Create Your Own Adventure

Create Your Own Adventure

Howdy, y’all! Hope you enjoyed the compilation video above…it’s not quite up to par but since my laptop crashed I have limited footage from my travels to work with! Womp womp. Luckily, my friend Michelle was the photo queen and her camera has the coolest feature that takes a few seconds of video before each photo is taken. Awesomesauce.


Since returning from my month-long travel stint, I’ve developed a new pet peeve. People telling me they “wish” they could do what I did…it’s driving me mad! YOU ALL CAN DO IT. Stop tying yourself down to what you think you’re supposed to be doing. It’s easy to rattle off excuses and obligations, and there are certainly valid reasons like finishing up school or what have you…but still. Don’t become a workaholic curmudgeon. (A lot of people also cite being in a relationship as an excuse which is something I can’t understand as someone who’s never been in one.)

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Last weekend, one of my best friends from college called me on a whim (waking me up), told me she was in town and heading south to Virginia for the Dave Matthews Band show…and I was invited. But I’d have to get ready and leave ASAP. My first reaction, which she accurately predicted, was “whaaaat.” Then, I immediately started thinking of all the reasons I shouldn’t/couldn’t go:

I just got back from a trip; I should be saving, not spending money.

How was I going to get back home? She was my ride there, but not back.

I had plans in NYC that night to meet up with folks I met during my travels! How could I cancel!?

Then, I could’ve kicked myself. Like, Jackie. You weren’t worrying about ANY of those things when you were off adventuring like a nomad drifting from one place to another, right?! So I said YES! I knew my traveling friends would totally understand too.

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Such a fun spur of the moment road trip! Thanks again for the invite Ty! I got in the car!!


 

In other news, I really want to get a job just to save money to be able to attend the University of Westminster next year. But then I’m wondering if it’d even be worth it…but I really want to live in London for a year…and then travel Europe after that. But we’ll see. I think I’d also be content working as an airline gate attendant which I’ve been looking into. Fast-paced, on my feet, great travel perks, interacting with tons of different folks…

Career suggestions? Fun spur of the moment travel stories? Share below!

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

Carwash Donuts

Carwash Donuts

Ever find yourself with a dirty car and a donut craving? Well if you happen to end up on 12 Ave. I’ve found the perfect place! Helllloooo Underwest Donuts!

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Because this clearly looks like the interior of a place where you’ll find the best donuts ever….

BUT IT IS! This hidden gem, located literally in a car wash, is just steps away from the USS Intrepid. I ventured over with my freshly made maple waffle donut, snapped this insta-worthy pic and devoured said donut seconds after.

IMG_3168This is no Dunkin/Krispy Kreme/Tim Horton’s donut folks. I mean sure those are fine in a fit of donut desperation… but an Underwest Donut is a cake-like, melt-in-your-mouth, wonderful concoction that everyone needs to try.

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

Root & Bone

Root & Bone

If y’all are looking for some southern eats in NYC, venture over to the East Village where “Top Chefs” Janine Booth and Jeff McInnis have created a quaint atmosphere at Root & Bone with vintage furnishings and, of course, delicious food. The spot is not yet a year old, but has gained an impressive following and four stars on Yelp.

I went with the classic FrieDSC02216 - Version 3d Chicken and Waffles. The chicken was super crispy and really well seasoned with a good helping of both white and dark meat. The waffles were covered in melted cheddar and served with whiskey maple syrup. Yum, yum, yum.

 

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Just look at that melted cheddar.

DSC02216My friend Chelsea opted for the “Skrimps & Grits.” Yes. SKRIMPS.

Apparently skrimp = shrimp in southern talk?

Always learning something new…

 

Indeed a perfectly good southern meal for being in New York. I’d give it a 7 out of 10. Think you’ve had the BEST fried chicken in NYC? Where!? Let me know and I’ll venture there next!

