A Morning Date with Edgar & Joe

Edgar and Joe's Cafe Interior | London, ONI am a diehard advocate of, in my humble opinion, the most important meal of the day – BREAKFAST! Whether hot or cold, at home or out, I always start my day on a full stomach.

The boy is, by now, familiar with the sound of my alarm clock gently tinkling in the darkness. It urges me up at 6am (two and a half hours before I leave for work) so that I can indulge in my ritual of a steaming cup and a warm breakfast. Always warm! My tastes run from a smooth egg scramble with bacon to warm apple and cheese filled crepes. Sunday is always a Dutch Baby extravaganza! All a bit time consuming in my bleary eyed state. But well worth it.

However, I cherish the days when I can hand over breakfast making duties to the experts. Enter my other favourite boys, Edgar & Joe‘s. Edgar and Joe's Cafe Sign | London, ONIt’s a little spot that has found a firm hold in London’s blossoming downtown.

Part of the Goodwill Industries, it touts itself as a cafe with a purpose, serving fresh, local, and affordable food that keep the patrons coming back.

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Weekend Edition

Stacked books and a cup of coffeeYay, another long weekend is here! I feel a little spoiled for plans. I’m starting off with a luxurious 6 hour spa day (a gift to myself!), followed by a quick jaunt outside the city to a blueberry pickin’ heaven, then a trip or two to the local Ribfest for a down and dirty finger-lickin’ dinner, and finally diving into a new summer novel. I will also be working on a new post from a recent local funventure with the boy.

But first I thought I’d start off the weekend with a few fun links you guys might enjoy.

  • Waking up early is no one’s idea of fun, especially on a long weekend. But check out this list of hilarious and brutally honest coffee mugs that might make that bright morning sunshine a little easier to swallow.
  • If your summer trip to Italy is still just a day dream, allow me to add to your fantasy album. Follow a day in the life of the beautiful and incredibly perky Giada de Laurentiis as she films her show in Florence.
  • And if your summer leanings are more Gallic, this interview with the French Chantecaille sisters will have you finding your inner French girl!

Wishing you all a fabulous long weekend!

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Weekend Edition

Illy coffee cupsI’ve been really enjoying sharing my posts with all of you. What you’ve seen are definitely my favourite moments, restaurants, events, and websites. I hope you’ve enjoyed them as well.  Here are a few more things that are making their way onto “My Favourites” list.

  • I’m always on the lookout for great coffee shops where I can indulge my tastes in the caffeinated beverage. The next time I find myself in New York, I will call on this list from Trottermag to visit some of the city’s amazing cafes.
  • If I had an ounce of baking skills (or patience for that matter) I would bump this Chili & Tonka coffee and ganache macaron recipe to the top of my dessert repertoire. Scroll past the mouthwatering images and Polish text to find the English translation.
  • And if you haven’t had enough coffee images or recipes check out my Coffee Pinterest board for more inspiration!

 

The Bag Lady

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Stepping through the door of The Bag Lady I felt like Alice walking through the looking glass. The pastel technicolor and over-the-top retro design can be bit overwhelming, but the vibe is really easy going. The food feels homemade and will make you a breakfast addict, especially the mixed potato hash. Whether you decide to sit inside or outside, a visit to this delicious wonderland is a must.

Colette Grand Café and Bakery

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If you are looking for an authentic French cafe experience in Toronto, visit Colette.  You won’t regret it!