Galentine's Day Brunch

Galentine's Day Brunch

Many people have mixed feelings about Valentine’s Day. For some, the day creates an excuse to go on a romantic date with a significant other, exchange gifts and eat a lot of chocolate. For others, it’s a dreaded commercial holiday that highlights their single status. Whether you plan to celebrate Valentine's Day or not, there’s no reason you can’t celebrate the less controversial Galentine’s Day with your girls!

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Brunch Chronicles: Biggity

Hello Lovely,

Last week, I had the company of my best friend, Doran and I was super excited. He had never been here before so I wanted to make sure he had fun and most importantly, ate well. With my work schedule, I couldn't exactly take him all over the place but we did enjoy a few sights and tastes. Last Saturday, I took him to Biggity, downtown. It was my first time ever going there. 

I immediately fell in love with the re-purporsed design scheme. Although this trend is everywhere, I love the idea of re-using an old item that normally would be thrown away because it's economical and great for the environment! We were able to choose a seat anywhere. There was only one setting for two people so we sat there. This is definitely a place to go with a small group of friends or family. Why the name Biggity you ask? Apparently the name comes from a bold scotch bonnet pepper sauce. Shortly after being seated, we were presented with a menu.

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I was disappointed to see so few choices for brunch, but I appreciated that each meal came with a cup of coffee, and the prices weren't bad. I couldn't decide between the Bacon Wrapped Omelette and the Conch n Waffles, so when Doran said he'd get the waffles, I knew I could get the omelette and we'd share. We also ordered a side of Johnny Cake to share. While we waited to order, I couldn't help but notice the restaurant seemed to own the entire collection of Boyz to Men greatest hits. At first I loved the nostalgic feel, but after the fourth song or so I wondered out loud, "How many more songs could they possibly have?" After awhile I heard other artists playing but it was still R&B. The slow R&B music really didn't fit the feel of the restaurant.

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The coffee took forever to come, which I couldn't understand because the machine looked like one of those Instant Nespresso type machines. Then the server forgot that I wanted white chocolate syrup in my coffee and had to bring it after the coffee was delivered. Everything came piece by piece. Doran's coffee came first, then a small carafe of milk (no choice in the milk, just plain milk). Then the sugar, then my coffee, then the syrup. And the coffee wasn't even hot, but actually room temperature. By the time we left, I had a mug of iced coffee.

Luckily the food did not take long after that. I loved the presentation of Doran's plate, but mine looked a little thrown together. I was dismayed to see they had used one of those frozen hash brown patties and not fresh handmade hash, so it stuck out on my plate like a sore thumb. The fruit was a bowl of caramelised apples way too sweet to eat. And my omelettes were in fact, mini frittata muffins. Despite my initial disappointment, I must admit, the food was delicious. The conch and waffles were absolute perfection so I must order this the next time I go.

I loved the creative presentation for the bill but $35 really is a bit much for two people for brunch (I'm frugal and still remembering the days breakfast was £15 for Doran and I in London).

FINAL VERDICT: Go for the atmosphere, that is, the decor, not the music. The food is great, but don't expect well trained excellent service. Come prepared to relax and spend about an hour with a good friend.

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Weekend Diaries + Weekday Wardrobe

Hello Lovely,

School reopened this week for us and with it brought on more anxiety than I expected. I've been exhausted all week and a little on edge. Even with sleep, I haven't felt like I got enough sleep. Truthfully, I really haven't gotten enough sleep. I've had a lot of late nights and early mornings, which doesn't gel well with my work schedule. I was looking forward to resting this weekend, but I had family in town and a birthday party. I'm sure I'll get used to it soon.

I also lost my 16GB memory card which had Wednesday's outfit on it. I was so heartbroken and on Thursday and Friday I was rushing out of the house, but here's what I was able to capture.

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Monday

Blouse by JcPenny, skirt from Black Food Shop and Shoes from Shoedazzle

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Tuesday

Blouse from Forever 21, Pants from Primark and Shoes (not visible) from Christian Siriano

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Friday

Dress by Talbots but purchased at a yard sale

My weekend started as always on Thursday when my friend Richard took me to a meeting. At first we thought it was one of those pyramid schemes but it turned out to be something for Dream Nation. It was interesting and I'll look more deeply into it to ensure it's worthwhile before investing.

Saturday morning, my family went to the Hilton for breakfast. The spread was amazing and delicious. I wasn't satisfied with the Maxwell House coffee though so I had to walk out to the Starbucks for a Caffe Latte. 

I wore my green bodycon dress from Primark with my Primark shades and a pair of wedges I've had for quite some time.

My mum even made me take some photos of my brother and his pregnant girlfriend while we waited for the rest of the family to take a group shot.

