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2014 North Shore Magazine’s BONS Awards Are Live! Vote For Your Local Fav’s

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Would you consider the effort that your favorite GMG contributors put in worthy of a vote for best blog? I think so. We’re in the mix, hopefully the energy we put into this thing for you 365 days a year has earned your vote.

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Voting For Your Favorite Local Businesses and Services Is A Good Way To Reward Them For The Hard Work They Do All Year Long

Click Here To Fill Out Your Ballot

I haven’t voted yet but I have to assume we’re nominated and if you would like to vote for the GMG Team we’d be pretty happy about that.  But before you vote for us, there are so many other incredible bakeries, coffee shops, and destinations in our area that I believe in my heart of hearts deserve your votes so vote for them first if you do anything else!

 

Best of the North Shore (BONS) 2014 Voting

Where to eat, what to buy, who to see, and how to stay on trend—the answers lie all over the North Shore. We all have our go-to favorites and it’s your turn to weigh in by voting for the 2014 BONS Readers’ Choices Awards.

This year, there are more categories, a better voting platform, and bigger recognition for Readers’ Choices winners in the August 2014 issue of Northshore! Voting ends June 1.

Voting Ends For The North Shore Magazine BONS Awards Tomorrow- Support Local Businesses By Voting Today

These are establishments that are already on the ballot locally in the Play Category that I’m sure would appreciate your vote, to enter your own votes, click the graphic-

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I’ll highlight the other local businesses in the other sub categories throughout next week

Again I’m just going of of what was on the ballot.  You can click on any of the links to see GMG coverage of them and find out what they are all about-

Art Gallery (Viewing) –Local Colors Gloucester, Mosher Gallery Rockport and Pop Gallery Gloucester

Beach- Good Harbor, Natch Last year Cranes and Good Harbor Duked it out and it was close so if you have any local pride at all you will vote Good Harbor

Best Blog Smile

Brewery- Cape Ann Brewing

Dance Studio- Michelle Shaw Elite Dance

Fair/Festival- St Peter’s Fiesta and if it doesn’t win there should be an investigation.

Golf Course Private- Bass Rocks

Irish Pub- Stones Pub (you just gotta love the people at Stones)

Live Music Venue- Shalin Liu

Live Theatre Venue- Gloucester Stage Co

Lounge (no Gloucester joint represented time for your personal write in)

Marine- Cape Ann Marina is on ballot

Movie Theatre- Cape Ann Community Cinema

Museum- Cape Ann Museum

Trivia Night (no local joint represented write in your personal fav)

I’m taking category by category and highlighting some locals who you may want to consider worthy of your vote (BTW St Peter’s Fiesta is currently trailing Topsfield Fair and Good Harbor is close to Crane’s) so if you haven’t voted in the Play Category get on it!- Voting in the Play Category here

Here are some local joints that have been nominated in the Eat category (you can click on the highlighted establishments to see pictures or posts we’ve done about them)-

Vote Here  For The Eat Category In The North Shore Magazine 2013 BONS Awards

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Al Fresco Dining- Franklin Cape Ann, Lobster Pool

Bake Shop (Pastry)- Jim’s Bake Shop, Plum Cove Grind

Bakery (Bread) Virgilio’s

BBQ- Smokin Jim’s, The Farm Bar and Grille

Beer menu- Franklin Cape Ann, Cape Ann Brewing

Breakfast- George’s, Sugar Mag’s, Willow Rest (as you know my love of Gloucester Breakfast joints is unmatched- way too many to list so we will stick with the nominated but Mamie’s Kitchen, and Fort Square should be at least nominated as well)

Burger- Passports

Cocktail Bar- Franklin Cape Ann

Coffee Shop- Lone Gull, Cape Ann Coffee Café Sicilia and Pleasant St -None are nominated all deserve to be!

Confectionery- Nichols Candies and Turtle Alley

Farmer’s Market- Cape Ann Farmer’s Market

General Excellence- The Market, Duckworth’s is not nominated but I’d say needs to be a write in.

