GloucesterCast 229 With David Calvo, Kim Smith, Randy Oneil and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 6/18/17

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Topics Include:

Wonder Woman IS A Must See
Parade Of Sails
GMG/Ryan and Wood Plus 90 Cigars Rum and Cigar Sail On The Thomas E Lannon Is Set For July 20th.
Parking- Would It Be Bad To Put Up A Sign That Reads “Pull All The Way Up and Don’t Park Like An Asshole”
David Calvo Wood Carving  and Craft Workshops- For Class Schedules
Swan and Plover Update
Alice Gardner Book Signing At The Library
Laura Ventimiglia “Nonna, What is St Peter’s Fiesta”
The Effect at Gloucester Stage
Butterfly Superhero Plants
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Joey often uses the expression “God’s Country” when describing East Gloucester, not only because of the beauty that surrounds but because of the wonderful community of East Gloucester friends. I came home to find in my mail basket three jars of Dan Allen’s amazingly delicious ‘Peace, Love, and Honey,’ made by honey bees gathering nectar in his rambling and rambunctiously gloious garden. At Dan’s garden, you’ll find an exquisite array of Massachusetts native flowering trees and shrubs, as well as cultivated herbs, fruit trees, vegetables, flowers, and vines, all of which have made his golden yellow honey rich with a unique complexity of flavors and fragrance. At our home, we eat honey nearly everyday, on toast, in tea, and I love to cook with it. Dan’s is simply the best I have ever tasted.

Michelle, Dan’s thirteen year old daughter, designed the new labels – Peace, Love, and Honey

Dan is currently selling honey directly to friends and will hand deliver to your doorstep. To order your honey, email Dan at


Post by Len Burgess, photo by Matt Frank.

“Roseway” and “Adventure” right behind the Coast Guard’s “Eagle” to start the Sail Boston parade Saturday.

Sail Boston 2017

Headed to Boston early yesterday morning to find a spot to watch the Parade of Sails which did not disappoint despite the early fog and 1 hour delay!   It took quite a while for the boats to reach my location on the Seaport but it was worth the wait.   The boats are docked in various points of Boston Harbor through Wednesday night and you can get information on the boats, their locations and visiting hours at the Sail Boston website.  Here’s just a sampling of my hundreds of pics.   (PS…Happy Father’s Day to all the GMG Dad’s today!)  Enjoy!

Left to right…Roseway, Lannon, Eagle & Adventure


Adventure & Roseway


American Eagle


Pride of Baltimore




Picton Castle


Union with Fame in front

In All The Years Of Reading Dumb “Best Lobster Roll” Articles I’ve Never Seen Such An Abortion As The One Laurie Wilson Wrote For Open Table

It’s been 4 years.  People always send me photos or links to articles that have terribly bastardized lobster rolls and I’ve been on hiatus for several years, but the article by Laurie Wilson brought me out retirement from the stupid lobster roll review shaming game.

It’s THAT bad.

First a refresher course before we get to the silliness in Laurie Wilson’s Top Lobster Roll article hack job.


Posted on June 3, 2013 by Joey C

I’m putting out this Lobster Roll PSA at the beginning of this lobster season to save chefs from making the horrible dastardly crimes against lobsterdom that so many make each year when they try to go all fancy with their lobster rolls.

One of our lobstermen, Dave Jewell’s boat was originally christened as the KISS.  Chuck Kersey built it and explained the meaning behind the name-

KISSKeep. It. Simple. Stupid.

What I will suggest to you is to take the name of the lobster boat which Chuck Kersey christened and apply it to your lobster rolls.

You don’t want to end up in the list of lobster roll debacles like the ones we’ve chronicled through the years here on GMG-


Bastardized Lobster Roll on Tap Today At Gloucester Gourmet

Posted on June 26, 2012 by Joey C


What Is Wrong With People???? Another Lobster Roll Disaster From Some Broads In California

Posted on July 11, 2011 by Joey C

The Broads Out In California Try To Defend The Undefendable

Posted on August 16, 2011 by Joey C

What Does a $50 Lobster Roll Look Like???????

