Last weekend was parents weekend which means it was time to take advantage of the transportation and cash money bonuses associated with the arrival of my mom and grandparents.
In our brief time together, we managed to sample taste treats from three of the Valley’s finest eateries.
Breakfast at The Lone Wolf in Amherst town center is a must for breakfast or brunch staples. Daily specials include a savory crepe, fritatta, and omelette of the day and all of your sweet and savory favorites are certainly on the menu. I ate: brocoli, Asiago, and sun-dried tomato omelette with a side of home-made chorizo. I recommend the chorizo although I have certainly had better. I like the fact that they make it in-house and it is in patty form (not links).
For an above average eating experience you won’t soon forget, check out my favorite restaurant in the Valley Amanouz Cafe in Northampton. Morocco is a culinary oasis that blends African, Middle Eastern, and French influenced cuisine into a distinctly delectable palette experience. The deeply spiced, rich, yet balanced dishes accommodate meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. Bring your appetite and you won’t be disappointed. I ate: Tagine Fez (stewed caramelized onions, lamb, and prunes garnished with olives peas and red pepper) A spiced, sweet, briny and rich meat dish that is just too good not to try yourself.
India House in Northampton has been hyped up by just about everyone I have talked to and I finally made it there after three years without going. Man was it worth it. All the Indian foods you could possibly imagine and decor that would make any maharaja jealous. As soon as you walk in you are assaulted with amazing aromas of carefully spiced meat and sizzling vegetables. Not to mention the naan and other fantastic tandoor baked breads and goodies. Try the pappadam for a peppery, crunchy bite. I ate: Everything! All 5 of us ordered an assortment of curries, tandoori dishes, and kebab. None disappointed, I wanted to eat all of them twice…or three times.
Check ’em out next time you get sick of “asian style of vegetables” and “breast of chicken” at Val!