While this is not all about travel, it falls under merry-making + travel + partying. Here are few fun highlights from 2015 – Enjoy and hope it makes you laugh as much as I did while writing it.


  • Set the intentions of kicking ass this year

2015 Jan Reso

  • Seeing my godson, Jacob Thomas

Jan Jacob


  • Keith and I bought international property in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Feb Mr Nica Feb Nica Sunset










Feb BK NicaFeb Nica Land


  • Planning the 2015 Summer Travel

Mar Travel Planning

  • Celebrating Easter


  • My 34th Birthday

Mar Bday BK Mar Bday BT   Mar Bday BNBsMar Bday Group


  • Got to see 2 of my oldest friends, Justin Leffler and Matt Ciantar. It was Matt’s wedding. We’ve all known each other since 3rd grade!

April Matt and Justin April Matt Wedding

  • The DogPound Appreciation Party

April DP Party

  • Learning to enjoy Caliche Rum with cigars. Thanks Shendi Lu! Thanks Felicia and Dan for joining the craziness!

April Cigars


  • Ran a 10k

May 10K

  • Visiting Jerusalem (check out my Jerusalem post for the actual city guide)

May Jeru City May Jeru BC


  • The Pilgrimage Tour with my best friend, Linda Gomes. We hit Paris, Ibiza (we made it!) and Lisbon

May praying May Paris May IbizaJPG May Ibiza 2

  • Best Dominican brunch with the DogPound Crew

June Brunch with DP

  • Swan’s Birthday Extraganza

June Swan Bday

  • Lunch with former Rutger’s coach Kyle Flood. He liked Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur!

June Coach Flood

  • Bi-annual Hennessy Crew reunion over…surprise, surprise…Italian Food and wine/champagne

June Henny Crew

  • Lauren’s Engagement Party – the Bad News Bitches Crew and our men

June Lauren Engagement


  • I work for the coolest company, Serralles, USA. Company meeting was in NOLA

July Company meeting

  • Helicopter ride with Keith

July HelicpoterJuly Helicopter

  • The annual Shitek’s Summer Series Mets Game: Keith and Brian make it on the Met’s jumbo tron

July Mets Beer and Brian July Mets Game

  • U2 Concert

July U2


  • Keith’s 35th Birthday

August K Bday Frances August K Bday Del

  • The 10-day Scotland + Ireland Trip with my in-laws (I will be posting this story in the next month – stay tuned!)

August St Andrews August Scotland August Mead August Ireland

  • Trish Mannion’s “Sensational” Miami Birthday

August Trish 40 August Trish 40 2

  • Keith and I felt grown up. We bought a new washer and dryer

August Washer


  • Global Citizen with the DogPound

Sept Global Citizen DP w. Hugh Sept Global Citizen

  • Joy Luck Club gals (Swan + Mel) hit Wo Hop (my dad’s old chinatown haunt)

Sept JLC Wo Hop

  • Swan and my Brooklyn / Queens pizza tour

Sept Pizza Tour

  • I bought sparkle sneaks!

Sept sparkle shoes

  • Caliche Rum made it on the Times Square Billboard with Instapour

Sept Times Square


  • METS Playoffs + World Series. Thrilled we saw Game 3 – Home field and they won

Oct Mets 1 Oct Mets Citifield

  • Rutgers vs. Wisconsin – Halloween in Madison with the RU Crew – rained all weekend!

Oct WI 2 Oct WI 1


  • LA Adoption Ball with Domenic Venneri. I won 2 nights at the Bangkok Peninsula hotel and a baby bag…what does that mean?!

Nov Baby Ball

  • Keith in Dodgeball Playoffs

Nov Dodgeball

  • John Santos’ epic Birthday

Nov John Bday


  • Dec 1st: Launch of Three Quarters There and celebrating the life of my beautiful sister, Nicole Caruso, with her favorite wine

Dec Blog Launch Dec 1 Nicole and Blog Launch

  • Decided if I ever own a home, this will be my Holiday Front Lawn Decor – always wanted a Griswold Family Christmas 🙂

Dec Griswald Christmas

  • Melissa Mao and Chris Cedeno’s Fabulous Holiday/Housewarming Party with the original Rutgers Matia Crew

Dec Mel's Holiday Party

  • Bi – annual Hennessy crew dinner (aka: Bad News Big Shots as Keith named us)

Dec Henny Crew last dinner

  • Leaf Cookies – my favorite cookie (thanks Mom)

Dec Leaf Cookies

  • My favorite ornament (thanks Adam Ponsi)

Dec Merry XMas

  • The Guest Bartender Series at Piora featuring Caliche Rum and Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur, and bringing together some of the finest bartenders in Manhattan. The cocktail creations = AMAZING.

Dec Piora Caliche Series

  • Christmas @ The Caruso Household: hanging with Rambo and my brother, Paulie Walnuts

Dec Rambo and Paulie



  • Keith and my holiday ritual: Tree, lighting candles for our families, Broadway and champagne at the Palace Hotel

Dec TreeDec Allegiance

  • Spending Christmas in The Villages, Florida with my in-laws. Can’t you tell I love golf, and the bench is real! Stay tuned for the detailed post on this later in January

Dec Villages Bench Dec Villages BC golf

This had to have it’s own category. The different Christmas Food Spreads I experienced.

Small: The Witek Family (Keith’s parents)

Party of 5 (all big eaters): Prime rib, croissants, 3 rolls and butter from Christmas Eve dinner at Cody’s Restaurant, caprese salad, 4 baked potatoes, string beans

Witek Prime Rib Witek Spread

Large: The Ross Family (my Uncle Frank and Aunt Evelyn) 

Party of 5 adults and 3 small children who ate already: Ham, 2 Chicken dishes, 3 veggie dishes, macaroni salad, baked potatoes

Not shown: beef stroganoff, antipasto plate

Ross' spread

XXL: Mom and Dad Caruso (no one does it better than my parents who have no concept of portion control or assortment of trays)

Party of 4: There are no hunger games at my house – Salad, Mom’s Famous pepperoni bread + meatballs, sausage and peppers, meatloaf wrapped in bacon, potatoes and onions, raviolis, fresh bread and she always gets me my leaf cookies. Check out the leftovers picture. That’s what we took home!

*I fell in love with Keith even more knowing he was comfortable enough to constructively criticize her pepperoni bread: “You have to go back to semolina. The bread dough you used doesn’t have the structural integrity to hold all the fillings.”

Caruso 2nd Course Caruso Apps Caruso Bread  Caruso SnacksCaruso Leftovers

And another that deserves its own category

Epic Rutgers Tailgates – Holy food! Awesome friends! Overdosing on fun! We now have babies at the tailgates. Crap, we’re getting old. Will the team ever win?

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Cheers to a memorable 2015!