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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Drink Up: Yappy Hour with the Dogist

Posted By on Tue, Oct 1, 2019 at 4:59 PM

Layla and the Dogist - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Layla and the Dogist
I put on my party shirt Monday evening, grabbed a matching leash and hitched Layla to the end of the blue rope. We had a date downtown for Yappy Hour, a canine-forward gathering at Hotel Vermont.

Taking a dog to a bar is kind of like dragging a toddler there. They'd have more fun in the park. It's not ideal for you, either.  You have to pay attention to something other than the beer in your glass and the person next to you. That's especially true if a crowd of dogs and people convene — and there was a crowd Monday on the Juniper patio.

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Drink Up: Vermontte

Posted By on Thu, Sep 26, 2019 at 9:08 PM

Vermontte special at Brio Coffeeworks - JORDAN BARRY
  • Jordan Barry
  • Vermontte special at Brio Coffeeworks
International Coffee Day is this Sunday, September 29. To celebrate, coffee shops in the Burlington area are taking a decidedly local approach and offering a series of unique coffee drinks, all dubbed the Vermontte.

Coffee drinkers will see Vermontte specials around town, with flavors, ingredients and concepts going beyond the usual espresso and steamed milk:  carrot juice at the Great Northern; maple matcha at New Moon Café, strawberry cheesecake with goat milk at Brio Coffeeworks; spicy maple at Uncommon Grounds; Japanese sweet potato at Scout & Co.; maple, pear and sage at August First Bakery; ginger infused maple at Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea Co.; apple cinnamon cascara at Carrier Roasting Company; chaga mushroom and maple at Nomad Coffee; and a cardamom and honey pour-over at Blank Page Café in Shelburne. 

The Vermontte event is organized by the coffee pros who run the @vt.coffee Instagram account, Maya Nguyen and Gianni Paradiso, together with Lisa Espenshade, the director of donor relations at Grounds for Health, a Williston nonprofit focused on cervical cancer prevention in coffee-growing countries.

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Dining on a Dime: Mimmo's Pizzeria & Restaurant

Posted By on Thu, Sep 26, 2019 at 3:42 PM


Sara Rooke serves an eggplant parmesan hero at Mimmo's - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Sara Rooke serves an eggplant parmesan hero at Mimmo's
I thought about bringing my own crosswalk to Mimmo’s Pizzeria & Restaurant, the new restaurant in our South End neighborhood, but I remembered the city frowns upon  DIY safety measures.

Instead, I ran across Shelburne Road — praying mid-dash there was no car on the far side of the Jeep Cherokee I couldn’t see past. I made it.

I was surprised to find a full parking lot at Mimmo’s at 7 p.m. on a Tuesday.  The dining room was full, too, pulsing with a happy-sounding crowd. I found a seat at the end of the bar, where I was treated to a favorite view: cooks at work.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Maglianero Café to Become Kestrel Coffee Roasters Café

Posted By on Wed, Sep 18, 2019 at 5:31 PM

L to R: Abby Holden, Charlotte Steverson, Johnny Steverson, Michael Jager - JORDAN BARRY
  • Jordan Barry
  • L to R: Abby Holden, Charlotte Steverson, Johnny Steverson, Michael Jager
Maglianero Café, the coffee shop in the Karma Bird House at 47 Maple Street in Burlington, will transform into Kestrel Coffee Roasters’ second café location at the end of the month.

Kestrel might sound familiar to anyone who has grabbed a sandwich at Maglianero recently — the roaster has been providing the food at the coffee shop since July. Charlotte and Johnny Steverson opened Kestrel's first sit-down café with sandwiches, soups and other house-made treats in South Burlington's Technology Park in 2018. That location will continue to operate as usual, in addition to roasting the coffee and preparing the food to be sold on Maple Street.

The Steversons met Maglianero owner and co-founder Michael Jager in a moment of coffee-fueled serendipity at the café in 2017.  Later, they worked with Jager at Solidarity of Unbridled Labour (formerly JDK Design) to establish Kestrel's branding and design.

"It's an example of a café doing what it's designed to do," said Jager of meeting the Steversons. "Cafés are crazy, beautiful supercolliders that can absolutely change the world."

