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Re: “Pints and Bites at Hired Hand Brewing Co.

Amazing the good things a ton of money can buy these days.
I remember the good old days when a glass of beer was a quarter.

1 like, 4 dislikes
Posted by timothy price on 03/08/2017 at 5:55 AM

Re: “Breakfast Club: Popover Stop at Rustic Roots

Rustic Roots is my must go to when visiting Vermont . The staff is always friendly and patient even while busy . I have never been disappointed and always delighted with the food I have ordered . I look forward to the farmers market and Rustic Roots Crepes on my next visit . Food made with love is a beautiful thing .

Posted by Sandy McCloskey Sabado on 03/06/2017 at 5:16 PM

Re: “Breakwater Café Closes, Will Be Second Location for the Spot

I've heard they're putting an end to live music. That would be a shame. Always enjoyed listening to local bands while enjoying a burger and beer while watching the sunset.

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Posted by DanR on 03/03/2017 at 8:09 PM

Re: “Breakfast Club: Popover Stop at Rustic Roots

Rustic Roots does a very nice job with shirred eggs, among other things. Good food.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 03/03/2017 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Breakfast Club: Popover Stop at Rustic Roots

I was fortunate to grow up in a house where the lady in charge--my scrappy and resourceful French Canadian mother--made the world's best popovers. It was almost magical how tray after tray of perfectly browned domes of dough came forth from the oven on the nights she made them. I do believe it's time for a popover renaissance. If Vermont can produce substantial amounts of some of the world's best cheese, beer, cider, and more, what amazing things might we do with the popover?

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Posted by Dean Pierce on 03/02/2017 at 8:15 PM

Re: “Breakwater Café Closes, Will Be Second Location for the Spot

Yay! Breakfast with a view! If they have live music, I hope they put in a real dance floor so no one sprains an ankle. Dancing on the waterfront on a midsummer evening with the breeze off the lake is so delightful. It was a shame when the Splash boathouse replaced the floor on the upper deck with waterproof flooring unsuitable for dancing...it wrecked it for the weekly salsa dance social.

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Posted by Donna Canney Walters on 02/18/2017 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Breakwater Café Closes, Will Be Second Location for the Spot

It will be great to have this site open for a breakfast crowd!

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Posted by Matt Kelly on 02/17/2017 at 6:48 PM

Re: “Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Bar Debuts on February 20

Hey Jason. How's Pistou doing these days?

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Posted by The Oracle on 02/17/2017 at 6:10 PM

Re: “Dining on a Dime: Pho Hong

The place is small (bordering on tiny), popular, and quite busy, but I've been about a dozen times in the last year and the service was never poor. Pho Hong's food is among the best Pho I've had anywhere in the Northeast.

Have never been charged extra for bringing in some beverages from outside. Something about having a couple cans of Burlington Beer Co or Citizen Cider with your Pho just seems right.

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Posted by yasky on 02/03/2017 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Dining on a Dime: Pho Hong

"UglyTown" is an apt nickname. This Negative Nelly hates everything he/she comments on. Maybe her service was bad because he/she is a bad customer? This is small family restaurant serves very good, very inexpensive food, and serves it well, even to people with unrealistic expectations such as yourself. Do us all a favor and stay home.

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Posted by The Oracle on 02/01/2017 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Dining on a Dime: Pho Hong

As the writer was obviously alluding too, the service is terrible FYI, maybe the worst in Burlington. Table service is spotty at best, down right walk out of the restaurant, intolerable at worst. Take out is no better, they will frequently quote you 15 minutes even if the wait is 45 minutes or more (which it often is).

The food is amazing, would truly be a highlight destination coming to Burlington for, if the service was even remotely up to par.

Worth going for an early dinner or late lunch but any other time means the service is too poor to make an attempt

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Posted by UglyTown on 01/31/2017 at 6:03 PM

Re: “Dining on a Dime: Pho Hong

Hi Rich ard,

Yes, at Pho Hong you can bring wine or beer, and they'll bring you an opener so you can pop the cork, or the top, yourself. No fee.

I've been told that charging a corkage fee is illegal in Vermont. However, I wasn't able to find anything about it on the DLC website. What I do know for sure is that in Vermont, if you have a liquor license, people are not allowed to bring their own.

I'm pretty sure that Tiny Thai is also BYOB, and corkage-fee free.

