Better than Brunch?

August 15th, 2010 · Lisa · restaurant review, Review · Comments

Is there anything better than brunch? When Isa’s Vegan Brunch first came out I remember reading her intro in which she raised the enjoyment of the mid-morning meal to a religious observance. I am in complete agreement. I love brunch. For me it isn’t just about the food, it’s about the slower pace, the relaxed conversation and leaving feeling energized for the rest of the day.

My Sunday wasn’t entirely restful – my morning started at 4:30 am when I once again hopped on the ferry to Toronto Island to volunteer at the triathlon. It was a sprint distance race. I met some amazing volunteers, ran into a few friends and helped to body mark 600 athletes (that called for a lot of squatting and twisting). Once the last wave of competitors left the beach I ran back to the ferry and managed to catch a boat 30 seconds before it left the dock. I made it home just after 10 and my brother Dan was just getting up – ready to start his Sunday. After all of that running around I was ready to slow down and enjoy some time with one of my favourite vegans.

We were craving a real brunch experience. Luckily in Toronto there are lots of places that offer incredible vegan menus. We debated over Fressen, Sadie’s, Calico, Fresh and Pulp Kitchen but in the end decided on Live Organic Food Bar.

On Sundays Live offers a Brunch menu from 11-3 with a selection of both raw and cooked options. It was a hot day in the city so we decided to take advantage of the back patio – which I think enhances the whole brunch experience.

I started with a rich cup of coffee. Live procures their beans from ChocoSol (who I mentioned recently). I love when coffee has a hint of chocolate and none of the bitterness associated with the burnt brews offered at many of the chains.

Dan thought he might be coming down with a cold so he ordered a beverage rich in vitamin C. This refreshing juice contained orange, ginger and Echinacea.

One of the funny things about brunch is that we often find ourself ordering the same breakfast we would make for ourselves at home and paying a whole lot more for it. But sometimes getting exactly what you want, while enjoying a lovely patio and the company of someone you love is worth a few extra dollars. I order the fruit salad and asked for some raw buckwheat granola in place of the cashew yogurt. As you may recall from many, many previous posts, this is my favourite breakfast and Live certainly did it justice.

Dan was way more adventurous and opted for the King’s French Toast. It didn’t take long for him to devour this dish and to report that it exceeded all expectations.
Dan is currently flying back to Orlando to pick all of his worldly goods (or at least those not currently stacked in my Mom’s place) and Jeremy to start the drive back to life in Canada. They should be here by Thursday. A year ago they left for a whole new adventure in Walt Disney World and now they are coming home!
So what’s better than brunch? Brothers. But brunch with brothers is best of all.
What is your favourite brunch dish and who would you love to share it with?


  1. Posted August 16, 2010 at 5:58 am

    I love brunch! I have yet to find a local place that caters so well to a vegan (must find one!) I like having brunch with my husband. It's usually have a big Sunday morning workout.c

  2. Posted August 16, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Oy, I haven't eaten yet this morning and now I'm super hungry! It all looks delicious. You are lucky to have a brother who will go out for such a yummy (but non-mainstream) brunch with you!

  3. Posted August 16, 2010 at 10:34 am

    I love brunch too!…so much fun and the food looks great! Have fun! Hugs!

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  5. Posted August 16, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    JL- Sunday is my long run day so it makes for the perfect excuse to enjoy a blissful brunch. I'm so glad your in the club!

    a-k – See…you have to come to Toronto. We could do brunch!

    Thanks Pam!

  6. Posted August 16, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Chris and I have hosted a few vegan brunches. Included were lots of gluten-free muffins, pancakes, waffles, tofu scramble, potatoes, fruit, and more. These days my brunches are to the raw side so I love a good green smoothie and raw granola. But any raw dessert can work as a brunch treat too.

  7. Posted August 17, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Everything looks so beautiful, you are so lucky to have such nice restaurants near you.

    I sure hope your brother is feeling better, and it's wonderful you got to enjoy a yummy brunch together! It was well deserved after your busy morning:)

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