Berkeley North Brunch

Berkeley North 

31 King William St, Hamilton, ON

berkeleynorth.ca

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Words couldn’t explain how excited I was to hear that Berkeley North was launching brunch. Brunch is one of my favourite meals of the day plus I love the people at Berkeley North, so a meal incorporating both of those things is a serious winner for me. Everyone I send to Berkeley for lunch or dinner come back with only rave reviews of the restaurant, so I can’t wait to suggest them for brunch now!

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Expect: Bigger portions than their regular menu and fresh, light flavours.

Jen from TasteHamont and I pretty much ordered everything. We tried:

Lemon Poppyseed Scone – $3 – I normally don’t like eating a full scone – I find them on the dry side unless they are served with English Cream, but I could have eaten 20 of these. If you like lemon, you’ll love this. It was buttery inside with a semi-crispy outside and a stronger lemon flavour. I love these. If they served boxes of the Lemon Scones to go, they would probably see me everyday 😉

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Eggs Benedict (Fresh English Muffin, Creamed Greens, Cheddar + Breakfast Salad + Tater Tots) – $13 – This was a tasty, classic Eggs Benedict. If that’s your brunch thing, you won’t be disappointed. The side salad was a nice surprise from the usual “greens” salad – it was full of oranges and avocado, which I thought went really well together. It was topped with a Carrot Ginger dressing. Nom.

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Veg Taco (Tumeric & Coconut Taco, Pickled Veg + Micro Greens + Peanut Sauce) – $12 – According to TasteHamont, this was like their take on Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Crepe), but it came with a lettuce wrap on the outside, so you eat it like a taco! I loved the peanut sauce with the flavours of cilantro and mint on this. If you want to feel on the healthy side after eating brunch – order this. It’s a bit hard to eat, but seriously what lettuce wrap isn’t?

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Shaq-Shouka Skillet (Tomato Romesco Sauce, Poached Eggs + Olive Flatbread) – $12 – This was my favourite dish of the whole brunch. When I come back, I’ll get this plus a side tater tots to share with someone (or one of their breakfast salads if I feel like eating my veg that day). It’s pretty hearty, because you get the skillet filled with tomato sauce and poached eggs and two BIG pieces of Olive Flatbread. The olive flatbread was similar to Naan, but with spices and oil on top. I would like my shakshuka more on the spicy side, so next time I’ll ask for some hot sauce, but I have no complaints about this dish.

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Side Tater Tots (w/ Hot Ketchup) – $4 – This was the best price ever for the amount of tater tots you get. It was a huge mountain’s worth of in-house made taters, and they were delicious. I’d recommend getting this if you love potaters!

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Side Fruit Salad (Compressed Melon) – $3 – TBH I don’t really like melon, but if you do, this was a nice addition for only $3.

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Berkeley Spritz Cocktail (Orange, Cointreau, Angostura, Soda, Sparkling Wine) – Strong but tasty.

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Pluck Tea (Cream Earl Grey) – There is a serious lack of good tea in the city at local restaurants. There, I said it. I’m a pretty big tea snob, so I hate when restaurants that go all out making this homemade, go with cheap bagged tea. I was so pleased to see that Berkeley North did not do this! They serve up Pluck loose leaf teas. When you ask for a tea they’ll bring over a full box of options with explanations, and you are able to smell each one and pick your fave. When it arrives, it comes with a vintage china tea cup to drink out of. Very nice, Berkeley North!

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Find their full brunch menu below:

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Website – www.berkeleynorth.ca 

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Burlington Dessert Crawl

Burlington Dessert Crawl

WINTER IS COMING. And that being said, so are the Holidays! I feel like everyone can agree on this, one of the main things you do around the Holiday season is eat sweets. Am I right?

In Hamilton, we’re pretty blessed with a fair amount of bakeries and dessert shops in the city. A couple weekends ago, I tried to expand my horizons to include some places in Burlington…and went on a Burlington Dessert Crawl (with my Mom!).

