A Taste of Knowledge – Traditional Desserts in Argentina, Translated & Explained

If you love sweets and are also intrigued by local food knowledge, Glutton Guide Buenos Aires has a treat for you! This list of delicious terms is every bit as sugary as it looks, and you’ll want to add everything to your culinary itinerary.

Diabetics beware: porteños have quite the sweet tooth and are unabashedly gluttonous when it comes to desserts. Classic Argentine cakes and pies are often local twists on European classics (usually gooier, sweeter and likely smothered in dulce de leche, or DDL). Expect to find DDL in places you never thought possible, as well as iterations of chocolate, meringue and fruits. And then there’s the helado (ice cream), which rounds out the Argentine holy trinity, right up there with Messi and the Pope.

Sweets Dictionary

Alfajores: two round cookies with DDL in between, either made with flour (harina) and covered in chocolate or powdered sugar, or with cornstarch (maicena) and rolled in toasted coconut

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Budín de pan: bread pudding

Chocotorta: a no-bake favorite at friendly gatherings made of Chocolinas cookies dunked in milk/coffee, with layers of DDL + cream cheese

Flan mixto: a typical flan or crème caramel with helpings of whipped cream and DDL

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Lemon pie: tart lemon pie with a generous portion of meringue on top

Membrillo: quince paste

Panqueques: a thin crepe filled with DDL or marmalade

Pasta frola: a pie with a lattice crust made with quince paste, sweet potato paste or guava jelly

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Postre vigilante or queso y dulce: thick slice of cheese accompanied with quince paste or sweet potato paste


Rogel: thin layers of puff pastry alternating with layers of DDL and topped with meringue


Is your mouth watering yet? You can find out the best places in Buenos Aires to eat every single one of these decadent desserts : just take a look at Glutton Guide Buenos Aires! You’ll be the life of the party! And your friends and family will be eternally indebted to you for introducing them to such heavenly, sugary goodness.

Where to Find Montreal’s Food Trucks

Already read about Montreal’s best food trucks, but just can’t seem to track them down? Use these resources to figure out where they’re hiding, and check Glutton Guide Montreal for food that won’t roll away!

Vendors rotate between 20 different spots around the city. You can locate the trucks using the city’s website, or on the Montreal Street Food Quest website or mobile app. There’s also a Google Map with some of the more popular food truck meeting spots highlighted.


The first Friday of every month from May to October is a guaranteed winner (creatively named “First Friday”), as all the trucks head to the Olympic Park for the biggest rally of food trucks in Canada starting in the late afternoon. Grab some poutine, tacos and pulled pork from the more than 40 trucks on site, and enjoy the DJs and entertainment.

You can also find the trucks at events like the Electronik Piknic, Yul Eat, Bouffons Montréal and Mondial de la Bière. For special events schedules, check-out f00d.ca/montreal/ or the Quebec’s Food Truck Association’s website.

And if you like to eat and ride a bike, check out Round Table Tours’ Food Truck Cycle tour, where you bike from food truck to food truck, past the scenic Lachine Canal, Old Montreal, downtown and the Historic Southwest, learning about each operator and the history of the city along the way.

Cool! Check out Glutton Guide Montreal for a place to sit down and eat after a busy day of food truck tracking!

 

Five of the Best Prague Beer Gardens

Spending a sunny day in a Prague beer garden is a local institution – you can soak up the sun and some suds, while enjoying the lively atmosphere. The city has several large and popular beer gardens offering great views and good times to go with your beer and grilled sausages.

Hospůdka Na Hradbách

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This gem is known as the ‘hidden’ beer garden of Vysehrad fortress. The popular spot draws a younger crowd, especially at night, but its upbeat atmosphere is attractive to almost everyone. For a fantastic view and some great grilled food, this beer garden is definitely the place to be.

Vyšehrad – V pevnosti, Prague 2. Tram: 6, 7, 18, 24 – Ostrčilovo náměstí. Tel: +420 734 112 214. Hours: Mon-Fri 2pm-midnight, Sat-Sun noon-midnight. Smoke free area. 

