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20 Study Strategies for Finals Week
By: Elizabeth Hoyt; October 20, 2016
Finals week can be the most stressful time for a student, whether in high school, college or graduate school.
Finals week can be the most stressful time for a student, whether in high school, college or graduate school.
Ensure you’re prepared for your exams with these study tips, which can help you conquer your finals.
Follow this list as finals week approaches (the earlier you prep, the better) so you can ace your exams from start to finish:
- Create your own study guide.
While many teachers provide a study guide, creating your own can help you understand the material better. Outlining the important information you need to learn can be helpful, both in creation and to refer to during your studies.
- Ask questions.
Your professors and TA’s are there to help! Ask them questions regarding the material and the exam so that you’re prepared when exam time arrives.
- Attend the review session.
Review sessions offer vital information on exam format, what will be on the exam and key concepts you should be focusing your studies on.
- Start early.
If you always start ahead of schedule, you’ll never be cramming the night before an exam. You’ll almost always perform better in doing so!
- Organize a group study session.
It can be helpful to study in groups – sometimes. Evaluate whether or not studying with others will be beneficial to the subject as well at your learning process.
- Study things not on the study guide.
Study guides aren’t always comprehensive – they’re just suggestions of the main concepts to learn. Use your study guide for its intended purpose: a guide. Be sure to fill in the blanks with related information.
- Take breaks.
You won’t be able to memorize or comprehend all the material at once. Balance is key – ensure that you reward learning with break times to recharge and relax.
- Stay well-rested.
There’s a lot to be said about a good night’s sleep. Make sure you’re well-rested so that you can be fully focused during your exams.
- Create a study schedule – and follow it.
Splitting the material into chucks you can actually achieve can be very beneficial. That way, you can keep track of what you’ve accomplished instead of looking at the big picture and getting overwhelmed.
- Prioritize your study time.
Some exams will be more difficult than others, some you may find easier to study for. Some may be worth more of your grade than others. Make sure to evaluate all of your exams to consider and determine all of the involved factors so you can study accordingly.
- Study for the style of exam.
If it’s multiple choice, you’ll need to know definitions and concepts. For essay exams, focus on your understanding of all the concepts presented, with examples in mind.
- Quiz yourself.
If you think about and create actual exam questions, you will likely become more familiar with what you need to study and, in the meantime, familiarize yourself with the type of language that will be on the exam. Draft potential exam questions and quiz yourself so that you can set expectations of what you need to focus on.
- Meet with your professor or TA.
Often times, meeting with an instructor, whether it’s a professor or a TA, can give you helpful hints for what to study and ways to prepare for the exam.
- Reorganize your notes.
Evaluate and reorganize your notes into what’s important, outlining important concepts, formulas dates and definitions so they’re easy to understand.
- Pace yourself.
Make sure you stay focused and don’t burn yourself out. A great way to do so is to pace yourself rather than opting for the dreaded all-nighter. You can easily pace yourself by following tips like starting early, creating a study schedule and taking breaks when necessary!
- Teach classmates.
Learning by teaching is a method that really works! If you work with a study buddy and explain concepts to one another, you’re re-learning the material all over again. It’s a great way to reinforce what you’ve learned and help someone in the meantime!
- Revolve your focus.
Switching up your subjects is a helpful way to learn everything for your exams while preventing burnout on one topic. Make sure to switch it up before your eyes glaze over! That way, you can keep studying for longer periods of time while maintaining your focus.
- Color code it.
Create a system that allows you to color code material that’s going to be on the exam by what’s most important, less important, etc. This will help you focus on the most pertinent information and prioritize the material.
If you’re a visual learner, it can help to create mind maps or diagrams to visualize how the concepts you’re learning relate to one another. This is especially beneficial when learning concepts that build upon the understanding of one another, like in science courses.
- Make it fun.
It’s easier to focus if you adapt to studying by quizzing yourself, creating acronyms or rewarding yourself for a job well done. Create a game plan – literally – that allows you to accomplish tasks and be rewarded for each.
