Burlington: American Flatbreads Tries to Not Be Pizza

American Flatbreads local organic food pizzas Burlington Vermont

Everyone and their cousin recommended that I go to American Flatbreads if I’m in Burlington, and with good reason. This place is delicious! It’s also a great place to take friends, as the meals are pretty big and therefore good for sharing. The only issue I have with American Flatbreads is that the “flatbreads” they make are clearly pizzas, and they don’t even try to hide it. Even the little buzzer you hold while you’re waiting is a pizza! So, really, American Pizzas is pretty great.

Zero Gravity Brewery microbrews Burlngton Vermont

The restaurant also serves as a brewery, called Zero Gravity. I’ve had their draught and it’s very hoppy, which I like. Vermont is known for having amazing microbrews, and most of them are IPAs (they are home of Magic Hat, after all). This was a pretty big change from New York, where the best beer bars had mostly stouts and porters on draught. My palette has definitely expanded, and I can’t honestly say which I like better than the other. I guess it depends on my mood!

American Flatbreads pizza Burlington Vermont
See this flatbread? It’s a pizza. (Photo Credit: Yelp.com)

In a state known for bomb-diggity cheese, “flatbread” restaurants are out of this world good. Again, all the food is local and organic (they have signs everywhere reminding you), and you can definitely taste the difference. One of the topping choices, The Vermont Sausage, has Vermont-made goat’s cheese with farm-fresh pork, maple-fennel sausage, and caramelized onions. If that doesn’t make your mouth water, I don’t know what does.

What’s my favorite thing here? Definitely the brunch menu. Mainly because the restaurant has an Eggs Benedict flatbread (pizza) that has hollandaise sauce all over it. Oh, it is so good. This would be another Top 5 Burlington Restaurants in my book.

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Reckless Abandon: Climbing Mountains in Vermont

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If there’s one thing you learn while traveling, it’s that something that has one meaning in one place can have a totally different meaning somewhere else. As in, telling someone that you’re “going for a hike” in Ohio means that you’re going on a slightly rigorous nature walk, perhaps with a little workout involved as you head uphill for one brief moment or climb over fallen trees. Yeah, that’s not the case here.

Going for a hike in Vermont means that you’re climbing a mountain, straight up. And that’s exactly what I did.

Hikes in Vermont are categorized mainly by three levels of difficulty: a green circle for Easy or Beginner, a blue square forIntermediate, and a black diamond for Difficult. I’ve heard that there are double black diamonds out there, but I honestly don’t even want to think about what that entails. For our hike, my boyfriend and I chose “Stowe Pinnacle Trail,” which was in the blue square level of difficulty. This being our first hike, we didn’t want to over exert ourselves, but wanted a bit more of a challenge than the equivalent of snowboarding the Bunny Hill at a ski park.

Did I say that right? I meant A BIT of a challenge. A BIT of a challenge is not what we got.

Stowe Pinnacle Trail, Stowe, Vermont, hiking, mountain hiking, mountains, The Adirondack Mountains, Adirondack, New York, Green Mountain State, outdoors, summer activities, summer hikes, Lake Champlain

The trail was only 1.65 miles and started out with these cute little plank bridges that crossed over muddy areas and tiny ravines. It was sweet, really, and I was delighted taking pictures along the way of our adorable adventure into nature. Soon after my first snapped pics, however, the trail started to incline. No big deal, we were prepared for that.

Soon the inclines weren’t ending though. There were no more breaks of level ground to catch our breath, and we had already finished our first of two water bottles. Rationing our sips of water for only when we really needed them, we continued on. The steady incline turned into giant, nature-made stone steps that required the highest of knee lifts to reach. It was at this point that the thoughts started to pour into my head:

“Thank goodness we picked such a cloudy, cool day to do this!” as I wiped sweat from my brow.

“I’m sure we’re at least halfway there…” We had only completed the first 1/5 of the trail at that point.

And my personal favorite, “Who the hell decides to climb Mount Everest?! Those people are crazy and not my friends!”

I’m going to stop ranting about it now, because if any of you go to check out the trail and its reviews, you’ll see nothing but remarks on how easy it is, “even for four-year-olds!” Moral of the story is: There’s nothing like a hike up a mountain to tell you how out of shape you are.

Here are some photos of our hike (you’ll notice that all of the difficult incline parts are absent, because we were too busy hiking our asses off to take photos):

Stowe Pinnacle Trail, Stowe, Vermont, hiking, mountain hiking, mountains, The Adirondack Mountains, Adirondack, New York, Green Mountain State, outdoors, summer activities, summer hikes, Lake Champlain

Stowe Pinnacle Trail, Stowe, Vermont, hiking, mountain hiking, mountains, The Adirondack Mountains, Adirondack, New York, Green Mountain State, outdoors, summer activities, summer hikes, Lake Champlain

Stowe Pinnacle Trail, Stowe, Vermont, hiking, mountain hiking, mountains, The Adirondack Mountains, Adirondack, New York, Green Mountain State, outdoors, summer activities, summer hikes, Lake Champlain

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Stowe Pinnacle Trail, Stowe, Vermont, hiking, mountain hiking, mountains, The Adirondack Mountains, Adirondack, New York, Green Mountain State, outdoors, summer activities, summer hikes, Lake Champlain

Stowe Pinnacle Trail, Stowe, Vermont, hiking, mountain hiking, mountains, The Adirondack Mountains, Adirondack, New York, Green Mountain State, outdoors, summer activities, summer hikes, Lake Champlain