Sunday, June 16, 2013

My Sweet Escape to Vermont

For those of you who've been following my
Instagram feed have probably noticed I was out of town this weekend - and for a very good reason.  It was my pleasure to attend my fellow food blogger, chef and expert, Alejandra Ramos' Sweet Escape retreat in Plymouth Vermont.

The weekend was catered (pun intended) to a food lovin audience, a large majority who also had blogs of their own.  It was a really interesting and diverse crowd, ranging from local New Yawkers and New Jerseyans, to folks from Texas and even Australia if you can believe it.  A beautiful, historic house called Good Commons was the home to this weekend's festivities and it's where the proverbial magic happened (all weekend long).

Not only did we get to take advantage of Vermont's local food culture by eating its local, delicious food, but we also got to see the town through the eyes of its many food artisans, including farmers, wine makers, fellow food bloggers and more.  I'd love to get into more detail about the whole weekend, which I'll do throughout this week, revealing some exciting recipes and kitchen tricks, but first, I thought I'd whet your appetite with this rich photo post.  Hope you enjoy and stay tuned for more Vermontian goodies.

Alejandra talks about cooking with maple syrup. Yum!

Wes, a Sweet Escape attendee and I massage some kale salad (and like it too!)

 Our first day brunch spread is impressive!

 A visit to Jersey Girls Dairy Farm

 Farmer Lisa at Jersey Girls Dairy Farm

Nancy Warner's Potlicker Oatmeal Stout Jelly

It's cheese time, courtesy of Vermont Creamery

 Insanely good s'mores bar - marshmallows courtesy of 240 Sweet 

My bodacious marshmallow creation - roasted coconut marshmallow with dark toffee chocolate and blueberries.

Homemade nutella. Yep!

 Having fun at the Plymouth Cheese Shop

 Beautiful old fashioned Howe Scales at the Vermont General Store

Vermont really is picturesque

 Delicious cocktail from Vermont Spirits

 Hunky bartender was an added bonus!

 Moscow Mule from Vermont Spirits

 A delicious Latin-style dinner

 Our entire Sweet Escape group

 My new friend Yolanda and me

 Alejandra and me

Hudson - the weekend's mascot (aka adorable troublemaker)


  1. Anonymous17 June, 2013

    It was a pleasure meeting you at A Sweet Escape at Good Commons. Good convos and a great time! Hope to see you soon especially since we live so close too!

  2. I loved this post! Thank you so much for coming to my retreat--it was really wonderful to cook and share with you, and get to know you better. I look forward to meeting up again soon. Thank you for sharing about the retreat with your readers. xxA

  3. Judith, what an adorable post. It was marvelous meeting you and loved our long conversations. Thank you new amiga!



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