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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - July 2015 [Old]

Is it Cabot? That's what we have here, but I'm in Vermont so it's "local".

Jul 29, 2015
gemvt in Chains

Whats new in Burlington/ Winooski VT?

I love, love, love Butch + Babes, which opened around New Years, in the Old North End of Burlington:

http://butchandbabes.com/

Istanbul Kebab House isn't new, but moved from Essex to downtown Burlington so you might not be familiar with it. Great place:

http://istanbulkebabhousevt.com/

Waterworks in Winooski opened about 6 months ago. Haven't been yet but have heard mixed reviews:

http://www.waterworksvt.com/

A few other recently opened places:

http://www.stpaulstgastrogrub.com/men...

http://www.thegryphonvt.com/

http://www.tavernakhione.com/ (in Shelburne

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There have been lots of closings - I can think of Bluebird Tavern, Das Bierhaus, Cafe Shelburne, Logan's, Archie's in Shelburne. Two of my favorites are closing soon - L'Amante and Kitchen Table Bistro in Richmond. L'Amante will close August 29 and KTB is for sale, with no end date announced yet. I'd highly recomment visiting either if you are able:

http://www.lamante.com/

http://kitchentablebistro.com/

Jul 26, 2015
gemvt in Northern New England

Gluten free eggs benedict

How about portabello mushrooms?

Jul 07, 2015
gemvt in Home Cooking
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Burlington, Vermont

Lake Champlain is beautiful and there are several places to eat on the lake itself, which have peerless views but standard to substandard food:

http://www.splashattheboathouse.com/

http://www.breakwatervt.com/

For places that might not have the view you're seeking but do have quite delicious food, may I suggest one of the 3 restaurants affiliated with Hotel Vermont (Hen of the Wood, Bleu Northeast Seafood and Juniper):

http://hotelvt.com/dining-drinking

You will probably be able to get local perch at Bleu, but I've never tasted it and can't tell you if it's worth it :).

A gorgeous place to have dinner is Shelburne Farms, which is about 15 minutes south of Burlington. It was originally owned by William Seward & Lila Vanderbilt Webb and is today a farm that doubles as a sustainability non-profit. It is pricey and you'd likely need reservations, but it's a special experience.

http://www.shelburnefarms.org/staydin...

I would also happily steer you toward Pizzeria Verita, Trattoria Delia, and the Farmhouse Tap & Grill.

What many of our local restaurants do well is work with local products, and you couldn't be coming at a better time. We have a short growing season here and it is reaching the peak time.

Jun 27, 2015
gemvt in Northern New England

Looking to rent a private home for a 100-150 people wedding. Northern New England.

I am not sure of the pricing of this locale, but I went to a wedding there a few years ago and absolutely loved it. It is an hour north of Burlington and an hour south of Montreal.

http://www.turnerfarmhouse.com/

May 11, 2015
gemvt in Northern New England
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - April 2015 [OLD]

Same here! It's driving me crazy as grapes are one of the few items that I'm a stickler about buying organically. Haven't seen them since the fall in any of the stores I frequent.

Apr 15, 2015
gemvt in Chains

What's for dinner #360: Time to shake off the dross and get busy. [through April 22, 2015]

Loving the adventures of Steve & Deb H. Hope she is recovering nicely.

Currently noshing on wild rice sesame sticks and chugging a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Awaiting a batch of roasted asparagus and mushrooms with garlic and lemon, served with pesto cheesy toast (which is just sourdough with a pesto schmear and melted parm).

What's for Dinner #359 - the April Showers Edition [through April 15, 2015]

Work has blown up, which is always a great joy. I can expect to put in lots of hours through the weekend. Bring me alcohol, please.

Or a shrimp caesar salad. Or both.

What's for Dinner #359 - the April Showers Edition [through April 15, 2015]

Love you too, jjjrfoodie. Sending you all the best - times like this I wish we were all closer to one another so we could be cooking you lots of protein packed healing comfort food!

