I need to brunch more

Yes, I know I might be the only food blogger (heck, even the only person on Instagram) that doesn’t brunch as often as I should, but I have a good explanation for it, I promise!

Back when we lived in Orlando, everything was at least a half an hour drive away from where we lived, which might not sound like much but it adds up with the time it takes us to get out of bed, get ready, and then get going to find a good brunching place (and I’m not even considering the amount of time you have to wait until you actually get your food at the restaurant). You get where I’m going with this.

Every time I tried to convince G (and myself) to go have some brunch on a Sunday, we ended up eating at home because I was way too hungry to wait until getting there. Sorry not sorry.

The thing is, now that we’re living in Manchester, specifically in the Northern Quarter, we’re a 5 minutes walk away from lots of amazing restaurants, including many that offer brunch (and even all day breakfast), so things have changed for us, fellow foodies. We’re now brunch people! 

On this foodventure, we decided to try a place we’ve walked past a couple of times in the last 10 days, and it’s definitely one of those places where the outside catches your eye, but it’s nothing compared to the inside.

Ezra & Gil is definitely a place that seems to be taken out of Pinterest, and I say this in the best way possible! The place is filled with wooden tables and lots of plants everywhere. They have a backdrop made of wooden pallets with plants hanging right in front of it that I just couldn’t stop staring at. It’s definitely worth the visit just to grab a cup of coffee if you’re not in the mood to eat (although, is anyone ever not in the mood to eat?).

Once you decide what you’re having, you just have to head to the counter and order it, and then a server takes the food to your table.


If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I’ve been wanting to eat avocado for around three weeks, but every time I went to Aldi they didn’t have any good avocados for me. The wait is finally over, guys. I had the most amazing avocado toast I’ve had in my entire life.

Smashed avocado on sourdough: Served with crumbled feta, chili flakes, a free range poached egg and a lime wedge.

Look at all the avocado and that perfectly placed poached egg!

I know avocado toast is super simple but they somehow managed to make it taste like heaven, not only because the avocado was completely perfect (and they put tons of it on my toast, which was my favorite part, of course!), but because of how they seasoned them. Those chili flakes made the biggest difference because they gave the whole toast a tiny spicy twist without being too spicy, because you know I can’t tolerate that much spice.

The egg was completely perfect as well. I’ve always loved poached eggs (to the point that G has tried to make them for me -and failed- more times than what I can remember, just because he knows they get me super happy and excited. I seriously love this guy). And just take a second of your time and look at that yolk (pictured below), isn’t that perfection?

Yolk porn for days.

I’m posting way too many pictures of my avocado toast and I promise I’ll stop now (but I can’t guarantee anything for my Insta)

G, on the other side, went for something more classic, and ordered the Classic ‘E&G’ breakfast, which to me was like a more British breakfast, really different from what you would usually eat for brunch, but still really yummy.

Cumberland sausages, free-range eggs, roasted tomatoes, mushrooms, beans & sourdough toast.

Fluffy eggs are the best kind of eggs (after poached eggs, of course)

In case you’re wondering, I did have a bite of his breakfast (and he also had a bite of mine, I’m not that bad after all!) and my favorite part were the eggs. They were super fluffy and cooked to perfection. I think that sometimes scrambled eggs can end up a little dry, but that wasn’t the case with these. Also, I know I said it before, but these guys definitely know how to season their food.

They can take a classic English breakfast to a whole other level just based on how they spice it.

The sausage was also really good and tasty, and definitely different from the other many sausages we’ve tried since we arrived the UK.

Also, G wanted me to note that the toast was extra buttery, and he means this in the best way possible. Like, that’s the biggest compliment. He just couldn’t stop repeating that after every bite he took.

In the end, we were both extremely happy with our first brunching experience in Manchester and can’t wait to go back for more yumminess!

What about you? Any favorite brunch spots/foods? I’d love to hear from you! Send me your comments or favorites on Instagram (@michellelovestoeat) or tweet me your brunch photos (@mlovestoeat).

Thanks for reading me, and I’ll share my next foodventure with you soon!


TL;DR: brunch is great and everyone should do it more oftenAlso, I finally had some avocado and it was the best thing in the whole world. Poached eggs make me happy.