In this day and age would it be safe to say that 97% of all restaurant leftovers get reheated in  a microwave?

So why in the world do restaurants use aluminum to-go containers that will cause sparks to fly if you try to reheat them? 

Makes absolutely no sense to me.  You know who uses the best to-go containers?  Chipolte.  It’s a heavy duty paper dish that has some type of lamination that doesn’t make it soggy.  Totally holds up and is totally microwavable and I assume very recyclable.

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I wonder what the thought process is for restaurateurs.  Is it 100% based on low cost?  Is it based on ease of storage in their space?  

Not as terrible a to-go option as the styrofoam soggy fry containers but still not optimal.


Posted on October 25, 2011 by Joey C

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Green Life

The fourth year of the GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Video Series where we walk up and down Main Street and try to capture as many retailers as we can and highlight their best gift ideas one a day every day leading up to Christmas.


2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Harbor Goods Life Is Good Store
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Jewels Of Gloucester
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- G33K
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Dogtown Books
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Larsens
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Main Street Art and Antiques
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- The Dress Code
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- The Weathervane
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Menage Gallery
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- House of The Raven
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Village Silversmith
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Toodeloos
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series Bananas
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Nelsons
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series Alexandras Bread Co
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series Lone Gull
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series Kids Unlimited
2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Harbor Loop Gifts
2012 Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Pleasant Street Tea and Coffee Co

A Short Dissertation

The ability to modify an image that the camera produces has been an integral part of the art of photography from its earliest days. Allowing more light to “burn” through the negative onto the chemically treated paper  produced a darker image. Interfering with that light, or “dodging,” produced a lighter image. These techniques are often applied to selected portions of the image to produce the unique effect desired by the photographer.

In addition to burning and dodging, traditional film photographers use a variety of filters when making the exposure to capture what they see as important components of the image. For example, in a black and white shot, a red filter on the camera will produce a dramatically darkened blue sky and will add dazzling contrast with white clouds.

Other techniques such as push processing, cross processing, selection of specialized films to produce vivid colors or dramatic grain, toning, high key or low key exposures, artificial vignetting and masking were all found in the photographer’s tool bag.

Our greatest practitioners of the art were all well versed in the use of these tools. One of the most iconic images of the 20th century is “Monolith, The Face of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California 1927” by Ansel Adams.

“I saw the photograph as a brooding form, with deep shadows and a distant sharp white peak against a dark sky,” Adams later said. To achieve that image he used a red filter when making the exposure and in the darkroom he was able to “apply the numerous controls of the craft in precise ways that contribute to achieving the desired result. *  *  * I can still recall the excitement of seeing the visualization ‘come true’ when I removed the plate from the fixing bath for examination. The desired values were all there in their beautiful negative interpretation. This was one of the most exciting moments of my photographic career,” he said.

These days most photography enthusiasts no longer spend long hours in the “wet” darkroom to see our “visualizations come true.” The digital equivalents of all of the traditional tools are a keystroke away. The trick, now as then, is to learn how to use them artfully and effectively  to produce images that are true to the photographer’s vision and that evoke emotional or esthetic responses from those who view them.

Monolith, The Face of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California 1927” by Ansel Adams.

Pilot Whale Washes Up On Long Beach Rockport Photos

Hey, Joe.  Poser lobsterman here.  Thought you might be interested in these pictures I took this morning – a pilot whale washed up on long beach.


You may remember Ben from his brief stint as a lobsterman aboard Tommy Burns’ Arethusa and the Cartoon That Was Mad AboutHis Experience-



Love Christmas music or not, lots of great live music choices in Gloucester tonight

Those of you who like Christmas music are in luck tonight.  Fly Amero is signing Christmas songs with his brother J.B. and Allen Estes at the Rhumbline tonight starting at 8pm.

Then catch the Local Music Seen with Allen Estes 2011 Christmas Special at 11pm on Cape Ann TV Channel 12 (originally aired last year) featuring Dan King, Daisy Nell & Capt. Stan, Ann Marie, Bradley Royds, Inge Berge, Chelsea Berry, Dave Sag, Courtney Reid and Allen’s son Dylan Estes.  Here’s a video of many of the performers singing Santa Claus is Coming to Town. (see more air times here)

Of course, there’s lots of other excellent music in town (not necessarily Christmas — see full schedule here), including Dennis Monagle with Marina Evans, Joe Cardoza and Dave Brown at Minglewood Tavern starting at 9pm.

