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This March 23, 2015 photo shows mixed cocktails, from left, an old fashioned, a vodka gimlet, a Bull Shot, a dry martini and a bloody mary. "The culture of the cocktail really exploded in the '60s," says Maureen Petrosky, author of "The Cocktail Club." Suddenly there were cocktail dresses, new glassware, bar couture, Tiki drinks. The cocktail hour had its own wardrobe. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Toast the end of ‘Mad Men’ with the era’s classic cocktails

Thursday, March 26, 2015

From Don Draper’s old fashioneds to Roger Sterling’s smuggled-in Stoli, cocktails have played a deliciously major role on AMC’s “Mad Men.” But was it really that great an era to drink? Because though the show celebrates — and has boosted modern-day interest in — classic cocktails, it is set in a decade, the ’60s, when mixed drinks were sliding into …

Starbucks CEO defends new ‘Race Together’ campaign after criticism

Sunday, March 22, 2015

NEW YORK — Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz last week defended the company’s new “Race Together” campaign that has been criticized for being naive and even using racial tensions to boost its bottom line. The chain, best known for its Frappaccinos, will have U.S. workers write “Race Together” on cups. Starbucks also plans to …

Ten ideas for dressing up a basic bowl of oatmeal

Friday, March 20, 2015

Oatmeal is the vanilla ice cream of the breakfast world. Some of us like it plain and straight up, appreciating its clean, oaty flavor, its firm yet giving texture, the way it cloyingly stays in your mouth just a second longer than you think it should. And then there is the rest of …

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Banh Mi Saigon: Burned out of Hadley, Chuong Son and Mung Pham are back in business selling their exotic sandwich in Northampton

Friday, February 20, 2015

A fire destroyed their restaurant, along with 11 other businesses on Route 9 in Hadley 15 months ago, Chuong Son and his wife, Mung Pham, are finally bringing Banh Mi Saigon back to life in downtown Northampton. It’s …

Tim Driscoll’s Barhopping: Where the cocktail is king

Thursday, February 19, 2015

For years, I’ve wandered western Massachusetts looking in vain for The Serious Cocktail Bar. Sometimes I felt like a parched man in the Sahara Desert, in search of an oasis. That’s not to suggest that there aren’t great …

A Nutella dessert heard round the world

Thursday, February 19, 2015

If there is any person in the United States who understands how much Americans — or really, people all over the world — love Nutella, it is Allison Robicelli, who along with her husband, Matt, owns the New …

Chasing Fireball’s heat: Whiskey makers fight fire with cinnamon

Friday, February 13, 2015

The cinnamon wars get hotter every day — or night, as the case may be. If you’ve been at a party recently, chances are you were offered a shot of cinnamon whiskey. Most likely it was Fireball. Sazerac’s …

Chinese New Year foods signify hopes for prosperity

Friday, February 13, 2015

Chinese New Year is a spring holiday focused on a fresh start and hopes of prosperity for the new year. “Basically, it’s always about getting better and better,” said Ching Ching Cernada, a native of Taiwan who has …

A wine to try: 2013 Cruse Wine Co. Valdiguie ‘Rancho Chimiles Vineyard’

Friday, February 13, 2015

A wine to try 2013 Cruse Wine Co. Valdiguie ‘Rancho Chimiles Vineyard’ Region: Sonoma Price: About $25 Style: Bright and fruity Ever heard of Valdiguie? Watch for it on you next wine trivia test. That’s the grape formerly …

Valley Bounty: Eggs

Friday, February 13, 2015

Eggs As anyone with a backyard flock of chickens knows, with the increasing daylight comes an increase in egg production. Eggs make for a wonderful, protein-rich meal any time of day. Hard boil some to slice on salad. …

This week’s local wine and beer tastings

Friday, February 13, 2015

TASTINGS Provisions, 30 Crafts Ave., Northampton Thursday, 4:30 p.m, Downeast Cider Friday, 4:30 p.m., Baystate wines WEEKLY EVENTS: Cooper’s Corner Liquors, 31 Main St., Florence: Friday, 4 to 6 p.m., wine; Leeds Package Store, Route 9, Leeds: Wednesday to Friday, 3 to 6 p.m., wine.; Four Seasons, 333 …

Chef’s Best: Have it your way with a mix and match take on mac and cheese

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Do you love macaroni and cheese? Stupid question, right? OK, so let’s try this one: How could you love macaroni and cheese even more? Now we’re talking. Because there are all sorts of simple ways to doctor an …

A little wine, butter transform mussels into romantic meal

Friday, February 6, 2015

Looking for something fast, easy and a little romantic to cook with your partner this Valentine’s Day? Consider mussels. With a pleasantly briny flavor, mussels pair well with clean, simple flavors, such as fresh herbs with melted butter …