Letna Park Beer Garden

 

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Part of scenic Letna Park, not far from the metronome, Letna Beer Garden is another very popular summer hangout offering rows of wooden picnic tables with unbeatable views over the Vltava River and the Old Town. There’s a hole-in-the-wall selling beer and coffee, and a stall offering kebabs and sausages.

Letenské Sady, Prague 7. Tram: 5, 8, 24 & 26 to Dlouhá třída then walk across the bridge and up the steps. No telephone. Hours: approximately noon-midnight. Smoking throughout.

Riegrovy Sady Park Beer Garden

This very large and popular beer garden set within a city park has several bars selling beer and cocktails, and a grill offering sausages and other snacks to hungry drinkers. It gets very busy when there’s a sporting event on, showing everything from Czech football matches to Wimbledon on a big screen. Avoid the adjoining Park Café restaurant. If you’re looking for a quieter spot, get your beer to go and sit on the grass. Riegrovy Sady Park also boasts another pub nearby with a smaller beer garden, rooftop terrace and barbecued snacks. To find it, walk past the large beer garden, turn left at the top of the hill and you’ll soon see it on the right. The hilltop park itself boasts great views over the city center towards Prague Castle.

Riegrovy Sady 28, Prague 2. Metro: Line A – Jiřího z Poděbrad. Tel: +420 608 911 536. Hours: Approximately noon-midnight. Smoking throughout. 

Sousedský Pivovar Bašta

 

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This down-to-earth, traditionally-decorated neighborhood pub brews its own highly-rated beer as well as offering a small selection of Belgian beers. A favorite with local beer enthusiasts, it is slightly out of the way from the city center, but not far from Zlý Časy.

Táborská 49, Prague 4. Tram: 6, 11, 13 & 18 to Náměstí Bratří Synků. Tel: +420 602 295 403. Hours: 11am-midnight. Non-smoking section.

Únětický Pivovar brewery

 

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Monks started brewing out here on Prague’s outskirts back in 1710. Now it’s home to a new microbrewey serving up unfiltered lagers, plus some delicious Czech pub classics that are perfect for enjoying under an umbrella in their new beer garden. There’s hiking trails and bike paths nearby, and a bus from Prague only takes about half an hour to arrive in this quaint village.

Rýznerova 19/5, 252 62 Únětice, Czech Republic. Tel: +420 602 206 235. Hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-9pm, Web: unetickypivovar.cz.

For more on where to drink (and eat) in Prague, download Glutton Guide Prague: The Hungry Traveler’s Guidebook.

Peppery Pleasantries – Beijing’s Best Sichuan Restaurants

Are you looking for a way to challenge and entertain your tastebuds? Look no further than this list of Beijing’s best Sichuan restaurants, which specialize in making your tongue tingle! If you need something sweet to cool yourself down afterward, check out Glutton Guide Beijing for suggestions!

Sichuan’s cuisine is becoming famous all over the world and rightly so. It can be spelled in many ways (Szechuan, anyone?), but comes down to two types of heats “ma” and “la”, or Sichuan peppercorn and chili pepper, respectively. These two ingredients are used to masterful effect, creating dishes that reverberate as a lip-tingling delight. There’s also a sense of adventure, like gnawing on spicy rabbit heads, and an eye for the dramatic, such as the ‘three big cannonshots’ (san da pao) – a traditional Chengdu street snack involving flinging three balls of sweet, sticky rice against a metal tray dusted with ground peanut and toasted soy. Sichuan cuisine: you have to see it to believe it.

Chuanjingban Canting 川京办餐厅

 

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This eatery run by Sichuan Provincial Government Of ce, known to all as Chuanban, is always busy and for good reason. Firstly, the location is one of the most accessible for locals and tourists alike of such provincial of ces in the city. Secondly, Sichuan food with its numbing spice have become one of the nation’s best culinary exports – no matter how it is spelled – and this restaurant serves some of the most authentic (read: spicy) dishes in the capital.

Haidilao 海底捞

 

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Open 24-hours a day, Sichuan-bred chain Haidilao is the ultimate contemporary Chinese dining experience. Waits can be long during peak times, but free manicures, shoe shines and snacks while you wait are almost as much of the attraction as the spicy hotpot. Bonus points for the massive DIY dipping sauce bars and the option of half portions for smaller parties of two or three.