For example, why not reward yourself with a piece of chocolate or a sip of your coffee after you’ve accomplished a new chapter or allow yourself five minutes of free time for every chunk of material you digest?
You can even add in fun factors like power-ups every time you learn a new definition and lose a life, which means you add another definition to your list, when you get an answer wrong!
We asked and got all sorts of ideas. The result is Rochester as a choose-your-own-adventure, from sun up to sunset and beyond.
These top picks cut across seasons and assume we have all the time in the world in just one day. Because we did say “perfect.”
RISE AND SHINE — AND EAT AND EXERT
We’re hungry but also active people in the morning: Our sources split evenly between indulging in some great food and sweating it out with some serious exercise to start the day. Some clever people find a way to combine the two:
• The perfect Saturday starts at the Rochester Public Market. I like to get a cup of coffee at Java’s to sip on my first lap around the vendors.
• Standing in line—and inevitably there is a line—at Flour City Bread Company at the Rochester Public Market, I pray they haven’t sold out of the “jambon beurre,” although their croissants are just as delicious (and caloric). For drinks it’s just one door down: a chai latté next door at Java’s at the Market.
• Begin with a trip to the public market for a sausage biscuit breakfast sandwich/yogurt parfait combo from Flour City and an iced tea from Java’s.
• Head to Balsam Bagels, located in North Winton Village, for a salt bagel with jalapeno cream cheese.
• Wake up late and head to Hart’s Local Grocers for breakfast to go: The Signature Breakfast Sandwich is bacon on gluten-free bread and an iced cold-pressed coffee. The sriracha mayo will blow your mind. Take it to go and sit outside on your favorite downtown porch or the steps of the Memorial Art Gallery or Cobbs Hill (if you can somehow wait to dig in during the few minutes it takes to get there).
• Order a big breakfast—with lots of bacon—at James Brown’s Place on Culver Road.
• It’s September or October: Start the day off at the Brighton Farmers Market with a French Quarter from the Fuego Coffee stand. I bring my dog, Harvey Specter, with me to listen to the live music and walk around to shop the local vendors. Then I walk over to Bagel Land at 12 Corners for a fresh pumpkin bagel and cream cheese.
• Wake up for a healthy, organic breakfast at Red Fern on Oxford Street at Park Avenue.
• My perfect sunny, crisp autumn day begins with an early morning Boot Camp class at Midtown Athletic Club followed by an hour Reformer Pilates lesson with Kim Myga, my Pilates guru. Or, a personal boxing lesson at M/Body on University Avenue followed by a fabulous natural juice by Just Juice 4 Life in the M/Body café.
• It’s sunny and 75 in fall: Start the morning with a HikYoga event at a local park.
• Wake up and take the functional training class at The Elite Training Studio in Rochester.
• Run down a million balls in a tennis class at Midtown Athletic Club.
• Wake up and head to Orange Theory in Pittsford for one of their incredible HIIT (High Intensity) workouts.
• For a perfect winter day: A beautiful sunrise drive to Bristol Mountain to get in as many ski runs as possible before the crowds arrive.
• Start with a walk along the beach on Lake Ontario by Durand Eastman park.
• Start the day with a brisk walk through the woods.
• Start early with a bike ride around Conesus Lake. It’s a beautiful view, a decent workout and great reminder of how lucky we are to live where we do.
Lisa Cove’s perfect day
Lisa Cove is a yoga instructor at Breathe and was recently nominated to the Village of Pittsford’s Architectural Preservation Review board.
On a beautiful fall day, my husband and I take our Doberman Pinscher rescue, Rocky, out for a walk on the Auburn railroad trail behind the Pickle Factory building in Pittsford. We cross the bridge over the Erie Canal, admiring the quaint village and stopping to talk to neighbors.