Gourmet Market- Savour Wine and Cheese

Lobster- Causeway, Lobsta Land and Roy Moore are Nominated, For Lobster Pool and Seaport Grille not to be nominated is silly IMO

Italian- a write in for La Trattoria Gloucester only makes sense

Lobster Roll- Seaport Grille

Mexican- Jalepenos- for Tacos Lupita Gloucester needs to be a write in as well.

Pizza- Giuseppes and The Willow Rest.  There are so many great pizza joints in Gloucester and everyone has their favorites you could write in any number- Sebastians, Sclafanis, ect, ect ect

Pub Food- Franklin and Topside Grille

Raw Bar- Lat 43 nominated, Rudder could be a write in

Sandwiches- There is no Gloucester nomination and you could easily write in Virgilios, Sclafanis, or Willow Rest here

Seafood Prepared- the Causeway and The Rudder

Sushi- Latitude 43

Tapas- Alchemy or The Azorean

Thai- Thai Choice could be a write in

and when you’re done you can vote in the Play Categories-

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Ok I’ve guided you on who is nominated locally in the Play Category and Eat Category, see those posts by clicking those links.  If you notice, the influence from our local readership has many many Gloucester establishments in the lead.  Two that could use help are votes for Good Harbor as Beach and St Peter’s fiesta for Fair/Festival vote for those here

Now we focus on local establishments nominated in the Kids category. you can click on any of the hyperlinks to view past Good Morning Gloucester Coverage on each of these fine local establishments.

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Click here to submit your votes in the BONS Kids category

Baby Clothing-  There is nothing locally nominated but I think we could change that with a write in under other for Kids Unlimited, downtown Gloucester children’s clothing store extraordinaire.  As of this writing 0 votes, not nominated

Family Hangout Indoor- Monkey Joe’s should win this by a mile even though it isn’t nominated (yet) As of this writing 0 votes, not nominated

Family Hangout Outdoor- No Local Nomination.  You could write in Ravenswood or Halibut Point State Park  My Vote- Halibut Point As of this writing 0 votes, not nominated

Kid Friendly Dining-  No Local Nomination But I would write in Giuseppe’s or Lobster Pool’s Outdoor Eat In The Rough with the Smore Firepit and Sunsets As of this writing 0 votes, not nominated

Kid’s bookstore- The Bookstore of Gloucester As of this writing 0 votes

Kid’s Clothing- Kid’s Unlimited is not as of this writing nominated but I’m suggesting a write in campaign for them As of this writing 0 votes, not nominated

Toy Store- Toodeloos Gloucester As of this writing 25 votes and is not in the lead

When You are done voting in the Kids Category, feel free to vote in the Play and Eat Category and support local businesses

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I will highlight local picks in the other BONS category in an upcoming post.  Who  supports local businesses like this here blog?  NOBODY!  Get out the vote peeps!

Best Of North Shore (BONS) Magazine Kids Category Local Picks

Ok I’ve guided you on who is nominated locally in the Play Category and Eat Category, see those posts by clicking those links.  If you notice, the influence from our local readership has many many Gloucester establishments in the lead.  Two that could use help are votes for Good Harbor as Beach and St Peter’s fiesta for Fair/Festival vote for those here

Now we focus on local establishments nominated in the Kids category. you can click on any of the hyperlinks to view past Good Morning Gloucester Coverage on each of these fine local establishments.