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Posted by Suzanne Podhaizer on 01/31/2017 at 5:39 PM

Re: “Dining on a Dime: Pho Hong

Pho Hong is the best! They have been keeping me happily fed for many years and I'm so glad they are still around too, and still busy :)

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Posted by Laura Hale on 01/31/2017 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Dining on a Dime: Pho Hong

Suzanne , you say Pho Hong is BYOB . This means I can bring my own wine/beer ? What about other places without licences in Vermont . Do they , can they charge a corkage fee ? Thank anyone .

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Posted by Rich ard on 01/31/2017 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Sampling Montréal's Korean Cuisine at Kantapia

Hi Kyla, thanks for your comment. I agree that I don't know much about Korean food, so any evaluations that I have are not about authenticity, but about whether I found the dishes to be delicious. That's the same thing I do when I evaluate restaurant dishes from cuisines with which I'm more familiar. Is something bland on the one hand, or oversalted on the other? Did it arrive at the table hot, if it was a hot dish? Do I want to go back and eat it again? I don't believe one can ever fully understand any cuisine, even one's own. There's so much complexity, nuance and history!

Gnocchi can be made from various starches -- wheat, potato, winter squash, rice -- and sometimes, I've made them straight and long, very similar to the shape of garaetteok. For those who think of something entirely different when they hear "rice cake" -- such as the hard, crunchy snack food that is sold in sleeves at the grocery store -- I thought that I'd make a comparison.

I believe that comparisons are incredibly useful for helping people understand new things, so I make them often. If I eat a new, bloomy-rind cow's milk cheese, I may describe it as being "similar to Brie" if it has one particular flavor profile, and "similar to Camembert" if it has a particular different flavor profile, because that will help people decide if they might like to eat it, or not. And helping people find things they want to eat is the primary reason I write about restaurants!

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Posted by Suzanne Podhaizer on 01/30/2017 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Sampling Montréal's Korean Cuisine at Kantapia

Omma on Rue Bernard O. is worthy of a try as well.

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Posted by Jennifer Blair on 01/29/2017 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Sampling Montréal's Korean Cuisine at Kantapia

Yes, I agree and much closer than Boston and NYC which is why I'm excited!

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Posted by Kyla Drew on 01/28/2017 at 8:15 PM

Re: “Big Things Are Happening for Gretel-Ann Fischer

Cheater. Should've been disqualified.

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Posted by noway on 01/28/2017 at 7:19 PM

Re: “Sampling Montréal's Korean Cuisine at Kantapia

Kyla, Montreal is a larger urban area.

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Posted by CrazyProf on 01/28/2017 at 5:03 PM

Re: “Sampling Montréal's Korean Cuisine at Kantapia

Being Korean myself and reading the items you had, it seems like this would be a wonderful place to get the real thing. Eating my mother's cuisine, a native from South Korea in a little town near the DMZ, and many of her friends whose food I ate growing up, I would say that there is some difference from family to family on how you prepare items. But, that is like every cuisine. I know you said you're not that familiar with Korean cuisine, but the items you mentioned are classic. I believe you shouldn't compare kimbop to maki. It's like comparing apples with oranges. All the seafood pancakes and vegetable pancakes I've had in my lifetime have been omelet thick and a bit doughy, just like your description; I've never had them thin and crisp. The batter you mix the items in is very much like a pancake batter but thicker; so it's very difficult to get a thin pancake with all the other items in the batter as well which will naturally "bulk" up the pancake. The rice cakes look nothing similar to gnocchi. I believe you are trying to compare once again an item that people are not too familiar with (rice cake) to an item people may know (gnocchi). Gnocchi is a potato pasta that contains potato, flour, and egg. Rice cake is exactly that. Rice cooked down with some salt added and then pressed to formation. I have to disagree with you about the sweetness of it. Rice cake itself is not sweet...I would say that the red pepper paste which is the base of the sauce in the dish you ate had some sugar added to take off the heat. Every cuisine is beautiful and Korean cuisine is no different in that aspect. I don't believe you should be recommending or not recommending a dining establishment if you don't really have a full understanding of the cuisine in the first place. I am excited for your report solely to have an option that is closer by to me to choose to dine at for a cuisine that you normally only find in larger urban areas.

10 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Kyla Drew on 01/28/2017 at 9:41 AM

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