Windsor Arms Vegan Food – In Pictures

We’ve gone to the Windsor Arms (18 Saint Thomas Street – Toronto, Ontario) twice so far, once for brunch a month or so ago, and once for dinner. Brunch was much easier to photograph, unfortunately dinner had a bit too much mood lighting to be conducive to pretty pictures. I think it’s worth going to the Windsor Arms at least once (or twice), if not for the food, then the general dining experience, especially since vegan fine dining experiences can be few and far between depending on where you live. The vegan options at the Windsor arms were developed by Doug McNish, (www.dougmcnish.com) Toronto’s vegan chef extraordinaire. He will soon be releasing a vegan, raw food cookbook called Eat Raw, Eat Well at EcoExistance (766 St. Clair Avenue West at Arlington, Toronto) on Saturday March 31st, go here for more info. I’m looking forward to it, since the title makes me reminisce about the first meal I had from Chef Doug, when he was still at Raw Aura (in Mississauga). Raw lasagna. Yes.

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Vegan Food and Love

Around a year ago, JC and I really started to see each other. Sure we met sometime at the end of January for the first time, but this was the point at which I wasn’t travelling constantly and we really got to know each other.  This is also around this time last year that he started wooing me with his talent in the kitchen. He was pretty much the opposite of vegan when we met, but he found great recipes, followed them perfectly, and appreciated the ingredients. One of the first things was this butternut squash soup with tofu cream. I sneakily took a picture with my phone in the kitchen (and I don’t think he saw me and yes, I’m a creep.) I remember being so damn impressed that he’d go out of his way to cook me dinner, I’m not sure why, because clearly – I’m pretty awesome, but nevertheless, I was impressed. Say what you will about men, hearts, and cooking, but the quickest way into my heart was/is through my stomach too. The rest of the meal was equally awesome. Homemade garlic bread, a (veganized) cassoulet, candied walnuts, and a blueberry cheesecake from Sweets from the Earth. I remember that first bite of cassoulet in detail because it was shocking. Maybe it was just being wrapped up in the moment, but that was the best thing I had ever eaten. Ever. At least up to that point (since then, we’ve hunted down and created more deliciousness…

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