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Kate Spade Surprise Sale



It's back! 

Kate Spade has graciously surprised us with an online sale. Save up to 75% off but hurry, time is running out! The sale is open to United States and Canadian residents. 


Happy Shopping!

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Taste of Kingston | Haunted Dishcrawl


As Halloween is slowly creeping up, the perfect way to celebrate for a foodie was by attending an event like no other in the city of Kingston. On October 23rd, the Haunted Dishcrawl journey took us to four restaurants where by which the first was revealed in an email 48 hours prior to the start of the event. With a few hints revealed over social media, guests arrived at Windmills greeted by Christine McCullough, Kingston Dishcrawl Ambassador dressed in Halloween spirit. She was a lovely host and exuberated the essence of actress Melissa Rauch, also known as Bernadette from Big Bang Theory. The stunning resemble was uncanning.

As name tags were distributed and seats were taken, the rather large group was welcomed by Chef Adam Martin and served their first sample plate. With only about 45 minutes at each location, mingling with new friends and trying to savour each bite was a tad challenging but was overcome by a few silent moments and faces that I apparently make when tasting food, who knew!

Geneva Crepe Bistro was our second stop and boy oh boy was I in for a surprise. The two dishes that were served by Chef Genevieve were items I would have never ordered but to my dismay, I experienced new tastes like never before. I realized that beets were actually sweet tasting and paired well with feta and Indian flavours in a crepe was mind blowing. So many flavours that I still had not yet combined before was astonishing. By far, my favourite stop of the night as portions were generous.

 Spooky stories about Skeleton park, Prince George Hotel and Rochleau Alley were told throughout the night. Our walks from each local restaurants was frigid to say the least as I only wore a blazer. I guess I forgot to check the Weather Network since temperatures dipped to below 10 degrees. As the group made their way to the third location - Olivea, the lovely Deanna Harrington kindly greeted guests as we were directed to the private room at the far back and proceeded to go over the wonderful bit sized hors d'oeuvres. This Italian eatery served up dishes that had simple savoury ingredients.

Our last stop of the night for dessert was surprisingly right next door at Tango Neuvo. A restaurant that recently got revamped. The refreshed look was sleek and polished with a cozy ambience. As the only locale in Kingston serving up tapas, apparently they are used as a way to encourage conversation. The Spanish culture was brought out in the dessert served and let me tell you, a fellow Dishcrawler used the back of her fork as she grew impatient for a spoon to have the remnants of her Chocolate Churros sauce. They were finger licking good indeed.

The most surprising was that all restaurants visited were very much accommodating to allergies, mine being tree nuts - walnuts, almonds and pecans. Substitutes were found and dishes were still well put together. So if you have an allergy, don't use it as an excuse! Next month, Kingston Dishcrawl goes gluten free! Come out and mingle with foodies to discover what Kingston restaurants have to offer!

Take a look at what was served through the night. I may have to warn you that it might make you a tad hungry:

Geneva Crepe Bistro | 297 Princess Street, Kingston, Ontario

Bombay Crepe (Signature Crepe)
Chicken, mild curry, cranberries, coconut, almonds, celery and apples.

Beet Salad
Local heirloom beets, apples, feta, walnuts, greens, sour cream and balsamic vinaigrette.

{Beet Salad & Bombay Crepe}

Smoked Salmon Crepe
Fair trade BC wild caught certified, mixed greens, red onion with fresh dill, capers and cream cheese spread.

{Smoked Salmon Crepe}

Windmills Cafe | 184 Princess Street, Kingston, Ontario

Soup
Parsnip veloute garnished with white truffle oil.

Crostini
Topped with wild mushroom and Grana Padano.

Arancini
Gruyere stuffed arancini on smoked tomato compote.

Coconut Shrimp
 Coconut crusted shrimp, fried and served with with Asian marmalade dipping sauce.

{Windmill Sample Plate}

Olivea | 39 Brock Street, Kingston, Ontario

Gnocci
Beef cheek ragu served with a handmade gnocchi.

Panelle
Sicilian chickpea fritters with lemon and salt.

Gorgonzola walnut and grape 
Salad with Italian greens and balsamic vinaigrette.

{Olivea Sample Plate}

Tango Neuvo | 331 King St. East, Kingston, Ontario

Churros
Classic spanish dessert of light, crispy fritters, sprinkled with icing sugar, cinnamon powder served with warm chocolate sauce.

{Churros}

 A substitute of gelato was given in lieu of the almond cake due to my allergies.

Torta de la Almendra
Traditional Spanish almond cake served with warm chocolate sauce.

Gelato
Mio Gelato's finest chocolate gelato.

{Gelato}

Next Event | Gluten Free Kingston Dishcrawl - November 19th, 2013

All images were captured by the new Moto X. Thank you Rogers!

