Disgraceland

photo-2A few weeks ago we hit up Disgraceland for the first time in Bloor Court. The place is a little bit divey but they are known for their bar food and wide variety of vegetarian/vegan options. I’m not a vegan by any means but I like to try the occasional vegan cuisine for fun. The first thing I ordered was the Cinco de Fryo ($9 pictured above)- fries topped with cheese, black bean corn salsa, guacamole and cilantro mayo. The ingredients worked really nicely together and I enjoyed the flavour of mayo.

photo-3Not entirely sure why, but I also had the Vegan Rib Dinner. Since I really enjoyed Hogtown Vegan’s take on meat goodies, I thought I’d give them a shot here. However, the ribs turned out to be dry and after a few bites, I didn’t find them appetizing at all. I kind of lost my appetite for the beans and the coleslaw after trying the ribs.

photo-4Nash ordered the Lord of the Rings burger, which is really what I should have got.

I’m not sure if meat-eater bias came into play here, but I really didn’t enjoy the vegan dish I ordered. The fries on the other hand were very good and I heard no complaints about Nash’s burger!

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Labour Day Weekend in Espanola

Backyard
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.

Tomatoe
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

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.

Lancôme-Grandiôse-mascara_press-kit-application-sketchHere are some diagrams to demonstrate the ways the wand really helps.

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.