Flavour Favourites – 5 Great Tofu & Tofu Scramble Vegetarian & Vegan Brunch Dishes!

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I’m so happy and excited!  I finally have enough posts to do a Flavour Favourites post for one of my favourite foods: TOFU!  And not just any post devoted to tofu, this is a special tofu and tofu scramble brunch edition post!  Even though I’ve been eating tofu almost all my life, it wasn’t until I started my crazy food exploration 4 years ago that I realized just how versatile it was as a vegetarian brunch main.  I was especially intrigued by tofu scramble and the more I saw it on vegetarian and vegan brunch menus, the more I wanted to try them all.  Tofu scramble with vegan cheddar, tofu scramble with spinach and diced onions, on crispy corn tortillas, with peppers and spices – I totally have a “gotta catch ’em all!” mentality towards it now and it’s been so much fun trying the dishes that I have and discovering new eateries and hot spots along the way.

Oh, and did you notice the snazzy photo collages?!  I love them, they’re so pretty if I do say so myself!  I didn’t actually create the backgrounds, I just picked the template and plugged the photos in.  But it was fun nevertheless!  I’ve been feeling so sad about my lack of scrapbooking that I felt compelled to do something colourful and creative with my photos.  It’s been tough.  Ever since I started working full-time M-F, scrapbooking just hasn’t happened and it certainly hasn’t been because of a lack of desire.  It’s purely a lack of time.  I hate even saying it because it makes me sound like a person who whines and complains about not having enough time, making excuses, and not doing anything to change it.

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Believe me, I’ve made an effort.

I’ve bought new materials for projects on my to-do list, I developed some new photos for new layouts.  But with a M-F full-time schedule and weekends jam-packed with getting and preparing blog stories and content and fitting in time with my boyfriend, friends, and family, there has been virtually nothing left for quiet, undisturbed sit-down time with my paper and scissors.  I want to change this so much so here’s to hoping I find a way to do it because this was one of the major reasons why I started Ate by Ate in the first place.

Let’s get this tofu brunch show started!

  1. Vegan Rancheros at Sadie’s Diner (504 Adelaide Street West at Portland Street, just east of Bathurst) – Scrambled tofu on corn tortillas with salsa, refried beans, guacamole, and vegan cheese, $12, daily Welcome to Sadie’s Diner – Rockin’ Robin Huevos Rancheros, Part II || May 4, 2011
  2. Full Breakfast at Fresh (147 Spadina Ave. just south of Queen Street; 326 Bloor Street West just east of Spadina Ave; 894 Queen Street West at Crawford) – Scrambled tofu with grilled spinach, baked beans, grilled vegan sausage or tempeh bacon, toast, and homefries, $11, weekend brunch A Weekend Vegan Brunch of Tofu Scramble, Grilled Spinach, Home Fries, and Tempeh Bacon at Fresh || February 27, 2012
  3. Tex Mex Tortilla Scramble at Fresh (147 Spadina Ave. just south of Queen Street; 326 Bloor Street West just east of Spadina Ave; 894 Queen Street West at Crawford) – Crunchy corn tortillas, scrambled tofu, avocado, cilantro, tomato, lettuce, green onions, avocado chipotle sauce, spicy black beans, and brown basmati rice, $11, weekend brunch (mine served with an additional order ($2) of aged cheddar cheese!) A Rainforest Cabana Weekend Brunch – The Tex Mex Tortilla Scramble & The First Visit to Fresh Crawford || May 11, 2012
  4. Grilled Tofu on Vegan Chili at Niche Coffee & Tea Company (626 Queen Street West) – Grilled tofu steaks on homemade spicy vegan chili topped with tortilla crisps and a choice of homemade foccacia or cornbread, $10.50, daily (depending on the day, the meal can come with either tomato and arugula salad or guacamole cream) The Vegan Chili Series! First Up: Vegan Chili Brunch with Grilled Tofu Steaks at Niche Coffee & Tea on Queen West || September 28, 2011
  5. Tofu Scramble at Disgraceland (965 Bloor Street West between Delaware Ave. and Dovercourt Rd.) – Tofu scramble with sweet bell peppers, onions, garlic, cumin, chili, black beans, corn, and jalapenos with crunchy corn chips and a choice between hash browns (breakfast potatoes) or greens, $9 tax inclusive, weekend brunch Corn Chips, Breakfast Potatoes & Moroccan Flavour in a Tofu Scramble – Weekend Vegan Brunch at Disgraceland || September 7, 2012

AND, if you’re interested in trying tofu brunch dishes that I haven’t blogged about yet, here is my tofu goldmine “to-eat” list!

