Bliss­ful think­ing

A restau­rant within a restau­rant, Bliss Break­fast Cafe serves the morn­ing’s meal.

The Coast - - FOOD+DRINK - BY HALEIGH AT­WOOD

“Over­all, it’s about meet­ing peo­ple,” says Kate Cameron, owner of the newly opened Bliss Break­fast Cafe on No­valea Drive. “It’s about cre­at­ing a place where peo­ple feel wel­come.” In col­lab­o­ra­tion with Caribbean Bliss (3619 No­valea Drive), Cameron shares a kitchen and din­ing space with owner Elias Fathal­lah.

The new cafe’s menu has sev­eral sig­na­ture items—break­fast sand­wiches, bur­ri­tos and banana crepes—along­side a ro­tat­ing se­lec­tion of baked goods and smooth­ies. The break­fast sand­wich is served with cherry to­mato bal­samic but­ter re­duc­tion and maple ba­con, a flavour-filled al­ter­na­tive to most fast-food morn­ing op­tions.

While Cameron hopes peo­ple feel com­fort­able or­der­ing their break­fasts to-go, she also wel­comes them to linger in the tucked away space, which pro­vides free street park­ing and seat­ing for up to 20. Un­der the um­brella of Caribbean Bliss, Bliss Break­fast is open from 8am to 1pm on week­days, while the restau­rant serves its authen­tic dishes from 12pm to 8pm. With the two cross­ing over ev­ery noon hour, guests have a small win­dow of op­por­tu­nity to de­cide if they want a smoothie with their jerk chicken lunch. Call it brunch!

Cameron has a pro­fes­sional back­ground in mar­ket­ing and small busi­ness but she says she owes her in­ter­est in cook­ing and bak­ing to her Ital­ian grand­mother. She re­mem­bers wak­ing up early each morn­ing as a child to find her grand­mother al­ready at work prep­ping meals for the fam­ily.

“Be­cause of her, it’s al­ways some­thing that came nat­u­rally to me,” Cameron says. “She was never hap­pier than when she had a house full of peo­ple eat­ing her food. Food is what draws peo­ple to­gether, and what hap­pens when they’re to­gether is mag­i­cal.” You can fol­low Cameron’s magic at @bliss.break­fast.cafe.

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