After a feature in the New York Times Food section, Vermont’s newest restaurant in southern Vermont has received an outpouring of interest and support.

Maria Rondeau and JuanMa Calderón opened Esmeralda, an experimental Peruvian restaurant at their country residence in Andover, Vermont, this past weekend. They’re serving up Peruvian classics and cooking all-day feasts centered around the pachamanca, an ancient method of cooking in the ground.

“It is overwhelming to see all the love and all the excitement about this project. That really means so much to us,” Rondeau said.

Guests can look forward to estofado de codorniz (quail

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Barbara M. Houle

The Veg Out Food Trailer at Nourse Farm in Westboro is open for its second season, providing a take-out menu that’s filled with made-from-scratch salads, soups, sandwiches, smoothies and snacks that utilize the fresh, healthy food grown on the 140-acre family-owned farm.

Veg Out founder Catherine Nourse said the food trailer parked next to the Farm Store served its first customers in May, getting off to an early start with the asparagus harvest. The farm’s newest vegetable was an instant hit, especially at the food trailer where it was transformed into Age of Asparagus Soup, said Nourse.

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MY PLACE AT THE TABLE: A Recipe for a Delicious Life in Paris. By Alexander Lobrano. Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 256 pages. $27.

The seductive sensuality of food and eating tops the bill of fare in restaurant critic Alexander Lobrano’s culinary walking tour of Paris, the highlight of this memoir of a life in gastronomy.

Now a freelance blogger and contributor to Saveur magazine, the multiple James Beard Award recipient has been point man in the City of Light for most of the major food and dining publications during his 30 years of gustatory adventuring in France and much

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by Sara Hayden

“Trust me….I eat a lot.” Owner Nee Lau keeps a slow and steady emphasis on quality above all else.


Whole rock cod in spicy black bean sauce at The Mandarin in Menlo Park. The restaurant had a soft opening in June, with plans for a grand opening party in July. (Image courtesy of The Mandarin)

The pandemic may have expedited owner Nee Lau’s plans to pursue what was a retirement dream of opening a restaurant, but when it comes to executing his vision at The Mandarin in Menlo Park, it’s all about slowing down.

“I’d rather have

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