At Journeywoman, we figured
women in the media would know about the best fun places to brunch
in Toronto -- places where they could relax on their own, meet their
pals, take their kiddies or wind down with their favorite guy. So,
we asked TV personalities, press journalists and performers. And,
each responded graciously; all more than willing to offer their
insider's advice. We'd like to thank each of these media gals for
participating in the Journeywoman Network. We're delighted to pass
their info along to women visiting Toronto. Happy brunching!
A tiny hidden treasure...
neighbourhood brunch spot is tucked into a residential street
corner deep in the heart of Roncesvalles Village. Mitzie's
is a tiny diner on Sorauren Avenue that specializes in brunch.
In fact, die hard fans who move out of the area will make
an early start to drive and arrive early enough to get a
table at the hottest spot in the High Park area. The chefs
have a dazzling new creation every weekend in each of their
breakfast categories -- from eggs scrambled with Havarti
and dill and gourmet omlettes, to stacks of french toast
heaped with an array of candied nuts and fruit. Each one
is a creation from the heart accompanied by their special
hash browns and homemade breads. The museli is homemade
as well, and the best I've had in the city. The biggest
problem is access --food this good isn't kept a secret for
long! So, to service the crowds drinking coffee on the patio
waiting for a table, they opened a more "menued"
restaurant at the end of Sorauren on Queen St. known as
Mitzie's Sister. Same great tastes but
in a menu form. So if you find something you love, you know
it will be there again week after week.
Freelance TV Producer, Zen Girl Television, Toronto
One of my longtime
A long time
ago I fell in love with a tiny restaurant called the Vienna
Bakery on Queen Street West just west of
Bathurst. This has always been a perfect spot for solo dining
or for meeting friends --the earlier you arrive the easier
it is to be seated. For brunch they serve the best fruit,
yogourt and granola cup in the city. The granola's all homemade
and smells of cinnamon. The seasonal fruit is fresh and
cut-up specifically for your order. To offset the sour natural
yogourt, a delicious homemade sweet fruit compote is mixed
into the layering. M-m-m-m! If you decide to go with any
of their egg dishes be sure to try their homemade spicy
sausage. Beware, the Vienna Bakery also makes killer pies,
squares and cookies. Enter at your own risk! P.S. This is
also an interesting area of the city to browse once you've
finished your brunch. Address: 626 Queen St. West. Tel:
416 703-7278 (check on hours of operation).
television personality, song writer and journalist www.ericaehm.com
My Vietnamese brunch
to contribute my Toronto brunch secret to the Journeywoman
Network.There's a small dim sum place in the heart of Kensington
Market that I've been going to for years. Called Saigon
Pearl, it's run by Vietnamese people who
should know something about Chinese food as their country
was influenced by the Chinese for at least a hundred years.
No need to dress up here. The place is a tad on the grungy
side but unlike the big Chinese dim sum parlours (where
the food is mass made, reheated and rolled around on trolleys),
this dim sum is made specifically to your order. Furthermore,
it's very inexpensive, quite delicious and has lots of regulars.
Saigon Pearl is situated at 2 Kensington Ave # A just north
of Dundas Ave. It's right around the corner from one of
Toronto's thriving Asian market and restaurant areas. Tel:
artist, actor & writer www.marilynlightstone.com
crepes and Eggs Benedict...
I'm in town my favorite weekend brunch destination is Cantine
Bistro and Bar on Avenue Road (at Davenport).
It's really a great location -- right next to the best flower
markets in the city and close to my little sister's condo
(she's my favorite brunch companion ). If you can nab one,
the comfy leather chairs at the front of the restaurant is
where we choose to sit. So what if you have to bend over a
little to eat! It's all about the lounging after brunch that
makes this spot so perfect. The servers are extremely friendly
and willing to offer coffee refills. A basket of lightly toasted
bread arrives moments after you do, (which is always comforting),
and they refill the toast with a smile as well. The food is
great, especially the crepes -- the strawberry, banana and
yogurt choice is a dream. I've been known to lick the raspberry
sauce it sits in, right off the plate (ooops, bad manners,
sorry, Mom). Their Eggs Benedict is divine -- the sauce is
rich and real. And (another reason I love this place), someone
always leaves a Sunday paper behind if I forget to bring one.
Address: 138 Avenue Road. Tel: 416.923.4822
Film and TV Actor