First off, the name memorization test, spelling doesn't count! In attendance were Leah, Leanne, Jacquilynne, Diane, Susan, Judy (aka Erin), Lori, Frederic, Eric and Tess. I think that's everyone but if I forgot your or mispelled you, I apologize.
Brunch was at Lisa's Cafe on Carlaw Street. It's a great space in a very cool neighbourhood. The decor is comfy, lofty and open. A fishtank in an old TV was totally charming.
Brunch is an all you can eat with coffee and tea included. It's served cafeteria style, with different sections for breakfast (french toast, waffles, sausage, bacon and fresh made omelettes), lunch (beef stroganoff, strada, a fish thing and a selection of wonderful fresh salads). There were also fresh pastries, fruit salad and a toasting bar. Large glasses of amazing fresh squeezed orange juice are $2 extra.
The strada, Lisa's signature dish, was a real polarizing element. A layered casserole of bread, cheese and vegetables bound together with egg, some people loved it, some people poked at it suspiciously and declined to eat it. I was on the love it side, but I'm sure those hate it people have good taste in other things.
I can't much comment on the Jazz, since I'm not a jazz person, really, but live music always provides a great atmosphere.
I'll definitely be back at Lisa's cafe for future brunches and am looking forward to the next Chowhound Chow Down.
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