My Love/Hate Relationship with Dunkin’ Donuts.

My love for Dunkin hasn’t been the same ever since they removed my beloved sandwich from the menu over a year ago. I was devastated by the news. I had grown tiresome of all of the egg sandwiches and had no desire to eat them. There was just something off about the taste and texture of the eggs. I feel the same way about McDonald’s but at least they have the substitution of “round egg”.  Anywhoo…. back to Dunkin. Although I was over their egg sandwiches, I still visited a few times a week for a coffee. I have heard so many people over the years bash the taste of Dunkin’s coffee, but like I’ve always said, you’ve got to know how to order it. I would always go for a Hazelnut with cream only. Hot or iced depending on my mood and time of the day.  I have since switched to Toasted Almond.

So on one particular day it was very crowded and I had to stand in line (There was no drive thru at this location). While waiting on line, I started reading through the menu as an attempt to kill some time. I noticed a sandwich that I had never seen before. Turkey Cheddar Bacon Ciabatta. I thought hmmmm interesting. I like all four ingredients. When it became my turn to order, I decided to try it out. I was asked if I’d like it with Chipotle sauce and I said sure.  I paid for my sandwich and frolicked to my car. Once in my car, I proceeded to unwrap and then dig into my sandwich. OMG, DELICIOUS! I am not even exaggerating. For the next 7 or so months, I became a regular and ordered that sandwich probably about 6 times a week.  It was like clockwork. I also ditched the coffee and started drinking their green tea, with lemon of course. As time went on, I realized that I was wasting all of my money on this sandwich and decided to take a break.  I felt that I could probably even make the sandwich myself for cheaper at home. I am not sure what I did wrong but the sandwich I ended up making just wasn’t quite the same. Anyway after that, months went by without my beloved sandwich.  A few months into 2018, I decided that I was ready to return to my one true love. I pulled in to the drive thru with confidence and demanded my Turkey Cheddar Bacon on a Ciabatta at once!  I was met back with laughter. I didn’t understand what was so humorous. I was told that they no longer served that sandwich. Oh, I thought.  I ordered a plain bagel with cream cheese and bacon and went on my way.

Later that week, I attempted to order that same sandwich at a different location and was given the same answer. Once I realized what was happening, I immediately got angry. No they did NOT permanently remove my favorite sandwich from the menu!  I grabbed my phone and immediately went to google.  There I learned that it had been discontinued for low sales, and I thought what?? How were people not ordering this? Maybe if they would add a picture of it on the menu people would actually know that it existed. I also learned that it was discontinued the first week of 2018. I then understood why that worker in the drive thru found my order to be so amusing.

It has been a year since its removal from the menu, and I am still healing.  Moral of the story, enjoy all the things that you love while you still have them!

Update:

I am glad to see some changes on the menu. Today I decided to give the Power Breakfast Sandwich a go. I mean it’s still an egg sandwich, but the combination of spinach, peppers, onion, and turkey sausage gives it a little personality. If you have already tried it out, tell me what you think.

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Fun Things to do in Boston

At the end of the summer, I took a weekend trip to Boston with a good friend of mine. I believe it was their first visit, and it was my second time visiting this wonderful city. We decided to try and fit as much into our schedule as possible so that we could get the most out of Boston with the two days we would be spending. With that being said, I have come up with a list of fun things to do while in Boston!

1. Grab a bite to eat.

You can’t go to Boston and not sample the seafood! There are so many different places to sample from.  The first place that I tried as soon as I got off the bus was James Hook & Co. They have a variety of food choices on their menu. I went with the lobster roll and loved it. It was only a few minutes’ walk from the bus terminal.  The following morning, I had brunch at Bostonia Public House followed by a few drinks. The food was delicious. I ordered the Lobster Mac n Cheese which was lobster served with three cheese mornay and herb breadcrumbs. My friend had the Shaved Benton’s Virginia Country Ham. That came with a buttermilk biscuit, red pepper jelly, two cage free poached eggs and Lyonnaise potatoes. I would definitely recommend stopping there to grab a bite.

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Lobster Mac n Cheese
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Shaved Benton’s Virginia Country Ham.
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Lobster Roll from James Hook & Co.

2. Take a Stroll and admire the beauty.

One of my favorite memories from my visit was simply walking around and taking in all of the beauty. I have always loved the calmness that I feel by being close to open waters. While walking around, I walked over a few bridges, saw a few landmarks and  admired the wonderful architecture of the buildings.

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3. Go on a cruise.

There are a variety of cruises/boat rides  available in Boston. I was able to book a few using Expedia. Most of the cruises are available in the morning and afternoon, with a few in the late evening into the night. I absolutely love being out on the water, so I had to experience both day and night.  At this time, a typical 30-90 min guided cruise of Boston Harbor ranges from $26-$31. Cruises with more activities and food selection went from $60-$91.  There is also an option of  going whale watching. The whales are usually seen from April- October.

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Beautiful view of Boston Harbor while on the Constitution cruise.
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Boston Harbor
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More shots of Boston Harbor while on the cruise.

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Two words, Open Bar.

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4. Explore the museums.

Luckily for us, one of the cruises that we booked was the USS Constitution Cruise. It was about an hour long and made a stop at the museum where we were able to hop off and explore while also getting to tour the ship.  We had about an hour after hopping off to explore the museum and the actual USS Constitution.

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First lieutenant uniform 1813 at the USS Constitution Museum

5. Take great photos!

Please, don’t get so caught up in living in the moment that you neglect taking photos! There is nothing better than looking back on the photos taken and experiencing the trip all over again!

If you have already visited Boston, what were some of the activities that you enjoyed?

 

 

Please take a moment to enjoy some of these lovely shots taken throughout the city.

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Take time out today to let someone that you care about know just how much they mean to you. ❤