We sit on the patio at Simply Crepes In Schoen Place for a light breakfast: Our usual waitress brings us a bowl of water for the dog and a glass mug of steaming vanilla coffee for me and a large skim milk for my husband. We order our favorite crock of crème brulée oatmeal with fresh berries and bananas.
Then on to Towpath Bike Shop next door to check out the most current bike fad for my husband—stopping first at Via Girasole Wine Bar to buy a bottle of wine (or two). Traveling home, I encourage my husband to “just stop in” to Chandeliers Boutique because their windows are so appealing.
I wave to Linda Dillon, the town of Pittsford County Clerk, and Tiffanie Prada, owner of bustling Salon Bella Vita. We head down to the Village Farmers Market to refill my hard cider growler, try some fresh baked goods, pick up some organic doggie treats and listen to live music while watching the children run around the Pittsford Recreation Center soccer field.
We’re out again for lunch at Aladdin’s on the canal for my favorite Greek salad and my husband’s favorite dish, the Basilica linguini with chicken and basil. After, we walk next door to The Game Gamut, a unique little board game store that offers the most sought-after traditional board, card and dice games.
Some people bring out-of town-guests to Pittsford Wegmans; I bring them to the Pittsford Dairy! Today it’s homemade chocolate chip ice cream and a freshly made takeout half moon cookie for my son.
For some afternoon fun, we bike up Monroe Avenue to Pittsford Plaza for some shopping: Marshalls and TJ Maxx for me, Eastern Mountain Sports and Barnes & Noble bookstore for my husband. Our ride continues to Lock 32, the adorable brew pub on the canal, for a pint of craft beer; an IPA for my husband and something light for me, paired with free, freshly popped popcorn.
On to Label 7, bottle of wine in hand, for the BYOB night. Locals flood the bar and outdoor tables overlooking the Eric Canal. I order the burger with blueberry ketchup and truffle fries. My husband asks for the local fish special.
If we have any energy left, we stop at Breathe for a “restorative” yoga class. Perfect end to a perfect day!
But if this is truly perfect, we can magically do a day in the city, too. We like to go back to our former city neighborhood. A quick breakfast at Hicks & McCarthy in Pittsford gives us the energy to bike the old Auburn railroad path behind Monroe Avenue to Winton Road, through Cobbs Hill park and over the pedestrian bridge to Park Avenue.
We head to the Eastman Museum for the most current exhibit, then continue to the Memorial Art Gallery. For lunch, we walk over to Edibles to see friend and owner Jason Herbert for my favorite black bean burger. From there, it’s Park Avenue. First stop, Parkliegh for unique gift items and a kiss from manager David Mejak. Free sample of coffee in hand, I head to the candy counter to pick up my favorite bag of Hedonist ginger/pistachio dark chocolate.
We people-watch while strolling down Park Avenue, reminiscing in our old East avenue neighborhood.
That evening, we drive to Village Gate for First Friday art night, walking through the galleries of local artists, sipping wine and listening to music. Dinner is at Rocco, an appetizer of homemade ricotta and toast with our favorite server, Mark, sings us a little Italian opera before we order.
We drive home with ease—no traffic—and feel grateful we have an amazingly accessible city rich in arts and food!
WALK IT OFF, OR KEEP MOVING
You’ve got to start working off those carbs—or, if you already worked out, it’s time to replenish and cool down with an interesting stroll, preferably at one of the spots that make Rochester unique. Then again, some people go straight to the pampering.
• After sweating, head to Breathe Yoga for an acai bowl (add kale, please!) with their homemade, gluten-free granola. Beyond yummy and nourishing.
• Water ski or take out your paddle board on a lake.
• Get a juice or smoothie to go, then sip and take a walk around the historic neighborhoods of the Park Ave. and East Ave. area—a beautiful house and garden tour of your own.
• Get some fresh air on a walk around Brighton’s Houston Barnard neighborhood (between Twelve Corners and the city border), admiring the stately and magnificent architectural homes from the ’20s and ’30s.
