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Northshore Magazine: August 2016 issue Best of North Shore includes so much on Gloucester and Cape Ann!

20160815_100527Before we dive into Northshore Magazine’s Fall Favorites September issue, let’s take a moment to acknowledge its Best of North Shore August issue. Although votes did not come in all Cape Ann for categories you thought might be a shoe-in: best beach, bakery, breakfast, burger, clam chowder, farmer’s market, art gallery, art anything (!), museum, or attraction — Gloucester and all of Cape Ann businesses receive a lot of deserved attention! Signing in to vote may be a barrier to entry for some. Still, 150,000+ votes were cast. You can check out what won in many additional categories in the 300pp monster issue.

Congratulations to Cape Ann 2016 Best of awardees!

DINE ALFRESCO – The Market Restaurant, Gloucester

FRIED CLAMS- Seaport Grill, Gloucester and Top Dog (seasonal), Rockport; reader’s choice: Woodman’s

LOBSTER DINNER- Roy Moore Lobster, Rockport; reader’s choice Woodman’s of Essex

LOBSTER ROLL- Seaport Grille, Gloucester

PIZZA- Short and Main, Gloucester in a three way tie

ROMANTIC- Duckworth’s, Gloucester

SANDWICHES- Willow Rest, Gloucester

WATERVIEW RESTAURANT- The Market Restaurant, Gloucester

HOTEL BAR- Beauport Hotel, Gloucester

CHOCOLATE- Rockport Fudgery, Rockport (seasonal)

HOTEL- Beauport Hotel

CHARTER BOAT- Schooner Thomas E Lannon

COMMUNITY WALK RUN BIKE BY SEASON – summer Twin Lobster Half Marathon & 1 mile Race, Gloucester; winter Happy Holidays Half Merrython, Gloucester;  reader’s choice, Motif #1 Day 5K, Rockport

FESTIVAL (FALL)- Essex Clamfest, Essex

GOLF COURSE- reader’s choice Bass Rocks Golf Club, Gloucester

MARINA- Cape Ann Marina, Gloucester

NATURE TRAILS- Ravenswood Park, Gloucester

BOOKS-The Bookstore of Gloucester

MATERNITY CLOTHING- The Urchin Exchange, Gloucester

CONCIERGE- reader’s choice Tending the Sweet Life, Gloucester

DANCING- Minglewood Tavern, Gloucester





PIGEON COVE FERMENTS OPENS IT’S DOORS! Free Beer and samples tonight!

Last night I got the chance to sample the absolute best sauerkraut I’ve ever tasted, no doubt! After talking with Kristin and Dylan Lindquist, the owners and creators, you quickly realize how much passion and excitement has gone into creating this very unique product right here in Cape Ann. It’s small batches, hand made, locally sourced, and damn tasty. What’s not to love?  For more on their story please go to their new website  and have a look, or like them on Facebook.

Meanwhile, plan on going down to see them for free beer and samples tonight Aug.6th from 5:30 until @ 10 Blackburn Center, Gloucester Ma 01930. 

With 4 flavors for sale, and another on the way, you will not be disappointed!  TRUST ME!

A & B Burgers

I finally made it to A & B Burgers on Cabot Street in Beverly the other day.  I had always meant to go when they were in Salem after hearing such great things from so many friends, but never did.  Now they are just a couple of miles away from where I work and it still took me several months to pay them a visit.

Several of us went Friday evening after work.  We had a great time and a pretty yummy burger.  I’m a sucker for sweet potato fries….and my blood orange margarita was pretty refreshing too.  For the record, I went with the Sweet and Salty Burger.  Burraga cheese, fig jam, bacon, and arugula.  Kind of tremendous…if you’re in the mood for a burger.




Call ahead for the best subs of summer. Gloucester beaches sandwich directory.


Hungry? Pack light. You’ll pass great sandwich shops, locally owned and operated, en route to Gloucester’s magnificent beaches. Jeff’s Variety can set you up for a good lunch to go wherever you’re headed including Good Harbor Beach, Long Beach, or the back shore. Jeff says that there are many repeat customers that come back each and every season–for years–on their way to Good Harbor Beach. IF you have a big group, you can order trays with finger sandwiches. Sandwich platters featuring Virgilio’s rolls need at least two days notice to prepare. They’re open Sundays. What else? “Yes!” the answer to my question if they have plenty of call ahead requests from cars caught in traffic. Passengers calling only, please!

