Brunch or Bust

Brunch: the act of eating a hyrbid meal of breakfast and lunch with an assimilation of similar type foods. E.g. eating quiche, croissants, fruit, eggs and bacon at 11am.

Some good old fashioned brunch.
Some good old fashioned brunch.

It’s an unofficial rule that an awesome weekend is not complete without a brunch meal. I am not going to lie, it is one of of my favourite meals, especially when it is  enjoyed in the company of great friends.  I had the privilege of enjoying 2 brunches when I was home in Toronto a couple of weeks ago. One was at the hip and trendy spot called The Drake Hotel (http://www.thedrakehotel.ca/).

Why do I love brunch so much?

  • it is done at a time that allows one to sleep in, but still get a head start on the day
  • usually it is quite “fruitful” (I heart blueberries, strawberries, and melon!)
  • it is a convenient time to meet with friends and usually a surefire way to get a good turnout
  • it is socially acceptable to have some light alcoholic beverages to get the day going (not hard liquor but a mimosa or a glass of sangria would be fine)
Good food, good friends, good weather and some good alcohol ;).
Good food, good friends, good weather and some good alcohol ;).
Simple Needs: Brunch and Sangria.
Simple Needs: Brunch and Sangria.
Gorgeous Day at the Drake Hotel Rooftop Patio
Gorgeous Day at the Drake Hotel Rooftop Patio

On the Sunday, I went to my friend Louise’s house, and was treated to some homemade brunch created by herself and her lovely boyfriend David.  It was a time for a few of us to catch up and enjoy each other’s company (another bonus was that we got to play with our ponies after the meal).  Louise served us crepes with fresh fruit and other garnishes including Nutella and whip cream! The crepes reminded me of the ones served at Cafe Demetres.

Homemade crepe by the one and only Lou and David!
Homemade crepe by the one and only Lou and David!

We are not always privileged to have  a homemade brunch served to us.  So when in one of the following two cities, here is a list of brunch spots to check out:

Ottawa

Broadway’s (various locations)

The Lieutenant’s Pump (Elgin)

Hintonburg Public House (Westboro)

The Standard (Elgin)

Toronto

Joy Bistro (Queen St E)

The Drake Hotel (Queen St W)

Johnny G’s (on Parliament)

Kalendar (College St)

7 West (Bloor/Yonge area)

 

What are your favourite spots and brunch meals and in what city? Leave comment :).

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5 comments

    1. Oh my gosh! I forgot about Stonefaced Dolly! I have eaten there a couple of times! I love their pure maple syrup!

      Happy Brunching :).

  1. I second Art is in Bakery. Gezellig, Edgar and Baker’s Street are must in Otown. Other’s like Manx, Benny’s Bistro and Murray St. are worth a visit for brunch.

    1. Art is in Bakery is so good! I have never been to Gezellig but drive past it all the time. I thought it was more of dinner spot. I will be sure to check it out over the summer :).

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