Category Archives: Eats

Saved by microwave bacon…

When Sista Felicia told me she uses microwave bacon for stuff like a BLT or breakfast for the twins, not gonna lie I snubbed my nose. Really? Microwave bacon?? She swore to me that she wasn’t yankin’ my chain and I agreed to buy it and try it out!

Well now I’m obsessed. No fuss and muss with bacon just for a sandwich and Tyler can make it himself for breakfast!

Microwave bacon has changed a part of my life!




Hooray It’s Tomato Season! Time to Make Sista Felicia’s Roasted Heirloom Tomato Soup


Last night I whipped up a delicious “Roasted Heirloom Tomato Soup” and batch of “Oven-Dried Tomatoes”, (recipe highlighted on page 62 in my cookbook “Gifts Of Gold In A Sicilian Kitchen With Sista Felicia; Harvest”)  using freshly picked tomatoes, from gardens in the backyard garden that neighbor Deanna and I share!




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 “Roasted Heirloom Tomato Soup Recipe”


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Never a disappointment…

For as long as Passports Restaurant has been open, my husband and I have been regulars!

We have always had an outstanding meal and even better service. Last night after the podcast taping at Cape Ann TV we headed over there for some amazing dinner and great wine!

Joey’s new obsession ‘Seafood Paella’


Super K’s Cobb Salad


Ohhhh and what did I have? The amazing Steak and Potato salad but there’s no picture because I dug in and ate some before Joey could stop me to take a picture!

Go see Eric and his team! You won’t be disappointed!

Passports Restaurant

108 Main St, Gloucester

Take advantage while summer is still here……

$1 Oysters are what’s up on Cape Ann right now.

The following places advertise on a weekly basis and are subject to change by the week. If there are places that I have not listed please leave a comment and I will update.

The Studio 

All day Monday- Thursday

Foreign Affairs

Sunday- Brunch

Tuesday- Dinner hours

Wednesday- Lunch and Dinner hours

Thursday and Friday Lunch hours only

Short & Main

Everyday except Wednesdays

During the hours of 5pm to 6pm and 9pm to 10pm

Seaport Grille

Wednesday- All day

Mile Marker

Every Sunday all day

The Thomas Lannon Sista Felicia Appetizer and Wine Sail August 18th Menu-

Here’s the Thomas E. Lannon 8/18/15 Wine Cruise Appetizer Menu From Sista Felicia, book now!!!

Sailing from Seven Seas Wharf at the Gloucester House Restaurant (978) 281-6634 or book online at


Petite Toast with Carrot Cake Marmalade & Goat Brie

Thinly Sliced Fresh Baguette Rounds with Manchego Cheese & Rose Petal Jelly

Grilled Peppered Flank Steak Baguette Sliders with Fresh Baby Arugula, Red Roasted Pepper, & Daffinos Fromage Garlic & Herb Cheese


Zucchini Pesto Crostini

Captain Joe’s Lobster Mac & Cheese
Sicilian Style Ricotta Nachos


The wine pairings by Nick DeFazio-

Purato Catarato Pinot Grigio

App 1 and 3B

Cambria Katherine’s Vineyard Chardonnay

App 2 and 4

Byron Santa Barbara Pinot Noir


Bisol Prosecco Jeio

App 5

Foreign Affairs Brunch

Honestly, if you have not been to Foreign Affairs for Brunch then you are definitely missing out.


Chris and I went this past Sunday and it was absolutely delicious!

I got the Lobster Quiche and Chris got the Scratch Hash. AMAZING!

Of course we started out with the $1 oysters and Chris made his drink at the Bloody Mary Bar!

They also have music every Sunday 12 to 3

Don’t forget to use your Dinner Dealer!


Reservations recommended so call!



26 Central Street

Manchester-By-The-Sea, MA

(978) 704-9568


$1 Oysters on Cape Ann…..

$1 Oysters are what’s up on Cape Ann right now.

The following places advertise on a weekly basis and are subject to change by the week. If there are places that I have not listed please leave a comment and I will update.

