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Christmas Present Ideas

I’m checking my list, checking it twice.  I still am struggling what to do for some of my family members & also what the heck to get for my boyfriend… 

Here are some ideas I’ve come across that could be a possibility for some people you may still be struggling with what to buy for on your list…


Fair Trade:

$39 Colorful basket made in Uganda
To purchase: Ten Thousand Villages 

$24 Bike Chain Clock made in India
To purchase: Ten Thousand Villages 

$10 Sun & Star Ornaments
To purchase: SERRV 

Funny gifts:

$5.99 Lump of Coal (soap)
To purchase: perpetualkid

$14.99 Angry Birds Bad Piggies’ Egg Recipes Cook Book
To purchase: ThinkGeek

$24.95 OCD Chef Cutting Board
To purchase: x-tremegeek

The Baker:

$23 Easy Accent Decorator
To purchase: PamperedChef 

$136.99 101 piece baker tool caddy collection
To purchase: PasteryChef 

The Entertainer:

$39.50 Trifle Bowl
To purchase: PaperedChef 

$49.95 Hootch-Owl Corkscrew
To purchase: RedEnvelope 

$49 Cheese & Cracker Board w/Slate Trivet
To purchase: Vermont Fine Gifts 

Art Lovers:

$75 Framed Warren Kimble Brandon Barn
To purchase: Vermont Fine Gifts

$18-250 Prints by Dug Nap
To purchase: DugNap 

$95-395 Bren Bataclan prints
To purchase: BenBataclan



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Local Restaurants…the brunch edition!

(Re-post of 12/13/2010 posting)

I LOVE brunch.  I love everything about brunch: The excuse to eat the portions of practically two meals (it is breakfast and lunch combined, after-all!), that it’s typically had on the weekend (and everyone loves the weekend), eggs, home fries, fresh OJ, good coffee, and (hopefully) good conversation with friends, family or a date!  Whether it’s a greasy diner or a posh breakfast spot, brunch is almost always a good time!

(My) Top Brunch Spots in the Burlington, VT area:

Penny Cluse This is one of the top brunch spots in Burlington- there is always a long wait on the weekends (I recommend going earlier, rather than later), local products are used & known for their creative/delicious dishes.  It’s a tasty place, that’s been voted top brunch for a number of years now by  Seven Days readers, but there are plenty of others that are just as good! (169 Cherry St Burlington, VT) photo from:

Sadie Katz– This place is a cute local diner/Jewish deli and is a personal favorite.  Their fresh squeezed OJ is amazing, their sandwiches are piled high with meat and their eggs benedict has the option of veggie sausage.  Almost all the dishes are served with a latke (Jewish potato pancake) and you get a dish of yummy pickles to munch on as you wait for your food.  Simple and delicious.  (189 Bank St Burlington, VT)
UPDATE: Sadie Katz sadly served their last latke this past summer (2011)…The location is currently under contract to be purchased by a new owner.  While I’m excited to see what will go in the unique space, I’ll miss Sadie Katz and all their delicious offerings. 

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– Thankfully brunch here is cheaper than dinner.  Leunigs is a quaint, upscale French bistro that serves up a good brunch.  Options include a variety of eggs benedict, breakfast burritos, croissants and seasonal specials.  Their mimosas aren’t bad, either.  Good place to go to when want to impress a guest or for an anniversary.  (115 Church St Burlington, VT)

Skinny Pancake
 A tasty creperie good for brunch ( or lunch or dinner).  Numerous options for any and all palates.  My personal favorite is their Egg Fetastic (Shadow Cross Farm egg, baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, Kalamata olives, sautéed mushrooms and feta cheese). Gluten-free and vegan batters available for their crepes upon request.  A socially responsible business & local foods used.  Good prices & casual atmosphere.    (60 Lake St Burlington, VT= waterfront & 89 Main St Montpelier, VT)