Apr 14, 2015
gemvt in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #359 - the April Showers Edition [through April 15, 2015]

Man I could take a bath in that sauce.

Apr 14, 2015
gemvt in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #359 - the April Showers Edition [through April 15, 2015]

A tale of two dinners:

Yesterday I had some leftover creamed kale and somehow this lead to me spreading said creamed kale on sourdough, topping it with gruyere, bacon, and red onion, and grilling that ish. File under "This is Why I'm Fat".

In contrast tonight I made some Gardein Crispy Tenders with a yogurt dijon dipping sauce, crash potatoes with smoked paprika and garlic, and sauteed baby spinach.

What's for Dinner #358 - The Easter/Passover Edition! [through April 7, 2015]

Another wild weird mezze/antipasti situation for me tonight. I got one of those salami/provolone packs from Trader Joe's, and topped each bite with a sauce of dijon and sour cream. As this is my new big shop day, I'm also in the midst of prepping for the rest of the week, so I roasted some brussel sprouts, beets and made a cilantro lime slaw. For dinner sides I had the crispy brussel leaves that had defoliated during the roasting process; a bit of the slaw (to taste test) and a dish of olives/peppers. Like I said, weird, but it works for me!

Now I'm just battling the PMS urge to hit CVS and buy alllllll the half off Easter candy (sorry for TMI).

What's for Dinner #358 - The Easter/Passover Edition! [through April 7, 2015]

Spectacular! Enjoy.

Apr 05, 2015
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What's for Dinner #358 - The Easter/Passover Edition! [through April 7, 2015]

For Easter brunch we went to a bustling French cafe. I had crab cake benedict and a Farmers Market Bloody Mary (muddled cucumber and jalapeno, housemade bloody mix, gin, celery salt rim, YUM). Now for an early dinner I'm having naan-za: garlic naan with a thin layer of pesto, topped with mozzarella and parm, thyme roasted mushrooms, artichoke hearts and pepperoni. Hope everyone had a lovely weekend!

What's for Dinner #358 - The Easter/Passover Edition! [through April 7, 2015]

A lovely 72 degrees here today! Of course, I spent most of it at work, and OF COURSE, it's supposed to turn cold and snow 2-4" in the morning, but...it's something.

My garbage pick up day recently changed from Thursday to Monday, and it's really throwing me off. See, when it was Thursday, I'd clear out the fridge and then be ready to restock on the weekends. Now I've been maintaining my weekend shop, but as I don't clean out the fridge until Sunday night, well...I'm completely discombobulated and my Friday through Sunday eating is in shambles. I think I'm going to try doing the shop on Monday night this week, and see where that lands me.

Yes, I know, this falls under the category of "dumbest problems ever".

Anyhow, for whatever reason the onset of spring always makes me want to revisit Mollie Katzen, one of my favorite cookbook authors. Tonight I had some chicken served alongside Mollie's Chilled Asparagus in Dilled Mustard Sauce (I roast instead of steam the asparagus). I ate an entire bunch of asparagus. The pee smell will be strong, but it was worth it.

What's for Dinner #358 - The Easter/Passover Edition! [through April 7, 2015]

This is not home cooked, but I will be replicating it ASAP. Wood oven fired open faced ham, apple, and cheddar on foccacia with a tasty dijonnaise-y type sauce and crispy fried brussel sprouts leaves. This is the type of sandwich I could eat every damn day.

What's For Dinner #357 - the Out Like A Lamb Edition [Through April 2, 2015]

Normally when I have eggs for dinner I am fine with the lazy scrambled mess, but tonight I really wanted a frittata. Unfortunately I don't have a proper pan for a small one, so I wrapped the handle of my nonstick small skillet in heavy duty foil and crossed my fingers. We made it through but I have to get me a wee cast iron pan tout suite.

In the frittata: salami, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, spinach, peppers and cheddar. Hit the spot.

