Labour Day Weekend in Espanola

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I spent Labour Day weekend at Nash’s parents’ place in Espanola, a town of around 5000 people in Northern Ontario. It was rainy all weekend but I still tried to take some photos of the beautiful scenery and other random things.
BeansThis is their fat kitty named Beans.
BeansSo cute, so fat.

Clay FrogsRandom clay frog.

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Giant MushroomThis is a giant mushroom, almost the size of a soccer ball.

Boat
Empty RoadEspanolaDucks in a RowEspanolaEspanolaThe atmosphere was so calm. It was nice to get away from the city.

Nash in a HammockNash in a hammock.

FrogAn actual frog.

ShackEmpty RoadHouseClear LakeClear Lake...A Fine Paper TownI’m standing in front of the town sign.

Waterfall
Paper MillMr. FrogOld SwingOuthouse

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Lancome Grandiose Mascara

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My latest Influenster Canada Voxbox was Lancome’s new Grandiose Mascara. It was presented beautifully in a black box.
IMG_0238There’s a certain elegance to the bottle that gives it a luxurious feel. The top has a lovely rose decal inside the clear plastic.
IMG_0239The want itself touts a “swan neck”. The greatest thing about this wand is that it allows for easy application to the second eye with my weak hand. I can change the angle of the brush so that mascara doesn’t end up on my face.

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IMG_0256I enjoyed this mascara a lot because it thickens and lengthens my lashes. There’s also no clumping so I don’t end up a racoon by the end of the day. This is definitely going in my daily make-up bag.

Electric Mud BBQ

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Located on Brock Ave in Parkdale, Electric Mud BBQ serves up unique BBQ eats. It’s by the owned by the same people as buzzy Mexican restaurant Grand Electric (which we still haven’t been there because we aren’t really committed to lining up for a meal). The first item we ordered was the day’s special, a grilled chicken. It came with a dipping sauce, but we couldn’t tell if it tasted better with or without. The white sauce, chives and marinade were already perfect.

photo-6Also our meat list were these rib ends. They were crispy and had a tangy bbq sauce spiced with jalapenos.

photo-7Since we were eating meat, we thought we’d get some vegetables as a side. Well, sort of. These buffalo cauliflower (compete with a blue cheese salad) resembled classic buffalo wings. What a lovely twist.

photo-4To wash it down I had a lovely Porch Crawler (watermelon lemonade, thai basil gin and simple syrup).

photo-3Nash had a Bourbonade (which is exactly what it sounds like).

photo-8Somehow, we had room for dessert, but I am glad because this Sweet Potato Pudding was to die for.

Our overall experience was lovely and we just learned the place delivers! Now we can get our BBQ on even if we’re lazy.

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Clara’s Gourmet Burgers

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We stumbled upon Clara’s Gourmet Burgers while on a walk in the area, and naturally we had to try it. They had a creative burger menu with very affordable prices.

photo-4 I had the Bruschetta Burger with diced tomato, feta, oregano. The flavours worked quite nicely together with the beef. I ordered them with a side of sweet potato fries which were also very good. Not to mention GIANT:

Imagine the sweet potato that made that!

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Nash had the Nacho Burger with jalapenos, onions, tomatos, lettuce, and nacho chips!

photo-1The tables at the restaurant are all chalkboard so we amused ourselves while we waited for our food.

They aren’t the most complex burgers in the world, but they didn’t need to be and it was definitely worth the price! They do run out of ingredients for some of their burgers throughout the day so if you want to try something like the seafood or mahi mahi, go earlier! They were unavailable in the evening when we visited.

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The Porch – A Rooftop Patio

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On top of Adelaide Hall and Rock n’ Horse Saloon is a relatively new rooftop patio called The Porch. The place has a lovely unobstructed view of the CN Tower. I was there for a friend’s birthday and ordered a margarita which came in a bucket the size of my head. Considering it was around $10, it was a great value.

photo 2The menu features finger foods as well as pub food like burgers and ribs. I ordered the guacamole with corn chips to start ($14).

photo 3I also had the Korean Short Ribs ($15) which were served with market greens in a balsamic vinaigrette.

photo 4While I think it is a great place for drinks, I think the food is overpriced for what you get as they weren’t anything special. Also worth noting is that if you make a reservation, it doesn’t guarantee a table or your party’s spot in line. The few times I’ve been there, there was no cover, but I could also see this changing if it hasn’t already.

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