The Monkey House is in Winooksi, Vermont. They have all heard the slow-laugh Dad joke "I've heard there's brewsky's in Winooski"- so don't even go there. If you do go there-be sure to do it in a terrible Minnesotan accent. It's more fun for everyone that way.
We started out the day by busking in a park. Daisy and I were quickly joined by a violin player named Merlin. Merlin was a kind of mysterious fellow. He came and went as the afternoon went on, adding beautiful textures to some songs and then disappearing to different spots in the park; A man who certainly fits his name.
A side note on busking: If you are doing it to make money, definitely shoot for main roads. People are quick to stay and watch if you are in a park but the main roads have much more foot traffic.
The night was super pleasant. Taylor, the bartender at The Monkey House, gave me a tourist mini sampling of all of the Vermont IPA's on draft. I have always had a theory that places that get really cold in the winter make the best beer. Vermont is no exception to my rule.
The first band to play, Siding Spring was a three piece group local to the area that had a very together post prog rock sound. We lent the drummer, Jesse, a drum stool- and he offered us a home cooked meal, and a place to stay in exchange. I think we got the sweeter end of the deal because as it turns out, the gentleman makes a mean bolognese, and pretty stellar oatmeal as well.
Jesse's Almost Good For You Oatmeal
1 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup or so of chia seeds
A handful of raisins
A helluva lot of pumpkin seeds
The end of a container of Ben and Jerry's Salted Caramel Ice Cream
Not going to go through the in's and out's on how to make it, because you are all intelligent people who hopefully know how to make this breakfast classic. Basically, I only posted this because he puts ice cream in his oatmeal, which seems counter intuitive, but really transformed ordinary oatmeal into something that you could serve at a 5 star fancy breakfast place.
I am off to take one last look at Burlington's incredible water front- and then we are off to Manchester New Hampshire- the land where dreams come true.