• Add Spice To Your Life

    Mixing It Up in the Kitchen

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 08th, 2018

    During the busy summer season in the Berkshires we eat and run. Winter is for more elaborate, experimental meals. On every level it means putting more spice in your life. Since Labor Day we have been having fun experimenting in the kitchen.

  • Dining in Gloucester

    Bounty of the Sea

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 02nd, 2018

    A visit to Cape Ann presents a number of fabulous dining options. It's best to stick with seafood which comes fresh from the docks. The only problem is being confined to three meals each for an all too short seven days.

  • Traditional Kegel's Inn

    German Food in Milwaukee

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 03rd, 2018

    Awesome German food.

  • Church Supper in Pittsfield

    German Dinner at Zion Lutheran Church

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 30th, 2017

    Last night we enjoyed a fabulous German dinner with 200 or so other celebrants at Zion Lutheran Church in Pittsfield. For just $12 there was a traditional feast of hand rolled, beef rouladen with red cabbage, noodles, and a vegetable medley. That ended with delicious Black Forest cake.

  • Zinc in Lenox

    Celebrating a Special Occasion

    By: Amigos - Aug 19th, 2017

    Upscale dining in Lenox.

  • Le Central Oldest French Restaurant In San Francisco

    Shows its age

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 29th, 2017


  • San Francisco’s Chinatown

    Largest in the Nation

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 29th, 2017

    It was a relatively short walk from our hotel in San Freancisco to the entrance of its vast Chinatown. We explored and returned several times for fabuous meals.

  • Meng’s Pan Asian in North Adams

    Makeover of Former Sushi House

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 14th, 2017

    The ever popular Sushi House in North Adama has been relaunched as Meng's Pan Asian. With an attractve design makeover and tweaked menu it was packed when our local arts group gathered for its usual Thursday night meeting. One of the best local, family friendly, affordable restaurants just got a whole lot better,

  • Blantyre in Lenox a World Class Destination

    Relais & Chateaux Rated

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 28th, 2015

    Blantyre in our backyard, is only minutes from Tanglewood and the arts of the Berkshires. Rooms are beautiful and wine and gourmet food is affordable.

  • Grazie in North Adams

    Italian Cuisine Steps from MASS MoCA

    By: Foodies - May 15th, 2016

    There have been several incarnations of restaurants at 26 Marshall Street opposite the North Adams campus of MASS MoCA. On a Saturday night four foodies visited the recently launched Grazie Italian Ristorante. There were mistakes but overall we plan to return to an affordable Northern Berkshire dining option.

  • Gloucester's Duckworth's Bistrot

    Fails to Live Up to Its Reputation

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 03rd, 2017

    During high season it's challenging to get a reservation at the renowned Duckworth's Bistrot the most widely touted destination for fine dining in Gloucester. Due to lapses of attention it proved to be a disappointing experience. There is no excuse for soup served at near to room temperature and incinerated meat. You expect more from a top chef.

  • Tito’s Mexican Grill in Pittsfield

    Caveat Emptor

    By: Pit Bulls - Apr 27th, 2017

    With two restaurants in Ohio Tito's has opened in Pittsfield. This is a high concept franchise with enticing decor and intetior design which is a bait and switch offering numbingly mediocre ersatz Tex Mex cuisine.

  • Luciano’s Upscale Cuisine

    A Taste of Italy in Wrentham off 495

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 14th, 2017

    Just a hop skip and jump off 495 in Wrentham is Luciano's one of the great Italian restaurants in he Northeast. Founded in 1991 the food and ambiance is on a par with the best of Vegas or New York's Little Italy. The decor is over the top to complement impeccable service and divine cuisine. Be sure to ask for a table with your back to the wall.

  • Montano's in North Truro

    Affordable Family Style Dining

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 06th, 2017

    Montano's is a family style Italian restuaranrt on Route 6 in North Truro not far from Provincetown. We arrived late for the early bird specials which end at 6 PM. But wednesday was pasta night with all of their offering at just $13. For another $5 we added the house salad. My sauce featured boar's meat and her pasta was created with duck ragu.

  • Top Rated Mews in Provincetown

    Fine Dining with a View

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 05th, 2017


  • Fanizzi’s by the Sea

    Provincetown Waterfront Dining

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 04th, 2017

    Early in Spring, while the town with narrow streets still sleeps, we found that Fanizzi’s by the Sea 539 Commercial St, Provincetown is open year round. On a Sunday night we popped in for the early bird specials. A window table with its harbor view was delightful.

  • Karoo Restaurant

    Taste of South Africa on Cape Cod

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 01st, 2017

    The name Karoo derives from a semiarid region of South Africa. In local dialect the term translates as “land of thirst.” But you will find the cuisine of Chef Sanette Groenwald, of Afrikaner Dutch heritage, to be no mirage. This a great place for exotic cuisine on Lower Cape Cod.

  • Lobsta Land in Glostah


    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 21st, 2016

    During visits to Gloucster dining at Lobsta Land has always been an inviting option. Not this time however.

  • Pigeon Cove Tavern

    At Emerson Inn, Rockport, Mass.

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 04th, 2016

    With a magnificent ocean view from the terrace Pigeon Cove Tavern at the Emerson Inn in Rockport coudn't have been better. There was a perfect mix of fine dining, ambiance and impreccabler service.

  • A Restaurant Find: Pleasant & Main

    Housatonic's Gem.

    Chef Craig
    By: Philip S. Kampe - Aug 13th, 2016

    Located in the hamlet of Housatonic, is Pleasant & Main, a restaurant with charm, character and wonderful food at reasonable prices.

  • Bright Ideas Brewing at MoCA

    Last Call at 7 PM in North Adams

    By: Pit Bulls - Jul 23rd, 2016

    It seems like a win win. Bright Ideas Brewing offers uniqely crafted beer, ale and root beer in a high concept industrial space on the Mass MoCA campus. On every level from eccnetric hours, to noise levels and a flub on food it's time to rethink the business plan.

  • Gloucester's The Rudder

    Popular Restaurant on Rocky Neck

    By: Foodies - Jun 01st, 2016

    The artist's colony of Gloucester's Rock Neck, with views of the inner harbor, is a popular destination. There are two dining options The Rudder and The Studio both under the same management. Arriving early preseason we were offered a half price menu and seating on the porch.

  • Lunch at Upscale Blantyre in Lenox

    A Surprisingly Affordable Special Treat

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 31st, 2015

    Blantyre means elgance, old world charm and to most of us, perceived, high prices. Think again. Lunch with wine and sunset views with a glass or bottle of Port and a cheese plate won't set you back as much as you would expect.