Brunch Attack :: Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, Toronto

 Oh, brunch. What would life be without thee? There’s no doubt it’s one of my fave meals of the day. Tied with breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, afternoon tea of course. Oh, wait a minute…;)

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pink location iconLocation :: Liberty Village, Toronto


The A-list Brunch :: Mauro Cafe at Fred Segal, Los Angeles

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pink-location-iconLocation :: Fred Segal, Beverley Hills

Travelling to Los Angles with our dogs definitely has its perks (cuddle sessions!), but when it came to deciding on where to grab lunch and dinner, it caused quite the head-scratching situation.

Prior to our LA trip, I already was set to visit Fred Segal, especially since my editor convinced me to go (you know, so I can quote Clueless). So when it came time to looking for pet-friendly lunch spots in the area, I was super psyched to see that Mauro Cafe was on the list. Not only is it well recommended for those who enjoy dining with their furry friends, it’s also a fave place for celebrities. Celebrity spotting may be one reason to check out the restaurant, but I have you know that the food and atmosphere are reasons enough to stand on its own. And the best part? You can work off that meal with some post-lunch shopping. It’s a win-win.

Arriving around 11:30 AM, we were able to choose from both the breakfast and lunch menu (thanks to my serious strategic planning). But little did we know, the more options we had, the harder it was to decide on what to eat and drink. After our server circled back for the 3rd and final time, we finally had our hearts set on 4 delicious dishes: broccoli shrimp spaghetti, seafood fettuccine, smoked salmon eggs benedict and nutella-filled French crepes to share family style. And to kick off the meal, we sipped on refreshing cucumber mint lemonades to keep us cool and hydrated in the desert heat. ‘Tis the life.

Thanks for reading!

Till next time,

neon green tse parfait

Mauro Cafe at Fred Segal (map click here)
8112 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
t: 323.653.2874
h: Monday to Sunday 9 AM to 6 PM (check here for daily hours)

The Classic :: Lan Fong Yuen, Hong Kong

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pink-location-iconLocation :: Central District, Hong Kong

If there is only one thing you must have in Hong Kong, make it the HK-style milk tea.  A stronger and smoother take on the regular old tea with milk and sugar (thanks to the stocking-like filter they use to pour the tea through), HK-style milk tea is somewhat of a tradition for residents to religiously drink everyday, especially for breakfast. While Hong Kong offers a wide variety of places that serve amazing milk tea, I’ve got to say no shop comes close to Lan Fong Yuen. Trust me. I’ve done my research.

 As diners are to America, dai pai dongs (open-air food stall) are to Hong Kong. Breakfast is served around 8 AM, and business goes right through lunch and into afternoon tea hour. While Lan Fong Yuen is no longer a dai pai dong per se (it has evolved and made a home in the restaurant behind its original DPD façade), the restaurant still evokes the same fast-paced and crowded nature of the traditional food stall.

 To make sure our day starts off on the right foot, my sister and I make our way to Central district to our go-to breakfast destination. Although many tourists come to Lan Fong Yuen to try their famous pork chop mini bun and instant noodle lo-mien (only available after 11 PM), you really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. But when it comes to ordering breakfast, I’m pretty boring. While my sister goes for the pork chop instant noodles in soup, I alternate between a Hong Kong-styled French toast or a basic condensed milk and butter thick toast with a side of milk tea —simple, cheap and delicious. What more can you ask?

P.S There is a minimum charge of $24HKD per head, which equals an HK-style milk tea and a thick toast. FYI.

Thanks for reading!

Till next time,

neon green tse parfait

Lan Fong Yuen (map click here)
2 Gage Street, Central
Hong Kong
t: 2544 3895