Diners: Henry’s, Arcadia & Libby’s
– I’m a sucker for diners, so I love these places.  Henry’s is a great place to get a greasy brunch after a long night out.  It is a favorite spot for locals and undergrads, so expect a wait on the weekends.  Typically the line goes quick.  Diners are typically old fashioned classics, so don’t expect anything fancy or over-the-top.  Arcadia has friendly service & a little something for everyone- including some Greek options (Henry’s does, too, since they are owned by the same Greek family) and doesn’t necessarily have the wait that Henry’s does on the weekends.  Libby’s will typically have a wait on the weekends, but worth it for their eggs and bottomless cup of coffee.  If you’re just looking for a good meal and not too concerned about your diet that morning/afternoon, hit up one of these fun spots for a taste of history.

Henry’s: 155 Bank St Burlington, VT (off Church St)

Arcadia: 1696 Williston Rd, South Burlington, VT

Libby’s: 46 Highpoint Center Colchester, VT ( right off rte 89)

The Spot
– A new(er) place that’s only been open for about a year now.  The motif inside is surf-themed (kinda cute) in a converted old gas station/garage.  Seating available outside during warm weather months & their smoothies are a must.  Eggs available in any way you want & the home fries are tasty.  Their eggs benedict special (when available) is a must- add red onions and spinach & you won’t regret it!  (210 Shelburne Rd Burlington, VT)

– A local favorite that always has a line on the weekends, but they do serve breakfast all week long.  Recently relocated into a larger spot just a few steps away, Sneakers has been in Winooski for a while & isn’t going anywhere.  While you wait for a table (can be anywhere for 10-30 minutes), you can grab a coffee/Bloody Mary/Mimosa next door at The Monkey House bar (weekends).  Sneakers serves up tasty eggs benedict, pancakes, French Toast, etc.  Outside seating available during warmer months.  (36 Main St Winooski, VT- in the roundabout)

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What to do locally… Lake Champlain Island Happenings!

Just because Apple Fest is no longer, doesn’t mean there isn’t still plenty to do up on the Lake Champlain Islands during the fall!  Check out all these fun things you and your family or friends can do this Saturday, September 17th:

Grand Isle:
Grand Isle Farmers’ Market
St Joseph Church Hall
Local fruits, veggies, handmade crafts & more 

Grand Isle Art Works
259 US Route 2Paroose through the gallery & then eat at the Kitchen Door Cafe

Isle La Motte:

9am-1pm Isle La Motte Farmers’ Market @ Hall’s Orchards 4461 Main St
10am-3pm Pick your own apples, cider press demo, corn maze @ Hall’s Orchards 4461 Main St
11am-3pm Isle La Motte Historical Society Building on Main St open
11am-3pm Old Schoolhouse of Isle La Motte open
11am-5:30pm Goodsell Ridge Preserve Visitor Center on Main St open (walking trails, fossils, museum)
2pm Geology tours @ Goodsell Ridge Preserve Visitor Center
4pm Annual Teddy Roosevelt Parade at Goodsell Ridge Visitor Center
4:30pm Teddy Roosevelt Celebration @ Goodsell Ridge Preserve Visitor Center on Main St (food, drink, music & more)
Additional Info: 

Hall's Orchards by Michael Waters

Hall's Orchards Cider Press Demo by Michael Waters

Teddy Roosevelt Day Celebration

Goodsell Ridge Barn Isle La Motte

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Local (artist) Spotlight…Dug Nap

If you are in Burlington, Vermont TODAY (August 25), Dug Nap is outside Frog Hollow on Church St signing his prints.  Unframed prints are just $18 (includes signing)!  

My boyfriend and I love his work – it’s fresh, funky & funny (and Vermonty).

Since we love his work, it was a real treat meeting & talking to him.  He even came out from behind his booth to pet my chocolate lab.  From his images, you can see he loves labs, so we chatted about her for a little while & he showed me a few prints he’s done of chocolate labs.

He has a quirky sense of humor that isn’t for everyone, but I get a kick out of him.

