Toronto is lucky to be home to many theatres that house everything from big name productions to little independent shows. Visiting relatives had me and my family scrambling to find some fun things for them to do while they were in town. Funnily, the problem wasn’t the scarcity of activities but how to fit everything we could into their schedule (even though they were here for over a month!)
Research into the Mirvish theatres, the big name in town, had us booking a Sunday afternoon matinee of War Horse with plenty of time to do brunch nearby.
So my Mississauga and Manila family met me at Canteen Restaurant on a bright Sunday morning to fill our bellies with brunch goodness. Canteen is part of a chain of restaurants by Oliver and Bonacini. Having been to the AMAZING Auberge du Pommier (modern french) I knew we were in for a treat. The vibe of O&B Canteen caters more to the drop-in/take out crowd with spacious seating both inside the restaurant and outside the on the patio. The only downside to the restaurant is that I found their price points to be just a big higher than most places. This is probably due to it’s location with the Princess of Wales and the Royal Alex just a block or so away. Not only that, it’s an even better place to dine if you’ve a yen for a movie: Canteen is located on the ground level of the TIFF Bell Lightbox. If you plan your calendar right you might just be dining al fresco while some of Hollywood’s heavy hitters are walking a carpet nearby. A few extra dollars on my meal and maybe I get to see Johnny Depp walk by? Win-win methinks.
Their breakfast menu is small and fairly straight forward. Others in my party had some pretty yummy choices like the Egg Benedict, Chef’s Omelette and Eggs & Toast. We all enjoyed but the most interesting not-you-usual egg dish was the one that I had. I opted for the the Baked Eggs:
I’ve never had eggs like this so it was a truly a new experience for me and something I want to try to make at home. The concept is simple (only 4 ingredients!) but the result is fantastic. It made me feel like I was eating an oxymoron: Healthy AND Tastes Good.
After a filling meal we headed just a few doors down to the Princess of Wales theatre for some “Kodak Moments” as my mom likes to say.
And of course we made sure we took the obligatory touristy lobby shots and selfies before watching the play.
War Horse was great, I loved the ‘horse’ actors and they used the aisles a lot so if you if you can grab seats on the aisle in the orchestra you’re in a good spot. If you can get them stage left you get to see a lot of the horses up close.
All in all we had an amazing experience. we even had some time after the show for some downtown strolling. So have a Sunday free? Or may a tourist or two on your hands? Kill two birds with one stone – take in a matinee after having some pretty awesome eggs.
Here’s to the weekend! Rawr.