Category Archives: Eats

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!




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!

1606 at Beauport copyright Kim Smith

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!

Gloucester City Hall and skyline copyright Kim Smith Pavillion Beach Greasy Pole copyright Kim Smith

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.




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

IMG_8604Fourth Course – Fresh strawberry shortcake

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

FullSizeRender (57)Matt Rose from Carolina Wines

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


I couldn’t resist the Fried Oyster  Benedict


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!


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.



Cape Ann Foodie Tours



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.

Cedar Rock Gardens Organic Romaine lettuce Kim Smith

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!



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

Jeff Weaver Mural Gloucester c Kim SmithSee Joey’s posts about AJ’s –




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.





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