#TBT: Trattoria Monti, Rome

Didn’t think ricotta ravioli could be any more delicious? Same.

Uova da Raviolo.

Uova da Raviolo.

But then, three months ago, I tried the Egg Yolk Raviolo at Trattoria Monti in Monti, Rome. Literally a pasta dough doughnut plump with oozy eggs and cheese. I can almost taste it now.

Trattoria Monti. Via di San Vito, 13/A, 00185 Roma, Italy.

Read me on Gritstyle.com! #HumbleBrag

I am thrilled to announce that I am the newest (and first!) Beauty Contributor for Gritstyle.com — musings, beauty, life & style. 

Go there now!

Go there now!

What does this mean? It means, that for the next few months, we’ll be delving into delicious beauty treats. Well, I’ll test products over a period of four to eight weeks, keep a daily beauty journal and then write candidly about my experiences. Those reviews will be posted in the Beauty section on Gristyle.com. You’ll read ‘em and tell me what you think.

Anyone who knows me knows that this is a dream gig. I am so excited and thankful to Alex & B at Gritstyle for this opportunity! My first article went live on Monday: A Sleek Black Tube & a Sexy Red Wand.

And then my boyfriend and I went to Bad Daddy’s. Again.

Basic burger topped with House Made Mustard, Ketchup, House Made American Cheese, Bad Daddy’s Pickles, lettuce and tomato on a brioche bun. $10.25

Basic burger topped with House Made mustard, ketchup, House Made American cheese, Bad Daddy’s pickles, lettuce and tomato on a brioche bun. $10.25

And ate this massive BD All American Burger oozing with House Made mustard, ketchup and American cheese. Again. 

Sandwich of the week: Dioli’s Italian Market

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Rotisserie turkey, Swiss, red onion, tomato, arugula, and Pesto mayo on Foccacia Bread. $6.95.

I could eat the Fresh Rotisserie Turkey Sandwich from Dioli’s for lunch every day. And probably dinner, too.

Dioli’s Italian Market. 2898 Reynolda Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27106.

The last lunch: Jackie’s Grillette

I’m headed back down to Wake Forest tomorrow. I can’t believe my senior year starts Monday. I’m hoping it’ll be filled with exciting opportunities, an eventual job and of course, some fat and fabulous food.

My final 24 hours at home are always a race against the clock. By that, I mean me racing around trying to eat at as many of my favorite Montclair food joints as humanly possible. Since I woke up around 11 a.m., breakfast was surprisingly boring (I ate Kashi in my kitchen). No worries though — lunch made up for it.

The Greek wrap - tomato.

Greek wrap, minus the tomato.

I had my favorite Greek wrap (lemon grilled chicken, feta cheese, black olives, lettuce, tomato and onions smothered in tzatziki and rolled in a spinach tortilla) from Jackie’s Grillette. And in true Jersey girl style, I bought a Dunkin Donuts Hazelnut iced coffee to sip alongside. I’ll miss you, Jackie’s. I’ll miss you so.

I'll miss #mydunkin in NC.

Sorry NC, you can’t get coffee this good at Krispy Kreme.

Now, I’ve got to go help my dad grill the jumbo Thuman’s hotdogs he grabbed from Nicolo’s for my last supper. And wait ’til you see what’s for dessert…Holsten’s is involved…pictures later or tomorrow.

Jackie’s Grillette. 614 Valley Rd. Montclair, NJ 07043.

Thursday night, family and Felice 64

Fusilli al Ferretto, $17.

“Do you think other people like food as much as we do?” My grandma asks. Her, my grandpa, my boyfriend and I ponder the question, patiently awaiting our Thursday night Italian feast at Felice 64. Before any of us can answer, … Continue reading

The 11 Most Annoying People to Sit Next to On an Airplane

I’m definitely a mix of #1, #3 and #8. #Sorrynotsorry.

