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YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Jeremiah Micka, left, and Jessica Micka, right, pose at the Tunnel Bar in Northampton, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.  The Mickas are the owners of both bars.

Northampton’s Tunnel Bar named No. 1 bar to ‘drink at before you die’ by Buzzfeed

Sunday, March 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — If you’re a bar owner in the Internet age, when Yelp reviews can make or break you, there may be nothing better than having a hugely popular website tell hundreds of thousands of people that your establishment is the No. 1 bar in America they should visit before kicking the bucket. That’s what happened this weekend when a …

Fresh take on Irish stew

Friday, February 27, 2015

Chicken and dumplings is a wonderfully simple, deliciously comforting dish — a thick, meaty stew bubbling away beneath a patchwork of moist, pillowy dumplings. So we decided to channel that comfort for a dish suited for St. Patrick’s Day. Taking inspiration from classic Irish ingredients and dishes, we came up with this over-the-top …

Spice it up

Friday, February 27, 2015

Spice it up Don’t get tripped up by the title of chef Paul Merrett’s latest book, “Spice Odyssey: From Asafoetida to Wasabi, Recipes to Really Excite & Inspire.” That would mean missing out on clever writing, helpful tips for working with spices plus quite a few I’d-make-that recipes, maybe Asian spiced short ribs …

Great American Meals
  • KEVIN GUTTING
Williston Northampton School grounds manager Joe Zewinski clears a season's worth of snow from the track at Galbraith Field in Easthampton on Monday. Zewinski says the process takes more than one day and involves several steps to move the snow from the infield to outside the track oval.

    KEVIN GUTTING Williston Northampton School grounds manager Joe Zewinski clears a season's worth of snow from the track at Galbraith Field in Easthampton on Monday. Zewinski says the process takes more than one day and involves several steps to move the snow from the infield to outside the track oval. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Kim Carlino talks about her work in her studio at Eastworks Thursday, Jan. 22.

    JERREY ROBERTS Kim Carlino talks about her work in her studio at Eastworks Thursday, Jan. 22. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Full sun, temperatures in the mid-20s and calm winds made for a pleasant afternoon for Steve Leiblum and Lennie Ware of Pelham as they walked their dogs Rosa, left, and Red in an area near the Norwottuck Rail Trail south of Amherst College on Friday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Full sun, temperatures in the mid-20s and calm winds made for a pleasant afternoon for Steve Leiblum and Lennie Ware of Pelham as they walked their dogs Rosa, left, and Red in an area near the Norwottuck Rail Trail south of Amherst College on Friday. Purchase photo reprints »

Valley Bounty: Carrots

Friday, February 6, 2015

Carrots Carrots are easily one of my favorite vegetables. Locally available nearly year round, they are a staple flavor in soups, stews, winter roasts or root slaws — and their sweet crunchiness is a go-to snack in my …

Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers: Lou’s Been Reading All Wrong

Friday, February 6, 2015

I just love trolling the Internet for food articles that teach me something new. Something I’ve noticed recently is the overwhelming number of articles that are titled something like the following ... “The 10 Horrible Ways You’ve Been Using Your Chef’s Knife Wrong.” Those horrible ways usually include …

A wine to try: 2011 Brancaia Ilatraia Rosso

Friday, February 6, 2015

2011 Brancaia Ilatraia Rosso Region: Tuscany Price: $36 to $46 Style: Rich and smooth Let’s celebrate this cold weather. It’s time to light the fire, roast a big hunk of meat and break out a big red. This …

Chef’s Best: Golden dip worthy of dunking into while watching the Oscars

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Ask any Indian person why we love turmeric so much, and you just might want to cancel your appointments for the rest of the day. In its raw form, it’s not much to look at. Much like its …

Sylvester’s Restaurant in Northampton closes temporarily for renovations

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — For the next week the sounds and smells of  eggs and bacon sizzling on flatiron stove tops, coffee brewing and silverware clinking that usually fill Sylvester’s Restaurant at 111 Pleasant St. will be replaced by the clamor of sand blasters and whining drills. The popular breakfast …

Ten fresh takes on Super Bowl guacamole

Friday, January 30, 2015

Whether or not you like avocados, you really have to admire the way their marketers have totally owned the Super Bowl. For no particular reason other than force of will, avocados — and the guacamole they produce — …

Drink up: Garlicky Crab Pasta and wine

Friday, January 30, 2015

Pairings Garlicky Crab Pasta and wine A simple, clean wine goes best with this entrée The chardonnay is high-end, but lean and barely oaked. The sparkler from Italy is celebratory, and the unique white from Chile is the …

Healthy food that tastes good while being good for you — and that’s no cliché

Friday, January 30, 2015

How are those New Year’s resolutions working out for you? Many resolutions to eat better and lose weight are born from holiday binge-eating guilt and regret. Some of us actually eat more sweets and goodies and egg nog …

Raise your glass, Pioneer Valley: Sicilian winemakers finally share the good stuff

Friday, January 30, 2015

Villa Pozzi Nero D’Avola, Sicily 2013 $8.99 - $11.99 A few years ago, when Sicilian wines were relatively new to New England, I tried a bottle. It was an inexpensive dark red wine made from a grape that …

Valley Bounty: Beets

Friday, January 30, 2015

BEETS Convert your friends to year round local food with a beet and barley salad, perfect for a Super Bowl party. Toss roasted beets with cooked barley and add chevre or feta, depending on what flavors you like. …