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Portland Day Trip - Donuts and Fish

We stopped at Holy Donut when we were in Portland for a weekend getaway. The donuts were OK. They were really more dense than I prefer. The flavors were interesting and they tasted good, but they were so big and dense I felt like I was eating a huge heavy dessert. I really miss the donuts my gramma used to make, and I can't seem to find donuts like them much of anywhere these days. Chain donuts are just way too fluffy (she did fried cake donuts, not yeast) and I suppose I should figure out what she did and reproduce it myself. I wonder if she remembers her recipe...

1 day ago
Morganna in Northern New England

Local food blogs

Thanks for this. I now need to make a trip to Randolph VT for some BBQ. :)

Apr 14, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Inverness and on up to the Orkney Islands

Thanks, the articles they were interesting. The kilt isn't so much about fitting in or not standing out as it is about being the nicest, most comfortable clothing he has for dining out at a fancy dinner establishment. :)

Apr 08, 2014
Morganna in U.K./Ireland

Inverness and on up to the Orkney Islands

Plane tickets are purchased, B&Bs are booked. I'm starting to wend my way through all the thoughtful suggestions here and building a list of places! I will most assuredly be reporting back in detail while we're traveling. :) I am VERY excited about Rocpool and Fiddlers! ;)

Apr 05, 2014
Morganna in U.K./Ireland

Trip Report - Manchester, VT

Thanks so much for getting back on all these places. Our listings in Manchester have been sparse. I never get that far south, and I think we don't have a lot of folks on the board who are from around there. :)

Apr 01, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Mombo in Portsmouth:The Good and the Meh

And yet, though we go up that way once a month, we haven't made it back to MLC! There are SO many awesome places to eat up there. We're even getting some really great ones that are worth a trip in Montpelier and Barre (of all places!) :)

Thanks for the info about octopus. Your explanation makes sense.

Mar 30, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Lunch in Portland in late May

Zapoteca serves lunch, too. We had dinner there last weekend and I really enjoyed it. :)

Mar 29, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Mombo in Portsmouth:The Good and the Meh

Is there anywhere in Portsmouth you can get an octopus app that it isn't chopped up? I'm just wondering if maybe it's a regional thing, and they're scared that the local folks will be squicked by the whole octopus there? I could see that happening here in central Vermont because people are just.. often not that adventurous or something. There are a LOT of dishes that are "regionalized down" around here. :)

Mar 29, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Burlington, VT - Pasta Dinner?

I still like getting pasta at the Junior's in Colchester. We usually sit in the pizza area, not in the main restaurant, though. :) I've never been in the "fancy" side. :)

Mar 29, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Burlington, VT - Pasta Dinner?

I haven't much liked Junior's downtown for a while. I still haven't ever made it to Bove's. Hrm.

Mar 27, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Burlington, VT - Pasta Dinner?

Trattoria Delia is still outstanding my primary recommendation. There is also L'Amante. I'd go with Trattoria Delia, myself, because the dining room just feels more cosy to me and I liked the staff way better.

Mar 25, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Cornerstone Pub and Kitchen, Barre, VT

Just ate dinner there last night to celebrate the signing of a contract. We both got Steak au Poivre and it was fabulous. A surprisingly large cut of steak that I wasn't familiar with "teres major" he called it. My husband looked it up and I was intrigued. It was delicious and the seasoning on it was PERFECT. I didn't need to add any salt or pepper, but it wasn't "over peppered". It came with a mustard cream sauce that was a lovely accompaniment. It was served with well-made mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus spears. Both of which I thoroughly enjoyed (I got my husband's asparagus, he doesn't care for it).

This is a great restaurant with very good food options and lovely sounding daily specials. They have a wide array of beers on tap, and you can get Heady Topper (the only canned beer they serve) there.

This place is totally worth the trip into Barre and finding parking (parking on Main Street can be tough). Totally worth it.

Mar 16, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Ogunquit recs for Sept '14

Ogunquit (and the rest of the area) is usually crowded ON Labor Day, but by 5PM the crowds are gone. It's absolutely lovely. We always try for the week after Labor Day when we go there.

There are some nice places to eat a bit up the road at Wells, too. I enjoyed Billy's Chowder House on the road to Wells Beach. http://www.billyschowderhouse.com/menu/

Mar 16, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family

This was my brother's sandwich of choice, only without the lettuce. And sometimes adding braunschweiger. :)

Mar 08, 2014
Morganna in Home Cooking

Han Dynasty Old City, New Digs Upscale!

I'm in town on business this week. I ate at the old location 18 months ago when I was in town on business, and I loved it. So I went for lunch again yesterday. Had scallion beef (I'm a scairdy cat when it comes to hot spices) and thoroughly loved it. I got two colleagues to go there for dinner last night, The three of us shared scallion beef and garlic sauce chicken (one of us had had a sandwich for a snack just a few hours before we ate dinner) and it was plenty of food with a bit to bring back to the room for laters. The prices were wonderful and I was fine with the decor and ambiance. The staff seemed warm, and my waiter from the afternoon recognized me and came over to say hello. :)

As I type this I'm trying to decide if I want to go back for dinner again tonight, or if I wanna go to Zahav... I think I'm going to opt for Zahav just 'cos I never get that kind of food in Vermont. :)

Feb 25, 2014
Morganna in Philadelphia

Great Meal in Burlington, VT?

As Shann mentioned, to get downtown you're probably going to need a taxi. Downtown is where many of the best restaurants are located. Like A Single Pebble is great and open on Monday night, but it's firmly downtown. It has superior Chinese food to what you'd get at the Chinese place by Higher Ground (which is near where you're staying). Cheese Traders is a good place to shop for some nibblies if you like to have some snacks. That is also near where you're staying.

Guild Tavern is at 1633 Williston Road which is one mile further down Williston road from your hotel. http://www.guildtavern.com/ They are also open on Mondays. They have some great sounding (I haven't been there yet) steaks, but also burgers and stuff. It's farm to table. If you eat there, do please report back, I haven't heard much from folks about their experiences there!

I hope this helps. :)

Feb 25, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Portland weekend report

Thanks for this up to date report! We're going to Portland near the end of March for a weekend get away and this is exactly what we needed to know! :)

Feb 10, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Portland options [split from Boston]

Is Duckfat still a place to go or is has it changed in bad ways because it is so popular?

Feb 10, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Manchester, VT restaurant suggestions?

You might need to do a search on manchester vt because we don't seem to have a lot of folks from that area who post about food around there. It's been a while since I've seen much updated about Manchester.

Maybe someone from that area can do some updates? :)

Jan 28, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Two Loco Guys, Barre, VT

Well this restaurant isn't necessarily worth a trip for, but we've got plenty of places in the area that are! Come visit! ;)

Jan 26, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Two Loco Guys, Barre, VT

We ate dinner at the newest restaurant in Barre. It's a fast food place called Two Loco Guys (http://twolocoguys.com/). They have burritos and bowls of various types. Nothing here is what you'd call "authentic" but it's certainly good!

I usually opt for a bowl instead of a burrito because the tortillas tend to swell in my stomach and it's uncomfortable. I got a beef Pad Thai bowl and my husband got a pork southern burrito.

Both were delicious and very filling. The steak was wonderfully cooked, and tender. The peanut sauce was delicious and next time I'll ask for more of it. The pad thai bowl was rice, steak, thai coleslaw (with cilantro in it), and peanut sauce. They have sriracha sauce out so I added a bit of heat to mine. I didn't even mind the cilantro. It was tasty.

The pork was also delicious and the chipotle aioli on it was wonderful. It would have been too spicy for me if I'd had the whole thing, but one bite I could handle.

I'm looking forward to eating here again in the future. The bowls and burritos were much larger than the place in Burlington on Church Street, so it was a better value, as well, though the concept was much the same.

They also have Heady Topper in cans, along with various other local brews in cans, if you like that sort of thing.

Barre is becoming a decent place to eat, which is really nice. There are several restaurants in town that are very good, and one that's even worth going out of your way to visit (Cornerstone Pub and Kitchen). It's nice to have a good fastfood option other than a gas station Burger King!

Jan 26, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Lower Maine

When is it you're going? Billy's is reopening on Jan 31st.

Looks like Varano's and Maine Diner are also not opening until the 31st.

Congdon's should be open, I'm thinking. http://congdons.com/ I've only ever had breakfast there, though. Dunno from their lunches.

Jan 23, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

A "culinary tour" from CT to Montreal - where to even begin?

The Montpelier Farmer's Market happens all year long, though from January through April it's every other weekend and indoors, so a bit smaller.

Jan 13, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

A "culinary tour" from CT to Montreal - where to even begin?

Vermont produces more maple syrup than NH. Just a point of fact, not looking to start a "war". :) Here is the website that will give you the best information about syrup on Vermont: http://vermontmaple.org/

A great resource for the farm to table experience is the Vermont Fresh Network (http://www.vermontfresh.net/).

