Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Local Food Movement Going Strong In Amherst, Hadley, NoHo

By Brendan Murphy

May 2, 2010

Filed under Arts & Living, Food & Drink, Health&Wellness, Lifestyle

It’s no secret that Amherst ­– and many areas of western Massachusetts – is a farming community. Much of the local economy is driven by agriculture, and the products grown right down the street are often sold to restaurants...

The great chicken parmesan showdown

By Brendan Murphy

April 28, 2010

Filed under Food & Drink

In a college town the size of Amherst, there are a lot of competitive restaurants on the scene that serve up a mean chicken parmesan. The unsuspecting underclassman can get lost in a sea of mediocre meatballs, everyday calzones...

La Piazza Pizza serves up great food, great values

By Brendan Murphy

April 9, 2010

Filed under Food & Drink

La Piazza Pizza has reinvented the $5 footlong. Gone are the days of generic breads and cheeses. Paper-thin meats packed into everyday sandwiches are in the past. This pizza place serves up heaping hot chicken, eggplant, or meatball...

Local haunt, the Harp serves up delicious food, cold beer and goodwill

By Brendan Murphy

March 21, 2010

Filed under Commerce, Food & Drink

The Harp is the quintessential traditional Irish bar that every town needs, but very few have. In addition to their 16 beers on tap, they offer a wide selection of great food and entertainment to keep their patrons happy. Upon...

NoHo know how: Great eats and tasty treats

By Brendan Murphy

March 11, 2010

Filed under Food & Drink

On a whirlwind tour of downtown Northampton eateries, there are five places right on Main Street that simply can’t be missed: Local Burger, Amanouz Café, Spoleto, Fitzwilly’s and Ben and Bill’s Chocolate Emporium. Each...

Miss Saigon serves up authentic Vietnamese cuisine

By Brendan Murphy

March 2, 2010

Filed under Arts & Living, Food & Drink

If you’ve ever wondered to yourself ‘where can I get a good pho noodle bowl?’ look no further than Miss Saigon, located in downtown Amherst. The restaurant’s signature dish boasts rice noodles, various beef cuts, bean...

Food for Thought screens latest in four-part series

By Brendan Murphy

February 24, 2010

Filed under Movies

Part two of the four-part epic series “Battle for Chile” was screened last Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Food for Thought Books in downtown Amherst. Titled “The Coup d’etat,” the screening covered the armed forces’ actions,...

Alpha Pizza’s fresh new approach breaks the college-town calzone blues

By Brendan Murphy

February 18, 2010

Filed under Food & Drink

In November 2009, Alpha Pizza threw its hat into the ring of Amherst pizzerias and delivery joints and quickly separated itself from the pack through its incorporation of fresh local ingredients. Formerly known as Pizza Rama, Alpha Pizza changed the name and face of the busines...

Romp through the City of Lights ‘With Love’

By Brendan Murphy

February 10, 2010

Filed under Movies

“From Paris With Love” may be the first entertaining wide-release action movie to come out this year. As action abounds, the film’s tongue-in-cheek script hits all of the right marks, sweeping a viewer along for an explosiv...

The Battle for Chile featured in documentary at Food for Thought Books

By Brendan Murphy

February 8, 2010

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies, Theatre, Words

Food for Thought bookstore in Amherst is hosting a four-part epic movie series chronicling the saga of the violent 1973 United States-sponsored coup d’état in Chile every Wednesday this month at 7 p.m. The “golpe de estado,”...

Lackluster ‘Legion’ Lays Flat in Box Office

By Brendan Murphy

February 2, 2010

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

If the point of this article was to describe everything that’s great about the new movie “Legion,” this would have been over by now. Director Scott Stewart partners with Sony Pictures to create an action horror thriller abo...

Larry the Cable Guy “Gits-R-Done”

By Brendan Murphy

January 29, 2010

Filed under Comedy, Movies, Television

Whether you like his brand of humor or not, there’s no denying that Larry the Cable Guy is one of the hottest comedians around. Daniel Lawrence Whitney, better known as Larry the Cable Guy sells out nearly every venue at which...