Sanyangcai 三样菜

 

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Sichuan cuisine that people from Sichuan don’t complain about is a rare thing outside of the province, but San Yang Cai keeps everyone quiet. Satisfactorily spicy, the diverse menu touches on every aspect of the cuisine and you get free beer to wash it all down if you spend over RMB 100. 

Chuanren Xiang 川仁巷

For a whirlwind tour of Chengdu’s noodles, this is your stop. Though Sichuanese restaurants and Chengdu snack shops abound in Beijing, Chuanren Xiang is one of the few spots to try harder-to-find specialties like tianshui mian (“sweet water noodles” – thick noodles coated in a sweet- spicy sauce) or yibin ranmian (“burning noodles” – tossed with chili oil, toasted peanuts and pickled vegetables). Sampling a few of the 17 noodle varieties Chuanren Xiang offers is a must, but the other regional specialty dishes are equally stunning and shouldn’t be missed

Zhang Mama 张妈妈

The original location of this hole-in-the-wall Sichuan joint often has waits of over an hour spilling out into the hutong. It’s one of the cheapest, but best, meals you can get in the capital – if you’re into spice. Their no-frills attitude extends to service, and patrons are required to handwrite their order so keep the recommended ordering info on hand or ask a friendly dining neighbor.

Excited yet? Check out Glutton Guide Beijing for more delicious food! Let’s be honest: eating four or five meals a day while traveling is completely justified. 

Apples and Oranges – Where to Pick Your Own Produce in Burlington

If you’re enjoying Burlington’s healthy fruit and veggies, but you are craving something sweet or savory afterward, check out Glutton Guide Burlington for some suggestions! Desserts are healthy for the soul, after all.

Summer and fall bring waves of bright fruits and vegetables that pile up in roadside stands and farmers’ markets, but the sweetest way to enjoy the season’s bounty is to pick it yourself. Here are some favorite farms and orchards near Burlington.

Adam’s Berry Farm


Stain lips red and fingers blue with organic raspberries, blueberries and strawberries from this beautiful farm. The seasons stretch from early June to the first frost, but call first to find what’s picking. Adam’s is located 14 miles (22km) south of Burlington.

Chapin Orchard

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This friendly orchard just 12 miles (19km) north of Burlington grows piles of apples, from the classics — Macintosh, Cortland, Empire and Macoun — to more esoteric varietals. Different apples ripen at different times, so ask the staff for suggestions about what to pick, but be sure to try their heirloom fruit, like Duchess, Tolman Sweet, and Fameuse. Chapin Orchard also sells excellent fresh apple cider.

Shelburne Orchards


At this pretty orchard, undulating rows of trees roll toward perfect views of Lake Champlain just 10 miles (16km) south of Burlington. Pick all kinds of apples, as well as sour cherries, peaches and table grapes (the seasons on non-apple fruits are short, so call ahead), and there’s fresh cider, cider vinegar and cider donuts available at the farm store. The orchardist distills brandy in the winter in a copper still heated by a wood fire. The next run of eight-year aged brandy won’t be released until 2017, but you can spot the aging cellar built into a gentle hillside.

If you enjoyed this list of Burlington’s best spots to pick your own produce, check out Glutton Guide Burlington for a few more sure-fire winners! From bars to burgers to the sweetest of sweets, these pages hold everything worth eating.

 

Sour, Sweet, and Maybe Some Meat – Shanghai’s Best Huaiyang Restaurants

Excited to try some regional cuisine in a city as big and diverse as Shanghai? Get ready for an explosion of flavor with the dishes of the nearby Huaiyang region. Glutton Guide Shanghai will introduce Shanghai’s best Huaiyang restaurants as well as Shanghai’s best everything else. You’ll want to get a copy ASAP!

Huaiyang cuisine encompasses the region between the Huai and Yangtze Rivers, including Shanghainese food (which is considered a bastardized version of Huaiyang thanks to the city’s historical foreign influence). This type of local cuisine is known for being quite sweet and sour; sugar and vinegar are added to almost every dish. Dishes most often include pork and freshwater seafood fished out of the rivers from which the cuisine gets its name, and braising and stewing are the most typical preparations.