 

Green Eggs & Ham

Green Eggs & Ham

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I DO! I LIKE THEM, SAM-I-AM!
AND I WOULD EAT THEM IN A BOAT!
AND I WOULD EAT THEM WITH A GOAT…  
AND I WILL EAT THEM IN THE RAIN.
AND IN THE DARK. AND ON A TRAIN.
AND IN A CAR. AND IN A TREE.

Dr. Seuss


Do you ever wake up in the morning craving green eggs and ham? Me neither… But when I saw this breakfast option on the menu at Countryside Kitchen in Mahopac, NY I knew I NEEDED to order it for two reasons:

  1. Where else do they actually have GREEN EGGS AND HAM on a menu?
  2. I’m [twenty] three years old.
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Radioactive Green Eggs, Y’all.

So fantastically green were those eggs. I love it. And turns out our waiter, Dan, was born on the same day as Dr. Seuss! I love a good coincidence. My friend Sara got two eggs, sunny-side up with jalapeño corn beef hash. After tasting the hash, I asked Sara what exactly was in it. (Mind you, neither of us caught the corn beef part.)

Sara: I think it’s just like potatoes and jalapeños.

Me: But it tastes like there’s meat in it or something.

Sara: Oh. Is there? Wait, maybe there is. It is dark like there could be meat in it…

So naturally we asked Dan AFTER the meal and he surely thought we were geniuses after informing us that YES, it’s PRIMARILY meat. HAHA. Absurd. Good thing we’re not vegetarians. Oh, it was good too! I should probably note that.

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Deep fried French toast sprinkled with Powdered Sugar & Raspberry Syrup.

Before our main dishes, Sara and I split the French Toast Bites because breakfast is not breakfast without toast of the French variety. I have the BIGGEST sweet tooth so this dish did not disappoint. So so so so good. Crunchy on the outside and gooey on the inside. If you don’t order these, I’m sad for you.

Countryside Kitchen opened in 2008 and has gained quite the following. Just look at their customer review page. The spot is actually famous for their “Holy Cannoli Pancake” which seemed too excessive on this morning, but I will need to try it at some point. 

This is like my favorite breakfast spot in the WORLD. – Sara

If that’s not reason enough to try it, then go home. You’re drunk.

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

“Happy” Hot Chocolate

“Happy” Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate is one of my very favorite things. I’m the person who orders hot chocolate from coffee shops. Growing up on “half-swiss-miss” (my mom used to make this by using
half of one of those swiss miss packets…oh how I was robbed of the extra grams of sugary water), I’ve since discovered the joys of REAL hot chocolate. Like, straight up melted-chocolate-bar-hot-chocolate.

I’ve tried many a hot chocolate in the big apple…

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The City Bakery.

L.A. Burdick’s makes a delicious cup as does Jacques Torres. But I’ve heard really good things about The City Bakery and decided on the morning of the last day of February 2015 that it was THE DAY. I chose this day specifically as I knew it was the last day of the bakery’s yearly “hot chocolate festival.” A unique flavor of hot chocolate every day of the month…and today was the grab bag day! I love surprises so I was pumped.

Turns out the bakery chooses a rotation of flavors for the final day and I was there in time for the first flavor, “Happy” Hot Chocolate, which is vanilla bean and milk chocolate served with a REAL marshmallow!IMG_2906I can’t say I’ve ever actually had a marshmallow that didn’t taste like the bag it came out of — but alas, this one did not come out of a bag!

(Side note: All City Bakery employees wear shirts that say: “where human beings make marshmallows.” — as opposed to aliens, I’m assuming.)

As I was drinking this delicious nectar, I was unsure how to tackle this ‘real’ marshmallow. At first I attempted, like a five-year-old, to pick it up and eat it but it was too gooey to do so gracefully. Then I sat and stared at it for a bit. Eventually I asked for a spoon and devoured the marshmallow like a sweet after-cocoa dessert.

I only wish I had journeyed here sooner to try more of the interesting flavors like “Lemon Hot Chocolate” and “On A Peanut Butter Barge,” but perhaps it’s for the best as this one cup set me back $7.50 (marshmallow is extra)…t’was worth it though. Chocolate always is.

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie