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Winter Yogurt Bowl, Inspired by Canada

December 5th, 2010

Breakfast in a new city is always so promising because you know that ahead of you lies a day of exploration. When I am traveling, breakfast is as much a priority as any other meal of the day. It sets the pace. I love finding a cute little cafe where I can observe the locals lining up for a fresh croissant to go, or reading their morning paper, meeting friends, etc. Breakfast on vacation is a time to plan your day – get your bearings in place, familiarize yourself with a map and establish the course for your day (or simply accept that your day will be completely accidental). I have traveled both ways and have found them both to be equally appealing. On some trips, I prefer a vigorous schedule of museums and notable monument visits, but on others, my sole purpose has been to meet and mingle with the locals at a bar–perhaps catching a soccer game.

On a recent trip to Toronto (which, I promise I’ll tell you more about), our main purpose was to take part in our friends’ wedding. But we were also thrilled to get in a few extra days of exploring a city we both found to be charming, unique — and exceptionally tasty. Perhaps because my professional background is in the field of public relations, I’m particularly keen on great branding. Case in point: Ezra’s Pound coffee shop in downtown Toronto. I mean, let’s face it, these folks are clever. I loved the clean, modern decor of the shop and was particularly smitten with them breakfast options. For their non-egg dish, they served a yogurt bowl topped with frozen berries, house-made granola, apple slices and honey. I adored the presentation of the large white bowl, which gave equal glory to each individual component, as opposed to mixing them all together in a heap. I had never thought to put partially frozen berries in my yogurt, but I loved the unexpected cold crunch they provided.

I tend to lean towards warming/cozy meals in the dead of winter, but this dish proved to be exceptionally fresh and still completely ‘in season,’ despite its appearance (blueberries in December?). There’s a lot of crisp and crunch, spiciness from the granola and a nice hint of sweetness. To switch things up, you could use maple syrup or even agave nectar in place of honey. No granola on hand? Given muesli a try.

What’s your favorite thing (s) about breakfast in a new city? What inspires you while traveling? What do you love about mornings in a place you’ve never been?

Winter Yogurt Bowl
*serves one

1 cup of plain yogurt
1/3 cup of homemade granola
1/4 cup of frozen blueberries
1 heaping tablespoon of honey
4-5 thin slices of apple or pear

1. Put the yogurt in a bowl. Top with homemade granola.
2. Put the berries in a small colander and run it under cold water to take off the thaw/defrost the berries slightly.
3. Add the berries to the bowl. Next, nuzzle the slices of apple and/or pear into the yogurt.
4. Tilt the tablespoon of honey against the edge of the bowl, letting it drizzle down the side and into the yogurt.

Musical Pairings: Air France – No Way Down EP + Winter Yogurt Bowl

Head to the Turntable to read/listen to today’s pairing: Air France – No Way Down EP.


  • http://www.dulanotes.com Nicole

    This looks wonderful! I love breakfast while traveling because you can sit back and be leisure about it. It reminds me to slow down and enjoy breakfast at home sometimes, too.

  • http://blog.muffinegg.com Rachel

    Breakfast is my favorite meal but I agree that it has special significance when traveling.
    I have breakfast in a new place more days than not. It’s a chance for me to relax, get situated in our new anchorage, and make grand plans for the rest of the day.
    Some sort of yogurt bowl is often my breakfast of choice. I started using plain yogurt instead of milk on my cereal long ago.
    Your Canadian bowl really is beautiful! You gotta have a big, blank canvas of a bowl to fill with all that good stuff!

  • http://www.sweetamandine.com Jess

    I love that you called this your “winter yogurt bowl.” Just this morning, I ate yogurt with diced apple, a couple of spoonfuls of oats, and some cinnamon, and thought to myself, “this is my winter yogurt.” (As opposed to my summer yogurt with berries.)

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Nicole – totally! I love how special it can be on vacation. :)

    Rachel: mine, too! I find it hard to NOT eat yogurt for breakfast every day.

    Jess: I think I should start naming all sorts of things based on season – Summer Pasta/Winter Pasta, Winter Toffee. :) Maybe I could even extend it to months..

  • Sheila

    Love your post… We just recently visited Toronto and walked past the cute little Ezra’s Pound cafe after visiting Casa Loma. Looked like a terrific spot to spend an hour off our feet — but all the seats were occupied!

    Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and if given the chance (and the right weather), I prefer it taken out-of-doors with a bottomless cup of coffee, the New York Times, and plent of pretty scenery. When traveling, my husband and I tend to seek out local cafes for breakfast, and we take special interest in the different ways coffee is served.

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    @Sheila- so glad you liked my post! Your traveling breakfast style sounds perfect to me. :)