#RogersSI

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Homemade Waffles



Brunch is one of my favourite meals and my go to place when I'm back home in Montreal is L'Avenue. This restaurant is like no other with its funky design and delicious food. L'Avenue truly never disappoints, you simply need to take a look at the lineup outside! It is here where I tried the odd combination (so I thought) of bacon cheddar cheese waffles. Now, it's the only way I'll have my waffles on Sunday. Mmmm.

You have to try it before you say anything else about it!


Ingredients for waffle: 

2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
4 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp sugar
2 eggs
1 and 1/2 cups milk
1/3 cup melted butter
1 tsp vanilla

Steps:

In large bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients. Set aside then preheat waffle maker. In a separate bowl, mix eggs, milk, butter and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry mixture and beat until blended.

Ladle batter into waffle maker and cook until golden and crisp.

Serve with bacon, shredded cheese and some great tasting maple syrup!

What's your favourite Sunday brunch item?
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Urban Decay Naked Palette



Ever since my friend got me the Urban Decay Naked Palette this past summer from Sephora, I have literally used it non stop. The eye shadow palette comes packed with 12 fabulous neutrals. The colours are all highly pigmented, texture is smooth and used with the Primer Potion, you'll go morning to night without needing a touch up.

It's perfect for daily make up, especially for work as I get all day wear and has all your go-to colours ranging in matte, shimmer and glitter. The versatility of the palette is great as you can create warm themes to compliment every skin tone.

I'm not a make up expert and to be honest I'm not one to experiment a whole lot. I'm bold at times with red lips but when it comes to eye shadows, I'm all about keeping it subtle but seductive.

My favourite colour combination is sweeping Sin on my eyelid then blending Half Baked on my outer half and applying Virgin to the inner corner of my eye. Voila! 


Have you tried this palette? What are your thoughts? Yay or nay?

Enjoy!

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Trick or Treat {Halloween Costumes}



Drum roll please! Halloween is only two weeks away and designing your own costume is the best part about this one day festivity. It's your chance to showoff your creativity. So why not save some money and go DIY. With a dose of imagination, rummaging through your closet and thrift shopping, your Halloween costume is sure to be the talk of the party!

Here are some quick and easy costume ideas:

Enjoy!

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Happy Thanksgiving



This past weekend was absolutely gorgeous with temperatures soaring to above 20. With some of the time off I had, I took it upon myself to take a long walk in the colourful nature and soak in the vibrant fall foliage outside. I wore my fall must-haves: navy puffy vest, cozy long sleeve shirt, black skinnies and leather boots.

Enjoy a few of my weekend snaps:





Happy Thanksgiving my lovelies!

Enjoy!

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Tortoise Necklace





I am in LOVE with this Tortoise necklace. It's the perfect fall accessory that is casually wearable with a t-shirt for the weekends or worn in an overly polished direction with a blouse for work.

My outfit of choice: black leggings, navy t-shirt with a pink blazer and pointed toe flats!

What's your favorite fall piece?

Enjoy!

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Taste of Kingston | 23rd Annual Chilifest



This past Saturday, October 5th, Kingstonians made their way to Confederation Park for some warm hearty chili at the 23rd annual Chilifest where all proceeds went to Hospice. The weather was on the cooler side making it the perfect fall event. It featured local restauranteurs and chefs showing off their skills and competing in some friendly rivalry.  Live entertainment and even wagon rides, face painting and a bouncy castle for the kids were offered. Oh and an apple pie contest!


The 2013 winners:

 Best Tex Mex - Harper's Burger Bar
Chili meat cut large, no ground, no beans, hot & spicy.

 Best Family Style - Farm Boy 
Honorable mention - Fanatics Sports Bar
With beans, mild to semi-hot.

 Best Vegetarian - Sun Life Financial
Vegetables only, no rules on mild to hot or spicy.

 Best Original - Kingston Brewing Company Ltd.
No rules.

Best Ethnic - Sun Life Financial
No rules.

People's Choice - Harper's Burger Bar

Rosalyn's Top Picks:

1- Farm Boy
2- Harper's Burger Bar
3- The Grizzly Grill

How can you pass by the Fire Fighters serving up hot chili? You know you all went to their booth for more than their chili...

{Kingston Fire Fighters Association}

The Grizzly Grill chili was different in the sense that it was the only one where corn was prominent in taste. The extra crunch and pop of color did it for me.

{The Grizzly Grill}

Tex Mex Chili
House smoked Enright Cattle Co. brisket, local pork belly with house made cornbread, cilantro, lime, toasted cumin sour cream and Black River cheddar.

Heat level - 6/10

Harpers Burger Bar's chili sure had quite the kick to it after a few bites. The cornbread was sweet tasting, as though a condensed form of cake but with a bite of chili, their flavours combined resulting in an explosion of a taste that complemented one another.

