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Northhampton/Amherst

Alina's has good Italian, in Hadley, between Northampton and Amherst.

When we go out for a "nice" dinner, we usually head to Amherst and go to Chez Albert. French bistro fare, good atmosphere, great food. We're always satisfied there.

Sep 02, 2014
saintp in Southern New England

Trip report: Mt. Desert Island and Bar Harbor

We just returned from a glorious week camping on Mt. Desert Island and thoroughly enjoying everything the island and Acadia has to offer. We did a lot of cooking at the campsite, but here are a few comments about what we did enjoy while out and about. Hope it is helpful.

Dysart's Truck Stop in Bangor (ok, not on MDI, but pretty close). We ate there on the way up and the way home. I had a lobster roll which was a good deal and very fresh. My husband had the reuben both times and said it was one of the best: good corned beef, excellent rye. On the way home I had the corned beef hash, which was basically just corned beef and onions, very little potato filler. Excellent.

Bar Harbor:
MDI Ice Cream: should have eaten there more then once. We had the boiled coffee and the butterbeer. Both excellent. Tried a sample of the "real avocado" ice cream. Tasted like avocado, that's for sure. Not for me!

Thirsty Whale: open year round, pub with good food. I had the fried clams, husband got the fried haddock sandwich. Good food, good value. Nothing fancy but filled with locals and tourists alike.

Side Street Cafe: Went for lunch. By 12:30 there was a substantial wait for seating. My husband had the lobster boil special which was 1 1/4 lb. boiled lobster, 1/2 lb. steamers, 1/2 lb. mussels, corn on the cob and a cup of chowder. I am pretty sure it was $23 or 24. He devoured it. The kids had the "best BLT ever", (it was actually a BLTA....with avocado) and I had a black bean burger which was pretty good. Would love to go for dinner. Excellent service as well.

2 Cats: Breakfast....Excellent, packed at 8:00 on a Friday. I had the smoked salmon benedict on biscuits. It was really good, but very skimpy on the salmon. Husband loved the pancakes. Great atmosphere, good food.

Pat's Pizza: I had read that they had really good thin crust pizza, and it was good (but very greasy), but something was very off about this place. There were 2 servers for only about 5 tables of customers and they could barely get the job done. The empty table next to us was never cleared in the 45 minutes that we were there; the lady near us ordered tuna on her salad, but got ham and no dressing; the crackers they gave us with the Caesar salad were rancid (!). Just a weird vibe.

Bernard: Thurston's Lobster Pound: Great location, reasonable pricing, excellent lobster. Also got the crabcake sandwich which was very tasty and a fresh, reasonably priced lobster roll. Blueberry spice cake was a nice way to finish the meal.

For two of our meals, we bought steamers and lobsters from RAT's along the highway. That was the way to do it!!

Great week, beautiful scenery, high quality food (for the most part).

Aug 25, 2014
saintp in Northern New England
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Banh Mi Saigon re opening in NorthamptonMA

Just over the bridge in Hadley, where Shiki used to be. There was a story in the Globe about it....it will seat 180, room for parties, expanded menu.

Aug 15, 2014
saintp in Southern New England

Banh Mi Saigon re opening in NorthamptonMA

Yes!! That will hold me over until Mi Tierra re-opens (sometime this fall) in Hadley. So happy for them (and for my stomach).

Aug 15, 2014
saintp in Southern New England

Estelita in Springfield, MA?

And I've bought their lovely corn tortillas from River Valley Market and Cooper's....Just want tasty tacos and other goodies!

Jun 25, 2014
saintp in Southern New England

Estelita in Springfield, MA?

Hi! With the sad passing of Mi Tierra last fall, I have been craving their food. Finally found out the name of their other restaurant (same extended family runs it?) in Springfield. Question is: How is it? Does it compare favorably to Mi Tierra? I used to get the spicy pork tacos or the enchiladas verdes. Can anyone fill me in and tell me if it's worth the drive (from Northampton)?
Thanks!

Jun 25, 2014
saintp in Southern New England

Graduation dinner near Northampton?

Chez Albert would be perfect for a graduation dinner. Great food, not too fancy, but certainly a "special" enough venue. I would reserve now, especially for a graduation weekend.

Apr 06, 2014
saintp in Southern New England

Sides to go with Tourtiere??

Well, we had the tourtiere yesterday. The pie was great, crust was great. For sides, I finally went with a broccoli, wild rice, cheddar casserole (Smitten Kitchen)...I upped the broccoli and reduced the cheddar so it wasn't too heavy. We also had a basic salad (just romaine...my Dad won't eat the "fancier" greens!). Followed dinner with an apple spice cake. Thanks for all the suggestions!

