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Taj India, Manchester NH

Thanks for the warning! I don't like hot so much but my husband's ok with it. From your description I think we'd have to go with maybe medium for him, and certainly mild for me! :)

Nov 30, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Anniversary Dinner Near Stowe

If you haven't been to Michael's I'd go there. But then, it's our tradition on our anniversary to ALWAYS eat somewhere we've never eaten before. :)

Nov 30, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Places selling sushi/sashimi grade fish near Burlington, VT?

I'd think the NH coast or Maine would be as close, and actually on the water. :) *ponder*

Nov 26, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Places selling sushi/sashimi grade fish near Burlington, VT?

I don't know about the fish because we don't eat much fish. My husband hates it so I don't get it often enough. You can get nori and short grain rice fairly easily. There are food co-ops, a local place called, IIRC, Healthy Living, across from that Trader Joe's (I don't know if they carry those things but they have some interesting stuff so maybe, I haven't looked there explicitly). I know that the food coop in Montpelier carries this stuff, or can get it in if I ask them to (which is the most local to me) so I assume the one in Burlington can do, too.

Nov 23, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Mid-afternoon lunch near Hooksett IMAX?

(this is me just observing and rambling)
I'm so over the "authentic" thing. Authentic is great. I love experiencing other cultures and all, but I'm also just liking good food, no matter how "authentic" it is. :) I'm a lot more satisfied with options when I'm not looking for some out of reach goal. Doesn't mean I won't explore if someone says "oh this place has authentic food" and be pleased if I find out it really does, but it also means I'm more forgiving in places like New England where "authentic" is harder to accomplish for various reasons. :)

Mid-afternoon lunch near Hooksett IMAX?

I liked La Carreta. We ate there prior to The Hobbit with a big party and rather enjoyed it. :)

Nov 21, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Hen of the Wood (Burlington) . . .anyone been recently?

Fewer tourists this time of year as the leaves are gone and the snow hasn't arrive yet. Perfect time for both the cider and the donuts. :)

Nov 15, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Hen of the Wood (Burlington) . . .anyone been recently?

Well, honestly, I like the small town-ness of the area, so I of course will recommend staying in Waterbury or nearby Stowe. :)

Nov 12, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Hen of the Wood (Burlington) . . .anyone been recently?

As Tony mentioned in a previous post, the setting in Waterbury is fabulous. While Burlington is a lovely city, eating in an old mill next to the rushing river is, to my eye, always more delightful. :)

I found the service impeccable and the food delightful, though it's been a while since I've been. My friends who have gone more recently say it is still outstanding.

Though if you have mobility problems the stairs leading down to it are a bit dark. I can't recall if they have a lift to take folks down to the dining room.

What's near Killington Grand Hotel Resort?

Thanks for all the suggestions!

We ate Sushi Yoshi Friday night because we had some extra time. I -loved- the Tiger roll I got there. It was fantastic. As were the fried pork dumpling we had as a starter. My husband's General Tso's Chicken was delightful, as well, and mildly spicy (he isn't big on Asian food in general so it was a safe option).

Saturday night we went to The Lookout. Service was slow but they were pretty busy. We just barely made it back for our 7PM gaming session because it took a while to get our check and leave. The food was perfectly adequate. Had a shared app of wings which were fine, a little spicy for me (I'm a wimp) but my husband said they weren't spicy at all to him. We both got burgers that were cooked to order and tasty.

We ended up leaving early on Sunday, and had brought our own sandwich stuff for lunches because we ended up renting a condo for the weekend, so we had access to a kitchen. That was very nice, and it was cheaper than the hotel room. :)

Nov 10, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Hen of the Wood Burlington not opening until late Sept/early Oct

Title says Burlington and it's open and serving and has been for a while. Search for Juniper or Hen of the Wood. Some folks have mentioned it in various threads over the last year.

Nov 10, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

What's near Killington Grand Hotel Resort?

Ooh I see! It's a different website entirely than the one I found. Weird. Looks like they open at 5, so not for lunch but maybe for dinner. Thanks for pointing that out! :)

Nov 05, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

What's near Killington Grand Hotel Resort?

I'll have to keep that in mind for sometime. This convention's timing will make it to hard to get to Ludlow and back in time.

Oct 31, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

What's near Killington Grand Hotel Resort?

I figured as much just wanted to check for some folks who are having to really stretch to make it to the convention. There's no way they could do most of the restaurants in the area at those prices. :)

Oct 30, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

What's near Killington Grand Hotel Resort?

Ok, so is there anything cheaper for lunches? Anything where you could spend $5 or less per person for a lunch special?

Oct 28, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

What's near Killington Grand Hotel Resort?

Just looked at the prices at The Garlic and I'm stunned that they're charging the same price for a vegetarian penne main (not house-made pasta) as for a roast chicken breast main.

Oct 27, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Vermont Trip Report (Stowe/Waterbury/Morrisville) - Oct 2014

I'm so glad you got a chance to try the fresh cider donuts. This is the time of year they're the best! :)

Oct 27, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Weekend in Burlington, Vt

I've heard good things about the newly renovated restaurant at the Essex resort. I haven't been there.

