This will duplicate much of the information above, but I'll go ahead anyways.

Modern 35mm film from the major manufacturers is wonderful stuff. For films between 100 ISO and 400 ISO, you have to work quite hard to end up with an 8x10 print that has grain that intrudes.

My favourite film recommendation is gone now (Plus-X - ) but any of the other Kodak or Ilford or Fuji alternatives will work great. If I were you, I would start out with Tri-X. Personally, I am currently using a combination of the Plus-X I still have left, and T-Max 400.

Up where you are, I would recommend HC-110 as a developer. That isn't surprising, because I use HC-110 where I am.