Smash Juice Bar – Grand Opening – April 20th

JC and I decided to check out Smash Juice Bar for lunch on their grand opening today. Along with raw, gluten-free and mostly vegan (one item has honey in it) packaged foods (everything is well labelled), they’ve also got a nice variety of juices, kombucha, non-dairy milks, and cold press coffee. It is a nice addition to the area that’s becoming increasingly vegan friendly (with spots like Kupfert & Kim, IQ Food Co, Superfood Eateries, etc) which I couldn’t have said with much enthusiasm a few years ago. Transit accessible, walkable, and it shares the space with the newest location of Rose City Kitchen (which is vegan friendly too – hello falafel) and Clockwork Coffee (which made me an excellent soy latte today.) JC and I shared the Mediterranean Wrap and the Zucchini Linguini, plus a couple of drinks, a Refreshing Smoothie for JC, and a Cherry Chia Kombucha for me. I was pleasantly surprised by how light the Mediterranean wrap was, and the wrap balanced being strong enough to contain all the veggies and hummus, with being light enough to be easy to bite into. Ingredients: Carrots, ground flax, tomatoes, hummus, cabbage, kale, sea salt, spices  I liked the mediterranean wrap, but my favourite in terms of lively flavours was the zucchini linguini. It was well seasoned, the noodles were fresh and everything came together wonderfully. We’re generally not “raw food” folks, but you can almost never go wrong with zucchini noodles. Ingredients: zucchini, tomatoes, hemp hearts, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, fresh herbs,…

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Gluten Free Garage

At the Gluten Free Garage, attendees get to: Discover local merchants, bakeries and restaurants that cater to their gluten-free needs Sample and purchase gluten-free food and related lifestyle products from a variety of vendors Enjoy delicious gluten-free food prepared onsite by local chefs Get information about celiac disease, gluten intolerance and the gluten-free diet – the Canadian Celiac Association will be on-hand to provide information, resources and support Meet with local health experts Find out about services that help make living gluten free easier Grab a free shopping bag for all their gluten-free goodies Take home coupons for future purchases as well as samples of their new favourite products Sunday November 9, 2014 10 am to 4 pm Artscape Wychwood Barns (in the Covered Street Barn) 601 Christie Street (just south of St. Clair), Toronto $10 for adults / free for kids 12 and under Gluten Free Garage is Toronto’s original pop-up gluten-free marketplace…like a farmers’ market with a gluten-free twist!

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Gluten Free Dinners, Starring Mushrooms – Urban Acorn

Event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/251617735025610/ LIGHTS, CAMERA, MUSHROOMS! Mushrooms are the main attraction in this month’s one man food production. More versatile than any other co-star, these little buttons of love will steal the show and transform these vegan & gluten-free* dishes into works of art. SEE MUSHROOMS STAR AS A QUADRUPLE THREAT… ON THE MENU: ***Introduction Course: Mini Cremini Mushroom Burgers with Sliced Tomatoes, Caramelized Cipollini Onions and Vegan Mozzarella Cheese. ***Second Course: Chantrelle Mushroom & Fennel Gallette garnished with Crispy Fried Wild Leeks. ***Main Course: “Steak & Potatoes” Seared King Oyster Steaks served on a whipped Vegan Cream Cheese Mashed Potato Roasted Asparagus ***Dessert: Chocolate Ganache Cake with Ginger & Rhubarb Compote garnished with Shaved White Truffles Tickets are $45 for a 4-course dinner + Coffee/Tea service. Space is limited to 20 seats so make sure to snatch up your tickets early before they sell out. As always this is a private event so you may bring your own wine at no additional cost. Want to know more about our supper clubs? http://ow.ly/wquD9 *Please note that our kitchen is not gluten-free certified. We do, however, take every precaution to ensure cross-contamination is avoided. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at info@urbanacorn.ca.

