Rose City Kitchen – Downtown Toronto Vegan Options

So when we went to the grand opening of Smash Juice Bar a few weeks ago, I hadn’t realized there were three businesses opening up. And I didn’t realize any of the others would have vegan options. I asked the folks at Rose City Kitchen on Twitter the usual question, which they answered quickly and helpfully. @mdgee @thebigjc Yes they are! #Vegan4Life #FalafelsForever — Rose City Kitchen (@RoseCityKitchen) April 20, 2015 JC and I had agreed we’d go back there together for lunch sometime, but the timing kept not working out – so he went earlier this week and got a falafel in a pita (and seemed to like it) so when I found myself in the neighbourhood today at the perfect (lunch) time of day, it looked like it was my turn for tasty falafel box. There is now actual seating (vs high top tables with no chairs) at Rose City Kitchen/Smash Juice Bar/Clockwork Coffee at 36 Toronto Street, so you can sit and relax (with long tables, bench seating, and chairs.) I ordered the RCK Original Falafel – which is humus, tabouleh, fresh cut fries(!!!), carrots, lettuce, garlic oil, and cherry harissa dressing. You can get it as a sandwich or a box meal (served on either rice or kale.) I went with the box meal on rice – grabbed some extra hot sauce and harissa from the counter and also a bottle of cherry chia kombucha from Smash Juice Bar. Service was fast and friendly, they answered my in…

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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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Toronto – Kupfert and Kim – Meatless & Wheatless in First Canadian Place / Financial District

Kupfert & Kim has been open for a little over 2 weeks in First Canadian Place, on King and Bay in the heart of the Financial District. If you want to find it, it’s on the concourse (lower level) and right beside the LCBO and near a variety of other walk up/take away eating spots. It features a “wheatless & meatless” menu so it’s perfect for you wheat sensitive folks, vegans, vegetarians, people doing meatless Mondays, or really just anyone that likes eating. They also have a variety of fancy coffees, and a selection of milks (soy, almond, coconut, and dairy) as well as a selection of fresh juices. In addition to the healthy stuff, they’ve got a nice collection of sweet vegan and gluten-free treats like macaroons from Earth and City (normally available at farmer’s markets like Sorauren or Dufferin Grove,) cookies from Bunner’s Bake Shop, as well as energy balls from Rawlly Delicious (and probably more!) There is a lovely little display by the cashier. They also have wrapped Chocosol direct-trade chocolate bars available. I went over for a late lunch at around 3 pm on a Tuesday afternoon and it was still quite busy, but there are still some growing pains happening (which is understandable – it’s only been a little over 2 weeks.) It’s not entirely clear where people waiting for orders should stand, and at the moment – coffee comes out on one side of the counter, and food comes out on the other. I’d be curious to see it at lunch, because internet hearsay…

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