Guest Post: Abby’s Boom Breakfast Review during a Sunday Brunch:

Abby was the winner of the Boom Breakfast & Co $50 Gift Card. You can check out Abby’s blog at Prime Physique Nutrition

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I had a lovely time with 3 of my friends at Boom Breakfast a few weeks ago! It’s a change for me to write a restaurant review since I usually blog about health, nutrition & eczema instead. 🙂 Nevertheless – I had a great experience and look forward to going back again!

Boom Breakfast has 4 locations across Toronto – but we went to their Vaughan location since it was closer to us. We went for Sunday brunch, and we were surprised that the moment we went in, the place was completely packed!

This was the first time I’ve ever seen a restaurant do this – but the servers were actually passing around free muffins, fresh warm waffles, and coffee as everyone was waiting around! It was an extremely nice touch to see a restaurant do that (plus, they allowed us to get seconds as well).

When we sat down, we also noticed that they had really neat cups where they brought in the hot water with a lemon!

As for the food, I got the Benny Boom Eggs Benedict (topped with smoked salmon) and my fiancé had ordered an Eggs Charcuterie with Turkey Chorizo in an eggs benedict. My fiancé didn’t realize that the Eggs Charcuterie he ordered was scrambled – so he asked them if they could change it to a poached egg, and they gladly did! They definitely had good service 🙂

    

My other 2 friends ordered the Western College Sandwich, which we found was a tiny bit dry in terms of the sauce, but the flavour was strong. My favourite meal was my friend’s High Energy Omelette, which was filled with turkey chorizo, mushrooms, caramelized onions, and roasted red peppers. It also came with a side of rye bread and frites. The taste was flavourful and I highly enjoyed it!

    

I would definitely recommend people to go here again as the service as great!

If you’re planning to go, I recommend you go early to try and beat the busy Sunday morning brunch (but if you don’t – there may still be free waffles, muffins and coffee waiting for you) 🙂

They have 4 locations across Toronto and you can find the rest of the Boom Breakfast Menu here.

Thanks to Carly-Anne and Boom Breakfast & Co for giving us a great new restaurant to try out!

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Thank you for the great review Abby and so glad you enjoyed your experience at Boom!
– Carly-Anne

 

Boom Breakfast & Co 10th Anniversary!

Happy 10th Anniversary Boom Breakfast & Co!

Read on to Win a $50 gift card and join the celebration

Over the holidays my sister and I were treated to a scrumptious breakfast at Boom Breakfast & Co (courtesy of Boom & Charming Media) to celebrate their 10th Anniversary

We headed out to their College st location (808 College St. (near Ossington) before our day of Christmas shopping and made it just before the afternoon rush.  We were seated in the back and our waitress was the lovely Stephanie.

Honey Bee Smoothie

Kristin and I are not big eaters and we usually always split meals when we go out.  We ordered coffee & water, Honey Bee Smoothies (no-fat yogurt, blueberries, banana, honey) and for our meal we shared the HUEVOS RANCHEROS BURRITO (scrambled eggs, green onions, tomato,garnished with sour cream, salsa, guacamole, BOOM frites) and FRESH BAKED WAFFLE with powdered sugar.

My breakfast – 1/2 Huevos Rancheros Burrito & 1/2 Waffle with powdered sugar.

                

Everything was absolutely delicious and I cleaned my plate (Kristin ate most of hers!).  The service was fantastic.  Stephanie was super nice, knowledgeable about the food and made a delicious recommendation for our breakfast.  We’ll definitely come back again and fingers crossed they open a location in the East end (closer to the Beach!)

Sooo now on to the great part for you!  Boom and I split on a $50 gift certificate for one of you lovely readers that is good at any of their 4 locations.

To Enter: leave a comment below on which item(s) on their menu you’d like to try!  Winner will be announced this Friday, January 10th.

Thanks again to Boom Breakfast & Co and Charming Media for the wonderful breakfast experience.  We’ll be seeing you soon!

