Sometimes it’s the tiny things that bring us the most joy. A little over a month ago I decided to take a random vacation day off from work to be alone with my thoughts and to be out and about on my own. I wanted to walk around, I wanted some fresh air and most of all, I wanted to eat yummy things and get a head start on my Christmas shopping! Truthfully, I’ve really missed the days when I had the flexibility of being out during the week and not just on the weekends. The pace and atmosphere is just different and it’s something I can appreciate more now that I’ve been a full-time working girl. I have such great memories from my days in grad school just exploring the city during the week (and working my tail off every other moment!) and growing as a person. I knew taking a day for myself would do me some good and in true Deb fashion, I had a super fun day planned out for myself: tea and breakfast at a cafe, walking, window shopping, lunch with a friend, and more walking and window shopping.
I’m nothing if not prepared! So prepared that I woke up at the exact same time I would have woken up had I gone to work. My alarm woke me up at 5:30am, it was pitch black out and no, I am not a crazy banana. Even though I mumble and grumble every morning when my dreaded alarm clock wakes me up, quiet, peaceful mornings in the city are moments I really cherish. I love sitting back and relaxing with a magazine, a cozy pot of tea and a plate of warm comfort food like bacon and eggs or fresh bread hot out of the oven. Having quiet breakfast to myself just makes me happy and it makes me look forward to the rest of my day that much more because I know I’ve taken advantage of every possible moment.
I hopped on the bus, headed to the subway, got off at Summerhill station and skipped on over to Terroni Bar Centrale for some hot tea and sweet breakfast nibbles. After going to Terroni for weekend brunch last fall, I remembered their menu well and knew that they had sweet breakfast options and of course, darling little pots of loose leaf tea. After choosing a pot of their Torta Di Mele black tea with apple ($4) to start, I hemmed and hawwed over my food: did I want biscotti? Or maybe the yogurt and granola parfait with fruit? Or their special Pandolci, Scandinavian-style pancakes with Nutella and jam?! After some careful thought, I chose the Brioche con Burro e Marmellata: housemade brioche with housemade jam ($6).
Believe it or not, good ol’ fashioned toast and jam is a weakness of mine and truly one of my favourite things in the world. It’s a total comfort thing. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches cut into quarters was my go-to lunch as a little kindergardener. Toast and jam is the only thing I will touch when I’m not feeling well. And there is nothing like the feeling of warm, crispy toasty golden bread crunching between your teeth with the sweet, fruitiness of jam or jelly lingering on your tastebuds. It’s like a cozy hug from your favourite childhood teddy bear and I love it. Terroni laid their golden slices of brioche on an adorable wooden platter with some butter and a VERY generous amount of jam! It was warm and soft and buttery and oh so delicious. Coupled with my pot of loose leaf tea, it made for the perfect way to start my day. The wonderful thing about brioche is how it stands up to things like jam. It doesn’t get soggy, it retains its shape and it has this lovely mix of thickness and lightness that just works.
Mission quiet, peaceful, delicious morning to myself accomplished.
Terroni Bar Central is located at 1095 Yonge Street on the corner of Price St. between Summerhill and Rosedale subway stations in midtown Toronto. They’re open 7 days a week: 11:30am-10pm Sunday to Wednesday, 11:30am-11pm Thursday to Saturday.