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Scenic Drive from NYC to Boston..

I thought of that, but people passing through mostly want ready-made food (i.e., restaurants) and not so much farm stands or food that you'd have to prepare. If that's not true, there are plenty of recommendations I'd make!

lunches and dinners in greenfield

Mesa Verde has limited alcohol, but what they have is good. Local beers and good margaritas. And yeah, apologies if I did not mention that BB is breakfast and lunch.

All-time best dessert?

Indeed! Thinking of desserts I remember with fondness, the first that came to mind was a simple dish of raspberries at a restaurant in Chile. It wasn't on the menu (I asked and they delivered) and followed a meal of king crab legs. It was perfect.

Scenic Drive from NYC to Boston..

If it were me, from NYC I'd go north along the Hudson, not sure of the exact route but Washington Irving country if you take my meaning. Agreed with others that Route 2 is the way to go -- it's very much a country road until you get to about Templeton MA, and even thereafter you can jump off on side roads. Food stops I'd recommend:

North Adams, MA: PUBLIC, a place for great food and beer

Shelburne, MA: if the timing is right, Gould's sugarhouse on Route 2 for a pancake breakfast. It's not sugaring season but they open for the foliage.
In Shelburne Falls off Route 2, stop by Mocha Maya's for good coffee, baked goods, excellent beers and live music
Hagar's Farm Market on Route 2 in Shelburne on some weekends has fried dough with maple cream, which is an indulgence you won't find in Texas, so go for it.

Greenfield, MA: Greenfield Coffee is the best coffee in some distance. On the common across from the cafe, the Greenfield Farmers' Market is on Saturday mornings, where you can get some very yummy food including breakfast sandwiches from local ingredients.
The People's Pint nearby is a mighty fine brewpub.

Since we've been told to focus on food, I will have to say that Route 2 itself, east of Greenfield, is pretty much a culinary wasteland. I drive it twice a week, so I wish this weren't true, but it is.

Mi Tierra tortillas!

All right! So glad to see a shout out for Mi Tierra tortillas here!

There is quite a story behind those tortillas. Mi Tierra was a Mexican restaurant in Hadley, whose owners (the Sosas) had made an arrangement with a local farmer to grow the special corn for the tortillas, and had purchased equipment to make them, when their restaurant (and several adjacent businesses) were completely destroyed in the fire. Even though their business was destroyed, the Sosas honored their commitment to the farmer, purchased the corn, and began making the tortillas by hand. Initially they were just sold in a few local stores, but demand grew (in part because the local community wanted to help the Sosas, but also because they're simply the best tortillas in the world) and now they've replaced their production equipment and can make a lot more -- AND they'll soon be reopening their rebuilt restaurant! It's a great story of doing well by doing good, and it's really great that the food-loving folk of Boston can now be part of it.

Homemade Ricotta Cheese

You can make mysost, Swedish whey cheese. It's like gjetost. Takes a long time to cook down though.

Sep 11, 2014
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Fresh Mozzarella

Not in Boston, no - I've got a cheesemaking supply place near where I live. But it's not much -- you get the Ricki Carroll kit and you have enough supplies for many batches.

Fresh Mozzarella

I'd also add that if you want fresh mozzarella on a regular basis, it is ridiculously easy to make your own (and the results are fabulous).

Chicken like Boston Chicken used to make

That's your interpretation. My interpretation is "read the label, this could be a pretty good chicken."

Fresh Mozzarella

Whole Foods has fresh-style mozzarella. If you're looking for fresh as in "made on premises", that I don't know.

Chicken like Boston Chicken used to make

Clearly, it's got to do with how they're raised. "Natural" is a catch-phrase for some or all of: pasture-raised, hormone-free, antibiotic-free, I don't know what all else.

yogurt in glass or ceramic?

Any milk sold in a store will be pasteurized, fyi.

Best stores for super large format beers?

Magnum? Would a nice growler not do it? It would certainly be fresher.

lunches and dinners in greenfield

And oh yeah, along the continental breakfast lines, Greenfield Coffee will do you a nice toast with butter and jam OR with chevre, and also fresh squoze orange juice.

lunches and dinners in greenfield

Greenfield Coffee: this is worth mentioning, because (in addition to their extraordinary coffee) they now have a very simple soup-and-a-sandwich offering for lunch. It's just one kind of soup and sandwich each day, but really well-chosen. This is also a great place for a light breakfast - the baked goods are truly excellent.

The ice wine and beyond: there are quite a few producers of interesting fermented products around here. Still River Winery produces an apple ice wine which may be the one you tried, but closer to Greenfield is West County Cider in Colrain, Headwater Cider in Hawley and Bear Swamp Cidery in Ashfield, and not far away in New Hampshire there's Farnham Hill. And then there's Green River Ambrosia which makes a mead (not my kinda thing) and Ginger Libation, an alcoholic ginger beer (OH yeah). Plus more local brewers than you can shake a stick at. You're probably not going to want to visit any of these on a business trip, but you can pick many of these products up retail (I suggest Ryan and Casey's, good selection), and many restaurants serve them. The People's Pint serves West County ciders, and will make you an excellent snakebite with WCC and their beer.

