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Friday, July 21, 2017

Dining on a Dime: Asian Bistro's $12 Sushi Lunch

Posted By on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 2:39 PM

Asian Bistro's sushi lunch - HANNAH PALMER EGAN
  • Hannah Palmer Egan
  • Asian Bistro's sushi lunch
I've said it before and I'll say it again: I'm a sucker for a cheap pan-Asian lunch special. Yesterday, I had dumplings on the brain — and an appointment in Colchester at 1:30 — so I swung by Asian Bistro in Winooski for a quick fix. If you sit at the bar, you can reliably get in and out of there in 30 minutes, or even  less, at lunchtime.

In addition to a full-portion menu with apps, entrées, soups and sushi, the midday menu offers an array of combo specials, which include Chinese-American classics ($6.25-8.50) such as beef with broccoli, moo-shi pork and General Tso's chicken, and Pacific Rim items such as shrimp in Thai curry ($7.95) or sushi ($8.50-13.50). All meals include a cup of soup (wonton or hot and sour for hot plates; miso for sushi) and a little salad.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Shacksbury Cider's Tasting Room Opens Today

Posted By on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 6:04 PM

Shacksbury's tasting room in Vergennes - COURTESY OF SHACKSBURY CIDER
  • Courtesy of Shacksbury Cider
  • Shacksbury's tasting room in Vergennes

As of this evening, the good people of Vergennes have another place to tip back a drink. Shacksbury Cider opened its tasting room at 11 Main Street at 4 p.m. The company produces old-world-style and experimental ciders from heirloom and foraged apples collected throughout the Champlain Valley.


The spartan but comfortable space is located at the north end of the former Kennedy Brothers building, which Shacksbury uses to house many of its small-batch operations.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Vermont Food Truck Finder 2017

Posted By on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 5:03 PM

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Trucker Meetup: Bikes & Bites, South Burlington

After a successful run last summer, South Burlington Parks and Recreation's Bikes & Bites events returned for a sophmore showing earlier this month. On alternating Thursdays (including this Thursday, July 20) visitors can cruise the bike path to good eats including fresh salads and wraps from Streetgreens, spicy tortillas from Taco Gordo and Taco Truck All Stars, and creative, farm-fresh fare from Farmers & Foragers, among many, many other goodies. So, saddle up and hit the road already, won't ya?!


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Monarch & the Milkweed Launches CBD-Laced Sweets Line

Posted By on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 4:05 PM

Andy's Mints CBD sweets at Monarch & the Milkweed - COURTESY OF MONARCH & THE MILKWEED
  • Courtesy of Monarch & the Milkweed
  • Andy's Mints CBD sweets at Monarch & the Milkweed
There's been quite a bit of talk lately about cannabidiol — better known as CBD — a non-psychoactive cannabinoid chemical prevalent in all cannabis varieties, from hemp to marijuana.

While CBD has stirred no small amount of controversy (much as growing hemp for industrial use did in the past), studies have shown that the chemical may be effective in treating everything from pain and inflammation to anxiety, stress, epilepsy, auto-immune disorders and even cancer. Yes, cancer.

Now, Burlington's Monarch & the Milkweed is selling sweets laced with the stuff. Last night, the popular restaurant and pastry stop announced via Facebook that patrons (ages 18 and over, kids) would be able to purchase "Milkweed" branded truffles containing 20 milligrams of CBD starting at noon today.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Stonecutter Spirits Hosts Adventure Dinners Across Vermont

Posted By on Mon, Jul 17, 2017 at 7:51 PM

Adventure Dinner 2017 - JULIA CLANCY
  • Julia Clancy
  • Adventure Dinner 2017
Stonecutter Spirits’ third annual Adventure Dinner began last Saturday, July 15, on a road inside 200 acres of Sunrise Orchards’ apple groves. The sun was beaming in Cornwall, although three hours earlier the sky had opened up with torrential rainstorms and a thick, slick coat of mud glazed the outskirts of the orchards. Guests came aptly prepared, wearing hiking shoes and rain boots with their nice linen shirts. It was an “Adventure Dinner,” after all. Folks were game.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Dining on a Dime: Food Carts at Momo's Market

Posted By on Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 4:22 PM

ONE Hearth at Momo's Market - SALLY POLLAK
  • SALLY POLLAK
  • ONE Hearth at Momo's Market
The little food-cart stop in Burlington's Old North End provides the essentials: pizza, tacos  and creemees.  You can eat one of each and spend less than $12.

The friendly gathering also offers music — the Heptones played over the PA recently — as well as impromptu dancing. Momo's Market on North Willard Street is site of the two-cart setup that takes place on Mondays and Fridays if the weather cooperates.

The vendors are ONE Hearth, a mobile wood-fired pizza oven topped by a copper roof, and Fuego, a traveling taco stand. Both use locally sourced ingredients, including organic produce from nearby Intervale farms.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Drink Up: Slippery Lady at Radio Bean

Posted By on Thu, Jul 6, 2017 at 1:16 PM

Slippery Lady cocktails at Radio Bean - SALLY POLLAK
  • SALLY POLLAK
  • Slippery Lady cocktails at Radio Bean
If Lee Anderson recommends a drink, it's not a bad idea to pay attention. Anderson has a run a bar since he was 22, when he opened Radio Bean on North Winooski Avenue. It could be the coolest bar in Burlington.

Throw in the neighboring businesses Anderson has created since, and it adds up to a trio of spaces that, as he puts it,  have "revolutionized" that block of Burlington. (And well beyond, I'd say.)

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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
  • SALLY POLLAK
  • 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
  • SALLY POLLAK
  • 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
  • File: Suzanne Podhaizer
  • 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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