Mar 31, 2014
saintp in Home Cooking

need rec for kid-friendly, foodie-friendly, beer-friendly downtown place

We did Otto once with 6 (4 adults, 2 kids) but we made a reservation. Is it too late to get one? We enjoyed it because there was a lot to choose from for everyone.
Another fun spot was Tertulia...Tapas on 6th Ave. They don't take reservations, but we called ahead and they sort of "held" a spot for us since we were on the way. We loved the food there. It didn't seem like much of a "beer" spot though.
Good luck!

Mar 28, 2014
saintp in Manhattan

Sides to go with Tourtiere??

My grandmother always made on New Year's Day...but she's been gone for over 20 years. About 10 years ago I got the recipe from my aunt (who learned it just from watching, b/c my grandmother wouldn't give her precise measurements!) and have been making it since. I usually make it in late October...but the end of a really long winter seems like just as good a time!

Also, my mother has heard of people stuffing their Thanksgiving turkeys with tourtiere filling....yum!!!!

Mar 24, 2014
saintp in Home Cooking

Sides to go with Tourtiere??

I've made it with roasted brussels sprouts as well and that was a great pairing....For myself, I would just serve the pie, a veg, and maybe a small salad. My grandmother, like I said, would have had so much food! It's just so much more than we typically eat, even for a Sunday dinner! I always feel like I should have a carb (even with potatoes in the pie and pie crust)!!!

Mar 24, 2014
saintp in Home Cooking

Sides to go with Tourtiere??

It's pretty simple...ground beef, ground pork, potatoes (i keep using fewer potatoes each time I make it) and spices. oh, onion and a tiny bit of garlic.
Do most people use veal as well?

Mar 24, 2014
saintp in Home Cooking

Sides to go with Tourtiere??

Right...when my grandmother used to make it, she served it alongside a roast pork or some other meat. I always think of it as the main event!

Mar 23, 2014
saintp in Home Cooking

Sides to go with Tourtiere??

Hello...I make a tourtiere (French Canadian meat pie) once a year for my Dad's birthday. I always seem to have trouble with choosing sides. I usually do a roasted broccoli and a small salad. Since the pie itself has potatoes in it, I tend to shy away from more potatoes, but I feel like something is missing.
What do you serve with your tourtiere?

Mar 23, 2014
saintp in Home Cooking

Filos Greek Taverna, Northampton

My husband tried the pizza that our girls had...he said it was blah. Basically similar to all of the pizza offerings in Florence...which we think are sub-par. A friend had the pastichio and said it was very good, and lighter than it looks!

Jan 14, 2014
saintp in Southern New England

RIP Butterfly in Hadley, MA

We recently got takeout from Great Wall and it was better than anything we've had from them in while. The "Tender , flavorful, succulent beef" (best dish name!) was less goopy than normal and very good, as were the Chinese greens and the szechuan pork. Maybe it's on an upswing?

But still, I really look forward to going back to Oriental Flavor. That was great, just a bit of a drive.

Jan 06, 2014
saintp in Southern New England

Your Dining Wish for 2014

I want that entire strip mall to reopen in Hadley! I eagerly await the resurrection of Mi Tierra.....crossing my fingers that it happens. I did buy 2 6-packs of their tamales (a holiday fundraiser) and they were delicious. I'm certainly no expert on tamales, but I can't wait to eat the second set.

Dec 30, 2013
saintp in Southern New England

Filos Greek Taverna, Northampton

Okay, went back into town today (and found parking!) and made it to Filos Greek Taverna. I got the kebab sandwich (pita, with onion, tomato, fries, tzatziki and kebab) and my husband got the gyros pita. They were both huge and very good. The kebab was more intensely flavored than the gyros, the pita was fresh and tasty (I haven't eaten a lot of Greek food, so don't have any good comparisons). Service was very friendly. Our girls decided on pizza slices, which they loved, but my husband said were mediocre.
Also, a friend went and got the patsitsio ("lasagna" with meat and bechamel) and said it was really good, very light.
We'll go back. It was BYOB and they had little cards at the register that if you go around the corner to State St. Liquors and show the card, you will get 10% off a bottle of wine.

Dec 21, 2013
saintp in Southern New England

Filos Greek Taverna, Northampton

Speaking of Christmas craziness, I tried to eat there today, at about 12:30, and the place was packed. There were one or two seats empty, but about 8 people ahead of me in line. With less than an hour on the meter (garage full!), I had to opt out. Too bad! But good for them!

Dec 20, 2013
saintp in Southern New England

Your Christmas eve meal traditions

If we could afford it, for 20-30 people, I would go the oyster route, too!!!

Dec 16, 2013
saintp in General Topics

Your Christmas eve meal traditions

Six years ago we started our own XMas Eve traditions, partly because we no longer wanted to travel to the midwest to visit my in-laws (we go after Xmas) and partly because we moved into our own home and wanted to have our own traditions. My family is over an hour away and with 2 small kids, we didn't want to travel that far for an evening....so we started a Christmas Eve Open House at our place. We invite friends who might not be traveling for the holidays, friends who have three stops to make over the course of the evening...anyone who is around! We typically have it from 3-7, so that people with a dinner later can stop by and so that our young kids can get to bed at a reasonable time (who am I kidding? it's so we can get to bed at a reasonable time!).
We have beer and wine and some scotch (thinking of doing something with eggnog this year) and about 10-12 different hot and cold appetizers. The adults all congregate in the kitchen and the kids have the run of the rest of the house.
Good luck coming up with your own!!!!

