A trip to the Sugar Bowl

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Located at 857 Dorchester Avenue on the southern edge of the Polish Triangle neighborhood in Dorchester, Massachusetts the Sugar Bowl Cafe simply gets it right.
With weekday hours of 6 a.m.-8 p.m. their regulars get a chance to grab a coffee and a breakfast sandwich to start the day and end the day with a delectable dessert, while the weekend hours of  9 a.m.- 5 p.m. are a little more laid back. the address; the website; the days and hours; whether it is handicapped-accessible; and the closest T stop.

img_20161107_115157Steve Bernath, a recent graduate of UMass Boston who has lived in the neighborhood for three years, appreciates what the Sugar Bowl offers. He said, “This place is a staple of my weekends. You can always find me and my roommates lounging in the backroom on Sunday mornings.  I’ve gotten here before the door is unlocked on more than one occasion.”

img_20161107_171901A short stroll away from the JFK/Umass Red Line station (about 8 minutes), bring your laptop and enjoy the free WiFi while treating yourself to anything from their pastrami sandwich to the hot fudge brownie sundae (which maintains a superb brownie to ice cream ratio.)

“This is a hidden gem of mine,” Bernath said as he sipped his coffee and patiently waited for his breakfast sandwich , “I always make sure to bring friends from out of town here. You can’t sit in an armchair and enjoy yourself at Dunkin Donuts the way you can here.”

One noteworthy quirk is that the Sugar Bowl is a cash only establishment. But don’t worry, they have an ATM inside.

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A Night at Fenway

For four years Tim Mckeown has called the Grandstand 3-4 ramp his home and as the sun went down on David Ortiz’s career it possibly went down on Tim’s as well. With graduation in the near future, he will be seeking out a job in his field of Criminal Justice and the 2017 MLB season at Fenway isn’t a sure thing. Before the game, Tim said, “I would love to be back, but you know, I’ve got to see what else is out there. I hope it doesn’t end tonight.”

At the bottom of Tim’s ramp sits the Dunkin Donuts stand, the most popular stand in the Park during the cooler months of the season. The beer stands give Dunkin a run for its money but there are plenty of those. There are only two Dunkin Donuts stands in the whole park, and if you want that hot chocolate you will have to wait in some lengthy lines.

The Red Sox went on to lose by a score of 4-3 and David Ortiz’s spectacular career came to a surprising, and disappointing end.

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