Yesterday my husband and I took out my mother-in-law Lorraine for Mother’s Day at Cora’s. We knew that today would be absolutely insanity there and we would have a better time going a day earlier when it was much, much quieter.
One of the absolute best things about being on the east coast has been for me to get to know Lorraine so well. She has made a huge effort to make us feel loved and included. And could she be cuter? I don’t think it is possible.
When I met her son I did not know the first thing about cooking or baking. Every month of so hand-written letters with simple and gentle recipes would be included which is how I learned how to make her banana bread and her chocolate chip cookies. These recipes are personal treasures of mine and there are still so many for me to try!
For those who have not heard of Cora’s before, it is a restaurant completely dedicated to brunch. In fact they close mid-afternoon! No matter what you order you are guaranteed top quality ingredients and tons of fruit, my favourite. I have always gotten the 1990s Harvest (brioche French toast, eggs, bacon and fruit) but yesterday I got the smoked salmon eggs Benedict instead. Joy!!!
Last year during my mom’s visit we introduced her to Cora’s as well. In fact we have taken every member of my family there now! Here is my mom having the 1990s Harvest, nice choice Mom! 🙂
Cora’s is fun, informal and delicious. When we first moved to Nova Scotia and were living in a hotel searching for our house, we would go to the downtown Cora’s with our friends Mike and Jen (who were also home-hunting) for breakfast. As a result, I have eaten at the downtown, Clayton Park and Bedford restaurants and they are consistently fabulous. When we are down and sad, this is our home away from home. So far everyone has agreed that Cora’s is the place to go when you want to feel like your mom is in the kitchen cooking something special just for you.
What a treat it was to take Lorraine out yesterday and really spoil her rotten! The waitress was as cute as a button who really hit it off with Lorraine, admiring her ballerina blouse. I smiled all through the meal, it can be such a treat to really pamper someone who has been good to you.
Happy Mother’s Day to all your moms!
Juliana Matthews says
Wondering how long it would take me to get to Cora’s for lunch? Perhaps if I set off today i could make it for next Sunday! icelandic volcanoes permitting of course!
Lovely article and great blog.
That looks like such a great place. When we were in the US, breakfast was always our favourite meal. Smart move doing it yesterday too. It’s not Mother’s Day in UK today, we did that in March.
She truly is adorable! I can be your testimonial on those chocolate chip cookies too, her recipe is the best. As for Cora’s, it’s also the best, my gal pals and I try to get together every now and then for coffee and brunch, and Cora’s is our favourite place to meet and eat.
Debra She Who Seeks says
I see where your husband gets his good looks from!
Sandy aka Doris the Great says
I love Cora’s. Wish my kids were all together so we could go. Just looking at those plates has made me hungry.
How fun!! It’s so nice to have those ‘homey standbys’ isn’t it??
A few years ago I was staying in Seattle with (wealthy) friends, & the house chef made eggs Benedict for breakfast the second day – yum!! She baked scones for the local market, & used that industrial size kitchen to make them. I’d brought granola, & I remember her asking if I’d like to try the eggs . . . mmmm
& with Salmon?? MMMMM
I love Cora’s too….so much fresh fruit! I quite often order the 1990’s Harvest as well, mmmm mmmm good.
Your Moms could not be any cuter. Love the words that go with!