After breakfast, I went to the African Pop Up Shop and bought a bodycon dress for work. I tried on the beige one which was a size 6 but it was too small so I had to buy the blue one (identical to the one photographed) in a size 8. I also couldn't resist the necklaces and got one for my grandmother!

So that was my weekend. I can't believe how many photos I had to share! I love how the photos turned out. Especially the ones of my brother's girlfriend. I'm really starting to like maternity photography so I'll let you guys know how that goes for me. How was your weekend? Did you do anything exciting?

Sweet Potato Breakfast Boat

Hello Lovely,

Brunch began trending quite a bit since mid-2016 and restaurants have responded with delicious, layered dishes like stuffed French toast, quiche and hashes; with mimosas by the dozens! Although planning brunch outings with friends is always fun (#squadgoals), there’s nothing like having a comforting brunch meal while you’re in your PJs.  This recipe combines the clean eating of Paleo ingredients and the heartiness of a good meal.  Follow this recipe and wow your house guests on their next visit.

Sweet Potato Breakfast Boat

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet potato

  • ½ tsp. olive oil

  • 2 eggs

  • A few sprigs of parsley, freshly chopped for garnish

  • Sea salt & Ground black pepper

  • 9” baking dish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, be sure not to go over 15 minutes.

  2. Wash the sweet potato under running water and dry thoroughly. Place potato in a baking dish, rub with olive oil, and sprinkle with sea salt.  Be sure to poke holes in the potato using a fork which will assist in a faster baking process.

  3. Place pan on the center rack (if possible) of the preheated oven and bake for about 40 minutes, or until tender. Time will vary depending on the size of your sweet potato.

  4. Once tender, remove the potato from the oven, and halve lengthwise. Using a tablespoon or small curved knife, carefully carve out the center of each half.  Ensure that the hole is as big as the estimated size of your eggs.

  5. Crack the eggs into a small bowl and pour into the hole, OR, scoop the egg yoke and some of the egg white into the potato using a tablespoon.  I used the latter method and found it to be easier and less messy. Season with salt and pepper.

  6. Place the potato halves back into the baking dish and into the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked to your liking.

  7. Remove from the oven and serve. Top with butter, hollandaise or a sriracha sauce for added flavor and garnish with fresh parsley.

This recipe is even more fun when you make multiple servings and mix n’ match toppings! A poached egg effect allows the egg yolk to provide a smooth thick natural sauce to the sweet potato with no topping necessary!

What is your favourite brunch item?  Do you like poached eggs? Share your last brunch experience with us!

XoX,

Brunch and Jazz: Why I'm Super Excited About The Weekend

Hello Lovely,

It's Friday! Lately I've been so sure the weekend was only one day away (like on Wednesday, I thought the next day was Saturday) that I have just been lost inside of my own head. So now that we've finally made it to the weekend, I'm ready to dance! I have to be, especially because I'm a Team Leader at this year's Vacation Bible School (VBS) under the theme, Wonderland. While I was forced into this volunteer position, I'm super excited to be a part of it in any way I can. I'm gonna bring my A game to make sure the kids have fun, and most importantly, to WIN! Um....I mean, develop a deeper spiritual connection and bond with their peers. Did I get it right this time? Oh well, my team is still gonna win!

Other than that, my weekend is off to an amazing start, because I had brunch yesterday! Brunch is quickly becoming my favourite meal of the day. It's the perfect excuse to drink mimosas and sangria along with endless waffles or amazing finger sandwiches.

Yesterday I went to Olives in Cable Beach with one of my therapy groups for their last meeting before we close for the summer. I didn't take any pictures of them for confidentiality purposes, but of course I took pictures of the food! While I wasn't too impressed with the bitterness of the cappuccino, the layout of the food on my plate or the taste of the veggie omelette I got (I lathered butter on it, and then everything was right with the world) the service was very accommodating (probably because we were the only people there) friendly and speedy.

The waffle wasn't mine, but my goodness, it was just so pretty! And of course I had to take a picture of my outfit before leaving! One of my members commented that he loved my Princess Leia buns and I felt so comfortable in my all pink!

Then, as if brunch weren't exciting enough, I went to Island House last night for the first time to listen to my best friend Anuschka sing. I've missed her so much while she studied in Canada. But she's back in town for her annual Jazz in Bloom concert, which I've already got my outfit planned for!

It was great seeing Anuschka again after so many months, and even better meeting new people and with Leah, whom I hadn't ran into since the 2 Chainz concert last year Valentine's Day. 

Also one of my other best friends in back from one of her many business trips, so I'm really looking forward to the three of us doing something together now that all of us are in town at the same time!

What do you have planned for this weekend? I'd love to hear about it in the comment section below! And if you want to do something, but don't want to go out, (although you really should come to the Jazz in Bloom concert) try these fun activities!

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