Posted on December 21, 2010 by patrickr

Grandma Ethel Needs To Put Down the Crack Pipe

Posted on July 19, 2011 by Joey C


Posted on June 25, 2009 by Joey C


Roll Call: Top Lobster Rolls to Celebrate National Lobster Day


Avenue Restaurant, Long Branch, New Jersey

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Order the lobster roll and you’ll get fresh lobster with tomato, spicy mayo, oranges, and arugula, all crowning a brioche bun.

In all my years I’ve never seen such an unmitigated disaster of what some people call a lobster roll as this one that Laurie Wilson puts in her Top Lobster Rolls In The Country article.  Tomato?  Really??? Oranges???? Arugula????  OMG.  Laurie Wilson you have insulted your readership with this nonsense.


Baptiste & Bottle, Chicago, Illinois

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Chef James Lintelmann’s chunky lobster roll keeps things interesting with a little fruit. The roll is created with housemade crème fraîche, fine herbs, shallots, chopped celery, and honey crisp apple.

I’m not even sure where to start here.   Normally it’s easy to decide where to hammer the outrageousness but there’s so much going wrong here it’s hard to decide which to list first.  I guess I’ll start by saying that when looking straight down at a lobster roll if you can’t optically distinguish anything at all resembling lobster then you automatically start out with a failing grade and can only go down from there.  But we can’t let the whole “Fruit” thing slide.  You’ve all heard the phrase “Don’t fruit your beer”.  I really didn’t think we had to spell it out for the Foodies (and lets be honest, is there anyone that refers to themselves as a foodie that you can talk to for more than three minutes before you want to kill yourself from pretentiousness overload), but let me spell it out anyway-



Kingbird at the Watergate Hotel, Washington, D.C.
It’s a New England Lobster roll — with a twist. This ocean treat is created with yuzu mayonnaise, and scallions on a brioche bun along with classic pommes frites

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Uhmmm Kingbird at The Watergate Hotel, how bout you rename this yuzu mayonnaise roll with a hint of lobster?

You have to go 8 deep on her list before you get to a restaurant location that is a place where lobster catching is a staple of a community.

Baptiste & Bottle, Chicago, Illinois

Avenue Restaurant, Long Branch, New Jersey

Blue Island Oyster Bar & Seafood, Denver, Colorado

Cull & Pistol Oyster Bar, New York, New York

Vince Young Steakhouse, Austin, Texas

Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood Restaurant, Las Vegas, Nevada

Ways & Means Oyster House, Huntington Beach, California

Paddlefish, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

The Hourly Oyster House, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Siena Tavern, Chicago, Illinois

View, Oakdale, New York

Kingbird at the Watergate Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Striper’s, Kennebunkport, Maine

This lady has to be a Yankees fan, no?

To list Chicago, New Jersey, Denver, New York, Austin Texas, Las Vegas, Huntington Beach and Lake Buena Vista before you even get to a Maine or Massachusetts based joint, you gotta be out of your foodie mind.   Don’t they revoke your foodie card if you’re not pushing farm to table in every article you write?  This is food critic blasphemy in this, the Golden Age of Pretentious Food Writing.

Ed Collard put it best after listening to me rant about this article while creating this blog post.  Ed says- “The poor lobster already died once, why are you killing it again?

May god have mercy on your soul Laurie Wilson.  I don’t know how you sleep at night.

Would I Be Wrong To Post This Sign In My driveway?

So at the new homestead we have a skinny driveway that opens up to a space where you can easily park four cars with the teeny tiniest amount of courtesy and common sense.  You can clearly see the open space in front of you where you can park three side by side and one in the corner allowing everyone easy access to come and go as they please.


I’d say 5 times out of 10 people that are visiting or doing work pull right to the skinniest part of the driveway and park, making it impossible for anyone parked respectfully inside of them to leave.  Equally if not more frustrating, if someone is coming home they will have to block the person that parked like an asshole in, and then have to go back out to move the car to let them out.

So after having said that, do you think it’s entirely inappropriate to put up this sign right at the skinniest part of the driveway?

BTW Frankie Gwynne says it’s a total power move to park like that big of a dickhead