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Dining on a Dime: Syp Brand Pierogi

Posted By on Sat, Sep 14, 2019 at 9:21 AM

Invitation to Pierogi Mondays by Syp Brand Pierogi - JORDAN BARRY
  • Jordan Barry
  • Invitation to Pierogi Mondays by Syp Brand Pierogi
The best story pitch I've ever gotten might be the hand-drawn invitation that arrived on my desk from Miranda Syp. A note on the back read, "Hello! My name is Miranda Syp of Syp Brand Pierogi, LLC. I'd like to invite you to my next Pierogi Monday."

I'm a sucker for pop-ups and for pierogi, so this one was a no-brainer. As a bonus, these pierogi prices align quite nicely with the parameters of Dining on a Dime.

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Drink Up: Major Jackson with Major Jackson at Leunig's

Posted By on Fri, Sep 13, 2019 at 5:09 PM

Major Jackson - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Major Jackson
A cocktail, like a poem, has to have the right ingredients, the poet Major Jackson said. With each, “you want to curate an experience: one that speaks to the past but is also firmly rooted in the present.” Both a drink and a poem, Jackson continued, should be “disorienting and yet steadying at the same time.”

He pointed out, too, that each endeavor gains something when practiced in fellowship. “Poetry is created in a solitary space, but it’s ultimately art that is meant to be shared,” Jackson said. He elaborated on that idea before adding: “Just like no one wants to drink alone.”

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Drink Up: GOBO at Caledonia Spirits

Posted By on Thu, Sep 12, 2019 at 10:47 AM

Burdock grown at Cate Farm in East Montpelier is the basis for Caledonia Spirits' new GOBO. - MELISSA PASANEN
  • Melissa Pasanen
  • Burdock grown at Cate Farm in East Montpelier is the basis for Caledonia Spirits' new GOBO.
There is probably not a gardener, outdoors enthusiast or dog-owner in Vermont who is unfamiliar with burdock. The deep-rooted plant seems to thrive everywhere; its burrs enmesh themselves with Velcro-like tenacity in your pet’s coat, your kid’s hair, your shoelaces.

At the new Montpelier headquarters of Caledonia Spirits on September 9, employees wore tongue-in-cheek boutonnières of the dreaded burrs, but the private event was actually a burdock lovefest.

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Foam Brewers to Open a Restaurant

Posted By on Fri, Sep 6, 2019 at 11:12 AM

Restaurant will be in site of Foam art exhibit - LUKE AWTRY
  • Luke Awtry
  • Restaurant will be in site of Foam art exhibit
Foam Brewers on the Burlington waterfront plans to open a restaurant in the Lake Street building that houses its brewery and taproom, according to co-owner Jon Farmer.

The new restaurant, which Farmer expects will open in late winter or early spring, has yet to be named. It will be a quick-service, farm-to-table restaurant whose concept and menu will be further developed when Foam hires a chef/kitchen manager to run the new business, Farmer told Seven Days.

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Dining on a Dime: Tomgirl Kitchen

Posted By on Thu, Sep 5, 2019 at 9:11 AM


Salad bowl at Tomgirl Kitchen - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Salad bowl at Tomgirl Kitchen
The South End Art Hop begins on Friday, September 6. A couple of days before the festivities I stopped for lunch at Tomgirl Kitchen in the Soda Plant on Pine Street. The building will be the site of art exhibits this weekend, but a set of vivid colors — purple, orange, green, pink and yellow — was on display at Tomgirl before the show began.

Red cabbage and beets, carrots and pickled squash, kale and cucumbers, radishes and bell peppers, were the source of the rainbow atop Tomgirl’s counter. They formed the ingredients of a make-your-own salad bowl for $10.95, though its actual construction was performed by a pro behind the counter.

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Drink Up: Taco Gordo

Posted By on Mon, Aug 26, 2019 at 4:09 PM

Ariana Grande, chips and salsa, jicama salad - SALLY POLLAK
  • Sally Pollak
  • Ariana Grande, chips and salsa, jicama salad
There are a few ways to tell when a restaurant or bar has become a hangout. Signs of that status have emerged at Taco Gordo:

A woman who grew up in Chittenden County and left long-ago — for college in Montreal, traveling in India, living in NYC, raising kids in the country — comes back to town for a visit. My friend and I meet at Taco Gordo in the Old North End and the first words out of her mouth are something like,  "This place has more hipsters than Brooklyn.”

The number of dogs lazing around the street corner that’s home to Taco Gordo — that ONE beacon where North Union St. dumps into North Winooski Ave. — is on par with the number of picnic tables outside the restaurant.

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