Being sold this morning at St. Ann’s Church (70 Pleasant Street) as a fundraiser for Holy Family parish! Come get goodies for your garden and for your tastebuds!
Being sold this morning at St. Ann’s Church (70 Pleasant Street) as a fundraiser for Holy Family parish! Come get goodies for your garden and for your tastebuds!
It’s been a while since I stopped by The Cave, but the other day I received an unexpected cash gift, so I decided to treat myself to something special! Laura always has good things in stock, so I headed over to her Main Street store.
There was someone in front of me in line, and as always I was impressed overhearing (sorry!) Laura help them pick out just the right assortment of cheeses based on flavor, texture, etc. I ended up buying a nice bag of delicacies, including cheeses:
Some were things I’ve tried before, like blueberry honey – fantastic! – and the clothbound cheddar, which is a favorite of mine. I also got two new items: First, cheddar with caramelized onions, which made a perfect companion for dinner (pork baked with onions, potatoes, and other veggies). Then, “Sir Francis” Bacon Chocolate Peanut Brittle! No kidding! Bacon, chocolate, and peanut butter all together. How much goodness can you pack into one package? I had a piece in the evening. It is an amazing combination, but not the sort of thing I’d eat a lot of at once, as the flavors are fairly intense. (That’s good, because it’s not cheap!) I recommend it as a gift for your baconoholic friends! In general, The Cave is a great place to find fine cheeses and other specialty foods. Laura will help you to find something just right!
We can enjoy this weekend with family and friends and delicious food, thanks to generations of men and women who fought, and many of whom died, to protect our freedom. Thanks and prayers for all those who made the sacrifice of laying down their lives for us! May God grant peace and rest to them, and consolation and support to their families!
And for a delicious coffee roll from Mamie’s Kitchen…
On Tuesday, a friend of mine was visiting from New York. He loves good food, so we had planned to head down to one of Gloucester’s fine dining locations on Main Street. We had settled on the Franklin, but when we got down to Main Street, we found out about the broken water main and saw that all the restaurants were closed.
We ended up going down to Rogers Street and trying Latitude 43. I had only been there once before, quite a while ago, and it was the first time for my friend. We were both impressed by the decor as soon as we walked in. The metal sculptures of the octopus, fish, etc., are quite something, as is the mural of the shoreline over the bar!
Our waiter, Zorba Kinigstein, was enthusiastic, friendly, and very knowledgeable about the menu, giving us tantalizing descriptions of how the different dishes are prepared and the different flavors and textures we could expect. My friend ordered the lobster bisque and the pan-seared halibut special; I opted for the clam chowder and the crispy potato sushi roll (tempura asparagus, lettuce, avocado and cream cheese, topped with fried sweet potato and served with a spicy mustard sauce!) which you can see in my photo at the beginning of this post.
Everything was delicious! I’d read a lot about Latitude 43 on GMG before, but I don’t eat out often on my own and usually aim for more inexpensive options to fit my budget. I am glad that circumstances (and my friend’s generosity) led us to eat there!
Fr. John Kiley and I went to Olivia’s at Good Harbor for brunch on Easter. The staff were dressed up for Easter:
I had Grand Marnier French toast with extra crispy bacon, and Fr. John had roasted ham with potatoes and veggies:
Full disclosure: I was invited by the chef. But in all honesty, the food was delicious! And the portion sizes were generous; Fr. Kiley took half of his food home for later, and I had enough bacon to go with all the French toast (three good-sized slices of bread and something like six or seven slices of bacon, nice and crispy as I requested). Apparently word is getting around, because the place was pretty busy!
“Olivia’s by the Sea”, formerly “Amelia’s” (near Good Harbor Beach), is under new management! It has been taken over by the same people who run the new Cape Ann Diner in Brown’s Mall. It has been renovated, and work will continue until the summer. The new layout includes an informal, tray-serving-style dining area, designed to be comfortable for beach-goers:
and a smaller, more formal area where there will be waiter service and a more comprehensive menu.
Outside, the plan is to have an ice cream window on one side of the outdoor eating area. In short, something for everyone!
