Top places to eat in Rochester, NY from a bunch of 20 something’s.

These places are the JAM. Tasted/Tested/Loved by myself and my friends. I have to admit, living here for 26 years there are still places I have not been/heard of (which is why we started this master list!)  If you come to Rochester, NY or live here and haven’t been, get out there and experience some of the best cuisine this city has to offer. From $ –> $$$$ take your pick. There is something for everyone.


Revelry (Southern Inspired – NYC style vibe)

ButaPub (Asian inspired)

Magnolia’s (Obama went here)


Tapas 177

Char – at Strathallen

Nick Tahoe’s –  Garbage Plate

Dinosaur BBQ

Genesee Brew House


Resturant Good Luck – (“New American” – NYC Style Vibe) **** FAV PLACE. You have to go here.

Gate House

Hose 22


Vegan/Gluten Free/Vegetarian conscious

Owl House

Red Fern


La Casa



John’s Tex Mex – Vegan/Gluten free options








Spot Coffee

Starry Nights Café

Joe Bean Coffee Roasters

Ice Cream

Pittsford Dairy




Joey’s Pasta House

Fiamma’s (Downtown location now open)



Napa Woodfired Pizza

Pane Vino


Blu Wolfe


Brown Hound Downtown – At the Memorial Art Gallery


Village Bakery Café (Eastview Mall, Armory, or Pittsford)

Waffle Factory

James Brown’s Place

Highland Diner


Hattie’s – In Strathallen Hotel, classy – great view of the city


Shema Sushi





Pudgy Girl Bakery (Vegan – donuts)

Jackson’s Bakery

Cheesy Eddie’s



Hedonist – they have ice cream too


Truth in time tells all.

As many of you know, I got let go from my first “real person” job just 5 months after accepting the offer in 2015. Dreams crushed. The fantastic Marketing genius who hired me, quit days before I was to start. BUMMER.

After completing 6 years of school and obtaining 3 degrees, I was ready to take on the Marketing world. There was not much I was sure about at the time, but my Marketing capabilities were never in question.

Marketing is something that I am extremely passionate about. For those of you who know me or have been in class with me, know that I take Marketing seriously and put my whole heart into my work. I do not turn anything in that may tarnish my personal brand, or that is not the best that I am capable of – which is why that day in December came as a complete and unexpected shock to me – or to some of you I’m sure.

I didn’t have enough experience she said, I wasn’t able to do the job successfully. I didn’t have what it takes to be a “Brand/Product” Manager, those words still haunt me to this day. This was the worst day of my life.. or so I thought at the time. Cue the drama.

I cried numerous times. I thought I wasn’t good enough for months, but I never let it stop me. Terrified of what people would think of me because I was unemployed – the perception that I wasn’t good enough, that I was a loser, that there was something wrong with me. Those times were notttt some of my best.

Instead of being a negative Nancy, I channeled my energy into the gym lost 20 pounds, met some amazing people, and got to spend almost every day with my grandmother who was diagnosed with cancer after I got let go and died a week after I accepted my new job. A blessing in disguise? I think so.

Fast forward to today. October 2016 almost a year later.

UPDATE: I am a Product manager. I do have what it takes to do my job successfully, and I am gaining experience from the wonderful people that I work with every day (seriously they are sooo wonderful). I landed in a better place and couldn’t be more happy. (#KodakMoments go use our Kiosks in Target or CVS.)

Boom drop the mic.

Anyways – I decided to blog today in light of recent events. My mom bought a jar of Francesco Rinaldi pasta sauce for dinner tonight and I picked it up to take a look because I noticed the packaging was new.

My eyes were immediately drawn to the call out on the front (that was the point of it) that says “Made with imported Pecorino Romano & Extra Virgin Olive Oil.” Hmm looks familiar I thought… I flip the jar around and sure enough “buttons” that call out if the product is say Gluten Free or Vegan. Also looking at the ingredients list – soy bean oil is now gone…  MY IDEAS. All of them, MY ideas.

