• Garden of Eden

    Advice from Nano

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 25th, 2015

    There is Irish and Sicilian blood on both sides of my heritage. That means a dirt under the fingernails urge to make things grow. But my grandfather Nano had sound advice for the first garden.

  • Mac's Seafood Provincetown

    Enjoying Happy Hour

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 04th, 2015

    After groceries at Stop and Shop also on Shankpainter Road we found Mac's Seafood Provincetown. It was happy hour and we enjoyed magnificent freshly shucked Wellfleet oysters, the best in the world, for just a buck each. We also feasted on an array of half price appetizers.

  • Napi's in Provincetown

    Traditional Affordable Dining

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 29th, 2015

    For a cozy dinner our friend Chris Busa recommended the traditional Napi's. We found it to be both enjoyable and affordable.

  • Palace Cafe NOLA

    Part of the Dickie Brennan Franchise

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 12th, 2015

    Located across the street from our hotel we opted for the convenience of Palace Cafe. After another mediocre meal we learned that it was a part of the Dickie Brennan franchise of NOLA restaurants. We had already been disappointed by his upscale Tableau.

  • Giovanni's in NOLA

    New Age Ristorante

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 11th, 2015

    Giovanni Cafe in New Orleans promised high end Italian cuisine with a Louisiana influence. Utterly disappointed we left wanting to book a flight to Venice.

  • Tableau in the French Quarter

    Prix Fixe Fiasco

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 09th, 2015

    We arrived at upscale Tableau in the French Quarter at 5:30 PM with a 7:30 curtain just across the lobby at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre. The leisurely prix fixe dinner with ATCA friends was a comedy of errors. The management and wait staff proved to be incompetent and even rude.

  • NOLA Comfort Food

    Acme, Red Fish Grill, Cafe du Monde

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 05th, 2015

    In the French Quarter there are many options for flavorful comfort food from a po boy sandwich to a bowl of gumbo. The throngs of drunks staggering down Bourbon Street seem more intent on drinking than eating.

  • Marti's in the French Quarter

    Favorite Restaurant of Tennessee Williams

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 04th, 2015

    At the end of a day of writing Tennessee Williams walked across the street to his favorite restaurant Marti's in the French Quarter. With several colleagues from the American Theatre Critics Association we made a late night pilgrimage to these landmarks.

  • Dakoto Formerly Dakota in Pittsfield

    From an A to O No

    By: Pit Bulls - Mar 18th, 2015

    The Dakota was a popular destination for Pittsfield diners. It closed last summer, underwent extensive renovation, and has reopened as Dakoto. As the Pit Bulls discovered during a recent lunch more has changed than the last vowel in the name of the now Asian themed steak house. The upgrade seems more like a setback. Most of all we missed that snarling, stuffed bear that amusingly greeted diners. The new decor is spotless but enervating.

  • Cervello

    Sicilian Brain Food

    By: Charles Giuliano - Mar 03rd, 2015

    My Irish mom loved corned beef and cabbage. Dad, a Sicilian, enjoyed more exotic cuisine. He insisted that we eat whatever was put in front of us. One night we went too far.

  • Mezze in Williamstown

    Winter Comfort Sundays

    By: Foodies - Feb 09th, 2015

    During the winter season Mezze in Williamstown offers Comfort Sunday weekly specials. A three course meal at the upscale restaurant costs $29. Or $22 if you skip desert. On a snowy winter night we joined friends to share a super spicy Moroccan menu. It was perhaps too authentic as the owner Nancy Thomas, who created this special dinner, is Moroccan American. It evoked a gastronomical heat wave on a cold gloomy night.

  • A 'Rare' Wine Tasting

    Vintage Piper-Heidsieck Champagne

    By: Philip Kampe - Nov 24th, 2014

    a 20 year Anniversary tasting honoring Chef de Caves, Regis Camus

  • Tony’s Sombrero: Mexican Restaurant

    Ersatz Burrito in Williamstown

    By: Cisco - Nov 10th, 2014

    A quick burrito at Tony's Sombrero before a movie in Williamstown seemed like a great idea. Wrong. What an utter disaster. Particularly returning from several weeks of authentic Mexican food in the Southwest.