On Wednesday, the restaurant opened for a breakfast test run “on the house” so that a small number of people could try the food and meet the staff. I was invited, so I showed up for a late breakfast. The menu has a wide selection of scrumptious sounding breakfast food, with reasonable prices (although not as inexpensive as the Cape Ann Diner, which is to be expected for the location and style). I opted for a scrambled egg with bacon, home fries, and beans, with a mug of decaf coffee.
They will be opening fully for business sometime next month. I look forward to it!
The feast of St. Joseph isn’t until the 19th, but the celebrations are getting started! Felicia’s St. Joseph Altar was the first one I have blessed this year, and I was very happy to join the family and friends for a magnificent feast yesterday.
The fish was wonderful, and came in many varieties!
They made literally piles of home-made pasta for the occasion.
Fish was just half of the story; there was a variety of salad and antipasto.
And, of course, there were desserts! I particularly liked these nacho-style cannoli!
And of course, Joey was there with is family, along with several other members of the GMG team. Thanks again, Joey, for inviting me to be a part of the GMG family!
Nothing else needs to be said – DELICIOUS
Peter, Enza and the crew do a wonderful job preparing some of the best dishes in the area. Always a wonderful dining experience at the Causeway Restaurant.
Delicious nachos! @ the Dog Bar. No, I couldn’t finish it all. Well, not the nachos. Next time I’ll try the wings!
I know, it’s Lent… but I gave up other things.
Last Friday, the Cape Ann Museum had one of its “After Hours” events, featuring custom-made music installations in three galleries, refreshments from The Azorian restaurant, a raffle, and an artistic scavenger hunt! A good crowd showed up for the event.
There were lots of familiar faces in the crowd.
Rev. Bret Hays (left), rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Gloucester, was chatting with CAM’s Curatorial Assistant (and talented artist) Leon Doucette (on the right, with the beard, which – alas! – he has since shaved).
Nathan Cohen, who teaches music in Rockport public schools, designed (composed?) the music installation for Gabrielle Barzaghi’s exhibit in one of the galleries. Gabrielle told me she loved what Nathan had put together, and posed for this photo with him and his magnificent beard:
I also ran into Ken Steiner, who I photographed at the museum before while he was playing the bass as part of a jazz trio in the museum courtyard. Here he is with Sue in front of some work by the Folly Cove Designers:
I only noticed afterwards that all three photos I picked to post had men with beards in them… Perhaps my own facial foliage adds a subconscious bias to my selection process?
Any event at the Cape Ann Museum is bound to be interesting, because of the amazing art collection and friendly staff. It’s even better because of the great Cape Ann community that meets there to enjoy the art and each other’s company.
“At the shrine of friendship never say die, let the wine of friendship never run dry” – Les Miserables (Victor Hugo). The wine didn’t run dry last Friday night!
I hope someone ate the wine-soaked fruit afterwards…
What hot food do they sell at The Cave? Caveman chili, of course!
If those ingredients look good to you, you’ll love the way they taste!
This chili is NOT your run-of-the-mill generic chili. I tried some the other day, and found that it has a more well-rounded flavor than most chili I have tried. Maybe it’s the combination of the high-quality meat and the cheese… or the wine! I just know it’s really tasty. Only mildly spicy, which is the way I like it. I’m sure it would also be great with some Tabasco or your favorite hot sauce, if you want more kick to it!
When I stopped in, they were out of their 4-cheese macaroni and cheese, which sounds amazing too. I have to stop by some morning before it sells out and get some! I’m betting that the chili and the mac-and-cheese go together really well.
Get it at The Cave, 44 Main St. in Gloucester. Plus, they always have tasty samples of cheese and/or other goodies available.
To put my money where my mouth is, I had lunch here yesterday!
Right away I was offered coffee or tea, so I opted for a hot cup of decaf tea. The soup options for the day (my first stop practically everywhere) were corn chowder and Southwest chili. They let me try the chili before ordering, and it was very good, but a bit too spicy for me to eat a whole bowl (my stomach is a bit sensitive).
Instead, I ended up getting a Grilled Veggie Wrap on a tomato basil wrap, with potato chips (other options were mashed potatoes and home fries). It was served piping hot!
