Category Archives: Eats

Sista Felicia’s “Cello” Bottling Night

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Last night’s my comer’s gathered to bottle this years summer batch of Sista Felicia’s Fruity Cello just in time for St. Peter’s Fiesta and the 4 th of July!

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This years summer batch consist of Watermelon, Cantaloupe, & Rasberry Cello all in both straight and cream versions!image

Our evening started off with light dinner of Grilled Muddica Steak Sandwiches, and String Bean Potsto Salad,( both recipes highlighted in “Gifts Of Gold In A Sicilian Kitchen With Sista Felicia; Harvest”

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Comere Bridget and I carefully concocted the batches of fruity cellos while the girls assisted in an assembly line fashion of bottling each flavor. Custom “Sista Felicia Cello Labels” designed by James Eves owner of Cape Ann Giclee beautiful adorn each bottle!

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PASSPORTS WINE DINNER DELIGHT!

We enjoyed yet another outstanding Passports wine dinner event this past Thursday evening, hosted by owner and Chef Eric Lorden and wine expert Matt Rose. Each of the four wonderfully delicious courses was paired with the perfect wine from the Loire Valley of France. And too, my husband and I enjoy so much the welcoming wait staff at Passports. Michael and Sally were our servers and they are always friendly and professional. We especially appreciate their fine and seamless service during the wine dinner events with a dining room bursting with patrons.

IMG_9164My favorite of the wines was the Champalou, Vouvray 2014 accompanying the salad of heirloom tomatoes, Tasso Lardons, Dolce Bleu, fava beans, butter lettuce, and Provencal vinaigrette.

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Fantabulous roast lamp chops, with capers and wild mushrooms

Passports serves lunch and dinner seven days a week. They open at 11:30 am. You’ll love their everyday menu and they also post daily specials on Facebook, which you can check out here. Passports will be resuming their wine dinners in the early fall.

Our son Alex and Chef G rocked Passports wine dinner last night. So proud ❤️

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Father’s Day Dinner @BeauportHotel

Not sure how they are doing it, but wow.  Service was great and the dishes spot on with a packed house.

The 1606 Restaurant at Beauport is putting out some “not your average hotel restaurant” food.  It’s first class and the views allow the public vistas which showcase the gorgeous activity in Gloucester’s outer harbor.

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ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC NEW VIDEO INTERVIEW FEATURING GLOUCESTER SUSHI CHEF MAX MILLEFOGLIE FROM JON COONEY PRODUCTIONS

Tremendous job Jon, as we’ve come to expect!

Jon writes,

Hey Kim,

I hope all is well – summer is just around the corner!

Anyways, I just finished up another passion project that I thought you might find interesting. I’m not sure if you’re a big sushi fan or not, but I filmed a short interview with my friend and local chef Max Millefoglie. He’s the executive sushi chef at Lat 43, and he is super talented.

I can’t begin to describe how interesting this shoot was, and I was trying to absorb as much info as I possibly could about the craft. There is so much more to sushi than I ever could have imagined, and I’m now a fan of it myself!

Cheers,
Jon

 

Who is in the Know?

We mentioned the other day on the most recent podcast (from the gorgeous new Beauport Hotel) that a new restaurant is coming to Rockport.

The Feather & Wedge Restaurant and Bar (happy dance) is scheduled to open sometime this summer.  I honestly don’t know a thing about it.  Who can fill us in?  I’d love to know more!

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BEAUPORT HOTEL RESTAURANT PREVIEW AND OPENING TONIGHT!

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Last night I treated my husband Tom to a delicious dinner at the brand new Beauport Hotel’s fantastic restaurant “1606 at Beauport.” Usually he takes me, but I wanted to do something special for him. He helps me so much in myriad projects, but especially these past few months getting client’s gardens underway for the season. If you are looking for a special place to take a friend or loved one, along with a fresh and fabulous dining experience, head straight to 1606 at Beauport; you won’t disappointed!

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1606 at Beauport -1 copyright Kim SmithNew American cuisine Chef Michael Bates Walsh and GMG FOB Terry Weber (Beauport’s director of publicity)

The service was simply outstanding. Dorothy, the hostess was friendly and welcoming, as was our waitress Nicole. The nautically inspired decor reflects the heritage and spirit of Gloucester and each table appears to have a panoramic view of the water. For larger groups, the deep marine blue leather upholstered semi-circular banquettes looked wonderfully cozy and inviting.

Guests are invited to order from either menu, the fine dining menu and/or the tavern menu. Every entree and appetizer on both menus looked very enticing and it was very difficult to choose. Tom had the tomato soup (rich and flavorful of sun ripened tomatoes) and swordfish served on a bed of mushroom risotto and pesto crème fraîche. The cut of swordfish was nearly two inches thick and cooked perfectly, browned on the outside and sweet and tender inside. I had the very super delicious organic field greens salad with maple glazed pecans and goat cheese and without a doubt, is a new favorite. My mussels were served in a tasty saffron broth–every bite, plump, juicy, and delicious.