Again in shock – anger immediately fills my body. So obviously the first thing I do is take out my new I phone 7 (YASS) and snap chat the situation, then call Bob.

Hours I spent buying competitors sauces, analyzing the labels, figuring out what we are able to call out to differentiate our sauce from the competitors. Those of you who know me well, know what kind of excel spreadsheets I am capable of making and let me tell you this was a beauty.

Back to how this ties in. I was let go because I wasn’t capable of doing my job – yet my ideas are now on a national brand of sauce? I know the real reason I was let go. It had nothing to do with my capabilities and this proved it. A little something called office politics. THE WORST.

Although I am angry that Lidestri is currently using my ideas, I am happy. Happy to know that my ideas mean something, that they were good. I am good enough. I know my capabilities.

The whole point of this post is to say that although it took almost a year, something as small as a label change put my mind at ease. There may be times in life when people put you down, tell you that you are not good enough – but if you have faith in yourself and your capabilities, you can do anything. Go prove someone wrong – the feeling is fantastic.


That time I rappeled down a building… A true #KodakMoment

Okay, so I officially might be a little crazy. After much deliberation and a shot of Fireball, I  went for it. 21 stories, 309 feet, pure chaos. Luckily my friend let me borrow her Go-Pro because no I did not look down with my eyes open!

I had multiple people ask me why I would do such a thing, tell me I am crazy or think I lost a bet however, it was more a work thing than anything else. I had been given the opportunity to rappel down for Kodak Alaris since we provide rappelers with some crazy good photography and prints to document their #KodakMoments, how could I pass that up? This was not something that was on my “bucket list” but I am proud to say that I did it. Mind>Matter could not be more true than it was that day. When something as bizarre as this comes across your plate you have to take it, so I encourage everyone to take this mindset, I bet you will be happy you did. Doing things that are uncomfortable to us help us grow and see the world in a different way. Super beneficial. Just go for it.

More about the event, and why it is put on:”21 Stories for Scouts is a life changing 309 foot descent down the First Federal Plaza building in downtown Rochester to benefit Scouting programs for 40 aftershool programs in the city of Rochester, and underserved at-risk youth throughout our five-county service area!” It is fundraising like you have never seen, so creative.




Negotiating a Salary. Akward, but so worth it.

Fresh out of Grad school, I have little Product Management experience (about 5 months), but 2 Master’s Degree’s from a top 30 school which gives me some leverage. I recently received a job offer, and my gut told me to negotiate for a higher salary. However, I had zero clue on how to do so. Insert Google, and my fantastic friends.

Lewis C. Lin is a bestselling author with books focused on product management, marketing and negotiation. It just so happens he has a blog of templates you can look at to see how you should go about negotiating. THANK YOU.

Here is the link: (

I used the: Negotiating a Higher Base Salary: Get More When You Have Good Qualifications script. I took this as a guideline when writing my e-mail to my hiring manager.

BOOM $3,000 for 30 seconds of my time. Easiest money I have made so far in life. WORTH IT.

I guess I’m writing this to persuade those of you who think you shouldn’t, or you aren’t entitled to more or feel awkward, to indeed do so. All of those feelings ran through my head. It’s 2016, don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. It also shows that you aren’t a pushover and that you value yourself and your personal brand. My friend’s advice was what I needed to take action, I had the gut feeling, I just needed to make it happen. So if you are reading this, and you helped me – I owe you a beer or 5.


Perfect Paleo Treats & Clean Eats.

UPDATE: New found interest – Paleo baking.

You can stuff your face with a cookie or cake and not feel so bad about life. I love this already. Sorry Betty Crocker, but BYE.

For all of you wondering – “Eating Paleo is a belief that for optimal health, modern humans should go back to eating real, whole unprocessed foods that are more healthful than harmful to our bodies.”