Thank you Craig Kimberley!

Last week Craig Kimberley spent a morning editing and assisting me with my Black Swallowtail film project.  It’s been great getting to know Craig and I am feeling very blessed that he is interested in working on my project. Because of his knowledge and expertise, I know my film is going to be more beautiful than ever I imagined. Thank you Craig.

Hannah, Craig Kimberly, Johnny MacHannah and Craig Kimberley and John McElhenny

Good Morning Gloucester contributor Craig moved to Gloucester nearly a year ago. His beautiful wife Hannah followed six months later as she was finishing her doctoral degree in English from Old Dominion University in Virginia. Hannah was just recently hired for her first professional writing job.

Craig is a freelance Director, DP, and Editor. He is currently working on Trev Gowdy’s Monster Fish on the Outdoor Channel as the Director, Editor, and Director of Photography. He is also currently creating a cooking show starring Tony Carbone. This is Craig and Hannah’s first Christmas in Gloucester together. Welcome!

More about Craig and several of the great videos he has shot for Good Morning Gloucester ~

Please Welcome New GMG Contributor Craig Kimberly- St Peter’s Fiesta Parade Video and More

Behind the Scenes Look at What it Takes to Create the “Most Creative” Horribles Float

Video Saturday 2012 Greasy Pole Champion – Nick Avelis Video from Craig Kimberley

Video Sunday 2012 Greasy Pole Champion Stew McGillivray In HD and Slow Motion Video By Our Boy Craig Kimberley

Holiday Song of the Day ~ Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas”

Thank you everyone for sharing your favorite Christmas songs. Your comments inspired the idea to post a “Holiday Song of the Day.” Please keep your favorites coming!

Pat commented that her favorite is Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas,” written by Irivng Berlin for the film “Holiday Inn.” You may recall the Happy Thanksgiving video that we made at the dock featuring the song “Plenty to be Thankful For,” which was also written for “Holiday Inn.” I adore this film and if you have never seen it, you owe it to yourself and your loved one(s) to make a movie night of it!

Bing Crosby and Marjorie Reynolds singing what was to become the beloved holiday classic, “White Christmas.”

From the colorized version of “Holiday Inn.” See below for clips from the original black and white version.

New Feature: GMG Reader Questions

Often times folks will email me and ask questions about the area.  While I may be qualified to answer, I reckon the power of a whole GMG community answering the questions will give much better answers.  There are often experts on subjects lurking out there that may have never posted a comment on a post.  Maybe this will draw them out of their dark corners and get them involved with our silly blog.

First up a question from SJ Intingaro-

Joey:  Would like to know of a good place to dine Xmass eve. Italian food preferred.

I’m not sure if they are open but when I think Italian for dinner in Gloucester I think La Trattoria.  You should call to be sure that they are open on Christmas Eve though-


La Trattoria and Pizzeria

64 Main St. Gloucester, MA 01930


Christmas Memories From 83 Year Old Virginia (Frontiero) McKinnon

My childhood Christmas memories were mostly of great anticipation of thinking Christmas would never come. Putting up the Christmas tree. Baking our traditional “cucidatie” Christmas cookies. Mixing the dough and making the filling from using the meat grinder to grind up the figs and raisins, chopping the walnuts, then mixing the ingredients for the filling adding cinnamon, orange zest and black pepper. We would roll the dough into little strips and put some filling in the middle, then close and roll strips, encasing the filling.  After the cookies were baked we would cut the rolls into pieces diagonally and frost them, adding colored sprinkles.

Early memories of Christmas dinner were at my maternal Piscitello grandmother ’s kitchen, just downstairs from where I lived. Long tables were set up and a long bench against the wall. All the kids sat on the bench, which could hold a lot of kids. I now marvel of how so many people could fit in that room. My Dad had a saying in Italian, which translated meant  “A home could hold as many people, as the owner cared to invite.“ My Nana was a wonderful cook and the table was set with all our Italian favorites. This meal was a banquet. My Nana never sat down to enjoy dinner with us. She was always too busy serving everyone, making sure everyone had enough to eat. Then she would sit down to have her meal, when we all finished eating. I marveled at the joy she emanated in serving everyone. wishing us all to be happy.

