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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Vermont Food Truck Finder 2017

Posted By on Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 1:08 PM

In Grand Isle, the Outhouse offers burgers, fries and tater tots, among other summer snacks. - COURTESY OF THE OUTHOUSE
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  • In Grand Isle, the Outhouse offers burgers, fries and tater tots, among other summer snacks.

2017's New Kids: the Outhouse, Grand Isle

For years, Julie Dickie dreamed of opening a food truck, but life got in the way. With help from Tony LaRose, she got a wood-clad food truck on the road this spring. If you're in Grand Isle, swing by the Outhouse Wednesday through Sunday for homemade burgers and hand-cut fries, cheesesteaks, chicken sandwiches, and tater tots. Summer sun got you sweatin'? Cool off with a scoop or three of ice cream from Kingdom Creamery of Vermont.


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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Dining on a Dime: Burlington Bay Market & Café in Burlington

Posted By on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 5:19 PM

Pastrami on rye at Burlington Bay Market and Café - SALLY POLLAK
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  • Pastrami on rye at Burlington Bay Market and Café
After 17 years of eating creemees at Burlington Bay Market & Cafe, I decided it was time to expand my horizons.  To kick off summer, on a recent visit I ventured past the creemee window and headed to the lunch counter inside. From there, I would travel even further, to the high deck overlooking the marina and lake beyond.

As a rookie at the lunch counter, and with a $12 dining limit, I sought advice: Reuben or hot pastrami sandwich? The cashier told me the pastrami on rye was "pretty popular." That was all the persuading I needed: I hadn't eaten a pastrami sandwich in Burlington since 2011, when Sadie Katz deli shut down. At $10.99 ($12.20 with tax), I figured I'd grab a glass of water and forego the creemee.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hong's Dumplings Says Goodbye to Church Street

Posted By on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 5:15 PM

Hong Yu and Lisa Li at Hong's Dumpling Cart - SALLY POLLAK
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  • Hong Yu and Lisa Li at Hong's Dumpling Cart
Hong Yu, who cooked and served dumplings on the Church Street Marketplace for 17 years, made her final appearance there Tuesday. She was at her food cart, Hong's Chinese Dumplings, to say hello and goodbye to the countless people who have eaten her dumplings over the years.

Yu is planning to open a year-round dumpling shop at 77 Pearl Street, site of the former Radio Deli. The family is trying to raise money to open the business in about five weeks, her daughter Lisa Li said. They need $20,000 to $30,000 for a hood system and permitting, she said.

"It sounds really expensive, between the different requirements," Li said. "But we're doing our best."

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Folino's Pizza to Open in a Former Burlington Funeral Home

Posted By on Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 4:51 PM

Scallop and bacon pizza at Folino's - FILE: SUZANNE PODHAIZER
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  • Scallop and bacon pizza at Folino's
Make way for Folino’s.

The popular Shelburne  pizzeria is expanding to Burlington. Folino's owner John Koerner leased a 5,000-square-foot space inside the former Corbin & Palmer Funeral Home building on South Union Street, he told Seven Days.

It’s still very much a work in progress. On Thursday Koerner and two other men were gutting the place, which is now empty. Koerner plans to use the rear portion of the building, which faces the City Market/Onion River Co-op parking lot, as his entrance, which will give him an opportunity for outdoor seating and plenty of parking. He also has an extra 1,800 square feet of space that he wants to make available to a brewery, much like his arrangement with Fiddlehead Brewing at Folino's Shelburne location.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

'Blended Burger' Tempts in Northfield

Posted By on Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 1:41 PM

Blended burger and  beer at Cornerstone Burger Co. in Northfield - SALLY POLLAK
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  • Blended burger and beer at Cornerstone Burger Co. in Northfield
Driving 96 miles round trip for a burger to celebrate its sustainability is probably counterproductive, or at least not a very practical idea. But that's what I did Saturday night when I drove to Northfield to eat a "blended burger" at Cornerstone Burger Co.

The blended burger mixes ground beef with mushrooms to reduce the amount of meat consumed and add whatever benefits are conferred by a little mushroom filler.  The burger ($13) is on the menu through July at Cornerstone, which is participating in a nationwide contest organized by the James Beard Foundation.  The idea behind the Blended Burger Project, in its third year, is to help the planet (and yourself) by limiting beef consumption, and to win the competition by making the top-rated blended burger. (The public votes.)

