Breakfast by the Waterfront

Wake up and get going! But wait, whilst on vacay? That’s right! It’s time to rise and shine, and get a move on for breakfast. Already in love with the fresh San Francisco air, here are two more sunny reasons to adore this golden state: Eight AM and the Waterfront Bakery.

Taking a leisurely exursion to appease caffeine pangs, I cut through the brisk morning fog in search of aromatic, hyptonic, and my morning “must-have”: COFFEE! Freshly brewed, French pressed or dripped espresso topped with steamy yet frothy milk, yes and yes – serve me my morning cup of java!

the waterfront bakery 3 arrHeading left and right – separate days, mind you – 1323 Columbus Avenue and 2801 Leavenworth Street is where you’ll find the aforementioned ‘wake-up’ worthy venues. Spotlighting the Waterfront Bakery, here you’ll find a taste of ‘joie de vivre,’ in a quaint Parisian-inspired pâtisserie. Best of all, step inside to behold an artisan display of crusty French breads ready to be admired and enjoyed as the ideal edible souvenir. Between laminated or sour dough selections, I forgo croissants and baguettes for tender flaked chocolate-filled buttery pastry – a delectable mouthful in utterance and consumption. Equally eyeing danishes and slices of heavenly cake, these gorgeous pastries are all so tempting. Where a little goes a long way, my morning is decidedly complete with a pairing of a ‘pain au chocolat’ and café latté. Above all, good coffee makes for a ‘good’ morning! Already gaining my patronage with pleasant service and quality indulgences, the Waterfront Bakery does not disappoint.

For foodies wanting a heartier start to the day, Eight AM fits the bill. Catering to all things variety – eggs, waffles, coffee, tea, juices and the like – it’s definitely one of those venues where you’ll arrive for one dish, and will return the next day wanting more.  Hearts everyhere, order’s up and includes: a classic American-style trio of eggs, sausage and hash in addition to a vanilla yoghurt and granola fruit parfait, and – what else – a couple of latté beverages. Promptly seated and served generous portions, this eatery clearly knows how to whip up and dish out the “most important meal of the day.” As for a final insider’s tip, attention to all ‘sleepy’ folk: if you snooze, you’ll really lose out on priority seating and will have to wait in queue. And if that doesn’t sound bad, now imagine waiting while the intoxicating aroma of pancakes, waffles and bacon give you a few hintful reminders of why it’s better to avoid tardiness.

Leaving happy, both restos are worth venturing at daybreak. Gaining prime meals and friendly service, this is exactly how you want to kick start the day. Going coastal, scheduling time to break the midnight fast with good eats is always a bright idea – over-easy!

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Let’s Go to the Ex-treme!

CNE Entrance arrWhere do the deliciously good – but, bad for you – and hungry meet? The EX! Also referred to as the Canadian National Exhibition, this 18-day stream of fun carnival rides, games, competitions, and shopping is Toronto’s annual gathering spot for the latest finds – including, fair fare.CNE Ferris Wheel arr

Carrying a no holds bar approach to all that is blissfully sweet and fried, satisfying your need to feed is by no means difficult. Here, walk and feast your way to a surplus of guilty pleasures. Sugar shack or hot potato stand, food caddies are not so far nor away. Already bagged or cooked to order, merry-go-round your way to a vast selection of artery-clogging classics – cotton candy, popcorn, hamburgers, corndogs, and more.CNE Cotton Candy arrCNE Corn arr

Topping the list, however, of fried ‘show-offs’ remains one intact batter-dipped reveal – the “Colossal Onion.” Move aside “spiral spuds,” this novel take on the onion ring is an atypical festive blossom. Deep-fried entirely whole – in all its fist-size splendour – there’s minimal chance of losing any fly-away pieces of this golden bulb. Inherently, the only disappearing act is the devouring of this layered vegetable aromatic – one crispy strip at a time.CNE Colossal Onion arr

The CNE, undoubtedly, is known for its grand spectacle of unusual eats. Just follow the arrow-route road, and enter an enclosed snack-attack compound – the “Food Building.” CNE Spice Cream arrAlso, home of the infamous “Cronut Burger,” weird-food aficionados can easily exchange one missed tasting opportunity for another. Taking taste buds on a flavour ride, Just Cone It puts a spin on the common crêpe cone by making theirs “dirty” – with a smear of Nutella. Fans of edible geometry can even get their hands on the “Spice Cream” cone. Combination of hot and cold, this fully-loaded handheld comes equipped with vanilla ice-cream, chocolate hazelnut spread, bacon bits, and chilli peppers. Evidently, the math is simple – sweet plus savoury equals an irresistibly refreshing piquant treat. CNE Sand Sculpture arr

Aside from the collaboratively entertaining dinner and dessert duo – “dinnert” wrap – the sand sculpting competition and garden show are worth a look as well. CNE Chuck arrBut, on my day off, I had my eyes set on one specific site – the Food Network Celebrity Stage. If it sounds, looks, and cooks like Chuck, can it be? ‘Absolument!’ Yes, indeed, I was in the presence of Chef Hughes, doing was he does best – sharing his passion for food – live on stage! Accompanied by Danny Smiles, former Top Chef Canada competitor, the tag-team prepared a storm of dishes for two fortunate audience members. Still happy-go-lucky – post the hour-long demonstration – I received my share of attention from the Montréal natives with a brief, yet memorable, encounter. Delightful to watch, both on and off-screen, these masters of the trade are kind, skilled and clearly hardworking – above all, the ‘exhibiting talents’ at this year’s fair.

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