Morning Glory, located on King St. just east of Parliament, is simple and cheery inside and there's a bit of wall that's the same colour green as my bedroom. It's like a modern high-quality dinner and has a similar feel, in my humble opinion, to Easy in Parkdale (or The Planet in Peterborough to a lesser extent) - only it's smaller. Morning Glory's the only cafe I know of with a blog, which I thought was kinda neat (if only there were pictures!).
Feeling more vegan-oriented today I ordered a bean and corn soup with a great chipotle smokiness. It came with a slice of tasty sesame-crusted toast (I silently wished for a second slice). Jamie got a ham sandwich, which I tried not to think of as a ham sandwich, and as he was finishing off the first half of it he said: "This is just my kind of sandwich, which is why..." he paused to take a bite, "this has got to be my new favourite restaurant." I think he had a crush on our server (not that I doubt his genuinity - can that be a word? - of his proclamation).
So I got coffee with soymilk, good conversation and food before 1pm - my brunch craving was filled. (The service was efficient, and we even got cute and tiny fruit-flavoured candies with the bill.) But here's my deeper want - meals in Toronto with free-range eggs, organic dairy products and fair trade coffee. There are days when I want to be just veg and not vegan, but my political thinking gets in the way and I struggle to rationalize supporting the conventional animal-by-product industry.
The experience got me thinking about how I'd like to have a brunch place that was organic and relatively cheap (is that combination possible?) with the great vibe of some of these Toronto brunch joints, even though I'm sure I could never really have an eating establishment of my own because I am not that kind of cook.
Okay, perhaps I could throw a "yet" at the end of that sentence - I am known for my muffins in more than one province...
(Apologies for the lack of photos. I didn't bring my camera to brunch.)