Who’s your mommy… biker mama or intellectual mother? We’ve got Mother’s Day ideas for you
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It’s time to celebrate our mothers — aka our creators and mentors. And since all mothers are certainly not equal, we’ve pulled together some ideas based on the type of mom you have, or wish to have…. Perhaps it’s not too late. Can your mom take a hint?
By Rucha Devarchetti + Dick Snyder
Take her for a long, languid and leisurely brunch at Chef Donna Dooher’s Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, where the brunches are legendary and very large. Back in the day — we’re talking the nineties to the early years of the millennium — Dooher’s Mildred Pearce was doing up killer brunch before that word became a verb. Your foodie mom, knowledgeable as she is, will want the buttermilk pancakes. Go with that. That is, if you can get in… brunch is $30 and it’s a walk-in only affair. If waiting ain’t your thing, pick up a copy of Dooher’s Out to Brunch for just $15 at the restaurant (singed by chef!) and make them yourself.
Just hit the patio at the Black Bull Tavern, order a brace of Snake Bites, and hang out for the afternoon as the din gets louder. Maybe wander over to the Horseshoe Tavern for a beer at the bar and a Mama Burger at A&W next door. (Leave some leather on your seat to hold your spot.) Better yet, wander a few blocks west and hit Doc’s Leathers and Motorcycle Gear where you can get her an embroidered patch for her jacket that says “49% Biker 51% Trash.”
Does mom loves her wine as much as she loves you (or a little more)? Then sign her up for regular deliveries of Ontario’s best bottles, starting with the Spring Discovery Pack by kwäf. Curated by sommeliers, these wines are guaranteed good. Mom will get six beautiful bottles, and you’ll be out just $128 (delivery free!). OK, this pack will arrive after Mother’s Day, but you can always make a card using old wine labels, cork, glue and a Sharpie. While you’re waiting for delivery, why not zip out to the LCBO and stock up on some nice rosés? Check out our favourites here.
Give the gift of listening… to the same stories, over and over…. But if you take her to Edulis, the food will just keep coming, so you can tuck in while mom waxes on. Edulis turns the best of the season’s flora and fauna into the most delectable Spanish-inspired food in Toronto. Reservations by phone only — and you might have to beg, as this joint is tiny. But if the sun is shining, there’s no better patio to light upon this sunny Sunday. $85 per person; call 416-703-4222.
Mother’s Day is Sunday right, so that means The Sunday New York Times for any intellectual mom worth her salt (and peppa’). Pick up a big, thick copy of the paper and then splash out on an all-access digital pass so she can track all the latest Trump travesties on her phone and tablet (and Google Lens, if she’s an early adopter). Meantime, pour her a nice Toasted Old Fashioned cocktail made by the nice folks at BarChef ($24.95 a bottle; available here or at the LCBO) and give her this link to the best of NYT’s historic columns and op eds on motherhood. You’d better read it too. Then discuss. (Maybe pick up two bottles of the Old Fashioneds…)
Zee Maman Française
Whisk your maman to Café Boulud for a royal three-course brunch consisting of the choicest French dishes from the oeuvre of famed and very handsome chef Daniel Boulud. Prepared under the care of executive chef Sylvain Assiẻ, expect dishes such as Croque Madame, Oeufs Meurette Au Foie Gras Poelé, Omelette Aux Asperges and Quenelle de Brochet. All of this is set at $85 per person. Even better: You’ll be inside the Four Seasons Hotel, yo!
Come have brunch and celebrate Mom with us this Mother's Day. $30 brunch buffet and a Caesar bar. Email Admin@boehmer.ca for reservations or call us directly at the restaurant 416 531 3800
Here’s a deal that may very well compete with the Madarin (we’re not sure, we don’t go there…) — but where brunch buffets are concerned, it’s all about Bӧehmer. Thirty bucks a person (and just $10 for kids!) gets you an incredible locavore buffet and Caesar bar at Paul Boehmer’s popular and majestic (lots of wood here, folks!) Ossington hotspot. Just be careful with that Caesar bar… and warn mom she’s not allowed to ride the chopper parked next to the kitchen. It’s ornamental only. Same goes for the sunburst Gibson Les Paul bolted to the wall.
Miku takes mom seriously with an all-weekend menu of lunch and dinner options. Lunch ($48) is anchored by an optional (but we feel it’s mandatory) $14 Momo Peach Mimosa made with Cava, Japanese fruit wine and orange juice. Then comes an eight-course Zen Plate with sashimi, fritter, omelette, pickles and many more delights, plus miso soup, of course. And then: Aburi sushi — “aburi” means “flame seared” and it’s what Miku does best. Dinner is a multi-course extravaganza of Aburi Kaiseki ($150) that should do a good job of filling mom up with goodness. Especially after the Earl Grey Tea Cheesecake ($16). Don’t forget Miku’s extensive list of Japanese whiskies for afters. Remember: A tipsy mom is a happy mom! (Generally.)
Italian Jazz Mama
Ricarda’s Sunday jazz brunch ($59) is just the place to take your jazzy mom for a long and delicious exploration of Mediterranean-style fare, with chef-staffed food stations serving up fresh seafood, baked goods, salads, cheese, pastas, carved meats, breakfast à la carte options and pastries. Kids are welcome too, with a dedicated Play Zone, which is fully supervised so you can keep an eye on mom while your kids do their thang. Mom may well be dancing to the jazz trio anyway.
Lady of the Lake
Take mom on a Mariposa Cruise with special brunch menu while checking out the Toronto skyline. For two glorious hours, you can pamper your mom till she feels like a royal — with a free rose courtesy of Mariposa! All of this will set you back $63 per person. Cash bar.
There’s tons to do this weekend with Artsty Mom, from the Contact Photography Festival to the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Infinitea (for AGO members only – but you can join on the spot!) featuring green teas and bespoke AGO blends, sweets and savouries, and a few fun surprises for mom. It’s going to be a beautiful day, perfect for wandering the city and being arty.
Hop a BikeShare over to Trinity Bellwoods, grab a crazy ice cream at La Diperie or line up for half an hour at iHalo Krunch to get a taste of black charcoal ice cream (spoiler, it tastes just like regular ice cream but looks a hell of a lot cooler on Instagram, until it plops onto the sidewalk because you took too long with your posing). Or just grab a really nice coffee from White Squirrel or Sam James and head into the park to check out the cherry blossoms. You’ll end up in someone’s Instagram story, but that’s ok right?