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april snow = still some winter left to go

Wednesday April 8th, 2009 | categories: breakfast, easter brunch, kismet montpelier, sobrasada, vermont brunch
even though the sap harvest peaked two weeks ago- and even though we’ve been serving local salad greens for the last month, and our local tomatoes are just as bright and luscious as they could be, it is indeed snowing… still.

if you’ve been reading my posts, you would see that i always get a bit anxious for summer around this time of year- and anyone who lives in vermont year round would after nearly 6 months of freezing temperatures- but after already having had some really lovely warm and 60 degree afternoons back in february, it is a bit disappointing (and confusing) to have there be snow falling and for the air outside to feel and taste and smell like november.

But, regardless, Easter is in just a few days and montpelier children will hunt for eggs int he park regardless of snow wind rain or slush, as they do every year, and we at Kismet, will create a bright and lovely Easter brunch menu like we have for the last three years. Ahhhh– brunch. It’s such a great meal really, and when eggs are our canvas, creating a special menu for Easter just feels so– natural.

Though I haven’t completely decided what we will be having- i do know that it is absolutely necessary in include some items- lamb, asparagus (looking for wild red “asparagus”, if you have any let me know), quail eggs, local ham, and eggs– of course. In my family, it was a tradition to have eggs and sobrasada, apparently (after doing a google of that so i could link it for you) that must be something very specific to my family, as sobrasada seems to only exist in one photo– I have decided that i while this year i will do my best to replicate it (i’m sure my aunt marilynn is scoffing at me now), i will make it a mission to reconnect with my Portuguese roots- master my family’s original recipe, and share it with all of you for real next year.. in the meantime, i will make do with some hose made lamb chorizo and egg frittata’s and hope everyone in my family appreciates my efforts…

Speaking of efforts-

Kismet has been steadily gaining on expansion plans– though there are lots of rumors out there about where and when we are moving into a larger space, I can tell you only this:

we are currently negotiating 2 spaces downtown in montpelier and hoping to have things clarified by the end of june and plan to be in our new space by the end of the year. In the meantime, we are planning to have about ten more seats outside for the summer, and will hopefully have our liquor license by next month (in time for deserving mothers on mother’s day). What else? Oh! and the space currently inhabited by kismet???? well, there are lots of ideas, one of which is for us to share it with others– do you have any ideas??

also, we are working with someone fabulous to recreate our menu and re-do our website– i am REALLY excited about this and hope that everyone will give me some feedback about what you would like for the new menu to include.. do you have a favorite? was there a special you had once that you think deserves permanent placement on our menu? is there something we should know about items we have now and how they could be different? Kismet is yours just as much as it is ours– trust me– i just work here.

so, what do you want for breakfast?

good night, i love you, and I’ll see you in the morning!
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