Thursday, November 29, 2007

Vermont Food - South Burlington- Restaurant- Dobra Tea

I am back from a 3 day trip to South Burlington, Vermont. It was a wonderful trip. Vermont is a beautiful place. I love the farms, the mountains, the rivers and of course, the people are so hospitable.

Church Street in S.Burlington, VT is full of unique experience and unique shops.

Our best experience at Dobra Tea. We tried some amazing specialty tea in Dobra Tea. It is a vegetarian restaurant.

Dobra Tea is a warm and relaxing tea shop. At the entrance, we saw a poster of an teashop in Kerala, India. It reminded me of our "Corner Chaya Kadai". We were escorted to our seats and we got a huge menu book of the teas they serve and it also had the origins and travel diaries.

It was very difficult to choose a tea. There were so many options!

We ordered the following tea sampler. In simple words, it was a green tea, slightly brewed black tea and double brewed black tea and it tasted so wonderful. The tea was served in beautiful tea sets.


Three aromas, three tastes and three colors from a single tea bush in the Chinese province of Yunnan! Three representatives of the world of Chinese tea meet on a single wooden tray at DobrĂ¡ Tea:


A green, or unfermented, tea of the Dian Lu E'Shan variety. Sorted, uniformly rolled leaves of light green color, with the grassy aroma of fresh green tea and a full, lightly astringent taste.


A first-class Dian Hong black tea. Fine, uniformly rolled leaves of a brownish-red color, excellent characteristic tea aroma, with a full and slightly tannic taste.


A double-fermented, Pu-er tea from the South China province of Yunnan. Long, rolled, dark brown leaves with a gray gloss on the surface. This tea is well-known for its health benefits and carries the distinct earthy aroma of ancient Buddhist monasteries.

We serve these three teas in the same tea sets used by professional tea tasters throughout the world.

We also had some wonderful accompaniments to the tea. I don't remember the name of the dish we ate, but I remember the taste. It was delicious. I think we ate Mezza Red Pepper Dip Fresh Red Pepper, Pomegranate Molasses, Walnuts, Red Pepper Flakes and Olive. We had pita bread with the dip and we also had Dolma, which is a Turkish Dish.

Wikipedia definition: Dolma is a family of stuffed vegetable dishes in Turkish cuisine and the cuisines of the former Ottoman Empire and surrounding regions, including, Albania, Azerbaijan, Armenia, the Middle East, the Balkans, Greece, and Central Asia. Perhaps the best-known is the grape-leaf dolma, which is more precisely called yaprak dolma or sarma. Common vegetables to stuff include zucchini, eggplant, tomato and pepper. The stuffing may include meat or not. Meat dolma are generally served warm, often with sauce; meatless ones are generally served cold. Both can be eaten along with yoghurt.

If you planning a trip to Vermont, I recommend that you stop by at Dobra Tea at 80 Church Street, Burlington, VT.

It is an amazing tea shop, warm, inviting and has some good food.

Rating: 4.0 / 5.0


Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Vegetable Fried Rice

This is an instant vegetable fried rice. I did not use any garam masala or other flavoring. the rice gets its flavor from the different vegetables. It is a healthy, easy-to-make recipe and tastes good too!


Basmati Rice - Cooked
Mixed vegetables - Beans, Cabbage, Bell peppers, Carrots, Onions
Ghee- 3 teaspoons
Salt & Pepper- "Swad" anusaar
Cumin powder- 1 teaspoon

  • Add ghee to pan and add the mixed vegetables and saute
  • Add salt, pepper and cumin powder
  • Saute the vegetable till soft
  • Add cooked rice, mix well with vegetables.
  • Serve with raita or yogurt.