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UTAH (ABC4) – Food blogs have grown in popularity in recent years as the use of social media has increased. It’s no secret that food is loved by everyone. Food bloggers around the world recognize this appreciation and strive to honor the best of the best in terms of restaurants, cafes, and all places related to food. Food blogging is a common practice in big cities, but what about smaller, more rural areas? According to one food blogger from Utah, nicknamed ‘Fairy Mile High Food’ on Instagram, “Utah is actually full of food bloggers.”

Thirty-one-year-old Amber from Utah is “a tooth fairy by day and a food fairy by night,” as noted in her Instagram bio. When she’s not treating kids as a pediatric dentist, Amber roams the Hive State to uncover its hidden gems – a gourmet edition. With over 50,000 followers, it’s safe to say that Amber is a successful, self-made food critic. Her page features high-quality photos of everything from ice cream and donuts to Mexican street corn and fat, sloppy burgers. You will be salivating after just one look.

In a conversation with Amber, ABC4 really wanted to know what her favorite restaurants were in Utah.

“I’m a big fan of Thai and Indian food and I love desserts.” Amber named Baan Thai at Traverse Outlets in Lehi as her favorite Thai place, and Little India, a fairly new restaurant in American Fork, is now her favorite Indian place.

“For desserts, my favorite is Doki Doki in Salt Lake City. They make these Japanese-style desserts, such as pancakes made from 20 thin layers of pancakes. They have this passion fruit, it’s amazing. They also make soft ice cream with taiyaki, a fish-shaped soft waffle.” Other dessert places that Amber loves are MoMo gourmet cheesecakes in Provo, Spilled Milk in Salt Lake City, and Pie Flight in Salt Lake City.

When it comes to the best breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert in the Salt Lake area, Amber says Dali Crepes is her favorite for breakfast, lunch and brunch. “He makes pancakes for breakfast and savory pancakes, he has a chicken alfredo pancake which is really very good. Overall a nice place.”

Sapa Sushi takes cake for dinner. “Sapa is my favorite sushi restaurant by far.” Amber highlights several other places she thinks deserve recognition, such as the Thai Barbecue across from Trolley Square and the Hotpot Hotpot in Chinatown. “I feel like this is the real roast in Utah.” Outside of SLC, Amber says the queso tacos from La Casa Del Tamal in West Valley City are a must-try.

After talking about food, Amber talked about how her blog came about. After returning four years ago, Amber had just moved to New York for a year and was getting to know the food scene. From there, she started small by taking her own food photos and posting them on her personal Instagram page. “I also used Yelp a lot and became a Yelp Elite, so I started doing food and restaurant reviews and started taking more photos, trying to make them look pretty and posting them on my personal account,” she said.

The city dweller found herself trying new restaurants based on the New York foodie accounts she followed. “That’s how I found where to go in New York.”

After a stint with the Big Apple, Amber moved to Denver, Colorado for two years. “While I was there, my friends were pushing me to create a separate Instagram for my food posts,” she shared. Eventually, one of her friends convinced Amber to create a food page, which a friend told her she would help lead. “Actually, she created an account, but it only became my account. Basically someone else had to create it for me,” she laughed.

The inspiration for the name of her account, @milehighfoodfairy, was Amber’s profession as a pediatric dentist and her home in Denver, Mile High City, when she created the page. “I just never changed my name when I moved to Utah,” she explained.

Amber has been living in Utah for two years and has had a food bill for about four years. “When I moved to Utah, I had about 10,000 subscribers. After I moved, I lost a lot of followers in Denver but gained a lot of followers in Utah as I posted more content from Utah. My page really started growing as soon as I started converting my TikTok to my Instagram. I feel like Instagram reels reflect early TikTok and people love it. By February, my page had really blown up.”

Anyone browsing Amber’s gourmet account will notice her impeccable photography skills. When asked if she had any photography experience, she replied, “No, no experience. I just bought a couple of photography books, watched some YouTube videos, played around with my Canon camera and found out what works. Even when using my phone’s camera, I always try to capture what looks visually appealing.”

So what’s going on behind the scenes? Amber explained that she usually goes on food expeditions alone, although sometimes her friends join her. “They will play with my hand models,” she joked.

Before we left Amber, we asked her what her blog did for her personally. She revealed that she gained a great sense of community and belonging through her Instagram.

“I think the biggest thing he has done for me is to connect me with new people. Be it other foodies in the foodie community or just getting to know the business owners and getting to know their past and their stories. For example, I became friends with the owner of Doki Doki… So yeah, the coolest part is just getting to know these great people who own these great local shops and building a relationship with them and then getting to know other food. bloggers too… That’s a big part too, because I think it can be a lot harder as an adult to make friends, I mean you don’t go to college anymore. So, thanks to the foodie community, we all have something in common. We love food and we love supporting local businesses and that brings us together.”

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