Posts Tagged ‘Pesto’

Skinny Pancake – Crêpe Cake, Smoothie

May 28, 2008


Skinny Pancake – Burlington Vermont

Skinny pancake is on the corner of Lake St and College St in Burlington Vermont. Skinny Pancake is a funny euphemism for Crêpes. Crêpes make me think of the handful of times I’ve had them growing up with mixed results. Mostly they’ve been sweet (too sweet for my taste), so with my personal prejudice in mind I stepped up to the (crêpe) plate.

Skinny Pancake - Crepe Pie
Skinny Pancake – Crepe Pie

This crepe pie is wild mushroom and chicken in herbs, in six crêpe layers with Mornay sauce(a light cheese / cream sauce). It is accompanied by a nice mescun side salad with phenomenal pesto vinaigrette. The cake was delicious and maybe a tad steep at $9, but the ingredients are good AND local.

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Skinny Pankcake – “Red, White and Blue Smoothie”

Blueberries, cherries and a few other ingredients make this tasty healthful treat. Not since Liquid Energy Cafe (I miss you!) have I had such a good smoothie. This fruit smoothie makes me want to go buy a blender, especially since this frozen fruit ice bath is $4.50. This smoothie has the correct ratio of frozen content, there is one thickness, not a pool of liquid like some poorly made smoothies. Just be careful of brainfreeze.

This crêperie’s only problem is that it very busy during the lunch time, I would recommend calling your order in or going off hours. I would strongly recommend against the “starch bomb” “Coconut Curried Potato” on the menu, I ordered this not thinking and as Suzanne suspected, its too much starch in one place. Also of note is the whimsical interior and wrought iron 3-prong forks, they’re also a fondue bar during the evenings (I need to find a cheese-lover to go with).

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City Market – “Pesto Chicken Sandwich” & “Dried Apricots”

February 27, 2008

Ah City Market one of the Burlington Vermont epicenters of hippie, hipster, loca/localvore, foodie food. I like City Market, there is a great selection of local foodstuffs, and produce. This results in a spendy, but tasty grocery haul. I recently gleaned from some of my friends that they’re big fans of the pesto chicken sandwich, I was immediately reminded of my own favorite pesto infused sandwich from Sugarsnap. I was suprised I hadn’t tried City Market’s sandwich counter, as I shop there and sometimes will even get a breakfast sandwich from their morning buffet.

City Market - Burlington Vermont
City Market – Burlington Vermont

Pesto Chicken Sandwich - City Market
Pesto Chicken Sandwich – City Market

Choice of Klingers bread (I chose wheat), mesclun greens, fresh tomatoes, pesto (both sides of bread), grilled chicken (cold), fresh mozzarella. The pesto chicken sandwich is like an insalata caprese, with added chicken in a sandwich form. Everything is very fresh, there is a  nice balance of texture, the chicken breast has nice diamond grill marks, and has been run through a deli slicer? as it’s nice and thin.

I personally find insalata caprese to be a little bland, and just like the salad I found this sandwich a little lacking in flavor. Maybe some acid would help (balsamic dressing, dried cranberries?). On the positive side, this sandwich is massive, you could easily split it with a friend, and nosh on some of the plethora of baked goods from area bakers or some of the bulk goods as I did.

City Market - Dried Turkish Apricot Bulk Bin
City Market – Dried Turkish Apricot Bulk Bin

I chose dried Turkish apricots, one of my favorite natural snacks; I think apricots are much better dried than fresh.

The sandwich was $7.50 before tax, a good deal, I’ll be back to try City Market’s other sandwiches (their sandwich counter is in the baked goods end of the store).

The dried apricots are $3.99 a pound.

