Organic, All-Natural Brunch with Baby

I heart a good brunch. There are just so many reasons to fall in love with brunch:

  • It’s an excuse to have a lot of bacon
  • Brunch specific foods like the perfect runny eggs benedict
  • The major girlfriend bonding over the major food groups of sugar, fat and carbs

True story, I used to go for brunch every single weekend to do all the above with my girls, M and P. We exhausted nearly every Vancouver brunch spot back in 2008-09, and in that time we also perfected the timer selfie with a ketchup bottle. No more brunches together now, we live in different cities. Instead, we “toast” each other with milkshake-looking emojis on Whatsapp (ok, the ice cream sundae one is the closest).brunch dedutch throwback ourtorontolife
Plus, it’s tough to brunch with a baby. Brunch usually isn’t that baby friendly! The brunch restaurants are usually crowded, smaller spaces and then there are the line ups. Either you go super early and wait, or you go at brunch hours and wait for likely over a hour for a good place.

Here is a secret, not all brunch-only places have a good brunch. Super mommy blogger Yashy asked me to join her and fellow moms at Bareburger where they do brunch – it’s all organic, all natural, and all delicious. Here is what I tried and recommend:

French toast stuffed with duck bacon and cheese! I wouldn’t have minded more duck bacon and more fruit on the bacon french toast bareburger ourtorontolife
Super decadent, rich chocolate and raspberry milkshake. They do NOT mess around, this was one of the best milkshakes that I’ve had ever had. The ice cream comes from Greg’s Ice cream, one of my favourite spots in the city.chocolate raspberry milkshake bareburger ourtorontolife
I was so full by the time the ice cream sandwiches came around, but I couldn’t say no to this. Soft chocolate cookies with creamy peanut butter ice cream. The key is the SOFT chocolate cookies, I hate ice cream sandwiches with hard cookies – no, just no.  chocolate peanut butter ice cream sandwich bareburger ourtorontolife
Lucky me, I ate and ate because Yashy and Pereina held Baby D – thank you! Also, thank you to Bareburger for treating and indulging me in my love for brunch complete with *duck* bacon, all the right sugar and carbs plus new mom friends to share it all with. <3

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Potato Waffles > Regular Waffles

Almost a year ago, I joined American Express. In ways, it was like starting at a new school with a new building, new things to learn, and new people.

Some of those new people became friends, and it’s just nice to have coworkers that you actually want to spend time with outside of work.

Recently, Cy and I joined Lucy, Sandy, Crysthian (Sandy’s husband), Anooja and Sagar for some morning brunch – my favourite meal of the day! We picked Starving Artist on St. Clair from a friend’s reco of the waffles.

And, we ordered waffles and more.

Judy and Cyrus Brunch Starving Artist OurTorontoLife 2014This is what you have to order here: potato waffles. They taste like crispy mashed potatoes in waffle format. Mine were ordered with sour cream, cheese, chives and bacon (Fully Loaded – $11). The salad and fruit were so so.Fully Loaded Potato Waffle Starving Artist OurTorontoLifeNo surprise here, we all ordered some kind of waffle. And, the verdict was that they were all pretty good – everything but the slow service.Brunch for Big Groups in Toronto OurTorontoLife From top left (clockwise): The Hitchhiker ($11) with that healthy side of bacon; BLT Sandwich ($9) without the bacon; Tex Mex Chicken Sandwich with really sweet beans ($9); and Breakfast Benny ($11.50) with that creamy hollandaise on poached egg and potato waffle – what a combo!Starving Artist Brunch in Toronto OurTorontoLifeFood and friends, that’s a better combo.

Get your potato waffles at Starving Artist:
1078 Saint Clair Ave W Toronto ON M6E1A5


Boom Brunch with Brains + Beauty Bloggers

Last weekend, I was invited to join Val and fellow bloggers for brunch at Boom Breakfast & Co on Eglinton. It was such a treat because:

– I honestly can’t remember the last time that I went for brunch;
– It is so close to my house, and that makes it easy for those days that I want to crawl out of bed and eat asap; plus,
– The service was sweet and polite!


Should we name this a national treasure? I think so! I devoured this benny with plenty of ketchup, my all-time favourite condiment.

L to R: Maria Amy Elaine

Snap, snap, snap! We have cameras and smart phones…and we know how to use them.

#BoomBrunch Bloggers

Here are the lovely ladies from L to R: Anum, Gloria, Judy (me!), Amy, Elaine, Nataleigh, Val, Maria, Crystal and Ashley. Picture taken by Tamar (our lovely waitress who blogs!) on Maria’s camera – thanks for letting me steal this!

Missing: Alyssa who left just before this picture was taken.

It’s almost the weekend, care for brunch? Boom Breakfast & Co. has 3 locations:

1. 808 College St. (near Ossington)
2. 1036 St. Clair Ave West
3. 174 Eglinton Ave