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Benny’s Bistro

I love everything about Benny’s Bistro.  It’s tucked away in the back of the top notch French Baker in downtown Ottawa and serves the wonderful things the bakery produces along side expertly prepared breakfast and brunch food.   It’s all in the details at this place.  Take the regular old two egg breakfast; at Benny’s, this includes FRESH, amazing bread and butter, a hit of nutrients with the side green salad, the best potato and bacon hash you can imagine, and eggs cooked to absolute perfection.  Nothing but love for this place 🙂

Two eggs with toast, crispy smoked bacon and fingerling potato hash

I got the inspiration for my stuffed french toast recipe from Benny’s.  I always love their changing menu;  I’ve never once been disappointed!  The french toast on this particular visit was made with baked-fresh-that-morning-absolutely-perfect-baguette (obviously), and topped with fresh fruit, maple syrup and an crunchy oat crumble.  WOW.

French toast with fresh fruit and maple syrup

The only challenge with Benny’s is trying to walk through the bakery on your way out and not leave with a giant bag of pastries.  Not really a huge problem in my books!

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Fraser Café

I’ve decided that brunch is definitely one of my four favourite meals.  I love everything about it.  Like the fact that someone serves you a fancy breakfast, and that it usually means you get to sleep in.   Fraser Café stepped in to fulfill my brunch needs one recent rainy Sunday, and after being on my to-try list for ages it turned out to be as good as I had heard.  As a matter of fact, it has made it’s way onto my to-return-to-very-quickly-list, and the I-have-to-try-it-for-dinner-too list.   Being on a never ending quest for delicious food means having a lot of lists in your life.

Let’s start with the menu.  I took a picture because there was maybe only one thing I wouldn’t have ordered (the trout, just can’t do fish), and I had a tough time deciding on just one thing.  Like I told the waiter, “I’ll need a few more minutes please, but I’ve got it narrowed down to about six things!”   There is so much potential deliciousness to be had at this restaurant, it was the toughest decision I made all Sunday.

Frasier Café Brunch Menu

I decided to go with the standard eggs.  Crazy, I know.  They were fluffy and egg-y (surprisingly, not always a quality you find with eggs), and they were served on the side of a roasted tomato and on top of a nest of cheese curds.  There were also AMAZING roasted potatoes and home made fennel sausage.   And some Green Tea to wash it all down 🙂  There was nothing standard about this meal!

Frasier Café Scrambled Eggs

I took a halfway-done shot so you could see the nest of cheese curds in action.

Scrambled Eggs Action Shot

The very generously portioned breakfast sandwich was excellent too – I got a few bites 🙂

Frasier Café Breakfast Sandwich

The Croque Monsieur was not on the menu, but one of the specials….this obviously made the ordering decision more complicated.  It got rave reviews too!

Croque Monsieur

In the end I actually got to order two things off their menu because there was no way I wasn’t trying the homemade doughnuts.    They were warm from the oven and tossed in cinnamon and sugar, with chocolate mocha dipping sauce on the side.  Speechless.

Homemade Doughnuts w/ chocolate mocha dipping sauce

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Eggs Zucchini

Making a nice leisurely Sunday brunch is one of my favourite ways to spend time in the kitchen.  No deadlines, just creating a delicious meal to start off a nice relaxing day.  This recipe is inspired by The Manx, a wonderful pub with above average pub food,  just around the corner from my place.  And when I say “inspired by”, I really mean “idea literally stolen from” because it is soooooo good.

Eggs Zucchini

Eggs Zucchini Recipe

4 Poached Eggs
8 Strips Grilled Zucchini, ¼ inch thick
Feta Cheese, to taste
4 Toasted English Muffins
3 – 4 tbsp Cilantro Pesto (Or any kind of pesto would work just fine)

1.  To poach your eggs, bring a pot of salted water to a boil.  Make sure pot is deep enough to hold enough liquid to cover the eggs entirely.  A few inches of water  While water is heating up, crack your eggs into a shallow bowl, so they will slip easily into the water without breaking.  After water has boiled, reduce heat so that it is gently boiling, not furiously boiling.   Once water is boiling gently, slip the egg out of the bowl into the water very slooooowwwwwllllyyyyy.  The amount of time you leave the eggs in the water depends on how firm you like your yolks.  2 minutes for runny yolks, 3 minutes for medium, and 4 minutes for firm.  And don’t worry about the wierd white strands floating around the water, they don’t mean anything.  When it’s time to remove your egg from the water, use a slotted spoon to drain off any excess liquid.  You can even gently pat the egg dry with a paper towel to get any liquid off of the top.  Now it’s ready for the dish!

2.  Cut zucchini into 1/4 inch slices, and brush with olive oil.  Grill for a few minutes on a BBQ, grill pan, or George Foreman grill, until grill marks appear, and zucchini is tender crisp.  Flip and repeat on both sides.

3.  Toast English Muffins to your liking and add a layer of feta cheese, grilled zuchhini, poached egg and then top with cilantro pesto.  Sit back and enjoy the flavour party that is about to happen in your mouth!

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