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Click here to submit your votes in the BONS Kids category

Baby Clothing-  There is nothing locally nominated but I think we could change that with a write in under other for Kids Unlimited, downtown Gloucester children’s clothing store extraordinaire.  As of this writing 0 votes, not nominated

Family Hangout Indoor- Monkey Joe’s should win this by a mile even though it isn’t nominated (yet) As of this writing 0 votes, not nominated

Family Hangout Outdoor- No Local Nomination.  You could write in Ravenswood or Halibut Point State Park  My Vote- Halibut Point As of this writing 0 votes, not nominated

Kid Friendly Dining-  No Local Nomination But I would write in Giuseppe’s or Lobster Pool’s Outdoor Eat In The Rough with the Smore Firepit and Sunsets As of this writing 0 votes, not nominated

Kid’s bookstore- The Bookstore of Gloucester As of this writing 0 votes

Kid’s Clothing- Kid’s Unlimited is not as of this writing nominated but I’m suggesting a write in campaign for them As of this writing 0 votes, not nominated

Toy Store- Toodeloos Gloucester As of this writing 25 votes and is not in the lead

When You are done voting in the Kids Category, feel free to vote in the Play and Eat Category and support local businesses

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I will highlight local picks in the other BONS category in an upcoming post.  Who  supports local businesses like this here blog?  NOBODY!  Get out the vote peeps!

Some Local Favorites You Should Consider Voting For In The 2013 North Shore Magazine BONS Awards

I finally got around to voting myself and I think what I’ll do is highlight the local establishments that are on the Ballot that are listed for your consideration-

These are establishments that are already on the ballot locally in the Play Category that I’m sure would appreciate your vote, to enter your own votes, click the graphic-

I’ll highlight the other local businesses in the other sub categories throughout next week

Again I’m just going of of what was on the ballot.  You can click on any of the links to see GMG coverage of them and find out what they are all about-

Art Gallery (Viewing) –Local Colors Gloucester, Mosher Gallery Rockport and Pop Gallery Gloucester

Beach- Good Harbor, Natch Last year Cranes and Good Harbor Duked it out and it was close so if you have any local pride at all you will vote Good Harbor

Best Blog Smile

Brewery- Cape Ann Brewing

Dance Studio- Michelle Shaw Elite Dance

Fair/Festival- St Peter’s Fiesta and if it doesn’t win there should be an investigation.

Golf Course Private- Bass Rocks

Irish Pub- Stones Pub (you just gotta love the people at Stones)

Live Music Venue- Shalin Liu

Live Theatre Venue- Gloucester Stage Co

Lounge (no Gloucester joint represented time for your personal write in)

Marine- Cape Ann Marina is on ballot

Movie Theatre- Cape Ann Community Cinema

Museum- Cape Ann Museum

Trivia Night (no local joint represented write in your personal fav)

North Shore Magazine Best of North Shore 2013 Voting Is Open and GMG Is Nominated Along with Many other Gloucester and Rockport and Essex Favs

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GMG is nominated in the “Play” category under best blog again, but there are a ton of local businesses that completely deserve your vote.

Many Categories for you to vote for- vote here

Our team would appreciate if you, or one of your children has been positively affected by our promotion of your organization and if you feel like the effort we put in is worthy, to share this post with your friends who may feel that GMG is deserving of best blog through Facebook, Twitter or  email.  The options to share this post are all available below this post.

Thank you for your support and don’t forget to vote in the other categories for our great local restaurants and services that have been nominated as well.

Thanks for your support

Other Notable Local BONS Winners From Crescent52

Crescent52 writes-

Congrats on the BONS Award- you do a great job.

Because I love to research best of lists etc, etc, I made this list of Gloucester restaurants that also won- an admirable selection.

Italian

From pasta and meat entrees to paninis and pizzas, La Trattoria & Pizzeria of the west end in Gloucester will make you think you’ve somehow arrived in Italy. The family-run ristorante’s menu is filled with delicious, home-cooked, Sicilian-style dishes. Come hungry, because the portions are huge. Molto bene! La Trattoria & Pizzeria, 64 Main St., Gloucester, 978-281-0790,
latrattoriaandpizzeria.com

