A Fall Stroll

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Recent Obsessions #13

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Chrissy Teigen’s Dutch Baby.  I’ve made this a couple of times now and am always impressed by how easy it is to make and how beautiful it looks. I served it with berries for our anniversary breakfast and it was fab. I think a cinnamon sugar sprinkle would be good too.

Sanuk Yoga Sling Sandals. I’ve had these for awhile now and they are still one of my most practical shoe purchases ever. I’m especially enjoying how comfy they are at 9 months pregnant.

Riverdale. Oh my gosh, I haven’t loved a show this much in such a long time. I’m so sad that I have to wait for more episodes. I also just finished The Keepers and really enjoyed it.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl. I’ve been a longtime devotee of Hourglass’s Ambient Light but my go-to, Luminous Light is a bit dark on my pale winter skin. This pearl shade from Becca is gorgeous and adds a beautiful glow with no color. The formula is super soft and blends great.

Milky Way. Especially the Koko ice cream sandwiches.

The Body Shop Glow Revealing Vitamin C Peel. As I’ve mentioned many times, my pregnancy skin has been a mess. I seem to need way more exfoliation to avoid breakouts. I kept seeing these peels being promoted and out of desperation, grabbed one on promo. After one use, I noticed a huge difference and was shocked at how much dead skin this removes. You only need to rub it on your face for 20 seconds so I’m hoping this is something I can keep up even after baby arrives.

Epicure’s Oh Canada Dry Glaze.  Now that it’s grilling season, we were able to reorder some summer Epicure favourites. We’ve been loving this glaze on chicken and we also enjoyed it on ribs last summer. Super easy to throw together, too.

What are you obsessed with lately?

 

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Burger Crawl: The Mercury

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Our next stop is a classic one in Regina. The Mercury is a nostalgic place for many people and one of our testers picked it for just that reason. We stopped by on a Friday night to sample some of their well-known burgers. The environment is retro; the only way you can get pop here is in glass bottles which adds to the classic feel.

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The Burger: Two of us tried the Bacon Cheeseburger and two of us tried the Merc Burger, a loaded double cheeseburger.

The Bun: A classic Kaiser, which we agreed wasn’t big or sturdy enough for one patty, let alone two.

The Patty: Thick, homemade, well-seasoned with garlic and greasy. Like so greasy, some of our buns were falling apart before we could finish.

The Cheese: You can choose from cheddar, mozza or Swiss. The Merc comes with cheddar and Swiss.

The Sauce: Mayo. We agreed that mustard would have been good here.

The Veggies: Pickles, tomato and shaved lettuce. The Merc comes with sautéed onions and mushrooms too.

The Extras: The bacon on the cheeseburgers was cooked perfectly. The Merc comes with shaved ham.

The Side: We tried the classic double cooked fries (delicious), the onions rings (perfect and not too greasy) and the poutine (one tester liked it and the other was disappointed in the gravy and that it didn’t have cheese curds).

The Price: $13.25 for the Bacon Cheeseburger and $15.00 for the Merc burger; poutine and onion rings were upgrades for $2.75.

The Place: The Mercury Café & Grill, 2936 13th Ave, Regina

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Burger Crawl: Birmingham’s

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A new development in my pregnancy has been a love of red meat and although I’ve always loved a good burger, something about them has been super tempting to me as of late. Recently when out with friends, I commented that we should start a “Burger Crawl” and try all the best ones we could find. At first I was met with laughter but pretty soon we scheduled our first stop, at my request. This burger is my current favourite in Regina and I wanted everyone else to try it too. I mean, look at that thing. She will be tough to beat, that’s for sure.

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The Burger: The “Skirt” Burger

The Bun: Brioche, super fresh but holds up well.

The Patty: Thick, ground sirloin, perfectly seasoned, juicy without being greasy, slight char on the outside.

The Cheese: Birmingham’s puts a mound of grated cheddar on the patty and covers it with a lid to melt it onto the burger. This fries the cheese that falls in the pan into a crispy “skirt”. It adds great texture.

The Sauce: “Burger” sauce.

The Veggies: Pickles, tomato, onion and shaved lettuce.

The Extras: A woven sheet of bacon. This works to ensure you get bacon in every bite.

The Side: V-Chips; super thin and crispy potato chips soaked in vodka and then deep fried. Try them with dip!

The Price: $14.95

The Place: Birmingham’s Vodka & Ale House, 2635 Star Lite Street, Regina

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What are you waiting for?!

 

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Regina Eats: Bonzzini’s

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I’m always interested to hear where people regularly choose to eat when they eat out. As I tend to cook the majority of our meals at home, going out is maybe a once-a-week occurrence, but we’ve definitely honed in on our favorite places in the city.

One of these favorites for us is Bonzzini’s. It’s been Tom’s Tuesday night wing spot for years but I had only tried it one other time prior to us moving to the South end. Now that we live closer to it, we are definitely becoming “regulars”, which I love.

The Food: Classic pub food. Bonzzini’s has won best wings in Regina several years in a row. The Fish and Chips is also popular here; you’ll see it on many tables whenever you go.

The Atmosphere: Cozy, dimly lit and old-school feeling with lots of dark wood and neon lights. I always feel nostalgic here because it reminds me of my parent’s rumpus room in my childhood home. It kind of looks like the bar in “Cheers”.

My Favorites: The Smoked Brisket Sandwich; this is probably my favorite sandwich in the city, period. The meat is super tender and flavorful and they accent it with caramelized onion, cheddar cheese and a herbed mayo. The Bonzo Burger; the patty is homemade and they serve it on a cheese bun, which I love. The Toasted Subs; the Tzatziki Chicken is my favorite. Lagers and Dill Dip; these crunchy chips are awesome as a side or on their own.

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Where are you a “regular”? Do tell!

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