Posts Tagged ‘panini’

Jazzman’s Cafe @ Champlain College – “Ham and Brie Sandwich”, “Potato and Bacon Soup”, “Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookie”

January 15, 2008

I was on Champlain College‘s beautiful campus today, so I decided to get some lunch there.

William R. Hauke Family Campus Center - Champlain College
William R. Hauke Family Campus Center – Champlain College

From Maple Street in Burlington Vermont, Jazzman’s Cafe is  just through the pictured door. Jazzman’s cafe is actually a chain, and is only one of Champlain’s dining options. Previously in the same location there was a student run cafe, which I actually prefer, but Jazzman’s has surprisingly decent food for a chain.

Jazzman’s Cafe - Ham and Brie Sandwich
Jazzman’s Cafe – Ham and Brie Sandwich

The counter person popped the sandwich in a panini press with good results. The brie was warm and gooey, the ham was good quality, and the Dijon mustard was an excellent choice. This is a ham and cheese with a french accent.

Jazzman’s Cafe - Potato Bacon Soup (cup)
Jazzman’s Cafe – Potato Bacon Soup (cup)

I was waffling on getting this soup, as I already had pork in my sandwich, but the cook up-sold me into a cup of this soup. The soup was nice and thick, there were chunks of potatoes, carrots, celery, and small bits of bacon. The soup appropriately hearty on this chilly day, but could have used a little more bacon.

Jazzman’s Cafe - Peanut Butter Chocolate chip cookie
Jazzman’s Cafe – Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie

A few great things about this cookie:

  1. Tons of peanut butter flavor – A good peanut butter cookie will likely be crispy on at least the outside. This is probably due to the peanut oil in the peanut butter, this cookie managed to stay soft in the middle.
  2. Peanuts!– I actually prefer some chopped peanuts inside the dough, but the result was fine.
  3. Dark chocolate in the icing – milk chocolate would have pushed this cookie into the “too sweet” range, just like “peanut butter” cookies, that don’t have enough peanut butter in them. The chocolate chips were also dark, or maybe semi-sweet.

I think the soup was $2.50, the cookie $1.50, and the sandwich $5 (everything was under $10 with tax), Jazzman’s Cafe is an inexpensive lunch option.

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Mirabelles, “Mushroom, Roasted Red Pepper, Goat Cheese, Bacon Panini” & “Coconut Macaroon”

December 4, 2007

Mirabelles is a cafe / bakery on main st in Burlington Vermont. I was first introduced to them via City Market in Burlington, which carries some of their deserts. Their baked goods are outstanding, but they also do lunch / breakfast.

Mushroom, Roasted Red Pepper, Goat Cheese and Bacon Panini
Mushroom, Roasted Red Pepper, Goat Cheese and Bacon Panini, with complimentary garden salad.

It’s nice to get something this visually interesting for lunch. The panini is nice and crispy, the button mushrooms are sliced nice and thin so they don’t slide out of the sandwich, the roasted red peppers are sweet and just slightly bitter. The cheese was nice and creamy, and the smoky bacon was a delicious surprise. I think this may be local Vermont Smoke and Cure bacon. Mirabelles managed to get the bacon crispy with is a challenge I’ve had with this thicker-cut bacon.

The complimentary salad was also a surprise, beet juliennes, half peeled cucumber, and a mix of romaine and boston lettuce, added to the more pedestrian red pepper / carrot juliennes. The balsamic dressing had a nice herby depth to it.

Mirabelles, Coconut Macaroon
Don’t skip desert at Mirabelles, don’t do it! This coconut macaroon is probably the best I’ve every had. Not too sweet and the coconut really comes through in texture and taste. The outside it slightly crispy, and the inside is slightly chewy.. awesome.

Panini and salad was $8.50, Coconut macaroon was $.75, I’ll be back to try more sandwich and bakery items.