There is not many Sunday brunch restaurants open on Baldwin. So we blindly just picked one with more people inside and it was Cafe la Gaffe. It was not a lot of tables but it was packed, so we got a seat at the back by the kitchen. It was entertaining to see how they work in the kitchen, they were pretty quick and busy.
I ended the Eggs Benedict with peameal bacon with home fries and salad. Even though there was a lot of orders, the chefs were quick in getting us the food. It was good plate eggs benedict but nothing really special and stand out. Good place to get some breakfast to start off the day.
Cafe la Gaffe
24 Baldwin St
Toronto, ON M5T 1L1
I was lucky my friend got AGO membership and invited me to see this exhibit with her. Funny enough, she went to the Guggenheim Museum with me in NYC. It was a time-exhibit so we grabbed the tickets before we found some brunch to eat. There were a lot of people at the museum, mainly families with children all running around. I guess that is great that the kids are being exposed to the art culture instead of playing games on the tablets.
The exhibition was not as large as I thought. As it was packed with people, it was had to get close to read the description of the art, they should really print it in a bigger font so I can see from further away. My highlights were the “Yellow Cow” from Franz Marc. And my new favourite artist from the exhibit is Robert Delauney of his collection of the Eiffel Tower. After learning all the masterpieces, we stopped to enjoy some coffee for a break and chill in a new discovered coffee shop across the street. What a great way to spend an afternoon.
I think this is the first time I have been to Casey’s. I don’t know if it was because there was a concert here tonight that there were this many people for dinner on a Thursday night or this is just how it is here in downtown restaurants after work. My friends were already there waiting there for 45 minutes before they got a table, I left work late so once I got there, they just got the table.
We needed something quick so I got a Bison burger – with brie cheese, fried apple, onions, apple beer BBQ sauce and lettuce. The fries were so good, crispy hot, so hard to stop. The burger was good, though honestly I can’t tell between bison vs beef. But it was filling… could hardly finish at the end and we didn’t even had any appetizers.
Casey’s Grill Bar
123 Front Street West
Toronto, ON M5J 2M2
Ok, at first in January when they said it is going to be -30C with windchill, it was damn cold outside. But as this became frequent, it feels like every week, there is one day that is at least -20C, I got used to it and it just feels like normal winter days. It’s end of February and still, today, with another windchill alert, feels like -25C. It’s so cold the air hurts my face. This winter has been the worst since I have been living here in Toronto.
Lately, working day and night shifts, sleeping late, getting up to go to work is a struggle. When I do get to the office, I’m so tired and exhausted … no matter how many cups of coffee I drink. I think my coffee is broken!
Free coffee week @ McDonald’s. It seems like it always coincide with the roll up the rim @ Tim Hortons to get people to get coffee from McDonald’s instead. Well, it does work for me but the problem is I’m closer to a Tim Hortons at work than McDonald’s. And unfortunately with the freezing cold weather, I’m unwilling to walk the extra 10 minutes to get the free coffee.
Another new ramen place opened up in Toronto, this time in the Kensington Market area. We picked to go on a snowy / rainy day hoping that the other people will be too lazy to go out so there will be less people. We got there around 7pm on a weeknight and we go a seat right away. There were people already dining away and as it got later, more people came. The menu had a lot of new different soup base that is unique.
After reading through the menu, I decided to try the Isshin spicy black tan-tan ramen – thick wavy noodle in miso broth with wok fried ground pork, black sesame, pork belly cha-shu and chilli oil. What is unique is that they give you a mortar of black sesame and a pestle for you to grind your own sesame to add to the noodles. That part was fun, you can smell the fresh sesame. The noodles was chewy, the broth was amazing, miso with black sesame, it wasn’t too spicy but you can add more chilly oil if you prefer more kick to it. It was too bad that it didn’t come with a soft boiled egg, have to add it for extra $$. I will definitely return to try another bowl.
421 College Street
Toronto, ON M5T 1T1