What's For Dinner #357 - the Out Like A Lamb Edition [Through April 2, 2015]

Goodness me, that's not right. You have been there FAR too long, you're right about that. Hope you're feeling well.

Apr 01, 2015
gemvt in Home Cooking
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What's For Dinner #357 - the Out Like A Lamb Edition [Through April 2, 2015]

To the max!!

What's For Dinner #357 - the Out Like A Lamb Edition [Through April 2, 2015]

Oh nothingswrong, so sorry you have to go through this and sending you all the best.

Mar 31, 2015
gemvt in Home Cooking
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What's For Dinner #357 - the Out Like A Lamb Edition [Through April 2, 2015]

Tonight I had a sort of deconstructed colcannon - mashed potatoes, sauteed savoy cabbage and onions, english peas and green onions. Delicious and couldn't finish it all. Served alongside a fairly grody quinoa veggie burger.

Easter Brunch Burlington VT

For some reason I can't edit my original post, so I wanted to add that Guild Tavern is having brunch on Easter, and it looks great:

http://www.guildtavern.com/specials/

Mar 29, 2015
gemvt in Northern New England

What's for Dinner #356 - The Tail End of March Edition! [through March 30, 2015]

Sadly I was unable to restrain myself from hoovering it down before documenting the deliciousness. It was a thing of beauty, that's for sure!

What's for Dinner #356 - The Tail End of March Edition! [through March 30, 2015]

Lunch was disappointing and barely eaten (leftover sesame noodles and tofu), so I am putting on the feedbag for dinner. The remains of mushroom leek soup alongside a fancy grilled cheese: sourdough, Cremont (an aged goat/cows milk cheese), Grafton cheddar and Jasper Hill Farm Alpha Tolman (an Appenzeller-type cheese), layered with roasted asparagus spears. My love for cheese is epic and all-consuming.

What's for Dinner #356 - The Tail End of March Edition! [through March 30, 2015]

Happy birthday!!

Mar 24, 2015
gemvt in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #356 - The Tail End of March Edition! [through March 30, 2015]

Sending you all the best.

Mar 24, 2015
gemvt in Home Cooking
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What's for Dinner #355 - The SPRING Edition! [Through March 24, 2015 ]

Having an early dinner because I need to go to bed early. Looking forward to a smooth week - or at least a well-rested me so I can deal with all the bumps and drama that will inevitably come up :).

Made a simple soup with leeks, mushrooms, garlic, white wine, veg broth and s/p. Very tasty. Served with sourdough toast with melted Cowgirl Creamery Red Hawk cheese. As a Vermont girl who is very loyal to the local and amazing cheeses we have here, I must say this is a mighty funky, tasty cheese!

It's sunday, so that means dessert. I have a big slab of Texas Sheet Cake with my name on it.

Easter Brunch Burlington VT

We usually go to Leunig's, have some drinks and soak up the atmosphere. They don't take reservations for brunch.

Another option is Pauline's, though that's in Shelburne. They do accept reservations:

http://paulinescafe.com/easter-brunch...

Mar 22, 2015
gemvt in Northern New England

What's for Dinner #355 - The SPRING Edition! [Through March 24, 2015 ]

So this looks like a hot mess but is my favorite dinner this week. I picked up some sweet potato black bean tortilla pie from the hot bar of our local Whole Foods-type yuppie market. Then I made nachos with blue corn chips, grated Grafton cheddar, green onions, pickled jalapenos, pico and sour cream. All washed down with a very tasty Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. It's not often I need alcohol for medicinal purposes, but damn, this week sucked.

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015 [Old]

Yayish on the Avocado Salsa. I like the taste all right, but the texture is somewhat off-putting to me. I'll have to think on this one.

I also bought the Grecian Eggplant and the Baconesque Popcorn, which I will report on later. It always seems like the more new products I buy the more chatter I get from the cashier, haha. I actually thought about the "...Please, just ring up my groceries" thread from here as I was being rung up.

Mar 19, 2015
gemvt in Chains
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