Vegan Mofo Staycation three! What else can you give me Toronto?

I missed writing in here. I missed you blog. And I missed YOU, whoever you are. Last week was a busy week, as indicated by my absence. My food choices were atrocious and I don’t even want to talk about it (though I can tell you I relied heavily on peanut butter, cho dang tofu, and several day old okra to tide me over.) My weekend was much better. I paid Burrito Boys (218 Adelaide St W, Toronto) a visit after I decided it was necessary to find a better burrito than the crap I had at Chipotle. You can say what you want about Chipotle, you can sing it’s praises, I don’t care. I don’t like it. I ordered a vegan burrito, and it was good. They construct the burrito in such a way that you get the full compliment of flavours each time you take a bite, rather than the usual “oh here’s rice, oh here’s lettuce, oh here’s salsa” feeling I get from some other places. It was quite filling, though I probably could have eaten two for lunch. I think grilling the burrito is a nice touch, crispy on the outside warm and yummy on the inside. They have veggie ground round, and vegan guacamole, and hot sauce that’s actually hot. I wish they also had some daiya, because that would have made this place all around perfect. I hear there is another good place in Kensington Market with Sweet Potato Burritos. Oh boy do I…

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Toronto: 3rd Annual Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off and Nuit Blanche!

Oh Toronto, what a day! A Vegan Bake-Off and Nuit Blanche all in one Saturday! Yesterday in early afternoon I went over to the Harbourfront Community Center for the 3rd Annual Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off presented by the TVA. A group had already stated gathering outside the gymnasium doors, and you could feel the excitement in the air (I’m sure it wasn’t just me.) There were 6 different categories: Vegan Bars and Bites Vegan Cupcakes Vegan Tarts and Treats Vegan Cookies Vegan and Gluten-Free Desserts Professionally Crafted Vegan Classics I decided (barely) to get a plate of Terrific Vegan Treats, though it was a hard decision, and I changed my mind three times after I gave one of the volunteers the fee (it was three dollars per plate sampled.) I appreciate that she didn’t give me a sense of irritation though it would have been justified. I was impressed with the selection of beautiful and delicious vegan treats. I shouldn’t be surprised but regardless of how much veganized amazingness I try on my travels I’m always amazed at the ingenuity evident from creative vegan bakers and raw foodists. That creativity was displayed to perfection with the spread at the Bake-Off. We started off with the Vegan Tarts and Treats plate. I can’t imagine how hard it must be to be one of the final judges for this competition. It was hard enough writing it out on an anonymous piece of paper. Though, that said I gave a few things a…

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Royal Ontario Museum, Fresh on Bloor and Sneaky Dee’s

I went to the Royal Ontario Museum on Tuesday, a wonderfully huge museum which at the moment holds a special exhibit with Terracotta Warriors from China. I spent around three hours lost in the history, snapping photos here and there. The Museum has a special deal for students on Tuesday’s; free admission to the regular collection with student ID (the special exhibit was only 7$ more). All that wandering got me hungry and I went down to the Museums cafe, there was a tofu wrap but otherwise they had minimal vegan options, so I went upstairs to C5 (their very beautiful restaurant.) Much like the Cafe, there were limited/no vegan options, but there was one item that had some potential of being veganizable (though it was made with a butter sauce, so who knows how well that would go over). I didn’t bother staying. But it was nice up there. I started out by searching for “vegetarian restaraunts near Royal Ontario Museum” but didn’t find anything useful. So I walked down Bloor Street and saw Fresh. The name sounded familiar and I looked it up. Fresh is a primarily vegan restaurant, with dairy options and some honey/bee pollen products on the side if you’re into that sort of thing. They have three locations (so far) and have a great selection of smoothies and juices as well as some interesting menu items. I went to the one at 326 Bloor Street West (so Bloor Street at Spadina) I went with the…

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