Soon I will be moving to the Pioneer Valley to start a short contract at UMass. Currently, I'm looking for a place to live. Of course there are many factors involved in deciding where to live but, for me, food is a big one!
Although I am not a student, I tend to eat pretty economical. My ideal dining options are 1) a microbrew with great pub food, 2) decent diner, 3) ethnic! ethnic! ethnic! Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Mexican,etc. Even more important is that I like to be able to walk to restaurants and bars; I try and live as car-free as possible. Also, I would like to have a small or even large grocer/supermarket within walking distance. A butcher close-by would be a bonus!
Of course those are my ideals and I don't expect to have it all. However, given those ideals, where in the valley would you recommend looking. My guess is that Northampton fits the bill more so than Amherst but I've never actually been to the area.
Thanks so much for your help!