Oct 26, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Local mail order food gifts

Nutty Steph's in Middlesex (http://www.nuttystephs.com/
)Champlain Chocolates
Cold Hollow Cider Mill (http://www.coldhollow.com/gift-packs....
)Dakin Farm has a pile of Cabot Creamery cheeses available (http://www.dakinfarm.com/Cabot-Cheese...)

Oct 25, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Meat/Chix Burlington, VT

And if he has a car: Shaw's Williston by Majestic 10 theater and Hannaford's across from Toys R Us.

There's a small coop style market in Williston, too, by Goodwill, but I can't remember its name.

Oct 16, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

What's near Killington Grand Hotel Resort?

Looks like there's a place called Baja Burrito. Anyone know anything about it? Their website isn't functional...

Oct 11, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

What's near Killington Grand Hotel Resort?

Oh this looks perfect! Thanks!

Oct 11, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Foodie roadtrip in VT -- suggestions for stops needed!

The Capital City Farmer's Market's weekly outdoor season ends in October. There's usually a November "holiday" market, then the indoor market starts in January on alternating weekends. (I do their database work :) )

Oct 11, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Foodie roadtrip in VT -- suggestions for stops needed!

I'm not as familiar with the southern end of your journey. Here's stuff for the northern end:

Mad Taco in Waitsfield. Nutty Steph's in Middlesex. Juniper's Fare in Waterbury. The Reservoir in Waterbury. Prohibition Pig in Waterbury. Cold Hollow Cider Mill plus the shop next door that has local wines, beers, and hard ciders. I always enjoy the Ben and Jerry's factory tour and sample at the end. :)

Oct 09, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

What's near Killington Grand Hotel Resort?

Well if I could get some names I'll do the leg work to find out if they'll be open! :) Sushi Yoshi, got it... others? It doesn't have to be fantastic, just edible and fast for lunch. Dinners can be more leisurely (we have 2 hours for dinner), but I'd still prefer inexpensive over fine dining. Adequate, competent, these are fine options to suggest. :)

Oct 09, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

What's near Killington Grand Hotel Resort?

Yeah, that's what I was afraid of. In Stowe there are restaurants dotted along the mountain road, are there none along the mountain road in Killington?

Oct 08, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

What's near Killington Grand Hotel Resort?

We're going to a gaming convention at Killington Grand Hotel Resort the first weekend of November. Most of our time will be spent gaming, with breaks for meals. For lunch we only have an hour, for dinner we get two hours. The convention used to be in Fairlee, and an hour was enough time to go to the Fairlee Diner for lunch and get back for the afternoon game. This is our first year going to the convention at Killington, and I'm wondering where we're going to be eating lunch and dinner. Does anyone know what's in the area, preferably very close by, on the mountain road (we're not going into Rutland), and preferably inexpensive and comparatively fast (we're not looking for a fine dining experience, and also don't want to be captive to the resort's potentially very expensive food options). I'm still not sure how we'll handle breakfast, either. It is possible we could swing bringing some things like hard boiled eggs with us, too.

Oct 06, 2014
Morganna in Northern New England

Inverness and on up to the Orkney Islands

We are back! What a great time we had. :)

The first stop we made on arrival at Inverness was Tesco, and the cold case therein. We got several cold meat pies, a scotch egg, a pork and egg Gala pie slice, and some sausage rolls. WHY are there NO sausage rolls in the US?? What the hell is wrong with us? It was cheap, filling, surprisingly tasty, and easy. We also bought Mackies crisps of various flavors. I actually liked the haggis and black pepper variety, but they were all pretty good (though I wasn't as fond of the flamebroiled angus flavor, it was sorta like BBQ chips here in the US and I'm not so fond of those).

Our landlady at the first B&B was gracious and gave us plates and cutlery so we could eat the food (we got in fairly late, she was starting to get worried :) ).

We spent two days in Invermoriston at the Kirkfield B&B. The breakfasts there were generous (photo) and filling though I have to say, what DO y'all use to make scrambled eggs? They were just plain dull, largely flavorless, squidgey, and a bit liquidy at every B&B we were at. :) I know I'm something of a scrambled egg visigoth because I don't like mine at all runny, I want them cooked... HARD. The fried or poached eggs were perfectly lovely, though. Also, this was the best bacon on the trip, she broiled it so the line of fat on the outside was lovely crisp. I love fried mushrooms and hers were delightful, as well. The food was (other than the scrambled eggs) enjoyable and a real bargain for the price of the stay. I wrote a review of the lodging in TripAdvisor, so check that out if you're interested in more about this lodging.

We had dinner the second night at the Glenmoriston Arms hotel and had to eat in the bar because we didn't have a booking. But that was fine, really. It was the same menu. I had the most amazing smoked haddock with a Parmesan cheese cream sauce served over potato. My husband loved his chicken and Spanish chorizo over pasta with a creamy/peppery sauce, too.

