Category Archives: Eats

FANTASTIC ORGANIC NORTH SHORE VEGGIE AND FLOWER FARM CEDAR ROCK GARDENS IS ROCKIN!

Cedar Rock Gardens Sign Kim SmithCedar Rock Gardens is an 18.5 acre farm conveniently located at 299 Concord Street, in Gloucester, a few short miles off Route 128. Plants and produce grown only at Cedar Rock Gardens are sold here, with a wide offering of organic veggies, herbs, and gorgeous flowers.

Elise Jillson Cedar Rock Gardens Kim SmithYou may recognize co-owners Elise Jillson and Tucker Smith from the Cape Ann Farmer’s Market. Operating retail sales at the farm is a first this year.

Cedar Rock Gardens Kim SmithThe welcoming handmade sign sets the scene. A modern farm, with its focus on organic practices, but the setting is pure old-time farm charm. Rambling stone walls delineate the fields of flowers, trays of seedlings are tucked under gnarled ancient apple trees, and an equally as distinguished catalpa tree grows alongside the drive as you enter the garden.Flower Field Cedar Rock Gardens Kim Smith

Dormant flower field

Elise and Tucker have many combined years of experience in organic farming. Read more about the two here. Opening the farm to the public is a new step for Cedar Rock Gardens in their growing business. I can’t wait to see what they’ll be offering in plants, as well as cut flowers, throughout the season (think peonies, zinnias, and sunflowers, to name only a few!). Stop in and say hello to Elise and Tucker and pick up your seedlings today!

Plant Nursery Hours: 8am to 5pm Friday, Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday, and 9am to 3pm Sunday.

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Fresh lettuce

Cedar Rock Gardens onions Kim SmithHelpful horticulture instructions provided for each veggie

Cedar Rock Gardens Kale Kim SmithOrganic Kale

Cedar Rock Gardens sweet peas Kim SmithSweet peas growing gangbusters!

Thank you so much to Nubar Alexanian for the tip to visit Cedar Rock Gardens!

 

AJ’s AT THE HARBOR NEW GLOUCESTER RESTAURANT RESTORES MASTERFUL MURAL

Jefff Weaver Mural Gloucester -2 detail c Kim SmithI just can’t tell you how exciting it was to see the fine restoration of the Jeff Weaver mural at AJ’s at the Harbor. We haven’t even had a chance to try the restaurant, but they get my vote for Good Eggs of the week for taking care to restore this original Gloucester painting by unquestionably one of Gloucester’s finest painters.

Thank you AJ’s! Best wishes with your new restaurant!Jefff Weaver Mural Gloucester -3 detail c Kim SmithJefff Weaver Mural Gloucester c Kim Smith

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AJ’S AT THE HARBOR FIRST LOOK ON WWW.CAPEANNEATS.COM

AJ’S AT THE HARBOR MENU- MORE AT WWW.CAPEANNEATS.COM

FOR VEGANS!

Inga and Eben Cake Ann 2016 Kim SmithCake Ann is now offering vegan cakes and cookies by special order. Egg and butter free, if anyone can make a delicious vegan cake, it’s Inga!

Vegan cakes are available at Cake Ann by special order.

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Cake Ann is humming this morning! I agree with Eben, Inga's blueberry muffins are delish:)

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Have You Been to the Barrel House?

So good.

The Barrel House is on Cabot Street in Beverly…and totally worth the trip.  I’ve been a couple of times, but keep forgetting to write about it.  But, after having gone back last Friday afternoon, there was no way I was going to forget again.

First of all, the ambience is my kind of perfect.  Dark, lots of brick, leather, an amazing tin ceiling, reclaimed wood…all gorgeous.

Secondly, any place that serves oysters and Almond Butter Brie Fondue is right in my world.

Third, the bar can’t be beat and my Moscow Mule was super yummy.

We had some oysters, the Mac & Cheese (smoked gouda, fontina, pecorino, herbed panko crust), the Brie Fondue, and….because why not….the Fried Dough Wrapped “Twinky” ….complete with chocolate hazelnut sauce and ice cream.

CHECK OUT THE BARREL HOUSE HERE

CHECK OUT THEIR MENU HERE

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SATURDAY EASTER SHOPPING AT VIRGILIOS!

Saturday at Virgilios and the shop is packed!
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Virgilios beautiful cookie selection for your Easter table ~ Nanci Lee Virgilio Photo

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The Easter Egg Basket Cookies are going fast!

Virgilios beautiful array of cookies for your Easter table!

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Virgilios is packed with shoppers this Saturday before Easter!

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EASTER SHOPPING AT ALEXANDRA’S BREAD!

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I love stopping and shopping at Alexandra’s Bread because of these two! As everyone in the community knows, their bread, scones, and cookies are beyond delicious, but it is Jon and Alexandra’s friendly smiles and congenial chatting that always make the trip a joy.

Happy Easter! Happy Spring!

FullSizeRender (46)Charming kitchen towels

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Children’s aprons

FullSizeRender (43)I have a thing for aprons, and Alexandra has the best!

