Category Archives: Eats

Just An Update To Clear Up Any rumors On Café Bishco

On the podcast with our friends at the Gloucester Clam James Dowd and KT Toomey, James mentioned that he heard that Café Bishco might be selling. 

Both Toby and I expressed our hopes that this wasn’t true because café Bishco is such a huge part of our routines for their awesome Froyo and excellent food.

Well Toby did some investigative reporting and found out that this is indeed just a rumor so everyone can rest easy tonight that everyone’s love affair with Café Bishco and the awesome owners have no plans to go anywhere soon.

Phew!

If You’re Over the Bridge and Need a Treat

When I’m out of town and need to pick up some treats, Cassis Bakery in Beverly is my go-to stop for sure.

When charged with bringing a dessert to so many different occasions over the years, I’ve opted to get a big assortment of yummies from their display case and they’ve always been a huge hit.

Check them out here! Cassis Bakery

Peeps Poll

Annually for the past nine years, the Washington Post has sponsored a Peeps Diorama competition, made with marshmallow peeps. This year’s PEEPles choice award went to “Peepalize It” created by Michael Romanyshyn.

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The dioramas are oftentimes politically satirical and ripped from the headlines. This year one of the finalists included “White House Trespeepers,” highlighting the theme of government incompetence specifically as it relates to embarrassing incidents involving the Secret Service.

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Images courtesy Google image search.

Live from Turtle Alley and Nichols Candy House ~ Happy Easter Chocolate Lovers!

 Easter Greetings from Turtle Alley

We are so fortunate in Gloucester to have not one, but TWO, fabulous chocolatiers! I Love Turtle Alley and Nichols Candy House, and both owners, Barbara at Nichols and Hallie at Turtle Alley are wonderfully helpful and accommodating. And the people that work at both places could not be sweeter and more friendly. Happy Easter Chocolate Lovers!

Easter Greetings from Nichols Candy House

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Buona Pasqua from Caffe Sicilia!

The beautiful, beautiful Easter desserts and confections are all hand made by Maria Cracchiolo, including the marzipan lambs! The refrigerator was bursting with special orders and it was a treat to see Maria’s lovely (and wonderfully delicious) Cassata Siciliana in a range of sizes.

Maria’s family is oftentimes there, hard at work alongside her, and especially during the holidays. Pictured with Maria is her husband, Giuseppe Cracchiolo. 

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See a quick glimpse of Maria making the Groppo’s Cassata Siciliana, posted around the time of the Feast of Saint Joseph.

Order Your Beautiful Caffe Sicilia Cassata Siciliana

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Happy Easter from Alexandra’s Bread

Silly fun at Alexandra’s Bread! I can’t believe how reasonably priced is the charming set of six glasses–Alexandra really keeps her prices affordable. Always a pleasure to pop into Alexandra’s  Bread ~ thank you John and Alexandra!! 

That is Sooo Cute!

 

 

 

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

 

Ohana Re-Opening For The Season April 1st!

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Hello Joey, 

I hope that you are doing well.  Please post this on GMG: 

Ohana Opening for the season on April 1st! 

As a welcome to Spring Special our prix fixe menu will be $35 for three courses April 1-15. 

Updated menu on the website, www.ohanacapeann.com

Thank you.  

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!

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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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