I couldn’t finish writing about our day the other night because I was so exhausted! We had walked around a lot, and the good, lilac-filled air was in my lungs and causing me to conk out early. But before I did, we ended up going out to dinner at Mangowood, the restaurant over at the Lincoln Inn just a little bit down the road from where we stayed.
I wasn’t really in the mood for Asian fusion food, but by the end of the night, I was inspired by the local foods the chef, Teresa Tan, had infused into the cuisine. We started off with an appetizer of brulee made with local produce: Vermont-harvest ramps (harvested by the chef herself), chinese mushrooms, goat cheese and moscatel. Next, the hubby had a delicious mild green curry coconut asparagus soup, and I had a salad of mesclun greens, goat cheese, and spiced nuts with maple balsamic vinaigrette. At that point, we were entreated to a “Chef’s gift” – two truffle-sized objects that were green in the middle and covered with what looked like crushed nuts on the outside. We were asked to guess what was in it. It was delicious, but we were stumped – neither one of us should ever go on Hells Kitchen! It turned out to be spinach and mushroom balls covered in panko breading and dipped in a chili-honey mustard sauce.
The hubster had lambchops for dinner and I had coconut risotto cakes, which I didn’t enjoy that much. But my sticky toffee pudding with caramel sauce was to die for! I’d never had it before, but I’m a fan.
The next day we had a delicious breakfast cooked up by George and David and we talked with them about our love for local food. David mentioned that there was a local water buffalo farm that started just last year that we might be interested in checking out. It was just over one of the many covered footbridges in the area, and up a big hill. Nice! So after breakfast, we headed over to Bufala di Vermont. We got out and I was assaulted by one of the worst stenches I’ve ever smelled. Now seriously, I’ve been in MANY barns, and NEVER felt so nauseous from the smell emanating from this farm.
After awhile though, we got used to it, and some farm worker welcomed us (even though we were there randomly, and on a Sunday) and showed us around the farm. We saw the buffalo waiting in the barn stalls to be milked and others wandering around the open fields.
They looked pretty happy, but honestly, I don’t know how comfortable I felt with the farm. There were 350 “cattle” on that farm, and almost everything is mechanized – the milking, etc. But maybe I just don’t know much about non-agribusiness farms…to me it seems like way too many animals to be non-factory farm-ish, but they had plenty of room and spent a lot of time outside…so I don’t know.
We bought a pound of fresh mozzarella from the farm and ate it later. OMG – the best mozzarella I have EVER tasted.
After the farm visit,we headed to Simon Pearce glassblowing workshop to check out their wares.
We didn’t find anything we wanted to buy, but we enjoyed watching the glassblowers work.
After Simon Pearce, we headed straight to the Farmers Diner in Quechee for lunch. I basically planned this trip around this diner – ever since I finished Animal, Vegetable, Miracle I’ve been dying to go to this place.
I love the mission of the Farmers Diner:
The Farmers Diner in Quechee, Vermont demonstrates that buying local and regional foods and making them available to the entire community is possible and profitable. We strive to spend over 65 cents of every food dollar with farmers and small-scale food producers who live and work within 70 miles of the diner. From the success of this diner, The Farmers Diner will build more diners, first in Vermont and then regionally, to continue the good work of reviving strong rural communities.
I ordered a Sticky Hen- local chicken with maple syrup sweet and spicy BBQ sauce wrapped up in a fresh tortilla. The hubby had a bacon cheese burger that was TOTALLY local -yee ha! For dessert we both had milkshakes made with milk/cream from local cows! I had chocolate (of course) and K had a maple milkshake. Never heard of that before, but it was delish! The maple was subtle enough.
Of course, after lunch, we had to work off all those calories we’d eaten. So we took a hike down into the Quechee gorge.
At the bottom, K and I dipped our feet into the water.
I promise, if I ever find a picture of myself I like, I will post it. I just hate every single one, I’m so unphotogenic.
After hiking, we stopped by here, just to look:
And we found these. Are these not the most beautiful, intricate cookies you’ve ever seen?
Of course, at $5/cookie, we didn’t get to see if they were as tasty as they were pretty.
We headed back to the B&B to relax before dinner. I was looking forward to reading outside on one of the Adirondack chairs but we ran into George and David having a drink on the back porch and joined them. After a little while, two other guests, Matt and Gretchen also joined us, and we passed around our fresh mozzarella to share with everyone. Honestly, the world was a little bit perfect at that point 🙂
That night we went to dinner at the Red Rooster over at the Woodstock Inn and I found out that a maple margarita exists in this world. It may or may not be better than my elderberry liquor drink I had 🙂
It kinda sucked to come home on Memorial Day, but this was a very worthwhile trip!
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