Thursday, October 14, 2010

Ice Cream, Cider and Coffee

We headed out to Waterbury, Vermont which was about an hour from where we are staying. Our first stop was to the Ben and Jerry factory to take a tour. Ben and Jerry first started their first ice cream shop in Burlington,  Vermont in 1978. It was long before they started expanding and became the hugh ice cream maker they are today. As part of the tour we got free ice cream samples. Kristi and I also got a cup of ice cream. Yummy!!!

We also went to the Cold Hollow Cider Mill where you could see how cider is made the old fashion way using a rack and cloth press built in the 1920's. We had samples of the fresh hot apple cider and bought some goodies. Joe and I split an apple cider donut which was judged one of the best by Gourmet Magazine. Very tasty. We also made a stop at the Green Mountain Coffee Roasters where they promote sustainable coffee. Of course we had to buy some coffee beans while we were there.

We drove on down to Stowe, which was just about a 10 minute drive from Waterbury to find a place to eat. We decided on Mr Pickwick's at Ye Old English Inne as it looked interesting. We were a little early for even the early dinner hour and so sat in the bar and had drinks until we could order dinner. We had pommes frites for an appetizer. For dinner, I had poached cod in maple butter and apple cider. It came with mushroom risotto, braised greens and roasted beurre blanc. It was so good that I mentioned to the waitress I would love to have the recipe if available. There happen to be one of their off duty chefs in the bar and he came over and told us how it was poached. I am going to have to try it at home. Kristi and Brock both had Beer Battered Fish and Chips and Joe had to try the banger and mash, which was english style pork sausages grilled with cheddar mashed potatoes, onion gravy and sauteed peas. Everyone was very satisfied with their meals.                                                                                                                             

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