Scroll down the post for a one-stop, sub-shopping Gloucester directory with phone numbers and links. I could add in our favorite choices from each place.




*the great 2013 Good Morning Gloucester Italian sub winners

on the way to Gloucester’s GOOD HARBOR BEACH

on the way to Gloucester/ Rockport LONG BEACH

on the way downtown headed in any direction to Gloucester beaches: Pavilion, Cressy, Half Moon, Niles, Good Harbor

  • Cafe Sicilia (978) 283-7345 sandwiches and pizza slices
  • Cave (978) 283-0896 for baguette/cheese French picnic style fare
  • Cupboard (978) 281-1908
  • *Destino’s Subs 
  • Cape Ann Farmer’s Market (Thursdays) fresh produce & baguette/cheese French picnic style fare
  • *Jeff’s Variety (978) 281-5800
  • Leonardo’s  (978) 281-7882
  • Last Stop (978) 281-2616
  • Mike’s  (978) 282-0777
  • Morning Glory (978) 281-1851
  • Poseidons (978) 290-4313
  • *Sclafanis (978) 283-6622
  • *Virgilios (978) 283-5295
  • Yellow Sub Shop (978) 281-2217

on the way to Gloucester’s NILES BEACH

  • Last Stop (978) 281-2616
  • Sailor Stan’s to go (978) 281-4470

on the way to Gloucester’s PLUM COVE BEACH / ANNISQUAM/ LANESVILLE 

  • Captain Hooks (978) 282-4665
  • Plum Cove Grind (978) 281-3377
  • Willow Rest  sub and/or the farmer’s market fresh produce, cheese, specialty prepared meals picnic option (978)283-2417

on the way to Gloucester’s WINGAERSHEEK BEACH

  • main concession stand at Gloucester’s Wingaersheek beach (978) 281-9785
  • Annie’s Variety  (978) 283-2887
  • Marshall’s Farm Stand (picnic route rather than sandwich counter)  (978) 283-2168 (pints of fruit, munchies, loaf artisan bread, mozzarella specialty cheeses)

I haven’t forgotten Magnolia–just missing Magnolia’s House of Pizza. ON Mondays there’s Cape Ann Farmer’s market for Magnolia. “M” for Mondays, “M” for Magnolia.


Words won’t adequately describe how delicious was Passport’s French dinner. I had only my cell phone camera with me but I think you will get the idea. 

IMG_97271st Course ~ Superb panko crusted super fresh big eye tuna, crispy rare, with sweet and spicy sriracha glaze, and carrot snow pea slaw. My husband says it is his new favorite entree, anywhere, anytime. Served with sparkling Brut Dargent Blanc de Blanc

IMG_9730Rock shrimp in basil pesto with Danielle’s Pastaio escarole, radicchio, and cheese ravioli. U-n-b-e-l-i-e-v-a-b-l-e! With Jean and Paul Benoit Droin Chablis.

IMG_9740Beyond amazingly delicious hard sear all natural sirloin with marchand de vin, potato gratin, and braised kale. Served with Louis Latour Pinot Noir Domaine de Valmoissine. 

Nick DiFazio from M.S. Walker did an outstanding job selecting the accompanying wines. The three entree-sized servings were simply exquisite and, along with the blood orange sorbet for dessert, it was one of my favorite dinners I have ever experienced. Thank you Passports for the wonderfully joyful cooking. Hats off to Chefs Eric, Jeremy, and Alex!

The cost of the wine dinners is 45.00 per person, which in my opinion is an extraordinarily low price considering the caliber of the food and wine. Each course is served with a VERY generous glass of perfectly paired wine, four glasses in all. IMG_9752

Nick DiFazio from M.S. Walker

Another perfect night for a FREE Movie at I4-C2 – Finding Nemo Tonight – Bring Food Donations for The Open Door

Last week over 700 people (including plenty of “Pink Ladies”) flocked to I4-C2 to enjoy “Grease” under the stars. Tonight will be just as beautiful, if a tad cooler. Perfect viewing weather for “Finding Nemo.” Bring non-perishable food to donate to The Open Door Food Pantry and do some good while having fun with the family!

