The talented roasters at Shelburne Falls Coffee—deemed Best of the Valley in 2009, 2010, and 2011 by Valley Advocate readers—percolate eight daily blends of organic, flavored, and single-origin coffees to entice tasters and nourish nostrils in a low-key, café environment. Guests can guzzle a regular cup of brewed coffee or add a splash of caramel-flavored milk, making sips as sweet and warming as a thank-you letter from a cupcake ($1.50–$3.21). After a hot cup of joe, cool off a piping-hot palate with the chai vanilla frozen blender—an enchanting swirl of homemade masala and exotic spices ($4.25). Acquire daily servings of fruits and breads without sneaking into the food pyramid with a fruit smoothie made of freshly squeezed orange juice ($4.50) and a bagel smeared with specialty olive or vegetable cream cheese ($3.30).
At Baku’s African Restaurant, which On the Menu calls “the place to go,” Nigerian-born Chichi Pat Ononibaku shares her love of made-from-scratch African fare with a menu of dishes crafted from recipes passed down through her family. Diners kick back while surrounded by tropical murals and yellow walls, peering into the kitchen where Ononibaku whips up black-eyed-pea fritters ($4.95). On the Menu says Baku’s African Restaurant “makes it impossible for its patrons not to love plantains,” which accompany the signature jollof rice along with curry chicken ($11.95) for a dish that’s more memorable than a baby panda handing you a winning lottery ticket. Savory aromas waft from curry goat meat, salmon, or lamb draped in the restaurant’s specialty curry-tomato sauce ($12.95–13.95). The gluten- and lactose-free menu also features pounded yams served with thick West African melon seed soup or nigerian stew ($12.95). The cozy dining room fills quickly with the clink of glasses bearing cinnamon iced tea ($1.95) or mango juice ($3.95), so some visitors may choose to take their meals to go or call ahead to make sure there’s space.
Featuring more than 6,000 yards of immaculately manicured landscapes, The Claw at USF is a par-71 course that challenges club clenchers with narrow fairways lined by towering trunks of oak, cypress, and pine. The USF men's golf team and USF women's golf team call The Claw home, sharing it bunk-bed style with a population of alligators, deer, and spoonbills. Prepare for your 18 holes of terrain domination by taking to the grass-tee driving range ($5 for small bucket) or navigate your clubs to the putting and chipping green, where you can practice your precision stroke and pendulum swing.
Stocked with more than 150 bins of sugary delicacies, Captain Candy services confection connoisseurs of every appetite. The variegated victuals include a multitude of gummies ($1.99 per 1/4-pound) and Jelly Belly jelly beans ($2.09 per 1/4-pound). Gnaw on gummy army men, brains, fried eggs, wild-caught swedish fish, freshly potted gummy lobsters, or eight different flavors of gummy bears. Candy Land expats include chocolate-covered almonds, peanuts, raisins, coffee beans, malt balls, and matzo balls, which are sure to mollify those who wish that they themselves were covered in chocolate. Licorice wheels,10 flavors of saltwater taffy, and three kinds of caramel help put the finishing touches on the candy kingdom.
Combing the finest farms for the freshest ingredients, Roadhouse Cafe dishes up wholesome, hearty breakfast and lunch options for the hungry denizens of Belchertown and beyond. An eye-opening menu of made-from-scratch fare awakens sleepy taste buds with all-natural, seasonal fixings. A local favorite, Roadhouse Cafe’s organic blueberry pancakes lure mouths across state lines, while organic omelettes ($7.95+), culled from fresh eggs from nearby Amish Farms and stuffed with choices such as fresh red peppers, mushrooms, and chives, inch morning’s approval ratings past 4:42 p.m.’s. Like meat pennies into a yeasty loafer, specialty paninis and sandwiches ($4.95–$6.95), pile hearty fillings into one of 12, soft homemade bread loaves ($4.50–$7.50). Chase your meal with a cup of fair-trade coffee ($2–$2.50), some hot, farm-fresh soup ($3.50–$5.50), or a silky smoothie ($5.75).
Whole Foods Market's commitment to the interdependent network of sustainable farms and organic producers can be seen in its carefully selected product lines. The homegrown 365 Everyday Value brand makes it easy to eat naturally, organically, and economically. It features an array of items from all product categories, including groceries, vitamins, household items, and more—each manufactured to meet the rigorous quality standards woven into the fabric of Whole Foods Market, which itself is made from 100% alpaca wool.