Edmonton Tourist: Little Brick

After enjoying the Café Bicyclette winter patio last week, I wanted more. So, I invited a friend to try out the Little Brick winter patio.

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It wasn’t ready for patio lovin’ and I wanted a fire so we went inside and found a spot next to the fireplace.

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It was very nice and extremely warm. It was lovely!

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I decided not to have eggs, that is my go-to breakfast. I chose french toast and this version was so pretty! It was bread pudding topped with swiss meringue sitting on a berry compote and topped with pretty flowers. Seriously, flowers on any plate make it so appetizing for me and I sit there looking at my food as if it is art.

My friend had the eggs benedict, also incredibly beautiful.

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Their eggs are always perfection, done with the sous vide method. We each had a hot beverage, me with a latte and her with a chai.

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Breakfast was lovely and we lingered for two hours nursing our food and our drinks. The conversation turned to travel and we spoke about where we’ve been and where we are going. There was a tiny bit of career talk – not work but chat about our careers and how we got here. Honestly, it was one of the more interesting conversations that is only usually saved for my university buddy. It was a complete delight! Finding people you can connect with over food and coffee is such a treat. As an introvert, I fear long conversations will exhaust me, but that wasn’t the case. I think the key is to find someone who is interesting and isn’t emotionally depleting is the key.

We only left because she had an appointment at 12:30, and they needed the table but not once did we feel rushed. The atmosphere, food and conversation made Little Brick a complete delight. I recommend bringing your bestie or someone you want to get to know better and enjoy breakfast by the fire. Hopefully, the patio will be open. If it’s not, there are several different rooms to choose from, each equally charming.

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Get out and explore your city!

Edmonton Tourist: Fox Burger

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A few weeks ago I went to June’s Deli located in the newly refurbed Gibbard Block. I peeked inside the shop next door and new I wanted to go there too. Since deciding I wanted to go, I have heard nothing but positive reviews with everyone saying “go try Fox Burger”.

Okay.

I went and it was delicious.

Something was wrong with me though, I couldn’t take a photo that wasn’t blurry… Perhaps it was because everything smelled so good it triggered my hunger glands. I focused mostly on eating and less about photos. In the end, that was a smart decision.

The hubs and I went on a Saturday night and I had been following Fox Burger on Instagram and knew about the reservation app. So …I made reservations for 5:00 p.m. That was smart because everyone who came in had to wait unless they had reservations.

We arrived with 5 minutes to spare and parked across the street. There is free evening and weekend parking for Fox Burger and June’s Deli in the lot across the street. Alternatively, there is residential parking. We crossed the street and saw someone punching in a code for the Airbnb upstairs. I think that is a smart idea.

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When we walked in, we were greeted right away and show to our spot.  Specials were explained and we were given the menus.

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Obviously, I had a mimosa, not just for breakfast anymore!

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See? Blurry… Sorry about that, but in my defence, it was delicious and I couldn’t wait.

The hubs ordered Lunar Phase on tap. The beer choices were local craft. I love that.

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Our server arrived and I asked if I should have garlic fries or the disco fries. She said Always have disco fries. This is what I know to be true: Every time someone gives a special name to fries, eat those instead of plain. Animal fries at In and Out is where I first learned this rule. Disco fries confirmed it. Chicken gravy (weird choice but DELICIOUS) cheese and garlic fries. Fancy poutine but SO GOOD!

We both had disco fries and I chose Mushroom Swiss and hubs had Bacon Pepper Smash. Our server explained the smash burger, 5 ounces of beef but smashed on the griddle to maximize the caramelization… OMG… yep it worked in making it the best burger.

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I inhaled it clearly because I couldn’t wait to put the camera down. SO BLURRY – what was wrong with me? Right…I was salivating.

After dinner, we shared an apple hand pie with cinnamon ice cream and salted caramel. Warm and light and fab.

I will be back. The problem is Edmonton has all these amazing eateries. I want to get to all of them. It may take me a lifetime. But – I intend on eating everything on the menu so I need to go back a few more times before I branch out to other restaurants. oh…and they serve BRUNCH! I am going on March 11, I can’t wait. foxdirect-Recovered.jpg

Get out and explore people!

Edmonton Tourist: The Moth Cafe

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I had a date with one of my favourite humans. We get together sporadically and explore the city. Our plan was to visit the art walls of Edmonton that are popping up all over the place but first, we needed (?) wanted (?) desired coffee.

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The Moth is a plant-based cafe located at 9449 Jasper Ave. It has a smallish parking lot but there is street parking all over the place downtown. I had never been, but I had seen it all over Instagram from my vegetarian friends. There was even a post from a friend who was laying in a hammock that resided in the cafe’s corner. Sadly the hammock is gone to make way for more tables. Thankfully for us, the extra table gave us a place to sit on the stage because this place was packed. To be fair, it was Sunday morning and all kinds of people are at great cafes on a Sunday morning for brunch.

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There was lots to choose from but only one real choice for me.

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I had an almond milk latte and a piece of pumpkin pie because pumpkin pie is the BEST! My friend had a coconut milk latte and a peanut butter chocolate cupcake.

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The coffee was fine but the pie was the best thing I have ever eaten and I think of it often. Thoughts like….what was that secret ingredient that made it taste so good? cream cheese? lemon? silken tofu? I have no idea, but I wish I was Chris Morocco and could recreate it.  I love it so much, I think I will call them and order a whole pie for the weekend’s non-thanksgiving dinner. My friend’s cupcake was fine but she loved her coffee. Overall I hear great things about the food in this place and I would definitely go back.

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Edmonton is a foodie’s paradise. The Moth Cafe is another great place to sit, eat and visit on a Sunday morning. I am sure you will find me there on another day. Come by and say hi, bring a fork so we can share.