Okay, so I'm hopefully completing my food frenzy for the winter months (what will Spring bring pray tell??) and wanted to report on some excellent finds:
SEBASTIAN'S PIZZA in Gloucester. This place rocks, I had a rare pizza craving and happen to be up there and ordered one to go-sauce is a bit sweet but the crust is excellent (not super thin, not airy) and toppings were abundant. FYI they also deliver on the beach-hit Good Harbor after 3 when they don't charge, order pizza from the bridge...enjoy the evening!!! Had a blast when we did it!
N.E. Meat Market-Peabody-usually hit this place for sausage and other meats-butchers are great, have liked most marinated meats and the marinated kielbasa is great. Right now they have lots of fresh kielbasa from Chicopee and also one variation of blood sausage/kielbasa???(looked nasty to me but I bought it anyway for a friend who eats EVERYTHING). Buy some Manouri cheese...soooo good with fresh tomatoes, bit of olive oil and Portugese olives and of course the Portugese corn bread from Central Bakery down the street.
I also tried N.E.M.M. homemade pickles which are new from the last time I've been, they are addictively good. Their chicken salad is good too! This place has it all, great deli, fresh meats, frozen meat parts galore, variations of linguica and chourrico, kielbasa, produce, spices, oils, wines....you can't go wrong! Oh yes, and my guilty pleasure, the spanakopita-it's expensive but delicious, I feel guilty because I should be making it myself!
Hit the Brazilian Bakery a block down per other Chowhound recommendations. Bought: chicken salad bun, ham,pepper, corn and something else...bun, vanilla custard filled donut and a huge piece of coconut/cheese cake. Verdict: the savory buns were very good and the custard donut was so good that one bite in I made myself turn it over to middle chowpup who loves custard donuts for fear I'd inhale the whole thing myself. Cake was dry and tasteless....only disappointment.
Central Bakery-hit my favorite shop on the way out-other direction from N.E. MM and bought two loaves of corn bread...best bread EVER!!!!!!
Needless to say, I'll be at the gym every day for the next month or so, just working off all of my chow for the past few weeks...won't say what I've baked/cooked on my own!!