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a bit about Jackie
What do you do and why do you do it?
I'm Food & Travel Blogger. Exploring different cultures and new experiences makes me truly so happy. It opens up my mind to better perceive and understand our world. I sharing my journey and experiences so that others can be exposed to this wild and crazy world- and motivate them live their lives to the fullest.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
One summer I had to work in a hotel as part of my college credit requirements... That meant arriving at 5:30 am every Saturday & Sunday morning (in my salmon-colored matching vest & pantsuit uniform) to work the Breakfast Buffet. I was 21. I still have my nametag somewhere lol.
Were you born and raised in New York? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to New York?
Born & Raised in the NYC Suburbs.
What’s your current hood in New York and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
I live in the NoLita part of SoHo and I LOVE everything about it. There are so many amazing restaurants and shops right outside my door. I honestly can't think of one bad thing about it.
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
I really listen to a bit of everything, R & B, Hip Hop, Alternative... I don't really like country music or super poppy music. LOVE live music.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Runaway by Kanye West, Fuck You by Cee Lo Green, Here I Go Again by Whitesnake
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
Broad City, Sex & The City, How To Make it in America- all in NYC :)
Name some spots in New York that are good for a Tinder date.
I'm not on Tinder, but I love Sake/ Wine Bars & Speakeasies for dates- lets you let loose! Also, bars in an area where you can go somewhere else after (if the date goes well) Sake Bar Decibel, Angels Share, Bar Belly, Dante
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
Reality Stars, all of them.
Who’s your hero and where in New York would you take them out for a serious hang?
Beyonce; Ugh, love her. Lucali Pizza
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
SoHo has everything! Reformation & Creatures of Comfort are two of my favorites
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Run through Central Park
Where do you go in New York for a casual night out?
Dinner at Rubirosa followed by drinks in Soho, West Village or LES.
Where would you go in New York to celebrate some freaking good news?
Barbuto or Lure Fishbar.
What’s your choice of transportation in New York and why?
Citibike- Not only a great way to stay in shape, but also the quickest way to get around the city.
What are the New York spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
The Highline, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, Williamsburg
What are the New York spots tourists should run from screaming?
Times Square, Penn Station
Tomorrow’s your last day in New York. How do you spend it?
Start off by going on a long bike ride or walk on the West Side Highway path, Then hosting a brunch picnic with my best friends in the park (ordering food from all my favorite spots), then to a rooftop bar (probably Le Bain, lay in the turf while the DJ spins old covers) dinner at one of my favorite spots, (Roberta's, Barbuto, Rubirosa, Upland), a baller meal at Masa, Momofuku Ko or O-Ya, or Dim Sum crawl through Chinatown.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Tel Aviv: Beautiful beach, beautiful people, INCREDIBLE food. The city is full of fun and lively attitude.