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The Skinny Pancake's Benjy Adler on What to Do, See and Sample in Burlington 

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"Love Local" is a mantra around Burlington. It's a small city, and residents do what they can to support their friends and neighbors — in life and in business. The phrase is also the tagline of the Skinny Pancake, a crêperie with locations at the Burlington International Airport.

The company's flagship restaurant near the Burlington waterfront features live entertainment most nights and a sunny patio with a great view of the bike path. But satellite cafés such as those at the airport offer the same delicious formula: buttery crêpes with sweet or savory fillings such as berries and cream or ham and cheese. Menus also include grass-fed beef burgers, poutine and kale Caesars — all made with as much locally grown food as possible. And there's always Vermont beer on draft. Sound fun? It is.

The business began as a Church Street food cart back in 2003. Since then, brothers and co-owners Benjy and Jonny Adler have opened more than a dozen eateries in Vermont and New Hampshire, including Burlington's Chubby Muffin café, a traveling festival cart and a catering operation. And, yes, you can still find "skinny pancakes" on Church Street on summer days.

Benjy Adler came to Vermont as a Middlebury College student in 1999, and he's stuck around ever since — "minus a few adventures," he told BTV this spring. These days, he lives in Burlington's Old North End with his partner and daughter.

Here, Adler shares his Burlington sightseeing suggestions.

What's your ideal summer day in Burlington?

I love Rock Point. It's a gem. [It's owned by the Episcopal Church], but people use it freely and openly. It's amazing that you can be in town and yet so far away in pristine nature.

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You can also rent paddleboards at the Sailing Center. It's just so crazy and cool to go out on the lake when it's calm, and then turning to look back at the city. Or turning your back on the city and looking out at the mountains.

And then there's the Intervale, which I use for running. I see people there walking, too. It's a nice place to escape to in the summer, or really anytime.

Where do you like to eat and drink on a warm afternoon?

We go to the Skinny [Pancake on Lake Street] because we've got a little kid, and it's easy to go there. But we'll also hit up Butch + Babe's sometimes, because we live around the corner.

When I have out-of-towners come through, we'll do a brewery crawl down Pine Street and end at Oakledge Park. It's such a show-off move: You get to stop at all these amazing breweries along the way, and then, at the end, here we are at this bucolic park. And then, Look, I brought my Frisbee!

What do you do on a hot day with kids?

We love Leddy Park for little kids because it's really good sand, and it's less crowded [than other beaches]. And it's an incredibly slow descent into deep water. So it's great to bring little kids, because it's safe and you can really relax there.

The Skinny Pancake is a regular on the summer festival scene. Which gatherings are your favorites?

We tune into Jazz Fest. That one is special, insofar as there's all this unexpected stuff happening everywhere on Church Street. And at the waterfront tent events, there's such a sense of community — everybody knows everybody. And then, honestly, the work everyone does between [the summer concerts at] Shelburne Museum and the Maritime Festival and ending with Grand Point North — we just roll through them all and tune into the performances that really excite us. We're so amazed that these things come to us.

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« Love Local » est un véritable leitmotiv à Burlington. La ville est petite, et les résidents font ce qu'ils peuvent pour soutenir leurs amis et voisins – dans la vie comme en affaires. Cette expression est notamment la signature de Skinny Pancake, une crêperie présente à l'Aéroport international de Burlington.

L'adresse principale du restaurant, près du front d'eau de Burlington, propose des spectacles en direct la plupart des soirs ainsi qu'une terrasse ensoleillée avec vue sur la piste cyclable. Les adresses secondaires, comme celles à l'aéroport, offrent la même délicieuse formule : de bonnes crêpes au beurre avec un choix de garnitures sucrées ou salées, telles que petits fruits et crème ou jambon et fromage. Le menu comprend également burger de bœuf engraissé à l'herbe, poutine et salade César de chou frisé – tous composés autant que possible d'ingrédients locaux. Et il y a toujours de la bière du Vermont en fût. Ça vous paraît sympa? Ça l'est!

L'entreprise a démarré sous la forme d'un chariot ambulant sur Church Street en 2003. Depuis, les deux frères et copropriétaires Benjy et Jonny Adler ont ouvert une dizaine de points de vente au Vermont et dans le New Hampshire, notamment le café Chubby Muffin de Burlington, un chariot qui se déplace de festival en festival ainsi qu'un service de traiteur. Et, bien entendu, vous pouvez toujours trouver des « skinny pancakes » sur Church Street durant les beaux jours d'été.

Benjy Adler est arrivé au Vermont pour étudier au Middlebury College en 1999, et il n'est jamais reparti – « sauf pour quelques aventures ici et là », a-t-il confié à BTV ce printemps. Il habite actuellement dans le Old North End de Burlington avec sa conjointe et leur fille.

Lisez ce qui suit pour connaître les suggestions de sorties de Benjy.

Quelle serait votre journée d'été idéale à Burlington?

J'adore Rock Point. C'est un petit bijou. [C'est l'Église épiscopale qui en est propriétaire], mais les gens l'utilisent librement. C'est formidable d'être en ville tout en ayant l'impression de se trouver très loin, au cœur de la nature.

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On peut aussi louer des planches à bras au Sailing Center. C'est fou de s'élancer sur le lac quand l'eau est calme, puis de se retourner pour voir la ville. Ou de faire dos à la ville pour regarder les montagnes.

Il y a aussi l'Intervale, où je vais courir. Les gens vont y marcher aussi. C'est un bon endroit pour s'évader durant l'été, mais aussi à n'importe quel autre moment.

Où aimez-vous manger et prendre un verre par un bel après-midi?

Nous allons au Skinny [Pancake] sur Lake Street, parce que nous avons un jeune enfant et c'est facile de s'y rendre. Mais nous allons aussi parfois à Butch + Babe, parce que c'est à deux pas de chez nous.

Lorsque je reçois des amis de l'extérieur de la ville, nous allons faire la tournée des brasseries sur Pine Street jusqu'à Oakledge Park. C'est un peu pour leur en jeter plein la vue : les brasseries qui jalonnent la rue sont exceptionnelles, puis on aboutit dans un parc bucolique. Et ensuite, c'est le moment de jouer au frisbee!

Que faites-vous avec les enfants lors des chaudes journées d'été?

Nous aimons beaucoup Leddy Park pour les jeunes enfants, car le sable est très beau et la plage est moins bondée [que les autres plages]. De plus, on peut marcher très longtemps dans l'eau avant que ce soit profond. C'est donc parfait pour les enfants, car il n'y a pas de danger et on peut vraiment se relaxer.

Skinny Pancake est très présent durant les festivals d'été. Quels sont vos événements préférés?

Nous ne manquons jamais le Jazz Fest. Celui-là est spécial, parce qu'il se passe toutes sortes de choses inattendues sur Church Street. Et sous le chapiteau dans le secteur riverain, le sentiment de communauté est très fort – tout le monde connaît tout le monde. Mais vraiment, il y en a pour tous les goûts, depuis les concerts d'été au Shelburne Museum, en passant par le Maritime Festival et jusqu'à Grand Point North – nous fréquentons tous ces festivals selon les spectacles qui nous intéressent le plus. C'est formidable que tous ces événements viennent à nous.

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