Cheers to 2016

Cheers to 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE! 

2015 was an amazing year, but not without my fair share of ups and downs. I quit my job at a major news network, moved back home and literally had no idea what was next.

Newsflash: Still don’t know what I’m doing career-wise. Currently considering becoming a flight attendant. We’ll see…

…BUT I ate tons of delicious food, traveled a bunch and met tons of cool folks in 2015! Did I mention I met my idol, the silver fox himself, ANDERSON COOPER?

I’ve been getting work through a temp agency in NYC which has sustained me thus far along with my freelance writing/transcription work so that’s been goooood.

Now I’m gearing up for my next adventure — Rapetti Review is off to Europe!

I booked this trip back in September and I can’t believe Feb. 1 is so near…time seriously flies faster and faster with each given year. It freaks me out. Anyways…

I’m going with my best friend from college, Tyler, who is coincidentally the same gal who managed to get me to road trip to VA on a whim this past summer to see Dave Matthews Band.

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We’re so super excited for our adventure to Europe! We’ll be there for a total of 3 weeks and our travels will take us to the following cities:

Reykjavik, Iceland

Barcelona, Spain

Rome, Italy

Paris, France

AH! I can’t wait. If you’ve been to these places, I totally welcome any and ALL recommendations! Give me the inside scoop, y’all!

I wish you all tons of happiness and adventure in 2016 and hope that this world gains more joy and cheer!

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie

Io amo Alloro

Io amo Alloro

Alloro. a lovely Italian spot on the Upper East Side.

I went here with a few colleagues of mine to indulge in what would’ve bIMG_1811een a “$$$” meal had it not been for a good ‘ol Restaurant Week deal…

This deliciousness to your right is eggplant parmigiana – my absolute favorite Italian food! And it was perfect! Yum yum yum. Couldn’t have asked for a better way to start off the meal.

For my entree, I decided on the seafood gnocchi which was indeed equally delicious. A dish filled with mussels, clams and shrimp, it was an excellent choice for a person who loves all things seafood like myself. My parents had me eating mussels and fried calamari at thIMG_1813e tender age of 3! They joke that people in restaurants used to do double-takes when they saw little pipsqueak Jackie diving right in to eat these tentacled creatures. How could I resist?!

I had the cannoli for dessert and, being the sweets-addict that I am, failed to take a photo prior to polishing it off – whoops! I can assure you it looked as fancy as the first two dishes and was equally tasty.

Spread kindness and cheer, xo
Jackie