If you're looking at visiting during maple syrup season, you're looking at March, not April, not May. March. March in this part of the world is not very pretty and it is still firmly within "winter". If you'd like to have some sort of farm experience, or really fresh produce you're not going to really get that in March. I don't know as much about the smaller cheese producers or what they have available for you to experience, but I think someone else has provided you with some good resources.

Food/beverage related places in central Vermont that are worth stopping for:
Cornerstone Pub and Kitchen, Barre (Yes, I said BARRE).
Salt Cafe, Montpelier
Kismet, Montpelier
Three Penny Taproom, Montpelier (brew pub).
Nutty Steph's, Middlesex (just off exit 9, amazing chocolate, bacon Thursdays).
Prohibition Pig, Waterbury
Hen of the Wood, Waterbury (This is the best restaurant in central Vermont as far as I'm concerned, it has the best food, best service, and best atmosphere).
Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Waterbury Center
Grandview Winery at Cold Hollow, Waterbury Center

The only place I haven't actually been to on the above list is Kismet because every item on the menu has something in it that my husband (a picky eater) doesn't like.

Cold Hollow comes across as a tourist trap, but do not let that fool you. They have the best cider and cider donuts in all of central Vermont and there's loads of Vermont-made products for sale there at not unreasonable prices. I do not buy my syrup there, though. I buy my syrup from the bulk container at Hunger Mountain Coop in Montpelier. :).

No matter which season you're planning to visit, you'll want to start getting your lodging reservations in place sooner rather than later. In March we have skiers and in Sept/Oct we have leaf peepers.

Jan 13, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Visiting Burlington, VT for work.

I highly recommend typing burlington in the upper right search box. There have been so many lovely threads recently about great places right down town that it's going to be hard to distill.

My personal favorites are Single Pebble and Trattoria Delia. I've heard so many good things about the newer places in town, though. Worth looking into! :)

Jan 09, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Cup4Cup in Burlington?

OH RIGHT! There IS one! I'd forgotten about that. :)

Jan 08, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Cup4Cup in Burlington?

Do you mean in Burlington, VT? Looking at the website it doesn't look like there's any retailers listed that have a location in the Burlington area.

Is this what it is you're looking for?
http://www.cup4cup.com/where-to-buy/

Jan 06, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Winter Farmers Markets

When I go it's to the Capital City Farmer's Market in Montpelier. They have it indoors on alternate Saturdays. I think Pete's Greens is still having a booth there, so their winter stuff should be available!

They're holding them January 11, February 8, 22; March 1, 15, 29, April 12, 26 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

http://www.montpelierfarmersmarket.com/

Jan 06, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Asiana House, Montpelier, VT

Had my first experience at Asiana House in Montpelier last night. It was lovely! We went out for dinner with a work colleague of my husband's. He ordered tempura shrimp and udon noodles in broth. He got a HUGE bowl of broth and noodles, and a lovely pile of shrimps. He said the tempura was nicely crisp and that the noodles were soft and delicious, as was the broth. :) (well, delicious, probably not soft).

They have an array of fully cooked maki rolls, and I opted for their B52 Maki, which the menu describes as: an outrageous combo of hamachi, kanikama, avocado, scallion & tobiko rolled w/ nori, tempura fried until fully cooked then re-rolled w/ sushi rice & nori & topped w/ 3 sauces. I found it quite delicious, though I didn't notice the tobiko much. I'd never had a tempura fried roll before, it was fun and tasty. It was a tad spicy but not so much I couldn't eat it.

My husband had bi bim bap. It wasn't quite sizzling when it arrived, but the stone bowl was hot. I think it was a well-executed dish, but I don't know much about it, so only know that I liked the taste of it I had.

I ordered negi maki as an app, and my husband ordered fried gyoza. We shared a bite of each and I enjoyed both of them immensely. The negi maki wasn't fully cooked, which I LOVED but I could see how it might put some others off. it had a nice little topping of some tiny green (not sure what but it was tasty) that added a bit of freshness.

I was pleased with both the atmosphere and the food and I hope to go back for lunch someday to get a bento box. :) I heartily recommend this place as a good option in Montpelier. :)

Dec 17, 2013
Morganna in Northern New England

What do you do with the giblets and neck for Thanksgiving?

I am, right at this moment, eating the gizzard of the turkey I just picked up from the farm. It was slaughtered yesterday, so I have some wonderful fresh gizzard that I've just fried up in butter with salt and pepper and I'm having over toast. :)

Nov 26, 2013
Morganna in General Topics
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