We started our meal with some delish drinks like their Grapefruit Moon Mimosas.
After a long summer hiatus, DIY Thursday started up again last week! We decided to go a little healthier before we jump into the #BECAUSECHEESEPORN kind of meals – don’t worry we have all winter for those! That being said, crab cakes aren’t exactly known for being all that healthy.
Luckily, I found an amazing gluten free crab cake recipe from the 4-Hour Chef by Timothy Ferriss. It is so easy to make with no bread crumbs required. What you see here is all crab, crab and more Crab!
Bop bopa-a-lu a whop bam boo!
I had a lovely Sunday date with this little munchkin and her mom and we started our day by trying out Tutti Frutti for brunch.
As it was my first time in a Tutti Frutti, I was surprised to learn it is a chain brunch restaurant with 40 locations all over Quebec and Ontario! I wasn’t sure if this would mean a passable breakfast or something a bit more…
It’s National Eggs Benedict Day! So let’s lift up our glasses (filled with mimosas) and toast our favourite breakfast item with a recap of just some of our favourites
Poached Eggs on Mini Waffles? Sign Me Up! And it doesn’t just stop there. Biting in and getting a taste of their caramelized bacon will make you go gaga for this benny. (for added fun, sub for get the potato waffles!)
When I found out my favourite Filipino restaurant was now doing weekend brunch I did a happy dance. Lamesa has brought modern filipino cuisine to the Toronto food scene and we’re all the better for it.
Their Fil-Can brunch takes Canadian brunch classics and adds a filipino twist. I had some of my best guys, Shingo, Squiggy and Kee, join me on a sunny Saturday. We managed to snag the front table, perfect for people watching while some of us enjoyed a Lamesa shandy.
Sometimes on this blog we bury the lead. And usually the lead is a disgustingly mouth watering picture of something I ate. But the above dish needs to be in your face because it’s just. that. GOOD.
Hallowe’en is a pretty big deal with my group of friends. Celebrating the spookiest evening of the year at my place has been a tradition that has been 4 years running now.
My festivities have a recipe for awesome. It’s not 100% mission accomplished until you have all of the following elements…
Tradition #1 Costumes!
Don’t come without a costume. A pretty simple rule and I’m slightly sad that I haven’t had the chance to enforce the “or we’ll make one for you” threat. We’re just too busy trying to outdo ourselves from the year before. This year we had a pretty great mix of people, animals, food and internet memes!
Tradition #2 The Hallowe’en Ham
I always have lots of snacks and this year I added homemade Squiggy Salsa to the feast! At midnight we bring out the amazing honey glazed ham. I’ve turned many a non-ham eating person over to the dark side with this ham – yes it’s that good! I ordered it a few days before from St. Jamestown Steak and Chops. And lucky me, I still have left overs!
Tradition #3 Haunting Fran’s
To cap off our evening we always head over to Fran’s Restaraunt. Their College St location is 24 hours which means breakfast is only a 10 minute walk away. Where else can you get a perfect eggs benedict at 3 AM in Toronto?
But is it really about convenience? What is it that really keeps me coming back to Fran’s? I think the secret must lie in their excellent home fries. They’re never cold and they have that perfect amount of crunch. This is how I know I’m home in Toronto.
I hope your Hallowe’en weekend was fabulous! And believe it or not this was just the start of my weekend fun! Up next a little brains for breakfast never hurt anyone…
When I found out that the über talented Squiggy was going to be cooking under Chef Alex Molitz at Farmhouse Tavern, I knew I couldn’t wait too long to visit! Farmhouse offers one of the most unique brunches I’ve had in the city to date.
Since the demise of my beloved Cowbell, I have been trying to find a replacement. While a lot of restaurants serve up amazing food, nothing has really lived up to that restaurant until now. FARMHOUSE tavern is located just outside of the colourful Junction. Chris and I met up with Ben who was soon to be off to Scotland in a few days.
I learned that brunch is not a thing in Scotland. I cry for you, Scotland! I really do. Knowing this, we were happy to give Ben a good brunching send off.
Farmhouse does away with the printed menu and has their offerings listed on a chalkboard. A lot of interestingly named options so be prepared to ask your waiter lots of questions about their offerings. The menu changes from week to week so there will always be something new to try.
Let’s start with the most amazing posh ploughman I have ever had in my life. Look at this beast!
Farmhouse takes the ploughman’s lunch beyond crusty bread, cheese and meat. Oysters, pickled duck eggs, stuffed jalapeño were some of our favourites from this platter. Colourful gooseberries, pickled zucchini and cauliflower; it was a feast for the eyes as it was for the mouth.
Chris ordered his standard eggs benedict with bacon and loved it.
Poached eggs over homemade marble cheese and herbed biscuits (baked fresh by Squiggy that morning!) and dressed with tarragon infused hollandaise.
