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Trip Report: Central Provisions disappointingly pretentious

Oh don't be silly, I'm just offering a different slant on 'em so folks might have input from several sides. :) No reason you can't like or love them! :) I have less tolerance for the heavy stuff these days than I used to. :)

Cold Hollow's cider donuts are pretty much my gold standard these days. :) They can be greasy but they're not too heavy for my wee tum. :)

Sep 16, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Trip Report: Central Provisions disappointingly pretentious

I wasn't very fond of holy donuts. They seemed excessively heavy and greasy to me (I eat cider donuts produced here, so heavy and greasy isn't always a turn off). I didn't care for the flavor of the dough, either. I was actually kinda disappointed when we went there after so many raves here.

Sep 15, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Help me plan my Lobster Roll Quest of NE Mass, Coastal NH, and SE Maine

Yeah, that's true, too! :) I loved your report, it was interesting and I'll be using it next year when we go again. :)

Sep 08, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Help me plan my Lobster Roll Quest of NE Mass, Coastal NH, and SE Maine

Petey's has two locations, one is a full restaurant and bar with a deck up top. :)

Sep 08, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

weekday lunch somewhere between Pelham NH and Wells Maine

Well I'm very fond of Vida Cantina in Porthmouth. http://vidacantinanh.com/

I really liked their food and their service was outstanding the night we were there. They serve lunch every day of the week. :)

Sep 08, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Looking for whole animals

So, when you say "a few hours"... There are several options in Vermont, would you considering coming to Vermont?

I have gotten sides of beef from North Hollow Farm (http://store.vermontgrassfedbeef.com/...). They also have goat, lamb, and maple syrup. :

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I buy my pork on a CSA from Sugar Mountain Farm (http://sugarmtnfarm.com/products/

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There are a lot more options but I don't have any the materials here at my desk. If you're interested in more in Vermont, I'll post 'em.

Sep 08, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Help me plan my Lobster Roll Quest of NE Mass, Coastal NH, and SE Maine

What time of the day were you at Rye Harbor? (just curious, we'll be heading out that way next year :) )

Sep 08, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Help me plan my Lobster Roll Quest of NE Mass, Coastal NH, and SE Maine

Yeah, everything in Portsmouth and Rye is close to everything else in Portsmouth and Rye. :) So going in one direction doesn't put everything else out of reach. :)

Sep 05, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

NYC to Vermont; where in between?

If you're looking for less urban and more quirky, you might try stopping and wandering around Northampton, MA. You'll probably find some better hotel deals, too. There are some nice things to see in the area and it gets you past the urban sprawl. Might even be a show you'd like to see at the Ironhorse! http://www.iheg.com/iron_horse_main.asp

Sep 04, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Help me plan my Lobster Roll Quest of NE Mass, Coastal NH, and SE Maine

I wasn't as fond of Petey's lobster roll as I wanted to be. It was a little on the bland side (the lobster that is). Next time we go to Rye (probably next year) I'm hoping to give Rye Harbor Lobster Pound a try (https://www.facebook.com/ryeharborlob...). I've heard very good things about it and love the look of their menu.

Sep 04, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

First Time In Burlington, VT: On a Mission For Good Craft Beer and Delicious Meals

Vermont Tap House (http://vermonttaphouse.com/) has a large selection of beers, and the food prices are very reasonable. Informal should be no problem, and it'll get you out of downtown burlington into a fairly large restaurant that should be able to accommodate you without reservations during that time. Though you might call to make sure about that last assertion. :)

Sep 02, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Midcoast Maine TR

Ahhhhh, that's good to know. :) Large portions are a problem for us, but I knew that they did them there from other reads, too. :) Thanks for the great reviews! :)

Aug 31, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Midcoast Maine TR

I'm curious why you wouldn't try Conte's again (great posts by the way, thanks for all the details!). Was it the service? Did you know much about the place prior to going?

Aug 30, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Best places to eat near York Beach, Maine

Billy's Chowder House has good lobster at a reasonable price. I don't know what Ogunquit's price was last year when we went to Billy's Chowder House, but it seemed to me that Billy's price was well within what I'd had at other places in the area. The lobster was, as is typical for the area, very fresh and tasty. The service is generally warm, and they have actually good non-seafood options for my non-seafood eating husband (which can be hard to find at a seafood place).

