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Evacuation Day... - Jamieson Cobleigh

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To celebrate Evacuation Day (*), reveilles and I took the day off and went to Williamstown, MA. Our destination was the Clark Art Institute, which is having a special exhibit of paintings by George Inness. The special display is of his paintings that are evocative of the Berkshires. He made excellent use of light in his paintings, using sunlight to highlight the parts of the painting he wanted you to focus on. I would highly recommend both the special exhibit and the museum. It was fun watching reveilles look at the paintings with people in them. For many of these, she would start creating stories about how the situation depicted in the paintings came about.

For lunch, we went to Thai Garden in Williamstown. The entrées were about what I expected for a Thai restaurant. We had Spring Rolls for an appetizer, which were also good. However, the sweet-and-sour sauce that came with the Spring Rolls was flavored with crushed red pepper and was excellent. The spice in the sauce was perfectly balanced by the sweetness. The service at the restaurant was superb. Our water glasses were kept full and the waiter was never obtrusive. The cost for the lunch (2 Thai iced teas, appetizer, 2 entrées, and tip) was $25. I finished my meal and reveilles brought half of hers home. I would highly recommended this restaurant.

For dinner, we went to Cafe Martin in Shelburne Falls, MA. We also considered going to The Shire in Buckland, MA, but the menu at Cafe Martin looked more interesting. This was a small restaurant with only about 15 tables. When we arrived at 5:15PM, only two or three tables were in use. By 5:45, every table was full and there was a line of people waiting for a table. We ordered the hummus platter for our appetizer. The hummus was good, but I've had better. However, the bread they served with the platter was served warm and was excellent. reveilles and I ordered the same entreé: grilled salmon with a brown sugar, dijon mustard, soy, and ginger glaze. The glaze was wonderful and the salmon was cooked just right. It was tender all the way through, but had a crunchy exterior from being grilled. The cost for the dinner (appetizer, 2 entrées, and tip) was $40. We each ate about half of our meal and brought the rest home. I would go back to this restaurant, but probably won't in the near future because the price is a little high on a graduate student budget.

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(*) Evacuation Day is a holiday in Boston celebrated on March 17, which happens, by some strange coincidence, to be St. Patrick's Day. Evacuation Day commemorates when a British fleet of 125 transports and warships left Boston Harbor bound for Halifax, Nova Scotia on March 26, 1776. We don't actually get the day off since we are not in Boston, but it is also Spring Break and we wanted a day off.
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From:rj_anderson
Date:March 18th, 2005 08:39 am (UTC)
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Every time you talk about food my mouth waters. Have you ever thought of becoming a restaurant critic? :D
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From:jcobleigh
Date:March 18th, 2005 10:15 am (UTC)
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Thank you for the complement. That sounds like a nice job, getting paid to go out to eat food and have the food paid for. If the Ph.D. in computer science doesn't work out, food critic could be a nice fall back. :)
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From:dasubergeek
Date:March 18th, 2005 11:29 am (UTC)
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Thank you for the complement.

I will give you a supplement instead. It's worth 90° more than the complement.
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From:kateycp2k
Date:March 18th, 2005 10:39 am (UTC)
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Well, I know where I am going when I finally do come to visit you - for my culture fix and my foodie fix. :)
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From:dasubergeek
Date:March 18th, 2005 11:28 am (UTC)
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The hummus was good, but I've had better.

At Skaf's Grill!
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From:jcobleigh
Date:March 18th, 2005 01:09 pm (UTC)
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I'm not sure I've ever been to Skaf's Grill. We had better hummus at The Grit in Athens, GA.
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From:scwrud
Date:March 19th, 2005 12:22 pm (UTC)
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i've heard that all of UMass gets evac day off since its main offices are in boston. since they get it off for virtue of being in beantown, so goes the rest of the institution.
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From:jcobleigh
Date:March 19th, 2005 12:28 pm (UTC)
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As far as I know, staff get the day off because they are in the same union as UMass Boston employees. Since they have the same contract, UMass Amherst staff get the day off. UMass Amherst faculty and grad students have no connections to Boston and, as a result, do not get the day off.
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From:silly_lilly
Date:March 19th, 2005 10:07 pm (UTC)
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lord
u talk abt food
and i want it
:(

i want to go out to a restaurant and get great food!!

i'd be happy with sushi
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From:jcobleigh
Date:March 21st, 2005 07:01 am (UTC)
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What kind of restaurants do they have in Trinidad? What kind of food is Trinidadian, besides spicy hot?
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From:silly_lilly
Date:March 21st, 2005 08:15 am (UTC)
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hmm
what kind of food is trinidadian?

hmm
aside from spicy??

well
there are curries
and um
indian food
and creole food
and um seafood
i don't know how to describe it
i know
i will try to describe traditional food in my blog
it might take some effort!
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From:jcobleigh
Date:March 21st, 2005 08:16 am (UTC)
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Maybe you can even give some recipes. :)
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From:silly_lilly
Date:March 22nd, 2005 01:08 pm (UTC)
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oh yeah that too
my sister says to ask you what is american food?

anyway the thing about trini food is that it developed from many different cultures so it's not like you can say one thing that is trini...well...you can maybe but...

but the important thing is that it is SEASONED

and not just salt...or bland seasonings
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From:jcobleigh
Date:March 22nd, 2005 01:17 pm (UTC)
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I'm not sure what I would call American food. American food seems to be a mix of food from various cultures. In the South, there is a lot of fried food and dishes based on Mexican cuisine. New Orleans has Cajun food. When I think of American food I think of hot dogs and hamburger, which are both German in origin. >shrug
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From:silly_lilly
Date:March 22nd, 2005 04:57 pm (UTC)
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hehe

so
i'll try to do a recipe thingamajig :)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 3rd, 2005 05:30 pm (UTC)

Whaaaa?

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You were in Williamstown on my last day of midterms! I was a wreck, but I am shocked- shocked!- that you snuck in and out of here without saying "hi"

Hope the Clark was good, though.
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