Discover Gloucester’s next Mug Up Meeting is next Thursday, April 26, 8:30AM at Heath’s Tea Room, 43 South Street in Rockport. Owners Fatima & Brian Heath, their daughter Kim and her husband Mike O’Donnell will be serving up freshly baked scones and a hot cuppa in their very lovely setting while we chat about "Becoming Visitor Ready and Visual Intrusions"- important topics as we jump into the season. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
25 Gloucester tourism folks met with the City Council’s Ordinance & Administration sub-committee at City Hall on Tuesday evening for a workshop on the new Tourism Commission ordinance. Great brainstorming, lots of information exchanged- all good, forward motion. An ad hoc committee will work on the actual writing of the new ordinance- stay tuned!
And- Save this date: May 10, 6PM, for the 2012 Discover Gloucester Visitor Guide debut party, being held at the new Castle Manor Inn on Essex Avenue. Both the new Visitor Guide and the Castle Manor Inn look fabulous- can’t wait for you to see them!
About two weeks ago I was out for a ride with my husband. He wanted to chill before going back to work. So, around the back shore we went to take in the scenery. We went to check on The Beauport Museum but they were not open. We did go back when they were and it was excellent. A while later, it was time to eat and we were going through Rockport and I suggested Heath’s Tea room. The rest is history. Funny, I didn’t think that a man would be interested in such a place but I was proven wrong. The decor is elegant and it makes you feel like you are somewhere in England. The service is so personable. When we got there, Fatima greeted us and showed us to our table.
The waitress came and took our order. I had the blueberry tea; it was mild and delicious. Take note of the photos and check out the sugar cube tongs and china- fancy! I could not stop looking around the room. This time had to be documented with photos and so it was. I ordered Shepherd’s Pie. It was so good and the portion was to much for me that I had to take about half of it home. It was so funny, Mike came up and asked me if anything was wrong. I said,yes, it was terrible. I was joking! No way could I eat all that at once. It was the best I ever had in my life. Real succulent beef chunks. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. My husband had the turkey sandwich. Let me tell you, that was tantalization for the taste buds, and that’s what I am having next time I go back, for sure. We shared a cranberry walnut scone with chocolate drizzle and a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side for dessert. What a way to top off a meal! Melt in your mouth!
Fatima and her daughter Kim were at another table, and asked if we wanted to go see Mike in the kitchen. I said sure, and my husband was interested in the chef’s side of it. Mike is a dear friend who has a band called Mike O’Connell and The Backstabbers. I love them. Check ‘em out. http://www.myspace.com/mikeoconnellmusic He writes some pretty mean songs and the band’s covers are unreal. They are playing at Lat 43 Thursday night, June 9th.
Ok, back to Heath’s. Mike was so happy to have us he even put on his chef’s jacket. The refrigerator has Mike’s heros on it. Sometime if you are lucky you can hear Mike imitating them. Hey Moe and a Yuk, yuk, yuk!
Here is the sideshow. http://www.flickr.com/photos/joey_grl/sets/72157626793853325/show/