Boston – Peace O’Pie vegan pizza & other deliciousness

Eventually after we recovered from the Samuel Adams Brewery Tour, we figured it was time to go for dinner before we fell asleep again. But where? We’d whittled away at our options getting lost on the internet for a few hours, but we ended up (happily) going to Peace O’Pie. Peace O’Pie (487 Cambridge Street,) is in Allston, MA and if you decide to visit from South Station by public transit, I wouldn’t recommend taking the red – green, subway – LRT combo we took the first time we went out there. The #66 bus is significantly faster from Harvard Square (Red line.) Walking in, it almost looks like a regular American pizzeria, a couple of tables, and that warm, bready aroma that hits you as soon as you’re in the door. Paper menus (and online) are at the front by the cash register or you can check out their specials on the chalkboard to the right of the counter. The menu is full of options, we were having a tough time deciding, but it came down to The EP and BBQ Chik’n. A foursquare tip said to go with The EP, so we did. While it wasn’t exactly my style, I liked it and it was full of interesting flavours. Smoked organic tempeh turned into ground round, sundried tomatoes, spinach and smoked garlic make for a great combination. I loved the thick fluffy crust and the slightly salty dough. We also ordered the cheesy bread, but the mozzarella daiya…

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Boston – True Bistro Saturday Morning Vegan Brunch

No PAX this morning still meant I woke up super early (6-7am, so actually early, not just early for a Saturday) to a very beautiful sunrise near the harbour. We have a water facing room at the hotel so the first thing I saw this morning was an orange sky and a cute little steam boat. First thing on our agenda for the day was to have brunch. Some people say the Boston  area isn’t vegan friendly, I think it’s not bad. There are quite a few options for brunch, but we decided on True Bistro (1153 Broadway, Somerville, MA), because it was 100% vegan and because it was easy to get to by Subway from Boston (Take the Redline, exit at Davis Station.)

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Things I love Thursday – Mostly Food, Sometimes Company.

Today was a great day. I discovered a way to streamline a process that had otherwise been taking hours to complete at work, and then the rest of the day’s good stuff happened. – Food Truck Eats – Sadie’s Diner and Juice bar (with Donuts from Rise Above) – Dufferin Farmers Market – the Lovemuffin Bakery delivery – PAX East Badges

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Tiffinday Vegan Lunch Delivery – More please

Tiffinday was started sometime back in mid 2010 by Seema Pabari as a vegan, tiffin-based lunch time delivery service for downtown Toronto. You put in your order on the website before 3pm the day before, and then you get a nice hot lunch the next day sometime between 11:30am and 12:30pm. Things I love: Delicious yummy hot vegan Indian food for lunch. Environmental responsibility. They provide you with a litter-less lunch. You get stainless steel tiffins filled with food, in a reusable bag. Then the next day – they take it all away and you don’t have to worry about it. Feel like rinsing it? Cool. Don’t want to bother? Also cool. Socially responsible hiring practices – providing a living to those who may face barrier to employment. the twitter and facebook feeds – good links, local food related posts, etc.

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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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Engagement Party – JC and MeShell have a shindig

This weekend we had a little celebration with a few friends and family. JC’s mom threw us an engagement party, and my mom came to visit us from Edmonton for the first time. Putting together the guest list for the party helped me realize just how many people I consider close friends. Obviously, JC and I like food. Especially good food. I feel that will play a big role when we get married, but I’m getting ahead of myself. So when this party planning started, food choices were important. We didn’t want too much food, but we wanted people to have enough to snack on while they were spending time with us, drinking wine, and celebrating our good decisions. JC’s mom organized the whole thing, from the food to the decorations, and when my mom arrived, she turned our messy house into something worth inviting people to visit. Okay, so it might not be *that* messy, but it’s messier than I’d like. I could come up with a variety of excuses, and I have in the past – but we are legitimately busy folks (or at least – I think so), and continue to have a hard time finding an ethical and responsive cleaning service (I’m open to recommendations!). But thanks to my mom, we can still delay the professional cleaners for another undetermined period of time.

