Gulu Gulu Cafe

11 Jan

I felt like it was time to talk to you about one of my favorite resturants in Salem, GULU GULU CAFE.

As stated on their website:

Gulu-Gulu Café is a private space that serves a public purpose. We are a gathering place for locals and visitors alike to meet, relax, and have fun.

But let me just tell you….It’s all that and sooooo much more!!!

With an amazing beer and wine menu and a fresh, local food menu to die for; Gulu Gulu is one of my top ten cafe/bars in the North Shore. Check out their menu page for all the yummy details!

Oh and get this…along side their awesome menu they serve up an amazing selection of art and events. It’s pretty much all you can ask for in a cafe!

So do yourself and Gulu Gulu Cafe a favor and stop by really soon!


2011 Resolutions

1 Jan

So it’s 2011 and I’m sitting on the train back to the North Shore writing my reflections from 2010 and my resolutions for 2011. My main resolution this year is to get back to this blog. It’s been way toooooo long since I last wrote you and I promise to make this high on my priority list for the upcoming year.

What are your New Year resolutions? Better yet, where is the best place to get brunch today to help cure the residue of fun from last night?

Talk soon!

Coffee Time Bake Shop in Salem, MA equals Mind = Blown

13 Jun

Ok…I’m going to share one of my favorite North Shore secrets….drum roll please…ba dump dump chshshshshshshsh



Honestly, this is the BEST PLACE IN THE WORLD! … well maybe that’s  a HUGE exaggeration. But in all seriousness, on certain Monday mornings at 7AM when I was in my early 20’s, I really felt like it was!

They have the most AMAZING ICE COFFEE I have ever had and the DESSERTS, oh the DESSERTS! They are simply to DIE FOR!

Located at 96 Bridge Street in Salem they are open from 5AM to 11PM. Yup that pretty much means that they are only closed for 7 hours…just enough time for sleep!

Also, being the huge hippie I am, I love how they SUPPORT LOCAL with all milk coming from DUNAJSKI DAIRY ,who is my new dairy farmer and they sell milk at their farm store!

Also, ALL their bagels come from JIM’S BAGEL & BAKE SHOP in Gloucester, MA.

Awesome Garden Focused Events at The Long Hill Horticultural Center

8 Jun


Check out these great gardening events and volunteer opportunities at The Long Hill Horticultural Center in Beverly!


Wednesday, June 23rd | 5-7 PM
Summer Pruning Workshop
Learn the best techniques for pruning your spring blooming shrubs such as Rhodendron, Azalea, and Viburnum.  This hands-on workshop will give you tips and confidence for keeping your landscape looking it’s best year after year.  Members: $15. Nonmembers: $20. Please pre-register.

Saturday, July 24th  | 8-10 AM
Summer Garden Photography Workshop: Compose Yourself!
Beautiful blooms, fabulous foliage. Use your camera to capture memorable moments in your garden and the gardens you visit. A slide lecture will cover artistic elements of garden photography and will show how composition can make or break a photo. Participants will then use their own cameras to try compositional techniques—including closeups, telephoto, framing, and perspective—in the Long Hill gardens. For beginner and low intermediate photographers who use digital point-and-shoot and digital SLR cameras. Familiarity with the basic operation of your. camera required. Members: $15. Nonmembers: $20. Please pre-register.

Tuesday, August 31st |  5:30-7:00 PM
Renovate and Replant- Native Substitutes for Common Landscape Invasives
Many plants commonly found in suburban foundation landscapes are now known to be highly invasive.  Join our horticultural staff for a walk through the Sedgwick gardens highlighting the best native replacements for trees, shrubs, and vines, then take part in the hands-on transplanting demonstration.  Members: $10. Nonmembers: $15.

Thursdays, July, August, and September |  9-11 AM
Flower Hours in the Flower Fields
Volunteers needed to help in the new community, pick-your-own flower fields at Long Hill.  Watering, weeding, making bouquets, and much more!

Lynch Park: Beverly

3 Jun

So on June 1st, I moved to Beverly near Dane Street Beach. After two fun-filled days of moving, I decided yesterday to go for a long awaited run. After running down to the ocean, I happened upon a 16- acre  gorgeous oceanfront park, LYNCH PARK,  with  plenty of open spaces for sports such as volleyball, badminton,  and soccer. The sunken rose garden dates to 1910 and  there are picnic tables and a concession area where you can buy hotdogs, pizza, beverages, and ice cream.  There are also  TWO  beaches  to provide endless enjoyment and they had boats too!

After some research I found out that,  on Sunday summer evenings from 6 – 8 you can stop by to hear a free concert played in the bandshell; different kinds of music are featured: classical, semi-classical, folk, blues, swing, rock, bluegrass, jazz, and more!   The park is open 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM.  From Memorial Day to Labor Day, dogs are allowed in Lynch Park from 6:00 – 7:45AM.  Restrooms are available from 9:00 AM until dusk.

And last but not least, bring a blanket and spread out under the stars, feel the breeze from the ocean, and watch movies this summer while laying on the grass! AMAZING!


6th Annual Yankee Homecoming Wine Tasting

18 May

The  6th Annual Yankee Homecoming Wine Tasting is this Saturday, May 22nd from 6:00pm-9:00pm. If you enjoy watching the Fireworks, please come out and support this year’s Wine Tasting. All of the proceeds go to the Newburyport Fireworks!  This year’s Live Auction will include a 6 day / 6 night South Africa Photo Safari for Two at the Zulu Nyala Game Reserve! Delicious Cheeses and Hors d’Oeurves from Local Chefs and Beer provided by Ipswich Ale and Mercury Brewing Company.

You can purchase tickets at Leary’s or online at

White Hen Pantry and Annarosa’s bakery: Relocation Plans

10 May

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So I have some good news and some bad news….

 So the good news, for all you White Hen Pantry fans who were sad to see the Pond Street location close and if you’re  been wondering, “Where can I get that delicious, White Hen roast beef sandwich now without travelling to Storey Ave?” Well you’re in luck…It’s not gone!

 It’s just moving to the Newburyport Tannery and opening a deli! Yay sandwiches!

But here’s the bad news, it’s taking over the Annarosa’s Bakery spot on the corner of Mill Building 1. Annarosa’s Bakery is moving to Elm Street in Salisbury. Great for Salisbury but really too bad for Newburyport. Annarosa’s is the best and I will definitely still be a loyal customer, where ever it is!