April 28, 2014

Skim eats: Brunch - Rogue & Canon


There are few things that I will get out of bed for on the weekends: brunch, promised good times with friends, and to beat the crowd at the laundromat around the corner from me. This past weekend, I rolled out of bed on Saturday for all three.

I met up with my friend, Roxy, and had plans to get brunch at Jane. How foolish I had been to think it would be a good idea to go to one of the city's top brunch spots at 1pm without a reservation. Needless to say, we heard the wait time and promptly scurried down the street in hopes of finding some place more reasonable.


We ended up finding this little spot called Rogue & Canon, not very far away. After a quick look at the menu (and the promise of booze with "First drink on us!" on the board outside), we walked into a relatively empty restaurant/bar. We sat in the corner and I almost immediately liked the place because they had Top Gear on one of the TVs -- anybody who tries to tell me they don't like that show is lying!

We ordered our drinks first: Roxy had the white peach bellini, and I had a bloody mary entitled 'The Mexican' -- I don't remember what was in it, but man, was I in for a surprise. I foolishly didn't realize it was listed under "The Marys" and was a little bit sad when I got it, because I don't actually like bloody marys. But! That aside, it packed a nice punch.




After debating between three different options, I decided to order the Chicken & Waffles Sandwich ($16), while Roxy got the Eggs Benedict ($14). And honestly? Best choices ever. I had a bite of Roxy's and I had to admit that it was one of the better ones I've ever had in the city, and I've brunched quite a bit in the last year. The hollandaise sauce wasn't too heavy, and made the dish so freaking delicious. 

I almost regretted getting my indulgent sandwich -- except, well, it's fried chicken breast nestled between two halves of a waffle and a layer of delicious cole slaw. And maple syrup on the side. That chicken was juicy, crispy, mouth-watering, and so wonderfully placed atop that slaw. It was way too big to eat as a sandwich so I had to deconstruct and monster my way through, but it was totally worth getting my hands dirty. The only sad part was that the bottom waffle was soggy when it came out because of the cole slaw. Inevitable, but sad nonetheless.

But the mixed greens were great because that makes the whole dish healthy.

...Right?




Altogether a pretty great find. We weren't sure what to expect, and were pleasantly surprised. We went on some more adventures afterwards, but I'll save those for another post. Also, this is one of my favorite shots of Roxy -- mostly because that face is totally like "Sara, stop taking photos. Seriously."

Great times with a friend, great brunch, and I did my laundry in the morning. What a win.





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April 8, 2014

Tiny Lush Haul: I'm no longer a Lush virgin.


After years of people talking to me about Lush and telling me that it was the most brilliant thing to have ever existed, I finally ventured into my first Lush store -- and I'm pretty sure I'm never looking back. 
Let's start with the fact that everyone in the store was so nice, super helpful, and they stayed with me for over half an hour, showing me different product and testing things out on me. They were patient while I asked questions and smelled pretty much everything I could possibly get my hands on.
 

This one might be my favorite thing that I purchased. Ocean Salt immediately brightens the skin and leaves it feeling so fresh and clean. Seriously. This was pre-mixing the contents (but look at that bright blue!), and I was afraid that the scrub might be a little bit too abrasive. Nope, just perfect. You can smell the vodka in there and..it's just so lovely for the skin.


Mask of Magnaminty wasn't my favorite scent, but it is super nice on the skin. In the store, I thought it was a little bit too minty for my liking, but as they were all out of the fresh face masks, I went with this instead. And I'm glad I did! The girl who helped me told me that sometimes their products smell completely different outside of the store -- I think this one is just that. After a day, I opened the pot to smell it and it was a lot more tame. Amazing. And it definitely left my face feeling super soft and using this after Ocean Salt took care of the random acne I had popping up on my face. Win.


The girl who guided me through the store got me on this one right as I was about to pay. She had me smell this and Bubblegum, and asked me to choose which one I liked better -- of course, I chose Mint Julips. I took a small bit, scrubbed my lips, and then licked them afterwards. It's edible! And smells freaking amazing.


Wanting to make for myself a super soothing bath (which was why I went in, in the first place), I picked up this bubble bar called Yuzu and Cocoa. Honestly? I was really disappointed by this one. It smells amazing, but the bubbles were so sparse and disappeared as soon as I got into the bath. Really bummed me out.


I didn't take an individual picture of the bath bomb I got, but I purchased Golden Egg from their Easter line. Again, it smelled great and I liked the fact that it was a bomb and melt in one. Super moisturizing, left my skin feeling so soft all night. I was worried about the glitter, but it was more of like a shimmer and didn't stick to my skin, thankfully.

All in all, it was a small haul..though expensive. But I feel as if I've covered the basics, and I'll be back for more -- they've completely converted me into a bath person! There's no going back now. 





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