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An Afternoon with Grammy

by Alaina on June 22, 2011 · 7 comments

Have you entered my giveaway yet?? I decided to add some of my world famous (yep, they like them over in Switzerland!) giant snickerdoodles for the winner as well! Because no giveaway is complete without some sweets. Smile with tongue out

Last week, I was inspired by Jen who had spent a weekend with her grandmother. I realized that it had been since Mother’s Day since I saw my Gram so I called her up yesterday and asked if she was free to get together for lunch. Her calendar was wide open! So today, I bought my round trip ticket on the purple line and headed up to Beverly.

When I arrived, she asked if it was alright that her friend Myrna join us for lunch. Of course, I was all for the extra company. Gram and Myrna met at a support group for spouses who are dealing with a loved one with Alzheimer’s/dementia. It’s an understatement to say that Myrna was a large part in how well Gram is doing with Grampy being gone. They are always going out for lunch or dinner and I’ve penned their adventures as “The Shenanigans of Virginia and Myrna.” They are two crazy ladies. Smile

Before we headed to lunch, we took a ride through Cape Ann, following the beautiful Route 127. When I was in college I loved driving this route on a Sunday afternoon. And today was a gorgeous day! Along the way, traffic was stopped to let a truck back into a driveway and I was able to take some pictures of the harbor.


We also stopped at the cemetery where Grampy was interred and I was able to see the headstone that was just put in. It was lovely, with the last name Bliss on it. Looking at it can only make you smile. Of course, I was choked up a bit inside as well. And he had the plaque put in that indicated his service during the Korean war.

After we had pretty much toured the entire Gloucester/Rockport area, we made our way to the harbor for lunch. I had hoped to dine at Capn’ Carlos for some fresh seafood, but apparently they are closed on Tuesdays. Bummer.

Instead, we ended up at Latitude 43. Grammy and I had been there before and I remember their food being very good. This time though, the menu was vastly different. Not bad at all, just not as many options as before.


I had decided on the chicken pesto sandwich which was grilled chicken topped with pesto, mozzarella cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion on a sesame brioche roll served with fries.


This sandwich was very, VERY good! I loved that the chicken was charred on the ends (I love char-grilled chicken) and there was an ample amount of pesto. I ate the sandwich and a few of the fries. I quenched my thirst with some iced tea. Our spot on the patio overlooked the docks and fishing boats and there was a great breeze coming off of the water. The only sour spot in the lunch was the slow service. The restaurant was not busy at all and the service just seemed sluggish. Our server however was really nice and very chipper! Smile And we had a good time catching up so the wait wasn’t unbearable. The restaurant also boasts a fantastic sushi bar and tavern. I would love to come back and try the sushi sometime.

Latitude 43 is located at 25 Rogers Street in Gloucester, MA.

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In running news, the BAA 1ok is this weekend! My bib was mailed to me and it has it written on it the fact that it’s the inaugural race of the 10k and my name! I’m very excited for my first 10k. I’ve heard that it’s a tough distance to run but I hope to enjoy every step! This past week, I’ve been taking it easy with shorter, easier runs around the neighborhood. Keeping the legs fresh! And praying for cool weather this Sunday.

Do you have any fun races coming up?

What’s your favorite lunch item(s)? Usually when I dine out, I’m drawn to either sandwiches or elaborate salads.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Michelle June 22, 2011 at 7:11 am

I am doing the Lawyers Have Heart 5K next week! Wishing you lots of luck this weekend!


2 MelissaNibbles June 22, 2011 at 3:56 pm

That sounds like a great day. It’s great that your Grandmother has met a supportive friend.

Good luck in the race!


3 Rach June 22, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Mmm… I love charred chicken! Delish! So glad you had a great time with your grandmother and her friend. They sound like quite the pair!


4 Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic June 22, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Gorgeous pictures Alaina. Glad to hear you had a great time with your grammy.

I am jealous about the BAA 10K! I really wanted to sign up but I’ve been taking a break from running because I never seem to fully recover from my painful shin splints. Today I actually ran (‘m slowly getting back to it) but I don’t think running a race this weekend is a good idea for me. But maybe next month! I am looking for some fun races so if you hear of any, keep me posted :)


5 Alaina June 26, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Thank you Bianca! It was one of the few gorgeous days out here this past week.

The race went really well! I don’t do a lot of races in the summer, but I do a few in the fall in Providence. The CVS 5k is my favorite. It’s a large race but fun.


6 Jen June 23, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Alaina – YAY! I’m so happy that I inspired a grandmother visit! 😀

Your grammy sounds too cute and she is so lucky to have such a good friend who understands what she’s been through.

This post warmed my heart…really needed to read it this afternoon.


7 Alaina June 26, 2011 at 11:09 pm

I’m so glad that you enjoyed the post! I love hanging out with my Grammy. She really is a wonderful, cute person. :-)

I hope your’s is doing well!


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