Rochester Happenings of 2015, Get Ready for 2016

Happy New Year! As we embark on 2016 and prepare to make this year even better than the last, let's take a moment to reflect on 2015. This has been such a whirlwind year and through the highs and lows, I hope we all feel like we're ready to take on whatever comes our way. I would describe 2015 as a year of growth for both the blog and my personal character. All of the new experiences, people I've met, stories I've heard and friendships I've developed have all influenced me for the better. I've learned to 'let go' this year of my fears and inhibitions and instead chase after what I love.  I've grown into a much fiercer version of Sir Rocha Says and I owe that to you my friends, so thank you!  

Looking back from the inception of the blog to today, I am humbled by the success it has experienced to date. From a handful of followers to now thousands, what a fulfilling journey this has been thus far. For this blog post, I wanted to share what 2015 has brought forth and the latest happenings in Rochester to look forward to in 2016. 

Below is an infographic and summary of the incredible year of 2015: 

Since October 2015, I've released my second publication in the Fall/Winter issue of Mann's Jeweler Accent Magazine . Woo-hoo! I wanted to share this all with you because I wouldn't have been able to participate in any of above without your support and love. I can't thank you all enough for coming along for the ride. I am hopeful that for 2016, this will be a year of influence where we can continue to carry out the mission of helping others discover new experiences and fall in love with Rochester, NY!

Now onto what's the latest and greatest of 2015 that we can look forward to visiting in 2016! I made this post more photo-centric to make it more of a visual story of my recent experiences this past year! 

Latest Restaurant Happenings of 2015: The restaurants cited below have all opened in 2015 and are waiting for you in the new year! Click on the photos for captions & your viewing pleasure! 

The Playhouse / SwillBurger // Restaurant Fiorella // The Cub Room // McCann's Local Meats // Grappa // Marty's Meats

New Bubble Tea, Specialty Tea, & Kombucha To Try in 2016: Below are new teas I've tried in 2015 and have fallen for. I hope they bring you as much joy as they have brought me! 

Bubble Fusion // Happy Earth Tea // Tea Witch Tea // The Red Fern

New  Coffee Spots / Bakeries: Getting good coffee & sweet treats  is a MUST for me and lucky for us a few new spots have opened up for us this past year! 

Maker's Gallery & Studio //  Upper Crust Cakery/ Glen Edith Coffee Roasters // Scratch Bake Shop // Ugly Duck Coffee

Hope you enjoyed today's post and reflection back on 2015. I hope this year brings you all much favor and blessings. Cheers to a happy & joyful 2016 filled with hope, change, and new experiences!