The Studio 

All day Monday- Thursday

Foreign Affairs

Sunday- Brunch

Tuesday- Dinner hours

Wednesday- Lunch and Dinner hours

Thursday and Friday Lunch hours only

Short & Main

Everyday except Wednesdays

During the hours of 5pm to 6pm and 9pm to 10pm

Seaport Grille

Wednesday- All day


Mile Marker

Every Sunday all day

BIG Shout Out to Seaport Grille

As you know many of us celebrated our August 4th birthday at Seaport Grille!

There ended up being a few more of us than expected and the staff was amazing accommodating us!

When people have a great experience at restaurant very rarely do the managers receive good emails.

Why is it people always write about a bad experience.

I wrote a friendly note to the manager Lauren:

Hey Lauren,

I want to thank you for everything regarding the reservation.
I also need to praise your staff last night! We did indeed end up having over 20 people and Amber was so accommodating and made it all so seamless. Being the control freak I am, Amber was so calm and made it all work and didn’t even break a sweat.
The waiter we had, Justin, AMAZING! I also told him I was a control freak LOL and he was just so great. You would of never known he was waiting on 20 people.
He was so attentive and he was always right there making sure everyone had a drink and it ran so smooth. He was hilarious and fit in with our crazy group of people. Everyone kept saying what great service we had.
Thanks so much again,

The Construction of A @SistaFelicia Mudiga Steak Sandwich Using The @STOKGrills Island Grill @CapeAnnFMkt

Sold Out Once Again- It was hilarious.  People walking by and get a whiff of the mudiga steaks on the grill and it’s like they were led by their nose to her spot.  If you’re cooking on nights like last night when you could go to The Cape Ann Farmer’s Market and get grub like this- You Crazy.

Note The Generous Amount Of Work Space The STOK Island Grill Affords Making It Perfect For The Farmer’s Market

DSC01383Roasted Red Peppers, Sista Felicia’s “Best I Ever Had” Pesto, Italian Sliced Bread


STOK Grills With Their Stock Cast Iron Grates Make For Perfect Hash Marks Every Time!


The Boys Stopped By For Mudiga Steaks For HomieCast Dinner

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Today’s Menu for The Cape Ann Farmers Market

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Sista Felicia’s Kitchen Menu

Captain Joe’s Lobster Chowder
Muddicca Steak Sandwich
Tomato Cucumber Salad
Sista Felicia’s Sweet Tea

Marshalls Farm Stand & Sista Felica’s Kitchen look forward to seeing you this afternoon at todays Cape Ann Farmers Market!

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Captain Joe’s Lobster Chowder ~ Captain Joe’s Fresh Cape Ann Lobster served up in Dairy Based Chowder, with Farm Fresh Corn, Onion, & Potato, & Topped with Crispy Bacon & Farm Fresh Chive

***Allergy Warning–  Contains Seafood , Lobster, Dairy, Bacon, Corn, Onion, Potato, Chive, Wine***

m5Muddicca Steak Sandwich ~ Grilled Sicilian Breadcrumb Crusted Steak Cutlets Served on Italian Bread with Sista Felicia’s Famous Basil Pesto (Pesto Contains Pine Nuts), Farm Fresh Red Roasted Peppers & Provolone Cheese

***Allergy Warning– Contains Italian bread, Cheese, Meat, Nuts, Lemon, Garlic, Italian Seasonings, Dairy, Olive Oil, Red Pepper, Basil***

Tomato Cucumber Salad ~ Farm Fresh Tomato, Cucumber, & Red Onion Salad Dressed in Olive Oil &  Oregano Vinaigrette Dressing

** Allergy Warnings– Ingredients;  Farm Fresh Tomato, Cucumber & Red Onion, Olive Oil, Oregano, Salt Pepper, Sugar***


Sista Felicia’s Sweet Tea~ Infused with Mint & Lemon

** Allergy Warning– Tea, Sugar, Lemon, Mint***

*Disclaimer: Pricing & Availability Subject to Change*
***Please Notify Your Server Of Any Food Allergies Before Placing Order***

Marshalls Farm Stand Fresh Produce

Fresh picked Corn, tomatoes,  kale,beets,carrots, zucchini, summer squash, lettuce, raspberries, blueberries, basil, cilantro, dill, eggplant, cucumber, pickling cukes, sweet onions



Eric Lorden, I am begging you, please add the Oysters Rockefeller to your regular menu!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oysters Rockerfeller Passports Restaurant ©Kim Smith 2015

Thursday night we attended Passports Sparkling Wine Dinner and it was out of this world delish. We Loved everything–the sparkling wine selections, especially the creamy Blanc de Blanc Brut Dargent from France–and each and everyone one of the dishes was fantastic. But if I had to choose a favorite of the favorites, I must say that Eric’s Oysters Rockefeller is sublime. Perhaps he’ll share his recipe–I am going to get right on that!