I’m not going to lie, the first time I even contemplated this way of baking I was completely turned off due to the unfamiliar (and somewhat expensive) ingredients. Like really, what is Ghee anyways? Most people probably don’t know it exists – market research was 100% necessary before I proceeded.
**For any of my Simon friends, you all know by Market Research I mean google.

Once I got past this mental roadblock and decided to give it a shot, I realized that I simply cannot turn back. It actually makes me sick to think that my previous Banana Bread recipe used 1 cup sugar and 1 cup brown sugar (So unhealthy) – the Paleo recipe uses 0 added sugar and still tastes delish!

Some fab friends at the gym (Melissia and Niki) have provided me with fantastic treats to try and have shared their recipes – for this I am grateful. It’s a lot more fun to bake and trade with friends – it’s a fast way to try various recipes and get a feel for what’s good and what’s not based on others experiences.

Not a marketing plug here but I do have to mention that Trader Joes is the JAM for prime ingredients needed to make these treats! Significantly cheaper then Wegmans. So if you feel inspired, take a trip to Monroe Ave and get shopping.

I have posted our shared Pinterest Board below where we only post recipes that we believe are worth sharing! – It’s basically our digital RAC recipe book. Welcome to 2016. Feel free to follow, try some recipes and give us feedback. We always welcome free food. If anything it’s a challenge to try something different, and benefit your health! Who knows, you might end up loving it.

Follow Amanda’s board Perfect Paleo Treats & Clean Eats. on Pinterest.//


BTW – Adding that skill to the res.

Soooooo I started doing some consulting work for a company called ViewSPORT, they were actually on Shark Tank Season 3 (fab show check it out if you haven’t seen it) as most of you prob know from the countless Snap Chats/Instagrams/Fb Videos I have sent out. #SorryNotSorry

The product is Sweat Activated Fitness Apparel, so when you sweat images will begin to appear on your clothes that were not there before. I recently decided their Instagram account needed some updates in terms of aligning it more with their brand, so I needed to create some original content to push out.

Insert Kelli Grove. Now Kelli is my best friend Ashley’s little sister, and has been busting her you know what the last few months to do her 1st Bikini competition. (I’m inserting her hashtags here because I don’t know exactly what she did is called #inbfnaturalusa #teamfendifit #fitnessgeradio) Any whooooooo Kelli looks fantastic so I called her up and asked her to model the clothes for me. This was my 1st time using a profesh camera (shout out to Bob for providing it), and I think we got some good ones that may even be used for ads! Also shout out to my Aunt Brianne and Uncle George – owners of Golds Gym Fairport for letting me use their location to take the photos! PS – best gym in Roc, and I am not just saying that because i’m related.

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Check out more of what ViewSPORT does below!

Golds Gym Fairport!

Disney Princess Marathon Weekend!

So I decided to do my 1st 5k, and what better place then Disney World with my best friends!?

It was honestly one of the best experiences of my life so far and I would do another one in a heartbeat. In fact, I have already talked to my friends about doing another one in 2016! Run Disney is absolutely fantastic, and the event is so well organized. You arrive before the parks open, so about 5am, then get in your corral’s to begin the race. Fireworks go off, people are cheering, music is blasting, super exhilarating. Along the route you can stop and take photos with characters if you want or walk/run as you please. There are also professional photographers that take your photos as you run and finish – you can buy them after starting at like 24$! However, It gets rather challenging to run around people and stay with your group and it seems a lot of people walk in the 5k – which is why next time we will do a 10k or 1/2 marathon. Anyways the Frozen 5k was indeed cold, well for FL at 4am but we had a fantastic time running around Epcot. After the race you get your medal, and some snack and are on your way to enjoy the day!

Tips: If you have friends in a higher corral # – go with them.

You will freeze waiting for your turn so have a jacket, or something you don’t care to carry after you get running – or throw it out.

If you want to legit run – don’t do a 5k

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