• Have a late-morning standup paddleboard adventure on Irondequoit Bay at Sea Breeze with Kathy of iBay SUP Yoga on Culver Road. She brings everything; you just show up.
• After the gym, head to the Memorial Art Gallery for a leisurely tour of one of the many wonderful exhibits. If you’re fortunate, you can have an enlightening conversation with one of the staff members over coffee at the Brown Hound, the restaurant in the gallery.
• Walk the Cobbs Hill Reservoir with the dogs and the spouse to make room for lunch on the Erie Canal at Label 7 in Schoen Place.
• Head over to Happy Feet on Park Ave. for a ridiculously good and inexpensive hour-long full-body or a foot massage. (Actually, why not both?) Get their punch card because you’ll definitely be going back.
• After working out, get a deep-tissue massage at Integrative Healing on Winthrop Street downtown.
TIME TO SHOP
We know where we’re shopping when we need something, but the perfect day includes browsing for the kind of items you want, not need. Shopping for sport and fun, not necessity, is the difference:
• Stop by Stacy K’s new floral design studio and gift shop on Russell Street for a breath of fresh and fully oxygenated air. It’s a visual feast of colors and textures—and you can pick up everything from hats and greeting cards to artisan chocolate.
• Hit the many antique and co-op shops around town: everything from rare books to vintage thermometers.
• Shop at Embrasse-Moi in Pittsford for bras and gorgeous clothes, or get some great clothing and accessories at Chandeliers Boutique in Pittsford.
• Head to Peppermint—now located in the Culver Road Armory—for some retail therapy (in dress form).
• Head to the South Wedge and buy some new Bee Paper House swag from Abode, pick up a new Sugar & Type planner from Little Button Craft & Press, and stop at Hedonist Chocolates to pick up some chocolate sesame bark for friends and family.
• Try a shopping excursion for new placemats and scrumptiously soft alpaca throws from Axom Gallery on Anderson Avenue.
• Head to Swan Market on Parcells Avenue, the German butcher store, for favorite bratwurst and bacon, with a side order of Kinder, a favorite chocolate.
• At Parkleigh, you can find just about anything, from quirky socks to breath mints with swear words on them. Even if you’re not shopping, go just to entertain yourself for an hour or so.
• Stop by Panache Vintage & Finer Consignment in Brighton to consign your clothes; eventually you can pick up your check and spend it somewhere, or just buy something at Panache with it while you’re there.
If ever there were a doubt that we’re a foodie and food-loving town, this eclectic list of favorite options settles it. And it only scratches the surface, of course.
• I grab a light lunch, thanks to the Le Petit Poutine food truck. The poutine truck happens to be parked outside of the Memorial Art Gallery on this perfect day, so I wander around inside and then pop into The Gallery Store to shop the wares of local artists.
• For lunch, I’m going to ButaPub on Gregory Street. Chef Asa Mott puts out American comfort food with Asian influences, a nice bit of spice, and tons of flavor. My favorite is the ramen; my god, that ramen. Most of the menu is pig-centered, but there are great options for any palate: Korean sesame chicken wings and vegan tofu bahn mi are also on the menu. Make sure to save room for dessert: Walk down South Ave. to Cheesy Eddie’s for the best cheesecake (and the best carrot cake).
• Sit outside or inside while you indulge in a healthy way at The Red Fern on Oxford Street at Park Avenue. It’s so tasty, you won’t realize how good it is for you.
• Lunch at Sinbad’s on Park Avenue, sitting outside on a beautiful summer day, watching all the people and cute dogs stroll by. I love to order the gambari “pitza” and the falafel rolled with hot sauce. (If it’s a late lunch, pair this with a cold Corona: perfection.)
• Meet friends for lunch at McCann’s Local Meats on South Clinton Avenue. Get the Korean Bulgogi Sammy or the classic burger with the beef-fat fries. Pick up some meat (sausage/kalbi) to make for dinner later.