Sugarsnap “Green Mountain Turkey Sandwich, Jeruselum Artichoke and Parsnip Soup, Baklava”

November 30, 2007

There is something nice about being able to eat food that was harvested near by, it tends to be much fresher and tastier. Sugarsnap is all about local from scratch food. In fact they have their own garden plot in the Intervale down the road. When I’m thinking “whats 4 lunch?” I take a look at their specials page, which is updated daily.
Sugarsnap, Green Mountain Turkey Sandwich.
“Green Mountain Turkey Sandwich” is Red Hen Bakery crusty baguette, smoked turkey, fresh pesto, sun dried cranberries, provolone cheese.

This is one of my favorite sandwiches, the bread may be on of the few things that is not made on site, but it’s still local and perfectly crusty, but not so chewy that you have to gnaw on the bread to get a bite. The pesto is fresh and is spread on both sides of the bread. The turkey has nice texture and smokiness. The cranberries appear to be freshly dried, they could be local. The sweetness of the cranberries and sweetness of the basil, compliment the smokiness of the turkey, and finally the saltiness of the Parmesan in the pesto rounds out the flavors. There is nothing I would change about this sandwich.

Sugarsnap, Jeruselum Artichoke and Parsnip Soup
Sugarsnap “Jeruselum artichoke and parsnip soup” (with complimentary bread) This picture is not a good one, the soup has great texture (its been through a food processor).

Sugarsnap has consistently great soup, and I didn’t really know what a “jeruselum artichoke” is. Doing some quick googling, I found that its the tuber of a kind of sunflower, AKA sunchoke. Parsnip, which I had at least heard of, is another root vegetable. The soup was creamy and had nice texture, like most root-based soup the flavor was a little too subtle for my taste, I think I should have added a little pepper.

Sugarsnap, Baklava
Sugarsnap “Baklava” – phyllo dough, chopped nuts, honey.

As advertised on the placard next to the tray in Sugarsnap, this is best Baklava. In fact, it’s the best I’ve every had. Let me explain. Baklava is a traditional Greek / Turkish desert. Normally when I’ve had it, the bottom layer is oily, there is no separation in the phyllo dough and it may be overly sweet. With Sugarsnap’s rendition even the bottom layers of the phyllo dough were still flaky, eat bit had a satisfactory “crisp” sound when biting into it, the nut layer was nicely delineated, and the taste of honey drizzled on top came through perfectly, without being overly sweet.

The sandwich was $6.25, the cup of soup is $2.50 and the Baklava was $1.75.

Junior’s Italian, “Pesto Pizza with Sesame Crust”

November 27, 2007

Junior’s 18 inch Pizza Box
You can’t have a food blog about lunch and not mention pizza. You also can’t mention Pizza in the Burlington area, without mentioning Junior’s. Judging by their new space behind the Burger King, off of I-89 exit 16 in Colchester, Vermont they’ve been doing well for themselves, there is a reason for that. Despite the fact that they are now in a building I affectionately refer to as the “Pizza Factory” (it’s much larger than their old spot) they still turn out amazing pizza. This is the best pizza to be had around town. Pictured above is their pizza box, once of the signs that you’ve “arrived” as a pizzeria is having your own box (yes they deliver).

Junior’s 18 inch Pesto Pizza with Sesame Crust
The Pesto is fresh, the basil smells great with the garlic. The mozzarella tastes great and has great texture.

Junior’s Pesto Pizza Slice, Sesame Crust
Sesame Crust, you must try it if you like sesame seeds. The oven toasts the seeds, elevating the crust and thus  the pizza. Speaking of crust, even without the sesame crust upgrade, Junior’s consistently has great crust: it’s both chewy and crispy.

One small complaint, the pesto this time was run through a food processor (like you would normally expect), but this was not the norm. Previously the pesto consisted of chopped basil, chopped garlic, and whole pine-nuts (also of course the other requisite ingredients). A quick call to Junior’s told me that this was an attempt to make this pie easier to assemble for the cooks, but they would gladly do it the old way if I requested it (I recommend you do).

Even with that being said this is the best pesto pizza around. I believe this pie was around $17-18, a little pricey but in a league of its own.