They make tons of laws. Get in touch with your state representative!

Something we do better in SLC than anywhere else
Uh hello, we invented fry sauce!

Best book or movie or TV show about SLC
High School Musical 

Terina Ria

Terina Ria
Newsletter Editor

A place in SLC not enough people know about
Under the Umbrella Bookstore. A kick-ass queer-owned bookstore that offers a safe space for Salt Lake’s LGBTQ+ community.

Where I’d take you to eat in SLC
Purgatory Bar for katsu sandos and the best loaded fries in the city, K-Pop fries (braised beef, kimchi, pickled red onions, gochu-mayo).

Something we do better in SLC than anywhere else
Soda shops. This is the place for 32+ ounces of Diet Coke, flavored syrup, and coffee creamer.