HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!!

Hello Everyone,

Wow!  I hope you are here today because I don’t think I have ever seen a more beautiful day in Manchester.  Perfect sun, perfect temperature.  It reminds me of my childhood 4th of Julys when I would jump out of bed, throw on a pair of shorts and run outside.  Before cell phones, the only thing my parents had was a promise to be good and a kid’s appetite that would bring me home to check in.  I would rush out again with a kiss and a final promise to return after the fireworks.

I also remember sitting under a tree with all of the kids and eating grilled hotdogs.  Although I have nothing but respect for the summertime “dog”…….I must say that now I truly relish (relish…get it) Mark’s style.  I am thinking that today is a good day for his amazing weiner schnitzle.   He makes it with German potato salad…..the kind with bacon and stone ground mustard….yes that’s right!   SO GOOD!!!  You must try it!   While your at it you might as well go all in and get a glass of our Barbara di’ Asti to go with it.  Some decisions you never regret.

I hope you have a wonderful July 4th weekend filled with food, fun and fireworks.

See you soon,

Melody

APPETIZER FUN

Hi Everyone!

Manchester has turned green, lush and beautiful.  Everyone is out and about and I have just one word:  Flowers.  I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love the smell of lavender.   Mark has even started hitting a few golf balls around in the afternoons.  Apparently he has found his Zen time on the green because he has come up with even more delicious ideas.

My new favorite appetizer is a special at the moment.  He is making a petite Panini filled with slow roasted pulled pork, pate de foie gras and caramelized onions.  He serves this with a few salt and vinegar homemade chips.   And you should see the way it is presented…..so creative and fun.

In case you don’t know I am all about the wine……..seriously…. but this time it is a beer that I am recommending. We have a delicious Harpoon summer ale that I just love with this dish.   Don’t get me wrong….I still can pair up at least four wines with this appetizer as well but the beer just seems to hit the spot.  Aren’t I so lucky that this counts as part of my job?

I hope you can come in soon but in the meantime….just enjoy the color show that nature has gifted us.

Melody

SO HAPPY TO BE BACK

Hello Everyone!!!

We are so excited to be opening tonight.  We took some great time this spring to refresh the restaurant as well as work on so many projects rather than take a long trip.  It feels good to get so much accomplished.  I do feel as though I am painted out.  We did manage to spend a few days in Boston.  What fun!  So much to see and do.

Mark has come up with some new items for our menu and they are amazing.  I just posted the new menu today so please take a look.  I really love the Tamarind BBQ Salmon.  He serves it with pidgeon pea stew, mofongo and avocado.  This dish is full of flavor, texture and…..ok….I’m gushing.  Wait till you try it…you will see what I mean.  And now…..wine with it…hmmmmm……definitely our  PASCAL BOUCHARD,  PETIT CHABLIS , FRANCE, 2013.   You will love it.       

Melody      

P.S.  (  3 hours later…..)   Definitely the Petit Chablis  !!!

SPRING IS COMING

Hello Everyone,

Spring is on the way.  Blue skies, bright sun and crisp wind.  It’s a great day for a warm scarf and cool shades….and a Jazz station on the radio.  It’s also a great day for wine!  But then when it is not?

Most of you know that I like to have a wine flight available.  I feature three wines that are the equivalent  of two glasses of wine and we serve them side by side with a description.  I think it is a fun way to go through your meal and a way for me to have even more fun with wine.  Starting on Friday I am going to feature three wines from the best known regions of Europe.  Chianti, Rioja and Bordeaux.   RIGHT?  I can’t wait. 

We have so many things on our menu that these would pair with beautifully…..but you know I have something in mind.  Mark has made fresh ground veal lasagna.  I am not kidding.  It is a lighter version of lasagna with all the flavor and he offers you a choice of homemade marinara or béchamel sauce.  Just say “YUM” now. I hope you can come in soon to try this combo.

One more thing……take time to look out the window and soak up the sun,

Melody

HE’S DONE IT AGAIN

Hello Everyone,

It is just so quintessential Vermont here.  The snow is piled up and there is more coming.  I just love going out and taking a deep breath of the crisp, clean, white air.  It just smells so good to me.  Of course I scurry back into the warmth, grab my tea and watch out the window.  A quick breeze sends a bit of snow from the roof outside in a dancing swirl and in a moment of reflection I think…..  perhaps I should have wine?

In the restaurant I can smell Mark creating in the kitchen.  Yesterday he added the most delicious appetizer of crisp flatbread topped with tamarind BBQ pulled duck confit, shitake mushrooms and goat cheese.  It’s so good I almost melted.  I can’t wait for you to try it.  As usual I am pairing up a wine and I am thinking…..a Cote du Rhone would be perfect.

Hope to see you soon,  Enjoy the smell of winter!!!

Melody

ISLAND FLAVOR IN JANUARY

Hello Everyone,

I love driving through Manchester early in the morning when there is always something amazing to see.  This morning I saw the early sun shining directly on one of the big mountains.  It glowed.  My imagination got the better of me and it looked like a movie where the hero finally gets to his destination and the light shines on where the treasure is hidden.   Ok…..a little dramatic…but you get the idea.

Mark has been in a Caribbean mood and has created two new specials.  An appetizer called Salmarejo that is lump crab in a criollo sauce served with shredded, crispy plantain and an entrée of plantain crusted Maji Maji served with rice and beans and topped with marinated onion, red bell peppers & olives.  They are simply delicious.

I love that the flavors of both are big enough that they can go with both white and red wines.  I personally like our Le Jouet, Domaine des Enfants white from France or our Villadoria, Bricco Magno, Nebiolo red from Italy.   Talk about a treasure.

Not to brag….but I know what I am having today.

Have a wonderful day!!

Melody

HAPPY NEW YEARS

Hello Everyone,

I can’t believe we are almost ringing in the new year, it seems as if the last one has just flown by.   Although the weather has not been cooperating  for us over the last couple of weeks we are determined to make a fresh start to a wonderful 2015.

And what better way to ring in the new year than with some bubbly.  I have a new favorite that we are going to serve by the glass…..Gruet, Rose Brut.   All sparkly like a NYE dress…yet not sweet.  Love it!!     I may describe it “like a girl”…..but men will love it too.

I hope this coming year is delicious for all of you in so many ways,

Melody

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Hello Everyone!

I can’t believe how beautiful it is in Manchester.  I was driving my son to school this morning and we decided it looked…..**Magical**.  The snow, the mountains……you just have to see it.  I told him that although there are so many amazing places in the world….we just happen to be in one of the MOST beautiful places of all.  Lucky us!

Manchester is all dressed up  the Holidays with twinkle lights, garlands and red bows.  I have done some of my holiday shopping here and it feels….well……. fun.  In and out of the snow with your boots crunching…walking into a shop with all the warmth, wonderful smells, lovely people and of course the Holiday music. I enjoy it so much Mark is starting to get worried I might go overboard.  I can’t even believe he would think that.  Do I sound like I could ……ok……never mind.

After all that shopping you will be starved and that is where we come in.  I can suggest a glass of wine to get you started and then you can just sit back and let us spoil you.  Mark has just added a warm, tasty Osso Buco that will melt the snow off in a hurry.  It  goes so well with our Chateau Moulin de Mallet Bordeaux……see…I can’t help myself.

I always suggest that what ever you are doing, take time to enjoy nature. Bundle up and go for a walk….or just sip a tea while you look out your window.  Or better yet…get into a snowball fight and laugh with someone you love.   Just have fun.

Happy Holidays,

Melody

* SNOW *

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