Monthly Archives: March 2012

Random Gloucester Business Tweet of The Day

In an effort to get more local businesses out of the stone ages and into 2012 I’ll be posting a random Gloucester Business Tweet every now and again.  Don’t lobby for me to post your business tweet, just get your business active in the social media game, if what you post tweaks my interest you could see it here and folks that may not have even known you had a twitter presence might just find out about your bidness.

Hey, we had over 41,000 folks check out GMG just yesterday on a beautiful sunny Sunday, come get some of that love baby!

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Today Island Art and Hobby Tweets-

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Follow Don Boye, owner of Island Art and Hobby on twitter here

Attention Restaurateurs- French Fry Rant and Kudos

There are more than a couple of  joints in town that can cook a great burger but there are only one or two that cook an exceptional burger and then pair it with exceptional french fries for under $10.  The two that come to mind are Minglewood Tavern and Passports.

The key to exceptional fries IMO are their crispness on the outside and soft fluffiness on the inside.  If you go to Passports ask for the “Joey Fries”  They aren’t on the menu but they are hand cut done well and are killer diller just like the ones at Minglewood.

For other great french fries in town go to Leonardos.  They have it down.  Even if you get them to go they package them properly so when you get to where you going they still retain that crispness.

There isn’t much more disappointing in the french fry world than a soggy fry.  So if you are running a restaurant locally ask yourself “Are my fries soggy?’  If the answer is yes, then take whatever measures necessary to figure that shit out.  Your sales will increase and the people who patronize your joint will no longer say, yeah, the burgers are really good but the fries are soggy and limp.

If you have any questions as to the quality of the french fries you serve your patrons here’s what you do.

Hold the french fry from one end.

If the fry has any sag to it that is a fail.

Heat the goddamn oil up.  Use a different kind of oil.  I dunno, I’m no chef, I’m not getting paid to figure this stuff out.  All I’m trying to do is make your food better so you can increase your sales.

If the chef you pay inst willing to figure it out, get a new chef.

So to sum up this post- Soggy Limp Fries are unacceptable.

Fix this.  Please.  Thank you.

Minglewood Tavern Burger Below-

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That’s some french fry excellence right there boy!

Do You Know Why Italian Pastry is so Great?

I didn’t know any more about St. Joseph than I did about St. Patrick, not being Catholic or Italian or connected to the Irish in me, so this is for those of you who like me, didn’t know.

Saint Joseph’s Day, March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph is in Western Christianity the principal feast day of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  It has the rank of a solemnity in the Roman Catholic Church; Catholics who follow the Missal of 1962 celebrate it as a first class feast. Previous to 1962 it was celebrated as a feast of the rank of double of the first class.

In Sicily, where St. Joseph is regarded by many as their Patron Saint, and many Italian-American communities, thanks are given to St. Joseph (“San Giuseppe” in Italian) for preventing a famine in Sicily during the Middle Ages. According to legend, there was a severe drought at the time, and the people prayed for their patron saint to bring them rain. They promised that if he answered their prayers, they would prepare a large feast to honor him. The rain did come, and the people of Sicily prepared a large banquet for their patron saint. The fava bean was the crop which saved the population from starvation and is a traditional part of St. Joseph’s Day altars and traditions. Giving food to the needy is a St. Joseph’s Day custom. In some communities it is traditional to wear red clothing and eat a Sicilian pastry known as a zeppola on St. Joseph’s Day.  Sweets are popular because St. Joseph is the patron saint of pastry chefs.  (Who knew pastry chefs had their own patron saint.  No wonder Italian pastry is so great.)

Upon a typical St. Joseph’s Day altar, people place flowers, limes, candles, wine, fava beans, specially prepared cakes, breads, and cookies (as well as other meatless dishes), and zeppole. Foods are traditionally served containing bread crumbs to represent saw dust since St. Joseph was a carpenter. Because the feast occurs during Lent, traditionally no meat was allowed on the celebration table. The altar usually has three tiers, to represent the trinity.