I am crazy about crème brûlée and try it where ever we go. Chef Bates Walsh’s does not disappoint, with a touch of expresso flavoring and the perfect ratio of custard to caramel! The exquisite food, welcoming staff, and lovely decor made for an utterly delightful evening.

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1606 at Beauport hours of operation: Breakfast: 7 AM – 11 AM. Lunch: 11:30 AM – 4 PM. Dinner: 5 – 10 PM. An additional Bar/Tavern Menu is available from 4 PM – 11 PM. The 1606 at Beauport and the adjoining bar are open to the public (starting Monday, today!)

For the most up to date information on 1606 at Beauport, visit their Facebook page here.

Live dining from the Beauport 1606 Tavern. Simply Fabulous!!

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The views from every vantage point are spectacular!

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The New and Improved Mile Marker One

As is often my go-to on rainy weekend days, I headed to the pool at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort yesterday.  You have heard me say this before, but it is a total score if you are a parent of a  young child…especially ones that can swim confidently on their own.

We were there for a little over four hours, the kids swam, we ate lunch, and hung out with friends.

We always have great, easy, inexpensive fun there and that has only become better with their new and improved menu by the pool AND the great renovations outside!  Today I ordered the strawberry summer salad, the boys had the chicken tenders with the world’s BEST honey mustard, and we shared the cheese trio plate with havarti, manchego, and brie….and mango slaw + pita chips.

I love hanging out with the boys, but I can’t wait to go back hit the raw bar, have some yummy drinks, hear some music, and sit by the water with some friends too.

Dinner at the Pigeon Cove Tavern

Met a friend for dinner at the brand new  Pigeon Cove Tavern last week.  I had one super yummy Blueberry Mojito, a roasted beet and arugula salad, and a delicious burger with Krystal Cave Aged Cheddar and Green Garlic Aioli.  So good.

I will definitely go back again and can’t wait to sit outside on the deck.  Give it a shot for sure.

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INCOMPARABLY DELICIOUS

After each Passports wine dinner, I think, how can they possibly top this? Last night’s menu surely took the cake!

The charming and knowledgeable Matt Rose presented a fine selection of East Coast wines from Bedell Wines of North Fork, Long Island, and with that theme in mind, Chef Eric Lorden, Jeremy, and company created a menu that was pure American and pure delish.

Where else can you go for a dinner of four sublimely delicious courses, each course paired with a different wine, outstanding and welcoming service, learn about new wines, and all for the amazingly reasonable price of $45.00??

Cell phone photos do not do this food justice, but at least you can get an idea.

Eric Lorden, if you are reading this, please add all these dishes to your daily menu!! 

IMG_8564First Course – Jeremy’s Clams Casino

FullSizeRender (61)Second Course – Pulled pork and fried oyster slider on grilled brioche

FullSizeRender (60)Third Course – Yankee pot roast, mashed root veggies, sauteed ramps

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FullSizeRender (59)The rose was paired with the strawberry shortcake.

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Don’t miss out on the best brunch…

If you haven’t been to Foreign  Affairs in Manchester  you don’t know what you’re missing ESPCIALLY for Brunch!

The infamous  Bloody Mary bar!

IMG_20160515_110144Tyler was feeling southern with some chicken n’ waffles

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I couldn’t resist the Fried Oyster  Benedict

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Seriously get there ASAP! You won’t  be disappointed! Chef Ryan and team are Unbelievable!

Cindy Hendrickson is the proud new owner of Cape Ann Foodie Tours!

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Hi Joey,

I wanted you to know that – besides being an 8 state in one-day swimmer – I am also the proud new owner of Cape Ann Foodie Tours!  The business was created in 2012 by PJ Halloran and I am pleased to take over the reins – or Foodie Fork in this case!

What is a food tour people may wonder?  It is a different way of seeing a city.  Ours is a food focused walking tour (we travel about a mile) and folks walk away with local knowledge and a full belly.

The tour begins at Harbor Loop where our guide gives a history of Cape Ann.  We walk up Rogers Street towards Main and visit the Topside Grill.  Next it’s the Cape Ann Olive Oil Company, then onto Virgilios

We cross the street for a treat at Café Sicilia before heading down to St Peter’s Square where – of course – we visit the Cape Ann Brew Pub.  Last stop is Turtle Alley!

                I don’t want to tell you everything because I’d spoil the tour!  We do also run a tour in Rockport called Sights and Sweets as well as a Taste Newburyport tour.

                Joey, we also have an Ales and Tales tour.  This is really fun and it basically entails having a fisherman talk and drink beers with a group of people who are in town looking for local color.  Do you know anyone who would be great at “guiding” this tour? 

                Please spread the word!  We also have a 5* TripAdvisor rating on “Things to Do” on Cape Ann.

        Thanks!

        Cindy   

Cape Ann Foodie Tours

www.capeannfoodietours.com
617-902-8291

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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

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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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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!

 

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