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Farmers Market Kitchen: In Praise of Breakfast Salad

Posted By on Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 12:09 PM

Breakfast salad with egg, radish kimchi, sautéed radishes and greens, and butter-grilled bread - HANNAH PALMER EGAN
  • Hannah Palmer Egan
  • Breakfast salad with egg, radish kimchi, sautéed radishes and greens, and butter-grilled bread
Despite my deep love for all things meat, I eat more like an herbivore when I'm cooking for just myself.  One of my morning go-tos is the breakfast salad. Loosely speaking, this calls for the following, any of which you can leave out if it's not your jam:

  • Garlic and oil, butter or animal fat
  • Fresh veggies that cook quickly
  • A bit of sausage, bacon, ham, etc. (optional)
  • Salad greens
  • Kimchi or kraut
  • One or more dairy product: feta, chèvre, mascarpone, blue cheese,  plain yogurt
  • Hot sauce
  • Bread or tortilla

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Monday, June 12, 2017

New Brewers Festival Coming to Killington

Posted By on Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 5:21 PM

Vermont Brewers Festival on the Burlington Waterfront - COURTESY
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  • Vermont Brewers Festival on the Burlington Waterfront
The Vermont Brewers Association announced on Monday afternoon that it will host a brewers festival at Killington Resort next March, to be called — wait for it — the Vermont Brewers Festival at Killington.

The VBA hosts the annual Vermont Brewers Festival at Waterfront Park in Burlington in July (this year Friday and Saturday, July 21 and 22). The organization that represents 52 Vermont craft brewers has been considering for some time adding a second festival to its lineup, according to marketing and festival director Amy Cronin.

"We wanted to play into Vermont being so beautiful," Cronin said. "And offer something in another part of the state, and make it special."

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Burlington Bartender Wins Most Imaginative in Northeast at Contest in Boston

Posted By on Thu, Jun 8, 2017 at 1:42 PM

Eddie DiDonato at Leunig's - SALLY POLLAK
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  • Eddie DiDonato at Leunig's
Six years after he graduated from Saint Michael's College, Eddie DiDonato pulled an all-nighter. The bartender, who works at Leunig's Bistro & Cafe and Waterworks, was up until 4 a.m. Monday to prepare for a cocktail competition in Boston.

After a few hours' sleep, he loaded his gear into his car, stopped at Tomgirl Juice Co. to pick up some wildflower-cashew milk, and drove to Boston to compete in the Most Imaginative Bartender contest. The annual event is presented by Bombay Sapphire gin,  which is a required ingredient in the competing cocktails.

The cashew milk — and gin — were key ingredients in DiDonato's drink, a cocktail he concocted called Tiger's Milk. With it, he bested a field of 10 bartenders from around the Northeast to win the regional contest.  DiDonato will compete in the North American Most Imaginative Bartender (MIB) final in late August in London.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Dining on a Dime: Bagitos in Montpelier

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 7:28 AM

A quiet moment at Bagitos in Montpelier - SUZANNE PODHAIZER
  • Suzanne Podhaizer
  • A quiet moment at Bagitos in Montpelier
When I stop by Bagitos Bagel and Burrito Café on Montpelier's Main Street, I'm usually there for a bagel with lox. On my most recent visit, I decided to branch out. Why? Because I noticed that the burrito "bowl" ($8.99) could be made with Vermont Highland ground beef, and rounded out with rice, refried beans, lettuce, black olives and shredded cheese.

I added a scoop of guacamole ($1.25) and sat down at a sunny table, equipped with the Wi-Fi password and blueberry-chaga kombucha from Kingdom Harvest in Cabot. At $4, it pushed me past my "dime," but was probably really good for me.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Dining on a Dime: Mountain View Snack Bar of Barre

Posted By on Tue, May 23, 2017 at 4:13 PM

Double bacon cheeseburger, Mountain View Snackbar of Barre - HANNAH PALMER EGAN
  • Hannah Palmer Egan
  • Double bacon cheeseburger, Mountain View Snackbar of Barre
Summer may be just beginning, but Barre has already gained two new snack bars.

On May 2, the Snack Shack — that's the place with the big pink creemee cone at 515 North Main Street — returned after several seasons' closure. It's now open Tuesday through Sunday from 4 to 9 p.m. And on April 28, owners Ted and Alicia Colletti launched snack bar service at L&M Diner at 240 North Main Street, open Tuesday through Sunday from 2 to 9 p.m.

Snack bar service at the diner?

Yes. The Collettis own the Mountain View Snack Bars in Morrisville, Stowe and Hardwick. Usually, their Barre diner closes at 3 p.m. Now, the diner "closes" at 2 p.m., at which point staff from the Mountain View Snack Bar of Barre take the reins.

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