Slice Showdown Part 2: Which pizzeria makes the best slice in Springfield?
May20

Slice Showdown Part 2: Which pizzeria makes the best slice in Springfield?

It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta bloat their bellies with massive amounts of pizza to find the best slice in the Valley. This week we bring you Part 2 of our Slice Showdown and we tasted Springfield pies. Limiting our pizza to slices only, we hit the streets. And we were apparently feeling nostalgic on this taste-testing day. Editor Kristin Palpini said the slice from Siano’s was good break-up comfort-food reminiscent of rainy...

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Raise Your Glass: Zin Is In
May20

Raise Your Glass: Zin Is In

Terra d’Oro Zinfandel Amador County, Calif. $9.99 to $15.99 In the early 1970s in Atlanta, you could be considered knowledgeable about wine if you knew that the rose from Lancers and Mateus came from Portugal. And there were ego-boosting bonus points given if you could name any grape varietal, that is, other than the muscadine or scuppernong that grew wild in the backyard and made really skunky wine. During a special evening at a...

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The Beerhunter: Black and White and Red All Over, jump on the beer color wheel
May12

The Beerhunter: Black and White and Red All Over, jump on the beer color wheel

At the beginning of The Matrix, Morpheus gives Neo a choice: Swallow the blue pill and wake up to his old boring life, or take the red pill and discover everything he’s been missing. I felt like Neo the other day as I stood in the package store, gazing at an ever-expanding selection of craft ales. Like him, I was teetering on the edge of the familiar, and my quandary was color-coded. I knew that I needed to broaden my horizons and...

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Best Of Winners’ Photo Booth
May07

Best Of Winners’ Photo Booth

On Cinco de Mayo the Advocate threw a party at the Log Cabin in Holyoke for the first place winners of the 2015 Best Of the Valley Readers Poll competition. There was a photo booth there … things got silly, here’s the...

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Raise Your Glass: Bargain Wine From South Africa
May06

Raise Your Glass: Bargain Wine From South Africa

The Wolftrap Red Blend, 2013 Western Cape of Good Hope, South Africa $7.98 to $9.99 Last week, I heard a wine expert say that the best way for a regular wine drinker to become knowledgeable is to try something different every time. According to his plan, if you are used to drinking Cabernet Sauvignon from California, give it up. Try a Cab from South America, a Bordeaux or Cab from Romania. Then move on to other full-bodied grapes,...

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Madame Barfly: By the Light of the Night ‘True shine’ moonshine made right in our backyard
Apr28

Madame Barfly: By the Light of the Night ‘True shine’ moonshine made right in our backyard

After getting laid off, 32-year printing press veteran Scott Santaniello decided to move into an industry that always seems to stand the test of time: booze, baby. Two years ago, Santaniello, a 51-year-old life-long resident of Springfield, got a distiller’s license, launched Copper Moon and started making corn whiskey, better known as moonshine, out of rented space in the basement of the Indian Orchard Mills building. He says it’s...

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