Greens Veggie Restaurant

This sunny weekend in Toronto we headed over to Kensington Market to go look at produce, okay no, we went to go to Hot Beans in hopes that they would have Boston Cream donuts. No luck on the Boston creams, but they had coconut lime, which still satisfied our quest for donuts, but still made me hope for a Boston cream filled Monday. I’ve walked by Greens Vegetarian Restaurant (638 Dundast St W, Toronto, ON) dozens of times, but I’ve never stopped in, or looked at the menu before this weekend. And as usual, I was pleasantly surprised when I finally did. There was only one person in the restaurant when we walked in, enjoying a giant bowl of soup, but on the bright side, an empty restaurant (ideally) means fast service. Looking over the menu, it isn’t exactly descriptive… or rather, it doesn’t seem descriptive until you actually get your dish and realize it was exactly as describe: simple (at least with the dishes we tried.) I should mention that this is not an exclusively vegan restaurant and some dishes have egg in them, but you can tell your server and they’ll take care of you. Another nice thing about Greens is that you can get 10% off with a TVA discount card. It’s been nearly a year since my last bowl of memorably delicious hot and sour soup (from Padmanadi in Edmonton) so I was happy to see it on Green’s menu, and even more pleased when we…

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Forks Over Knives – The answer isn’t another pill, the answer is spinach.

On Wednesday night we had the opportunity to see an advance screening of Forks Over Knives, thanks to Animal Voices. I think it was a really powerful film, the focus on the health impacts of animal protein consumption was fascinating. Someone asked during the Q&A, why throughout the film they said a “whole foods, plant-based” diet, rather than “vegan” diet. I’m sure we can all agree, vegan does not necessarily equate to healthy (and if we can’t agree on that, then you haven’t seen the hundred of pictures I have taken of vegan desserts, donuts, deep fried double fried tofu dripping with olive oil, onion rings, etc.) Believe me, I’d like to tell everyone, go vegan and you’ll automatically be healthy, but it doesn’t work that way. The documentary is based on the scientific work of Dr. T. Colin Campbell PhD (co-authour of The China Study) and Dr. Esselstyn MD(a doctor that directs the cardiovascular prevention and reversal program at The Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute), with some information from other physicians. I really liked how the film presented both scientific research and had interviews with actual people that had been impacted by the dietary changes proposed. The idea that diseases like heart disease and diabetes can be prevented (or reversed) through a whole food, plant-based diet, isn’t a new one, but the evidence presented in the film is quite compelling. The premise of the diet discussed in Forks Over Knives is to cut out all animal products and processed foods (yes,…

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