{Harper's Burger Bar}

Original Chili

Local Wallace Farms beef, Seed to Sausage, sweet corn, peppers, beans, farm fresh parsley topped with cilantro cream.

Heat level - 3/10

While a tad runny and lacking in meat substance, Farm Girl's chili was still oozing with flavour.

{Farm Girl Mobile Food Co.}

With all those add ons, it's no wonder Fanatics Sports Bar received an honorable mention. More please!

{Fanatics Sports Bar}

Saved the best for last. 

Farm Boy was hands down my top pick as the addition of cool guacamole with the heat of the chili was refreshing. I honestly would try recreating this in my kitchen.

{Farm Boy}

Even with stomachs full of chili, I managed to share a slice of apple pie from Sweet Days Bakery. If you haven't been to their store, what are you waiting for?

{Sweet Days Bakery}

Enjoy!

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Sephora Has Arrived


I am proud to announce that Kingston, Ontario is now home to the 17th Sephora store in Ontario located at the Cataraqui Centre. Grand opening took place on October 4th, 2013 and was quite the success. Tiara Pell, Education Specialist stated that the day was filled with eager customers and beauty addicts, some who lined up as early as 7am to get their hands on Sephora products.

This brand isn't your traditional department store as customers are offered a mixture of drugstore products to high-end products. Upon entering Sephora Cataraqui, beams of light dawn on you as though walking on a red carpet, products with bright packaging catch your eye and you're swept right in. Each visit to Sephora won't be your last as you are treated like a VIB, Very Important Beauty Insider. Whether you're new or very familiar with Sephora, staff truly care about creating a unique personalized visit. With a fluid layout and easy to navigate store, Sephora Cataraqui is just the right size for the city of Kingston.

{Store Front}

Sephora carries over 100 brands as well as its own collection of products and includes makeup, skincare, fragrance, hair care, and make-up tools. Sephora is a leading chain of perfume and cosmetics store in France, but also a powerful beauty presence in countries around the world such as Canada. Bringing Sepora to Kingston has created a new shopping experience with endless beauty options and has changed the way women shop for cosmetics with its unique approach to merchandising. However it is staff such as Tiara Pell who have the proud task of training the fabulous sales team on the Science of Sephora, brand management and setting up the store for success. It is them who make sure you walk out a happy customer with the right product.

Dedicated to offering the widest selection of exclusive and hard to find brands in Canada, Sephora is all about its customers and when discussions of expansions were in the air, the brand listened to their customers and Kingston was chosen as their next location.You would imagine that the reason would be the largely tied to the strong student population but remember, Sephora is for everyone and anyone.

Sephora Caraquai is here to stay and with the holiday right around the corner, make sure you hurry in!

Among the unique shopping features Sephora Cataraqui has to offer, highlights include:

FORMULA X for SEPHORA
revolutionary collection of over 200 bold lacquers that marks the next in nail. Boasting brilliant shine and extraordinary staying power, never-before-seen effects and an unprecedented range of standout shades, each swipe is a sleep declaration of limitless creativity - and unwavering confidence.

Available at Sephora Cataraqui on October 10th.

Sephora + Pantone Color IQ
Most advanced foundation matching solution available in Candian beauty retail. 
A complimentary service available at any time at the Sephora Beauty Studio. 



Sephora Skincare IQ
Address all your facial skincare needs in one stop. Makes addressing client's skincare concerns faster, smarter and simpler using the most comprehensive retail technology available.

Express Service
Transform your look in minutes with a complimentary new look at the Sephora Beauty Studio, the place for one-on-one beauty sessions with experts.

Oh and now onto products that caught my eye:








Join Beauty Insider today to get behind-the-beauty velvet rope access to Insider-only samples, birthday gifts and an all-access pass to personalized beauty.

Where: Cataraqui Centre, 945 Gardiners Road Kingston, Ontario
Lower level near centre court.

Store hours:
Monday-Friday 9:30am - 9pm
Saturday 9:30am - 6pm
Sunday 11am-5pm

Be sure to visit soon for all the newest products and great deals.

Enjoy!

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Giveaway {Dishcrawl Kingston}


The wait is over and it's giveaway time with Dishcrawl Kingston!

If you're a student, put those books down and treat yourself to great tasting food.
If you're a parent, get a babysitter for the night and experience what Downtown Kingston has to offer.
If you're a social butterfly, come on out and meet some new folks.
If you're a foodie or simply love to eat, this is THE event for you!

Everyone needs a night out on the town once in a while, so come on out on October 23rd, 2013 at 7pm to a Halloween themed Dishcrawl event.


Enter to win using the Rafflecopter widget below!

Ready. Set. Go!


The winner will be contacted via email once giveaway has expired.

Enjoy!

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Taste of Kingston | Dishcrawl



Definition |  Dishcrawl
One night, one experience of bringing local people together over delicious local food at restaurants that define your city.