• Lunch is going to have to be a huge bowl of pho at SEA Asian restaurant on Monroe Avenue, or a gigantic create-your-own salad at Saha Med Grill (on University Avenue, in Pittsford or in College Town), immediately followed by cupcakes from Get Caked Bakery in the Neighborhood of the Arts or Scratch Bakeshop on Park Avenue. You’ll want to get these to go, because you should probably walk off the three cupcakes you’re about to eat.
• Devour a healthy Garbage Plate at Root 31 in Pittsford Plaza. No mac salad here: heaping mounds of grilled veggies and quinoa instead. Add chicken, please!
• After a productive morning at work, it’s off to 2Vine downtown—with its beautiful outdoor patio—for a lunch of summer salad and a glass of dry rosé.
• Lunch with family at Fruit and Salad Company in Bushnell’s Basin.
• After a morning ski, brunch at Café Sol in Bristol Center, the 100-year-old former country store for the outrageous, plate-size buttermilk pancakes with a good cup of coffee and glass of Finger Lakes wine or Italian Prosecco.
Faheem Masood’s perfect day
Faheem Masood is president and CEO of ESL Federal Credit Union.
Up early, head out to breakfast at Fishers Station in Victor or Jine’s in the city.
Go for a nice bike ride along one of our beautiful Finger Lakes or the canal. Our area is terrific for cycling—loads of places along the river downtown, the canal path, out in the country or around the Finger Lakes.
In winter, snow-shoe at Mendon Ponds Park. A great workout and a wonderful way to experience areas you wouldn’t otherwise walk through.
Lunch at Java’s in summer (one of their very interesting sandwiches) or, in winter, a nice bowl of noddle soup at Furoshiki (must get the spice bomb!) on Park Avenue.
Movie at the Little if it’s a rainy day or winter (must have the popcorn) to see something different that isn’t widely released.
In summer, catch a quick round of golf—from an abundance of courses to choose from, my favorite is my golf club, Monroe. A beautiful, peaceful, relaxing time.
Visit a couple of our wonderful breweries (too many to list!) or wineries in the Finger Lakes. Experience new beers and wines.
Catch an early show at Geva. Excellent productions—engaging, entertaining and frequently thought-provoking.
Finish with dinner at Rooney’s in the South Wedge Swillburg neighborhood. I can always count on a great meal and service that is familiar and personal.
PLAY, PLAY, PLAY
Time to remember and appreciate some of the things that make Rochester unique, like the ultra-versatile canal (get in it or travel next to it) and other spots. And, true to form, some people find a way to work refreshments into the mix.
• Bike on the Erie Canal—hop on at Schoen Place, or the ride from Bushnell’s Basin to Fairport is lovely. If you’ve got nowhere to get to in particular after arriving in Fairport, stop for a refreshing kombucha tea and/or beer at the Fairport Brewing Company. They have a cute outdoor seating area, and if it gets chilly, you have your own personal fire pit to ward off the cold!
• Walk along the canal in Pittsford during the fall: The colors are amazing. Who needs Vermont?
• Include a walk along the Erie Canal starting from Lock 32.
• I strap the boat to the car roof and head to one of the many waters available for kayaking—the Erie Canal is my favorite, launching from the new wooden dock below the Pittsford library when I’m short on time, or Irondequoit Bay if I have more time.
• After a kayak excursion, take a warm soak at Midtown Athletic Club’s hot tub.
• Do some dancing: It’s great for exercise and community-building, and it gives an endorphin-spiked sense of euphoria. I always take the open contemporary class at Nazareth on Wednesdays, or try some form of social dancing at any of the many classes, events and locations around Rochester.
• A late afternoon walk at Cobbs Hill.
• A lazy afternoon on the dock on a lake, and a cocktail cruise.
• A walk around Mount Hope Cemetery makes for a peaceful afternoon, and it’s not nearly as morbid as it sounds—it’s one of the most beautiful places in Rochester. Susan B’s tombstone is a must-see.
• After work, I ride with my cycling group “The Betty’s” through the hills of Mendon, Honeoye Falls and Victor.
