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I Love Vermont

Posted Jul 07 2008 7:04pm
I'm back! What ajam-packedweekend! We dideverything! I'm exhausted... and a tad stressed-- thebig dayis in less than 6 days, and we've got lots and lots and lots to do, which means a quick recap of our VT weekend. (Hope you guys understand!)

Mal and I arrived at our friends' home in Jeffersonville, VT around 4:00 on Thursday, and immediately headed toBreakwaterson Lake Champlain in Burlington to enjoy some appetizers, beers, and fireworks. While waiting for the fireworks to begin, Mal and I enjoyed someLong TrailBlackberry Wheat beer and live music.

Beautiful Breakwater's sunset...

As you can see by the shadows, the bar was packed with people!

After about 6 hours at Breakwaters (and just as many beers), we worked up an appetite for a late-night snack. One of the best late-night foods in Burlington is the "Rise and Shiner" sandwich from The Kountry Kart Deli.

The "Rise and Shiner" sandwich is a sub-roll filled with a fried egg, hash brown, cheese, and bacon. It isdelicious... and obviously,a-mazingwhen you are a little drunk! :) Here's Mr. Mal about to bite into his "Rise and Shiner." My half is in his lap-- we split one.

Friday morning, we woke up bright and early to head to North Beach on Lake Champlain for a day of swimming, sunning, beach games, and grilling. Before hitting the beach, we stopped atCity Marketto pick up some supplies.

From the City Market website: "City Market is a consumer cooperative selling wholesome food and other products while building a vibrant, empowered community and a healthier world... all in a sustainable manner."

City Market had an amazing selection of local and organic foods, which was heaven for me! The store was alsogorgeousinside! I wish so badly that we had a co-op like this near where we live.

A few weeks agoMichael Pollan, author ofIn Defense of FoodandThe Omnivore'sDilemma, visited the store. So cool! Too bad I missed his visit!

Views of Lake Champlain from North Beach...

After spending a few hours at the beach, we met up with some more friends to ride around the lake on their boat. Here's our friend Jenny with her French Bulldog, Sophie. I am in love with Sophie! She's the cutest!!!! Love those bat ears! :)

Me, Mal, Maggie, and Danielle (left to right) hanging out at the beach...

Mal and me at the beach... we lucked out with a beautiful day!

And the highlight of my weekend...


The Red Onion sandwich is myabsoluteFAVORITEsandwich in the whole wide world! If you ever visit Burlington, Vermont, youNEEDto try one of these sandwiches. (FYI: the Red Onion Cafe is right on Church Street in downtown Burlington.)

The Red Onion sandwich is roasted turkey bread with smoked Gruyere cheese, red onion, granny smith apple slices, bacon, and sun-dried tomato mayo. I got mine on toasted honey oat bread, which is freshly baked at Red Onion.Best. sandwich. ever!

Tina + Red Onion Sandwich = Very Happy Girl!

Before leaving Vermont today, we stopped at a farmer's market in Stowe. Mal and I purchased a bunch of goodies-- relish, hot sauce, pumpkin spread, and a couple other things, but I will post about them in more detail as I try them.

Another shot of the Stowe farmer's market...

All in all, it was awonderfulweekend-- just what we needed before our crazy wedding week!

Mal and I and our friends also went hiking on Saturday morning, but the photos that we took are on our nice camera. I'll post some of them tomorrow night.

Hope everyone had a nice 4th of July weekend!!!!! I'm off to tackle our wedding to do list!
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