After weeks of hot, humid summer days spent in the city, I was thrilled to spend the Fourth of July weekend at my grandpa’s lake house in Vermont. It’s the same lake where my mom’s family has spent their summers for three generations, and so many of my favorite memories are of good times spent with my family at the lake.
A jokes that it’s impossible to get me to leave the lake when we’re in Vermont. I have yet to take him to the Ben & Jerry’s Factory in Burlington, and he’s been begging me to go with him to visit Calvin Coolidge’s childhood home in Plymouth Notch without success. Between relaxing on the dock, swimming in the cove, and sipping a cold beer while my uncles grill a delicious meal for everyone, there’s simply no time to leave the lake!
I made an exception last Saturday morning because I wanted to peruse a few of my favorite shops in nearby Middlebury – Sweet Cecily and Danforth Pewter – and take A to my favorite sandwich shop for lunch.
After a bit of shopping on Main Street we made our way across Otter Creek to Noonie’s Deli for lunch.
The deli sits just across from a waterfall, so we took advantage of the sunshine and grabbed a spot at a picnic table so that we could enjoy the view while we ate.
Noonie’s Deli makes the most wonderfully enormous sandwiches in all of Vermont. The “Vermonter” – made with black forest ham, sliced apples, melted Vermont cheddar cheese, and homemade honey mustard – is a must have.
My personal favorite is “Purple’s Pleasure”, made with turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato, red onion, avocado, jalapeño peppers, melted Vermont cheddar cheese, and garlic basil mayo. I’m a sucker for anything with avocado, but the garlic basil mayo is what makes the sandwich.
I’m looking forward to our next visit to the lake, but in the meantime I’m going to try my hand at making some garlic basil mayo at home.