The Time: Friday afternoon, early December
The Company: Chris, and new returns to Toronto Sarah and Matt!
Veggie Menu: two eggs with homefries and bread, spinach benedict on a polenta cake, four veggie omelettes with an option of egg white only, huevos rancheros, menemen (baked eggs with tomato sauce, with a side of focaccia and arugula salad), red velvet pancakes, blueberry pancakes, lavender and semisweet chocolate chip pancakes (with sea salt), homemade granola, and four smoothie options (see? No need to go to the Booster after all!)
Let’s get one thing out of the way: I’ve had some disappointing experiences at Good Fork before. The service is notoriously slow and the huevos are, like most huevos, overhyped. This visit, things were different. Friday afternoons are less hectic than Saturday mornings, so food delivery was fairly fast. And even while manoeuvring around the pot lights perplexingly hanging at head level, the waitress was very pleasant.
From previous visits to the Fork, I’ve learned that eating a full order of red velvet pancakes is like having four giant chocolate bunnies while watching the entire first two seasons of LOST over Easter weekend: a great, delicious and necessary endeavour at the time, but leaves you dopey with ill-fitting pants. Having learned my lesson (regarding red velvet pancakes, chocolate bunnies, and my emotional investment in LOST), I opted for two poached eggs with homefries and a side of the RV pancakes for the table to share. Perfect combo.
Chris adventurously ordered an egg-white omelette, which was surprisingly moist and delicious (the word moist? His choice, not mine).
Sarah got the menemen, which was similar to The Stockyard‘s shirred eggs and the Queen and Beaver‘s baked eggs, and was equally as delicious. Also, special mention to Matt’s burger, which was not vegetarian but proved to be a beautiful subject for a beautiful photo (that I don’t feel right posting on my vegetarian blog).
So what have we learned?
-If you’re going to eat your weight in milk chocolate (in bunny form), spread it out over a week, not just four days.
-Burgers make good photo subjects, and I miss them in my life, but I still won’t eat one.
-The word moist makes the whole Jackman clan shudder, but they will still use the word to describe an omelette.
-There are many names to call an egg baked in a dish.
-Go to The Good Fork on a weekday, not a weekend.
-I still went to Booster Juice later that day.
And most importantly:
-If you get emotionally invested in LOST, stop at the end of Season 5. That ending will be more satisfying, and you can wrap things up in your imagination if you need to. This should also be done for Friends (end of season six), The Office (Michael Scott’s last episode), and the Anne of Green Gables movies (three and four never happened). And limit yourself to only ONE chocolate bunny while you watch all these.