I did it all in one day, so I only managed to visit 4 of the plethora of awesome dessert shops. Here are the ones I visited, and what I thought:

Sunshine Doughnuts

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This little beauty of a shop is tucked into the side of a plaza, somewhat hard to find unless you come up from the back. No seating inside, just a pick up counter with a counter for donuts and a counter for take-out espresso!

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They have quite a following online, which got some traction because they’re the owners of Son of a Peach Pizzeria. I’ve been creeping them online for a while so I was very excited to get out and try their donuts! Sunshine’s popularity was very evident as soon as we got there, because there was quite a line-up (right out the door!) and only one donut style left…Hibiscus. Normally not the flavour we would hover towards, but we ended up getting it alongside a Pilot Coffee latte, and we were both really impressed with it. It was sweet and yummy without being overwhelming or overloaded with sweetness. I’d recommend it!

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(Also, for all you instagrammers, they have the perfect wall to take pictures against ;). )

Website: http://www.sunshinedoughnuts.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SunshineDoughnuts/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/hey___sunshine

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sunshinedoughnuts/

Mollycake

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Soo…I didn’t exactly pace myself on this Bakery Crawl (lesson learned for next time), and I ended up getting almost all of Mollycake’s goodies and filling up on them half way through the tour. Oops! It was totally worth it though, because Mollycake has a bunch of different options to choose from, and now I know what I’d get again next time! My personal favourite: Lemon Tart. I could eat like 70 of these. I won’t, because that probably wouldn’t be good for my waistline – but I want to.

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I also tried their Chocolate Chunk Cookies, which were soft, chewy and the perfect sweetness. If you’re craving a Classic Chocolate Cookie – this is going to be your go to.

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The main draw to Mollycake – Christine’s beautiful cakes! She decorates them beautifully, if you’re throwing a party and need a fancy cake – here’s the place for you. (She also has a pie day for those who are more inclined to pie.)

Website: http://mollycakeonline.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mollycakeyummy

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mollycakeonline

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mollycake/

Nothing Bundt Cakes

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Recently opened Nothing Bundt Cakes has had nothing bundt praise from everyone I’ve talked to about it. They’re a business from the States, but just opened their first Canadian location in Burlington! (Pretty neat they chose right here to open.)

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They specialize in soft, sweet bundt cakes in different sizes. My personal fave are the bundtlet options, because you get to choose a few different flavours and then share them with everyone…or…not. 😉

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When I was there, I tried the Pumpkin Spice Bundt because I’m bordering on basic and LOVE everything Pumpkin Spice. At other occasions I also tried a Raspberry and a Lemon. Honestly, they were all amazing and so soft, like they’re filled with icing. If you love sweets, you’ll love Nothing Bundt Cakes.

Website: http://www.nothingbundtcakes.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nothingbundtcakes

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nothingbundt

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nothingbundt/

Christy Gourmet Gifts

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So I might be a little biased on this one, because I used to work at Christy’s! But no matter how many years I worked there, I will literally never tire of their main product, Christy’s Crunch. (Which is saying something considering I smelled and tasted it it day in and day out!) Affectionately known to many people as “crack”, this goodie is a toffee base, biscuit, topped with high quality chocolate (Milk, Dark or White with cranberries) and almonds. They break it up into yummy bite sized pieces and then you enjoy an entire bag to yourself….I mean…. <3

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They also do large chocolate figurines filled with the delicious stuff, if you’re looking for any Holiday centerpieces!

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Their shop is little, but mighty, and so adorably decorated by Christy herself. You can shop online, but I would really recommend visiting them in person.

Website: www.christysgourmetgifts.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ChristysGourmetGifts

Twitter: twitter.com/christyssweets

Instagram: www.instagram.com/christyssweets

What are some of your favourite bakeries in Burlington, Hamilton, or the GTA? Share them in the comments below!

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