Niagara-on-the-Lake 2016

A few weeks ago we had a belated one-year anniversary brunch with my parents in Niagara. The reason we were about 6 months behind was because in the fall JDL had his knee replaced and then who wants to go to Niagara in the winter?

The day started with a visit to Southbrook Vineyards, Canada’s first bio-dynamic winery. We tasted a flight of four different wines, two whites and two reds, each highlighting the unique growing conditions and techniques at Southbrook. Our server was incredibly knowledgeable, having studied cuisine and wine at Niagara College. He was well spoken on the interplay between wine and food, something I completely lack and admire in other people.

After a few tastes of wine, we headed over to Trius Winery for our celebratory brunch. The brunch at Trius is a three-course tasting menu with the option to pair each course with wine as selected by the restaurant. Mom, being the classy and knowledgeable person she is, made her choices based on the wine; everyone else made their choices based on the food.

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The dining room at Trius has been recently redone, featuring bold furniture in yellows and reds. The main dining room features huge spherical light fixtures that resemble fireworks exploding in a night sky. The dining rooms open out onto a patio which overlooks the vineyards. In early April this is not quiet the focal point that it is in the summer. We were seated in the back of the restaurant, which was a little more private and with a view of the courtyard and vineyards.

After we were seated, we were immediately greeted with glasses of Trius Brut Rosé – all brunches should start with pink bubbly. It should be noted that this is apparently supposed to serve as a palate cleanser between courses and should last the length of your meal, not gulped down shortly after the first course like mine was. Oops. It was just too tasty to not enjoy that quickly.

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Mitzi’s Cafe

In October we headed down to Mitzi’s Cafe. Mitzi’s is located in the residential neighbourhood near Roncesvalles. It is surrounded by homes and parks which means tons of young parents and children. The more brunches I have, the more I realize that this is a young family pursuit that is trying to ruin my leisurely start to the weekend. I like children, I swear, but I do not like screaming, strollers and having Cheerios thrown at me.

It is a cute cafe/art gallery that is homey and quaint. I was immediately taken in by the chalkboard filled with the daily specials. A restaurant focusing on specials means fresh ingredients and creative dishes. We both decided to order daily specials.

GC ordered the omelet special of the day.

IMG_2270The daily omelet: a fluffy omelet stuffed with sausage, roasted peppers and topped with a caramelized onion aioli.

This was a hearty omelet. The peppers brought out the natural sweetness of the sausage. The omelet with filled with all these amazing, fresh ingredients. The caramelized onion aioli was sweet and salty.

I ordered the scrambled special of the day.

IMG_2271 IMG_2273The daily scramble: fluffy scrambled eggs with slow oven roasted cherry tomatoes and spinach topped with fresh oregano infused whipped feta cheese.

Holy healthy deliciousness. I love, love, loved this scramble. It was light, flavourful and filling. The eggs were fluffy, airy and light. The combination of vegetables was very reminiscent of warmer months and back gardens. The highlight of this scramble was definitely the oregano infused whipped feta cheese. I didn’t even consider whipping feta cheese let alone infusing it with herbs. The cheese became sauce-like as it smothered my eggs. This sauce should be on everything.

I really loved Mitzi’s. It was homey, simple and had delicious comfort food. It is worth a visit but keep in mind that as it is full of young families you should show up early!

Happy munching!