Food & Drink

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The beet is a popular root crop originating in North Africa. The root gained popularity in Europe first for its greens then for its root, which can be red, white, yellow or even striped. Some love it, while others loathe it.

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From Chinese restaurants where you can eat on a dime to higher end Asian-fusion establishments, Seven Days food writer, Hannah Palmer Egan, recounts some of the places and dishes she has tried so far and those she hopes to visit soon.

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Seven Days food writer, Julia Clancy, shares the story of one Vermont brewer who combines her love for beer with dietetics and hard work.

Awesome Etiquette: Sharing Photos Of Someone's Home

Mar 17, 2017
Avoid oversharing personal details of a friend's space.
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Sharing photos of a gathering at a friend's house might be okay if it's a group shot, but it's not so cool if those pictures expose too much of someone's home and personal life. Especially without permission!

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The exotic spice saffron is garnering more and more attention among farmers and growers in Vermont and across New England.

The Vermont Law School has teamed up with Harvard to create a blueprint for a national food strategy. On Monday, the schools jointly released the report, which aims to streamline U.S. agricultural and food policies.

Awesome Etiquette: Coughing Co-Workers

Mar 10, 2017

It's that time of year when the workplace is bound to be plagued with coughing co-workers. Not only do you worry about catching what they have but it's also a distraction while your work.

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The Gilfeather Turnip may not be a beautiful root vegetable — but what it lacks in appearance, it makes up for in sweetness and fame. 

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Vermont is rife with cozy coffee shops, skilled baristas, and experienced coffee roasters. Coffee is truly engrained in the culture of Vermont.

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The messages we've received through the years regarding fat in food have been hard to decipher. First, it was said that all fats were bad. Then came the breakdown of polyunsaturated fats and trans fats; some good, some bad. Suzanne Podhaizer, a food writer for Seven Days, helps us make sense of all these fats in this episode of The VPR Cafe.

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Ryan Yoder of the Yoder Farm in Danby says there is a need for diversification in agriculture, to develop outside markets and improve infrastructure.

Awesome Etiquette: B.Y.O.S. (Bring Your Own Slippers)

Feb 23, 2017

When invited to a home with a 'shoe free' policy, do you bring your own slippers or should they be provided by the host?

VPR Cafe: Fire Cider

Feb 23, 2017
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The name 'fire cider' creates visions of an elixir used to ward off vampires or maybe an alcoholic drink that should come with a complimentary designated driver. Truth is, it's a concoction that's been used medicinally for ages.

Awesome Etiquette: The Complicated Traditions Surrounding Making A Toast

Feb 17, 2017
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When buying a round of drinks, do you automatically have the right to make the toast or can someone else jump in? It all comes down to the type of occasion it is.

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Have you ever wished you could enjoy a glass of wine at the butcher shop while choosing your cut of meat for the evening meal? Beau Butchery + Bar in Montpelier may be just the place for you.

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It used to be that finding fresh, local greens during winter in Vermont wasn't even an option. But Vermont Life's food editor, Melissa Pasanen, explains that's not so much the case these days.

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Switchback Brewing Company is under new ownership: its employees.

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As part of their senior seminar, a group of Middlebury College students took a close look at the Vermont dairy industry. They looked into the issue of farm viability and related their findings in a series of three podcast episodes called CowTalk.

Awesome Etiquette: Charging Admission To Your Wedding

Feb 3, 2017
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Is it appropriate to charge an admission fee to cover the price of food and drink at your wedding? If so, should the guest deduct that cost from the wedding gift? And should you tell the happy couple that this approach seems graceless?

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When seeking local produce during winter in Vermont, your choices are often limited to storage crops. With only this small selection available, Seven Days food writer, Suzanne Podhaizer, offers suggestions for keeping your menu fresh throughout the season.

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