Sailor Stan’s is now open Tuesday through Sunday from 7:00 am until 12:00 or so. Stop in for some of Wayne’s happy blueberry pancakes, awesome omelettes, specials of the day, and new offerings of homemade muffins. Rocky Neck – 1 Wonson Street – the cool funky place filled with local characters, good food and fun.
Mom and I have had breakfast there twice since landing back in the land of miracles, and it is great! So glad to be back on Rocky Neck!
Hobbit House Studio
For your breakfast or early lunch enjoyment – they will also be open Memorial Day.
The Opening Reception for the Magnolia Historical Society Spring Art Show and Sale last evening was a great event with a tremendous turnout, amazing art, great food, in a wonderful space. If you didn’t get there last night or today, you can still make it over tomorrow from noon to 4:00 – 46 Magnolia Ave.
Another great opening was this morning’s opening of Sailor Stan’s Restaurant at 1 Wonson Street on Rocky Neck. Stan’s will be open weekend from 7:30 until noon, with more open days as weather and season dictates. Stop by for breakfast tomorrow – let Sue serve you with a smile after Karen and Wayne create something great for you – and then head over to Magnolia to see the Spring Art Show.
Come by Rocky Neck Saturday or Sunday morning for a great Sailor Stan’s breakfast. Now open weekends at 7:30am.
If you’re there later and see my open flag (I will not be open at 7:30!), stop up and see Hobbit House Studio (right behind Sailor Stan’s at 1 Wonson Street, through the purple door and up the stairs).
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I awoke this morning before dawn to film sunrise and found a sweet gift of Virgilios sauce and amazingly fat rigatonis in the basket on my front porch. I am recovering from a leg operation and my friend Catherine Ryan called at the very moment that I was trying my personal recovery technique–on the floor doing a shoulder stand, with phone in hand–and she really got an earful. Thank you Catherine for listening to me complain about itchy leg braces and hospitals. I gave her the wrong impression though because I can walk and work–I just cannot sit or stand in one place for very long.
After putting the sauce and pasta in the cupboard I left to go film, and once again, the exquisite Great Blue Heron was there at Good Harbor Beach fishing amongst the reeds. For the third morning in a row I have observed a flock of cormorants leaving Salt Island en masse to fish with the gulls in the outgoing surf along the shoreline. I wonder, do they sleep there every night?
Next stop was to a friend’s home on Rocky Neck to drop off peaches from my garden. The light was hitting the Sailor’s Stan’s sunflowers perfectly and I just had to stop and take several snapshots.
By now it’s after 8:00 and I almost always go to yoga on Saturday mornings but because of the stitches, thought better of it and instead went to measure a new border at the Gloucester HarborWalk.
Blooming today at the HarborWalk are asters, goldenrod, annual rudbeckia, and salvia.
Next stop was the farm stand and then on to Pick Your Own at Long Hill in Beverly. In case any pollinators stop by, I prefer to leave my own zinnias growing in the garden and just love the array of colors in the Long Hill garden mix.
All this gorgeousness before 10:00 and I still have a work day if front of me, but it’s been a September Saturday morning I won’t soon forget! For all these gifts, of friendship and of the beauty that surrounds, I am counting my blessings.
5-8:00 Chowder House at Sailor Stan’s with music by Sunny Fishcakes Review. Chowder and Chili $5 cup/$7 bowl. Fortify yourself for a night of art and dancing.
6-8:00 Opening Reception for Audi Souza’s Cape Ann Views and North Shore Gardens exhibit at Khan Studio, 77 Rocky Neck Ave.
6-10:00 Our annual, traditional, seasonal, communal, danceable, funfilled Beaux Arts Ball at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street…come and support your leading community arts organization as we expand our scope and programming for the year-round benefit of all! Meet at the Park at 5:30, party at the Center 6-10 pm, dance & groove to Le Prestige, and bid on many awesome silent auction items including a boat, yes a boat! Costume theme – if you choose to partake – is a VERY WIDELY interpreted ReCycle, RePurpose, ReVive…see you there!!
Tomorrow is Mother’s Day, and if your Mom loves scallops, take her to Sailor Stan’s on Rocky Neck for their special scallop breakfast specials. A fisherman friend just brought them a scad of succulent scallops that will go into scallop eggs benedict and other delights for your Mom’s scallop loving palate. She’ll love you for it. If Mom’s not a fan of scallops, there will be plenty of other non scallop focused breakfast choices available.
Mom not around? Bring yourself and a friend. 7:30 – 1:30
On Sunday, May 5th at 9:00am there will be a pre-season Cindo de Mayo New Digs Blessing Mug Up at my new Rocky Neck digs overlooking Smiths Cove, up the stairs at 1 Wonson Street (behind Sailor Stan’s – the peach house across from Side Street Gallery and sculpture garden). There will be coffee, tea and huevos rellenos (if I don’t mess them up) and whatever anyone cares to bring along to share (a batch of margaritas would be ok). Come by and bless my new place with your presence and energy.
Also, from 7:30-12:00 that morning, Sailor Stan’s will be offering muchos especiales for Cinco de Mayo including: Shrimp Vera Cruz Omelette, Mexican Omelette (with Chorizo cheese and chilis), Chili Cheese Omelette, Breakfast Burrito (scrambled, diced ham and salsa), Huevos Rancheros, Gold Rush (spicy Benedict on cornbread), and Avocado Bacon Omelette (plus their full Breakfast Menu). So if you like, come early and hungry, have breakfast at Sailor Stan’s and then come round back for Mug Up, or vice versa.
