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Re: “Exploring Brattleboro's Eateries

Don't forget the new kid, Restless Rooster! Awesome coffee and breakfast.

Posted by Linda Alvarez on 10/18/2016 at 4:22 PM

Re: “Monarch & the Milkweed Opens in Burlington

This was, hands down, the WORST restaurant experience I have ever had in Burlington.
I really wanted to like this restaurant. When you walk in, this very modern, clean establishment looks fantastic. The service was warm and friendly, but every single aspect of the food and drink we received fell a mile short of any expectations.
The biscuits and gravy were awful, a soup bowl of floury gravy with two very small, hockey puck biscuits. It was so peppery it was inedible and not worth the $10 price tag.
The quiche was actually disgusting. The size of a small coffee cup and tasting like it was an egg cooked with a cup of sugar, I couldn't eat more than a single, very small bite. It was served with a salad 3x larger than the quiche itself that was WAY over dressed with lemon juice, to the point where it was not enjoyable to eat and tasted like a low quality sour candy. Most certainly not worth $9.
The $4 hash brown was barely a 2 inch cube, and tasted like a chinese food chicken finger.
On top of it all the coffee was watery and disappointing, with the only espresso options were Nespresso disposable coffee cups instead of real espresso.
When we addressed the issues with the owner, over our plates of clearly uneaten food, we were told they "weren't comfortable" giving us any refund for our $40 meal but were told to "send an email" when we wanted to come back to get something free, even after we insisted that we would never be coming back.

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Posted by H. Hill on 10/13/2016 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Vermont Food Truck Finder 2016

Like to see your evaluation of the orange food truck just north of downtown Windsor.

Posted by Ralph W. Mueckenheim on 10/10/2016 at 6:05 AM

Re: “5-Oh! Pizzeria Moves to Bradford

A big problem with the space is that MANY people in the community were friends with Clue, and can't bring themselves to enter the building.

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Posted by Liane on 10/08/2016 at 10:49 AM

Re: “5-Oh! Pizzeria Moves to Bradford

Good luck in Bradford, Jim. However, "the larger, well equipped kitchen" is a joke as the space has failed repeatedly, and a large part of the problem is the landlord and the poor state of the kitchen. While the location has some appeal, three pizza joints in a row, including the well established Colatina Exit and Bliss Village Store don't bode well for 5 O!

Posted by Hod Palmer III on 10/07/2016 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Got Milked?

what has happened since 2003?

Posted by Regina Mcilvain on 10/04/2016 at 6:48 PM

Re: “Dining on a Dime: Pho Taó Vietnamese Restaurant

Cheap food is good, I guess, but what about its sources, al a last week's article on sustainability and food ethics highlighted?

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Posted by Hod Palmer III on 10/03/2016 at 9:31 PM

Re: “Drink Up: Cappuccino and Bites at Moon Dog Café

The Puppy is a favorite gathering place in Our Town for a scrumptious breakfast on a weekend morning or a treat to an outsider to lunch selected from an amazing eclectic variety of foods and breads. The tantalizing aromas of the freshly baked treats and the Mocha Joe coffee makes this a most attractive stop in Chester.
Bill & Leigh Dakin

Posted by Bill Dakin on 10/03/2016 at 7:56 PM

Re: “Taco Time at Middlebury Chocolates

"What local farms does Middlebury Chocolates get its cocoa beans from? Right."

As cacao cannot generally be grown outside of the tropics, we put a great deal of time, energy, and money into dealing directly with growing co-operatives and farmers to ensure fair wages, sustainable agricultural practices, and consistently delicious end products. Simply put, we try our best to provide a better model for a specialty product that cannot be grown locally.

We do integrate many local ingredients into our products: we use local honey in all of our confections, local maple sugar, as well as many local herbs and spices. One of our top selling chocolate bars, the "Chupacabra", utilizes loads of local maple sugar from Little Hogback Farm and habanero peppers grown specifically for us by Elmer Farm and Quill Hill Farm.

"If the Jacksons feel so strongly about serving local food, maybe they should change their business model."

Why do you think we are doing this taco night, silly?

"But a couple of tacos are not going to cut it."

True, and that's the summary point of the article.

If anything was stated that leads you to believe that we or the author are attempting to put down the existing restaurants in Middlebury, then there must be some confusion, as this is not the case at all. The point is that we can and should attempt to improve the way that local restaurants utilize and feature local foods on a year-round basis. Please check out the great interview with Chef Matt Corrente of Two Brothers which was also published last week. Matt does a great job of pointing out what is currently being done to improve the integration of local foods as well as addressing specific shortcomings in our local food distribution system.

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Posted by Middlebury Chocolates on 10/02/2016 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Taco Time at Middlebury Chocolates

Flatbread does a great job, if you want a pizza. And there are a lot of places to get a pretty decent burger in Middlebury, some of which do source some local ingredients. But if you don't want pizza or a burger, and local is important to you, and you're on a budget, the options are pretty slim.

