Category Archives: Eats

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.

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

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Check out today new recipe on my New Recipe Website!  http://www.sistafeliciaskitchen.com/ 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.

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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

http://www.sistafeliciaskitchen.com/grandma-felicias-sunday-morning-blueberry-cake/

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 www.sistafeliciaskitchen.com  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!

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BEAUTIFUL BEAUPORT HOTEL BREAKFAST REVIEW

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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

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AMERICAN FLAG FOLK ART AND WHIMSY

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

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.

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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.

http://525magnolia.com/

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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.

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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.

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