Saint Joseph’s Day is also celebrated in American communities with high proportions of Italians such as New York City; Utica, New York; Buffalo; Kansas City, MO; Chicago; Gloucester, Mass.; and Providence, Rhode Island, where observance (which takes place just after Saint Patrick’s Day) often is expressed through “the wearing of the red”, i.e., wearing red clothing or accessories similar to the wearing of green on Saint Patrick’s Day.

St. Joseph’s Day is also the day when the swallows are traditionally believed to return to Mission San Juan Capistrano after having flown south for the winter.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Joseph’s_Day

So now you know.

E.J. Lefavour

www.khanstudiointernational.com

St. Joseph Day Preparations

Preparations are full underway at the Ciaramitaro-Mohan’s–just a preview of the wonderful San Giuseppe feast dishes we will be highlighting in our upcoming videos!

Felicia’s Macaroons

Oranges for the sweetness in life, lemons for the bitterness, and bread is the staff of life

San Giuseppe bread

Want to know the secret of editing good video? Pay attention to this …

Last weekend, Hollywood director Brandon Rose came to Gloucester with his crew to direct a music video for Rockport native Brad Byrd‘s hit song Zero to the 101 that was featured on ABC TV’s Happy Endings, so we decided to feature him as gimmesound Artist of the Week.

We first met up with Brandon during the casting call at Minglewood Tavern on Thursday and talked about his approach to editing.  In this video (above), he gives us a good lesson on the subject, so PAY ATTENTION.

Later this week, we’ll have exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the making of Brad’s video.

Today it’s Dave Sag in the afternoon and Bandit Kings at night — two good choices, so get out and have some fun.  See local music details here.

Jean jackets, shadow boxes, and picturing poetry!

A new session of classes starts at Art Haven today, including classes in jacket re-decorating, poetry illustration and undersea shadow boxes. There’s also youth open studio, family studio, pottery throwing, and other fun stuff. Click on Kerry Christman’s shadow box for the full schedule!

Underwater shadow box

Random Acts of Kindness- Giuseppe’s

Joey,

I wanted to share a story of kindness I was lucky enough to witness today. Some friends were planning a birthday dinner party on Sunday for their 6-year-old-to-be at Giuseppe’s restaurant on Main Street. Forty-four people had reserved weeks in advance but the big event got called off a couple hours before due to a sudden illness in the family.

I don’t know anything about running a restaurant but I’d be pretty upset to lose a tab of 44 people for dinner and drinks. Instead, Giuseppe’s co-owner Memory Layne heard about the illness and sent dinner on the house to the little boy, his family and their friends. Someone tried to pay her for it but Memory wouldn’t take a dime, instead asking how the sick family member was doing and wishing him a speedy recovery.

Little moments of kindness like this make life sweeter. They’re not all that surprising in Gloucester, a place where people look out for each other more than any other place I’ve ever known. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t stop and point them out once in a while.

Memory Layne and people like her are part of what we all love about this place.

- John McElhenny

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St. Patrick’s Dinner with a performance by the GHS Docksiders

On St. Patrick’s day, the Holy Family Parish Women’s Guild organized a traditional Irish dinner in the hall at St. Ann’s, with corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, Irish soda bread, and (mostly green-frosted) desserts.  After everyone was served, the Gloucester High School “Docksiders” provided entertainment, playing a fantastic set including jazz, bossa nova, etc.  If you haven’t heard them before, look for an opportunity – they are really great!

We had a good turnout for the event, and everyone seemed to have a great time! Here are some photos.

Guild members served the buffet

Almost a full house

Fr. John Kiley with friends from his previous parish

The Docksiders provided excellent music.

Part of the sax section

Various of the musicians got the opportunity to shine playing solo parts within their section. They all did a great job!

The evening ended with a 50/50 raffle. Here we have the happy winner.

More photos are on my Flickr photostream in my Holy Family Parish set.

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