Lobster Roll

When it comes to lobster rolls, there tends to be two camps: those who love theirs with mayo, and those who prefer them without. We dare say the version served at the Seaport Grille at Gloucester’s Cruiseport just might unite parties on both sides of the aisle. Seaport Grill’s lobster salad is indeed tossed with a little mayo, but the condiment far from overpowers the meat. Rather, it binds together all those juicy, tender chunks of lobster and crunchy bits of celery. The whole savory mix is piled in heaping spoonfuls onto a freshly baked Virgilio roll, making for what we say is the best lobster roll around. Seaport Grille, 6 Rowe Square, Gloucester, 978-282-9799, cruiseportgloucester.com/seaportgrille

New Restaurant

With only a few months under its belt, Ohana in Gloucester is off to an impressive start. Ohana (which means “family” in Hawaiian) adds Hawaiian twists to American cuisine, and dishes are as beautiful as they are mouth-watering. With options from sashimi to ribeye, there’s something for everyone. Ohana, 151 Main St., Gloucester, 978-283-3200, ohanacapeann.com

Pizza

For years, locals have flocked to this nondescript roadside spot for a tank of gas and a bite to eat. But what really sets Willow Rest apart from the Gloucester dining scene is its homestyle brick-oven focaccia. Just one slice of the crisp, thin-crust dough topped with herbs and fresh ingredients is a bite of pizza heaven. Willow Rest, 1 Holly St., Gloucester, 978-283-2417,
willowrest.com

Pub Food

If you’re craving some bona fide pub grub, Minglewood Tavern at Latitude 43 in Gloucester is where you should head for the happiest of hours. Order a house starter from the menu, like the infamous nacho pile, Parmesan-truffle fries, or Brian’s chili con carne. Hearth-oven pizzas are also all the rage, and with six different varieties, you’ll definitely want more than one slice of each. Minglewood Tavern at Latitude 43, 25 Rogers St., Gloucester, 978-281-0223, minglewoodtavern.com

Tapas

For the best tapas in town, Gloucester’s Alchemy Cafe and Bistro can’t be beat. The cozy, romantic bistro offers exquisite dining at affordable prices. Try a small plate for yourself or split a sampler plate with a friend. Our fave, the antipasto platter, comes with olive tapenade, grilled vegetables, seasonal fruit, assorted cheeses, arugula and tomato salad, and warm chips. It’s sure to whet your appetite for more. Alchemy Cafe and Bistro, 3 Duncan St., Gloucester, 978-281-3997, alchemybistro.com

Sushi

There’s a reason that Latitude 43 Restaurant and Bar in Gloucester is back for the second year in a row as the top pick for the best sushi on the North Shore: It’s the freshest and best we’ve found. For a well-rounded sampler of the restaurant’s standout sushi, opt for the Lat 43 Sushi Boat—a feast of California rolls, spicy salmon press box sushi, nigiri, and sashimi. Throughout the sushi menu, unique touches— think mango, microgreens, and wasabi goat cheese—put welcome spins on tried-and-true favorites (but there are plenty of those, too). Latitude 43 Restaurant and Bar, 25 Rogers St., Gloucester, 978-281-0223, latfortythree.com

Seafood

Though not octane posh, The Causeway in Gloucester is the place to be if divine seafood is your goal. Favorites like fried calamari, steamed mussels, and clam chowder are served alongside some dishes with interesting twists, like baked coconut-rum haddock. Crowds here are nothing out of the norm, but once seated, you’ll agree your meal was worth the wait.  The Causeway Restaurant, 78 Essex Ave, Gloucester, 978-281-5256

Cape Ann Brewing wins in the PLAY category

Brewery

There’s nothing like a lively pub and a frothy beer after a long day, and Cape Ann Brewing Co.in Gloucester is where we love to go. The brewery, which moved to a new location on Front Street last year and now boasts its own Fisherman’s selection, featuring ales, IPAs, and stouts, among others. Using two-row Barley imported from Europe, the brew crew concocts some of the most memorable flavors on the North Shore. Cape Ann Brewing Company, 11 Rogers St., Gloucester, 978-282-7399, capeannbrewing.com

GMG Sweeps The 2012 BONS (Best of North Shore) Magazine Awards For Best Blog Editors Choice and Best Blog Readers Choice

