The Pour Man: Oyster Bay Saves the Day
Aug25

The Pour Man: Oyster Bay Saves the Day

In general, I think it’s safe to say that to like New Zealand sauvignon blanc, it doesn’t hurt to have a taste for grapefruit juice. I don’t mean the sweet, pink stuff, but real grapefruit juice, squeezed from tangy, sour white fruit, grown on ancient trees like the one in our backyard in Tampa. It produced gallons of liquid gold, great for salty dogs, a vodka drink designed to slake the heat, served over lots of ice in tall,...

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Pop-Up Foodie Paradise: A Night With the Hush and Proper, the area’s newest travelling dinner service
Aug25

Pop-Up Foodie Paradise: A Night With the Hush and Proper, the area’s newest travelling dinner service

The saloon doors swing open, and Emily Pichette steps into the small kitchen of the Foundry in Northampton. A wave of sound follows her from the dining room: murmuring, laughter, and clinking glasses. “Are we ready for the first course?” she asks. The staff turns to Brendan Walker, who stands in front of a large metal refrigerator, his arms folded loosely in front of him. Walker, 26, glances around the kitchen through his thick frame...

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Taste-off! Brownie  BRAWL, Valley brownies go head to head and the winner may surprise you
Aug19

Taste-off! Brownie BRAWL, Valley brownies go head to head and the winner may surprise you

Ah, the classic American brownie — it’s the chocolate chip cookie for chocolate lovers. Everybody has a brownie story. Whether your Grandma made the best, you ate that funny smelling one and couldn’t speak for a while, or you had the munchies and ate a whole tray of them, these chocolate squares hold a special place in hearts. And stomachs. The six contenders browned in six different bakeries around the Valley: The Black Sheep in...

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Madame Barfly: Hope and Olive in Greenfield serves drinks to your health
Aug19

Madame Barfly: Hope and Olive in Greenfield serves drinks to your health

Jim Zaccara says his bar is an appletini-free zone. Zaccara, 45, grew up working in restaurants, and bartending was always his forte. When he began making his own style of cocktail at his first full-bar restaurant — Hope and Olive in Greenfield — eight years ago, he didn’t know he was stepping into the craft cocktail phenomenon. He simply knew he wanted his bar menu to be reasonably healthy, which for him meant meant free of...

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The Beerhunter: Brattleboro by the Glass, Hermit Thrush Brewery and Whetstone Station
Aug04

The Beerhunter: Brattleboro by the Glass, Hermit Thrush Brewery and Whetstone Station

The southern Vermont town of Brattleboro does a lot of things right: green hills, friendly people, fun bookstores, and a few stellar swimming holes. But this month, the Beerhunter looks into this town’s newest promising trend: craft brewing. Out of the beer spots in Brattleboro, I particularly recommend two: the tasting room at Hermit Thrush Brewery on High Street and the Whetstone Station restaurant and brewery on Bridge Street. Hit...

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Pay It Forward With Produce: Where to donate your extra garden greens
Jul28

Pay It Forward With Produce: Where to donate your extra garden greens

Summer is a great time to celebrate the bounty of Pioneer Valley farms, but many households face difficulties — financial and otherwise — in planning meals, feeding mouths, and accessing good nutrition. According to The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, about one in eight people living in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, and Hampden counties suffers from chronic food shortages or needs emergency food assistance. You can help. Find a...

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