Sunday, August 31, 2008


UPDATE: SOMA is now closed.
Usually, the Labour Day weekend, for me, has that ‘last-chance-to-do-nothing-peacefulness’ kind of feel to it and today I felt the same – low and slow. I don’t think it was by accident that the place we chose for breakfast had that same sort of vibe.

My friends and I happily chatted about this and that, content just to be together. The food and drink almost an addendum. A couple of unusual items on the menu, but the best bet seemed to be the eggs with the à la carte sausage and bacon. Loose leaf teas are a nice touch.

151 East 8th Avenue
Brunch hours: Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Café Medina (MOVED)

UPDATE (08/11/14): Café Medina closes its doors today on its original location and is reopening August 12, 2014 at 780 Richards Street.
I will sum up my breakfast experience by quoting one of my dining partners vis-a-vis Nigel Tufnel, “today Medina took it up to eleven!” After our 15 minute wait in line (write your own name on the sheet just inside the entrance), we were seated in this sexy room (cleanest floors we had ever noticed in a restaurant). Drink orders were taken immediately, the lattés were richly delicious.

With the construction of the kitchen finally finished, the menu has now expanded beyond waffles only. Although ‘only’ waffles would have been just fine with me. Nevertheless we were lucky enough to enjoy so much more! I ordered the Cassoulet – fried eggs on top of baked beans with bacon, duck sausage, and andouille sausage served with grilled foccacia and tarragon mustard. Oh. My. Word. My friend ordered the Fricasse – fried eggs on top of braised short ribs, roasted potatoes, caramelized onions, arugula and smoked applewood cheddar. Again. Oh. My. Word.

And because this wasn’t decadent enough for breakfast, a round of waffles had to be done. Personally, I tried the Lavender Milk Chocolate and the Raspberry Caramel toppings. When I bit into the crispy, warm waffles doused with each of these sauces, I had one of those moments where the room recedes, all the sounds around you become muffled background noise and I was ‘at one’ with my waffles. OK, I’m being a bit overly dramatic, but, seriously, I really enjoyed them. Another friend had the waffles with Dark Chocolate and Mixed Berry Compote. By the look of his chocolate-berry-mustached smile afterwards, he also thoroughly enjoyed.

556 Beatty Street780 Richards Street
Breakfast hours:
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Noon
Saturday/Sunday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Viva Fine Foods & Bakery

Whether you are on the fly or wanting to linger over a coffee and breakfast, Viva accommodates. There is something about this place that is just so appealing to me. Inside seating is a store-length window seat. Outside features a lovely sidewalk patio. The display case is abundant with perfectly stacked goods. And the food is quality.

Popular items include their muffins, scones and tarts. Also available are fresh salads and amazing paninis – the bread baked on the spot. From the breakfast menu, order from a selection of omelettes, bennys, french toast or hot grain cereal. I had the Vegetarian Omelette which came with homefries, baguette, orange juice and my choice of coffee or tea. I left feeling very content and full.

1555 Yew Street
Breakfast hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Rhizome Café

Today I enjoyed breakfast with a friend I hadn’t seen in a while. There were many stories to regale, so, I was more absorbed by our conversation than the restaurant. Nevertheless, the space suited us perfectly – a comfortable and easy-going atmosphere and the staff were friendly and attentive.

Breakfast choices are bent towards the healthy such as oatmeal with dates and fruit and yogurt. Yet, they also have the usual suspects – the likes of french toast, pancakes and bennys. Their unique twist on the benny is a squash sauce in place of hollandaise which I had to try so I ordered the Eggs Rhizomedict. Verdict: tasty. My friend went for the Blueberry Pancakes, which she proclaimed as “excellent”. Top marks for the tea presentation. Small but simple details, such as providing us with small ramekins for our tea bags, make me happy.

317 East Broadway
Breakfast hours:
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.