One Christmas eve stands out in my memory. I was about seven years old. My Dad returned from a fishing trip. He would always whistle as he climbed the stairs two short blows followed by a long whistle. My heart would jump with joy, when I heard this whistle, as Dad was home again safe and sound and I would greet him with a big hug. When Dad opened the door he threw in his hat and asked permission to enter, as he said they had a “broker” The crew had not caught enough fish to cover expensed and he got no money. We all hugged and kissed him and were happy he was home for Christmas. That evening I was awakened by my parents quarreling. I remember my Dad saying he was going to his father to borrow $5.00 for Christmas gifts, he had no money and no gifts to put under our tree. My mother was so embarrassed to have him ask anyone for money. Christmas morning I found a little doll for me, a fire truck for my brother, Paul and a musical doll cradle for my little sister, Rosalie  under the Christmas tree. We were all so happy with our gifts. My parents were so in love and we were loved and Christmas was love.

In my teenage years I began to attend the grown-up gatherings at my grandparent’s home. They moved from Gould Court to Pine St. A gate cut into the fence that separated both houses. When my uncles were home from fishing in the evening my family would gather in the basement, street level kitchen around a long table, with a bench against the wall. Nightly we would start paying cards around the first of December. We played poker for nickels and if anyone went “broke” the winning player would give them some change to continue playing. We would have dessert and snacks, including a dish of  pumpkin seeds “semense” and dried chick peas “garlia”, bread and olives  and lots of cookies.,

The day before Christmas my Nana and my aunts would spend all day cooking. First fish dishes, as we did not eat meat before attending midnight Mass. My Nana made a kind of fried  dough that was so light and delicious. She called them “spengie” She put flakes of dried cod fish and I believe she used some baking soda, to make the dough so light. No one ever asked her for the recipe or could ever copy this dish. Her table was filled with shrimp, octopus, salted cod fish “bacala,” all kind of olives, salads, and homemade bread. After dinner we would play cards until it was time for Midnight Mass. After Mass we all walked back to my Nana’s house and she would have all the meat dishes ready for us to enjoy. We had delicious homemade pasta and meatballs, “meduga” steak, sausages, eggplant and lots of homemade pastry. so many delicious foods and lots of deserts, including cookies and a large cassada cake with layers of pudding, whipped cream, rum  and fruit. We all had to taste my grandfather’s home made wine. He also made lighter drinks called anisette and rosollio. These were ladies drinks. We would then play cards again until at lease 2 am. Some of my relatives stayed all night. My Nana would say “Norte Natale” night of Christmas, when no one slept. How I miss these wonderful happy times, my wonderful family, my grandparents. mom, dad, aunts, uncles and cousins all together having a good time. Everyone was so happy at this wonderful celebration of Christmas. Our gathering and card games continued until little Christmas, January 7th, holy day of the Ephany, when Christmas is celebrated in Italy. My Nana related that this was the day as a child  she received her gifts, which were brought by the “bifana.” The little old women who is still looking for the Christ Child and brings His gifts to everyone in her native Italy. 

This family tradition continued for many years.  I attended until I was married, then I was.
busy with my own family and new traditions with my Irish husband.
                                Virginia (Frontiero) McKinnon   

St. Ann School Christmas Concert

All are welcome to join us for our annual
St. Ann School Christmas Concert!

It will be held on Thursday, December 20 at 1:00 pm in St. Ann Church
(60 Prospect St. in Gloucester).  

The children have been working very hard to prepare for this year’s concert, which includes many traditional Christmas carols.

We hope to see you there!

Thank you,

Michele Butler, Principal of St. Ann School

Pet of the Week-Chester

chester, pet of the week, cape ann animal aid

My name is Chester.  I am a six-month-old Beagle mix.  I am an affectionate and playful pup who is so excited about joining a family.  If you would like to learn more about me, please visit www.CapeAnnAnimalAid.com  or stop by the Cape Ann Animal Aid, located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, Four Paws Lane, Gloucester.   If you are up to the challenge of a new pup like me and the joy I can bring your home. Don’t wait – visit me as soon as possible.

Remember – it is okay when you visit to bring toys for shelter animals and that includes me, CHESTER!

2012 GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Series- Island Art and Hobby

The fourth year of the GMG Downtown Gloucester Holiday Gift Video Series where we walk up and down Main Street and try to capture as many retailers as we can and highlight their best gift ideas one a day every day leading up to Christmas.


