Good Harbor Marsh Under Storm Surge Panorama From Bill O’Connor

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Hi Joe,

While we were down at Good Harbor Beach just before high tide during the storm today, I took a series of photos of the incoming surge on the marsh side of the beach and stitched them together.  While storms like these bring destruction and hassle for us humans, the surge is a form of renewal for the marsh habitat.  This is rather large photo so click through to see the high resolution version!

Enjoy~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid

By the way Bill and his wife Kelly are the creators of North Shore Kid, our pals who are nominated for a CBS Boston Most Valuable Blogger Award In The Lifestyle and Family Category you can vote for them here

and don’t forget the filthy hos  Restaurant Critiques extraordinaire from North Shore Dish who were nominated in the Dining/Entertainment Category

You can vote for them here

and of course you can always toss a vote our way if you think we are worthy in the everything else category.  You can Vote for GMG here

The rules for the voting state that you can vote once a day every day ‘til the 9th of September.

We’re Not The Only North Shore Folks Nominated For A CBS Boston Most Valuable Blogger Award

Very cool! CBS Boston’s Most Valuable Blogger In The Everything Else Category

Here’s a link to the site-image

Here are the rules-

Voting for Finalists will be limited to one vote per day.

You can Vote for GMG here

Our Buddies North Shore Dish was nominated in the Dining/Entertainment Category

You can vote for them here

and North Shore Kid was nominated in the Lifestyle and Family Category you can vote for them here

Mandrake- The Blog Off With North Shore Dish

GMG contributor and all around great guy Patrick Ryan came up with an idea for a Blog Off with the girls from North Shore Dish.

The premise was simple- The North Shore Dish gals and Patrick and I  go out to a restaurant which was geographically neutral to our respective home bases of operation and a joint that neither one of our blogs had reviewed.  After our meal, each blog would do a post about our experience at the restaurant we both agreed on and whosever blog garnered the most comments about their respective restaurant post would “win”.

I should say that by default North Shore Dish should probably “win” any type of restaurant review contest as that is what they do.  They go out to dine all around the North Shore and give impartial reviews of the restaurants where they dine.  It’s what they do and on the North Shore of Boston, nobody does it better.

What we do here at GMG is a little different, we specialize in fun, positive energy and helping people to slow down and appreciate all the good stuff around us.  We don’t do bad reviews, if our meal someplace sucked or if the service at some local joint sucked, you just wouldn’t read about it on these pages.  There are several reasons for this.  One, anybody can have an off night- a server, a chef, a bartender and I hate to pass judgment online where it could hurt someone’s business.  Hey, I know that I’m not “ON” 100% of the time here at the dock.  I try to do my best but believe me, there are times where I mess up- everyone does.  Another reason you may not read about something is when I’m out for a nice dinner with the Mrs, the camera stays home.  So it is rare that you see pictures from Duckworth’s Bistrot,  The Rudder, The Franklin, Passports, The Dog Bar, ect, ect ect.

So we’re not going to deviate from what we do here on GMG as far as food postings.  We will stick to our strengths which is having fun and for the most part letting the pictures tell the story.  We will leave the incredibly detailed and real restaurant reviews to our buddies from North Shore Dish.

Let’s get to it shall we?

We decided on Mandrake on Cabot Street In Beverly.

Our boy Patrick Ryan had been calling me sporadically during the week to get me fired up about our “Blog Off” and was pushing me to think up some ideas which would bring our post over the top.  As my cousin Frankie has been off for the past week,  work leading up to Memorial Day weekend by myself down the dock has been crazy busy and I didn’t have too much time to think about what we would do to make our post special.  In fact I hadn’t given it much thought until about an hour before we were scheduled to meet.

As you know when real restaurant critics  dine out, they need to keep the fact that they will be reviewing the place a secret from the restaurant so that the critic can get an accurate feel for what type of service their viewership would most likely get without any special treatment.  This is the mode under which the girls from North Shore Dish operate.

They take their credibility as restaurant critics very seriously.  I on the other hand operate altogether differently.  As my favorite radio/tv personality Tony Korheiser always says, “The only reason to do radio is to help your friends, destroy your enemies and get great service at restaurants”  Operating under anonymity while you are at a restaurant to do a review is not part of the GMG way.  We’re up in your face and letting you know that we are about to shed some light on your food and we’re not shy about whipping that camera out.

So it stuck me, we would come in like gangbusters, invade every space we could, chat up the staff and get a feel for what the place is like GMG STYLE.

On the way to Mandrake there would be a little diversion to Stop and Shop for some props.  Knowing how the North Shore Dish girls cherished their privacy I decided to swing by Stop and Shop to pick up some brown paper bags for our friends from NSD to wear over their heads to protect their identities.  I told the cashier at Stop and Shop I need a few paper bags for my daughter’s school project and offered to pay for them but they let me have them for free. Smile

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I figured the chances of using this line of reasoning to trick them into actually wearing brown paper bags over their heads and them allowing us to take their pictures at about 20% but it was an idea that I couldn’t resist trying despite the low probability that they would fall for it.

To my surprise they took the You guys need to remain anonymous to keep your restaurant critic credibility intact line and let us snap a few flattering photos of our lovely dining companions.

True to GMG form as soon as I got to Mandrake I whipped out the camera, headed to the kitchen to meet the chefs and let them know they better bring their A-Game because their food is gonna be seen by about 25,000 people when we do our post.

The Mandrake chefs were super friendly-  REPRESENT!!!!!


Next up I rounded up the front of the house staff and headed out for a shot out in front of the restaurant with Da Sticka!

Pictured holding Da Sticka below is Georgia.

Georgia is the Grande Dame of the joint.  EVERYBODY KNOWS GEORGIA!   Super friendly, super attentive, not pushy and on point at all time I think every restaurant needs a woman like Georgia  who knows her regulars and makes them feel special every time they walk in the door.  Whatever they pay the woman, they should double it.  Love that broad.


Then you have the edgy hostess who I couldn’t resist getting this shot showing off Da Sticka with her fresh ink and the reflection of the building across the street.


So we settle in with a few libations.  The bartender was expert and served us up these-

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Next we decided to get a couple appetizers-

A Mediterranean type app with olive tapenade (I’m a sucker for olive tapenade).  You put olive tapenade on the menu I’ll make a meal out of it.

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and a seared tuna app which was fresh citrusy and tasty as hell-

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a calimari app-GMG 013

crabcakes with lump crab- good ratio of lump crab to binder.  excellent

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Here is the gourmet seafood mac and cheese-

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My dish- the Dijon encrusted salmon cooked perfectly.GMG 018

After dinner we finished up with a fried dough type dessert covered with caramel, chocolate, whipped cream.  It didn’t suck!

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So that my friends is what we do here at GMG.  We let the pictures tell the story, try to inject a little humor and let you decide if the dishes look to your liking.  You’re not gonna get how the wine paired with the main courses or some other fancy foodie bullshit, you just get honest pictures and the commentary and know that if it was featured here on these pages, it was worthy.

All that being said, you all really ought to check out North Shore Dish for unbiased, in depth restaurant reviews with the apostrophes in the right places and all the nitty gritty details the way a proper restaurant critic would present them.  Thanks for a great evening girls.

I suggest you all leave comments on North Shore Dish’s Mandrake review because they are the real deal restaurant critics and probably deserve to win a contest like this.

We just like to have fun,

your boy Joey

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Photo credits Joey and Patrick Ryan

We Challenge you NORTH SHORE DISH to a BLOG OFF!

Lets get this Spring started with a good old fashion challenge to the ladies over at the second best blog around here, North Shore Dish. It is time to put both of our fans to the test and do a first for both of us…. An old fashioned blog off! When Joey is not picking fights with Foodies, he is eating and posting awesome pics here. Some days people read GMG and it looks like a food blog, just like the Dish, but with more frequent posts! (Yes, those are fighting words!). Here is what we do:

  • We all go out to a North Shore establishment as “secret” diners. Joey will check his list of Groupons and pay half of the bill. The rule is that it  is a place yet to be featured on either GMG or the North Shore Dish.
  • We have a great time
  • We will both work on our own review posts and post on the same day.
  • The post with the most comments after 3 days (not views, because that is unfair) WINS!
You in ladies??????


Who will win????

Thanks – Patrick Ryan

The Dish Does Passports


Those sexy Ho’s are at it again up in G-Town.

Read the entire write up on Passports here

Passports Takes Armchair Travel to New Heights

It’s another frigid night on the North Shore, and you’re in the depths of the winter doldrums. You’re contemplating grabbing your suitcase and wait listing yourself on the first flight south.

Not a bad idea, but we’ve got an easier solution for you: head for Passports where warm popovers, a convivial atmosphere, and a creative menu will cheer you up in no time.

We had a great meal last weekend at this popular Gloucester spot. There were tons of hot and cold tapas to choose from, followed by entrees that were far from run of the mill, and everything was extremely reasonable.

Come Mock Me

This afternoon (as long as I get out of work in time) I’ll be moderating a Food Bloggers  Summit at the Rockport Harvest Fest.

The Food Bloggers Summit was put together by Heather Atwood.

Food Bloggers Summit:  4:30 PM An open discussion among local food bloggers, featuring Abby Cahill O’Brien of 5thjoy, Heather Atwood of Food for Thought, Jane Ward of Food and Fiction, Kristen Nyberg and Jill Rose of North Shore Dish.  Moderated by your boy Joey of Good Morning Gloucester.

I’m not really sure who would want to listen to any of us talk about food or blogging but if you wanna come with a case ‘o tomatas and start hurling them in my direction it might make for a more interesting event.  🙂

It’s going to take place on T-Wharf.  Just look for the big huge tent.

