French Fry Tour of Burlington: Ahli Baba’s Kabob Shop

January 09, 2023

A paper plate with a few handfuls of french fries on it

Ahli Baba’s Kabob Shop is a beloved restaurant in Burlington that has been serving delicious food to the community since 1989. Originally starting as a mobile unit on the University of Vermont campus, Ahli Baba’s eventually opened a location on Main Street in the mid-90s. The menu features a variety of dishes, including gyros, steak and chicken kabobs, and, of course, fries.

Ahli Baba’s fries received high praise from the Bluehouse Group team. Despite being somewhat lacking in salt and flavor, the fries impressed with their crispy exterior and soft interior. Additionally, they remained enjoyable even after cooling down, which is not always the case with French fries. Overall, the team gave Ahli Baba’s fries a score of 6.7 out of 10.

Check back with us every Monday for more local french fry reviews!

Join Us January 11th for a Design Sprint

January 05, 2023

A cover image for an event. The left side of the image reads “DESIGN SPRINT” in large bold text with “Hosted by Bluehouse Group” above it. On the right side of the image reads “January 11th” with Bluehouse Group’s address underneath “193. South Winooski Ave. Suite 100 Burlington, VT 05401” with the time 6:00 PM - 8 PM.

Bluehouse Group is hosting our first event of the new year!

If you are passionate about user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design, this event is perfect for you – regardless of your level of experience. Twice a month, we will be breaking out into teams to tackle a basic 1-hour design sprint for a local app, website, or even something more obscure like a Burlington public transit map.

Come prepared with your devices and be prepared to wield tools like Figma for crafting design mockups with your team. After the hour is up, each team will present its design to the rest of the group, giving you the opportunity to receive feedback and suggestions from your peers.

Learn more details about the event.

French Fry Tour of Burlington: The Friendly Toast

January 03, 2023

The Friendly Toast was founded in 1994 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. In 2018 brunch lovers were very happy when Burlington, Vermont got a Friendly Toast location. This beloved New England spot has a cult following for its tasty brunch and Mimosas.

But let’s talk about the real star of any meal – the fries! Unfortunately, we were pretty disappointed with The Friendly Toast’s fries. They were soggy, lacking in flavor and salt, and just not very satisfying. The only saving grace was that they weren't greasy and the portion size was generous.

Overall, we gave these fries a 4.6/10. If you're planning a visit to The Friendly Toast, we’d recommend sticking with the breakfast items instead.

Check back with us every Monday for more local french fry reviews!

Tips for Developers: Market Research

December 27, 2022

Building a successful website involves a lot of different pieces coming together – design, content, functionality, and more. One important piece that is often overlooked is market research. Market research helps us understand our clients and their target audience. It also helps us identify potential problems and solutions. Without it, we would be blindly building a website and hoping for the best.

Do not skip market research in your web development process – it's worth the investment and can save you from many headaches down the line. Trust us, your audience (and your wallet) will thank you.

Mitch’s December Movie Picks: Winter Wonderland

December 21, 2022

The Thing (1982, dir John Carpenter) 

“Now I’ll show you what I already know”.

The Thing is a horror film set in Antarctica, where a team of scientists must confront an alien threat in a snowy and hostile environment. The film tackles themes of isolation, paranoia, and survival.

The Ascent (1977, dir Larisa Shepitko) 

“Now I understand. I understand. The important thing is to be true to yourself”.

Set in the snowy, rugged landscape of the rural countryside of World War II-era Belarus, two Soviet partisans must make a treacherous journey across enemy territory to deliver an important message to their superiors. The film tackles themes of loyalty, courage, and sacrifice.

Climax (2018, dir Gaspar Noé) 

“Do you believe in Paradise?”

Set at a dance rehearsal in a remote, snow-covered location dancers slowly start experiencing strange and frightening hallucinations after consuming spiked punch. The film tackles themes of madness, violence, and the dangers of drug use.

Snowpiercer (2013, dir Bong Joon-ho) 

“Order is the barrier that holds back the flood of death”.

Snowpiercer is a science fiction film set in a dystopian future where the survivors of a global ice age live on a massive train that endlessly circles the frozen planet. The train serves as a microcosm of society, with various classes of passengers living in different sections of the train. The film tackles themes of social inequality, survival, and rebellion.

French Fry Tour of Burlington: Handy’s Lunch

December 19, 2022

A basket of french fries with a small plastic container of ketchup in the top right corner.

Handy’s Lunch calls themselves “A great place to eat” since 1945.

Bluehouse Group recently tried Handy’s Lunch french fries and we were extremely disappointed. They lacked crispiness and were tasteless. These fries had absolutely no color. In addition, these fries were served pretty cold, which only added to their disappointing texture.

We scored these fries a 6.4 / 10. Check in every Monday for our next local french fry review!