Friday, August 19, 2011

Road Trip to Vermont!

For this past 4th of July I was lucky enough to be invited to go to Vermont where Luke has family! This trip involved lots of family get togethers, food, fun, and Sudoku.

But this blog IS about food so here are the highlights!

The first big stop was the Charlotte Berry Farm where we went strawberry picking. I love how Luke's mom is all about the spontaneous stops! This wasn't even planned! But holy shiz.... we got the best strawberries!

Our first indulgence was the strawberry "cremees" <--- i guess that's what Vermonters call "soft-serve ice cream"? Made with freshly picked berries!
Then we went to work to pick our little love nuggets! As you can see here, there were a bunch of perfect red berries, but there were also a bunch of green ones, and ones that were rotten or destroyed by ferrets or wild geese or whatever beasts thought it would be OK to ruin my strawberries.

By the end of our journey, we got plenty!

Then, in Burlington, we visited what seemed to be the "hot-spot" which was Church Street. It's a fun street that's only like 6 blocks. It's got clothing stores, coffee shops, restaurants, bars, food carts, live music, performers, etc.

Luke's cousin Cory is the owner of one of the food carts named City Hall Sliders.

The menu is quite simple.

So I can imagine how it would be convenient for both Cory and the customers. It's quick and it's phenom! He hooked us up with 2 Bacon and Cheese sliders!

The cute little sliders packed a punch and Cory offers many different condiments like jalapeno peppers, ketchup, mayo, pickles, etc.

Another food cart we tried was The Handsome Potato.

Basically, you get to pick what ingredients are mashed into your potatoes and then grilled.
We got sausage, sour cream, and sausage.....

I guess the menu/available toppings change every day? I'm not really sure but it was good! It's a simple concept but I can see how it would be a huge hit!

The next food event was a dinner at one of Luke's relative's house. Luke's mom is all about the gardening and growing her own vegetables and stuff and it's so awesome. Apparently Luke's aunts are also big garden people! I've always wanted a garden but having lived in an apartment my whole life, the only thing I ever attempted to grow was a Chia Pet.

We were very lucky because we got to eat these delicious, beautiful vegetables straight from (or close enough) the garden!

We also had fish:

Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese, Cranberries, and Walnuts:

A couscous like pasta, maybe Fregola (?) with Parsley, Scallions, Cukes:

White Rice with Walnuts, Scallions, and Parsley:

Baked Beans:

Steak with Gorgonzola:

And my final plate:

Everything was delicious! I love home cooked meals, especially when they're eaten outside on a nice day while enjoying listening to your boyfriend play the ukelele. I'm too blessed to be stressed...

On the way back from Vermont, we stopped at this random place to pee...

Turns out to be a really cute place with soft serve and regular hard ice cream, milkshakes, sundaes, and other delicious frozen treats!

Luke got the Maple Milkshake, and I got the Twix Arctic Swirl which is basically a McFlurry or a Carvelanche.

They were both delicious but due to my unfortunate physical rejection of creamy substances, as soon as I ate some of my ice cream, I continued on by regurgitating it all into a paper bag. I hope you don't take it personally Bob... your shizz was good.

Like I said before, I am way too blessed to be stressed!