The start-up dining experience founded by Tracy Lee of San Franciso has taken North America by storm with 125 cities and counting, Dishcrawl is rapidly expanding its culinary social networking series and has now arrived to Kingston.

Now...

Meet Christine McCullough, the Kingston Dishcrawl Ambassador.

If you're a foodie or simply want to be surprised by a food adventure while meeting great people around Downtown Kingston, then Dishcrawl Kingston is what you're looking for and Christine is your point of contact.

With a background in culinary management, event management and over eight years in the hospitality industry, Christine was empowered by the concept of Dishcrawl and her love of food. Hence joining Dishcrawl seemed like the perfect move in the right direction. As Kingston has more restaurants per capita then any city in Ontario,  Christine was wise in her decision to introduce the city of Kingston to this growing trend.

With the debut event having been held on September 17th, 2013, it was quite the success with guests touring Tir Nan Og, Sir John A Public House, Chez Piggy and Sipps Coffee and Dessert Bar. People left satisfied and bellies full. Social media played a key aspect in promoting the event and Christine has taken full advantage of the online marketing world, while connecting and promoting Dishcrawl.

What to expect at Dishcrawl Kingston? 
During the course of the night, guests will venture to 4 local restaurants within walking distance with a total of 2-4 hours for the event with approximately 45 minutes spent at each establishment. Restaurant locations are kept a mystery until the day of the event, while meeting location is revealed 2 days prior.

Why is Dishcrawl Kingston worth trying?
Dine and have the experience of meeting other foodies, local chefs and owners while enjoying a variety of appetizer size meals that were made especially for you. You won't be disappointed as you have the opportunity to discover some hidden gems within your city and to re-imagine the way you think about food, drink and your community.

Next Event:
In the spirt of Halloween, Dishcrawl will be crawling their way through Downtown Kingston on October 23rd, 2013, but with a haunted theme. It's a guessing game, so join in on the fun and excitement, so be sure to come on an empty stomach and treat yourself to a night out on the town.

Don't wait, get your tickets now only $60!

Stay tuned for a Dishcrawl Kingston giveaway at noon today and keep an eye out for hints!

Enjoy!

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Cafe Culture | The Socialist Pig



Odd name you may be thinking, but The Socialist Pig  (dubbed the 'pig') is a quaint coffeehouse with a vintage cozy feel located in the charming town of Gananoque, a short 20 minute drive from Kingston. I was in cafe heaven upon entering and what pulled me in was its coffee, treats and ambiance. Everyone was friendly and there seemed to be a sense of community and warmth in the air. With this is mind, my main purpose to going to this establishment was to satisfy my grumbling stomach and take a break from work but the atmosphere kept pulling me in and my eye didn't stop wandering around the place. Places like the 'pig' are perfect for people watching and I am not going to lie, it's fun to do. It's neat to observe the quirks and interactions of others.

{Dark Roast Coffee with Caramel Flavouring}

Aside the people, food and yummy treats displayed on the counter, the decor was a different story. With a cafe on the right and a sit/dine on the left, accent pieces were in abundance but all played off one another.

As you stood by the doorway, a modest sized chandelier hung atop a communal like table next to the counter with a mix of diner stools and benches. The counter top was a large wooden slab held up by stacks and stacks of books, perfect place for a bookworm. Not sure what would happen if a book was actually pulled out, mmm. The wall behind the counter was painted to be a chalk board displaying community news and a menu for all sorts of caffeinated beverages and oh there was plenty that stood out, especially marshmallow flavouring for coffee. Be sure to grab yourself a drink as they are quite spectacular!

The pale blue damask wall paper was my favourite accent piece within this cafe along with a grand style mirror with impressive gold finishing that lined the wall next to the communal table and seating area with chairs that resembled those I sat in back in elementary school respectively.


No detail was spared within this cafe. It has a new modern feel but with a twist into the past.

Quote above door way
"We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us truly happy is something to be enthusiastic about" - Charles Kingley


Books, books and more books.


{Communal Table}

Macaroni & Cheese
American cheddar, heavy cream ooey-gooey good!

{Macaroni & Cheese}

This dish was intended to be a side portion but come on now this is ultimate comfort food in my books and had to get a full portion size which was served with a fresh mixed green salad (in small mason jar). Let me tell you, I will be going back for this in the near future!

I appreciate that this coffeehouse is all about hand made and home grown products. They take great pride and care in creating a menu that uses farm fresh ingredients, as they work continuously with local producers and other small businesses to bring quality ingredients to their kitchen and into the meals they serve.

{Macaroni & Cheese}

As fall is officially among us, I couldn't resist taking a snack for the ride home as I was absolutely full.

{Apple Strudel}

Have you been to The Socialist Pig yet?

Where: 21 King St E, Gananoque, Ontario
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