Yesterday I was having one of my Best Days Out. I guess some people don't enjoy days out doing stuff on their own, but I just love them. These are often the times when I make my favorite discoveries, as I did yesterday when I decided to go into the Chef's Corner Cafe/Bakery in Taft Corner, Williston. (No link, because they don't seem to have a website, but if you Google it, you can run across several listings in 'local things to do" kinds of genres, with reviews.)
It's in a rather strange location, tucked behind the Lenny's Shoes & Apparel, doesn't look like all that much from the outside (don't get me wrong -- it looks nice and well appointed, but I thought it would be a tiny hole in the wall -- it's not), and the name belies what's really inside. It's also on the side of a building far beyond the parking lot area, and by the time you see it, it's too late to turn in and you must make a complicated turnaround and go back. That's why I have just driven by this wonderful little place so many times before. Well, my goodness. Now I'll become a regular, for sure. I had a hard time finding a place to sit, but that's not because it's only got a couple or three tables, as most other bakery cafes around here. It had loads of tables, but they were all full. Business was bustling, and I see why. It's way better than anything else around.
I read some reviews and some people called it "Williston's Mirabelle's," but I say while it's in the same ballpark, in my opinion it's better than Mirabelle's, which is also one of my favorites -- with more choices, and much larger. (I realize this will only mean something to the Burlington locals.) Maybe that's just because the sun was shining, the air was crisp and cold, and I was in a great mood. Seems that the yerba mate (no accent mark for Judith in NYC's sake), and more importantly the lack of diet colas, together with hormones calming down, are all having a good effect.
With apologies for my out-of-focus BlackBerry photo, this was lunch:
It was a special of the day called "Spring Into Vermont" salad. Ohmygoodness, was that good.
It is clear that none of the ingredients is local for Vermont this time of year except the goat's cheese: Mesclun -- the freshest, most diverse kind imaginable (seems like what I'd get out of my garden in prime season) -- with goat's cheese, blueberries, strawberries, and maple-chipotle almonds, with lemon vinaigrette and a swirl of pomegranate-Merlot syrup. But is there an antioxidant yet discovered that is not in this salad?! Is there a taste sensation yet discovered? Sweetness, tang, savory, smoke, spice, cool, salt, smooth, crunchy, crispy -- it's all there. Some people don't like fruits in the same dish with their vegetables, but this all works very well together and was sooooo satisfying. I will order this again if it's on offer.
And I know you're wondering, did I have it with a Diet Coke? Nope.
My name is Norma and it's been seven days since my last diet cola.
And look what they had on a big table just inside the door:
Piles and piles of meringues. These things are HUGE, about the size of my hand! I had a maple one for dessert. Yummmm.