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SNOW…SNOW…SNOW

It’s snowing  big fluffy flakes and I can’ t get that song from White Christmas out of my head.  Oh….and I sound like Rosemary Cloony in there too.  We are warm and toasty here with all kinds of things bubbling on the stove. 

I like to warm up with a glass of my new favorite red:  VINA CANEIRO, RIBEIRA SACRA, 2011 from Spain.  You will love it.

Cheers,

Melody

VERMONT IN NOVEMBER

Hello Everyone!

Raise your hand if you love November.        Me….me…..me.   I love my transition month to get ready for winter.   November makes me want to put an extra blanket on the bed, to start a fire, to put on a warm sweater and go for a walk and sit down with a warm bowl of soup.

Mark has, with only a little bit of urging from me, added a lentil soup topped with duck sausage and I just love it. Warm for your body and soul…  just right for November.  Pair that up with a Spanish Red ( and yes I have one) and you feel good down to your toes..

Seriously…..November in Vermont….I woke up the other morning and saw ten wild turkeys in my yard.  Before you ask…..we are not adding turkey to our menu.

Try to visit Manchester if you can,

Melody

AUTUMN SANGRIA TIME

I feel autumn in the air.  The weather is crisp, the mums are coming out around town and a very few trees are starting to sport a touch of color.  I am so excited!!   As much as I love all of the seasons…..I have a soft spot in my heart for Autumn. It just feels so good. 

We like to tip our hat to autumn with our Autumn Sangrias. The first is our red sangria made with Granacha, cranberry apple cider and spiced rum.  Our white sangria is made with Gewurztraminer, spiced apple cider and spiced rum.  They make you think of sunshine, apple picking and fun. 

Of course we hope to see you and share our fun cocktails with you but if you can’t make it here…..just take some time to look around and watch the colorful show that nature has in store for us.

See you soon,

Melody

BLUEBERRY COBBLER…..YUM

Hi Everyone,

Well….has this been the most beautiful summer ever or what?  I almost hate to come to work….. Ok…who am I kidding?  Love it here!!

Mark is celebrating summer in his own way by making Blueberry Cobbler.  It takes about 20 minutes to bake but is worth every minute. He tops it off with Vanilla Ice Cream and well….double dare you to not close your eyes with the first bite.  He made one for all of us to taste and it was gone so fast I barely had time to blink.  I really enjoyed my one bite. 

I don’t know how long they will last so be sure to ask for one before they are gone.

Enjoy your summer, go on a picnic….or call me,

Melody

SUMMERTIME

Summer in Manchester!  Wow!  I mean…..Wow! 

Even now as I look out my window I see the prettiest Robin just belting out a tune., and don’t even get me started on all of the beautiful flowers everywhere.  I have even been feeling pretty smug about my slim gardening skills.   Manchester has a wonderful way of making the most of every season.  I like to do my part to celebrate the seasons and so for summer I have a Watermelon Martini.  We use chunks of  juicy red watermelon that we shake in the shaker with the other ingredients.          I have no words. 

 Ok….maybe I do…..Summer fresh, delicious, crazy good.  What a great way to start your dining experience with us. 

Call me!!!

Melody

Lovely Manchester

GREEN, VERDANT, VERDE, EMERELD…..everywhere you look.   Manchester, nestled in the mountains, has come to life after a long, beautiful winter.  I love the changes here and can barely register one season before we are on to the next.  The hiking trails are incredible.  Seriously….if you get the chance to take some time away….this is the place to be.

Mark is spending a lot of time in the kitchen preparing some amazing things.   I will be the first to say that my small attempt at dieting is just plain silly.  He has added to the menu a Seafood Crepe.  It is filled with chunks of Salmon & Cod sautéed in a light dill cream sauce and yes….it is as good as it sounds.   I love it with a glass of Bila-Hout, Cotes du Roussillon.  This is a blend of Grenache Blanc, Grenach Gris & Macabeu.   Two words…..luscious peach.     I know!!!

We would love to see you, and if you can’t find the time just now….plant a flower and feel the green.

Happy Spring,

Melody

 

 

NEW MENU ITEMS

 

Hi Everyone!

We are so excited to be back from our vacation.   Mark is so happy we are finished with our restaurant refreshing.   He loves to cook… but painting….not so much. 

We  had a wonderful time and traveled to three different cities and Mark found so many different inspirations for the menu.   

Here is an appetizer teaser:  Sautéed Oyster Mushrooms with onion, garlic, chopped figs & goat cheese.  I am not kidding!   

We have had fun the last two days tasting them and we hope you will  enjoy the changes to the menu…..we are!!!

Can’t wait to see you,

Melody

 

 

TIME AWAY

 

Mark and I will be closing the restaurant during the month of April.  Even to me it sounds like a lot of time …but let me explain.  We are using one week to work on the restaurant just to refresh it, so to speak.  This will include a lot of painting I am sure.  I have seen Mark’s list and it  goes on for days. 

Then we are taking some time for Mark and I to go to New York.  I am calling this “Research and Development”.  It’s always good to look for inspiration and we are fortunate that for us that this time it means Manhattan.  Then finally…. we will take some time with our children. 

We will be open again on Thursday, May 1.  We will be either fresh and raring to go….or completely worn out.  Either way we will be happy to be back and to see all of you again.   

Missing all of you already,

Melody

 

PULLED PORK CASSOULET

More snow!   I am loving it!!! 

When I was little, my brothers and sister and I would play outside in the snow for what felt like all day. When my Mom called us in I loved that warm cozy feeling I would get when I walked in the door and smelled something delicious in the air.  Well…..it happened again yesterday.  Mark has made a cassoulet appetizer of slow roasted pulled pork and Spanish chorizo and he serves it with warm cornbread.   I am in love with this dish and of course I have a beautiful  Spanish Tempranillo red wine that you must try with this appetizer.  Since I am in a “Spanish” mood maybe I can get Mark to learn to flamenco dance with me….ok…maybe not.  Still giggling over that!

Stay warm,

Melody

 

 

BEAUTIFUL MANCHESTER

I can’t believe how incredibly beautiful it is here today.  The snow has lightly covered the tall trees and the whole world is white and seems to glow in the sun .  The town looks like a little girl wearing a twirly dress.  Ok…I am gushing….but I can’t help it.  You just have to see it.  I wish I had time today to make a snowman….it is the perfect snow for that.  At the very least I am planning on a snowball with Mark’s name on it.  Don’t breath a word! 

It’s enough to build up an appetite for anything Mark is cooking….really…anything.   His food is that good and yes….I am biased…a little.  That is why you need to try it for yourself!!

Make someone laugh with a snowball today….Gentleman….a hint…don’t go for the hair….never the hair.

Melody

 

P.S.  OK…he did it!  Went for the hair.  The war is on!