Category Archives: Eats

When one door closes another door opens …peek inside the new Serenitee Restaurant Happy Belly opening summer 2017!

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Reclaimed doors and wood everywhere

are just some of the featured and fitting design details coming into focus at Happy Belly, 3 Duncan Street, Gloucester, MA. The everyday casual restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. And small craft brew. And coffee. They’re roasting their own beans! What else? The floor’s been raised. A lengthy drink rail and counter stools gives one section a warm and chic soda-shop vibe. Nearby a massive antique metal lathe will be re-purposed into a showstopper pedestal table. The former Alchemy space is in its BEFORE stage as it undergoes a transformation by master builders, P Bevan Builders. They built Maggies Farm and other Serenitee Restaurant Group properties plus the  recent renovation of the former Empire store.

 

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photo caption (above): Peter Bevan, P. Bevan Builders, 617 356 7107

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Happy Belly along with Minglewood Tavern and Latitude 43 brings the Serenitee restaurant count back  up to  3 happy and popular eateries in Gloucester, MA, each with its own lively aesthetic and yummy grub.

Happy to see Happy Belly coming soon!

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BOSTON GLOBE: GLOUCESTER’S PASTAIO VIA CORTA DANIELLE GLANTZ!!

Congratulations to Danielle for the terrific article in the Boston Globe. We’re so fortunate to have Danielle and her amazing pasta (and other deliciousness) shop!!

Danielle Glantz makes pasta in 10 to 12 shapes each day at her shop, Pastaio Via Corta, in Gloucester. PHOTO BY JINTARA NUTPRASAS

BEAUTIFUL CEDAR ROCK GARDENS HAS REOPENED FOR THE SEASON – COME SEE ALL THAT THEY HAVE TO OFFER – SIMPLY A FANTASTIC SELECTION OF FLOWERS AND VEGIES!!

Cedar Rock Gardens is an 18-acre farm located at 229 Concord Street in West Gloucester. The flower and veggie farm is owned and operated by Tucker Smith and Elise Jillson. Last year was their first in business with hours open to the public and it’s so exciting to see Tucker and Elise developing their growing enterprise. This year they have expanded seedling offerings (see the “read more” at the end of this post for a complete list of plants offered) and have devoted even more fields to pick-your-own flowers .

We’re looking forward to having Elise and Tucker on our podcast this weekend. When you see the two, wish them congratulations. Elise and Tucker became engaged this winter! 

Fields of pick-your-own tulips in a lovely array of hues. This color opens to pure carmine. See photo below.

You run into the nicest people at Cedar Rock Gardens. Captain Stefan Edick of the Schooner Adventure surveying early season offerings.

Black-capped Chickadees nesting in a hole in the old Crabapple tree.

Cedar Rock Garden’s fabulous pick-your-own tulips are the perfect anecdote to April’s rainy days. This bouquet has become more beautiful with each passing moment Only $4.50. for a bunch of gorgeousness!

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For a complete list of flower and veggie seedlings see below. Cedar Rock Gardens is open everyday from 8am to 5pm. For more information, visit Cedar Rock Gardens website here.

Cedar Rock Gardens writes, “We are committed to providing a healthy and beautiful choice to our community in both the floral and food industry and invite you to experience the local difference. Only environmentally-sound and organic growing techniques are used at Cedar Rock Gardens. You can always rest assured that our farm produce and flowers are safe and wholesome, with a freshness that guarantees good nutrition (and the best vase life for our bouquets). We use organic fertilizers and pesticides; We are currently not certified as ‘USDA Organic’ but our practices follow organic guidelines.”

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CHECK OUT RESTAURANT ITALIANO LUNCH AND DINNER MENUS–YUMMMMM!

Italiano’s dinner menu- 

Italiano’s lunch menu –

 

Italiano is located at 64 Main Street. For more information, call 978-559-7638.

 

 

BREAKING: NEW RESTAURANT ITALIANO ON MAIN STREET GRAND OPENING TODAY!!

Congratulations to Deo and Paula Braga, and their son Dominick, for the grand opening of the Braga’s newest venture, the restaurant Italiano. Today’s joyful ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by Mayor Sefatia, Ken and Kerry from the Chamber, family, friends, and Barry Pett, who was representing Senator Bruce Tarr. Located at 64 Main Street, Italiano is serving lunch and dinner daily in an elegant yet child friendly atmosphere. The menu looks delicious and the staff are simply terrific. For information about hours and seating call 978-559-7638.

Snapshots from this morning’s ribbon cutting ceremony.

Mayor Sefatia sharing history about Gloucester’s Militello family photo, circa 1952

BREAKING: CONGRATULATIONS TO BACKYARD GROWERS FOR THEIR BIG WIN!!!

Lara Lepionka, Backyard Growers executive director shares,

WE ARE THE $35K WINNERS!!!!!!!!!!!! And we won because of YOUR VOTING POWER!!!!!! A huge thank you to the b.good Family Foundation for giving us this opportunity (stay tuned for pics of us receiving our check next week), and thank you to Backyard Growers Program staff, service members, board members, partners, and supporters who worked on our voting campaign. WE DID IT. THANK YOU.

 

GREAT BIG PUSH TODAY TO HELP BACKYARD GROWERS WIN $$35K GRANT – PLEASE VOTE IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY, THANK YOU!!!

 

Lara Lepionka, Backyard Growers executive, director writes,

Thank you everyone for all your support this week! We’re doing a final push on this last day of voting for Backyard Growers to win $35K. Voting closes at 11:59 tonight! Please share this opportunity with your networks—so appreciated! Vote here: http://www.bgoodfamilyfoundation.com/35k-grant-vote/

Many thanks,

Lara

 

Photos courtesy Backyard Growers Facebook page

PASSPORTS WINE DINNER TONIGHT!

