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We fancy … Rainy Day Dot Spots

… by the DottieHotties

“Who told you you’re allowed to rain on my parade?”

Rain can ruin everything; it negates your day at the park, your ability to wear suede, and instead of reaching for a healthy salad, you are forced to eat warm chocolate chip cookies, with frosting, and perhaps a side of peanut butter.  A day of gloomy weather can quite literally rain on  your parade.  Before you start wishing that rain-rain to go away, however, the sunny DottieHotties are here to tell you what we fancy about rainy days in Dorchester.

A Dorchester Rainy Day

Bekki fancies … a book with some spice.  

Leave it to the teacher to get all literal, but libraries have always held a special kind of magic for me.  My dad used to let us check out 2 books every Saturday, and now I enjoy watching my own kiddos explore the stacks — especially when the playground is soggy.  Dorchester boasts six branches of the Boston Public Library, more than any other part of the city!  On the way home, we’ll to stop for a treat at one of the cozy Flat Black cafes.  I melt at the mention of spicy chai tea, and my mini-dots both fancy a cookie from “the kangaroo sign”.

Leslie fancies … being cheesy.

My rainy day pick would be grilled cheese and tomato soup at The Plate.  I’ve been anxiously watching the little shop come to life during its renovations.  Located within view of the Red Line’s Central Avenue Station, it is a fantastically scrumptious lunch spot.  Stay tuned for a full post all about their delicious handcrafted comfort food.  With tummies full of warm cooking, my family fancies watching the river run fast from fresh rainfall on the Lower Mills bridge.

Meghann fancies … monkey business.  

My 3-year-old and I love to head over to the Gorilla House at the Franklin Park Zoo. It’s usually pretty quiet there when the weather’s grey so we get a front-row seat to watch the gorillas. After checking out Little Joe (my son’s favorite), the baby (my favorite) and the rest of the group, we wander through the rest of the complex and visit the ant-eater, the pygmy hippo and all the birds flying around the enclosures. Then, when the hunger bug hits, we drive over to The Mud House for hot chocolate and sandwiches … yum yum!

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“And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton

Focusing on the Dot with realtor Larry Gettings

…dotted by Bekki

“We should focus … Dorchester.”

Larry and I are a dangerous combination: we are both hilarious, we both have beautiful flowing tresses, and we both love to gab.  The gabbing part is what usually gets me and the realtor in trouble; on this particular evening, we are trying to talk about the neighborhoods of Dorchester, but keep getting sidetracked.  Have I mentioned the amazing paintings in his office? Or his cool new sign graphic? It looks like a fence AND a row of houses!

Larry Gettings of The Real Estate Group outside the Carruth, 1910 Dorchester Avenue

“We should focus … on Dorchester.”

I called my friend Larry Gettings of The Real Estate Group because I needed a geography lesson.  All this DottieHotties “discovering of Boston’s best kept secret” has highlighted my shortcomings in the Where is That? category.  As one of the top five real estate offices in Dorchester, I figured he and his business partner Milo Tavoliero could show me how to know a Hill from a Corner and Park from a Point.

I pulled up a chair in their Carruth building office, and was prepared to get to work.  Focusing … on the neighborhoods of Dorchester.  Innocently, I gave him a little DottieHotties history lesson.  It all started at Flat Black, the cafe also located at the Carruth.  Leslie, Meghann and I gathered at the cozy cafe for our first official meeting of the minds; two coffees and and a chai later our misson was born.

Naturally a conversation about Flat Black lead us to Tavolo, the Carruth’s neighbohood restaurant.  My mister and I had recently enjoyed their Spreadables appetizer and a moment of reverence for its whipped ricotta was held by all.

Tavolo, 1918 Dorchester Avenue

“We should really focus … on the neighborhoods … of Dorchester.”

An hour of frantic scribbling later, and we had made some progress.  We moved outside to take some photos and were met with a new challenge: Larry’s friendly demeanor.  As we circled the building, from his office towards the Ashmont T station, he greeted just each and every person that we passed.  As a resident of the Carruth himself, he is about as neighborly as they get.

Joe Wheelright's "Sleeping Moon" at the entrance of the Ashmont T Station

Eventually there was a lull in foot traffic, and I was able to take his portrait.  We bid each other a fond farewell, and I headed home.  As I unfolded my notes I realized three things.  First, I am really bad at focusing.  Secondly, these gentlemen really know how to highlight the amazing aspects of Dorchester and third, there was no way I was going to fit all of this into one post.

My frantic attempts to keep up with Larry and Milo as they give me a lesson in Dorchester geography

Each month, the DottieHotties will focus on highlighting one of  Dorchester’s varied neighborhoods.  It was my pleasure to begin this adventure by spending an evening soaking up the Carruth’s community.  With a snug cafe like Flat Black, a tempting restaurant like Tavolo, a gleaming new T station and a good friend like Larry Gettings, it would be hard to imagine a better way to begin.

The Carruth by Bruce T. Martin Photography, 508-655-7557

For even more reasons to love living in Dorchester, read Boston City Councilor — and Carruth resident — Ayanna Pressley’s interview in Boston Magazine.


Larry Gettings

The Real Estate Group

1908 Dorchester Avenue