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Mad Taco Leaves Waterbury; New Cooking App; King's Deli Opens in Burlington

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Published July 9, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

Craving Mexican food in Waterbury? You'll need to drive. Last month, the Mad Taco closed its location inside the town's Blackback Pub & Flyshop; the restaurants in Waitsfield and Montpelier remain open.

Original Blackback owner Rick Binet sold the business to Lynn and Dave Mason in May. Last week, a new eatery called Maggie's Kitchen replaced the beloved Mexican spot in the pub. The petite menu focuses on toasted sandwiches such as ham and cheese and roast beef with Swiss cheese. For those who prefer bar snacks, choices include a cheese plate, bruschetta and stuffed mini-pitas.

Ever wish you had some- one telling you how to make dinner as you did it? Friends Alexis Mullen and Ailyn Hoey are at your service. On July 4, the moms and servers, who work together at Popolo in Bellows Falls, debuted a new app called Audio Chef.

After trying a conventional audio cookbook, Mullen craved a version that would lead her through each step. "She realized nothing like this had been done before in terms of real-time narrated cooking of a complete meal," says Hoey. "It helps with the efficiency and timing."

The pair concocted 30 recipes, including full meals such as almond-crusted salmon with mango salsa, jasmine rice and asparagus; or quinoa, feta and chard stew with herbed quick bread. Then they split up and narrated the offerings. Four of the recipes are available for free download; you can access the entire library for a 99-cent upgrade.

The two women plan to add new collections of meals regularly and make them searchable by category and dietary requirements. The next set, "30 Easy World Meals," will appear soon.

In late June, downtown Burlington got a new deli.

Though it's still a work in progress, King's Corner Deli (41 King Street, 540-2552) is now open daily and serving fresh sandwiches and melts with McKenzie meats, plus coffee, tea and snacks.

Co-owners Jon Haftarczuk and Kathleen Donahue also have a solid selection of cold beer (cheap cans, microbrews and ciders), wine and an ATM, all within spitting distance of the waterfront and marina. They're still honing their list, and Haftarczuk says they're open to suggestions: "We're aiming to be a local neighborhood stop, so we'll listen to what everyone would like us to carry and get those things in."

The original print version of this article was headlined "Crumbs: Leftover Food News"