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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Dining on a Dime: Kerry's Kwik Stop

Posted By on Tue, Nov 13, 2018 at 2:53 PM

Roast beef panini with fries from Kerry's Kwik Stop - HANNAH PALMER EGAN
  • Hannah Palmer Egan
  • Roast beef panini with fries from Kerry's Kwik Stop
If you're looking for a fast and hearty midday meal, follow a contractor to their lunch spot. The fare may not be the healthiest — odds are, it won't be. But it'll fill you up, usually with something tasty, and almost always at a reasonable price.

Knowing this, I was relieved when I filed into line at Kerry's Kwik Stop, on St. Paul Street in Burlington during the lunch rush a couple weeks back. In front of me were an array of men in dusty steel-toed boots; some of them wore the neon yellow vests often donned by road crews. Excellent, I thought, starving.

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Dining on a Dime: Mirabelles Café

Posted By on Fri, Nov 2, 2018 at 12:28 PM

Chili and salad - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Chili and salad
Amid the deluge of detritus on Facebook, an image of truth and beauty lit up my feed the other day. It was a chocolate cupcake topped with a mound of vanilla frosting and decorated with sparkly numerals: 28.

“Happy Birthday to us!” the accompanying text read.

Mirabelles Café & Bakery turned 28 this week. The occasion provided a good reason — though not a necessary one — for lunch at one of Burlington’s best restaurants.

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Dining on a Dime: Pho Dang Vietnamese Café

Posted By on Fri, Oct 26, 2018 at 2:03 PM

  • Sally Pollak
  • Pho rau
Cold weather hit hard and fast this week — just in time to freeze out the Dodgers and warm up with soup.

If you're looking for a bowl of soup to be a meal, the thing to eat is pho,  Vietnamese noodle soup. I headed to Pho Dang Vietnamese Café in Winooski, which moved in July from its home of 11 years to new quarters a few blocks north.

The restaurant at 348 Main Street, roughly double the size of the original, is a cheerful and buzzy space currently decorated with goblins and pumpkins. All 14 tables were full the night I dined there, with a steady flow of people arriving. I found a seat at a shiny wooden bar by the front door and within a couple of minutes was served a pot of tea.

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Dining on a Dime: UVMMC Garden Atrium

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 4:25 PM

Carrot fritters and roast vegetables - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Carrot fritters and roast vegetables

A voluntary trip to the hospital is not a bad thing. Such an outing comes with benefits if the destination is the Garden Atrium café at the University of Vermont Medical Center.

Cost and personal choice are two of the pluses. Local and fresh are two more. With a longstanding commitment to sourcing local ingredients, UVMMC purchases food from more than 70 regional farmers and producers, according to its website.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

A Truck Plows Into Bessery's Butcher Shoppe

Posted By on Thu, Oct 11, 2018 at 3:38 PM

Bessery's Butcher Shoppe - COURTESY OF BRIAN BESSERY
  • Courtesy of Brian Bessery
  • Bessery's Butcher Shoppe
Bryan Bessery was in bed at his Burlington home Wednesday at about 11:15 p.m. when he heard a loud crash and “everything shook,” he said. Bessery thought something had hit his house on North Avenue, or maybe his car.

He looked outside to discover that a pickup truck had crashed through the front of Bessery’s Butcher Shoppe, his restaurant and butcher shop at 1398 North Ave. The truck came to a stop in his restaurant.

“They jumped the curb and took out the picnic tables,” Bessery told Seven Days Thursday afternoon. “It’s an epidemic in Burlington.”

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Vermont Baker Gérard Rubaud Has Died at 77

Posted By on Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 7:49 PM

  • Photo by M.C. Farine, Courtesy of Julie Rubaud
  • Gérard Rubaud
Updated October 11, 2018

For years, in-the-know shoppers would plan their grocery runs to City Market, Onion River Co-op and other area food stores around the weekly delivery schedule of Gérard's Bread. Dozens of lightly tangy, hearty and sweet loaves would appear in late morning and then, by late afternoon — poof! They'd be gone.

Now they're gone forever: Baker Gérard Rubaud died on Sunday, October 7, at his Westford home-bakery. Health problems earlier this summer took him away from bread production.  He was 77.

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Dining on a Dime: Philo Ridge Farm

Posted By on Fri, Oct 5, 2018 at 6:54 PM

Meatball hero at Philo Ridge Farm - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Meatball hero at Philo Ridge Farm
Update October 18, 2018:  Food at Philo Ridge Farm is available for takeout as the farm addresses its waste-water permitting, according to farm officials.

When I pulled into the parking lot of  Philo Ridge Farm in Charlotte the other day, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to dine on a dime at its market café. After all, I squeezed into a space (which was hard to find) between a Mercedes SUV and a Volvo station wagon. A silver BMW arrived not long after I did.

I learned not to judge a café by the cars in its lot. As it turns out, it was no problem at all to eat lunch here for $12.  The difficulty was deciding what to get.

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Dining on a Dime: Friend's Nepali Restaurant in Winooski

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2018 at 4:27 PM

Stuffed tomatoes at Friend's Nepali Restaurant - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Stuffed tomatoes at Friend's Nepali Restaurant
When my computer was getting fixed last week in Winooski, I ducked into a restaurant for lunch across the street from the repair shop. What a lovely surprise!

Friend’s Nepali Restaurant opened six weeks ago at 212 Main Street in Winooski. Its chef and co-owner, Ram Kadariya, started the restaurant after cooking at Central Market in Burlington.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Drink Up: Monarch & the Milkweed

Posted By on Fri, Sep 14, 2018 at 3:45 PM

Tonka Puff at Monarch & the Milkweed - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Tonka Puff at Monarch & the Milkweed
On a recent night at Monarch & the Milkweed, there was a When Harry Met Sally moment. It happened when bartender Eddie DiDonato set my drink on the marble bar in front of me. The foamy cocktail towered over the top of the glass at an artful angle, a straw balanced on top like a seesaw.

“So what do I have to order to get one of those?” a man at a nearby bar stool asked. “It looks amazing.”

No one has to fake an orgasm, a la Meg Ryan in the aforementioned Hollywood hit, to get what I got. But it does take a whole lot of shakin'.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

'EatingWell' and 'Cooking Light' Magazines Are Merging

Posted By on Thu, Sep 13, 2018 at 6:40 PM

Jessie Price, editor-in-chief of EatingWell - COURTESY OF EATINGWELL
  • Courtesy of EatingWell
  • Jessie Price, editor-in-chief of EatingWell

Update: This post was updated on September 14 to include information about layoffs at Meredith Corporation.

and Cooking Light magazines are merging under a plan announced by the magazines’ owner, Meredith Corporation, in a September 13 news release. The combined publication, which will keep the EatingWell name, will be “the largest subscription magazine in the epicurean category under the EatingWell brand,” according to the release.

EatingWell, based in Shelburne, will increase its print publication from six times a year to 10, editor-in-chief Jessie Price told Seven Days. In addition, the merger of the two food publications means that EatingWell’s circulation will rise from 1 million to 1.77 million, she said.

“It’s amazing news for us,” Price said. “It’s so validating of everything this brand, and everyone at this brand, has been working on every day, every week, every issue, and every year.” 

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