• I walk over to Inspired Esthetics in Pittsford and get my facial by Elizabeth DiVincenzo and then drive to the K Salon in Brighton and have Keith blow out my hair.
• Somehow I’d have to fit in a trip to the gardens at the George Eastman Museum or the sculpture garden at the MAG.
• An early afternoon trip to the AMC Webster to enjoy their reserved, lounge-style seats for a fantastic romantic comedy.
Gretchen Bye’s perfect day
Gretchen Bye is a creative director at Partners and Napier.
After I wake up leisurely and organically, my pool boy would bring me a warm sesame bagel with cream cheese from The Bagel Shop in Brighton and an Americano from the Village Bakery (yes, he is old enough to drive). After that I meet my friend April for a 6.5-mile canal walk and talk where I burn off previously mentioned carbs as well as give and receive the kind of therapy only a broad’s best friend can provide. It’s one of those crisp fall mornings, where the sunlight is low and comes into the world sideways, making everything sparkle.
The moment we’re done, the sky clouds over and down comes the most delicious spring rain. It rains steadily for the remainder of the day as I pull into the Del Monte Spa for a massage. NOTE: the “massage” is also code for drinking one cup of every tea flavor offered, lounging about in one of their ginormous bathrobes by the fireplace and reading my horoscope in every magazine, then almost drowning in the showers.
I pick up my fabulous 97-year-old grandmother and we hit the MAG. She used to be a docent there and we walk the gallery together. Then we go for lunch at The Yellow Rose Café in Penfield. (Yes, it closed years ago, but it will always will be our special “spot.”) We have wine with lunch.
I meet up with April again and we go shopping. We hit Marshalls. Yes, Marshalls. Because there is something totally indulgent about not being time-strapped and having a wing woman who is brutally honest about all things when you go to Marshalls. Naturally Peppermint, Dado and Panache/Trilogy happen afterward. There is another Village Bakery coffee moment after this (’cuz wine with Gram at lunch).
It starts to snow…like, really snow. I drop off my shopping bags, grab my boot bag and husband and head to Bristol Mountain, where we make first tracks for the remainder of the afternoon until dark. I’m exhausted and hungry in the way that only skiing makes you.
I nap. Uninterrupted. In my bed…with clean sheets…
My pool boy wakes me to let me know it’s time to get ready for drinks and dinner. We have an endless, raucous, cozy family dinner at Guido’s Pasta Villa in Irondequoit (’cuz skiing). I get my usual gnocchi with greens and beans and crumbled Italian sausage, followed by a raspberry pie from Hurd Orchards. But we have to go because we have tickets to the RPO, where the Rochester City Ballet is joining them. We settle into our seats at the Eastman Theatre. My daughters love it.
We drive home along East Avenue and take it all the way to Fairport, the girls sleeping quietly in the back of the car. There is no traffic.
P.S. I don’t have a pool.
Pick your poison: caffeine or sugar. Both seem to be perfect ways to keep the perfect day going.
• You’ll need more caffeine—the perfect day in Rochester is long—so stop at Joe Bean Bar & Roastery on University Avenue, where you’ll fall in love with coffee: real coffee, no cream or sugar needed.
• Quick walk to Fusion Bubble Tea on East Avenue downtown for a taro smoothie with bubbles.
• In fall, tour the creative carved pumpkin-laden teepees at Powers Farm Market in Perinton. Sip on hot cider while feeding the animals. The homemade donuts and fancy seasonal breads are to die for (and the Christmas tree-cutting visit is equally as memorable).
• Cafe Sasso on Park Avenue is the cool hangout for the younger set, straight out of Friends, but the coffeehouse has something for everyone, including food and cocktails. Sasso even had something for Bill Clinton when he stopped in while campaigning for Hillary back in April.
• Head to Schutt’s Apple Mill in Webster to pick up a box of fresh glazed donuts and delicious apple cider to take home for the week: the absolute best and your family will love you. Stop by the Blue Toad Cider tasting room in Henrietta for a flight, and make sure you try the Flower City Blonde.
