Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Brunch or Bust


Hubby and I usually head out for brunch on Saturdays. {Let's just pretend today's Saturday, not Tuesday, or even Monday. Isn't it Saturday somewhere on the planet?} And as hubby prefers to ease gently into a Saturday {and even more gently into a Sunday}, we often miss the breakfast menus. But brekkie at The Gunshop Café in West End provides incentive to greet the morning a bit earlier than usual for hubby, as happened last Saturday.

The place has a breakfast reputation worthy of the small wait for a table, as no reservations are taken for weekend breakfasts. Hubby loved his fluffy Canadian brioche french toast with bacon, drizzlings of pure maple syrup, sprinklings of pecans, and caramelised banana. Though the strawberry brioche french toast was trying to seduce me away from my stable blood sugar levels, I stoically chose the plump potato fetta hash cakes with wilted spinach, house-dried tomatoes and herbed sour cream. Delicious ~ though I had to stifle a whimper when I saw the strawberry brioche french toast at the next table.

The café occupies a charming old heritage building and yes, was a gun shop in its earlier life. The decor is warm and a bit funky - and it doesn't feel like these sculptured dames are watching your every mouthful at all. {They can't even watch their own waistlines.}

19 comments:

  1. Funky is the word. What a cool place to hang out and indulge.

    If the owners see this painting you should be able to get the strawberry brioche french toast for free!

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  2. I haven't had my breakfast yet and now I am drooling on my keyboard !!
    Selling your art for food as Cali suggests ?

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  3. Cali ~ it's a great place to people-watch, too. And I like the way you think!

    Marylène ~ sorry. :) If it's any consolation, I made myself drool as well, and it's way past my breakfast time.

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  4. Cali ~ Any Voracious Munchers? Absolutely, LOL!

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  5. To paraphrase the female diner in When Harry Met Sally after Meg Ryan faked her orgasm: I'll have what you're having.

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  6. Thanx for dropping love note on my latest post....

    urm...how about giving her name as mine 'Finie'?huhuh
    While the little boy's name Noorman (my fiance's name)

    p/s: ANY SUGGESTION

    http://finieramos.blogspot.com/2009/09/introduction-to-my-animation-characters.html

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  7. PCN ~ hee hee!! Should I rename the post 'Brunch, blush or bust'. ;)

    Finie ~ I was thinking of you and Noorman when I was reading your character descriptions. :)

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  8. Those busts are so...Modigliani. Way cool.

    Sorry I haven't been around. I'm obsessing about the fires around here, as Margaret can attest. I must say it puts me in mind of Australia's heartbreaking fires last year. It all makes me very sad.

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  9. Margaret ~ ah yes, carbs - a slower boat to the sugar high. :)

    Petrea ~ I felt rather hip and cool sitting in their company.

    No apology needed! I've been following the fires via you and AH and worrying on your behalf and yes, feeling so very sad. I hope people get out [with their animals] if they are asked to and they do it early enough. That all went horribly wrong here.

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  10. Brunch is absolutely my fave meal—and you've captured it perfectly! Strawberry brioche French toast sounds pretty good—but, like you, I'll opt for savory over sweet. Yum!

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  11. Thanks, Alexa! The herbed sour cream really topped it off beautifully.

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  12. Mmmm...brunch is my favourite meal by far! i always get pancakes with bacon. though sometimes i stray and order a big belgian waffle with real maple syrup. my fave brunch was at the clinton street baking company in new york city--we would wait in line for hours and it was worth every minute!

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  13. Anne ~ you'd wait for hours? Wow, that's a seriously good brunch!

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  14. altadenahiker ~ kind of had a feeling you might! I hope you're remembering to eat with everything that's going on there. Please take care.

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  15. Shsh! What do you mean by, "And as hubby prefers to ease gently into a Saturday {and even more gently into a Sunday}, we often miss the breakfast menus."?

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  16. Cafe Observer ~ sorry, k9 translation: he sleeps in late {though I do not} so we arrive after many places have finished serving breakfast. {Catastrophe.} Is serving a breakfast menu only in the morning uncommon in your parts?

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Merci, grazie, thank you for joining our conversation lounge. Your smile lights up the room. Even more beautifully than our crystal chandelier. x

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