The president of Northampton Wines, Richard deBondt, lends his perceptive palate and vast vino-centric knowledge to Italy Exposed, a one-hour educational exploration of the world's second most refined beverage after Tang. Learn proper tasting technique and pairing methods while sampling seven premium Italian wines, accompanied by a selection of Italian cheeses and fresh-baked bread from the Wine Café. Between sips, discover the basics of Italian wine-law and learn to read an Italian label, so you don't get fooled into buying a $500 bottle of moustache oil. Insatiable imbibers can also take advantage of a special 20% discount on all in-stock Northampton Wines merchandise.
When discussing CT's Grillin & Chillin's atmosphere with reporters from Metromix, founder Mike Fletcher explained, "I didn't call it a sports bar on purpose." Mike wanted his eatery to be something more than just a sports bar— a place where his son could perform music, where his daughter could work during summer break, and where family and friends could gather over classic American dishes. So while the 12 televisions are often aglow with the latest sports games, on other nights, the bar hosts live music, karaoke, and trivia nights. Servers hoist plates of hearty sandwiches and spicy wings from the kitchen, while bartenders dole out mixed drinks and pour glasses from their selection of more than 25 draft brews.
Neon beer signs cast a nostalgic glow across the dark-red walls of the cavernous dining rooms, illuminating the large booths and wooden tables. A spacious area in the front of the venue is equipped with microphones and speakers, creating an ideal stage for open-mic nights or public declarations that calculus is boring, no matter what popular opinion says.
A visit to Habiba Mediterranean Restaurant begins with a puff of smoke. Seated on the patio, groups of friends share conversation and hookahs bubbling with a variety of flavors. Inside, these aromatic fumes give way to the appetizing aromas of traditional Moroccan, Lebanese, and Indian cuisine. Here, chefs slide ground lamb onto skewers and blend chickpeas into hummus using nothing but a stern gaze. Lamb shanks are slow roasted in a spice mix, and their refreshing tabouli salad combines bulghur wheat, parsley, tomato, mint, lemon, & olive oil. Bartenders pour wine and beer at a full bar paneled in glossy wood, which reflects walls awash with rich reds and greens.
21 East serves a number of cocktails that's easy to remember: 21. Its libation menu also catalogs 12 rotating draft beers and 25 bottles of wine. Perhaps the only thing flowing through the restaurant as profusely as the drinks is the sense of local community. 21 East showcases the talents of local artists who perform between exposed brick walls and under blue-tinted light.
Locally sourced ingredients help inspire a feast of American cuisine. From entrees such as new york strip steak to lobster mac 'n’ cheese and citrus-marinated mahi-mahi, the menu unites a whimsical blend of upscale and down-home taste.
Between its beer and its food, The Velo Fellow’s menu is almost as long as Britain’s history. It’s a fitting comparison, because the menu is chock-full of food and drink inspired by England and the domains its empire expanded to include. Specifically, the food roster showcases fish and chips—beer-battered whitefish—and shepherd’s pie. But there are also more inventive options such as falafel burgers. The food gets a boost from bottled beers such as Boddingtons Pub Ale, Highland Kashmir IPA, and Taj Mahal Premium Lager.