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Event: Hometown Comfort XOXO

Event: Hometown Comfort

Our neighborhood is forever changed by the tragedy of April 15.  Dorchester is a community of action and determination and despite our grief and shock we are compelled to act.  We can all make a difference on May 19, 2013 at Hometown Comfort, a day for our community to honor victims and first responders by collecting needed blood for the Red Cross, raising money for The One Fund-Boston, and supporting one another with the embrace of a hometown. All proceeds benefit

The host committee includes: Victoria Reggie Kennedy, Mike and Kitty Dukakis, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino,University of Massachusetts Chancellor J. Keith Motely, Boston Globe Publisher Christopher M. Mayer, New England Council President Jim Brett and Author Dennis Lehane.

Master of Ceremonies for the evening event is Tom Ashbrook host of  NPR’s “On Point”  from WBUR Boston.

The Red Cross will conduct a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. inside the IBEW Hall at 256 Freeport Street in Dorchester. From noon to 4 p.m., in an outdoor event tent, there will be games, food, raffles, and other activities for adults and children. Admission is $25 per family. From 6-9 p.m., the tent will be converted for an evening of comfort food, live entertainment, and a live auction. At least 20 restaurants and caterers are expected to participate. Admission is $75 per person. Buy tickets HERE.

Warming up at Steel & Rye

When the temps drop into the single digits and the snow piles high, our minds turn to comfort food and  libations to warm the soul. In the most recent Boston Globe Dining Out section, writer Katie Johnston dished on one of the DottieHotties favorite new spots to warm up this winter: Chef Chris Parsons new restaurant and bar, Steel & Rye in Lower Mills. On a cold night in February we cozied up to their candlelit bar while  mixologist Emily Conroy served up some of their signature cocktails. She was kind enough to share with the recipes for our three favorites … some of the ingredients are definitely hard to find so we’ll probably just head back to Steel & Rye and leave it to the experts!

Steel & Rye

Rye Manhattan  (Leslie)

 2 ounces Old Overholt Rye Whiskey

½ ounce Cardamaro

½ ounce Antica Formula Carpano

1 dash angostura bitters

Build in glass. Stir for 20 seconds. Strain into chilled small rocks glass. Garnish with a luxadaro cherry.

Good Life (Bekki)

2 ounces Tito Vodka

1 ounce housemade ginger brandy liquer

½ ounce lime juice

¼ ounce simple syrup

1 dash whiskey bitters

Build drink in glass. Shake for 10 seconds. Double strain in a chilled martini glass.

Verona By Night (Meghann)

 1 ounce Tito vodka

1 ounce grappa

½ ounce maraschino

½ ounce fruit rouge

½ ounce lemon juice

Build in glass. Shake for 10 seconds. Double strain in a chilled coup glass. Garnish with a grapefruit swath.

Twenty Four


WHAT: Assorted Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese candies

WHERE: Truong Thinh II Super Market, 1305 Dorchester Ave (between Linden St & Lyon St)

HOW MUCH: $1.99 +

FOR: Last minute stocking stuffers that will bring cheer to anyone who loves chewy; gummy; fruity candies!

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Twenty Three


WHAT: A pound of Flat Black Coffee (roasted in Lower Mills) and a stylish travel mug make a great last minute gift combo

WHERE: Any Flat Black Coffee location (Ashmont, Lower Mills, Downtown…)

HOW MUCH: $15 for a bag of Timor and $14.95 for the mug

FOR: New parents who need all the extra energy they can get!

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Twenty One


WHAT: Prosecco — Mionetto Prosecco D.O.C. Treviso ( to be exact )

WHERE: Morrissey Boulevard Wine & Liquors, 711 Morrissey Boulevard (next to CVS)

HOW MUCH: $13.99

FOR: Your co-worker ( hopefully she’ll share! ); it’s time to celebrate the successes of 2012 and toast to 2013!




WHAT: Milk Chocolate Cashew Turtles

WHERE: Phillips Candy House aka Boston’s Oldest Chocolatier

HOW MUCH: A one pound box up to $25

FOR: We’re having a hard time thinking of anyone who wouldn’t like receiving a box of these!

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Piles of delectable handcrafted milk chocolate Turtles at Phillips Candy House in Dorchester



WHAT: Delicious traditional Christmas Pudding

WHERE: Greenhills Irish Bakery in Adams Village. 780 Adams St. Dorchester, MA

HOW MUCH: $25.00 ( Order by Friday 12/21 for a 12/24 pick-up )

FOR: Dinner with your beloved Granny (and anyone else in attendance with you). You love her dearly but could do without the heartburn that comes after “enjoying” her latest attempt at dessert.


Photo via Pascale De Groof