Vegan Brunch at D-Beatstro

D-Beatstro is a community space, art gallery, cafe, event venue, and restaurant that opened a little over a year ago in the old Bike Pirates space. It’s has a relaxed friendly atmosphere, and a nice addition to Bloordale, and right across the street from the magical Through Being Cool Vegan Bakery. They have prioritized being both physically and financially accessible, especially for people throwing events. Which speaking as someone that likes to organize the occasional event – physically accessible event venues are something that are sorely lacking in our city. I’ve watched D-Beatstro improve and grow their offerings and options over the last few months and it’s been great to see them grow into having a really solid menu, kitchen, and coffee set up. As with any business, the beginning can be tough, and when you hit the ground running like these folks did and make improvements on the fly in that DIY style (and if not, you will likely fail) it can be stressful and not without hiccups. This community space, cafe, restaurant, and more, has managed to do that, and excel at it.  I mention this especially if you visited them in the absolute beginning, and didn’t go back – simply to encourage you to visit again. That said, from the very beginning, they started out with great coffee (it’s from Dark City if you’re curious) – they knew what they were doing with that fancy espresso machine, and it was great to be able to go in there with my…

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Boston – Veggie Galaxy, Vegetarian Diner to the Stars.

Sunday was going to be our big PAX East fun day, since we’d have a full day to explore the exhibitors, the panels, and meet random folks from around the country (and North America.) But first, we had to have breakfast, of course. I wanted to go to Peace O’Pie after the great dinner we had the night before, but they were opening at 11am which would dig into our PAXing time too much. Veggie Galaxy fit our needs a little bit better and after a few tweets of encouragement from @MountainJammer we were on our way. Veggie Galaxy is open bright and early at 9am on Sundays and is easy to get to with public transit. One trip on the RedLine Subway to Central Square station, a very short walk, and you’re ready to eat. It’s vegetarian with most things veganizable. Expect to pay a bit more for the vegan options. It’s total classic diner style, has a brightly coloured exterior, and was full of oddly pleasant friendly people. They were nice, and service was good. It made me wonder what Boston has in the vegan water that Toronto is lacking in that department.

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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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Vegan Brunch at Rise Above in St. Catharines, ON

First of all, what took me so long to have brunch at Rise Above? How? Why? It’s awesome. If I had a drivers license and an endless supply of gasoline, I would drive down there every week just for some brunch (though the GoBus is still an option…) This past Thursday JC and I tried fresh Rise Above donuts from Sadie’s Juice Bar, and they were (obviously) quite amazing, so it inspired this Sunday Brunch mini roadtrip. After a very wet and foggy drive on the QEW, we found free parking 100m away from Rise Above, and happily wandered over. The streets of St. Catharines were empty and it seemed the only open business was Rise Above. I realized as we walked up to 120 St. Paul Street, that  when I came to St. Catharines the first time in early 2011, it was known as Pan Cafe, and just sold Rise Above donuts. How things change! The brunch menu was on a chalkboard above two fellow diners, so I didn’t take a picture (since that would be a bit rude and weird) so we had choice of the following: Deep Dish Pizza Crêpes French Toast Scrambled Tofu Chili Quesadilla JC went with the crêpes. They were the tasty fluffy thin pancakes my mom used to make (deliciously). With a sweet filling, and topped with whipped cream and chocolate. And aren’t they just gorgeous? I ordered the Chili Quesadillas. I don’t think I’ve ever even had real quesadillas, but I don’t think…

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