Additionally, they belong to a discount program for the group of restaurants owned by the same family (Varanos, Fire and Brew, and Billy's Chowder House), so you can get discounted meals and specials using the card (you earn points). Which is a nice thing. (http://mileroadrewards.com/)

Aug 26, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Best places to eat near York Beach, Maine

Uhm, just because I like seafood and my husband doesn't isn't a reason for you to snap at me not to go to a lobster pound (ie, don't make assumptions, eh?).

As I said, the sides at Ogunquit Lobster Pound aren't very good, and yeah, I do actually enjoy sides with my seafood. Their inability to make an edible non seafood option is a serious problem for a lot of folks who can't eat seafood due to allergies, or who just actually despise seafood. It's a piece of information that people who are looking for a place to eat often need to take into consideration. While they all love seafood, if one of them just doesn't feel like having seafood on a particular night, the lack of an edible option -matters-. It's just information about the place.

Not all restaurants are loud. This one is a huge room with no buffers and high ceilings in the middle. It's a giant echo chamber. It is possible that the seats near the windows aren't as loud, but we couldn't have any sort of conversation at our seat in the middle. It was far louder than most restaurants I've been in, which is why I bring it up.

Yes, parking is easy and free, but that is hardly a reason to stop someplace for over-priced food of mediocre quality. Yes, the seafood itself was good. The lobster was fresh, but the "market price" there was higher than at other places I'd been -on the same trip-. Also, why should I pay more for less when I'm getting mediocre sides and my husband can't even find an edible option?

These are all valid criticisms of the location, not of you as a person for your recommendation. Clearly these things you either don't agree with, or you aren't as sensitive about. That's fine. You're not me, and I'm not you. And not everyone on the board is you. Which is why I cannot let a blanket recommendation for Ogunquit Lobster Pound go without offering my experience. There are bound to be people reading this who would actually be bothered by these things, too.

Aug 26, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Best places to eat near York Beach, Maine

I think I'm genetically incapable of letting a recommendation for the Ogunquit Lobster Pound go unchallenged. I find it over-priced for what you get, the atmosphere is loud and unpleasant, they cannot produce a decent non-seafood option (which I suppose doesn't matter much to the OP since they all love seafood), and their sides are eh, at best.

There are much better options in the area, one of which is Billy's Chowder House in Wells. Some others are the Lobster Shack and Barnacle Billy's at Perkin's Cove.

Best Food Cities in Northern NE?

I don't know much about what makes various ethnic cuisines really good. I know good Mexican, and I know there's not any great Mexican or TexMex in the area. I've heard really good things about various Thai restaurants, but I'm not sure how they'd stack up against those found in urban centers, though. I don't know much about what makes Thai great.

There are nice little Indian, Arabic, and African groceries in the area. There's also some interesting ethnic food to be found at the farmers' market, cooked by immigrants, folks who can't afford store fronts. There's also the Arts Riot Kitchen that hosts a lot of up and coming cooks, many of whom focus on a specific regional cuisine of one sort or another. There are a few places making forays into Korean, but I wouldn't know if it's much like what you'd get in an urban center.

Where Burlington really shines is in locally grown/locally produced foods. There is a lot of fresh, interesting food being prepared that's not necessarily any particular ethnicity, but could probably be called fusion.

Also, there's nothing wrong with a restaurant making really good American food. There are several in the area that do that, and do it very well.

Aug 24, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Work trip lands me just outside of Burlington for 2 weeks

Ahhh ok that explains it. We only ever got the texmex there and it was so horrid last time we were there we didn't go back. :) I'm hoping that the new Vietnamese place coming to maple place is good. :)

Aug 22, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Best Food Cities in Northern NE?

The food in Montreal is not "better" than the best food you can find in the Burlington area. I would agree with "as good" and possibly "more of the good stuff" but what's good in Montreal is not better than what's good in Burlington. In which case, why drive another 3 hours and have to cross an international border when you can get great food, a lovely, quirky city, and loads of fun activities three hours sooner? Montreal being bigger doesn't make it automatically better.

