By: Tabitha Armstrong | 11.30.18

fruit cake sampler from bien fait cakesAfter sampling some delicious cakes for desert at the Scale House Restaurant in Hardwick, VT, I was excited to  include that restaurant’s feature. I later learned that these cakes came from a local bakery – Bien Fait, in Greensboro, VT.

Now, I was familiar with the bakery as they have been an online fruitcake company for a long time. But on hearing about their new line of restaurant desserts, I had to see what else they were up to. Luckily, I was able to schedule a tour of their bakery, and there’s a whole lot more than fruit cake going on there.

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Eastside Restaurant in Newport Doesn’t Disappoint

By: Tabitha Armstrong | 11.15.18

large shrimp cocktail from the Eastside Restaurant in Newport VtPros: Beautiful Location with a Great View, Deck for Outdoor Dining in Warm Weather, Bar or Dining Room Seating, Full Bar, Family Friendly

The Downside: Often Busy – Plan Ahead and Make Reservations, Lunch is More Pricey Than Other Local Restaurants

Mountain Rating: 7.8

The Eastside Restaurant is a staple in Newport, Vermont. Positioned on the banks of Lake Memphremagog, this restaurant has been the destination of many locals, our Canadian neighbors, and area visitors for years.

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Adult Dinner Tour #4 – Saint Johnsbury

By: Tabitha Armstrong | 10.06.18

fall foliage st johnsbury vtSaint Johnsbury has a wonderful downtown when it comes to easy of walking. There are many shops and restaurants to choose from and navigating sidewalks and traffic is easy (this is not the case for all NEK towns).

There are also some wonderful restaurants to choose from, all offering different flavor profiles, making this another perfect spot for an adult dinner tour.

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Adult Dinner Tour #3 – Newport, Vermont

By: Tabitha Armstrong | 10.06.18

view from Newport Vt boardwalk of Lake Memphremagog, Newport vt restaurants along the lakeMany of Newport’s restaurants line the banks of Lake Memphremagog. This provides some with wonderful views, and makes others in close proximity. This makes Newport a perfect place for an adult dinner tour.

We like to start by parking in the free lot next to the State Building overlooking the lake. From here you can

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Adult Dinner Tour #2 – East Burke

By: Tabitha Armstrong | 09.30.18

East Burke has become a hub for outdoor enthusiast. The introduction of Kingdom Trails has brought mountain bikers from all over the country to East Burke, making this old ski town a four season destination.

Summer time bikers, sight seers, hikers, and back road travelers find their way naturally to East Burke. Autumn fills the town with leaf peepers as the colors here are magnificent. The roads through the Burke area take you to the tops of hills and mountains for spectacular color filled vistas. Once snow flies, this area of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom becomes a snow lovers dream. Skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, and numerous outdoor events keep this town busy through those long months of white.

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Adult Dinner Tour #1 – Island Pond

Friday Night live concerts in Island Pond vt

Friday Night Live Event in Island Pond 2018The town of Island Pond has seen an incredible transformation over the last few years. This little border town has come back to life through the hard work of its community members.

No longer just a snowmobiling Mecca, the addition of community music events, shows, town wide celebrations for holidays, and town activities to keep the community involved have filled area social calendars from spring to snowfall and beyond.

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Cozy Culture Change at Saint Johnsbury Restaurant

Fried rice from Kham's Thai in St. Johnsbury Vermont

Fried rice from Thai restaurant in Saint Johnsbury VermontPros: Fast and Attentive Service; Varied Menu; Plenty of Non-Spicy Options; Cozy Dining Space; Plenty of Parking

Downside: Not a Full Bar; No Sushi; Dining Room is Small

Mountain Rating 7/10

Kham’s Thai has been a St. Johnsbury restaurant for a number of years. But, I had never been there until a few weeks ago when I was seeking a new place to eat while on a time schedule. I was not disappointed.

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Tasty Bites from the Foggy Goggle Osteria

chicken pasta dish from East Burke Vt restaurant

Italian pasta dish from the Foggy Goggle restaurant in East Burke VtPros: Tapas, Fun Drink Menu, Proximity to Burke Mt. and the Bike Trails; Nice Atmosphere; Outdoor Dining in Nice Weather

Downside: Mostly Pasta Dishes (A Downside if You Are Not A Pasta Lover), Parking Can Be Crowded Especially During Height of Bike Season

Mountain Rating 7.8/10

We recently tried the Foggy Goggle Osteria in East Burke for the first time.

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Taste of the Sea from Landlocked Restaurant in Hardwick VT

Lobster dinner from restaurant in Hardwick VT

lobster dinner from restaurant in Hardwick VermontPros: Beautiful Atmosphere; Fresh Seafood; Tapas (small plates); Beautifully Prepared Food; Fresh House Made Pasta; Full Bar; Owner Comes Out to Check on Tables and Helps Expedite

Downside: Parking – Street Side or Public Lot Only; A Little More Expensive; Not Really Meant for Younger Children; Get’s Loud When Busy

Rating: 8.2/10

The Scale House Restaurant in Hardwick brings a new flavor to the NEK’s Restaurant scene – that of fresh seafood with a fine dining flare.

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It’s Fair Time in Vermont

Fair food and traditions from the Orleans County Fair

squash winners from the Orleans County Fair - food producers in vermontOkay,

So this is a little outside our normal reviews – but, there is something about The Fair that captures the imagination, and the taste buds.

So, I wanted to share a little about fair food.

(FOR SOME FUN FAIR EVENTS SEE THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE)

Now, there are two types of fair food – the one is the heart of the agricultural tradition, the vegetables and food products brought in for the competitions. Winning blue ribbons for your vegetables or for your jellies, pickles, and relishes is an honor many gardeners and home chefs strive for…

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Tasty Pairings Make Menu Options Pop at KT Ray’s Restaurant

Large cut of Prime Rib from Island Pond VT restaurant

Large cut of Prime Rib from KT Rays Restaurant in Island Pond VTPros: Delicious Food; Unique Menu Items; Full Bar; Beautiful Outdoor Space; Next Door to Friday Night Live; Fun and Friendly Servers; Large Portions; Family Friendly

Downside: May Have to Park Downstreet and Walk; Bar Tending on the Basic Side; Service Can Be Slow When Busy

Rating: 7.8/10

KT Ray’s on the Pond is a restaurant in Island Pond. Located in the down town district, they are close to the water, have outdoor seating, and have created a menu with a unique approach to simple crowd favorites.

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