1. Nervous Nellie: Nervous Nellie hates flying and believes her prayers and positive thoughts are the only reason your plane hasn’t dropped out of the sky yet. She constantly asks you, “What’s that buzzing noise?” and “Does it feel unusually bumpy to you?”

2. The Crying Baby: This baby must be lamenting for all the sorrows in the world. How else could she cry for three hours straight? You want to give the parents dirty looks and/or the middle finger but you control yourself because, come on, it’s just a baby.

Baby on the Plane

3. The Frequent Urinator: Thanks to some mistake by American Airlines, the Frequent Urinator got the window seat. Which means every time he has to get up to use the bathroom, you need to get up too. Hope you weren’t too comfortable.

4. The Armrest Hog: He doesn’t understand that three people/three armrests = one per person. He’ll use two armrests and stick his hairy elbows so far out that they jut into your ribs and give you T.Rex arms for the rest of the flight.

5. The Overly Friendly Old Person: Grandma Ethel is cute but she won’t stop asking you questions (“What are you studying, honey? Do you have a boyfriend? When are ya’ll getting married?”), hindering your ability to focus on The Lego Movie. 


6. “I’m Sorry, I’m Hungry”: He teeters down the aisle with a bag of Five Guys, a slice of Sbarro or a box of Bojangles. As he sits down, he gives you an apologetic look like, “I know you want to vomit because the plane now smells like sh*t, but I’m sorry, I’m hungry.”

7. Snorlax: He spends the flight hunched over, snoring and drooling down the front of his shirt.


8. The Emotional Reader: Why is the 16-year-old-girl next to you sobbing? The Fault in Our Stars should be banned from airspace.

9. i’mSpecial: For some reason, this guy thinks his iPhone’s exempt from ‘airplane mode.’ You see him continuing to send texts even as the plane takes off and think, “Oh great, now if we crash it’s because of this guy.”

10. The ‘Cocktail’ Enthusiast: Someone needs to tell this guy to slow his roll. You feel your stomach lurch as you watch him down his fifth V8 mixed with Smirnoff.


11. Flatulent Fred: Dear God, Fred, just hold it in.

 This article was modified slightly from its original publication on The Odyssey Online.

So tell me, who or what annoys YOU most on an airplane?

The definitive ranking of Let’s YO! flavors

You only yogurt once #YOYO. BTW, this is not a sponsored post. I just really, really like frozen yogurt.

10. Vanilla Custard: A classic that’s so extraordinarily creamy it gives actual ice cream a run for its money.

9. Cookie Monster: Very DQ Blizzard-esque. You can taste the Oreo. What’s not to love?

8. Dreamy Dark Chocolate: What you’d get if you melted a bowl of Hershey’s SPECIAL Dark Chocolate Chips in the microwave and took a spoon to it.

Sooo dreamy. Photo from www.valpak.com.

Sooo dreamy.
Photo from http://www.valpak.com.

7. Fresh Mint: I don’t think there’s anything “fresh” about it…but when topped with chocolate chips and brownie bits it tastes like a cup of Thin Mints!

6. Birthday Cake: This flavor makes it easy to close your eyes and imagine you’re inhaling a big fat slice of leftover cake.

5. Cake Batter: Because sometimes cake is even better before it’s baked.

You know it's gonna be a great day when you walk in and see this. Photo from https://twitter.com/LetsYoMontclair.

You know it’s a great day when see THIS.
Photo from https://twitter.com/LetsYoMontclair.

4. Old Fashioned Peanut Butter: Brings back fond memories of Nutter Butter cookies.

3. French Toast: It almost tastes like oatmeal with brown sugar and maple syrup. For some reason, this makes it seem healthy!

It does look healthy, right? Photo from parkslopestoop.com.

It does look healthy…right?
Photo from http://www.parkslopestoop.com.

2. Toasted Marshmallow: All that’s missing is the campfire.

1. Cinnamon Roll: It does a Cinnabon justice. This flavor is so delicious that you’ll dream of it.

What’s your favorite Let’s YO! flavor?