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Brunch @ Belfast Love

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Brunch, you sexy bitch, I can't say no to you. 
A friend was in Toronto from out of town, so we got 15 people and headed to Belfast Love. I mean, she was only in town for the weekend, I couldn't say no to brunch.
Justifications aside, our table was ready as we trickled in. The coffee was hot, perfect for these chilly days. The Brioche French Toast was calling my name...not in a creepy serial killer kind of way, more of a seductive, sweet maple syrupkind of way. Several of my friends got the Chicken & Waffles. It was everything they thought it would be. The waffle was fluffy, the chicken was crispy and moist. I was a little jealous. My French toast was perfectly browned yet fluffy and topped with a delightful blueberry lemoncompote. It was definitely more blueberry than lemon, but there was enough for almost every bite. Yesssss...

Port Perry Smokehouse Serves Up Great Brews and Great Eats

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After a visit to Old Flame Brewing in Port Perry, a friend and I took a walk over to the Port Perry Smokehouse. I've heard so many good things, it was a must! The large parking lot leads to the smokehouse. There is a cozy dining area as well as a large patio.
My friend and I grabbed a booth and began staring down the menu. Not only was their food menu tantalizing, their beer menu was also stellar. Lots of local flavour to choose from. We both got the Hop City's 8th Sin Black Lager. That's a glass full of malty goodness right there. 
To start, we grabbed an order of Deep Fried Pickles($6.99). Hot and fresh! I made the overzealous mistake of taking a bite as soon as they arrived. I stood by my decision and pretended it wasn't

Lisa Marie is Brunch AF

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My fixation with brunch and Instagram lead me to Lisa Marie. Each week, for months, Lisa Marie posted a photo of the sexiest pancakes I've never seen, S'Mores Pancakes. I simply cannot resist toasted marshmallows; I was doomed/destined to try them, so I wrangled together 5 more foodies and off we went. Brunch AF.
I made reservations weeks in advance. This restaurant seems to be busy all the time and this particular daywas no exception. When I arrived, there was a line already and it wasn't even noon! Our table was just about ready when my friends began to arrive. We were seated and the mimosas were ordered immediately. Obviously.

A New Outlook After Drink Inc's Fresh Hop Fest

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I've been to a lot of beer festivals, but never a hop festival. Leave it to Drink Inc to create a Fresh Hop Festival featuring local brewers and local hops. Berkeley Church was the venue of choice and they chose well. 
The patrons attending this event were not your usual beer drinkers. The patrons were true beer enthusiasts, brewers and beer media. The Ontario Craft Brewers Conference was the next day, so it brought a lot of beer expertise to the area. It had a completely different vibe than every beer festival I've attended. It also featured brewers I usually don't see on the festival scene. As someone that is not a fan of IPAs, I was genuinely concerned I wouldn't find a beer I liked. I assumed every drink would be over-the-top hoppy. Boy, I was wrong. The beers I sampled used hops as an accent, rather than the main event. Many were cirtrusy, clovey and just plain good. A few of my

Devilishly Good Times at Louis Cifer

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It's no secret; I love beer! When walking down the Danforth, it's only natural that I would end up at Louis Cifer. It's a delightful brewery and restaurant. They have a great beer selection, both their own and local. This is a large venue, with upstairs and patio seating. This place is great for large groups! I've been there a few times and each visit was devilishly fab.
My first visit consisted of beer and burgers. I grabbed a flight and a Brew Works Burger with fries. Fresh, hot and tasty; it went well with the beer. I tried a flight of 4 house brews. If you've never had their beers, I recommend a flight. They've got some unique flavours on their Saison/One-Off menu you've got to taste, like Blood Orange Blonde and Coconut Lemongrass Thai-PA.
My second visit was for brunch! It was in the afternoon;not thinking that I was there for brunch, only that I was at a brewery, I definitely had beer