Had My 1st Beer at Top Dog

My husband, Finn, and I went for a bike ride throughout Rockport yesterday while Thatcher was out sailing.  We stopped at Top Dog for lunch and, after hearing that if I were to order a beer it would be the 1st one they poured that day, I had to have one.  Mind you it was 1:30 in the afternoon…and perfectly acceptable.

Super yummy lunch and a very cold beer.

The last photo shows a VERY happy customer raving to the owner and cook about the fact that her fried clams were the absolute BEST she has ever had.


Muffin and a View

If someone were to ask me what my favorites foods are, I’d have to say a really good cheese, sushi, a perfectly ripe watermelon, a delicious piece of fish, and the cranberry nut muffin from Helmut’s Strudel in Rockport.

So, as often as possible, I steal away solo or with the boys (who worship at the altar of the raspberry cream croissant) and grab a quick treat at Helmut’s on “the Neck.”

Last week, Finn and I enjoyed a quick muffin and croissant on our own….only to be interrupted (happily) by Thatcher who arrived on his bike on the way to his early morning sailing lesson.

Monday, prior to heading off to work for a few hours, I hit Helmut’s on my own and ate my muffin at the end of the new Rockport Breakwater.  A great way to organize my thoughts and do some strategizing before leaving town to start my day.



Dijon Mustard Horseradish Marinated Grilled Salmon & Farm Fresh Corn With Lime Infused Couscous



Check out today new recipe on my New Recipe Website! Click link below for recipe details!

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Top Dog AND Beer….Does it Get Any Better?

I took an early morning drive to snap a quick photo of the new seating area at the Top Dog on Bearskin Neck this morning.  While there I had a nice little chat with the owner.  He told me, after inquiring about Joey, that they have a new yellow awning coming to shade the area I had just photographed…and, oh, the small fact that they’ll soon be serving beer.

I’m sorry if you don’t share my enthusiasm, but come on!  A loaded dog or fried clams, cheese fries, AND an ice cold beer on “the Neck.”  Quintessential Summer!

Evidently, for now, they’ll be serving Sam Summer, Harpoon IPA, hopefully some Cape Ann Brewing Company beers, and Switchback from Vermont.

Good times.



Eric has something HUGE cooking up tonight!! If you want a taste of these huge fish, Passports is running a special tonight, the secret is in the video!

Grandma Felicia’s Sunday Morning Blueberry Cake Shared Today On Sista Felicia’s New Recipe Website!

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Grandma Felicia’s Sunday Morning Blueberry Cake

Hey check out my new website

Over the past several months you may have noticed my GMG “Sista Dish” posts have been few and far between with the exception of my St. Joseph and St. Peter’s Fiesta posts. I’ve been crazy busy designing and uploading 900+ recipe posts and thousands of photos to my new  website with the help of my good friend and cookbook designer Cathy Kelly. Over the winter I realized it was time to make some major changes to better showcase the enormous archive of recipe content posted on GMG and other Social Media Outlets, in more organized and easily accessible fashion for my loyal followers. I’m super excited to take this next step and even more excited for what’s planned for the near future, and ask for your continued patience during this transition period over the next few months. I am working as fast as the computer will allow me to load. Every post uploaded fuels my determination to have this new  Sista Felicia’s Kitchen website organized and running smoothly for your convenience by September. Lots of summer recipes are being added daily so be sure to take a peek before headed to the Farmers Market or Grocery store for some easy to prepare summertime dishes! Lots of yummy salad and grilling recipes are just a click away! website


Beauport Hotel Dining Review -1 copyright Kim SmithOverlooking Pavilion Beach in Gloucester’s beautiful historic working harbor front district, the Beauport Hotel is the North Shore’s newest coastal getaway. Prior to the official opening, my husband Tom and I had the pleasure of previewing the dinner menu (read preview here). The Beauport emanates a feeling of relaxed and casual elegance, and Tom and I shared in the sense of being transported to a world of leisure and luxury.

