I don’t think I’ve ever been to Cora’s. It’s been a staple of the Canadian brunch scene for 25 years, but I don’t remember ever going. Last Saturday, before going to the Inspire Book Fair at the convention centre, we decided to have brunch.

My choice was the “1990’s Harvest”: two slices of cinnamon-raisin brioche (French toast style), with bacon, an egg, and a “mountain of fruit”.

Ro had the breakfast poutine: potatoes, cheese, bacon bits, sausage (which was actually hot dogs), red peppers, and an egg.

You wouldn’t think that cinnamon-raisin flavours would go well with eggs, but it was surprisingly good. The bacon was crispier than I usually eat it, but still had an overall bacon-y taste. I love grapes, so I was pleased by the amount of grapes on my plate, and, while I don’t usually love melons (cantaloupe and honeydew), they weren’t too overripe and ended up being refreshing after chomping my way through two slices of brioche (one of which I drenched in syrup).

Ro seemed to enjoy hers too; I stole several pieces of potato (and bacon) from her plate, and they were nicely seasoned.

Final verdict: It was good and satisfied my craving for brunch, but it was nothing to write home about.


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