Jianguo 328 / 328小馆 

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It’s all about simple, clean flavors and top-notch ingredients at this Shanghainese restaurant. They fervently implement the city’s official no-smoking policy, and there’s no MSG on the menu. The flavor of every dish reflects the trend toward quality ingredients, and they even filter the water they use to boil their excellent noodles. More info.

 

Lao Ji Shi (Old Jesse) / 老吉士 

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There’s a reason this is one of the most recommended restaurants in China: it’s the best darn Shanghainese in town. Avoid the “New” Jesses around town – they’re not nearly as good. And make sure to call ahead about the “secret” dishes, although the menu lists most of them, they require pre-ordering several days in advance.

 

FU 1088 / 1088


There are four FU restaurants in town, all run by Shanghai’s closest thing to a celebrity chef (Tony Lu) and housed in beautiful art deco villas in Jing’an. Fu 1088 is the cheapest of the lot, but the minimum spend pre-booze is still RMB 400 per person. It’s worth it just for the chance to eat in a private room of such a beautiful house; luckily the food is amazing too.

Is your mouth watering yet? Good thing Glutton Guide Shanghai is here to help you find all of the most delicious things in China’s most stunning city! Check it out for everything from Indian food to Hong Kong desserts and more!

 

Southern and Spiced – Melbourne’s Best Southeast Asian Restaurants

If you’re itching for a taste of the varied and bright flavors of Southeast Asia, never fear: you have plenty of opportunities to do so in Australia! Glutton Guides Melbourne has anticipated your needs and has compiled a list of Melbourne’s best Southeast Asian restaurants! How kind, how thoughtful. 

Gingerboy – Southeast Asian 

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Teage Ezard is a top chef who has restaurants in Melbourne, but has also worked in Asia. Here, he created a more casual experience featuring Southeast Asian style street food in a buzzing, market-like environment.

Uncle – Vietnamese 

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This is refined Vietnamese food in very funky surroundings. Head upstairs for one of the most beautiful dining spaces around. 

Jinda Thai – Thai 


Could this be the best budget Thai restaurant in Melbourne? It’s super popular – please book ahead. It’s best not to drive your own car – parking is non-existent.

Quan 88 – Vietnamese-Chinese


Victoria Street is known to many people as Little Vietnam, and Quan 88 is Vietnamese-Chinese. It’s not fancy – but its great value and is the true spirit of Victoria Street before the fancy cafes and bars moved in.

Chin Chin – Southeast Asian

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Get your party on with these loud, raucous and in-your-face flavors of Southeast Asia. Since opening in 2011 (and renovating in 2016), it remains one of Melbourne’s favorites. The wine list is Australian only, but watch out – their no reservations policy can mean long queues. You can always wait at the custom built ‘waiting bar’ Go-Go, just around the corner.

Laksa Bar – Malaysian 

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These bowls of coconut-based curry laska are bursting with flavor. A bustling and energetic place full of city workers during the lunch rush, Laksa Bar serves tasty, inexpensive dishes that will fill you up for the rest of the day.

Pho Nom – Vietnamese 

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Want the best Vietnamese food outside of Vietnam? People will tell you to go to Footscray or Richmond, but they are missing out on Jerry Mai’s exceptional offering. Jerry and her brother David have done fine dining over the years and have now elected to serve good honest pho (noodle soup), banh mi (baguette sandwiches) and nem (rice paper rolls) in a cafeteria. Everything is ethically sourced and under AUD 15. It’s not glamorous, but the food is excellent.

After all those bright, warm flavors, some dessert is probably in order. Whether a nice cafe or some delicious ice cream floats your boat, check out Glutton Guide Melbourne for some recommendations.

The Art of the Grape – Where to Find the Best Wine in Buenos Aires

If you’re one of those fancy wine connoisseurs, you’ll probably be interested in Glutton Guide Buenos Aires‘ list of the best wine in Buenos Aires! In a city full of culinary delights, your tongue is sure to be tickled.  

Aldo’s

 

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With over 600 wines on offer, this modern vinoteca in the center of the city is a great starting point to discover Argentine wines from the moment you walk in the door. Daily happy hour specials last from 5-9pm, and different wineries are featured every month. Whether it’s red, white or rosé, if you see something that strikes your fancy, take a bottle or two for later as prices are reasonable.

