Osaka, a Japanese restaurant in Provo, is as ethnic as they come. The food is great, the atmosphere legit, but my favorite part are the owners. Frank and Macy Lin are an adorable couple who don’t talk much but work hard. Frank stays in the back of the kitchen doing as a one man cook. Macy takes care of other business ordeals like delivering the food, cleaning utensils, and even squeezes in time back in the kitchen to help Frank. When I went, they only had one paid helper. Other than him, Macy and Frank are a complete dynamite food duo. I tried talking to Frank, but his wife assures me that it’s ok, he doesn’t like to talk. I wouldn’t talk either if I cooked tempura like him.
As seen in the above video, Osaka gains a lot of traffic from the newly constructed LDS Provo City Center Temple across the street. People love to come for not only the variety of Japanese tastes, but it’s all at a reasonable price.
One of the crowd’s favorite is the sushi. My video shows them making and cutting the sushi and bringing it out on a grand plate. There are lots of different options and it’s 100% authentic. Nothing Americanized here.
La Carreta is a successful Peruvian restaurant located in my home town Orem, Utah. My husband and I found a groupon and we decided to try it out. The food was so delicious and the owners so loving, I just had to highlight them for my blog. Here’s a link to their website.
Alejandra is a women full of hugs and kisses. She truly treats all of her customers as if they were her own children. She is the heart and soul of the business. She does what she does because she loves it, she doesn’t care much about the money. She always greets me with a kiss and is sure to ask how I’ve been, even though I had just met her. Even though she was very busy, she was extremely willing to meet with me for this blog.
Since La Carreta is a family run business, sometimes on the weekends, Alejandra’s grand kids come in on their own free will to help out. They eagerly clear plates and deliver salsa to the corresponding tables.
Their dishes are composed with a french fry or rice base, then you choose what goes on top. Their sauces are not oily but still very juicy. I especially loved their bean sauce I got with my chicken and vegetables.
Make sure to go hungry in stomach and spirit, because Alejandra and will fill you up.