Filos Greek Taverna, Northampton

Nope. I've never commented on Yelp!

Dec 16, 2013
saintp in Southern New England

Filos Greek Taverna, Northampton

It's next to Dunkin' Donuts, across from the Academy of Music. Sid Vintage used to be there.

Dec 15, 2013
saintp in Southern New England

Filos Greek Taverna, Northampton

I know! And thankfully it's not another sushi restaurant or cafe! Maybe they did their research and realized that Greek food is nowhere to be found around here. Next up: Ethiopian!!

Dec 14, 2013
saintp in Southern New England

Filos Greek Taverna, Northampton

I just saw in the Gazette that this new place on Main St. opened on Thursday. Having just done the groceries for the week, I don't know when we'll make it there....but looking forward to some reports! Please be good!!

Dec 14, 2013
saintp in Southern New England

Oriental Flavors; Amherst Ma

I wanted to add another positive mention of this place. My husband and I stopped in on Saturday at about 11:30. We were on our way to start Christmas shopping (after dropping the kids off with my folks) and we wanted a "light snack". I remembered this post, so we went in. We stood in the little entryway, looking over the posted menus, when one of the servers beckoned us in...we couldn't turn her down! At 11:30, the place was about half full. By 12:15 or so, it was about 80% full. We ordered a pickled cabbage and pork noodle soup, pork dumplings (similar to Gyoza on japanese menus) and a seaweed salad. The soup was so flavorful...nice and salty (in a good way) and full of pork and cabbage). The dumplings were really tasty as well. The salad was okay, not very large and sort of boring. I enjoy the one at Osaka more. The Dim Sum looked really interesting and the next time we go, we will do that.
Service was friendly and attentive, the place was spotless, the food was really good. It seemed a great value and a really nice addition to the Valley food scene!

Dec 08, 2013
saintp in Southern New England

Another 40th birthday in NYC...Bouley and Empellon Cocina? Help!

One more review. After our lunch at Bouley, we walked all over the place (my legs/feet are still a bit sore) and enjoyed the nice weather. Then we went to the Blind Tiger for a beer around 6:00....it was packed. But we scored one stool at the bar and quickly started talking to the people around us. Such a friendly place. Love it.
After that we walked over to Tertulia, to meet friends for dinner. We were seated near the back (4 of us) and proceeded to have a great dinner. We ordered what seemed like a lot, but we managed to finish everything. Standouts: the deviled eggs (could have eaten about 6), the crispy brussels sprouts, the smoked bluefish, the meat and cheese selections, the croquetas....the food was interesting and really flavorful, the prices seemed about right, the service was great, atmosphere was fun....all in all we loved it and are looking forward to coming back. Thanks for the suggestion....another meal that I wouldn't have had without Chowhound!

Nov 17, 2013
saintp in Manhattan

Another 40th birthday in NYC...Bouley and Empellon Cocina? Help!

Resting now after our fantastic lunch at Bouley. From start to finish it was a truly memorable meal. We love good food, but have never been to a restaurant of this caliber and it was a lot of fun to watch how it was run. From the entrance with the fragrant, bountiful apples, to the elegant (but not stuffy) interior, it was all lovely. We both ordered the tasting menu. To start, they brought out a tiny bowl of a pureed tomato soup with day boat lobster and a little crunchy toast (I am sure this is not what it was called!) with Aligote and black truffle...I could have eaten 10 of those. Such intense flavor. Then we started the tasting: I had the blini of scottish smoked salmon (which literally melted in my mouth), my husband had the big eye tuna (with a green apple foam)...a mix of flavors that I never would have thought to put together, but was so interesting. Next we had the black cod and the Connecticut Farm egg. Again, lovely. I really don't have the proper words to describe it. Then my husband had the salmon and I had the duck. All perfectly prepared. The service was impeccable, the atmosphere was comfortable and warm, very impressive. If there was a downside, it was the gentleman seated nearby who talked nonstop in a very easy to hear voice, all the while name dropping every famous chef that he knows....it was hard not to listen as he described in detail Charlie Trotter's funeral! But really, maybe that just added to the experience.
I would highly recommend this place...loved it!!!

Nov 16, 2013
saintp in Manhattan
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How early to line up for Momofuku Ssam dinner?

We were seated right away (party of 2) at 7:00 on a Friday...of course it was possibly the coldest weekend in January!

Nov 10, 2013
saintp in Manhattan

Tandem Bagel Company - Easthampton

Best of luck in Philly! Hope they have an active CH board there!

Nov 07, 2013
saintp in Southern New England