Orlando – BabyCakes in Downtown Disney

After our not so fun time at various airports the day before, our first real day in Orlando was spent taking it easy and planning out our next couple of days. Spending the day before at the Airport was surprisingly tiring, both with lack of food options, no fresh air, and little activity. If they ever put a mini gym past security I’ll be really excited. First on the agenda was to check out Downtown Disney. Downtown Disney is on the park property, but not something you have to pay to get into. There are lots of stores, entertainment options, and food spots, but we went specifically to visit Babycakes in the Downtown Disney Marketplace. Despite going to NYC and being in the area almost every time, we have never gone to the BabyCakes location in New York, so it was time to try out their treats after hearing mostly positive things from friends. We had some trouble finding BabyCakes, as it wasn’t on any maps, or signs at Downtown Disney (at least not any we could find) – we actually wondered if it was still open – but a quick check on twitter told us it was and we kept searching. In case you have trouble too – BabyCakes is located in the same building as Pollo Campero and Bodie’s, next to the LEGO Imagination Center (where we had to buy personalized mugs to add to our mug collection.) On the day we walked in, they had lots of fantastic…

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Through Being Cool Vegan Bakery in Toronto – New!

So the vegan internet has been a buzz about Through Being Cool Vegan Bakery opening up to the public this weekend. You might have tried Through Being Cool baked goods before at other places around the city – I know I’ve eaten some delicious examples of their skills a few times at Disgraceland. Unfortunately, I was out of the city for an organizing meeting at a cottage this weekend (okay – it’s not really that unfortunate), so I missed TBC’s opening day on Sunday, September 29th,  But JC was kind enough not only to bring home a box of donuts and whoopie pies, but took a bunch of pictures too so i didn’t feel like I missed out. What a sweetie. Of course, on Monday I was in the area (and made sure I was in the area) picking up my wedding dress (ack), so I walked over to Through Being Cool and checked it out. However stressful and cumbersome it is to travel around with a large dress bag as a non car-driver, donuts help and felt like a natural pairing at that moment. It’s quite a lovely space, but don’t take my word for it. Go there yourself. First thing I noticed when I walked in were the shelves covered in preserves. There is ketchup, BBQ Sauce, as well as varieties of pickled vegetables, mustards, and sauces. TBC uses Anchored Coffee in house, and also sells several bagged varieties. Anchored is an ethical coffee project/roaster out of Nova Scotia…

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Philadelphia Trip – In the Beginning – Govinda’s and Sweet Freedom

We arrived in Philadelphia bright and early on Saturday morning, taking the overnight bus from Toronto starting at 7pm. After successfully navigating the transit system to our hotel downtown, checking in, and showering – JC still made it to his card game nerd festival (okay it was the Magic Grand Prix, and I think he did quite well.) And I began plotting my day. First stop, a cup of tea and a bath. Next I plotted out my way to Sweet Freedom Bakery and Govinda’s (both happen to be on the same street.) People were walking around in full costume – since it was almost Halloween, there was a brewers conference happening, AND there was an open house at the art institute. So walking down S. Broad street was a total treat. Much like Toronto, Philadelphia has a vibrant street art collection, but in the form of sanctioned murals (and minimal graffiti/street art.) You can see this all over the city, and across from Sweet Freedom Bakery at the World Communications Charter School was the beginning of The Roots Mural Project. The project is in honor of (Philly’s own) Award-winning music group, The Roots. I thought about them when the wind and rain started to pick up, hopefully they still managed have a great time while they could. I visited Sweet Freedom Bakery (1424 South Street, Philadelphia, PA) the last time I was in Philadelphia, and it was pretty great, so I had to visit again. It’s still the nice…

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The Lovemuffin Bakery: Vegan delivery in Toronto

I have ordered from the lovemuffin bakery twice so far. I’m going to say something, and know that I’m very serious when I do. I am over cupcakes. If I never see another cupcake again, I would be okay with that. Muffins are the new cupcake. I felt the same joy and excitement when I saw the big white cake box on our deck as my first order. Long days at work make me lazy, general laziness makes me lazy, so I’m glad services like Tiffinday, Green Earth Organics, and the lovemuffin bakery exist. It’s nice to not have to worry about making or going out for lunch, or to just come home to a box of organic produce or a box of freshly baked cookies and muffins (or recently – quinoa puttanesca and vegan chili.) When I arrived, it was on our deck – ready, and waiting to be opened and eaten. The box and paper bag look a little strange because I intentionally and poorly edited out our address. I first discovered this delivery bakeshop via twitter/facebook, but ultimately what won out was they donated cookies to a bake sale at Pet Value raising funds for Homeless Cat Rescue, and we decided to drive out and try it. Totally proving that having an engaging online presence, supporting worthwhile causes, and making an awesome product go hand in hand in hand to build up a brand. Okay, and now I’ll take off my marketing hat.

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Tori’s Bakeshop – Vegan & Glutenfree Friendly Bakery

So like I mentioned yesterday I was really excited about Tori’s Bakeshop (2188 Queen St. East, Toronto) opening. A gluten-free friendly vegan bakery that opened yesterday in The Beaches. The gluten-free aspect isn’t really relevant to me, but the vegan part is. And sure, it’s premature to really review this place, since the first day isn’t indicative of what it’ll be like on the everyday. BUT, that said, I thought their first day was great. I sat at work all day looking forward to finally trying something Tori’s Bakeshop. I didn’t care what, I just wanted to try something. And try stuff I did. They were running low on treats, because of an unexpectedly large amount of customers (sure, they made three day’s worth of food, but come on, vegans, foodies, gluten free people – three groups that love to eat when they actually can.)

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Toronto: Bunner’s Bake Shop – Gluten Free Vegan Bakery.

I was rummaging around on the internet this weekend and noticed a posting about Bunner’s Bake Shop (3054 Dundas W, Toronto, ON) opening on Saturday. Well, I was out in the Kawartha Lakes area at the time (p.s. vegan options in Lindsay? not so much), “enjoying” the freezing rain, so I couldn’t make it. But when I got back to town, I rushed over to try them out. I have to admit, while I was researching other cities and their vegan restaurants and cafes for VeganMofo, I was dreaming that Toronto would soon have a vegan bakery of it’s very own (that I could get to with public transit; I can’t forget about the Vegan Danish Bakery in Thornhill!!!) and so it was THRILLING to hear that one had actually opened. Honestly though when I heard “vegan bakery” I was excited, but when I saw gluten free was involved I was a little disappointed. I know there are great gluten free products out there, I just haven’t had many. Well, until now. When I’m saying this place is good, it’s not just gluten-free good. It’s actually good. From the moment I walked into the place, I wished I lived closer so I could go there every morning and buy a cookie, donut, muffin, cupcake, coffee, whatever. The people working there are so damn friendly and helpful, I hope they succeed, and I hope coffee shops and cafes around the city start using them as their source of vegan baked goodness.…

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