Let’s get spicy and kick off the season, and fill up my new place with the great energy of Rocky Neck and GMG.
Eric Kaplan of Rocky Neck and Chelmsford was the winner of the Sailor Stan’s For the Love of Soup Competition and $25 Sailor Stan’s gift certificate, with his scrumptous mushroom soup made with cashew paste, soy milk, curry and tons of mushrooms. Additional entries included Lisa van Sand’s gazpacho (my personal favorite which came in 2nd), Rick’s Gumbo Ya Ya which came in 3rd, Ian Crown’s famous mushroom soup, Karen’s Kovis (kale and linguisa), Wayne’s French onion, Sailor Stan’s fish chowder and my spicy shrimp and corn chowder. Participants got to enjoy a diverse selection of delicious soups, salad, fresh bread and assorted choice of beverages, and had a great time while being challenged to pick a favorite – all for the benefit of the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck.
On a separate culinary note, keep an eye out for Lisa van Sand’s amazingly decadent treats which will soon be carried at the Last Stop, including her Oh My God Cake. A number of us tried a piece of it yesterday, not knowing in advance what it was called, and all had the exact same response: “Oh My God!” It is to die for, as is her white chocolate and chai cake.
My mom, Jean Lefavour, came to visit for a couple of days and got to kick up her heels at the dance at the Rocky Neck Center last night, and have breakfast at Sailor Stan’s this morning. We had the McStan’s breakfast sandwiches, which were delicious.
Don’t forget, tomorrow from 3:00-5:00 be at Sailor Stan’s for the Love of Soup Best of Cape Ann Soup Competition, with proceeds to benefit the Center at Rocky Neck. There is still room for a few more soup entries, if you have a great soup you’d like to enter into the competition. If so, email EJ at email@example.com with your name and type of soup you’re entering. For soup lovers, this is going to be a special treat, and it is still chilly enough to really enjoy a great variety of soups made by the best local soup makers. Winner gets a $25 gift certificate to Sailor Stan’s.
Thinking about entering the Sailor Stan’s First Annual Invitational Soup’s On Best of Cape Ann Soup Competition this Sunday but don’t know what kind of soup to make? Check out this site: http://glorioussouprecipes.com/?refsrc=email. Of course, you don’t have to enter a soup in the competition to be part of this delicious fundraiser for the Center at Rocky Neck – you can just come enjoy and vote for the soups others have made. I picked up the ingredients for my souper special soup yesterday.
Details: Sunday, April 21 from 3:00-5:00pm, Sailor Stan’s First Annual Invitational Soup’s On – Best of Cape Ann Soup Competition with proceeds to benefit the Rocky Neck Cultural Center. $12 includes samples of all the entries plus fresh bread and a beverage, $5 for children under 12. Entrants eat for free and get to check out their competition.
If you make a great soup that you would like to have included in the competition, email EJ at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and the type of soup you will bring. The creator of the winning soup will win a $25 gift certificate to Sailor Stan’s, in addition to the worldwide acclaim and notoriety of being the best soup maker on Cape Ann. Fun, delicious, heart and tummy-warming, and all for a good cause.
And while you’re here, make sure you stop by the Center and enjoy the Best of Rocky Neck show currently on exhibit.
“Eat soup first and eat it last,
and live to till a hundred years be passed”
Do you love soup? Do you have a great soup recipe? Do you want to help support the Rocky Neck Cultural Center? Then you don’t want to miss this.
On Sunday, April 21 from 3:00-5:00pm, mark your calendars for Sailor Stan’s First Annual Invitational Soup’s On – Best of Cape Ann Soup Competition with proceeds to benefit the Rocky Neck Cultural Center.
If you make a great soup that you would like to have included in the competition, email me at email@example.com with your name and the type of soup you will bring. Entries will be limited to 14 unique soups, including Karen Roberts’ and my own special secret recipes, so there is room for 12 additional entries. We want to be able to offer a variety of unique soups for people to enjoy and vote for, so come up with something other than chicken, unless you know you make the best damn chicken soup ever. The creator of the winning soup will win a $25 gift certificate to Sailor Stan’s, in addition to the worldwide acclaim and notoriety of being the best soup maker on Cape Ann. Fun, delicious, heart and tummy-warming, and all for a good cause.
Those who just love to eat soup, show up at Sailor Stan’s with $12 in hand ($5 for children under 12), enjoy soup, fresh bread and a beverage to your heart’s and belly’s delight, cast your vote for your favorite soup, and help support the Cultural Center. And while you’re here, make sure you stop by the Center and enjoy the Best of Rocky Neck show currently on exhibit.
P.S. I make a darn good soup, and Karen is the “Soup Nazi”, so bring on the competition! I’m talkin to you, Sista Felicia!
Rare sighting of The Gloucester Boyz on Rocky Neck by Sailor Stan’s. They wanted their identities to remain secret. Does anyone know who they are?
In case you didn’t know, Sailor Stan’s is open for breakfast Saturday and Sunday mornings from 7:30 until 11:30-12:00. As season starts coming in, they will be open more mornings. Sailor Stan’s is one of the coolest most colorful artsy spots on Cape Ann, which always reminds me of Key West. Karen and Wayne are the nicest people, and will cook you a special breakfast treat. Wayne has a great display of his bold paintings on display, so your eyes as well as your mouth will be busy.