A wonderful time was had by all at Passport’s Restaurant’s superb “New Wines” pairing event. That’s Passport’s owner and chef Eric Lorden in the photo above. Don’t let the guise mislead; Passport’s has fabulous salads. The front of Eric’s t-shirt is all about oysters.
Each course of the four-course “New Wines” dinner was superb; the service provided by Nicole, India, and Sally was top-notch (and always so welcoming), and the new wines paired were exquisite. Several of the favorites-of-the-favorites were the Beef Bracciole, especially enjoyed by my husband, and mine (if I had to choose) was the exquisitely-cripsy-on-the-outside-sweetly-tender-and-richly-flavorful-on-the-inside Jerk Duck Leg, accompanied by a delightfully zippy mango salsa, and served with yummy mashed sweet potatoes.
Nick DiFazio from MS Walker was our sommelier and he did an outstanding job describing the wines. Tohu’s Sauvignon Blanc is a fabulous blend of grapefruit and other citrus flavors, and the Lamberti Prosecco–light, fresh, and sparkly, not overly sweet. The absolute knock out of the evening was Brazen’s Zinfandel. More than just a big bold red, the undertones were richly mellow and tasted wonderfully of dark cherries and was very chocolatey!
The new wines are a great addition to Passport’s stellar wine list and we are looking forward to trying them with the usual delicious dishes on the main menu, as well as with Eric’s fabulous nightly specials.
Over Labor Day weekend we went with our daughter’s boyfriend, Matt, to Passports for a beautiful lunch. We were greeted by wonderfully friendly, helpful, and super professional India, Lyla, and Shawna.
As all who have eaten at Passports know, within a few moments after being seated, guests are immediately served fresh from the oven, piping hot popovers. This is always a welcome treat, and was especially so for Liv and Matt that afternoon as they had been hiking all around Coolidge Reservation earlier in the day.
Next we shared a plate of Eric’s fried oysters and without a doubt, I think they are THE BEST FRIED OYSTERS in town! What makes Passport’s oysters so special you may be wondering? Because every single time we go, their fried oysters are fantastically crisp on the outside and sweet-salty fresh oyster perfection on the inside; Passports oysters are never, ever soggy or greasy.
We ALL ordered Eric’s fabulous Lobster Salad Roll and it was divine–big chunks of fresh sweet Captain Joe and Sons succulent lobster meat, surrounded by a lovely array of fresh seasonal veggies (mine is pictured, requested without roll).
Thanks Eric, Lyla, India, and Shawna for welcoming Matt and showing him one of the reasons why we love Gloucester!
Lavazza $12 Per Lb. vs Cafe Bustelo $4.80 Per Lb. Watch Til The End For The Final Verdict.
Lyla and Eric
GMG FOB and Passports Restaurant owner Eric Lorden celebrated his birthday with a wonderful bunch of friends, family, and deluxe impromptu potluck supper at Niles Beach last night. Happy Birthday Eric!!
See Joey’s video posted earlier today of the guys throwing lefty!
India, Susan, Lyla, and Katie
Craig Kimberley with Tyler
Katie, Susan, Lyla, and India
Don’t you just love when inspiration strikes! Last week while shopping at Scalafini Bakery I noticed one of my favorite childhood Easter treats on the shelf for sale. The creative wheels in my head started turning and latter that afternoon I surprised my nieces and their friend Karlee Lorden with this Marshmallow Peeps Easter Egg Surprise! …And for the record it took 10 guesses before the girls guessed the correct filling inside the chocolate egg! They had a great time taking turns guessing during dinner time!
Can you guess what’s inside?
Click see more for the answer and Step-by-Step recipe details… Read more
HOMIES EATIN’ EPISODE TWO PART ONE- WINES FOR STEAK
Our second installment of Homies Eatin’. We get together, cook man meals and learn about wine and food from industry pros. Chef Eric Lorden owner of Passports Restaurant and Toby Pett who has been around a bottle or two of wine will edumacate us in a casual setting.