From Invermoriston we drove up about three hours and a bit to catch the ferry from Gill's Bay to St. Margaret's Hope. We at our lunch from the bread and red Leicester cheese we still had from our stop at Tesco (we had stocked up) at a nice little layby on the A9 with a picnic table and a gorgeous view (photo). We stayed at the Karrawa Guest House in Kirkwall for three nights, and had another round of wonderful breakfasts there. Each place was lovely about giving me hot cocoa instead of tea or coffee (my husband drinks juice), but these folks made with extra nice using milk instead of just water in the prep. So extra points for that. I will be writing up a review for that place in TripAdvisor, too, just haven't done it yet. We tried haggis and black pudding with our breakfasts here and I quite liked both of them.

We ate dinner two nights at the Kirkwall Hotel because it was so good the first night. Learned a valuable lesson. Order from the special menu, not their main menu. The first night we both ordered off the special menu. I had a braised lamb with potato gratin and my husband had a steak stuffed with haggis and cheese and wrapped with bacon. Both of these were wonderful, just perfect. We shared a Orkney fudge cheesecake for dessert, also completely delightful. Second night my husband ordered pork medallions in a stilton sauce off the special menu that he thought was great. I ordered the Orkney roast dinner with beef and lamb roast, yorkshire pudding, gravy, and roast potatoes. It was competent though a bit stodgy. The Yorkshire pudding was overcooked and that made me sad (I may have to do a roast this Sunday at home to make up for this ;) ). The gravy/glace was perfect and rich and yummy. The lamb was tender and not dry. The roast beef was dry and bland and crumbly. The potatoes were fairly crisply roasted on the outside but were missing something (maybe I just didn't salt them enough for my taste). This wasn't a BAD meal, it just wasn't to the same standard as the other three things we'd ordered is all. I wondered idly if maybe the main menu are the things they've been making for decades, and if they've maybe become a bit complacent about them. Even so, I still heartily recommend this place. They got us in (early) both nights even though we had no booking and the service was fine (some folks were warmer than others).

The third night we were knackered from all the driving and seeing of ruins we'd done, so we ordered food to be delivered from a local Italian place. The way it works is you call in the order to the restaurant, then they call a taxi to come pick up the food and deliver it. The driver pays the restaurant, then you pay the driver. So we had to pay cash but that turned out not to be a problem for us since we had some extra to use up anyway. The restaurant was Lucano and the food was competent though a little undersauced (I'd ordered extra bread in the hope of dipping it into sauce). It was fine and reasonably priced for what we got. My husband had spicy sausage in a red sauce and I had carbonara. We had to eat it down in the breakfast room (which was totally fine with us) and they graciously provided us with dishes and cutlery.

For lunches while we were going around we ate at the Skara Brae visitor center (fine, reasonably priced, filling), and again from the Tesco cold case (really like sausage rolls). The cold case at the Tesco in Inverness was more varied and tastier than the one in Kirkwall. :)

The last day we drove from Kirkwall to Nairn (via ferry) and it was a long trip. About four hours drive, and we stopped several times along the way to stretch legs. We got lured off the road into Lybster, a village where the signs promised of lunch and bathrooms but the only cafe was closed (apparently only open in late afternoon) so we ended up just finishing up the snacks and cold case foods we had left on a bench. Which was fine.

Dinner in Nairn was at The Bandstand. My husband had really been hoping to get a steak and ale pie, and while it was on the menu we'd seen, it was off the menu that night. He was very disappointed and ended up getting just a regular steak. Good but nothing special. I ordered venison medallions with a black pudding mash (black pudding mixed with mashed potatoes) that was really scrumptious.

Breakfast at the Glebe End B&B was more posh, but no less tasty and filling (though by that point something had upset my tummy, so I couldn't enjoy it as much as I'd hoped). The mushrooms were whole instead of sliced, but still lovely tasty. The scrambled eggs were the same (by this time I was performing a scientific experiment and needed a large enough sample size for a statistically significant result, which was why I stubbornly ordered them again) :) I'll be doing a review of Glebe End on TripAdvisor, too. If you're interested.

That last photo is of my lamb rump and rack that I ordered at Bij de Nonnen in Zundert, Netherlands. We were spending the night in the area with friends before flying back from Amsterdam to Boston the next day (which broke up our travel nicely) and took our friends out to a fine local dining establishment. The food was really good but this was an incredibly expensive dinner ($163.17 for four adults, three who ordered only mains courses, one who ordered the three course surprise menu, and only one glass of wine was had, this is way more than we ever usually spend on meals. ;D ). Also, they tried to take our mag stripe credit card, but said it didn't work (I was standing there, I couldn't see it working) so our friend had to pay for it with her chip and pin card. Then we repaid her with paypal that night. Then found out upon returning home that they had, indeed, charged us for the meal, as well (it's currently in dispute). So the lesson there is be very careful if you can't get a chip and pin card when you're traveling in smaller towns, they don't know what to make of the mag stripe cards.

The food was really good, but I don't know that I'm pleased with the price we paid for it. I think we'd have been happier (and certainly would have gotten far faster service, it took over an hour to get our meals) at the local Shawarma place. Oh well, next time. :)

Sep 26, 2014
Morganna in U.K./Ireland

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