Beechwood Doughnuts Grand Opening in St. Catharines

This weekend we drove down to spend the day in St. Catharines. Why? Mostly because Beechwood Doughnuts was having their grand opening, but it just worked out that we could do a whole bunch of things in St. Catharines (besides eating donuts.) Beechwood Doughnuts is run by several of the folks that made the donuts at Rise Above, but if you had them before, as I found out this weekend,  they’re even more awesome now. JC got to play Magic at Phoenix Rising, a game store conveniently located just a few blocks away from Beechwood Doughnuts, and I got to hang out with a few mugs of coffee at Mahtay Cafe  &  the internet. (& checked out the photo exhibit in the community room.) Plus, this visit allowed us the opportunity to visit with a friend that lives in the city, where I was reminded I don’t dislike all dogs, just some of them (Gilda being one of the exceptions.) Starting at around 10:20, JC and I stood outside Beechwood Doughnuts, along with the brave soul that started the line. Until she showed up, I had been sitting in the care waiting for more people to show up. And more people showed up. By around around 15 minutes to opening there was a line up down the street and around the corner. So 1. I was really glad to be ahead of the game. 2. I was really happy for Beechwood Doughnuts. To get to his game thing on time, around 5 minutes before 11,…

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Las Vegas – Ronald’s Donuts

After we mostly enjoyed brunch at Tableau and spent an hour or so laughing at (and playing) slot machines, we opted to walk over to Ronald’s’ Donuts before they closed (at 4pm.) It’s not close, it’s around 3 miles away from the Encore towers, but it was a reasonably nice day, albeit windy, so it was a good opportunity for a very long walk – especially considering it was real winter in Toronto at the same time. I’ve been to Ronald’s a few times already, but it’s still pretty exciting to have a vegan donut option that’s truly similar to vegan Tim Horton’s experience. P.S. Not all of the donuts are vegan, it’s usually the top two rows, but asking doesn’t hurt! There were already a couple of other vegan-tourists in the shop when we got there shortly before closing excitedly looking at the variety of vegan donuts in the two big display cases. We ordered a dozen (…to take with us) but ate two inside. Delicious looking as usual! Ronald’s Donuts 4600 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV IMPORTANT: Here are their hours (subject to change… but they haven’t changed in a while) Mon-Fri 4 am – 4 pm Sat 5 am – 4 pm Sun 5 am – 2 pm So where are we on Throwback Tuesday so far? We’ve travelled through time and space, from San Francisco, to Las Vegas. – Millennium – Happy birthday to me! – St. Francis Fountain – Brunch of Champions – Souley Vegan – Amazing vegan Soul Food in Oakland…

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Vegan Baked Treats in Toronto

I have a sweet tooth, that much is probably obvious to anyone that knows me (or has ever read this blog). It’s a rare occurrence that I don’t pick up dessert… or consider skipping a regular meal in favour of something sweet (though, this includes fruit…) In the last couple of weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to indulge in (arguably) the best baked goods in Toronto. Hot Beans(160 Baldwin St. Toronto) in Kensington Market and Bunner’s Bake Shop (3054 Dundas West, Toronto) in The Junction keep putting out deliciousness, proving beyond a reasonable doubt that vegan baked treats are fantastic. Bunner’s goes a step further in proving that it’s possible to make gluten free baked treats that are fluffy and delicious. I watched one of the folks at Hot Beans make Boston Cream Donuts on Friday. I sat there, appreciating the process and waiting for a friend. She wasn’t stingy with the filling (it is always been disappointing to bite into a nearly empty “filled” donut.) There was a healthy layer of chocolate on top and an unbeatably fresh, fluffy, deep-fried donut to bite into. I ordered two… one for right away… and one “for a friend” (really, it was for a friend, but he was kind enough to share Donut#2 with me.) In this case I think pictures speak louder than words, and I look forward to the future appearance of these donuts, because much like the espresso glaze and the lime coconut, the Boston cream donut is a total winner. On…

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Veggilicious, Vegan Scavenger Hunts and Hot Beans. Vegan springtime fun in Toronto

Spring is coming, or creeping along, and I’m really looking forward to the warmer weather. Soon it’ll be time for picnics and lounging on patios. This summer is going to be full of fun veg*n events (in Toronto, and all over the place (Vida Vegan Con!)), and I can’t wait to participate. This past Thursday (March 31st, 2011) was my first Vegan Rock TVA fundraiser at The Boat in Kensington Market, and I had a great time. Music and vegan baked goods (which disappeared quickly, so it paid to be early), random conversations with other local vegans, and just an all around fun time. There were treats by some very awesome people, and I was curious who the volunteer bakers were (so I asked around). I’m happy to say I probably got to try some of Apiecalypse Now’s vegan treats (since I snacked on something from every dish) and had a very cute yummy little cupcake from TheCupcakeTree (which is not an exclusively vegan business.) The other folks were rad private individuals that volunteered their time to help out, so thank you to them! After the snack fest and mingling, there were performances by a diverse group of performers, from the all instrumental work of More Than Breathing, the indie, slightly haunting, vocals of Jacqueline Rendell, the mindblowing 12 string guitar in Dream Awake, and an inspirational rap set from Hush Money (fan them on FB). Veggielicious is coming so soon! Starting on April 9th, 2011 and ending on April 24th, various…

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A quick jump over to St.Catharines

Sometime last week I decided that I should finally pay an extended visit to St. Catharines, ON and eat some donuts straight from the source at Rise Above. Sure I was meeting some friends there (in theory), but we all know why I really went. It’s surprisingly easy to get down to St. Catharines from Toronto and there are multiple but since I was trying to keep costs to a minimum I took the regional GoTransit (which is a little over 30 dollars round-trip) but the greyhound is 40 round-trip. Being able to jump on a GoBus or Train, to get to almost anywhere (fun/interesting/random) in Ontario, is awesome. I think my excitement is definitely influenced by growing up on the prairies and not being in easily connected cities, we’re not kidding about the wide open prairies. There is something soothing about riding on the train. I know people that commute on it daily don’t necessarily feel the same way, but I enjoy it every time I’m on there. I’d do it more often if it wasn’t so expensive. I had to snap a random picture of one of the transit stations in Burlington, ON where I had to transfer from the Train to the Niagara/St.Catherines Bus. Is it just me or does it look like a space station? For some reason the moment I saw it, I thought of a Pogo Ball. First stop in St.Catherines is a Mall in the middle of nowhere, and unfortunately, St.Catharines Transit is…

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