Oysters Rockefeller was created in 1899 by Jules Alcitore at the world renowned New Orleans restaurant Antoine’s. At that time there was a shortage of snails coming into America from Europe. Jules was looking for a substitute and he wanted the replacement to be local to avoid future problems in procuring the product.

My copy of Antoine’s cookbook does not include the recipe; to this day, it is still top secret.

Passports Restaurant ©Kim Smith 2015

The sesame encrusted diver scallops with jasmine rice was definitely an entree I’m inspired to try making at home.

Today’s The Day! Sista Felicia’s Food Is Finally Available Starting Today At The Cape Ann farmer’s Market



Sista Felicia’s food is finally available for you to purchase and enjoy.

She has happily partnered with Marshall’s Farm Stand to prepare for you, delicious (and healthy) specialty dishes. Marshalls Farm Stand has been family owned and operated, for many generations at 144 Concord Street, Gloucester Ma.

Sista Felicia will be working with Bobby Marshall each week, going to Marshall’s Farm Stand to select the freshest and most seasonal ingredients to prepare dishes to be sold at The Cape Ann Farmers Market. The Cape Ann Farmers Market is held every Thursday at Stage Fort Park from 3:00 to 6:30 PM. Parking is Free.  Farm To Table.

Stop by Sista’s Booth Located next to the Bandstand in the Food Court area of today’s Cape Ann Farmer’s Market and take home yummy delights like Lobster Rolls, Shrimp Rolls, Haddock Sandwiches, Lobster Chowder, New Potato Caper Dill Salad, and Mango Radish Slaw. Sista Felicia’s Homemade Sweet Tea will also be available to quench your thirst.

She will be at the Cape Ann Farmers Market beginning today, Thursday, July 23rd and will continue through to the close of the season.


Lobster Corn Chowder

Who Needs To Cook Come Get Some For Your Family Tonight!







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If you’re stuck with a 22 Inch Weber- there’s a Sale On The @STOKGrills Cast Iron Grate That Will Fit Your Grill

It’s firmly established That Cast Iron Grates Are One Hundred Bazillion Times Better Than The Crap Aluminum grates That Weber Ships with, right?  So here’s your opportunity for the ultimate grill upgrade!

STOK Cast Iron Grate For 22 Inch Kettle Grills Including Weber 22 Inch Grills On Sale For The Lowest Price I’ve Seen Click Here For The Sale




The Franklin Cape Ann is where! Did you know that EVERY NIGHT OF THE WEEK, the kitchen is OPEN UNTIL MIDNIGHT.

After seeing Out of Sterno at the Gloucester Stage Company this past Wednesday, my husband and I headed over to Rocky Neck for a late night dinner. By the time we walked from the theatre it was after 10pm and everywhere we went, the kitchen had closed. We next headed over to Main Street and were delighted to discover that the Franklin, already one of our top go-to places, serves their complete menu until midnight. Jared, our excellent and very accommodating bartender, informed us that they do not close early and enjoy their late night crowd.

IMG_2915Tom had one of his favorite Franklin entrees, the burger, and I had the arugula, mango, and avacado salad topped with perfectly grilled and richly flavorful wild salmon. We couldn’t resist the Franklin’s orange infused creme caramel and it was heavenly.

I find it’s always a scramble to serve dinner before a show and love that you can go out for a night on the town on Cape Ann and not only see great theatre, but have a wonderfully delicious dinner afterward!

The Franklin Cape Ann is located at 118 Main Street, Gloucester.

#GloucesterMA Franklin for late night dining on Cape Ann!

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