A few weeks ago, Seven Days readers voted for the eighth annual Daysie awards. You can find the winners in a special section in the middle of this week's newspaper, or on the web here.
In addition, the Seven Days editorial staff has chosen to bestow a few Daysies of our own. We'll be posting them on this blog over the next few days.
Here's the first batch of our picks:
Best Vietnamese Combo platter: Pho Hong and the North Winooski Avenue Laundromat
Doing laundry at a laundromat where strangers can gaze at your unmentionables is a drag. But it's made immeasurably better at the North Winooski Avenue Laundromat thanks to the presence of Pho Hong Vietnamese restaurant. Here's how to optimize your laundry experience: get your laundry sudsing in the washing machine, then nab a table at Pho Hong next door. After you order and before your food comes, slip back over to the laundromat and switch your laundry over to the dryer. Your clothes will be finished at the same time your check comes. It eases the drudgery of the chore and prevents you from having to watch reruns of bad TV while waiting for the spin cycle to end. - Lauren Ober
Best Cemetery for Picnicking: St. Augustine Cemetery in Montpelier
Perched on a hill off Lincoln Avenue, the Catholic cemetery has a gorgeous westward view of downtown Montpelier, Camel's Hump and the setting sun. The terraced plots are just the right size to throw down your picnic blanket... and the residents don't seem to mind. - Megan James
Best Place to Watch Bosnian TV: Café Mediterano in Essex Junction.
There is no greater pleasure than tucking into an airy lepinja roll filled with juicy cevapi sausages while seeing who will get eliminated next on "Bosnian Idol." - Alice Levitt
Best Place to Nap in Public: the Adirondack chairs at the top of Mt. Philo State Park.
What better place to catch some Z's — and some sun — than the scenic park overlooking the Champlain Valley? The wooden chairs are perfect for reclined resting, and the wind and chirping birds are better than any nature CD. No better way to nod off ... even in public. - Carolyn Fox