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CAFFE SICILIA’S LAMBS OF EASTER

Maria Cracchiolo Lamb of Easter Pecorella di Pasqua Gloucester -3 2016 Kim SmithPecorelle di Pasqua are a traditional Sicilian Easter treat although, when Easter falls very close to Saint Joseph’s Day as it did this year, Maria shared that the Lambs of Easter are often found on Saint Joseph altars. Maria’s are so charming I am planning to purchase several to Not eat but to decorate our Easter table. They are very reasonably priced, especially considering all the work that is involved with making and how expensive is the marzapane.

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Each lamb is molded from almond dough and after drying, skillfully hand painted by Maria. I popped into Caffe Sicilia Wednesday morning to say hello and happily caught Maria just as she was beginning to paint and decorate the Easter lambs. We filmed her working with my movie camera for Gloucester’s Feast of Saint Joseph Community Film Project and here is a glimpse with iPhone photos and Instagrams.

Bare tints of color for the marzapane lambs faces and ears

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With thanks, appreciation, and the deepest gratitude to Maria Cracchiolo and her parents Nina and Domenic Damico for their continued help with Gloucester’s Feast of Saint Joseph Community Film Project. From the project’s onset, they have opened their kitchen doors and very generously shared Sicilian traditions and baking techniques. We are so very fortunate to have Maria, her family, and Caffe Sicilia in our Gloucester Community. With thanks again to Mayor Sefatia for suggesting we knock on Maria’s door!

Happy Spring! Happy Easter!

Maria assembling the Easter lambs

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SHOPPING FOR EASTER TREATS AT NICHOLS CANDY HOUSE!

Where does the Easter Bunny live?

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In a house made of chocolate of course! Easter Bunny House handmade by Jan.

Nichols Candies Barbara, Bette, and Gerry:)

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Don candy maker at Nichols Candy House

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Peeps in a Puddle

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For your jelly bean lovers

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I love the look of this very old gas fired stove. It has an extremely powerful flame and within seconds of Don igniting, the water was boiling hot. I meant to ask Barbara how old are their stoves and find out more about them. If she, or anyone from the shop, is reading this post, please write in the comment section and let us know. Thank you!

In the Pink! at Nichols Candy House

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A TURTLE ALLEY EASTER!

Turtle Alley Kim Smith 2016Turtle Alley -4 Kim Smith 2016.JPGWe’re so fortunate in Gloucester to have not one, but two, F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S chocolatiers. Yesterday I visited Haley Baker at Turtle Alley where they are in full Easter mode. Tomorrow, I’ll be at Nichols Candy House. Shop local for your Easter baskets!

Turtle making with Haley Baker at Turtle Alley

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Turtle making part two

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Special orders for Easter being filled at Turtle Alley!

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Rivulets of chocolate –

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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! AND HAPPY SAINT JOSEPH’S DAY!

Beginning in the early 1900s, the American Father’s Day was brought to Italy, a sort of reverse sharing of holidays! Fittingly, in Italy, Father’s Day is celebrated on Saint Joseph’s Day.

Maria Cannova Gloucester Feast of Saint Joseph blessing children -5 Kim Smith 2016Three Generations of Cannovas, Maria’s son Leo, Giliano Mari, and Grandfather

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Caffe Sicilia Maria Domenic zeppole Saint Joseph. 2016 Kim SmithFather and Daughter Domeic and Maria making Zeppole at Caffe Sicilia

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A SEA OF ZEPPOLES (AND SFINCI, TOO)!

Caffe Sicilia’s sea of zeppoles, and sfinci, too!

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So many thanks to Maria, Nina, and Domenic for their continued help with Gloucester’s Feast of Saint Joseph Community Film Project. 

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Live Saint Joseph sfinci making with Caffe Sicilia's Nina – part one

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About ready to eat one of these amazing puffs of yumminess – Maria and Nina's sfinci at Caffe Sicilia!

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Are fishcakes obsolete #9 from Al Bezanson

Fort Square Cafe fishcake closeup__1024 (1)Fort Square Café formula for fishcakes

  1. Take a short walk down the street to a just-arrived dragger
  2. Select a couple large hake from the top of the catch
  3. Wait a  minute for a crewmember to fillet the fish
  4. Hand over the fillets to Heidi at the Fort Square Café
  5. Enjoy another cup of Rusty’s coffee as you wait for breakfast
  6. Note that the spuds are on the side – not in the fishcake
  7. Enjoy.  You won’t be needing lunch after this breakfast Fort Square Cafe fishcake with one egg__1024 (1)

HIRING INFORMATION EMERSON INN BY THE SEA ONLINE APPLICATION AND UPCOMING JOB FAIR

Emerson In By the Sea is now hiring. The information below was provided by Chef Doug Papows. Doug also shares that the Emerson is hosting a job fair on Saturday, April 2nd, from noon to 4:00pm. 

Employment

Thank you for your interest in employment at Emerson Inn. Emerson Inn selectively offers career opportunities to outstanding individuals with a proven record of success and demonstrated service ethic. We are currently accepting applications for many roles at the Inn including Front of House, Guest Services, Housekeeping and the Kitchen.

Emerson Inn is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate by race, gender, religion or physical challenges.

Candidates are encouraged to apply with us via our Online Application. Alternatively, you can download Migis Hotel Group – Emerson Inn Application for Employment and send it to:

Emerson Inn
Attn: Human Resources
1 Cathedral Avenue
Rockport, MA 01966
– OR –
info@emersoninnbythesea.com

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