Supermarket Wars

yeah, by, you know, not crapping on their employees any more.

Aug 11, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Work trip lands me just outside of Burlington for 2 weeks

Yeah, Das Bierhaus has yummy food, too, but it's fairly pricey. :)

Aug 07, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Work trip lands me just outside of Burlington for 2 weeks

Hey, Tony, last time I was at Mexicali (which was a looong time ago, when uhm, Serenity came out) it was horrendous and we've never been back. Has it improved? What do you like there (aside the wings)?

Aug 06, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Work trip lands me just outside of Burlington for 2 weeks

Juniper's Fare is -really good-. It's down at the junction with 100, across the street from Snowfire Auto. Worth the drive down that way.

Blue Stone is reasonably priced, decent food last I went (which was over a year ago).

I know that loads of people swear by Prohibition Pig's lunch but I find some of their food more expensive than I think it's worth. It is NOT BAD, it's GOOD food, just more money that I'd like to spend on lunch, for what you get.

Aug 05, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Work trip lands me just outside of Burlington for 2 weeks

In which case you should look into Guild Fine Meats, as well.

Aug 05, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Work trip lands me just outside of Burlington for 2 weeks

Vermont Tap House might fit price and beer options. We had lunch there a week and change ago and it was decent food and had a fairly extensive beer list. Not too expensive.

Although it's a chain, Texas Roadhouse does a pretty darned good lunch on the weekends (only, IIRC) and I like their dinners, too. I have no idea what their beer selection is like.

If you want some Heady Topper, there's a whole list of places that sell it that you can try. http://alchemistbeer.com/buy/ That list shows what day of the week they get their delivery, as well. So you have the best chance of getting some (I don't know if it's still so hard to get these days) if you get there on the day of delivery.

Misery Loves Company is really great, foodwise.

If you could give more of an idea of what you'd consider moderately priced (like, below $15 for the entree?) might be able to come up with some other ideas.

Aug 05, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Best eats near Ogunquit, Maine

I don't know if you're going to find much that's adventurous but there's certainly a lot of good food. I do suggest you type Ogunquit into the search box in the upper right. You're going to find a LOT of suggestions for the area, and recent ones, too. Here are my recommendations, based on my most recent (last Sept.) trip:

I'm fond of Billy's Chowder House for good, solid Maine eats. http://www.billyschowderhouse.com/

I've also come around about Maine Diner and revised my opinion about them somewhat. I still don't think it's worth waiting 45 minutes in line before you get a seat there, but take that with a grain of salt. I live in the country in a rural state, and I'm a large woman with a larger husband, and standing around for a long time isn't easy on us. There just aren't many places I consider worth waiting 45 minutes to be seated. If you're from an urban area, you may be more used to waiting. :) Maine Diner has some good, hearty and tasty dishes, and you can get a butter only lobster roll there that's plenty stuffed with lobster.

Varanos is nice, but I found it a tad overpriced for the quality of the food, though there's certainly a lot of it. There's another place owned by that same family (they also own Billy's Chowder House), like across the street, something like Fire and Brew or something. More casual with pizzas, burgers, and such.

Jonathan's is great and superior to Varano's (and also, is in Ogunquit rather than Wells), but fancier, less casual.

Jul 31, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Day trip to Burlington/Stowe area

For picnic lunch items try Guild Fine Meats (http://www.guildfinemeats.com/)

Jul 31, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Brining pork chops

Depends on how thick the chops are. You can get a decent brine into chops up to like an inch thick in about an hour and a half to two hours.

Jul 28, 2014
Morganna in Home Cooking

Grocery store on our way?

Just noting here for completeness.. Everything in Portsmouth is pretty easy to get at.

Jul 28, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Grocery store on our way?

Oh sugar! I keep thinking Kennebunkport is on the other side of Portland for some reason. I'm a dork.

There's a Trader Joe's in Portsmouth NH according to their website:
http://www.traderjoes.com/stores/inde...

also, did a google for natural foods stores and came up with this in Kennebunk:
http://www.newmorningnaturalfoods.com/

Jul 27, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England