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How I Celebrate My First Fall Weekend (Sipping the Best Coffee and Eating Delicious Donut in Utah)

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Liza is a homemaker. She has an obsession with coffee and loves photography, baking, cooking, and writing.

October comes fast! It's my favorite time of year because the weather is changing from hot to cold. Happy Fall!

October comes fast! It's my favorite time of year because the weather is changing from hot to cold. Happy Fall!

Hello October!

October is such a wonderful month. Summer is over, and it's my favorite time of the year—fall! I am convinced many people especially in Utah are looking forward to it as the weather is changing from hot to cold. I started my first weekend of October by visiting two of my favorite spots in downtown Salt Lake City— Banbury Cross Donuts and Pinyon Coffee. I decided to add to my calendar that these two spots are my must-go-to places for fall. Quickly, both become my husband and I favorite spots to go for coffee and donuts. Here's why.

I Discovered the Best Donut in Utah

Surprisingly, I first discovered Banbury Cross Donuts in 2014 before moving to Utah. Actually, my husband didn't know about the donut shop. I found an article a Pinterest about the ten best donut places in the United States, and one of them is Banbury Cross Donuts. Therefore, after moving to Utah in 2016, I wasted no time visiting them.

Freshly Made for the Best Taste

So, the first time I went with my husband, we concluded it was the best donut in Utah. They are the doughy-est donuts we have ever tasted. The donuts are freshly made in the store. By the way, please take note; if you're ordering them by drive-through, get a glimpse of how these delicious sweets are made. Everything is a hand-made process.

Banbury Cross Donuts is an award-winning donuts shop. It has been an essential eatery on the Salt Lake City culinary scene for the past 35 years. They've been keeping locals and visitors alike sugar-fueled with varieties of scrumptious sugary fried donuts, cake donuts, buttermilk bars, muffins, and cinnamon rolls. If you visiting Salt Lake City anytime soon, I highly recommended trying their tasty donuts.

An Advice for First-Time Visitor

If you've never been to Banbury Cross Donuts, the best way to get your hands on these fresh donuts is to be there as early as you can. Their business starts at 5 a.m until 5 p.m from Monday to Saturday. On Sunday, from 6 a.m until 1 p.m.

By the way, their donuts were selling fast, so I would recommend being there early so you won't be disappointed (especially if you are craving for their best maple glazed donut). For quick service, park your vehicle on the street around the corner and walk in. Please take note; usually, there will be a queue inside as well.

Pinyon Coffee - Best Coffee Spot for Coffee Connoisseur

In the meantime, my husband discovered the Pinyon Coffee truck somewhere around last year. We were desperately looking for the best coffee spot in Utah. Randomly he found about the Pinyon Coffee truck while browsing through the internet. Now, we both enjoy making and drinking coffee at home, however, by doing so, we would be able to help a small business like Pinyon Coffee to grow.

Made By An Expert Barista

Pinyon Coffee is quite a gem in Salt Lake City. It operates by a friendly and expert barista name Steve. We were chatting with him while he's making our coffee. He definitely has a lot of knowledge about the beverage. I remember my husband was curious about what type of espresso machine that he use to make coffee. So, he took a peek inside and saw he has an expensive espresso machine. We both were smiling and we cannot wait to drink the coffee. We decided to order two large vanilla lattes.

The Verdict

I remember the first sipped drinking it was never over or under-extracted, never too bitter or sour. Personally, I prefer coffee without an overwhelming acidic taste. We both noticed that the coffee is naturally sweet and fresh without needing additional sugar or syrup. Oh, I love his homemade whipped cream with espresso flavor in it. If you're feeling adventurous, Pinyon Coffee is definitely worth trying. I noticed some new coffee flavorings are served such as red velvet beetroot latte, matcha rose latte and golden turmeric latte.

However, as this is a coffee truck, please check their Instagram page (@pinyoncafe) for location updates.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Liza


Liza (author) from USA on October 14, 2021:

Thank you Flourish. We had a great time while enjoying cool morning weather with the best coffee in town and delicious donuts. Probably will be chasing autumn leaves soon!

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FlourishAnyway from USA on October 14, 2021:

What a wonderful experience! Those maple donuts sound wonderful.

Liza (author) from USA on October 13, 2021:

Hi Liz, summer in Utah was quite bad this year. We had a long drought and unhealthy air quality. In addition to that, the wildfires from California made our valley and air all smokey.

So, I'm glad now we have better air quality, and the smoke is gone. What is the best way to celebrate the outcome by enjoying the fresh air outside while sipping warm coffee and eating fresh donuts?

Thanks for reading!

Liz Westwood from UK on October 12, 2021:

As Fall ushers in the colder months, some regret the passing of summer. But this article puts a much more positive spin on the start of Fall. I only wish I lived nearer to experience these places. You have sold the donuts and coffee well.

Liza (author) from USA on October 12, 2021:

Yes, it is. I don't think I would get tired of these two perfect duos. Oh, I bought a stack of that paper cup for my coffee to go. I'm glad you enjoyed reading my fall weekend post, Linda. Thank you for your comment!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 12, 2021:

Donuts and coffee is a great combination, especially in the fall. I love the decoration on the cup in your first photo. Thanks for sharing your experience, Liza.

Liza (author) from USA on October 12, 2021:

The best thing about going to these places is when you and your spouse shared the same interest. First of all, we both love coffee and donut.

Yes, fall happens to be my favorite season. The ambiance, the weather is just perfect for these two combinations. I'm glad that you've enjoyed my writing, Chitrangada.

Thank you very much for your warm and kindest comment.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 12, 2021:

Interesting and well presented article.

Anyone reading this, would surely love to visit these two places, serving the best donuts, and the best coffee. Of course, on a romantic date, as you have mentioned that this is the your favourite time of the year.

Donuts, coffee, fall season, and romance—I liked how you have combined all these, into an article. Thank you for this pleasant read.

Liza (author) from USA on October 12, 2021:

Yes, please do, Peggy. I highly recommended these two spots for coffee and donuts. As I mentioned in the article, Banbury Cross Donuts has more so, if you are looking for something other than that, they have plenty of other sweet treats. Thank you for commenting!

Liza (author) from USA on October 12, 2021:

Thank you! We had a great time spending the time together. Happy Autumn!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 12, 2021:

These sound like great places to visit. If I ever return to Salt Lake City, I will hopefully get to visit these places.

Poppy from Enoshima, Japan on October 12, 2021:

That sounds so romantic!

Liza (author) from USA on October 12, 2021:

Pamela, thank you for your quick response to the article. We had a great time visiting these two places. It was the best thing to do on the first week of fall here in Utah. It's getting cold here, and I really like it. Coffee and donuts are the best things ever! I wish you can have some right now :)

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 12, 2021:

The donuts and coffee sound wonderful, Lisa. The pictures of the donuts make me want to go and buy a huge amount. Thank you for sharing this experience with us.

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