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Urban Acorn – The Gluten Break-Up – Super Club

GLUTEN… IT’S NOT ME, IT’S YOU! You’ve had enough with your relationship with Gluten and now you’re ready to kick it to the curb forever… or at least for one night! Join us for a 4-course vegan and gluten free* supper club, share your food breakup stories with us and say goodbye to Gluten once and for all. ON THE MENU: Introduction Course: “Shucks to be You” Oyster (Mushroom) Rockefeller, Sautéed Swiss Chard and Arugula, topped with Salted Cashew Crumble Second Course: “I am not Crying… it’s the Onion Soup” with Gluten-Free Crostini and Homemade Rosemary “Cheese” Main Course: “Leave me Alone Lasagna” made with Homemade Chickpea Pasta, Stewed Cherry Tomato & Cauliflower “Bolognaise” Sauce Dessert: “Cupid’s Duo(ver)” Mini Red Velvet Cake garnished with Chocolate Covered Strawberries accompanied with Raw Chocolate Mousse topped with Goji Berry Salsa Tickets are $45 for a 4-course dinner + Coffee/Tea service. Space is limited to 20 seats so make sure to snatch up your tickets early before they sell out. As always this is a private event so you may bring your own wine at no additional cost. Learn more about supper clubs: http://www.urbanacorn.ca/Vegan_Supper_Club.html *Please note that our kitchen is not gluten-fee certified. We do, however, take every precaution to ensure cross-contamination is avoided. If you have any questions or concerns please contact UA at info@urbanacorn.ca

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Cardinal Rule – Vegan Friendly Brunch in Roncevalles

Cardinal Rule has been open since May 2011, and in that relatively short time they’ve won awards a plenty, and shown up on Food Network’s You Gotta Eat Here. I’ve been to Cardinal Rule twice. Once for brunch, once for a late lunch. I ended up ordering the same thing both times, and it was interesting to find how dramatically different those two times were. The first time gave me a really positive impression of the place. The server was really nice, seemed to like it there, and was knowledgeable about the menu. Second time around the traditional Parkdale attitude showed up in the form of a different server, unhelpful, and indifferent. So that’s something to consider. If the latter had been my first impression, I’d probably end up going somewhere else in the future. I wondered why it had taken me so long to actually go in, but it’s mostly because from the outside, it just looks like a greasy spoon kitchen with nothing to offer me food-wise but once you walk through the door it looks like a fun little diner. The tables are a cacophony of photos of vintage and wannabe vintage images (I mean this in a good way – I think.) The menu is colour coded with vegan, lacto-ovo-vegetarian, gluten-free designated by symbols. There is probably something there for everyone which is a plus if you have non-vegan in laws that don’t want to eat vegetarian food. On the first visit I had the phish and chips, it’s crispy…

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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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Once upon a Valentine’s Day – with help from Bunners and Cafe Belong.

So, I’m just going to brag. I had a really fantastic Valentine’s Day this year, and JC made it happen. I’ve always been a fan of the pink and red holiday. Even while most of my social group was decrying the horrors of commercialism, and the absurd expectations that are put on people on Valentine’s day,  I love the idea of a day devoted to celebrating love. Because sure, you can celebrate love everyday – but (most) people don’t! I think The Oatmeal really sums up my feeling on the worst thing about Valentines Day with this Comic. I sent people ridiculous little handmade cards this year. And picked up tickets to Avenue Q at the Lower Ossington Theatre for Mr.JC, despite my hatred of musicals (and to some extent – puppets.) But that doesn’t really compare to the nice series of surprises that were in store for me. Apparently JC had ordered some flowers, and they were supposed to be hand delivered to my office that day. Unfortunately, the building I work in had received a bomb threat for Valentines Day, so they weren’t accepting any packages from anyone. So a very enraged (so I hear) Purolator courier driver was turned away, with a big box of flowers and a teddy bear. Teaching me it really is the thought that counts, because despite this security kerfuffle, it was an absolutely sweet start to the day. (we did pick them up the day after and they were still lovely.) After an otherwise boring,…

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