Month: September 2015

3rd Annual Car Show – Dot Park

Aside from making me miss my old 65 Caprice like crazy, this was a really nice day last year…if you’re a car lover like myself I suggest checking it out. The folks over at do a fantastic job organizing the event.

How to sing the anthem…

Brian Landry killed it last night….bring on the Boston Red Sox!!!



Tonight is for Brian…

You folks read about my old friend Brian Landry back when I wrote “Coffee with a Tenor“. Maria Stephanos even featured his story one evening in her “Real People Real Stories” segment. Tonight my old friend will be singing the National Anthem at Gillette Stadium 

The underdog…

He’s our favorite son for a host of reasons. Top of the list is his approach towards football. Tom Brady has played every single game with the same exact approach since Bledsoe was knocked out in 2000…..with a massive chip on his shoulder. He’s the 

I miss Wilfork…

How can you not love this guy? Kind of hurts to see him walk into a Texans locker room….but hilarious just the same.

Bill Burr on Cait…

This is America and we are all entitled to pursue happiness in whatever manifestation that may be…such is the case with Bruce  Cait Jenner. Listen, it’s not easy to digest and I know nothing about that world. For me sexuality is pretty straight forward as 

Yes this really happened…

Even the writers at Family Guy couldn’t make this shit up…. DORCHESTER: 911 caller requests assistance as she has potato chip crumbs stuck in eyes and as a result is having panic attack, BPD/EMS enrte — STACO | Day Watch (@stacos) September 2, 2015 Somehow 

Jake does calamari…

For some it’s all about fried clams while for others its all about lobster in its various incarnations. New England has got the best seafood on the planet and I am a firm believer it’s our region’s Portuguese influence that helps put us over the top. For your old pal Dot Rat, it’s all about the calamari!

Back in the early 90’s I was invited over my buddy Chris’s house down on Stock street for dinner. That night I was introduced to calamari by his father Albert. The Buccini home was half Italian and half Portuguese and as any friend of the family will attest, Al and Jean were easily two of the best cooks in the neighborhood. After a little coaxing and trusting their culinary chops, I tried calamari for the first time….. and was immediately hooked (no pun). The family used it a number of different ways but, their calamari pasta sauce was over the top. In retrospect, that’s when the gold standard was set for all things squid and hasn’t been touched until recently….

One afternoon a few years back I stopped into a Hull seafood restaurant to have lunch. It was a total shot in the dark, I saw the place and pulled in. We’ve all driven past Jakes Seafood a thousand times on our way to and from Nantasket. So, I stroll in with my incredibly sexy date and get seated on their outdoor deck. We order some wine for her, a beer for me and two side salads while we go through the menu.



After a couple of drinks paired with the warm sun hitting my incredibly handsome face…your boy was in a great mood. The lovely lady and I decided to split an appetizer, and as you smaht sons of guns probably guessed…. we ordered the calamari. At Jakes you can get it 4 different ways and we went with what turned out to be my seafood holy grail…

Portuguese Style ~ fried then tossed with Ed’s marinara, grilled artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, roasted red peppers and feta 12.95


If Anthony Bourdain’s version of food crack is all things pork, then mine has to be the Portuguese Style calamari at Jakes. First of all Ed deserves a medal for the sauce but, for the sake of keeping this simple, I’m not going into too much detail about the dish but, I will say this….it came pretty damn close to putting a tear in my eye. My beloved Al and Jean still take the prize….but Jake’s is right there.

If you like all the ingredients listed above, do yourself a favor and get on this ASAP. Don’t waste your time going downtown to one of those huge chains….


That’s funny..well….here’s another 4 letter word….TIPS. I don’t understand why Legal steals them but, Jake’s most certainly lets their employees keep their tips…plus the food is ten times better.

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But hey, don’t take my word for for it…