Anuva Wine Tastings


Oenophiles in Buenos Aires don’t want for chances to try local wine, but Anuva stands out as a complete wine tasting with generous pours. Guests taste five wines from boutique Argentine wineries paired with five traditional Argentine tapas (local cheeses, empanadas, etc). In a beautiful Palermo loft, a sommelier leads a chat on the wines, the vinification process and the history of wine in Argentina. As a bonus, wine is available for purchase and guests from the USA can have cases shipped back home. Or they can join Anuva’s wine club to receive small production Argentine wines every month. While pricier than some other tastings, guests always leave happy.

Bar du Marché

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On one of Palermo’s prettiest tree-lined blocks is this cozy café/wine bar whose mirrored walls, wicker chairs and wine list feel decidedly more parisien than porteño. With over 50 wines available by the glass, some of them imported, this is a great spot for a leisurely lunch, afternoon aperitif or wine and cheese flight paired by the sommelier. Behind the bar and up a flight of stairs is closed-door sushi bar, Omakase. It shares certain dishes and a wine menu, so you won’t need to venture far for an amazing meal. As a bonus, next door is Siete Spirits, a local gem of a wine shop specializing in New World wines. The shop even holds Thursday tastings on their latest acquisitions!

Casa Coupage

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Part closed-door restaurant, part tasting club, this innovative oenogastronomic space was founded on an appreciation for local wine and cuisine. Owners and staff are all sommeliers who make each experience memorable down to the last detail. From the décor of the beautifully renovated Palermo home to sensory surprises between courses, Casa Coupage impresses. The owner curates blind tastings with food pairings monthly, but space is limited to 20 people and spots go quickly. It is easier to secure a table for dinner, where the menu evolves according to the season and inspiration of the chef. Diners can choose from a wine flight of three, five or seven wines to accompany a prix fixe menu or order à la carte.

Gran Bar Danzón


By now a staple in the city, this bar/lounge/restaurant seems to do it all with plenty of panache, as is evidenced by the crowds who turn out night after night. The wine list is impressive, the cocktails are creative and the food is tasty, with an emphasis on seafood and sushi. Arrive early to beat the crowd and take advantage of happy hour specials (which last for the first two hours after opening). With so many options, you may rack up a hefty tab otherwise.

Pain et Vin

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The lovechild of an Argento-Israeli couple, Pain et Vin is a simple yet soulful wine bar and bakery. Eleonora is a sommelier who curates an eclectic wall of wine. Meanwhile, Ohad prefers to remain in the back, churning out homemade sourdough bread from the oven they built from scratch. For lunch or dinner, they have sandwiches, salads and snacks that perfectly accompany the vino. In addition to tasting wine by the glass or taking a bottle to go, they also frequently hold wine tastings from some of the best wineries around. If your Spanish is not up to snuff, don’t let that hold you back! Pain et Vin will always accommodate an English-speaking audience. Check their Facebook page for upcoming events.

Are you craving some nice local snacks to go along with your wine? Be sure to check out Glutton Guide Buenos Aires for a list of surefire winners! 

Shaken, not Stirred – Montreal’s Best Cocktail Bars

On the hunt for new and creative drinks to spice up your night out? Check out this list and Glutton Guide Montreal for a comprehensive compilation of Montreal’s best cocktail bars!

Big in Japan Bar

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Not to be confused with Big in Japan the restaurant (just down the block), this easy-to-miss cocktail bar is the perfect first-date spot (and a late night haunt of many of chefs). Bottles of whisky hang from the ceiling, waiting for drinkers to return for their next session. If you’re there with a group, get the punch before settling in with a classic Manhattan or negroni. The small bar menu is mostly Asian-influenced options like tuna tataki and crispy pork rice, but if you’re really hungry, stumble down the road to the restaurant, which serves its full menu until 3am.

La Distillerie


Le Distillerie is the home of the city’s most famous CA$17 mason jar – and it is worth it. The menu is divided by adjectives – powerful, fresh, delicate, fruity, tart and tropical – and changes monthly. You can’t go wrong with a mojito, but you can go much more right with a monk-y town (white tequila, Chartreuse, passion fruit syrup, mint, lime, agave and vanilla bitters).

