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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

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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.

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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)
 

Weekend Brunch :: Brassaii, Toronto

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As I mentioned in my previous #ootd post, my friends and I went to Brassaii for a Saturday brunch date. Tucked in an alley on King Street (not far from the popular ping pong club, SpiN), Brassaii may be more known for its night scene, but it also makes for the perfect brunch spot with its rustic design (wooden tables and iron wrought windows) meets glam (leather booths and fancy lighting) interior design.

We had the opportunity to taste test their brunch menu, which was slightly tailored for us. Set up as a three-course meal, we started things off with a butternut squash soup. Garnished with fried parsnips, the savoury soup left a delightful sweet after taste.

Torn between the eggs benedict and the french toast (complete with rice krispies and nutella), the decision was a lot harder to make for my second course. While the more obvious choice (the french toast of course!) may have been the tastier one, I glanced down to see what desserts were offered to help make my final decision. Without batting an eye, I knew I wanted the cinnamon bun. Knowing an over-the-top french toast with a cinnamon treat would be overkill, I opted for the eggs benedict with porchetta on an english muffin in the end, which was super satisfying in every way. But by the time I got to the last bite, my friend (who also ordered the same thing as me) and I telepathically agreed that the pecan tart might indeed be the smarter choice, so we switched. The pecan tart was a sweet (maybe too sweet) way to end the meal, but having zipped through two courses already, our tummies just couldn’t finish it. #firstworldproblems

I definitely recommend this place to go with friends. Judging from the menu, I would love to come again to see what other dishes they offer for brunch and dinner. Also, I heard Jessica Chastain and Tom Hiddleston were actually there later that day for a private dinner to celebrate the actress’s birthday. If my pictures don’t convince you, I know the possibility of a celebrity spotting will definitely do the trick.

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