  • Old Country Buffet in Pittsfield

    Quality Comfort and Price

    By: Pit Bulls - Oct 07th, 2014

    For an ample, fresh, cheap meal Country Buffet in the Pittsfield Mall is an enticing option. The Pit Bulls differed in their responses. In general you get what you pay for.

  • KALFU Wines

    From the Coast of Chile

    By: Philip Kampe - Sep 29th, 2014

    Winemaker Alejandro Galaz produces wines from Chile's coastline

  • Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival

    September 6th & 7th

    By: Philip Kampe - Sep 06th, 2014

    Wine, food and fun this weekend at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. This is the 13th year of the event, which features wines from New York state. At last count, over fifty vineyards will be represented at the festival. The events main focus is to highlight the wonderful wineries that are found in the Hudson Valley and all over New York state.

  • Bottoms Up at Tanglewood

    Beer Tasting and Concert on August 15

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 13th, 2014

    On August 15 conductor Stephane Deneve will lead a Beethoven and Prokofiev program featuring pianist and soloist Emanual Ax, followed by mezzo-soprano Elena Manistina. Starting at 5:30, prior to the concert, there will be a tasting of regional microbreweries and snacks.

  • More Than a Basic Wine Course

    Wine Made Simple

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 10th, 2014

    This is a basic wine course that will help you to understand wine. There are Saturday afternoon tastings at Nejaimes’s wines in both Lenox and Stockbridge and Spirited Wines in Lenox. Your local shop in West Stockbridge, Housatonic, Adams, North Adams or Williamstown may do the same.

  • A Roman Holiday

    Mange Bene

    By: Philip S. Kampe and Maria Reveley - Jul 26th, 2014

    This is a lively guide to a four day Roman Holiday. Our overview provides links to accomodations and tours as well as lists of favorite restaurants and recipes. This will serve as a guide to a delicious taste of the food and wine of Italy.

  • Tanglewood Wine & Food Classic

    Delicious Event August 7-10

    By: Philip Kampe - Jul 10th, 2014

    Tanglewood isn't just Music. The annual "Wine and Food Classic" takes place from August 7th-10th, 2014. Hundreds of wines from around the world and locally sourced food, cooked by local chefs will be available to sample on the beautiful Tanglewood grounds.

  • Taken Hosta

    Planting a Berkshire Garden

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 31st, 2014

    When I was a lad the annual flower show inspired me. Each winter since I have dreamed of summer gardens. Here in the Berkshires with crazy weather and global warming that can be tricky. Last year we had a great but late crop of tomatoes. There is also the ongoing hosta project with eventual tours of our thousand exotic varieties.

  • Dreaming With Alice in Becket

    Legendary Former Cat House Deep in the Woods

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 18th, 2014

    When chef Amy Loveless invited Alice Brock to design a special event and menu for Dream Away Lodge in Becket, Mass. they got slammed. Over two days they sold out three sittings on each evening. It turned out to be the hottest event of a busy Berkshire weekend. Alice personally greeted each and every old and new friend during an amazing occasion and triumphant return which she described to me as "overwhelming."

  • Fresh Gulf Shrimp and Cobia

    Home Cooking on Florida’s Panhandle

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 17th, 2014

    Along the Emerald Coast of the Florida Panhandle in the clear Gulf water the seafood is just awesome. In the galley kitchen of our condo we cooked up a storm with fresh jumbo shrimp in white wine sauce and the local delicacy cobia which was in season. Here are quick and easy delicious recipes.

  • Alice’s Restaurant Returns to the Berkshires

    Dream Away Lodge Honors Women Chefs

    By: Charles Giuliano - Mar 27th, 2014

    The rambling song “Alice’s Restaurant” by Arlo Guthrie is an icon of the 1960s. It spawned the film by Arthur Penn as well as “The Alice’s Restaurant Cookbook” which has gone through four printings. For the past 36 years Alice Brock has lived in Provincetown. She returns to Dream Away Lodge May 17 and 18 with evenings of her recipes prepared by Chef Amy Loveless. It is the second in a series created by Loveless to honor renowned women chefs of the Berkshires.

  • Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room

    Family Style Lunch in Savannah, Georgia

    By: C and A - Mar 26th, 2014

    When in Savannah Georgia you simply must have lunch at Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room. During a campaign swing through town President Obama sampled the famous fried chicken and Southern hospitality.

  • Next >>