 

 

Seventh Generation Review & Giveaway

**This post is very wordy but there’s a contest at the end, so read on!**

I’ve spent the past two weekends cleaning like crazy, thanks to the package of Seventh Generation products I received.  As you know, I’m trying to green my house – making things from scratch, using environmentally friendly and natural cleaners – so the gift of Seventh Generation was a welcome surprise.  I scrubbed and polished everything that I could and here are my reviews of each product:

Seventh Generation Lavender, Floral & Mint Natural Dish Liquid

I used this in a few different ways.  The first was to wash my hands, in place of using soap.  Throughout cooking I wash my hands constantly and it wasn’t too drying and left my hands nice and clean.   Jason also used it to wash his hands that were dirty from work.  It seemed to work pretty well for him but he is in winterizing mode at work so not as greasy and dirty as he usually gets.

My second use was to wash some of my dishes (glasses and pots & pans) that wouldn’t fit in the dishwasher.  I filled up the sink to let the dishes soak for 15 minutes.  It was nice and bubbly and worked well to cut the grease.  It didn’t leave spots on my glasses and everything was sparkling clean.

The third use was as a base for homemade dishwasher soap – click the link to check out my recipe and review.  It worked very well in my dishwasher – but be sure to mix it with the vinegar & baking soda to avoid a bubble disaster!

Seventh Generation Green Mandarin & Leaf Natural Shower Cleaner

I used this product as my all-purpose cleaner.  I cleaned the entire bathroom – tub, shower, toilet, sink, floors and tile walls – and it worked on everything.  It took some elbow grease to get the soap scum off of the shower walls, but overall was a great cleaner.  I liked that the scent was not too  overpowering.  In a small bathroom, when I use a harsher cleaner like Mr Clean, it can be overpowering.  I still opened the window a crack to air it out, but there were no strong chemical fumes.  Jason also commented on how nice the bathroom smelled, so bonus points for him actually noticing!

Next we used the Shower Cleaner for the kitchen.  I used it on the counter, sink, cupboards, stove top and floor.  I sprayed the entire area and went around cleaning from top to bottom, sometimes reapplying to the area if it had dried.  I was going to use it on the fridge as well, but I was sick of cleaning by then so the fridge will have to wait.

I also used the Shower Cleaner for the rest of the floors in the house and to clean/dust the non-wood surfaces.  I cleaned the walls in our white hallway as well, because my puppy Finn loves to lay on his back and put his dirty paws all over the wall.  It worked really well on muddy puppy paw prints!

Seventh Generation Lemon Chamomile Wood Cleaner

I was really excited to get the Wood Cleaner because I have hardwood floors in the living room and bedroom.  Unfortunately it says right on the bottle not to use on floors and that’s because it will make them slippery.  So I abandoned the floor cleaning idea (and used the Shower Cleaner instead).  I cleaned our wood fireplace mantel, the coffee table and bookshelves.  This was a good product, lightly scented and worked well, but I am more of a one-product-cleans-all kind of girl, so not being able to use this on the floors means I won’t use it too often.

Seventh Generation Free & Clear Laundry Detergent & Seventh Generation Free & Clear Liquid Fabric Softener

I was most excited and most skeptical to try the Laundry Detergent & Fabric Softener.  I have never used fabric softener in my life, so honestly didn’t know the point of it.  My main task for these products were to be strong enough to clean Jason’s dirty work clothes.

On my laundry it was a dream.  My clothes came out clean and didn’t have any residue that other detergent sometimes leaves on my dark (black) clothing.  I loved how soft everything was, due to the fabric softener and I really saw a difference in using it.  The light sent of the fabric softener (Blue Eucalyptus & Lavender) was really nice and not overpowering.

Now on to Jason’s clothing.  His causal clothes came out nice and clean and soft, but his work clothes didn’t fare as well.  The detergent took most of the dirt out of his clothes, but they still felt a little grimy. He’s a marine mechanic and as I said, doing winterizing & wrapping of boats, so he’s not as greasy as he usually is.

Jason’s comments are “It seemed to work ok, my socks were all clean and smelled nice, but my hoodie and some of my long sleeve shirts still felt grimy and smelled like fuel.”