• A pit stop at The Apple Farm in Victor to pick some fresh apples off the trees [Note: A fire in November destroyed the store, but the owners—thankfully—have vowed to rebuild.] It doesn’t get better than seeing my boys eating their yummy freshly baked donuts and apple cider.
• Stop at Pittsford Dairy for coconut crunch ice cream. Bring home chocolate milk because it is life-changing and you will be mad at yourself if you don’t.
DRINKS BEFORE DINNER
“Perfect” means you can have some drinks before dinner even before having drinks with dinner, and you’re none the worse for wear.
• Go to The Reverly for cool-factor cocktails (and cute bartenders).
• Pre-game dinner with some cocktails at Good Luck. You were too busy to make reservations, but the bar will suit you just fine for a few drinks and a snack. You get the Black Cat Tea (or Electric Relaxation if you’re going to be making a night of it!). And when you start to feel peckish, the french fries are the absolute perfect vehicle for dipping into their red lentil skillet. It might sound strange, but it will change your life.
• Drinks at the top of the Strathallan at Hattie’s, then make your way over to the bar at the Cub Room for more drinks.
• Drinks with our friends at Apogee Wine Bar on Park Avenue.
• I stop at Rocco’s on Monroe for a glass of wine and an appetizer: ricotta fatta in casa, homemade ricotta with olive oil served with charred bread.
Mark Cuddy’s perfect day
Mark Cuddy is artistic director of Geva Theatre Center.
The day after a perfect day working at Geva: With my wife, Christina, we…
Go to the Rochester Public Market, get a breakfast sandwich of egg/bacon/croissant at Flour City Bakery, then a coffee next door at Java’s.
Visit with the many friends who do likewise.
Walk our yellow Lab, Blake, through Highland Park near our house.
Do errands at Mayer’s Hardware and, of course, Wegmans.
Get a haircut at Scott Miller.
Sit on our front porch and read a play.
Catch an early film at the Little.
Sit on our front porch and have a cocktail.
Sit at the bar at Rocco and have grilled octopus, pizza of the day, linguine with clams, and a glass of nice Italian wine.
Drive five minutes to our home.
Our sources offered up their favorites, from some old standbys to some of the newer spots in town. Several people recommended Rocco on Monroe Avenue downtown—no wonder you always need reservations there.
• Dinner with friends calls for house-made ricotta, pizza, butterscotch budino and wine at Rocco. Everything is consumed, zero leftovers.
• Dinner is an easy choice: Rocco. Tiny, cozy and authentic, this is always my go-to when the dinner choice is up to me. Chris behind the bar is a great bartender and great company. Definitely listen for the specials, but don’t leave without trying the polpo alla griglia, grilled baby octopus. I jones for it when it’s been too long.
• Grab some friends and head out to someplace you can share and sample several delicious dishes. Good Luck is always great, as is Rocco, and if you want a little driving adventure, head to Ember Woodfire Grill in Livonia.
• Head to Roux on Park Avenue for some French cuisine.
• Dine outside at the Gate House in Village Gate.
• Food truck fare for dinner, with a cup of meatball from the Meatball Truck Company, and a French macaroon treat from Sweet Sammie Jane’s.
• I love Lento in Village Gate and Pomodoro in Rochester and Benucci’s in Pittsford Plaza, and we just discovered Favo Pizza in Pittsford, thanks to our daughters (who teach us everything). The handmade pizza pies are cooked in front of you, with your choice of ingredients—an experience to savor. Yum!
• Enjoy the New York City ambience at Nosh on Russell Street and indulge in their Tomahawk Steak, which is gigantic. Co-owner Peter Lezeska personally makes sure each visit is memorable.
• Char Steakhouse and Lounge in the Strathallan for dinner: I love all the activity, and I always seem to see a bride when I’m dining there (I consider that good luck).