  • Tofu Scramble at Lady Marmalade (898 Queen Street East, just west of Logan Ave.) – Tofu scramble with shitake mushrooms, bok choy, spinach, and scallions in sesame soy dressing with your choice of either brown basmati rice or potatoes, toast, and salad, $11.50, daily all-day breakfast http://www.ladymarmalade.ca/
  • Sesame Tofu Scramble at Sage Cafe (166 McCaul Street at the corner of Elm) – Sesame tofu scramble on a bed of Thai-style rice noodles, $10, weekend brunch http://www.sagecafeandcatering.com/our-menus/weekend-brunch-menu
  • Tofu Omelette at Live Organic Food Bar (264 Dupont Street at Spadina Ave.) – Tofu omelette with tempeh, regular and sundried tomatoes, spinach, peppers, and olives with your choice of either potatoes or salad, $16, weekend brunch http://www.livefoodbar.com/brunch.html
  • Baked Polenta “Bolognese” at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West, east of Dufferin St.) – Vegan polenta cake with roasted heirloom tomato, mushroom and tofu “bolognese” with lentils and broccoli, $9, Fall 2012 weekend brunch (over the summer, the Gladstone had a tofu quesadilla!) http://www.gladstonehotel.com/food/?doing_wp_cron=1351394130.0679988861083984375000

Confessions of a Brunch-Obsessed Foodie – Brunch Picks From Leslieville & Brunch-Themed Flavour Favourite Series

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To finish off this mini series of Leslieville posts, I thought it would be fun to compile and share a list of some of the places I think would be great to check out for brunch!  Leslieville is growing community with more and more people raving about the food culture and scene every day, so this list is by no means exhaustive!  These are, however, some of the spots I’ve had my eye on over the past year and I want to share them with you all! 

  • The Commissary – located at 889 Queen Street East, this hip new dining spot is the new kid in town having only taken up residence in the neighbourhood within the past half year.  I literally did a double-take when I walked by it a week and a half ago (“what in the world, when did this place show up?!”) and as soon as I took a quick peek at their menu, I knew I had hit brunch jackpot.  Although the person sitting by the window must not have felt the same as he probably felt the tiniest bit uncomfortable with me somewhat pressing my nose up against the window to read the menu.  I’m kidding!  Sort of.  Anyway, highlights from their weekend brunch menu (Saturdays and Sundays from 10am) include: smoked bacon and gouda eggs benny ($10); ratatouille with fresh herbs ($10); rock lobster tail and mango salsa ($13); 4 different types of French toast (!!!) with sweet and savoury options ($9); and curried shrimp and melon salad ($8 for main, $6 as a side) just to rattle off a bunch.

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  • Le Papillon on the Park – located at 1001 Eastern Ave. directly behind Jonathan Ashbridge Park, home of Leslieville’s farmers’ market, just off a Cam Fella Lane.  Oozing with French appeal and a menu to match, Papillon delivers weekend brunch French fare dishes such as breakfast poutine (4 different kinds!  $9-$14); rolled crepes with baked Quebec brie ($9); Québécois meat pie tourtière with tomato apple relish ($17); plenty of savoury meat and vegetable crepes, pain doré French toast, croque monsieur, and many, many eggs and eggs benny items!  The kicker for me?  Their roof-top patio!  And the fact that they have a patio menu, a price fixe menu, and a dessert menu!  It doesn’t get any better than that.

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  • Edward Levesque’s Kitchen – located at 1290 Queen Street East, east of Leslie Street by Hastings Ave.  If you’re looking for all-day breakfast, this spot is here to serve you!  What makes Edward Levesque’s Kitchen even more appealing to me is their special weekend brunch items in addition to their daily breakfast!  I love it when there are different things to look forward to during different parts of the week, especially for brunch (I think the rotating cupcake menus at many of the cupcake bakeries in town have me feeling this way) and their offerings sure don’t disappoint: cinnamon vanilla challah toast with apple butter ($11) and latkes with smoked salmon, sour cream, and chives ($15) on the weekends, and poached eggs with Italian sausage, tomato basil sauce, and cornbread ($16), and poached eggs with curried lentils, lamb sausage, coriander, and toasted cumin ($15) all week long!  Oh, and let’s not forget their ridiculously long list of brunch sides!  I counted 14 items.  No joke.

In addition to drooling over brunch menus, I have a bunch of different brunch themed Flavour Favourites series that I’m working on right now and I’m really excited about them!  It’ll take me awhile to rack up enough posts for each of them, but I’m so looking forward to putting these compilation posts together once I do have enough.  I’ll be putting together Flavour Favourites posts for tofu brunch items, strawberry brunch items, blueberry pancakes, French toast (especially banana bread ones!), and a whole slew of the best eggy benny dishes!  I literally have a running list of places that serve these types of dishes and the list is growing each and every week as I find out about more spots that serve breakfast and brunch on weekends.  Some might find it a little overwhelming but I think it’s so much fun and it feels so nice knocking out a new spot every week.  And with the fall season just around the corner, I’ll be keeping an eye out for fall-inspired menu items too!