Scene Here: Breakfast pie
Feb25

Scene Here: Breakfast pie

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Raise Your Glass: Thanks! Tip Yields Excellent Spanish Red
Feb25

Raise Your Glass: Thanks! Tip Yields Excellent Spanish Red

Evodia, Spain Old Vine Garnacha, 2013 $7.89 to $11.99 Over the last year or so, I had been noticing Evodia, a Spanish red wine with a distinctive bluish-purple label, on the shelves of the area’s wine stores, but I hadn’t tried it. For some reason, I hadn’t even given it much thought until my friend Marlene Osteen suggested I might like it. Osteen and her husband, Louis, have been in the fine dining restaurant business in South...

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Dishing on Dishes: The stories behind five Valley signature plates
Feb18

Dishing on Dishes: The stories behind five Valley signature plates

Coco & The Cellar Bar Easthampton The dish: Buttermilk Fried Chicken Simple is best Fried chicken may seem an odd fit for a gourmet menu, but Coco’s co-owners, cooks — and husband and wife — Roger Taylor and Unmi Abkin have embraced its simple pleasures. Discussing Coco’s menu with a new customer usually begins with the fried chicken, Taylor says. “There are no special spices, no secret flour. No tricks. We believe the simple...

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Scene Here: A Spot for Tea
Feb18

Scene Here: A Spot for Tea

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Beerhunter: Lager Gets Crafty
Feb18

Beerhunter: Lager Gets Crafty

In the warm, bright tasting room of Fort Hill Brewery in Easthampton, my friend took a sip from a sample glass and frowned. He took another and made the same face. “It’s a lager,” I said. “They’re all lagers here.” He looked surprised. Then he finished his drink and nodded. “It’s good.” What just happened here? Well, two things. For one, the American craft brewing scene is all about the ales, not lagers. This is why, when my friend...

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Where Food is King: Tully McColgan trades nighttime hotspot for world food drive-to
Feb18

Where Food is King: Tully McColgan trades nighttime hotspot for world food drive-to

Owner Tully McColgan and head chef John Peter Wentworth say they’ve spent so much time together getting their business — King Street Eats — off the ground, that they’ve come to look alike. “People think we’re brothers,” Wentworth jokes. The two have turned the former Spoleto Express space on King Street across from Stop and Shop into a venue that sells big portions based on street food from around the world — including falafel, Cuban...

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