Honestly, the tacos at Middlebury Chocolates have been the best food I've had in Middlebury in the 8 years I've lived here. The fact that the space is kid-friendly and the price is reasonable makes me wish they'd consider keeping it going year-round.

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Posted by Kat on 10/01/2016 at 10:23 PM

Re: “Taco Time at Middlebury Chocolates

What local farms does Middlebury Chocolates get its cocoa beans from? Right. If the Jacksons feel so strongly about serving local food, maybe they should change their business model. But a couple of tacos are not going to cut it. And I agree with Christina: Many Middlebury restaurants do a good job of featuring locally sourced food while maintaining diverse, interesting menus.

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Posted by daniel on 10/01/2016 at 8:56 AM

Re: “Barflying at Windsor Station

This place is really good. Never been disappointed

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Posted by Maggie may on 09/29/2016 at 11:31 AM

Re: “Grilling the Chef: Matt Corrente of Two Brothers Tavern

It's awesome to see this sort of mentality and food progress being pursued in Middlebury.

"I would love to see is a farmers market delivery network." This is a perfect statement for what is needed to improve our restaurants' year round access to fresh local food; it will take a lot of planning, trust, and infrastructure from both chefs and farmers to implement something of this nature, but it can certainly be done!

Thanks for the great insights, Matt... sounds like it is time to stop back by Two Brothers and check out the menu!

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Posted by Middlebury Chocolates on 09/28/2016 at 12:42 PM

Re: “Taco Time at Middlebury Chocolates

Hi Christina, you are absolutely right when you say that American Flatbread in Middlebury does an awesome job of utilizing local ingredients, and they do it year round, which makes it even more special. And yes, an occasional pop-up is certainly easier in many ways to integrate a broad array of local foods, especially during peak harvest season as it is right now.

I think the larger idea we are trying to get across, though, is that Middlebury has a lot of room to improve when it comes to offering local foods through restaurants, year-round or not. Personally, if we were coming from an out-of-town perspective, we would never consider traveling to Middlebury based on its food offerings right now. We are not trying to say that there aren't people doing good things, but we have a broad and notable disconnect between the food producers and the restaurants. American Flatbread is literally the only restaurant in town (as far as we know) that continually works directly with farmers throughout the year... is it wrong to want others to do that as well?

Bottom line is, we rarely eat out in Middlebury for three reasons: the food is not consistently local, the food is not consistently delicious (with a couple exceptions), and the food is very consistently overpriced. Thanks for your comments, and I hope this helps to clarify our position on the matter.

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Posted by Middlebury Chocolates on 09/28/2016 at 8:50 AM

Re: “Isole Dinner Club Launches Lit-Inspired Supper Series

I would love to go, as Beowulf was my big translation project the second semester of my senior year in college in 1973. But, alas, I am a vegetarian, and I doubt any of the food produced to pair with the lovely mead would meet my dietary restrictions. Sigh.

Posted by Barbara Alsop on 09/28/2016 at 6:48 AM

Re: “Taco Time at Middlebury Chocolates

"Our hope is that restaurants follow suit in pursuing better year-round food integration"

First of all, I think American Flatbread in Middlebury does an excellent job of that already. They constantly tweak their offerings to make it as seasonal as possible and they do not hesitate to clearly inform the public about the farms and farmers that supply them -- those are "showcased" on every specials board and menu, every night. I'm surprised that isn't acknowledged in this article.

Secondly, it's relatively easy to do an intensly local pop up theme once in a while but to sustain seasonal local food offerings while still being able to staff and pay the bills month after month and year after year, well that takes much more effort. The Lobby, Two Brothers, and 51 Main as well should be commended as trying to do just what the Jacksons suggest but on a realistic scale.

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Posted by Christina Auer on 09/27/2016 at 8:41 PM

Re: “Drink Up: Stone Leaf Teahouse

Still no photo, Julia?

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Posted by The Oracle on 09/22/2016 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Ethicists Consider the Rights and Wrongs of Food Systems

What are the ethical implications of dumpster diving farmed shrimp ?
Shopping for food must be exhausting for you very special holier then thou's, what with all these ethical quandaries . I am more concerned with feeding my family .

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Posted by Rich ard on 09/21/2016 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Shinjuku Station Offers Takeout Sushi in Burlington

Jennifer Blair, I think it's all at 260 North St (right on the corner of North and N Winooski). I'm so glad to have their sushi back! I ran into Peter at the cart on Church St and when he told me they were opening a location in the ONE, I literally jumped up and down with joy.

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Posted by Laura Hale on 09/21/2016 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Shinjuku Station Offers Takeout Sushi in Burlington

Um, what's the address of the kiosk in the O.N.E?

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Posted by Jennifer Blair on 09/20/2016 at 7:44 PM

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