A gustatory tour of Salt Lake City

Or rather, the world. I’ve made it a point to avoid any semblance of American food while I’m in the big city. Thus far I’ve had:

  • Curry from a fast food Indian/Pakastani place, with spinach and potatoes
  • Plunderschnecke, a German pastry from an absolutely AMAZING German bakery. Plunderschnecke is a flaky pastry dough rolled with a vanilla custard, brushed with honey and nuts streusel. I nearly wept with joy when I had this.
  • Brazilian Barbeque for lunch, where I was able to have everything from beef and pork to chicken hearts and alligator sausage
  • Dinner at a Chilean Deli, where I had a pork sandwich with tomatoes and avocadoes, and an amazing caramel tort

My plan today is to have lunch at a Thai place called Lemongrass, and dinner at my hotel where I will finally be stuck with American food from Bambara. Of course, it has been voted the best restaurant in Salt Lake City, so I think that will be ok. 🙂

  • Lunch at Lemongrass was incredible. I stuck with Pad Thai, partially because I like comparing the differences between how different restaurants flavor it. This one was nearly perfect…sweet/savory/spicy, with shrimp and chicken and egg blending with the noodles. The best part of the meal, though, was the Thai custard I had for dessert…small chilled custards on hot sticky rice made with coconut milk. The custard by itself wasn’t particularly sweet, but with the rice it was perfect. An excellent combination of hot and cold, with the smooth texture of the custard and the slightly chunky texture of the rice. I’m in food heaven.

By griffey

Jason Griffey is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at NISO, where he works to identify new areas of the information ecosystem where standards expertise is useful and needed. Prior to joining NISO in 2019, Jason ran his own technology consulting company for libraries, has been both an Affiliate at metaLAB and a Fellow and Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and was an academic librarian in roles ranging from reference and instruction to Head of IT at the University of TN at Chattanooga.

Jason has written extensively on technology and libraries, including multiple books and a series of full-periodical issues on technology topics, most recently AI & Machine Learning in Libraries and Library Spaces and Smart Buildings: Technology, Metrics, and Iterative Design from 2018. His newest book, co-authored with Jeffery Pomerantz, will be published by MIT Press in 2024.

He has spoken internationally on topics such as artificial intelligence & machine learning, the future of technology and libraries, decentralization and the Blockchain, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property. A full list of his publications and presentations can be found on his CV.
He is one of eight winners of the Knight Foundation News Challenge for Libraries for the Measure the Future project (, an open hardware project designed to provide actionable use metrics for library spaces. He is also the creator and director of The LibraryBox Project (, an open source portable digital file distribution system.

Jason can be stalked obsessively online, and spends his free time with his daughter Eliza, reading, obsessing over gadgets, and preparing for the inevitable zombie uprising.

2 replies on “A gustatory tour of Salt Lake City”

I didn’t know you were a Thai food fan, Jason . . .and pad thai is my favorite, too. We will *definitely* have to go to Teak together next time you are through Cinci.

I didn't know you were a Thai food fan, Jason . . .and pad thai is my favorite, too. We will *definitely* have to go to Teak together next time you are through Cinci.

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