SF Bay Area
Food and drink that has us seeing gold
After a truly whirlwind weekend cafe hopping in Toronto (as we do best), we found some amazing new and absolutely Instagram-able spots.
Have to start with Ufficio. I am not kidding when I say this is one of the best brunches I've ever had in my life. The bread was incredibly fresh and had the perfect mix between fluffy and flakey. The avotoast was smooth and flavorful, the baked eggs had sauce like your mom would make, and the octopus benny had a wonderful balance of flavors. I'm not embarrassed to say I scraped my plate clean.
This brand new coffee spot makes coffee that will bring you back to life. The owner decorated the place with her own art which is fabulous and raw. Hopper also has these awesome tables that are recreated Campbell's soup cans that if you pay close enough attention to, has comedic ingredients and labels.
Safehouse Coffee is an Instagramer's best friend. The adorable floor speaks for itself as it welcomes you into enjoying a cuppa the good stuff. The sundrenched windows look out to cherry blossoms (if you're lucky to catch them in time), and the owner is welcoming and accommodating to the 'gramming moments that are inevitable here.
If I haven't said it before, I'm telling you now-- Australian's mean business when it comes to brunch. Baddies makes gorgeous food which goes without saying. The avo toast had one of the most wonderfully overflowing avocado I've ever had, and the fresh juices are are refreshing as they look. The cute spot also has bleachers for seating for grabbing a quick coffee, and might end up being the only spot you can grab...this place was packed by 9am!
Not sure if I've ever been to a place so cozy and bright at the same time. Early Bird Cafe has an inviting open room with big plants and tons of table space for working. Upstairs, the deck is open with picnic tables to enjoy the refreshing bowls decorated with plenty of different fruits to create levels of fresh flavors.
El Ray ooh baby let's talk about their empanadas for a hot sec. Overflowing with cheesy chorizo. Need I go into more detail? Each taco is so different in taste, you'll never feel like one thing is close to another and the cocktails are creative and bright.
Just quickly want to talk about the sweet potato fries and the wasabi aoili at Té. And the bulgogi burger. The Korean influences are killer and they have Sailor Moon playing on repeat. So I'll leave it at that.
Last but not least, is Bang Bang, right next to Té, which brings Hong Kong waffle cones to Toronto with unreal flavors to mix like Totaro and Honey suckle and orange cardamom and lychee rosewater. MY goodness!!
We were able to walk to the majority of these spots and were able to hit them all up in a day and a half. Get out there and eat your heart out.