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Another weekend, another half dozen muffins – Carrot apple spice

We had a bag of carrots sitting in the fridge for weeks. They were sad looking carrots, getting a little dull, getting ready to grow and walk themselves out of the crisper, so it was time to do something with them. But I wasn’t sure what to do, J doesn’t like cooked carrots. I thought… carrot apple salad? Meh. I wanted to bake. I found a loophole in the “I don’t like cooked carrots” statement with carrot cake. (since really, who doesn’t like cake?) My mom used to Morning Glory muffins when I was little, and those are the muffins I had on my mind. She and I had made them together a few times, and they always turned out moist, sweet and delicious. (and rarely lasted for more than a few days) I got a nice little history lesson in the muffins origins while looking for the recipe. Everywhere I’ve read the recipe was originally developed by Pam McKinstry when she owned the Morning Glory Cafe on the island of Nantucket. I think my mom must have saved the recipe out of an old copy of Gourmet magazine in 1981. However, much like me, my mom never follows recipes exactly either, so she never used eggs for her version, just more shredded apples. In my adaptation I use ground flax seed and water instead. Vegan Morning Glory Muffins  (makes 6 Large Muffins) 2 cups grated raw carrot 1 large granny smith apple, peeled and grated 2 cups all-purpose flour…

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Greens Veggie Restaurant

This sunny weekend in Toronto we headed over to Kensington Market to go look at produce, okay no, we went to go to Hot Beans in hopes that they would have Boston Cream donuts. No luck on the Boston creams, but they had coconut lime, which still satisfied our quest for donuts, but still made me hope for a Boston cream filled Monday. I’ve walked by Greens Vegetarian Restaurant (638 Dundast St W, Toronto, ON) dozens of times, but I’ve never stopped in, or looked at the menu before this weekend. And as usual, I was pleasantly surprised when I finally did. There was only one person in the restaurant when we walked in, enjoying a giant bowl of soup, but on the bright side, an empty restaurant (ideally) means fast service. Looking over the menu, it isn’t exactly descriptive… or rather, it doesn’t seem descriptive until you actually get your dish and realize it was exactly as describe: simple (at least with the dishes we tried.) I should mention that this is not an exclusively vegan restaurant and some dishes have egg in them, but you can tell your server and they’ll take care of you. Another nice thing about Greens is that you can get 10% off with a TVA discount card. It’s been nearly a year since my last bowl of memorably delicious hot and sour soup (from Padmanadi in Edmonton) so I was happy to see it on Green’s menu, and even more pleased when we…

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Forks Over Knives – The answer isn’t another pill, the answer is spinach.

On Wednesday night we had the opportunity to see an advance screening of Forks Over Knives, thanks to Animal Voices. I think it was a really powerful film, the focus on the health impacts of animal protein consumption was fascinating. Someone asked during the Q&A, why throughout the film they said a “whole foods, plant-based” diet, rather than “vegan” diet. I’m sure we can all agree, vegan does not necessarily equate to healthy (and if we can’t agree on that, then you haven’t seen the hundred of pictures I have taken of vegan desserts, donuts, deep fried double fried tofu dripping with olive oil, onion rings, etc.) Believe me, I’d like to tell everyone, go vegan and you’ll automatically be healthy, but it doesn’t work that way. The documentary is based on the scientific work of Dr. T. Colin Campbell PhD (co-authour of The China Study) and Dr. Esselstyn MD(a doctor that directs the cardiovascular prevention and reversal program at The Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute), with some information from other physicians. I really liked how the film presented both scientific research and had interviews with actual people that had been impacted by the dietary changes proposed. The idea that diseases like heart disease and diabetes can be prevented (or reversed) through a whole food, plant-based diet, isn’t a new one, but the evidence presented in the film is quite compelling. The premise of the diet discussed in Forks Over Knives is to cut out all animal products and processed foods (yes,…

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