I hope you had a wonderful and fun New Year’s Eve and a warm and cozy New Year’s Day.
So….the beginning of a new year, like a bright, shiny penny….a new calendar….a brand new journal….a new pair of shoes. You get the idea. Always exciting and always fun. (Ok….shoes are always the most fun….who am I kidding?) I wish for all of you a fresh new year with hopes realized and love returned.
Now…let’s all cheer with a Ruby Sparkle. My personal favorite of Pama (a pomegranate liquor) and Prosecco. Warms up my toes, spirit and mood.
We all have fallen in love with a fun drink….a Vermont spice. This is a combination of Spiced Rum and pumpkin ale on ice. Seriously! When the pumpkin ale is gone…..so is this delicious cocktail. We’ll try not to drink it all up.
Happy New Year,
I can’t believe it’s December. Yesterday we had our first flurry. I looked up and there it was, just out the window….big, fluffy flakes swirling around. It didn’t last long but it made me smile for most of the day. That’s all it takes to put me in the Holiday spirit. I never get tired of this time of year. I’m afraid that I am one of those annoying people who starts with that warm, fuzzy holiday feeling early and is loathe to let it go. My family is used to me. I met a man once who told me that his wife had never put up a Christmas tree…..she always put up a Thanksgiving tree. If I thought Mark wouldn’t laugh at me…….
Mark gets into December his own way by adding some plates to the menu that know how to warm you up. He has added his own version of Beef Stroganoff. He uses tenderloin and tops it with sautéed pickle and onion. For pity!!! He has also added Osso Bucco! Osso Bucco! I have no words.
You know what’s next…..yes…..wine! I love our delicious wine flight. We always offer three different wines served together with a description. It is always changing but at the moment I have three California blends, blended in the Bordeaux style. So much fun!
I am always reminding you to take a moment each day to enjoy life and today is no different. Just take time to look up…perhaps out your window and find something that makes you smile all day.
Now….I have to run….time to get my wreath.
Hope to see you soon,
It’s just starting. Autumn in Vermont…..that glorious season of crisp days, leaves and apples. Mark and I went for our morning hike and the trees are hinting at a blush and the cool air fills me with energy. We heard acorns falling and then the sound of the squirrels scrambling to get them. I am in such a good autumn mood that I have visions of apple picking, pumpkins and warm apple cider. I love the anticipation almost as much as the real thing. I can’t wait to pull out my sweaters. Perhaps even go boot shopping. Well…… I might have stopped at a couple of shops already.
My personal nod to Autumn in Vermont……. Autumn sangrias. That’s right…..I said Autumn Sangrias!!! The red is made with Grenache & pomegranate apple cider and the white is made with Gewürztraminer and spiced apple cider. Both are laced with spiced rum and topped with chopped apple. Crazy good.
Throw on a pair of jeans and your favorite sweater and drive to Vermont. We would love to see you.
Who remembers Ella Fitzgerald’s version of that song? So beautiful….as is the view out my office window. Lazy, lovely summer days with tall green trees being swayed by a slight breeze and big, fluffy white clouds in a blue, blue sky. Don’t mind my drifting daydreams or my humming as I stare out my window.
Oh….speaking of summer…Mark was able to get the most amazing heirloom tomatoes from the local farm: Earth, Sky, Time. From green & yellow to garnet red they are the best thing ever! Of course he is making a Caprese Salad with them and they smell, look and taste….like summer.
To go with that you ask? I have the most delicious wine flight that I highly recommend. Three wines; Rose Sancerre, Sauvignon Blanc & Sancerre. All from Domaine Fournier Vineyard in France. We serve all of them at the same time with a description and they equal two of our normal glasses of wine. They are crisp and lovely and I swear you can taste the sunshine in them.
For those of you coming our way….it is blueberry picking time. Mark is almost ready to start making cobbler. YUM!
Get out in the sun or at least…open your window and enjoy the breeze,
Summer in Vermont is so great!
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,
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.
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.
P.S. ( 3 hours later…..) Definitely the Petit Chablis !!!
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,
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!!!
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!!