I’m thinking that adding a bit of baking soda to the wash might give an extra boost of cleaning power and we will continue with our use of the laundry detergent.  I’ll let you know how it works with a baking soda boost.

Seventh Generation Free & Clear Liquid Fabric Softener

I also made a DIY dryer sheet with the fabric softener that I found HERE.  Basically you soak a facecloth with a mixture of water and fabric softer (1:1 ratio) wring out the excess moisture and let it air dry.  Then toss it in the dryer along with a ball of aluminum foil (3-4 sheets, 12″ square) to help with the static.  The ball of foil will tighten and smooth out – you can use up to 50 times or until it falls apart.

Overall I absolutely LOVE Seventh Generation products and will consider buying them over your regular, chemical household cleaning products.  I like that the scents were not overpowering or chemical smelling, they worked very well for my every day cleaning needs AND I liked that most of them have more than one use.

Soooo…. Now it’s time for you to try out the products yourself!  Seventh Generation has generously given me one prize pack of the same products I used for you guys to win!

You’ll receive a gift pack consisting of:

     

For this contest, I’m going to use the Rafflecopter entry system because it gives you more ways to enter & win!  Winner will be announced on Tues Dec 3!!.
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Homemade Dishwasher Soap with Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid

I’ve been cleaning with my Seventh Generation products for a week now and I know my review and contest have been delayed.  I’ve honestly just been too busy to sit down and write this week but expect the contest and review to go live first thing Mon Nov 25, 2013!

In keeping with my business, tonight I came hone and had to do some work.  I gave up my desk for a great side table and so for now I am using the kitchen as my office.  It’s a better place, more light and I can look out the back sliding doors.  Well we hadn’t run the dishwasher from last night because there was no dishwasher soap and I need to have a clean space to work in.  I had a call booked, so couldn’t run out but had to get the kitchen tidy enough to work in.

So I Googled an alternative to dishwasher soap and tried out a recipe with guidance from HERE and HERE.

Here is my disgusting dishwasher and I can’t believe I’m posting in online.  Sorry Mom.  I had to show the reality for this review.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Spread 2 Tablespoons baking powder in the center of the dishwasher door (see photo below)
  2. Add 3 drops of Seventh Generation Lavender, Floral and Mint Natural Dish Liquid to the soap holder
  3. Add 2 Tablespoons or so to top off the soap holder
  4. Add 1 tablespoon baking soda to soap holder – it will foam
  5. Turn dishwasher on – for this load the setting was Heavy Wash (food from last night)

The dish soap didn’t cause a huge foam mess, so luckily I don’t have to clean it up and my dishes came out sparkling clean.  The cups don’t have spots on them and then only thing that didn’t get clean was some burnt on potato and zucchini chunks – yes it was me doing the burning.  I would use this again and am going to see if I can make a proper batch so that Pony will use it too.

He ended up bringing dishwasher soap home tonight, so looks like we’ll have a backup while I try to make the switch!

Tomorrow I’m off for a day of rest and relaxation at the Scandanave Spa at Blue Mountain and I can’t wait!

 

 

Seventh Generation Eco Friendly Cleaning Products

I’m on a mission to green my home and my friends at Rock-It PR are doing their part to help a blog girl out!  I got a cleaning pack of Seventh Generation products to try.  I’ve used their all-purpose cleaner before and loved it, so was super excited to receive the Lavender, Floral & Mint Natural Dish Liquid, Free & Clear Liquid Fabric Softener, Free & Clear Laundry DetergentGreen Mandarin & Leaf Shower Cleaner and Lemon Chamomile Wood Cleaner.

 

I’ll be using & reviewing the products this weekend – as I do a major deep clean of our wonderful apartment.  The real challenge will be for the Laundry Detergent to see if it can actually get Jason’s work clothes clean.  He’s a Marine Mechanic and this time of year is haul out and winterproofing the boats.

The best part is that Rock-It and Seventh Generation are giving me some goodies to giveaway to you!  Stay tuned on Monday, November 18 for my review and contest info!