Just home from Mass...here's the report:
Green Street Cafe - good as usual. Very plain (nothing but lettuce?) salad, but very fresh greens. Mussels in saffron/fennel/orange zest broth...very good. Almond granita w/ rhubarb "baby=cake" for dessert. Granita was memorable...creamier than I would have expected given the name.
Brasserie 40 - A - First time I had been there. Hard to park given Piebald (punk) concert happening next door. They had Caymus Conundrum by the glass at a reasonable price ($10) which started them out with an A+ on my scale of wine-happiness. Warm bread-happiness came next. The composed salad of roasted beets, grilled endive, watercress, lobster claw and macadamia nuts was the weakest part of the meal. All the ingredients were good, it just didn't come together as a whole. A minor complaint, really.
I let my server help w/ entree choice and her selection was superb. Grilled salmon w/ israeli cous cous and cucumber noodles. I was a little worried when she didn't ask how I wanted the Salmon cooked, but it was very nice...an interior texture more like a poached salmon than grilled. (If anyone knows how to accomplish that, let me know, please. My grilled salmon is always a little dry unless I cook it quite rare.) The cucumber noodles were dressed in a sweet fish sauce (my best guess).
Server also approved a choice of fruit gratin. It looked like creme brulee when served, but instead of custard under the crust, it was mixed fruits and berries in creme anglaise. I loved it.
I was taken to Apollo Grill by co-workers. Cool place, I had a nice salad w/ smoked salmon...others' dishes looked good as well.
And...some coffee shop on 141 as you come into Easthampton...not sure of the name... made me a really good mocha, I'm not sure why some foams are so much better than others. ALso had a nice toasted wheat bagel w/ melt-y peanut butter..ummm.
Always a pleaure to eat in the area...I have to work out everyday when I'm there!
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