Happy Birthday To Me

I’ve had two great meals in honor of my birthday this year, on Sunday I took myself out for a four course meal at Vegetarian Haven, and on Monday, someone was kind enough to take me to the new Loving Hut (on Spadina & Richmond). Both places were great! Vegetarian Haven (17 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON) is easily my favourite restaurant in the city. It’s an intimate space, the lighting is soft (though not ideal for photos), and the food is always delicious. I’ve never been to a Loving Hut, but I was excited to try this new location at the corner of Spadina and Richmond ever since I drove by it a few weeks ago. It’s really bright, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it, but it’s not uncomfortable. Vegetarian Haven was having a special 3 or 4 course holiday meal on Boxing Day, so I went with (of course) the 4 course option, and started with their lovely two tone beet and sweetpea soup. I just love the way the soups are thick enough to maintain their position in the bowl. Second course was a Smoked Marble Konnayku Roll wrapped around Enoki Mushroom & Baby Spinach, with little dots of Black Sesame Tahini. It was my first experience with marbled konnayaku, and it was weird. I think it is the closest thing to bacon that I’ve had in all the years I’ve been vegan. If I wasn’t at vegetarian haven, I probably would have asked them…

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Staycation Weekend: Vegan MoFo Day 11&12

Oh the weekend. It couldn’t come soon enough.  Normally, they don’t mean anything to me, because I have other things I need to be doing, but this week I was ready for it to be Saturday…. on Tuesday. And I got some much needed downtime. I introduced an omnivore to Vegetarian Haven (17 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON) on Saturday. I (almost) wish I could say it was the first time he’d ever been to a vegetarian restaurant, but he’d been to Live before, so not only had he been to a vegan restaurant, he’d been to a raw one and liked it. Regardless, it was a great meal. We started things off with an order of crispy oyster mushrooms and seared dumplings. I wish we had ordered two orders of the crispy oyster mushrooms because I can never have enough, they are so rich and flavourful and the sweet slightly spiced sauce is a perfect compliment for it. We both ordered the Special of the Day which was a tofu skin wrapped taro root mash on a bed of greens, with a side of noodles, an AMAZING mango salad. Our waitress totally sold it when she brought it over. Her description totally got my mouth watering from the very beginning. It adds so much to a meal when the server is friendly, and she was wonderful. I was feeling pretty full after finishing my plate, but there is always room for dessert. My dining companion and I shared a piece of chocolate cake and…

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Hanlan’s Point and Vegetarian Haven

Well, it was another beautiful day in Toronto, and the perfect day to go to the beach. So a friend and I took the ferry over to Hanlan’s Point, which is this great little area where you can surround yourself with greenery. Unusual signs like the following appear: It was so unusual, I felt like I had to snap a picture of it. I’ve gotten so accustomed to seeing KEEP OUT, STAY OFF, BE KIND, BE COURTEOUS, DON’T, etc, that being invited to do something was nice. Hanlan’s Point is also were one of Canada’s two clothing optional beaches is. Both times I’ve been there have been fun, but it’s way more fun going with a friend. Plus as she very accurately mentioned… it’s nice not to have to carry around a wet swim suit afterwards. I had a super fun time swimming and napping on the side of the water. But I have to admit, initially it is a bit awkward for me to start removing clothing outside, eventually I have to remind myself… most people there just don’t give a damn what I look like. After the clothing optional beach fun we headed back into the city, where I met up with another friend for dinner. It was time to visit the restaurant that everyone has been telling me about. Vegetarian Haven. (17 Baldwin St, Toronto.) It’s a nice little bistro right next to the Toronto Vegetarian Association and you can pick up Vegetarian Guides for Toronto at…

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