If you aren’t in the Burlington, VT area & want to buy his prints, check out his website:

p.s. He’s also signing & selling prints outside the Fire House Gallery Art Market in Burlington on Saturdays 9am-2:30pm through October. 

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What to do this weekend in the Champlain Valley… 8/12-8/14/11

What to do….what to do…Well, here’s a few ideas for what to do!

Lake Champlain Maritime Festival:
Kids Day events on Friday, events Saturday at the ECHO Center, boating demonstrations & Mission Possible (a crazy race) on Sunday.  There will also be a number of concerts with some big name artists (i.e. O.A.R, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Damien Marley & Nas)
Location: Waterfront Park in Burlington
When: Friday-Sunday
More info: LCMFestival

If music isn’t your thing…

Historical & Architectural Tour of Downtown Burlington:
Walk around & learn about the Queen City!
Where: Meet at the southwest corner of Church & College St
When: Saturday, Aug 13 11am-12:30pm
$10 suggested donation to Preservation Burlington
More info: Preservation Burlington

Queen City Ghostwalk:
Author of Haunted Burlington shares tales of those who once were…Spooky!
Where: Burlington City Hall Park
When: Saturday, Aug 13 8-9pm
More info: QueenCityGhostWalk

And outside of Burlington…

Vermont Festival of the Arts:
Performances, exhibits, crafts, food & more.
Where: Various locations in the Mad River Valley
When: Saturday, Aug 13, 8am-4pm
More info: VermontArtFest 

Tweed River Music Festival:
Seems like it is a weekend of festivals…A little outside of the Champlain Valley, but looks like a good time & a weekend of rockers showing their stuff off in Stockbridge.
Where: Off Rt 100 in Stockbridge, VT
When: Friday-Sunday
More info:  Tweed River Music Festival

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What to do in the Champlain Valley…Isham’s Family Farm

My boyfriend and I had a great time blueberry picking this weekend at Isham’s Family Farm in Williston, VT!  It is also raspberry season, so if you’re craving some delicious blueberries and/or raspberries, this is the place to go.

$5 pick your own for a quart

$7 pre-picked for a quart

Isham Family Farm website:
 3515 Oak Hill Rd
Williston, VT 

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What to do locally this weekend…7/29-7/31

My picks of what to do in the Champlain Valley area this weekend…

Friday, July 29

Bright Eyes (opener: The Mountain Goats)
Doors open 6pm, 7pm show
@ Shelburne Museum
$34 advance, $38 day of show
Blend of blues & folk music

Dropkick Murphys
Doors open at 7pm, 7:30pm show
@ Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Expo
$33 advance, $38 day of show
I saw these guys a number of years ago & boy do they put on a great show!  Their music is hard to explain- a blend of rock & metal, with an Irish soul.  

Saturday, July 30

Yoga on the Mountain
@ Mt. Philo State Park in Charlotte
$35 suggested donation

Green Mountain Draft House Field Day
@ Shelburne Farms in Shelburne
$5-8 admission fee
Demonstrations, wagon rides & more.

Ben & Jerry’s Outdoor Movie Festival
Movie: Yogi Bear
@ Ben & Jerry’s Factory in Waterbury
Watch a movie & eat some ice cream…yum!

Weekend Events:

Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival
@ Various locations throughout Wilmington, Whitingham & Dover
Parade, music & pick-your-own blueberries

Champlain Valley Folk Festival
Friday- Sunday
@ Waterfront Park in Burlington
3 days of workshops, music & dancing.
$15-30 per day or 3 day pass $60

Festival of the Islands
@Various locations in the five island towns
Meander through VT Rt 2 & Rt 129 through the islands (all happenings on these roads) and visit craft fairs, farmers’ markets, galleries, music, farm stands, yard sales, wine tastings & more!
Email for a map:

Taste of Stowe Arts Festival
@ Topnotch Field, Topnotch Resort in Stowe
Booths of numerous exhibitors of crafts & art.

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