I was very lucky to spend this weekend in Montreal with Chris for their Taste Montreal event. Similar to Toronto’s Winterlicious, it offers a line up of prix fixe menus from some of Montreal’s top restaurants over 2 weeks. We had late reservations at Restaurant Le Local in Old Montreal. Even at 10:30 PM all of their tables were filled and the vibe at times was both upbeat and intimate.
It’s always news when a new little resto opens its doors in Cabbagetown. Just a few blocks east of Yonge, Old Cabbagetown is home to many well-loved established restaurants and cafes like House on Parliament and Jet Fuel just to name a few. Cafuné just opened its doors in the fall and already getting some great reviews for its authentic Brazilian cuisine.
Cafuné is a cheery addition to the Carlton strip filled with happy colours in the form of mismatched chairs and vibrant throw pillows. And if that doesn’t put a smile on your face, the Brazilian music they play throughout the day will put a spring in your step. They display art by Brazilian artists and have a small selection of books and natural fiber art for purchase.
Their menu is filled with reasonably priced tapas options that you won’t find anywhere else in the city. I started off with an excellent latte while deciding on their Crispy Baked Manioc and Cod Cakes. I was eating alone but there are definitely so many options that coming with a few friends is a good way of trying everything!
I know manioc by it’s other name cassava. In Filipino cuisine it is combined with coconut milk, eggs and butter to make a sweet cake. I was pleasantly surprised trying it in a savoury format with a light creamy tomato dip.
Their Cod Cakes hit the spot. You only get 3 of them but they are very filling
Cafuné is truly a Cabbagetown gem that you don’t ever want to miss if you’re in this part of the city! I only had time to stop in and try a few of their offerings but I am definitely game to make a return! I want to try out their prix-fixe dinner menu with a few friends. See you soon, Cafuné!
Brunch 2012: The Peartree
Sometimes living in the big city makes me forget and take for granted all of the awesome things you can do, see and enjoy in Toronto. Tdot is home to more than a handful of major sports teams including the Maple Leafs, The Toronto FC, the Toronto Rock and the beloved Blue Jays.
Where were you in ’92?
I remember being home with my family jumping up and down on the pull-out couch, watching Joe Carter and Pat Borders doing a flying leap into each other after catching the game ending out.
Nothing says ‘I love you’ like men in tight baseball uniforms jumping for joy. Ever since then, the Blue Jays have always held a soft spot in my heart. And really, there’s nothing like spending a sunny Sunday afternoon at the dome with the Blue Jays and your best pals.
Linds, Monnie and I decided to brunch before baseball and since our favourite, the HOP, wasn’t open early enough we decided to head over to the Peartree in Cabbagetown. While it was our second choice, it rates better than second place. The Peartree is a great place to pop in for a quick brunch that’ll hit the spot. It’s very cosy inside, bigger than you expect with exposed brick adding a lot of character to the restaurant.
They start you off with a complimentary basket of exceptional Blueberry Coffee Cake and take your drink order. I’m not gonna lie, I was definitely in need of a gallon of coffee after the dancing and 2 AM hot dogs from the night before.
We were all more than surprised at how quickly it came out and how tasty everything was! Their meals, as advertised on their website, are prepared from scratch and it shows. Monnie had the eggs florentine and she particularly liked how fresh everything tasted:
Lindsay and I both got the TTC breakfast which has almost everything you ever wanted on your plate in the morning: toast, fresh fruit, roasted tomato, homefries, eggs any style, bacon AND sausage. (Note: if you do want it all there’s the Breakfast Platter which has all of the above plus peameal bacon and hot cakes).
Linds loved the roasted tomato on the side, while I was particularly fond of their homefries with caramelized onions.
And to make the day even better – BLUE JAYS WIN shutting out the Indians 3-0! Here’s me trying to recreate my 92 and 93 world series win face:
Take me out to the ball game any day, I say! Who wouldn’t want to spend a fun afternoon cheering on your favourite team with your best pals and some overpriced beer 😉
Happy Brunching y’all.