Monday, August 18, 2014

Vermont- Warren Store, Hill Farmstead and Prohibition Pig

I mentioned that we've been busy lately and that didn't even include our trip to Vermont.  It's was Mr. T's birthday and the day started out at the crack of dawn with a trip to the Warren Store for breakfast.  Their bacon, egg and cheese was incredible...crisp, salty bacon on top of fresh Cabot cheddar cheese on a buttered English muffin...

...the Triple Chocolate Chip cookie was also amazing and when you get there early it's still nice and warm from the oven.

Then it was off to Hill Farmstead to pick up as much delicious beer as we could possibly fit in the car.

It was a gorgeous day outside so standing in line a few hours didn't seem bad at all.

But we were starving by the time we finished so we walked over to the little stand out front and ordered up some tacos.

The pork ones were incredible and she really took her time making a tasty cilantro free version just for Mr. T.

Then we drove back into Waterbury and spent the rest of the day just lounging around town eating and drinking (the two things we do best).

Prohibition Pig was amazing....everything from the crispy Duck Fat Fries to the Chick'n Biscuits drizzled with raw honey was delicious...

...but our favorite dish was the Crisphead Salad topped with Bayley Hazen Blue Cheese and Mad River Valley Ranch dressing.

It was so good I went back the very next day and had it again!  We ended the night with a Vanilla Bread Pudding from Reservoir complete with a single candle for Mr. T.  I'd say it was a pretty great birthday.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Brunch at Buvette

I felt like I'd hit a wall last week.  The last three months have been filled with so many trips, visitors and all around craziness Mr. T and I haven't had a day to just be alone and relax a little.  So when Saturday rolled around we planned a total break day...nothing to do, no one to was glorious!  We slept in super late ( I could have slept for days), walked down to Washington Square Park and lounged in the sun for a while then stopped into one of my favorite little French bistros for brunch- Buvette.

We sat in the tiny back garden and sipped on Mimosas made with fresh squeezed orange juice...

...then dove into a plate of fluffy, buttery scrambled eggs topped with pecorino and favorite breakfast combination of all time.

... and a plate of thick buttery waffles wrapped around crisp bacon, melted gruyere and a sunny side egg...the ultimate breakfast sandwich!  It was delicious and serene...the perfect way to get a  little recharge.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Sour Cherry Sundae at Gramercy Tavern

In an effort to cure the Monday blues I head for something sweet.  Usually a Lindor truffle will do but for those really tough Mondays I head to the bar at Gramercy Tavern.

Three scoops of creamy Sour Cherry Ice Cream, sour creme whip, loads of real sour cherries on the bottom and hot fudge with a sprinkle of salt on top.  Those Monday blues seem light years away...

Gramercy Tavern

Friday, August 8, 2014

New Brew Friday- Resurgence Brewing

Buffalo has jumped into the beer boom as other cities have; where once there was only Flying Bison and Pearl Street, two new breweries have emerged that are just awesome.  First it was Community Brew Works, NY's first Nanobrewery and now just across the street sits Resurgence, a sprawling brewery located inside an old warehouse with large brewing tanks on one side and a beer garden on the other.  The space features an indoor bar complete with picnic tables, TV's and giant sized Jenga...

...and a beautiful outdoor garden for sipping beers in the sun or playing Bocce.  They have nine rotating beers on tap and a tasty Sangria for non beer drinkers.  I loved checking out some of the Buffalo themed brews like Sponge Candy Stout and Loganberry Wit although the crisp, piney IPA was the favorite.

Resurgence offers a handful of food options including charcuterie from Martin Cooks and Gramma Moras burritos.  These guys are keeping it local and it seems like their doing it right...the place was packed on a Saturday afternoon.  Cheers to the newest addition to the Buffalo beer scene.

Resurgence Brewing

Community Brew Works

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Buffalo- Martin Cooks

Martin Cooks opened last year inside Horsefeathers market to rave reviews.  The main draw is dinner where they offer a 5-7 course prix fix menu every night.  What's so great about the dinner?  Well it changes weekly so you never know what wonderful creation will come out next and everything is prepared in the open kitchen so diners at one of the 16 bars seats can sit and watch "Martin" as he "Cooks".  

Unfortunately 16 bar seats means reservations are tough and they were booked solid on my last trip.  We stopped in for brunch instead, offered a la carte, to check out the space and get a little taste of Martin's cooking.

Steak & Eggs arrived as a hoagie stuffed with slices of juicy meat and melted cheddar on a soft sourdough roll.

"Simply Delicious Pasta" was just that...tomatoes, garlic and basil tossed with a little oil and ribbons of pecorino on top.

Both of those were wonderful but the absolute stand out was the Greek Turkey Burger...a hefty patty layered with hummus, spinach, melted provolone and a cherry pepper aioli.  It was just bursting with flavor- definitely a must order if it's on the menu.

I absolutely loved the clean industrial feel of the room and long winding bar.  Not to mention a small but well appointed beer and wine menu including New England Brewing Ghandi Bot.

This is just an exciting little restaurant, one I happily look forward to dining at again on my next trip.

Martin Cooks