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Congrats! Best Blog Readers Choice and Editors Choice!

http://nshoremag.com/bons2012-blog/

Ashley Drinkwater

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From North Shore Magazine-

July 17, 2012 by Northshore ·

 

Photos, food content, and area events are a few of the things you’ll find posted by Joey Ciaramitaro, the outspoken author of Good Morning Gloucester. The blog’s popularity is evidenced by its always-active (and entertaining) comment threads. Good Morning Gloucester, goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com

Readers’ Choice: Good Morning Gloucester

Editors’ Choice: Good Morning Gloucester

I want you all to read one sentence very carefully from North Shore Magazine’s Announcement-

The blog’s popularity is evidenced by its always-active (and entertaining) comment threads.

This isn’t just Joey Ciaramitaro and My Awesome Contributors’ Award, This Is Every Person that submits a story, and especially the people who are active in the comment section telling our contributors how much you appreciate their energy, positive spirit and artistic abilities.

Thank you each and every one of you who have given us so much back in the form of positive energy which keeps us driving and pushing to be the very best for you. Love Ya!

GMG In The House Y’all!

#THATJUSTHAPPENED! 

#BOOM!

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Last Chance To Vote For North Shore Magazine BONS (Best Of North Shore) Awards Tonight. Voting Ends on The 30th

I encourage you to vote for your local favorites be it restaurant, dry cleaners, hardware store, whatever.  If there is a local business or organization that you think goes above and beyond, show them some love by voting.

North Shore Magazine is an outstanding glossy and year in and year out they bring you the best of what is going on around us.

So not to be a popularity contest but to reward the deserving, get out the vote!

Our Blog, Good Morning Gloucester is nominated under the Play category for Blog.  You should check out some of the other blogs,  they do a nice job and then vote for the one that you feel deserves the win.

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Here are the categories-

PLAY

Share your picks for the “best of the best” places to PLAY! Click on a sub-category below to get started. Once you vote, you will be returned to the main voting page.

EAT

Share your picks for the “best of the best” places to EAT! Click on a sub-category below to get started. Once you vote, you will be returned to the main voting page.

SHOP

Share your picks for the “best of the best” places to SHOP! Click on a sub-category below to get started. Once you vote, you will be returned to the main voting page

KIDS

Share your picks for the “best of the best” places to KIDS! Click on a sub-category below to get started. Once you vote, you will be returned to the main voting page.

RENEW

Share your picks for the “best of the best” places to RENEW! Click on a sub-category below to get started. Once you vote, you will be returned to the main voting page.

LIVE

Share your picks for the “best of the best” places to LIVE! Click on a sub-category below to get started. Once you vote, you will be returned to the main voting page.

North Shore Magazine BONS- HOW BOUT SUPPORTING SOME OF OUR LOCAL FAVORITES?

Til the end of the month voting is open for the North Shore Magazine’s BONS Awards in many different local categories.

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Just as I would only have you vote for GMG for best Blog if you thought we are truly worthy I would suggest you vote for some of our other locals which in my mind are worthy of votes.  you can click on any of the highlighted links to go to that voting page for that category.  If you don’t see your favorite you can nominate them anyway.

We have three local Bakeries under the bread category which I could make a case for any one of them- Sclafanis, Virgilios and Alexandra’s Bread Co.

Then there is the Bakery sweets category in which you could make a case for Nichols or Turtle Alley.

We have a bunch of  different restaurants which in my mind are as good as you’ll find anywhere on the planet.

There are places you might get your lobsters or seafood to consider voting for.

There is the greatest brewery on the planet right here in Gloucester Cape Ann Brewing which deserves your vote IMO.

The Best BARBQUE.  I mean is anyone in their right mind going to argue with Smokin Jims under the best BarBQue?  Please!

Coffee Shop- Lone Gull, Pleasant Street, Cape Ann Coffee Take your pick.

Farmer’s Market- Cape Ann Farmer’s Market by a landslide.

