We take a lot of photos. It's what we do. It's a huge part of the Rochesteriat, and simply - it's what we love. Most days we carry our camera around and we always have our phones on us, no matter where we go. When we write posts, we always have a ton of media to look through. Some of the best shots make it in our posts, many others do not.
So, as we've been tweaking the new site for 2016, here's a look at some of our iPhone shots that didn't make it into the posts last year. Yes we may be a little behind doing a look back at 2015, but better late than never. And yes, we found out that we liked food - A LOT. But don't judge us because WE'RE those people always taking shots of our plates. What can we say, food on a plate at these city establishments is like art to us.
Yup, good ol' comfort food. This was a delicious smoked mozzarella pizza at Fiorella's at the Public Market infused with garlic, greens, and pecorino cheese. You just have to treat yourself to a pizza sometimes.
One of our favorite persons in Rochester - Niraj Lama of Happy Earth Tea. Niraj and his wife, Mary, started Happy Earth in 2011 and have been importing some of the world's finest teas to Rochester. You may be interested to know that they are located in the historic Hungerford Building, and you can sign up for an amazing tea class experience here, during which we captured this shot.
Listen, as healthy as we try to be, sometimes you just have to splurge a little. Have you been to Balsam Bagels lately? Maybe a vegan-chocolate-chip-cream-cheese bagel? There are so many options of bagels and flavors of cream cheese, you can change it up every time you go. Oh, and it's not all vegan for those of us who like the normal stuff.
If we want to keep eating like we do, we have to make sure to work it off as well. This picture was taken in early August last year of the mini sweep a group of us did just prior to the first-ever outdoor salon for TEDxFlourCity in the Washington Square Park. We're grateful for such committed, hard-working residents of this city keeping it beautiful.
And speaking of the Washington Square Park - did you know that there is a Dachshund Parade that happens every May? Yes, it's quite the spectacle where dachshunds (and their owners!) get all dressed up and prance around the stage and park. This coming year is the 15th anniversary happening on May 7th, 2016 - do not miss!
You've had Hart's Breakfast sandwiches, right!? Yes, they are the best. In fact, this was the first place we went after we came back from being out of the country because we simply wanted something American-Amazeballs. You can build-your-own or you can go with a popular selection, the Signature Breakfast Sandwich. So here's the plan: on May 7th, stop over to Hart's for a great breakfast, and then you can walk it off by heading to the Dachshund Parade that starts at 10am - see we know how to plan your day right!
And yet another way to be involved at the street level here in ROC...this was a street painting party in NOTA that took place in September. We're really excited how much creativity goes into beautifying this city!
We all know of Jines, The Frog Pond, and Cure, to name a few of the amazing places around the City to get brunch. But what about something different? What about the "Hangover Bowls" at Blu Wolf Bistro on Park Ave? Yes, they may look like slop on a plate, but essentially it's heaven in a bowl. Try one out and you won't be sorry...forget the hangover, I'm pretty sure this will put you into a food coma afterwards.
Finally, this shot was taken last year of an iconic building that is being transformed in downtown Rochester - The Metropolitan - formerly known as the Chase Tower. We are eagerly awaiting the work that Gallina Development is doing to convert it into mixed-use space of apartments, condos, office, and retail.
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