PASSPORT’S APRIL WINE DINER MENU

Presented by Nick Defasio from MS Walker

1st Course – Butter poached halibut, marinated tomato, and fresh orange, paired with Freemark Abbey Chardonnay (2014).

2nd Course – Duck confit stuffed mushroom, paired with Landmark Overlook Pinot Noir (2014).

3rd Course – Lamb Porterhouse, grilled polenta, garlic portabellas, and Romesco sauce, paired with Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon (2014).

4th Course – Strawberries and buttermilk biscuit shortcake, paired with Banshee Rose (2016).

$45.00 per person plus tax and gratuity.

New candy cane curb appeal at SurfSide Subs and they’re GHS Interact Pizza Taste off winners

Opening Tomorrow–

Looks great! The green and yellow is gone, replaced by a cohesive festive summer look, red and white stripes matched up with the blue and white.

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Plus they’re heralding good news: SurfSide Subs and pizza & Ice Cream is the 2017 Rotary GHS Gloucester Interact Club‘s 10th Annual Pizza Taste Off (held at Cruiseport) winner –  3x!
1st place best overall
1st place best sauce
1st place best crust 

Look for pizza specials on Wednesdays

LET’S HELP BACKYARD GROWERS WIN A $35,000.00 GRANT- IT’S EASY, JUST VOTE!

Soooo exciting and very best of luck to Backyard Growers!!! Please share this post with your friends and ask them to vote, too.

Lara Lepionka, Executive Director of Backyard Growers, writes,

Hello Friends of Backyard Growers,

Backyard Growers is one of three finalists in the b.good Family Foundation’s competition to win a $35,000 grant! In all of Greater Boston, we were chosen as one of the finalists because of the work we are doing right here in Gloucester—so proud!

We are now at the public voting stage. Please do the following to help us win!

Thank you! Lara

 

HAPPY EASTER FROM CAFFE SICILIA!

I love stopping in to visit Maria and Nina at Caffe Sicilia anytime of the year, but especially during the holidays. The bakery was humming today, with their regular customers as well as regional and international travelers, and their refrigerator brimming over with special Easter orders. Folks are still purchasing raffle tickets for Caffe Sicilia’s giant chocolate egg to benefit children with autism. What a gorgeous day for shopping downtown Gloucester. Happy Easter and Happy Spring! 

HALEY BAKER AT TURTLE ALLEY IS ROCKING THE CHOCOLATE MAKING (AS USUAL!)

Saturday afternoon and Haley is working like mad to fill everyone’s Easter basket. She has so much finesse and makes it all look so easy. I’m a messy cook and would after only a few minutes be covered in chocolate. Not such a bad thing, though.

White Chocolate Turtles

Caramel Choclate Nonpareils

HELLO! YOU CAN WIN THIS GINORMOUS EASTER EGG!

Caffe Sicilia is raffling tickets for an enormous Easter egg. The funds raised are going towards autism. Did I mention the egg is DARK chocolate 🙂

THE LONG BEACH DAIRY MAID IS OPEN!

The Long Beach Dairy Maid has reopened for the season and Frank, who runs both the Long Beach Dairy Maid and SurfSide Subs, says that SurfSide Subs is reopening on Thursday. Visit their website here. Did you know you can order from SurfSide Subs online? Or call 978-281-1700.

Meredith Glaser Plum Cove Grind thanks her customers and best wishes for The Cove Cafe

The cozy business at 1064 Washington Street in the heart of Lanesville keeps pumping with a new name and owner, Alisha Clayton. Plum Cove Grind is now The Cove Cafe.

Mary is there early baking all the morning goodies.

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Grab a coffee and stay an extra moment to meet with Ward 4 City Councilor, Val Gilman, most every Friday morning. Chief McCarthy might be there as well.

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And for those wondering about former Plum Cove Grind owner, Meredith Glaser, she writes about her next chapter:

“All is very ok! Plum Cove Grind was a “life style” business. It allowed me to stay close and raise my kids and provide a nice business for the community and beyond( we had a lot of people from all over the world). Thanks to so many great customers. 

After 11 years in business, my kids are all grown up so I had decided to look for a buyer. 

The buyers were local people (Yay!), and I think they will do well. I’m thinking they will keep the great coffee and lattes and offering of yummy goods. So stay in touch, I’m certain it will be exciting to see what they do. 

Say hi to Joey for me.”- Meredith Glaser

The Cove Cafe entrance April 2017. A new custom sign for the business is coming.

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The Cove Cafe April 2017

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Paprika Grill wants to feature local Gloucester artists

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Emrah Arslan the owner of Paprika Grill wants to help area artists by featuring solo exhibits. He and his customers will have the chance to see what’s happening in the community, sip some tea and appreciate art in this  casual new hopping Mediterranean spot. Arslan’s art is…the food.

Paprika Grill will select the art. Exhibits will change every few months. Three months is a nice long time to have your work on display. To be considered for a sign up sheet rotation, interested artists should email Arslan with 3 or 4 examples.  He’ll let you know if you’re in the queue. “I keep hearing Gloucester has a lot of artists.”

photo caption: Interior views of Paprika Grill and approximate 14′ length of available wall space. (The mirror and items can be rearranged.) 

 

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Paprika Grill,  185 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA

WHERE DOES THE EASTER BUNNY DWELL?

At beautiful bunny cottage! The charming bunny houses at Nichols Candy House were made by Diane P. Don’t you love her imaginative details? Notice even the tiny blue eggs on the window frame and chimney

Nichols has vintage chocolate molds to celebrate every season. One year as a surprise, Barbara Nichols made me a very special Scotty dog, made from one of their antique molds. She’ll make one for you, too, by special order. The bunny in the foreground is made from a vintage mold.

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