a friend of mine is getting married soon. she bought her dress from a shop in burlington, VT, and was going for her final fitting last saturday with another friend. they invited me to come along (these are the same friends who invited me to plattsburg to eat hot dogs back in may :D).
we had lunch in st-albans, shopped in a cookware store, then we were on our way to burlington for the fitting, more shopping and more eating!
we had lunch at jeff’s maine seafood, a restaurant that my friends like a lot. they said the desserts were awesome (and they were! but that’s for later.).
they had 4 lunch specials that day. my friends took the grilled scallop salad with figs. i was a bit cold, so i decided to take a cup of seafood chowder (chowdah!):
which came with a small serving of oyster crackers (as far as i can tell, they’re oyster-shaped, not oyster-flavored):
my main course was a pizza-like dish, chicken with pesto, artichoke hearts, peppers and parmesan on a naan bread (was it naan? can’t remember for sure), with a salad and maple-balsamic dressing (which was really good):
the dessert menu:
it was hard to choose. one of my friends said she loved the bourbon pecan pie. since i hadn’t had one in a long time, that’s what i chose. i was also tempted by the salted caramel cheesecake, but i thought i had already eaten enough lactose with my chowder & « pizza ».
the bourbon pecan pie:
it. was. so. good. unbelievable. you could actually see the bourbon on your plate underneath the pie, you could taste it, just a bit. i found the pie was not too sweet, it had a good amount of pecans, and the crust was nice. very very good.
friend A had the carrot cake.
she kept saying with every bite how good it was, which made us laugh :)
friend B had the paradise lemon cake:
she was a bit disappointed. it was good, but not as paradisiacal as she expected it to be. i had a bite, i thought it was good, very soft, but i thought it could’ve been a bit more lemony.
we each paid 20-25$US for our meals, which was a good price for the quality that we were served.
we made a stop at « as the crow flies », a cookware/bakeware supplies shop which also sells some local products, such as wines, jams, cookies, etc. i browsed through all the store (which is not huge, but very well packed), and opted for a strawberry-rhubarb jam, a small cookbook with maple recipes from vermont, and a small gift for a friend.
then, it was onwards to burlington! after the bridal shop, we went to the nearby mall (the church street center) (my friends wanted to show me the 2 kitchen shops that were there, william sonoma & pottery barn). on our way to these shops, we made a more-or-less voluntary stop at the teavana tea shop: we were offered some tea outside the shop, then the salesperson brought us inside to (quickly) try 2 more teas, before refering us to her colleague at the counter who could help us purchase our favorite of the tasted teas. we felt it was all rather pushy, and with the loud, upbeat music in the shop, it felt like all the opposite of what we would like a tea experience to be. so we didn’t buy tea. however, friend A found the cutest tea glass ever:
it shows a bunny on the front…
… with it’s ridged tail on the back…
… and little bunny tracks inside!! it was so cute, and a bunny, i had to get one for myself :)
there was also a cat version of the glass, but it wasn’t as cute.
we then checked out the pottery barn, which had a lot of truly awesome halloween stuff. we didn’t buy anything but i took the magazine, because i figured it would be filled with halloween stuff :)
william sonoma also had lots of halloween stuff. in addition to cookware/bakeware/dinnerware, they sell a lot of mixes, sauces, jams, dips, etc. we tried some warm cider samples & some samples of a crumb pumpkin cake (both were very good) while we browsed.
we did some more shopping/browsing in the area, namely on the pedestrian walkway (church street?). we saw lots of « bonjour québécois » signs in shop windows, which we thought was a nice gesture :)
we then did 2 more stops before dinner: michael’s (861 willinston road #1), for arts & crafts stuff, and another mall nearby (the university mall). i found some very nice cupcake wrappers at michael’s, and they had many to choose from!
(the sugared pearls i got later at a grocery store.)
we pretty much collapsed at the applebee’s nearby, and each ordered a burger. i had the cowboy burger (it came with bacon, that’s all i remember), friend A had the fire pit burger and friend B the burger with blue cheese. those were good burgers, i tell ya.
our last stop before gassing up & heading home: the hannaford supermarket, near the applebee’s & university mall. i got to stock up on annie’s bunny-shaped products!!
this time, in addition to the mac & cheeses, i got 2 boxes of snacks (the party mix & sour onion crackers), and 2 boxes of cookies (the friends’ mix & chocolate chips).
i already tried some of the friends’ mix cookies, they’re good.
i also got a bunch of local chocolate bars (and some baker’s german cooking chocolate, which i’ve never seen in quebec):
and a box of chai-flavored vermints! can’t wait to try them!
after seeing an apple cider donut mix earlier in the day, and wondering if it would be good, i found some apple cider donuts, so i figured i’d try some.
they are awesome. so moist and with such a nice flavor!
finaly, i got a raspberry-peach fruit spread (pictured here with the strawberry-rhubarb jam i got at as the crow flies):
it was a very long, but very beautiful day :)
i’ll close with this:
we saw so many ads & posters for so many food festivals in vermont, i decided i’d make a list (or look to see if such a list had already been created). that way we’d know when would be a good time to go back to vermont (though the answer will probably be, anytime :) ).
thanx for reading!