Ben decided to go for sweet and ordered the Sugar Stack with a side of thick slice bacon.
The pancakes are topped with fruit and vanilla whipped cream and drizzled with citrus infused syrup.
And the real winner for brunch: The Threesome. (get your mind out of the gutter and take a look at this!)
Duck in 3 tasty variations. Savoury duck prosciutto peeks out under salad greens, followed by crispy duck eggs – poached, breaded and flash fried. I loved that when you slice into them, they’re still a little gooey. Last but not least in our ménage à trois of breakfast is the duck foie gras in maple syrup. It’s too good to be true, non?
Benny and I will definitely be back to Farmhouse Tavern very very soon! Here’s to sexy breakfast!
I am so lucky to live in a great little abode in Toronto’s Old Cabbagetown. It’s an amazing neighbourhood full of life, great shops and some fabulous restaurants: The Hop, Pear Tree and now The Scullery.
This past weekend was the annual Cabbagetown Festival of the Arts, now in it’s 37th year filling Carlton and Parliament streets with vendors, restaurants and artists abound.
I was up early to participate in Blair’s Run to support the Cabbagetown Youth Centre. It was a wet 2-3 K and I had a great time. I loved that there were people out on their front porches cheering the racers on.
After my morning run, Vanessa and I decided to check out The Scullery, Cabbagetown’s newest restaurant. We were lucky enough to meet Laura, one of the The Scullery’s lovely owners, at their festival booth.
I had been excitedly waiting for this restaurant to open over the last several weeks while they were going through renovations. If I were to sum up the decor I would say it’s cutesy romantic. It’s definitely a good place to be if you want a morning pick me up. Benny definitely got into the mood.
Vanessa decided to go for the Eggs Benedict (hollandaise on the side). They looked pretty amazing, don’t you agree? I asked her how her meal was and all she could say was “Sourdough, it’s all about the sourdough”
I decided to indulge and order two things on the menu. First the Huevos Rancheros:
A solid huevos rancheros. The real deal with the flavourful refried beans. They’re usually not my favourite part of a huevos rancheros but here they are light and fresh.
And for dessert? How could I resist the Waffle:
Not your average fluffy waffle, this one had a bit of crunch to go along with the caramelized pecans. And the addition of the jalapeño in the syrup offered a nice spicy finish. While it would be nice to have a little extra syrup on the side for dipping, I love that they don’t drench the waffles. I hate soggy waffle disasters!
The Scullery is open 6 days a week, full brunch only on weekends, but they have lovely coffee and a tempting case of baked goods all week long – Try the gingerbread cookies. To. Die. For.
Here’s to more happy brunching in Cabbagetown. I know you’ll fall in love just like we did. You’ll join us next time? Benny is hoping so.
Searching high and low for the best of Ottawa’s brunch scene led me to staples like Kettleman’s Bagels and the Robyn recommended Manx pub. But did Ottawa have more to offer? It turns out I had just scratched the surface.
Nestled along Ottawa’s restaurant food mecca of Preston Street, our next brunch adventure in Ottawa turned out to be the Rachel recommended Stoneface Dolly‘s . We tried it for the first time over the Canada Day weekend and have gone 3 times since – Yes, It’s that good!
Chris and I managed to snag two seats at the bar on our first visit. We started off by sipping on two refreshing Dolly Mimosas while we decided on breakfast options. I love that water is served in mason jars.
One of the waitresses made us a latte with a little hot chocolate mixed in. We didn’t need to have dessert after this!
It did not take too long for our meals to arrive. I went with the New Bobby Mac – Fried Egg, Peameal Bacon, Grilled Onions, Tomato and Swiss Cheese on their homemade molasses toast.
The toast was a selling feature for this meal. Adding a hint of sweet flavour to a very savoury meal was perfect for this sandwich. I devoured this thing!
We all hate when a poached egg is over done but how do you know when your egg is really done right? Chris’ philosophy is simple but sometimes a hard feat to accomplish:
“When you cut into the centre of an Eggs Benny it should have a liquid centre that is a slow ooze not a flow or explosion.” ~ Chris
Dolly’s passed the test with their Peameal Eggs Benny.
And if you want a little sweeter you can sub the english muffin for the molasses toast!
The most interesting Dolly menu items?
Dolly’s chef incorporated a little of his South African background by adding the Chicken Bobotie (minced chicken and egg dish) to the menu.
I went for Dolly’s special Grandpa’s Minced complete with homemade minced meat and lemon Diablo sauce:
I gotta say, Ottawa surprised me with this one. On the surface Dolly’s seems like your typical brunch resto but they definitely offer more than that! Even TV has noticed! Next time you’re in Ottawa make sure you stop by Dolly’s!