Tag Archives: brunch

#91 – Brunch at Mildred’s Temple Kitchen

We’ve been wanting to go to Mildred’s for ages, but it’s not a good baby space, so when we found ourselves with a couple baby-free hours, we took advantage.  Mildred’s is on all sorts of Best Of lists, and it did not disappoint.

#91---Mildred's

Details: Hours, location and menus can be found here.

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#53 – Bluegrass Brunch

A couple weeks ago we went to Dakota Tavern’s Bluegrass brunch and it is our new favourite thing.  The brunch was tasty (served family style), the music was excellent and best of all was how toddler friendly it was.  There was space in front of the stage to dance and watch the musicians, the servers were really lovely to the kids and being able to actually sit down and eat was amazing.  Actually, it was so baby friendly that I don’t think there was one group who was there when we were without a baby or toddler.  We will do this over and over.

#53---Bluegrass-Brunch

Details: Menu for the brunch can be found here.  Reservations can be made for groups of six or more at either 10am or 12pm.  We just after 11, and it seemed that the younger, baby-free crowd was starting to come in, but the early crowd was all parents/caregivers.  Highly recommend!

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#72 – Saving Grace

We’ve been wanting to go to Saving Grace for brunch for ages, and finally made it happen this week.   It was really tasty, but the only thing we would wait in line for again were those pancakes.  Holy yum.

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Details: Address and phone number for Saving Grace can be found here.

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#80 – Try a new ethnic food

I have a friend who had a baby at the same time as Henry; we actually had the exact same due date, though her little one was a week early, and Henry was two weeks late.  She is also doing a 100 Thing list and blog with her little family, and recently we were emailing about how hard it is to find the time (or energy!) to blog.  How on earth do people do it?!  I have a major backlog of things we’ve been knocking off but need to be posted, I swear we are making better progress than it appears!

Last weekend we decided to head to La Cubana, a Cuban restaurant, for brunch.  There are two locations in the city, and it is constantly popping up in my Instagram feed from Toronto bloggers and foodies, it’s one of those highly Instagram-able places.  It was really excellent; the food, the service; we loved it!  Adam had the Cuban breakfast with pulled pork, eggs and tostones, and Henry and I shared a breakfast sandwich (with avocado, egg, queso fresco, & tomato) and plantains.  All of it was super delicious.  It will definitely be added to our rotation of favourite restaurants.

#80---La-Cubana

Details: La Cubana has two locations; one on Roncey (where we went), and one on Ossington.  Information and menus can be found here.

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#56 – Family brunch at Little Fish

Since Henry has been born, we’ve basically been shut-ins; largely due to the long, cold, crappy winter we’ve had, but also cause he’s never been a quiet, chill kind of baby, so public outings made me nervous,  Other than a baby music class and our parents’ places, we haven’t ventured out much.   But, last week I grabbed hold of all my courage and headed out to the passport office, sure it was going to be a disaster,  Did he ever prove me wrong – just sat quietly on my lap for the whole hour and a half wait checking out the people around us.  It was a total win, and in the rush of confidence I had after, we decided to try brunch as a family this weekend.

We discovered Little Fish while I was pregnant and it’s quickly become our favourite.  Guys, they make a dish that is pierogis topped with poached eggs and hollandaise.  It is crazy delicious,  First brunch in five months and I was in heaven and so happy to get it back in the rotation.

#56---Little-Fish

Details: Little Fish doesn’t seem to have a website.  BlogTO’s review can be found here.

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#79 – Let a friend plan our day

We turned control of our Saturday this weekend over to our friends Sara and Jamie.  Given that we are committed West enders, and they are East enders, Sara put together a “Explore the East Adventure” for us; taking us through their Cabbagetown neighbourhood, to the Distillery and then ending at The Beaches.  They also included two other list items (Allan Gardens and Riverdale Park – more photos to come!), which we loved.  So much thought was put into the details of the day, it was amazing.  We loved all of it, and couldn’t possibly pick a favourite part of the day, but we did love The Scullery, putting a lock on the Love Sculpture in the Distillery (we have a lock on a bridge in Paris for us, so it was lovely to do a lock for the wee babe), and Moo Milk Bar!  It was such a fun day, and we so appreciate them taking the time to put together this wicked itinerary for us!

Explore the East – An itinerary for Sam and Adam

10:30AM: Brunch with Sara and Jamie at The Scullery (YUM!) http://thescullery.ca/menu/brunch/

11:30AM: Walk to Sara and Jamie’s place to meet and pick-up Charlie

11:45-12:45: Walk Charlie around the Cabbagetown. Stops include:

o Dollarama to buy a lock
o Labour of Love
o PetValu to get Charlie a treat
o Riverdale Park/Park Snacks

12:45PM: Say bye to Sara and Jamie and drive (or walk) over to Allen Gardens

1:00PM-1:30PM: Explore the greenhouse (take a photo in your favourite room)

1:30PM: Drive to the Distillery District (south on Parliament until Mill Street)

o Paid street parking on Mill, or there is a Green P on the west side of Parliament at Mill. There is also parking in the south lot of Distillery, but it’s a more expensive option.

1:45PM – 2:45PM: Explore the Distillery District and shops.

o Go to Brick Street Bakery (get a snack or sandwich and sit outside)
o Visit the Love Sculpture (and put a lock on it dedicated to the bebe)
o Find Distillery Lane (go south until the parking lot), walk west down the Lane (toward Parliament) until you see #36. You should be able to go inside. Look up! You’re in the building where Sara works – also a tourist stop with lots of interesting information about the original use of the building.

2:45PM: Drive to ‘The Beach’ (eg. the Beaches)

3:00PM – EOD: Park your car by Queen and Woodbine – go for a stroll to the east into the neighbourhood.

o Poke around in some cute shops or just take in the atmosphere
o Visit Moo Milk Bar for some milk and cookies (1918A Queen Street E)
o Bring your snacks over to Kew Gardens (just east of Queen/Waverley), walk south through the park to the beach. Find a bench and enjoy the summery weather! Take a selfie on the sand.
o If you’re peckish/want an early dinner – stop in at Lion on the Beach (back toward where you parked – 1958 Queen Street East) for some delish, low-key pub grub (with lots of veggie options)

#79---Let-a-friend-plan-our-day

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#69 – Make Eggs Florentine/Benedict at home

I only learned how to poach eggs in the past year and it made me feel pretty bad ass in the kitchen.  Hollandaise sauce however, was one of those things that seemed complicated and tricky to get right.  Turns out it wasn’t that difficult (but crazy messy, I think I went through 5 or 6 dishes to make it).   Delicious!

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Details: We used this recipe for the hollandaise.

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#13 – Make a meal for family

What better day to make a meal for family than Mother’s Day?  My Mum and two brothers came over to our place, and we made them brunch to celebrate.

The menu was;

Orange juice Mimosas
Coffee & tea
Fresh made bread with butter and cinnamon honey
Fresh pineapple, strawberries and figs
Smashed potatoes roasted with rosemary
Scrambled eggs
Bacon

My talented brother Will has more photos posted on his blog aWilltoTravel.  Check them out here!

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Details; I combined a couple different Pinterest recipes into one for the potatoes, but this one is pretty close.  The bread recipe can be found here.  I made the eggs the way my Mum taught me; no milk, salt, pepper and lots of butter in the pan.

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