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Keene, NH vs. Brattleboro, VT: How would food scene factor in to moving decision?

Between the devil and the deep blue sea.

Neither is a winner.

Be warned, Vermonters will give anything five out of five stars.

Meat/Chix Burlington, VT

Having worked as a butcher's assistant back in high school, read that as the kid who gets to clean everything and then clean it again, I have a very low tolerance for butcher shops with poor hygiene. The smell of some places keeps me from buying anything that isn't canned.
So I understand his dilemma. The choice here is between meat that has had the taste factory farmed out of it, boutique meat, and the questionable smell.
Costco is not much better, the cost is about the same per pound and you have to buy more.
and don't get me started on seafood in a land locked state.
I suggest vegetarianism. On the positive side you will be able to lure him home with visions of chateaubriand.

I have never eaten at _______ and I never will!

I don't eat at places that advertise on tv. Unless we are talking about a hunger emergency. Then my expectations are lowered, except for the discomfort I know will be coming later.

Oct 16, 2014
chilihead in Chains

Good vs. Bad Pizza: Is there such a huge difference?

Detroit style deep dish? That is a new one to me, perhaps it emerged from Lake St. Clair since I left.

Sep 30, 2014
chilihead in General Topics

Good vs. Bad Pizza: Is there such a huge difference?

We were on the couch last night and saw an ad for what looked frightening. A pizza with a crust stuffed with cheese food product, no sauce as far as I could tell, more cheese-ish stuff on top with pepperoni and more salt.
It got me thinking.

Pizza is something I would pick up by the slice on the street in NYC or order when cooking is impossible (i.e. there is no kitchen, we are moving and need to feed a mess of very helpful friends, etc.) The pizza by the slice is really a matter of this just came out of the oven, you can't beat the freshness, shake on some red pepper, eat it now and then go on your merry way. Delivery pizza...well we have been moving boxes, painting houses, building chicken coops or what ever for hours and are starving, we'd eat the box and be happy.
And there is honestly such a thing as really bad pizza, one in Bogota Colombia comes to mind (shudder.)

But I have never gotten the whole cult of pizza, perhaps that visit to Pizza Shack (the name has been changed for my own amusement) when I was eight and had the stomach flu put me off pizza joints for life, but I just don't get it.
Is it a comfort food? True it does tend to trash the kitchen, so I get letting someone else deal with the mess.

I even notice that I will jokingly say "As American as pizza pie," but I mean it...it is very American, very popular, it saturates film and tv (from The Sopranos to Futurama.) Our town has no toy store within city limits, but at least a dozen pizza places.

But I don't get it. Why pizza?

Sep 26, 2014
chilihead in General Topics

Wanted: Cafe Intermezzo's poppy seed dressing recipe

Thanks for posting the link, I'll try making this for my Beloved this evening. This is one bit of home that pops into our collective marital heads that we have not been able to recreate.
Thanks.

Sep 26, 2014
chilihead in Home Cooking

Small town restaurant + Bad experience = Would you go back?

Yep, I'm in Burlington and don't let the hype about the food scene fool you, very over rated and I would say horrid.

I've been here 14 years and never, ever had a restaurant experience that went above "that is passable." Usually I get "good god that was awful, who thought to put parsley on sushi?" I long for the days when, and where, I had a "that was amazing, when can we go back? Lets go tomorrow night. We definitely have to go tomorrow" experience.

Most of the farm to table places are just plain uninspired and mere beer delivery systems, in fact after thinking about this for awhile the entire food scene here has beer (or cider) as its centerpiece rather than food.

Sep 18, 2014
chilihead in Not About Food

Small town restaurant + Bad experience = Would you go back?

People around here are more likely to get excited when an Olive Garden or Wallmart opens. Most of the "better" restaurants are beer-centric, as in they are actually just a pub/brewery that serves food on the side. Unfortunately I've had better beer, heck I've brewed better beer, but no longer drink, so such places hold little charm.

Sep 08, 2014
chilihead in Not About Food

Small town restaurant + Bad experience = Would you go back?

The finishing off of frozen bread happens in the US a good deal too. One of our chain stores, Haniford, seemed to always have fresh bread but you never actually saw any dough being worked. Being someone who wakes up way too early I got suspicious and asked. The bread arrives frozen and is finished off in the store.

Aug 30, 2014
chilihead in Not About Food

Small town restaurant + Bad experience = Would you go back?

I was being polite. Please note that I haven't mentioned specific places or even cities.
And moldy bread is by far the most benign of what I have encountered here.

Aug 23, 2014
chilihead in Not About Food

Small town restaurant + Bad experience = Would you go back?