Part I The Wine-
Toby Pett Selects Wine To Pair With Ribeye Steaks
We performed a blind taste test between three wines Toby picked out-
Wine A-2008 Lang & Reed “214” Cabernet Franc
Wine B-2008 Frank family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine C-2010 Domaine Virginie Thunevin Bordeaux
The wine we all independently agreed to be the finest selection with the steak was purchased at Savour Wine and Cheese
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With a shout out to Kathleen Erickson from Savour Wine and Cheese
Here’s the list-
Friends of The Blog Who Said they Will Take The New Years Day Rocky Neck Plunge-
Nephew BJ (Beasley)
Paul Morrison (and his rubber ducky)
Ed (I’m game for anything) Collard
Donna (I may be small but I can do anything) Ardizzoni
Rocky Neck Plunge Info from Brenda Malloy-
Thought it may be a good idea to give people some directions on exactly where the beach is that The Rocky Neck Plunge takes place. It is called Oak Cove Beach at the end of Stevens Way, neither of which names are commonly known to most, even on Rocky Neck!
When one is driving down Rocky Neck and bears right at Sailor Stan’s restaurant, you take the first street on the left ‘Stevens Way’. This is a short street, 2 houses long, then you must go either right or left on Wonson St. If you were to continue straight you go down the gravel path ahead of you, this leads to Oak Cove Beach where the plunge takes place.
Hope to see a big crowd, one and all are welcome!
In This Video The Rabbit and Jeff Get Up On Gloucester’s Greasy Pole In Their Skivvies For A Test Walk
Good Times In Gloucester As The Sun Was Setting and We Just Managed To Catch The Light
For All The Jeff Schroeder Around The World Coverage In Gloucester So Far On These Pages Click Here
click the pics for the larger versions
Jeff literally showed up around 7:30PM and the sheer number of Gloucester locations that we squeezed in was outstanding. Huge thank you to Mark Ring who took us out on the Stanley Thomas to the Greasy Pole and Mike Tupper who caught the Albino lobster and allowed us to release it for the show(we had been holding it in our tanks so his father in law could see it).
To See The Video On CBS Click this link-
Welcome To Gloucester
To Free The Rare Albino Lobster You Must Walk the Greasy Pole
Jeff Schroeder Walks The Greasy Pole
Your Boy Joey Greets Jeff Schroeder When He Gets Into Gloucester
Captain Mark Ring Brings Us Out To The Pole
Eric Lorden Hosts Dinner at Passports
The Best Of Both Worlds Steak & Lobster At Passports
Walking From Pavillion Beach Through Gloucester’s West End Sal’s Barber Shop & Life Is Good
Missy said the only way I could air this is if I put in the disclaimer that Eric is an asshole.
So there you go-
For the record Missy had no disparaging remarks for the judges of the good Morning Gloucester Holiday Cookie Contest. This is Eric trying to create a controversy that simply did not exist and Missy was most gracious in defeat.
You know who you are. The guys that wear the funny shorts that are way too tight and suck your balls right up into your body cavity. The same guys that wear those funny space man hats and shoes that go clipity clop when you walk. Yeah you-
There’s a biking event coming up that you won’t want to miss- The Great Brewers Gran Prix of Gloucester.
Come watch if for nothing else- the silly outfits!
From the site-
The Great Brewers Gran Prix of Gloucester – or as The Ride Magazine has called it “the New England Nationals” – unfolds at one of the most beautiful race venues in the country: a wind-swept ocean side park in Gloucester MA.
For information on race categories, race schedule and registration as well as lodging, restaurants & local interests, the racers’ section has all the info you need.
racer info »
Here’s some video GMG guest interviewer Eric Lorden got at last year’s race-
The Gran Prix Of Gloucester Interviews With Guest Host Eric Lorden
These wine dinners always sell out. Here’s a heads up for anyone wanting to make a ressie-
Four Course Wine Dinner:
Where: Passports Restaurant, 110 Main Street, Gloucester, MA
When: Thursday, March 26, 7:00 pm
Gino Rossi will share four wines from Burgundy, France. Each wine will
be paired with a course matched by Gino & chef/owner, Eric Lorden. The
cost is $35/person (gratuity not included). Reservations are essential.
Please call 978-281-3680
110 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
Here’s another shot of The Universalist Church Steeple from guest contributor Eric Lorden.
My good buddy Eric (with a c) Lorden just got himself a fancy new Nikon D60. Here is a photo he took the other day of the Universalist Church steeple.
We are currently working on a cooking show with Eric and my wife, the lovely Mrs. We will be sourcing local seafood and other local food products and then Eric will be giving lessons with area guest chefs assisted by The Mrs at our house. look for it within a couple weeks on Cape Ann TV.