The waitress was very attentive and friendly. The wrap, chips, and cup of tea, came to $8.29. On my way out, I was also given a coupon for a free 16oz cup of coffee (their special this month: egg nog coffee!) or a jumbo fresh-baked muffin! Here are some of the muffins:
I think I will get one of these muffins with my coupon, maybe on Saturday…
In Brown’s Mall, there is now a new cozy restaurant, the Cape Ann Diner (7 Pleasant Street)! They are currently open 7-2PM, Monday-Saturday (closed on Sunday).
There aren’t big signs outside yet, but they sometimes have a sandwich board outside. The closest entrance/exit is the door between The Hive and the Pleasant Street Tea Co. I came in that way, and chanced upon some friends who were enjoying a delicious lunch at the diner.
I joined them for a cup of hot cocoa (with a mound of whipped cream) – perfect on a cold early winter day.
The prices are very affordable. A bowl of the soup of the day – my favorite item on most menus – is just $2.95! The most expensive item I could find on the lunch menu (all good traditional American fare) is the Burger Bomb – two fresh patties, American cheese, crispy bacon, grilled pepper and onions, bbq sauce and mayo on a grilled seeded bun with lettuce and tomato with choice of potato chips, home fries, or mashed potatoes. All of that for $8.95! That sounds so good, I am almost drooling on my keyboard. No, they didn’t bribe me to say that.
If you go in the front door of Brown’s Mall on Main Street, you get to enjoy the decked halls as you head up one flight of stairs towards the back left.
Up the stairs, into the hall, to the right!
Fred wasn’t kidding when he said the stuffed clams at his gallery on Saturday were a hit. I was there early in the evening and had a couple of the clams (and ‘shrooms etc.) and I wish I could’ve made it back on Sunday for more! If I had known there would be leftovers, I would have eaten a few more on Saturday night…
They taste as good as they look. If you want to try some for yourself, here’s the full info:
While the stuffed clams were a big part of the draw, it’s always great to hang out with Fred and friends and chat. I always meet interesting people at Fred’s events! And, of course, let’s not forget that he sells beautiful art. One of my favorite things is the pottery, which is spread throughout the gallery. This time, I bought a beautiful mug that was on sale, but I have bought a couple other pieces from him as well.
Stop in at Bodin Historic Photo during the upcoming events:
•December 6th, 38th annual Ladies Night. Party starting at 6 pm until whenever. Love it, a crazy night!
• December 13th, 38th annual Men’s Night. Rockin’ at 6 pm until 10. Guys get it done at this event.
• December 14th, 2nd annual GOOD MORNING GLOUCESTER HOLIDAY PARTY, 6 pm until late. Last year, we had so much food that we ran out of table space, but somehow managed. Restaurant owner Mark McDonough brought a plank (not a mere platter) of sushi from Latitude 43. And Joey’s Sista Felicia stepped up with dishes from her Italian kitchen, as she always does (yum). And Joey himself bought 20 Scalifani’s pizzas. Beer was donated by Sam Adams and spirits from Ryan & Woods Distillery. Mayor Kirk was here, as was a significant portion of the City Council. Over the top! Not to be missed!
• December 20th, 1st annual Family and Friends Night. Bring your “home for the holidays” guests in for gallery offerings, free deserts or appetizers at many restaurants, and Carolers strolling Main Street. My theory is that last minute shoppers will get their buying done before panic time. Also a great time to bring the kids.
An evening of festivity Italian style
Dinner & a show featuring the sounds of legendary artists
Barry Mooney and friends
Saturday, October 27 in the Parish Hall of St. Ann’s Church
(Holy Family Parish) – parking next to St. Ann School at the corner of Pleasant and Prospect streets
Dipping oil with Virgilio’s bread
Ziti & Meatballs
Mudiga Chicken (breaded chicken cutlets)
Salad, Rolls & Butter
Italian desserts – Coffee, Tea
Open to all – Tickets cost $20
Proceeds support Holy Family Parish
It’s been a few weeks since I went down to the Farmer’s Market, so I couldn’t resist going yesterday to pick up some treats.