Most recently, and joined by our son, we had a delightful breakfast on the open air deck. With incomparable views, delicious and fresh locally sourced food–served by friendly and efficient waitstaff–any meal at any time of day at the new Beauport Hotel promises to be a relaxing and enjoyable experience.

Beauport Hotel Gloucester Dining Review omelete copyright Kim SmithTom enjoyed a hearty and satisfying Beauport Scramble and it was as good as it looks, with Vermont ham, Cabot cheddar cheese, golden potatoes, toast, and choice of bacon or sausage. 

Beauport Hotel Gloucester Dining Review waffles copyright Kim SmithAlex had the wonderfully tasty Belgian waffles with sweet strawberries, whipped cream, and authentic Vermont maple syrup. The market fresh bowl of fruit was simply outstanding, no unripe duds as is more often than not the case with offerings of mixed fruit.

Beauport Hotel Gloucester Dining Review fresh fruit copyright Kim Smith

Beauport Hotel Gloucester Dining Review Eggs benedict copyright Kim SmithEverything looked inviting and it was challenging to decide what to order; I finally chose the Eggs Benedict and they were delicious. The eggs were perfectly poached and served with a light and lemony Hollandaise sauce. The chef kindly allowed spinach instead of Canadian Bacon and I should mention that the spinach was super fresh and plentiful. The chopped chives are a nice touch, too.

Beauport Hotel Gloucester Dining Review -4 copyright Kim SmithThe coffee was hot and fresh and poured often. Don’t you love the shape of the cups? The coffee cups are just one of the many attractive and thoughtful design details that abound throughout the hotel. Note, too, the crisp linen napkins and mercury glass candle lanterns.

Beauport Hotel Dining Review -2 copyright Kim Smith

The Beauport can readily accommodate large parties for breakfast, making the terrace an ideal location for business meetings.

Beauport Hotel Gloucester Dining Review copyright Kim SmithFor chilly mornings, heaters and blankets are provided, as well as the fantastic fire pit.
Beauport Hotel Gloucester Interior copyright Kim SmithIndoor dining during inclement weather

Beauport Hotel Dining Review copyright Kim Smith

Beautiful views of Pavilion Beach, the Dog Bar breakwater, and the working harbor are had from every vantage point. We were there on an overcast morning; imagine the light on a sunnier day. We loved watching the comings and going of the fishing boats.

Beauport Hotel Gloucester Dining Review -7 copyright Kim Smith

Beauport Hotel Gloucester Dining Review -8 copyright Kim Smith

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.

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

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American Flag Folk Art Kendall Hotel copyright Kim Smith

American Flag Folk Art detail Kendall Hotel copyright Kim SmithDetail: the stars are made of folded vintage photographs. 

My friend Charlotte Forsythe has decorated the hotel that she co-owns with her husband Gerald Fandetti, The Kendall Hotel, with an unerring eye for beauty and whimsy, and all displayed with a sophisticated charm and wit. The Kendall is a restored firehouse located in the heart of the MIT area of Cambridge (Google offices are just across the street). Charlotte scours flea markets, art exhibits, and antique shows across the country for American folk art.

American Flag Folk Art -1 Kendall Hotel copyright Kim Smith

American Flag Folk Art -2 Kendall Hotel copyright Kim Smith


VIDEO: PASTAIO VIA CORTA- Fresh Hand Made Pasta in Glosta!

It’s a dream come true! Yes, fresh daily-made by hand pasta has come to 11 Center Street in downtown Gloucester. I had some last night, and OMG! It’s stunning! Support our local businesses folks!!

Magnolia’s 525 Tavern

On Wednesday was invited to take some photos of the summer menu at the 525. Most important I was able to sample the food. The food was amazing. Wish to thank the chefs and especially Catherine Hull for the opportunity to sample their incredible food.
For more information on the 525 please go directly to their website and their menu, hours and address. If you have a chance to yourself a favor and have a wonderful dinner and drinks at the 525.

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Birthday Dinner at the Studio

Both boys have chosen, for a few years in a row, to have their birthday dinners at The Studio.  Finn’s was last week and it was as delicious as always.

Truffel fries, edamame, twin lobster rolls, fish tacos, and tuna + avocado maki rolls….with super yummy chocolate strawberries for dessert.


Sista Felicia’s “Cello” Bottling Night


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!


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”




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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