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.
(*) 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.