Anyway if you are coming to Rockport Harvest Fest today (which you should) stop by the tent around 4:30 and don’t forget your tomatoes.

The Gals From The Dish Do Gloucester (and no that’s not a porno title)


Highlighted on a recent romp through G-Town are Sugar Mag’s and Duckworth Beach Gourmet.

click the two links below to check out their findings-

Gloucester Goes Gourmet at Duckworth’s Market

Morning Decadence: Gloucester’s Sugar Mags

The Dish Covers Cape Ann Brewing

My girls over at The Dish (North Shore Dish if you didn’t already know) came to G Town to cover one of our jewels- Cape Ann Brewing

Chickity Check out Their Story-

Enthusiasm is Brewing on Cape Ann

Posted: July 22nd, 2010

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Finding ourselves in Gloucester on a recent sultry summer day, we needed to quench our thirst, and where better to find a frosty quaff than Cape Ann Brewing Company? A small craft brewing company, CABC has gained not just a loyal following but a popularity that reaches far beyond local.

In 2002, owner Jeremy Goldberg and a handful of friends decided to travel the country, experiencing 38 craft breweries in 40 days. The result was a documentary film entitled “American Beer, a Bockumentary.” Goldberg then moved to Gloucester to start his own operation, and in 2004, Cape Ann Brewing Company was born.

That’s just to whet your thirst for more North Shore Dish goodness.  For the Rest Of The Story Click The Link-

Enthusiasm is Brewing on Cape Ann

Enter For Free Chance To Win A Gift Certificate Worth $100 from Nine Elm American Bistro in Danvers.


Dish Giveaway: Gift Certificate to Nine Elm

The Girls At North shore Dish Have a Simple Contest For You To Enter For A Chance To Win $100 Gift Certificate

All You Have To Do Is To Leave A Comment On the North Shore Dish Blog As To What Your Favorite North Shore Hidden Gem Restaurant Is.

Here’s the Link

Market Restaurant Scallops Wrapped In Bacon

Last night dinner was a who’s who of North of Boston Food Bloggers dinner at The Market Restaurant at Lobster Cove.

The Two Palaverers, Author Jane Ward, The Savory Kitchen, our own David Cox, 5thJoy,The H-Bomb,and one Half of North Shore Dish got together to nosh and talk shop blogging.

Good times, good food, excellent service and ALWAYS most important to me- GOOD COMPANY!

Here’s the appetizers that David and I split- Scallops wrapped in bacon.




Chickity Check It! North Shore Dish Talks Cape Ann Fresh Catch

Fish Tales: Does Cape Ann Fresh Catch Measure Up?

From North Shore Dish-

Cape Ann Fresh Catch, the Gloucester-based community supported fishery program, has certainly made a big splash since it debuted last year. Lauded by the likes of and Saveur, the program has been popular among those with a desire to eat fresh, locally produced foods.

Caught fresh daily by Gloucester fishermen, approximately five pounds of seafood per customer is delivered to seven Boston area communities; Cambridge (two locations), Jamaica Plain, Acton, Lincoln, Marblehead, Gloucester, Newburyport, and Ipswich. There is a two-hour window for shareholders to pick up. Consumers get local, seasonal, super-fresh fish, and the money goes directly to the fishermen, supporting the local economy and encouraging sustainable practices.

Click this link to read the entire post

North Shore Dish Features Fort Square Cafe!

The lovely ladies from North Shore Dish came down for the interviews we did last week and after we had finished up were off to Fort Square Cafe.

You can read their review here-

Gloucester’s Fort Square: Familiar Faces at Breakfast

Dispelling Social Media Myths For Restaurateurs With The Girls From North Shore Dish

This video should be shown to any restaurateur or businessperson on social media and how some restaurants and businesses are eating their competitors lunch for little to no money by embracing free or low cost social media tools such as twitter, facebook or blogs.

This is a simple guide to what is being done effectively all around us on the internet.  We dispel some of the common myths which prevent people from embracing these great ways of communicating with customers and potential customers for little to no cost.

(as with any video let it load by pausing it and letting the video load up along the bottom and then resuming play for smoother playback)

Check Out North Shore Dish Here

Check Out The North Shore Dish Twitter Feed Here

North Shore Dish Video Part I

Click the picture for the video interview in which the women from “The Dish” get the Joey treatment.  If you haven’t already checked out North Shore Dish you can click this link and see for yourself.

Remember to let the video load by pausing it and letting the red line fill along the bottom of the video for smoother playback.

North Shore Dish Video Part I, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

The Dish Stops By For Some Conversation

Jill and Kristen from North Shore Dish stopped down the dock for a great talk about their blog

We discussed some restaurants that you’ve probably never heard of but are must visit stops on your dining rotation and how some restaurants are using social media as a way to get the word out about their restaurants without spending a dime, and a whole bunch of other stuff in our two video segments the first of which will be live tonight here on the blog at 8PM.  In the meantime you should check out their blog-