(Photo by: Amy Chyan.)
553 Church St., Toronto, ON M4Y 2E2
Whenever people ask me to go to brunch, I’d like to think it’s more for the idea of brunch, rather than the food. I try to have healthy breakfasts because it makes me feel like my life is on track. Something about waking up, putting on a pot of water and making oatmeal come to life erases the previous day’s gluttony.
My friends had asked me out repeatedly the past week, but I decided to be good, stay home and unpack my new box in the sky. That’s until the weekend, when I felt like a bad friend and debated whether to send an apology e-card filled with cats.
We decided on a 9:00 a.m brunch time – far earlier than I had expected, but I know how to be a good friend. After we ran under our umbrellas into the entrance like a BFF anti-acne face wash commercial, we chose an L-shape seating by the bar for the three of us.
797 College Street, Toronto, ON 1C6 M6G
Bar Isabel is the place I had my first dinner out-out in Toronto since I moved back. We ended up choosing the place because it was highly praised by so many – bloggers, journalists and Yelpers alike. Since the opening of The Black Hoof, an explosion of chefs from there have ventured into their own successful restaurants. (Grand Electric, Electric Mud, Bar Isabel etc.)
Chef Grant Van Gameren definitely started the “Broken Social Scene” of the young, innovative and passionate Toronto chefs, but this welcome home dinner only made me want to fly to NY, wait in line for two hours and have a bowl of ramen from Totto – extra mushrooms.