chic or geek

a mildly aspirational blog of my life, times, and taste

sugaring season

adventure, photographyAnna KellerComment

on Saturday I brought my friend from NYC to visit a real Vermont sugaring shack.  now that the days are warmer, the sap is flowing, and maple delights are on the menu in many forms.

Vermont maple syrup comes in varying grades:

"Vermont Fancy" Light Amber color, delicate maple bouquet Delightfully mild maple flavor, excellent on pancakes, waffles & ice cream.

"Vermont Grade A Medium Amber" Medium Amber color, pronounced maple bouquet Characteristic maple flavor; Very popular for all around use.

"Vermont Grade A Dark Amber" Dark Amber color, robust maple bouquet Heartier maple flavor, very popular for table and all around use.

"Vermont Grade B" The strongest and darkest table grade maple syrup The rich maple flavor makes it the best grade for cooking.


maple cotton candy!

sugar on snow is a treat that consists of a base of freshly packed snow, a layer of maple syrup, and a donut and a pickle spear to round out the dish.  its a sticky and sweet treat that any Vermonter (or flatlander), young or old, can enjoy.


Palmer's Sugarhouse

332 Shelburne Hinesburg Road

Shelburne, VT 05482

classic: tortoiseshell

styleAnna KellerComment

image 1 & 2

in my opinion, faux tortoiseshell is the chicest way to accessorize.  all of my favorite sunglasses have a detail of this organic pattern and I'm always drawn to similar items in stores.  maybe it's because J Crew favors the material so much, but I've always thought that it's the classiest thing to possibly do with plastic.