I cook at home allot and take great pleasure from doing so. Mom made sure all of her sons could cook for themselves really early on. So I am far from stuck eating out on a regular basis, quite the opposite I have the problem of "well that was horrible, I could do better."

I could look over the surly service if the food was outstanding, in fact I've had great meals at places where the service was on the verge of being openly hostile.
But being served moldy bread at by a waiter that could care less is enough to keep one at home.

Aug 23, 2014
chilihead in Not About Food

Small town restaurant + Bad experience = Would you go back?

I live in the largest town in a very (very) small state and there are very few dining options, especially when you are talking about any sort of ethnic food.

Having lived in larger places for most of my life my rule is if I get a bad meal, or really bad service, on two occasions I don't go back to that restaurant again. There are always other places.

But in this small town this rule has pretty much crossed off most of the restaurants here. What confuses me is that I have heard on many occasions "you should give them another try."

If you were served mediocre food by a surly and inattentive waitstaff would you go back?

Aug 21, 2014
chilihead in Not About Food
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Best Food Cities in Northern NE?

I should clarify. I prefer Vietnamese over French, New Mexican over Italian, Korean over everything and right now I am daydreaming about an Ethiopian restaurant in D.C. The ethnic restaurants in Burlington are "passable" at best.
I do not find Burlington quirky, a town with four head shops and no toy stores is not quirky.

Best Food Cities in Northern NE?

If you are going to go as far as Burlington why not go a little further and goto Montreal? More options, more adventure, better food.

Worst Cooking show Buzzwords

Foodie.
Why would anyone infantilize gluttony?

Jul 24, 2014
chilihead in Food Media & News

Dinners near Burlington

Sakura has gone sadly down hill recently, our past two visits have been not quite right, the heart has seemed to left the place.

Take-out or self-catering in Burlington, VT?

here is the farmer's market website
http://www.burlingtonfarmersmarket.org

My wife is a regular at the food bar at City Market and I find it far more bearable than Healthy Living. August First Bakery/Cafe and Great Harvest Bakery are in the range of what you describe as well.

Impromptu road trip with family in Burlington VT area

But you can't get those here. NY bagels that is.

Impromptu road trip with family in Burlington VT area

One of the most unique places in Burlington is Myers Bagels. It is about a half mile from City Hall and specializes in Montreal Style bagels, which are honey boiled and wood fire baked.
It is tucked behind an antique junk shop by the old Barge Canal on Pine Street.
I'm not talking about fine dining here, just something different. Early mornings are best for watching the process in action or for picking up some picnic supplies.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/myers-bagel-b...

What do you make in your pressure cooker?

Huh. I've actually fried chicken in a pressure cooker, a SEB from France, and it came out fine.
And yes it was scary the first time.

Oct 11, 2012
chilihead in Home Cooking

Specific idea for Burlington VT - romantic

We're having the same problem thinking up a place to go for a milestone birthday. The choices run from over-rated to bad.

36 hours in Burlington, VT

Having lived here a decade or so I'd say Myer's Bagels.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/myers-bagel-b...

While more part of Montreal's food tradition than Vermont's this is a unique place, not fine dining but worth picking up a few for a picnic.

Movies That Changed A Food Forever

Like water for chocolate, especially the watermelon sequence.

Sep 01, 2012
chilihead in Food Media & News

Warning - General Mills bought Liberté yogurt, it's now Yoplait crap for premium price!

Yep, this timeline just about matches when we stopped buying Liberte and started using another brand. Looks like our tastebuds were aware of news that the rest of us were not.

Aug 31, 2012
chilihead in General Topics

Yuca instead of potatoes - salt cod recipe

Interesting conversation. Having lived for a bit in Colombia this dish seems familiar, minus the peanuts.

Apr 08, 2012
chilihead in Home Cooking

Asian Markets in Burlington, VT?

It used to be a Dairy Queen, now it is essentially the same but called something like "Dairy Barn."

Asian Markets in Burlington, VT?

The one on North street is still there and should have what you need plus a Tibetian food oriented shop opened up just opposite.
There is another Vietnamese store just opposite of the Dairy Queen as well (I think that is North Winooski.)

vermont mystic pie company

I just was at the Shaw's Supermarket on Rt 7 in Burlington and confirmed that they carry both apple and blueberry. From the appearance of the freezer display it looks like they might be distributed by the same folks as American Flatbread.

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American Flatbread
46 Lareau Rd, Waitsfield, VT 05673

vermont mystic pie company

I recall seeing them at the Shaw's on Shelburne Rd/Rt 7, and I would imagine that they could be found at City Market as well.
I'll double check the next time I'm there.

vermont mystic pie company

Saw a stack of them at the local mega mart the other week, of course I do live in Vermont, take from that what you will.