Community Photo 12/19/12

Joey, even in Florida there is a crab trap tree (I didn’t take this pic).  Gloucester’s tree is still tops though.  Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Cheers, Sharon St Clair-King


Bird pictures (Eastern Screech Owl | Red Morph)

Hi Joey,

Thank you for posting the Dolphin video last week. I hadn’t realized that the Gloucester Times had done a story until I saw it on GMG.

I was taking my dogs out for a bathroom break last night around 10 PM in heavy drizzle, when I noticed this little guy in the Evergreen next to our driveway.

We live in Bayview

Michael J Oppelt

Hi Joey-

because the the waves on the Back Shore were showing some muscle this afternoon!

Best-Janet Rice

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Andrea Holbrook from The Gloucester Daily Times Reports Equiptment From The Foxy Lady II Found in Saugus and Hull

Click the link below for the entire story-


December 19, 2012

Equipment from Foxy Lady II found in Saugus, Hull

By Andrea Holbrook

A rescue pod, marked Foxy Lady II on the side, was discovered in a Saugus marsh Tuesday evening shortly before 5, around the same time the U.S. Coast Guard was calling off the night’s search for the missing Gloucester-based scalloper and its crew of two.

Emergency responders recovered the hard-shelled lifeboat, which Saugus police believe may be tied to the Foxy Lady II, after receiving a call from a resident about a vessel in a waterway of the Saugus River, according to Saugus Lt. Ronald Giorgetti.

For the entire story from Andrea Holbrook click here

Paul Frontiero Photo-

Community Stuff 12/19/12

Free Diabetes Screening & Blood Pressure Screening at Rose Baker Senior Center

Addison Gilbert Hospital will conduct a free Diabetes Screening and Blood Pressure Screening at the Rose Baker Senior Center , Six Manuel F. Lewis Street, Gloucester, on Wednesday, January 16 from 10 a.m. – 12 Noon. Fasting is not required. There is no fee. The diabetes screening will be conducted by Certified Diabetes Educator Lynn O’Reilly, MS, RD, LDN, CDE and the blood pressure screening will be conducted by Jennifer Garafola, Clinical Exercise Physiologist.

To arrange for an appointment, please call the reception desk at the Rose Baker Senior Center at 978 281-9765 and walk-in guests are also welcome.

New Local Business Unwind Hair and Makeup


Unwind Hair & Makeup is a new 100% vegan hair salon located at 17 Duncan Street. Owner, Jenna Frontiero is proud to have opened a business in the Old Esler Building, once owned by her late grandfather, Michael Feldman. 

Unwind is an exclusive Pureology serious color care salon which is 100% vegan and derived from organic botanicals.  Because we at Unwind are striving to help create environmental and personal awareness we also carry a Amonia-free, oil based, odorless color line called INOA. " With many people having allergies to hair color and beauty products these days, I wanted to be able to offer color and other hair services with as little chemicals as possible." -Jenna

Our goal is not only to provide exceptional services but we are also dedicated to giving back to the community.  We offer discounted services to family’s in the area who have children with special needs.  We look forward to continuing to hold events at the salon where we can donate proceeds to charities we are passionate about. In October, Jenna and her team offered $5 pink hair extensions for Breast Cancer Awareness month.  With the response so overwhelming, we decided to continue to host different events where we could do similar offerings.  

From the moment you step through the door, Unwind staff members want you to be able to come in and relax from everyday stresses.  In doing so, we offer a complimentary hair and scalp massage before services begin.

Unwind can be contacted via email at unwindhairandmakeup@gmail.com, or on our website at www.unwindhair.com.  As well as specials and offerings on our facebook page: Unwind Hair.  Or simply stopping on by downtown Gloucester at 17 Duncan Street.  Please feel free to call with any other questions. 978-282-1900

Mamie’s Kitchen End Of The World Party! 12/22/12

Hey Joey,
With all this talk about the Mayan calendar and the “world ending”
what better way than to celebrate a “new beginning” than with a party!
Join us this Saturday for raffles and prizes! Glosta Joe will brewin’ up their coffee!
Find us on Facebook now, help us name specials on our menu and get a free breakfast if yours is chosen!
Lot’s of celebration to be had!
Mamie’s Kitchen