Mexican- If Tacos Lupita doesn’t take this home there should be an investigation- huge portions, fresh, cheap prices.

Pizza- My favorite is Sebastians but I know there are a lot of Delaney’s, Captain Hooks and Maria’s fans out there.

Sushi- Lat 43

Romantic- The Rudder comes to mind as the most in the summer.

General Excellence- Helloooo Duckworth’s Bistro

Al Fresco Dining- If there’s a more beautiful view than that of the Lobster Pool in Rockport at sunset I haven’t seen it.  Bonus points for being able to brown bag your beer and wine.

Arts and Crafts- Duh social media savvy and always open Coveted Yarn

Again I stress only vote for folks you think deserve to win.  There are many more worthy local businesses but as I’m completely slammed here at work on Memorial day weekend forgive me if I left out some important ones as I’m just trying to remind folks to vote for their favorites..

Good Morning Gloucester Has Been Nominated For a Best of North Shore Blog Award

I just found out ten minutes ago but it looks like the voting started on February 28th.

If you feel like the hard work and dedication that the GMG Crew Puts In Is Worthy Of Your Vote, it would be nice of you to vote for us.

It looks like the voting started way back in February so I’m not sure if any of our readers know about it yet and the voting ends June 1st

You can vote here- http://nshoremag.com/bons-2012-blog/

Once at the page there is a drop down box, you’ll see Good morning Gloucester.  It’s pretty simple to vote.

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Chickity Check It!- The 2010 Best of North Shore Award Winners

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Many FOB’s (friends of the Blog) were winners in the prestigious North Shore magazine’s BONS Awards including-

Sugar Mags- Best Breakfast

The Farm Bar and Grille – Readers Choice Best Burger

Coveted Yarn- Best Arts and Crafts Readers Choice

To name a few. I haven’t had time to go through all the lists but there are many more local joints listed as winners. check for yourself-

Click on the links below to see the winners in each of the different categories below

BONS 2010 Categories

Dining

Entertainment and Nightlife

Kids

Service

Shopping

Let’s Help Gloucester Businesses Get Recognized! Best Of North Shore Nominations Are Open!

Do you have a favorite sub shop?  Coffee Shop?  Restaurant? Spa? Florist?  Hotel?  If so it would be a great time to nominate them for this year’s North Shore Magazine’s  Best Of the North Shore (BONS). Nominations are open!

Vote for the BONS 2010 Readers’ Choice

It’s time to give those places around Gloucester that you find to go above and beyond their due!

Click here to nominate your favorite Gloucester joints In the Dining Category

Entertainment and Nightlife

Kids

Service

Shopping

Best Of North Shore Award For Best Place To Buy Lobster- Captain Joe and Sons

Well the People Have Voted and Captain Joe and Sons took home the Readers Choice Award for Best Place To Buy Lobster On The North Shore!  WOOT!

I  had promoted on these pages that people vote for their favorite local business in the North Shore Magazine annual award nomination process but never once did I lobby for anyone to vote for us for anything.  You can see the post where I asked people to vote for their favorite local restaurant, bag shop, brewery, and many many other listings here- that May 29,2009 GMG post

Thanks so much to anyone who voted for us!

Best Of North Shore Award For Best Place To Buy Lobster- Captain Joe and Sons, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

Victoria Secret Model Cyntia Dicker Thinks Captain Joe and Sons Is Number 1 Too!

Victoria Secret Model Cyntia Dicker Thinks Captain Joe and Sons Rocks Too!

Nominate Local Buisnesses for North Shore Magazine BONS awards

There are many categories

How bout a plug for your favorite restaurant, bag shop, brewery, and many many other listing.  Is there a retailer or restaurant that you feel does something particularly well?  Then don’t waste any time and give them some love.  Head to this site and nominate them for voting-

BONS 2009 Categories

Food

Entertainment

Kids

Service

Shopping

The deadline for nominations is just a couple days away.  If your want to see your favorite joints get deserved recognition, take two minutes out of your day and nominate them!