Of course, I had to get some of Ma’s Brand Tomato Marmalade, which now comes in three varieties (soon to be four!) – Original, Organic, and “Jeesum Crow” hot (with Thai peppers). The “fourth-coming” variety is going to be “hoity-toity”, with Gran Marnier! I can’t wait!
Plus, I got some Italian pecorino and parmigiano cheese from Luca Mignogna (of Wolf Meadow Farm). Those cheeses should be interesting with the marmalade (and with just about anything else)! They have the delightful combination of a solid consistency (but not too hard) with fairly salty, mellow, and slightly pungent flavors.
Finally, I also bought an apple tart from A.J. King Artisan Bakery, which was well worth the (already reasonable) price – a nice flaky crust, with well-cooked sweetened fresh apples and a crispy topping of brown sugar, cinnamon, etc… I bought some granola from them the first day of the farmer’s market, and it was really good, so I didn’t hesitate to buy from them again. Among the many treats they offer, are lavender butter cookies. I tried a sample, and I have to admit that I didn’t taste much lavender, but the cookie was delicious!
There are lots of other good things available at the market, including fresh veggies, hand-blown glass, all-natural locally ground nut butters, local honey and beeswax products, real maple syrup cotton candy, and lots more – including hot food ready to eat. Almost all the food sellers have free samples, so you can try before you buy. If I didn’t have to worry about my weight or my wallet, I’d buy some of everything…
On Saturday, Sept, 1, during the Schooner Festival, there was a pot-luck supper and sing-along on the schooner Adventure, docked on Rocky Neck. It was a great time! I was there last year too, and this is the sort of the thing that makes me so glad to be in Gloucester!
If you are a cheese lover, you really should stop by The Cave. You can taste before you buy, so you can find just the right kind of cheese for whatever recipe or occasion you are planning. They also offer wine and cheese tastings on Thursday nights, 5-7PM (they are announced on their Facebook page).
I stopped by several days ago, looking for something not too bland, but not too sharp; something with character, but not overwhelming. I particularly enjoy cheese with soup – either on the side with crackers, or diced or grated into the soup itself. (Some cheeses, especially aged cheeses, are a source of glutamate, which gives the “umami” flavor to things, which I like very much). After trying a couple of options that Laura suggested, I settled on Dubliner cheddar.
As it turns out, I haven’t had soup since I bought this cheese, so last night I opted to try the it with some multi-grain Wheat Thins and Sauvignon Blanc. It really worked!
So, if you are looking for the perfect cheese for your palate, let Laura help you find it. She also sells wine and various artisanal marmalades and spreads at The Cave, so she can undoubtedly help you find the perfect pairing.
If you were not at the Cape Ann Museum Summer “After Hours” event last Thursday, August 16, you really missed out! This museum is one of the under-recognized jewels in Cape Ann’s cultural crown.
There was great music, great food from Alchemy, live music/dance pieces featuring Sara Slifer, Kristen Miller, and 3rian King… and the personable staff and breathtaking art that you can always find at the Cape Ann Museum. Here are some photos.
Their next event is today at 3PM:
Elyssa East, author of Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town, will discuss Hartley’s sixteen-year relationship with Cape Ann and how it changed his life and work. $10 Museum members; $15 nonmembers. Reservations are required; to make a reservation please call (978)283-0455 x16 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Dogtown Lecture series generously sponsored by Cape Ann Savings Bank.
Don’t forget this note from Helen Downey:
Come join us at Shaw’s Plaza, 127 Easter Ave., Gloucester, as the members of Holy Family Parish’s St. Vincent de Paul Society conduct a “Food Drive and Bake Sale” on Saturday, August 11 from 9am to 3pm.
The Society, through dedicated volunteer efforts, services the needs of many families here on Cape Ann. We succeed in doing this only with donations of monetary value or food donations for our emergency pantry.
Shaw’s is a great supporter of community projects and we have been chosen to be the recipient of any profits received through their participation in this event. So come on over and have lunch at the concession or perhaps a home-baked goodie from the many delicious items made by our members. Hope to see you there on August 11th to support our fund raising event.
If you have any questions, contact helen at 978-283-7391. Thank you for your support!