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.
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.