• Dine at the Sushi Bar at Next Door Bar and Grill for the best sushi in Rochester. The Lava Roll is divine—and my favorite day wouldn’t be complete without a jalapeño margarita from the bar.
• Dinner at Aladdin’s in Schoen Place on the canal, where our favorite server, Theresa, has a cold bottle of wine (or two) waiting just for us. Everyone’s favorite, the Chicklaki Plate, is so healthy, it makes us feel justified ordering dessert.
• Tapas 177 is the best place to conclude this perfect Rochester day. The calamari salad is the perfect way to start (available gluten-free!), paired with one (or four) mojitos. Depending on the night, they’ll have a live salsa band for you to enjoy or dance to. Any of their entrees will make you happy and full, and the gluten-free chocolate torte is the most decadent dessert—sure to blow the mind of any chocolate lover.
• Go home and make dinner from the produce you bought from the farmers market or public market, meat from McCann’s, and Finger Lakes wine (Keuka Spring Rose) or #ROC Beer (Lost Borough Citra Pale Ale Growler).
OUT ON THE TOWN
You’re perfectly full, perfectly warmed from the inside, perfectly balanced between physical exertion and a day of indulgence. Time for some perfectly good arts and entertainment—a reminder that we’re blessed with great options for a smaller city. That, and apparently the popcorn at the Little is a thing.
• Catch an after-dinner flick at the Little; I will literally watch anything they show there.
• Go to a movie at the Little and eat their
• When I can I squeeze in a show at Geva Theatre Center, RBTL or RAPA, life is good.
• Saturday means our subscription shows at the RPO or Geva: How lucky we are that the choice is so hard! Orchestra or mezzanine? Fielding or Mainstage? We are truly fortunate to live in Rochester.
• June it’s the jazz festival, September it’s the Fringe fest’s shows, or a movie at the Little or the Cinema Theater. Never a boring Saturday in Rochester.
• You can catch a captivating play at Geva and enjoy a drink at Geva’s bar with the actors afterwards.
• During the jazz and Fringe festivals, I love all the activity at East Avenue, Gibbs and Main Street.
• After dinner, it’s on to listen and do-si-do dance to the Tommy Brunett Band at one of his favorite venues (The Revelry, Marge’s, Genesee Brewhouse, The Penthouse at One East Avenue, etc.) and have a sip of Tommy’s Iron Smoke Whiskey to warm up.
• Live blues music is always a draw at places like The Beale in the South Wedge or Sticky Lips in Henrietta and Rochester.
• I love going to Marge’s Lakeside Inn on Lake Ontario in the summer to hear the live music while you sit on the beach and order a bucket of beer. A great end-of-weekend activity, they have live music on Sunday, and Marge’s is the perfect place to see the sunset.
• My last stop is almost always The Revelry. Everything about this place is good, but the bartenders are what really draw me in—what a pleasure to see people do what they love to do. The energy and atmosphere here are always just what you need, no matter what kind of day it’s been. The cocktails are strong and the warmth is sincere, and that’s what I want from a nightcap.
• Dessert and/or a glass of wine at Jembetat, or Apogee, both on Park Avenue, with al fresco seating.
ONE FINAL STOP
• Late night would end with a trip to the East Avenue Wegmans—because I need something for the next perfect day…
Thanks to our contributors: Alyssa Belasco, Getchen Bye, Lisa Cove, Mark Cuddy, Evvy Fanning, Monica Flaum, Agathi Georgiou, Susan Latoski, Jennifer Leonard, Joan Lincoln, Barbara Lohse, Faheem Masood, Meghan Mundy, Karen S. Mungenast, Blynn Nelson, Nannette Nocon, Duffy Palmer, Linh Phillips, Anja Pierce, Danielle Raymo, Gail Riggs, Heather Roffe, Ginny Ryan, Lauren Sformo, Pam Sherman and Natalie Sinisgalli.
Taken from: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/longform/rochester-magazine/life-style/2016/11/29/rochester-perfect-day/94269246/
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