Two Weeks Till 25!

Two Weeks Till 25!

Ahhh! Where have my early 20s gone?! Every September post-college, I feel soooo weird not getting ready for a new school year.

What’s my schedule going to be like? Who will my professors be? Where will I live on campus? Should I go to the d-hall or make ramen for dinner? Ramen, for sure. Oh but they just opened up a Popeyes on campus! But that costs money. Soooo, ramen. And then I snap out of it and realize none of these questions are relevant anymore and it’s SO SAD.

Continue reading “Two Weeks Till 25!”

Bienvenidos a Miami

Bienvenidos a Miami

Bouncin in the club where the heat is on
All night, on the beach till the break of dawn
I’m goin to Miami
Welcome to Miami

Most folks venture to Miami on Spring Break with a group of friends…my first trip to the magic city was with two of my aunts and my lovely grandma. While I wasn’t surprised by the blue skies and warm water, I was pleasantly surprised by the delicious food scene this city has to offer. Check out some of my favorite places below:

DSC03734

These are the very happy faces of folks who just ate a plethora of delicious Peruvian food at Miami’s Chalan on the Beach. The restaurant was cozy and the staff was warm and welcoming. Definitely try the ceviche (served with giant kernels of Peruvian corn)! We all enjoyed seafood dishes; everything was tender and flavorful. I’d absolutely go back if I return to Miami!

Another place to check out is YUCA – young urban cuban american. The mango mojito was soooo delicious and my oxtail tacos were really good too. We all shared a really delicious appetizer of bacon wrapped dates (you can’t even taste the dates; it’s mostly chorizo and ground beef on the inside – yummmm). This spot is located on Miami’s popular Lincoln Road where you’ll find tons of shops and eateries.

IMG_5146IMG_5147

Looking for a great place to drink? Check out Wet Willies. With four alcoholic slushy flavors to choose from (sex on the beach, shock treatment, attitude improvement and call-a-cab), everyone will be pleasantly intoxicated. I went with one of my aunts and we each sampled all four; we decided to go with the best tasting (and strongest in terms of alcohol content), Call-A-Cab. It tasted dangerously just like a cherry Italian ice…

IMG_5191 IMG_5192

Looking for traditional Cuban cuisine? Definitely check out Havana 1957. Our waiter was super knowledgeable and friendly, and the food was soooo good. My aunts and grandma all went with the Havana 1957 Specialty Especialidad de la Casa which was a roasted chicken dish. I had to be the black sheep and get something different so I ordered a kiwi mojito and the Chicken Fricassee Casserole. The portions were plentiful and all of our dishes were tender and flavorful. I was too busy eating to snap pics, but trust me it was gooooood.

Other good spots to check out include:

Nexxt Cafe – Try the crab hash! Or the Monte Cristo French Toast!

Juice & Java 

The Social Club

Moshi Moshi Sushi 

Oh and DEFINITELY buy the coconut patties…they’re everywhere and they’re DELICIOUS.

IMG_5152I could definitely get used to the beach life!

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

I’M FREE! I’M FREE!

I’M FREE! I’M FREE!

Y’all I’m taking it back to the Stone Age and I’ve never felt better. I just deleted my Snapchat and two of my three — yes, THREE — Instagram accounts. And by “deleted,” I mean DELETED.

giphy

I didn’t just remove the apps, or temporarily disable my accounts…they are GONE. Well, besides Rudolph’s Instagram, but he’s an adorable dog and his followers love him so…

Why the sudden move to purge these social media accounts?

I was actually inspired by fellow blogger, Audra and THIS post she recently penned.

When I look back on my life, am I really going to care about how many likes I got on a certain photo or how many followers I had? I sure hope not. I want to remember the people, the experiences, the moments that left me completely speechless. The times when I took in everything there was to see and made the most of it.

I love every point she makes and I couldn’t agree more. I have my reasons for keeping Facebook (it’s how I keep in touch with my bf who is currently in JAPAN of all places for the next two years) and I’ve actually found Twitter useful for networking (go figure). Plus, I like using FB and Twitter to share these blog posts with folks who aren’t on WordPress.

Tomorrow, I’m leaving for Miami with my grandma and two of my aunts; I found myself thinking about the photos I’ll take and the amazing memories we’ll have from this all girls trip.

And I don’t want to spend my time filtering through the filters of Instagram and Snapchat.

I’ll have my phone, sure, but I plan on keeping it off most of the time. I’ll bring my DSLR camera to capture candid moments because that’s something I enjoy doing. I love photography and videos and being my family’s so-called historian…but I don’t want to feel the need to upload and share every moment with everyone in my social network just to be ‘liked.’ Because guess what? I’m loved and I already know that, and that’s all that matters. And guess what? So are you. And you can live without all this social media too. #ImpromptuRhymeTime

It’s going to be a while (if ever) till I break from #RandomHashtags. But I’m off to a start. My point is, while it’s good to want to share your experiences with others, don’t let all the social media craziness get in the way of the actual experience. Live your life for YOU, not for the Insta.

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

“Mexican Pink”

“Mexican Pink”

In the mood for some delicious Mexican cuisine? With three locations in New York City (1st Ave, Lincoln Center and Union Square), Rosa Mexicano has a cool vibe, young crowd and great grub you have to try! This restaurant is not unique to New York City with various locationIMG_2933s including Miami, Boston and San Francisco.

I went with two of my friends, Sara and Kevin, on a Saturday night at the Union Square location. The interior is warm and colorful, with “dramatic architectural details such as cascading water walls against vibrant purples, pinks, reds and oranges.” With our reservation in place and time to spare, we each grabbed a delicious glass of sangria at the bar. (All of the drinks folks ordered looked colorful and delicious, so I wouldn’t hesitate to try something new if you go!)

After grabbing our table, we quickly put in an order of the infamous table-side guacamole.

IMG_2927
Preparing fresh Guacamole!

 Kevin immediately attempted to eat the entire bowl…


The guac was served with warm tortilla chips and two dipping sauces. None of us really liked the dark sauce which Kevin said tasted “like leather.” Sara and I laughed… but after tasting it for ourselves we agreed leather was the only comparable adjective to describe it hah – but the green sauce was flavorful and spicy. The overall winner was the guac itself though. Plenty for three people to share – we were already full after that.

For dinner, Sara and I got the Baja Tacos served with Elotes — E-what?! ELOTES! Aka grilled Mexican street corn. We couldn’t figure out if the corn was smothered in butter or something else, but either way it was GOOD. I may have to say the corn was better than the actual fish tacos. And I’m pretty indifferent about corn. That good.

“When I saw them bringing it [our entrees] to the table, I thought it was a kid’s meal. It looked too cute to be ours.” – Sara

“Looks like a lunch box.” – Kevin

IMG_2936
Baja Tacos & Elote

Kevin went with our waiters recommendation of Budín de Pollo which is essentially a dish with layered tortillas and chicken. It was really good and came with various sides as well.

IMG_2937
Colorful food is the BEST food. (note how completely empty that guac bowl is…we’re savages.)

Fun Fact: Rosa Mexicano is not named after a Mexican woman named Rosa…if that were the case the name would be Rosa Mexicana. Rather, the name comes from the actual color, Mexican Pink, which is described as “an exciting combination of blue, red, and white. It is different from other pinks and very difficult to achieve outside of the particular luminosity of Mexico.”

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie