Mildred’s Temple Kitchen

Sometimes I run out of things to do when brainstorming for dates. I’m the one that usually plans the schedule. We’ve been out for breakfast/ lunch many times and  my date is somewhat hard to impress. But this time, my date chose the location and was dying to try the pancakes at Mildred’s.  Since I haven’t seen my date in about a month, and the weather was super cooperative, heck why not! I have heard many great review from my brother and cousin and they both have not taken me to Mildred’s…I know right?

I was quite surprised when I went in. There was no 1-hour wait and plenty of free tables plus patio tables. The decor was onspot with minimal decorations and quite trendy…the theme was green. There was even a Canada Day questionnaire to fill out… things about Canada and if you get the answers right, you will win a prize.

Huevos Monty

Mildred’s House Made Lemonade & Mildred’s Temple

Mrs. Biederhof’s Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

My date !

Click here to visit Mildred’s website.

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Colette Grand Cafe

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On my restaurant list, Colette Grande Cafe would probably be listed under fancy. And from my experience it sure was fancy! I went there for brunch earlier this month because it was mom’s birthday.
I thoroughly enjoyed being served fresh juices along with digging into mountains of food, piled up high, consisting of pasta salads to a huge assortment of desserts.  There is also an omelette station, where you can customize your omelette and it will be served to your table when ready.

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I filled my first plate with a bit of everything: mango salad, crab salad, smoked salmon (my favourite from the whole buffet), shrimp cocktail, french toast, pancake & pasta salad (starting from 12 o’clock and  going clockwise). The salads were good (though I didn’t fancy the crab flavours), the pancake and toast were light and fluffy and the smoked salmon was to die for!

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The cafe was serving wellington, salmon wellington to be exact. I’m 99.9% sure that I never had wellington. To my surprise, the salmon was cooked perfectly (not over nor under) and the thin pastry wrapped the salmon snug tight.

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On one side of the restaurant, there was an assortment of items you would usually order for brunch: belgian waffles, fried chicken, pancakes, sausage, bacon and french toast.

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On the bar side, there were other items, such as salads, seafood (the brunch is famous for seafood), cheeses, quiches, fruits and desserts.

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I especially loved the fruit tart because it reminded me of the fruit flan I made during baking school.

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Colette Grande Cafe serves Sunday brunch for $54 per person. I would recommend trying this, if you fancy a nice change in brunch. It was a pleasant experience. I would definitely take my good friend here for her birthday.

Click here to visit Colette’s website.
Pictures via iPhone 6.

Hot Stacks Famous Pancakes

We hardly ever venture out of the Scarborough-Toronto area. 1. Scarborough is a central spot to find most Chinese foods (that my family will eat). 2. What’s the point? (though I see all the other activities we could be doing.)

This was definitely a special day (or weekend rather) because my parents went on a cruise! And I took the day off from studying just to come here (sort of). We started off, well early enough, leaving the house around 9 A.M.ish. It took us about an hour’s car ride to get to Tanger Outlets in Cookstown. After all the shopping, we finally made it to Hot Stacks Famous Pancakes, located five minutes West of the mall (literally five minutes!).

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It’s really family friendly. The restaurant looks so cute! It’s really big and spacious inside. I wish I had taken a panorama from the entrance.

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A restaurant that serves (mainly) breakfast items all day (till closing)…I LOVE IT! The menu has plenty to choose from….pancakes, waffles to omelettes.

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The premium orange juice wasn’t anything fancy. It just comes with pulp.

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We were starving and almost ate everything! I had a hard time choosing what I wanted because I wanted a bit of everything!

D ordered Liver, Bacon and Onions (under the Lunch Clasics) (typical him). It came with a side of chicken rice soup. And the soup was delicious (we never had that before).

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A also had a hard time deciding what she wanted. I believe she settled with the Junior Lumberjack (under Breakfast Classics) ; that came with everything: eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon and hash brown.

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I ordered the Cinnamon Apple Glazed Waffle. Truly disappointed. The waffle (YES, one waffle) wasn’t crispy and where do I even begin with the glaze? It is honestly apple sauce with powdered cinnamon. I was expecting more, like a cinnamon apple waffle batter? And it wasn’t hot either. Maybe warm? It’s been too long! (Sigh!)

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I’m on the edge if you ask me whether or not I would eat here again. I do like the atmosphere and the friendliness of the staff. I have yet to encounter something similar to this in my area. But the journey here is a bit too long.

Visit Hot Stacks’ website here.
*All photos via. my iPhone 6.