Local meat: used to was, local meat was hard to find -- now you can't swing a cat without hitting someone who wants to sell you local beef, lamb, pork, chicken or goat. Again, going to one of the farms is probably not practical if you are stuck in town on business, but if you can get up the trail, a bit beyond Hagar's and five minutes off Route 2 is Wheelview Farm, who are one of the pioneers of local meat in Massachusetts and an award-winning farm with a really splendid view. They also sell eggs, when they have them, and sometimes some pork and lamb products, and maple products. If you're in Greenfield on a Saturday, don't miss the Greenfield Farmers' Market where you can get about all the local meat you can carry. And you can find some of these products in Green Fields Market.

Anybody sell REAL double cream?

Summer makes sense -- their diet is very rich with lots of tasty grass!

lunches and dinners in greenfield

I'm not talking about long lines, I'm talking about two people in line and waiting waiting waiting waiting. As I said, YMMV, but I would not recommend it for a quick lunch.

Anybody sell REAL double cream?

Actually...no, it's not the Boston area, but Sidehill Farm out here in WMa (Hawley) sells some astonishing thick cream. I don't know if it's "double cream", and it may not be what you want (these are grass-fed cattle so the cream is rather yellowish from the omegas), but it's amazing stuff. Only available at the farm of course. It's quite a trip from Boston, but if you're so motivated there are a number of other food stops to make along the way, smoked sausage, grass-fed beef, hard cider...

Chicken like Boston Chicken used to make

Yup, but all were awesome. Back then.

lunches and dinners in greenfield

Definitely check out the Brass Buckle. It's a breakfast/lunch place with great ingredients, creativity and some southwestern dishes (get the tamales if they have 'em). I'm a huge fan of the house-made hash.

Mesa Verde, sort of tucked away opposite the BB, is not a standout Mexican food experience, but it's decent. They definitely take liberties with the canon, but they make good food. The house-made chips and salsa alone are worth going in.

magiesmom, I guess you have a very different experience than I do with Wagon Wheel. I find it to be a notch above the average roadside burger/ice cream stand, but not really much more than that...but, to be honest, I've walked away several times because I could tell it was just going to take longer than I could spend to get my meal (or even to order it...when I wait ten minutes and I still haven't managed to order a burger at a walk-up window, I'm probably outta there). So, I'm sure you have more experience with it than I do, and maybe I'm just unlucky. I would not recommend it for a quick lunch, but maybe it could work for dinner. However...if you are going to go that way, I'd try the Black Cow Burger Bar or the Rendezvous in Turners Falls. I've had many a Black Cow burger on a Friday night, it's always delicious and fast too.

Williamstown, MA

Yeah, I'd ask rather than search. I'd have told you about PUBLIC in North Adams, for example.

Where to buy Red Star yeast, other quality baking ingredients?

Thanks for the Marty's tip -- I'll definitely check them out when it's time to make truffles!

Where to buy Red Star yeast, other quality baking ingredients?

Thanks, smtucker and Splendid Spatula! smtucker, re: flours, I'm interested in the sort of flours that King Arthur sells -- I've never used any but they sound intriguing. SAF and Red Star will do me for now, until my foliage-season pilgrimage to the King Arthur store!

Wanted: Authentic German Food!!!

Yeah, I get that now. I'm not the one who revived it, however ;-)

Where to buy Red Star yeast, other quality baking ingredients?

I'm looking for a retail source, somewhere in the Boston area, to buy Red Star yeast or other premium brands like Saf. Other quality baking ingredients (enhancers, flours, etc.) are also of interest. I know I can get this stuff from King Arthur, but I don't want to mailorder because I'm planning a trip to their store in a couple months. Any sources?

Wanted: Authentic German Food!!!

See upthread. Recently closed.

Wanted: Authentic German Food!!!

Student Prince is closed, sorry to say.

Wanted: Authentic German Food!!!

Pekarski's is a great place, and used to be just about 100% Polish. They have bratwurst, but I would not go there looking for a range of German sausages. They try new things, so you never know (they have their own smoked hot dogs, for example, and I got a ring of smoked linguica that's going to feature in a Portuguese garlic soup). They're open 8:30-6 during the week and (mumble) to 4 on weekends, not open Sundays. Yes, do call ahead, not just for hours but for availability of whatever you're looking for.

Pay by Check no more!

Sorry, your sentence structure was rather convoluted. Let's just say we agree that judgmentalism should be suspended when people are clearly not "vegetating", or even perhaps sometimes when they are (I'm sure you make allowances for people being tired at the end of a long day).

$1000 mandatory minimum bill for a large group?

Yeah, that makes sense to me as well -- if it's a slow time, you'd expect them to be staffed accordingly, and not to have staff standing around doing nothing. To accommodate a large party, they will probably have to add staff.