Le Lab

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The original flair bar in Montreal, its owners started it as a place where bartenders could learn to make beautiful creations. Now the monthly menu is a work of art. It starts with happy hour specials like the ‘bang-banger’ (Cazadores Blanco tequila, Meletti anisette and orange) available from 5-8pm (and 5-10pm Thurs), and moves on to sections called ‘gentleman’s choice’, tiki drinks and the most popular creations in the Lab’s history. Pace yourself, though – those CA$14 cocktails add up.

 Le Mal Nécessaire


The owner of Montreal’s only tiki bar has a flair and classic cocktails background, having worked at Dominion Square Tavern and Barocco. He makes ones of the best old fashioneds in the city (and trained half the city’s bartenders to do it too), but he’s also a rum punch pro. Order anything than comes in a pineapple or coconut, and some dumplings from the restaurant next door. Don’t miss Barrio Chino Sundays – industry days, where local bartenders come hang out– and the monthly Drunken Masters competition, a contest for the city’s top mixologists who concoct five pre-selected cocktails as cleanly and quickly as possible – think two bottles per hand and some serious mixer shaking.
 

Le Slang

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Expect creative molecular options involving centrifuged orange juice and sous vide infused syrups here. If the smoker is in action, try a ‘smoked bloody Caesar’ with caramelized bacon. If not, there’s always a maple syrup bourbon old fashioned. The multi-cultural menu includes mountainous baby back ribs glazed in sticky Vietnamese caramel with fish sauce. The AAA Angus beef burger is pure comfort.

N Sur Mackay

You’ll walk past this speakeasy-style cocktail bar at least twice before finding the entrance, but once you’re in, you’ll love the multi-page menu of seasonal, classic, unique and delicious drinkables. Start with the cocktail of the week at the bar or nestle up to a ‘campfire’ (spiced rum, Galiano vanilla liqueur, pumpkin purée, lemon and a toasted marshmallow) in a cozy nook in the back. Wednesday is the weekly quiz night and a great way to meet some locals.

For more delicious sips and bites, be sure to check out Glutton Guide Montreal!

 

A Nice Meal and a Roll in the Hay – Best Farmhouse Dinners in Burlington

After your farmhouse dinners, check out Glutton Guide Burlington to continue the festivities! This foodie almanac will tell you about all of the best destinations.

Many of Vermont’s farmers are gourmet savvy, and the most celebrated chefs seem to spend their off hours hanging around green houses, orchards and sugarshacks. On-farm dinners, held throughout the summer, range from relaxed affairs with paper plates and bluegrass to all-out galas with softly lit white tablecloths.

To find the one-off events that take place around the state, check with Vermont Fresh Network, an organization of food professionals that partners farmers with chefs. Or join a monthly event at Agricola Farm in Panton, a family-style feast in a rustic farmhouse. Another useful resource is Slow Food Vermont, a local chapter of the Italy-based food organization whose regular potlucks are open to the public and are an excellent way to meet local farmers, chefs and foodies.

But summertime also brings a pair of weekly dinners that are a wonderful taste of agricultural life:

Burger Night at Bread and Butter Farm, Shelburne


Dancing toddlers and fresh, local music make this weekly barbecue a beloved summer event. Pile a plate with a burger made from the farm’s herd of grassfed cows, alongside greens, sauerkraut and housemade pickles. Bread and Butter Farm also makes grass-fed beef hot dogs and serves locally-made black bean burgers. Bring your own picnic blanket, folding chairs and beer or wine.

Summervale, Burlington


The Intervale is a swath of low-lying farmland in the crook of the Winooski river, where a dozen small, organic farms produce vegetables, fruit, chickens and honey. Every Thursday in July and August, the Intervale hosts a lively picnic celebration with pizza, beer and live music, as well as artisanal food from some of the Burlington’s most beloved producers and chefs. The event starts at 5:30pm, but arrive early to explore the Intervale. The Abenaki Heritage Garden contains the indigenous varieties of corn and beans. The Intervale Center also has maps of the property’s walking trails.

 

There’s nothing like hearty home-cooking, especially when the food is made with love like it is at these destinations! If you’re looking for more delicious local treats, check out Glutton Guide Burlington.