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Order Your Beautiful Caffe Sicilia Cassata Siciliana for Easter Today!

During this year’s round of filming for Gloucester’s Feast of Saint Joseph Community Film Project, I had the wonderful good fortune to stop at Caffe Sicilia just as Maria Cracchiolo was about to decorate her signature Cassata Siciliana.

It was the morning of Saint Joseph Day and as you can imagine, Caffe Sicilia was bustling to fill the day’s special orders of delicious Sicilian pastries and altar breads. Nevertheless, I asked Maria if she would mind if I filmed her while she decorated the cake. No, not all, she graciously allowed. Maria is so deft at cake making that it took her only minutes to create this masterpiece. It’s all been captured for our film project! The Vine below gives a tiny glimpse of Maria’s artistry.

Cassata Siciliana is also traditionally served at Easter time. What a gorgeous gift Caffe Sicilia’s cassata would make to share at your family’s Easter celebration, which as you may know is coming up very soon, in less than two weeks, on Sunday, April 5th. Believe me when I write, Maria’s Cassata Siciliaina tastes as good as it looks–divine, actually! A partial list of the ingredients includes sponge cake, ricotta, liquor, marzipan, royal icing, and candied fruit.

Special orders may be placed by calling Caffe Sicilia at 978-283-7345.

Caffe Sicilia Maria Cracchiolo Cassata Siciliana Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2015

 

Chris DeWolfe Was Right: Mile Marker One Has Incredible Steak tips

One Look At Toby’s Face Says It All

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Mile Marker One Current Hours:

Sunday-Thursday Breakfast Menu 7:00AM-11:30 Lunch/Dinner Menu 11:30AM-8:00PM

Friday & Saturday Breakfast Menu 7:00AM-11:30 Lunch/Dinner Menu 11:30AM-9:00PM

Now accepting Easter reservations! The heated River Deck will be open on April 5th!

The Cape Ann Marina has extended children’s pool hours to 11:00AM – 8:00PM daily. We offer both day passes and a variety of memberships to fit any family’s needs. In addition to the pool and jacuzzi, we offer a full menu from Mile Marker One in the Aqua Room.

Bowl or Floor?

Don’t get me wrong.  I grew up at the awesome Ground Round in Danvers where you could watch little film strip movies, play games, and chuck peanut shells and popcorn all over the floor. It was fantastic.

Fast forward, however, to now….and to Halibut Point Restaurant.

I love it there.  I’m all for a quick meal and a beer sitting at the bar talking with Jack. I’m also not afraid to dive into the basket of peanuts that is inevitably placed directly in front of me.  I do, however, while snacking….place my shells in the extremely convenient glass bowl that is ALWAYS strategically placed in close proximity to the peanuts themselves.  What I don’t do is channel my inner 7 year old….and chuck the shells all over the floor.

So, that being the case, I was a little surprised to watch someone eating peanuts and throwing the shells with reckless abandon…this way and that…all over the floor last night (that may be a slight exaggeration).

So, I ask you… If and when you happen to dine at Halibut Point…do you use the bowl or do you chuck shells on the floor?  Be honest.

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Breakfast at Mile Marker

Rick and I went to Sunday breakfast at Mile Marker. Since fellow contributor Nichole has mentioned the pool I decided to take a peek and it does look very inviting. For more information please go to http://www.CapeAnnMarina.com
Phone number:
978-283-2116

Kind of Breaking Restaurant News

So, if you’re on Facebook, you may already have learned this yesterday, but for those of you who aren’t…here’s the good news!

Top Dog of Rockport has expanded their awesome hot dogs and clam menu to include burgers!

Burgers! But sliders! Plain, cheese (Hoffman cheddar), cheese and thin sliced caramelized onions and cheese, pickles,lettuce and tomato. All burgers served on a buttered grilled potato roll. Also we have have the option of a special proprietary Top Dog sauce for the Sliders.

Check out Top Dog’s Famous hot dog menu below to get in the mood for Opening Day (around Mid April) and to wet your appetite until the new menu is released!

OLD (but awesome) MENU

There’s something pretty phenomenal about walking down Bearskin Neck and grabbing a hot dog and some chili cheese fries on a summer afternoon and sitting by the water’s edge.

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BREAKING RESTAURANT NEWS: CACCIATORE’S GRAND OPENING!

Cacciatore’s is opening its doors Friday, March 20th, at 11am. Located at 23 East Main Street, you can read more on their Facebook page here: Cacciatore’s.

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Photos Courtesy Cacciatore’s Facebook Page

Don’t miss Cacciatore’s at A Taste of Cape Ann on March 18th at Cruiseport from 5:30 to 7:30. They will be serving their Lobster Potato Pancakes.

Anyone that drops by for a visit to the Cacciatore booth at A Taste of Cape Ann will receive a coupon to use on their first visit to Cacciatore’s!

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Warning. Don’t Share.

Silly us.  A friend and I thought that we could share one serving of the Franklin’s unbelievable Seafood Mac & Cheese!

And, while we probably could have, because it is a good size and super rich…it is simply too yummy to share.  So, we ordered a second.

For the record, the Sangria wasn’t too bad either.

Check out the Franklin’s menu here.

 

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New Film: Joe Virgilio Makes Saint Joseph Rolls

Joe Virgilio Makes Saint Joseph Rolls is a wonderful addition to Gloucester’s Feast of Saint Joseph Community Film Project. So many thanks to Joe for taking time from his busy work day to allow filming! Highlights include Joe sharing stories about the early days working alongside his grandfather and cousins, when the thousands of rolls needed for Saint Joseph’s Day were made by hand. 

For store hours and menu visit Virgilio’s Facebook page here.

Read more about Virgilio’s Saint Joseph rolls here.

Photos- Making Arencello and Crema De Arancello With Sista Felicia’s Novena Crew

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