Intense dogma here. I attended the Gaea Grounded class, and the description is accurate that the class takes the "momentum" out of a flow. It's a basic foundations class with a lot of verbal scaffolding that bordered on criticism. I get it, you need a good foundation to practice yoga. Practicing yoga with the proper alignment increases its benefits and prevents injury. There were no quiet moments in class, the bulk of the noise being the teacher telling everyone how to practice yoga, as opposed to guiding through postures.
The kicker was at the end of class during what was to be a quiet meditation, someone's phone rang (or it was an alarm as it seemed to go on forever). Because the studio is all one room, with no barrier between the belongings of class-goers, everyone could here it. If I had been the practitioner who owned the phone, I would have run over to it to shut it off. She did not. The teacher, however, made a great save in using the situation as a teaching moment. Were we distracted by it? Yes. What are you going to do when you leave class and distractions are thrown your way. It was clever. I overheard the owner of the phone apologizing to the teacher after class, and the teacher was cool about it. It happens, right? But seriously, if the last five minutes of class are the only time practitioners at this studio have to let their minds settle, turn your phones off.
Good beer, decent comfort food (somewhat overpriced) and ok service. The atmosphere and beer is really the draw here. There's nothing wrong with anything here, but the service didn't blow my hair back. WHen we first walked in, a host explained the different sections of the brewery (to order goof, get a growler, just drink, etc.) He was friendly and welcoming, which was a great way to start off the experience. I was surprised when we arrived at the bar that the bartenders didn't take the time to suggest beer or explain their process or anything unique about the brewery. There was an aloofness that felt borderline snobby.
The mac n cheese was rich and tasty but was a small portion and nothing to write home about. The goulash was better, still small, but high quality ingredients and cooked to perfection. Their beers tend to have more "hop" across the board, but I enjoyed their "Pumpkin Crop" and "Leisure Time" (wheat beer).
It's a laundromat. Yes, some of the machines are out of order, but on a Saturday morning, it's pretty dead. I had a couple of loads of laundry to do and machines were ready and waiting. Bring quarters and detergent. They sell soap and softener and bleach of you need it and have a change machine.
The wash, dry, fold service is efficient and cheap but don't send your favorite clothes to them. Shirts will shrink and jeans will fade due to their heavy duty drying. You'll also lose a sock or two and gain some clothes that aren't yours, which could be a win or gross, depending on what it is abd how much of a germ-o-phone you are.
Baldacci was the first Napa winery I visited, so it holds a special place in my heart. Our B&B hosts suggested Baldacci as a place to check out on our bike ride due to the reasonable distance from the town of Napa, the calm of the winery, and our interest in reds. We were told that prior to 1pm, you can purchase a tasting as a walk-in, which we did. The host was incredibly warm, engaging and accommodating. She was very laid back, yet passionate about the wines. Even as unexpected walk-ins and reservations entered, she remained relaxed and helpful to us. The basic tasting cost $25 per person and you taste 4 of their wines ( they also give you some snacks and water!) We sat at the wraparound bar in the cozy tasting room, but there were picnic tables outside as well. We ended up purchasing the 2012 pinot noir for $40 and were not disappointed.18/08/2015 Thank you Erin for visiting us at Baldacci! Glad to see you enjoyed the Elizabeth Pinot Noir! We… En savoir plus
Lowell Summer Music Series:
-food tent (ice cream, soda, water, pizza, hot dogs, wraps, salads, burgers, popcorn, etc for fair prices
-everyone brings a lawn chair and gets there early (as in prior to 5pm early)
-parking garage across the street for $10
-bathrooms located in parking garage
-wristbands allow you to leave and come back as much as you want
-definitely an older, more subdued crowd, but with a handful of fierce dancers
-typical diner fare, although I noticed crab cakes on the menu which seems odd for a VT diner
-friendly enough service
- not necessarily cheap, but considering the large portions, it was a decent value
-VT omelette was delicious, but I think they might use an egg substitute or thin the eggs
Savin Scoop is a cool, neighborhood joint. There's nothing to write home about, but they have tasty ice cream and offer standard prices and friendly service. They have a good selection of flavored, cones, toppings, etc. they also sell candy and other goodies.
It seems this is a place that wants to be upscale, but due to the nature of the rustic surroundings, it just isn't. Our server was horribly unfriendly, and unhelpful. The food was decent, nothing great, but nothing bad. We all had some kind of burger and ordered them medium, but all seemed to be a different level of doneness. The outside patio is a nice option, although the view of the waffle shack and non functioning ski lift isn't pretty. There are no TVs in the dining room and it seemed a little stuffy in there.
At the end of our meal, our female server brought the check, placed it in front of one of the two men and said "thank you, gentlemen." WTF?! So she either thought I was a man (I think this is unlikely) or assumed I wouldn't be paying and completely ignored my presence (methinks this is more likely than the previous theory) Gross.
This might have been the all-around best meal I had in Napa. From the food quality, to the wine, to the service, everything was tip-top. Kitchen Door definitely provided the most memorable wine I had in Napa, which is really saying something! We ordered a bottle of the "Omen" which was a Bordeaux-style blend.
Kitchen Door is nestled in the back of the bustling Oxbow Market, and the atmosphere of the restaurant, while lively, offers something of a reprieve from the hectic maze of the market. It's large and open layout makes it seem less busy than it is, but you will still need to sit close together to have a conversation over the din.
For food, I had the roast half-chicken which was amazingly rich, tender and juicy. The skin was perfectly crisp and tasty. It was served with perfectly-cooked new and red potatoes, just slightly seasoned, and a gravy that was a delightful match to all the flavors. There was also roasted greens mixed in which rounded off the dish. We ordered a sampler cheese plate which was a little wild for my taste (sheep's and goat's cheeses along with the more traditional cow cheese), but a connoisseur's dream.
Our server was nice and knowledgable about the menu items. He offered suggestions when we couldn't decide between multiple items and we were not disappointed. He was very laid back, but attentive, which was a great match for the overall experience.
Bottom line: a casual atmosphere with decadent food, wonderful and careful wine selection and top-notch service.
Believe the hype. Best BBQ, anywhere, ever (coming from a non-connoisseur) with knowledgable, friendly and memorable service, and unique wine offerings. This restaurant gets 5-stars for everything: food, service, ambience and wine selection.
The night we came for dinner, I had the pulled-pork sandwich with mac and cheese as a side. We ordered two wine flights, which featured unique wines that were carefully curated into themes (Zin City, for example). And, oh! The service. Did you see the documentary Somm? Check it out on Netflix, or come to Bounty Hunter where you will find several people that are either master sommeliers or are just really really really good at memorizing little details about wine and are really really really passionate about what they do. The guy that explained each flight to us was so thorough (and not in a snooty, elitist way) and so calm and pleasant. I was so engaged in what he was saying that I forgot I was about to drink wine! The wines are delicious though. Trust that everything on that menu is great and take some risks!
We returned for happy hour to take advantage of the $10 happy hour BBQ sampler plate. Ribs were to die for.
Other notes: The ambience is cool, but dark and rustic. There's only one bathroom stall for the whole restaurant. You can join their wine club!