Autumn 2015

Autumn is my favourite season. There is so much to love about this season. The changing colour of the leaves and how the trees look when it rains and the bark turns a deep brown against the fiery leaves. The damp, thumb fresh and cold smell that comes with leaves. The soft, pills crunch with each step while walking through a park littered with fallen leaves. Taking hikes in cool weather with knitted scarves and toques. Walking through orchards, medicine wandering through rows and rows of trees, picking apples and other fresh fruits. Long crispy days spent outside followed by long evenings warming up by crackling fires.

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With cooler weather comes hearty meals indoors. Meals indoors around harvest tables and surrounded by friends. Meals that start with beautiful charcuterie boards laden with cheese, olives and figs. Your belly warms up with fall soups full of roasted vegetables and then puréed into silky goodness. The prominent flavours of the season are pumpkin, roasted vegetables, flaky pie crusts, and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and star anise. Heavy, rich meals that are followed by hot drinks and cocktails. It is the perfect season to enjoy the outdoors and to enjoy all the bounty of the harvest.

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Bonjour Brioche

Last week two of my favourite people returned from vacation so obviously brunch had to be eaten. Al returned from Mexico and Cynthia returned from Italy so we ventured out to the east end to enjoy a brunch at Bonjour Brioche and catch up on each others adventures.

Bonjour Brioche is sunny and fresh, for sale featuring delicious breads and pastries. The inside of the restaurant feels like a Parisian café, medicine with sunny walls and the smells of baguettes and other breads. We were seated on the patio, which is partially covered by an awning. The only downside of the patio: it is beside a GO train track that runs a frequent train. If you can get over some light transit noise, which you should be able to if you live in the city, the patio is sunny and delightful.

The girls both ordered the Poached Eggs on a croissant.

IMG_0558 IMG_0559Two poached eggs on a croissant with Hollandaise and the choice of peameal, tomato and avocado or smoked salmon. Al chose peameal on one side and tomato and avocado on the other. Cynthia opted for tomato and avocado and smoked salmon.

You were able to customize your order and choose different toppings for each side of your croissant which I think is brillant. There is two sides to every croissant so why not have two different toppings? The croissants were buttery and airy but still hearty enough to hold up to all the delicious toppings towering on top.

I ordered the daily tart special.

IMG_0560The Daily Tart with figs, caramelized onions and blue cheese.

This tart was sweet and tangy. I love the combination of figs and blue cheese. The sweetness of the figs plays with the rich, pungent, salty taste of the blue cheese. The caramelized onions add another level of sweetness that completes the tart. The crust is flaky, buttery and crunchy. Yums. I love that regardless of what is ordered, it is accompanied by slices of baguette and of course, butter. Could breakfast get much better than that?

And of course, all meals should end in dessert, even brunch. We split the Sour Cherry Custard Tart.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetThis tart was simple, fresh, tangy, and sweet. It was delicious. It was my first taste of summer and I look forward to more.

A great brunch with great friends – what more can a girl ask for? Happy munching!