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Toronto Vegan Guide

I don’t know exactly when Toronto blew up with so many vegan options… but it did. There are copious amounts of restaurants, cafe’s, dessert shops, grocery stores, and even vegan menu’s/vegan options at regular omni places. In this blog post, I listed as many places I could gather, but there’s probably still a good amount I missed. Feel free to check out these options, as well as commenting down below to tell me your favourite vegan spots, and any that I missed.

Below I will cover four main sections: restaurants; juicery’s/cafés; dessert shops; and grocery stores. I haven’t been to all of them, but the one’s I have been to, I have done a PR (personal ranking) to let you know what I think.

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Fresh on Spadina

RESTAURANTS

Fresh (photographed above)
A super popular spot in Toronto, vegan or not, that serves a 100% vegan menu with tons of healthy options.
147 Spadina Ave · (416) 599-4442
326 Bloor St W · (416) 599-4442
894 Queen St W · (416) 599-4442
http://freshrestaurants.ca/
PR: 8/10 – tons of variety, lots of great healthy options, food is delicious, but a tad bit expensive.

Doomies
The best vegan fast food (burgers, fries, mac n cheese, etc) to indulge in or bring your non-vegan friends to show them just how great vegan food can be.
1263 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K 1L5
https://www.doomiestoronto.com/
PR: 8.5/10 – lots of variety, food is so good, but it is a tad bit pricey, as to be expected from a vegan fastfood establishment. 

Hogtown Vegan
A great place to take your non-vegan friends. There’s tons of vegan ‘fast-food’ options in a southern-style comfort food kind of way. Burgers, chicken waffles, mac n cheese, , nachos, wraps, salads; tons of options.
1056 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1M3
http://www.hogtownvegan.com/
PR: 8.5/10 – so many options, great food, everything was so delicious.

Kupfert & Kim
Casual all-day stop serving vegan & gluten-free meals & coffee, made with sustainable ingredients.
First Canadian Place, 100 King St W, Toronto, ON MX5 1C7 (as well as multiple other locations)
http://www.kupfertandkim.com/
PR: 9/10 – not cheap, but not too expensive. Good selection of healthy brunch/lunch/dinner foods. Smoothies are a little overpriced. The bowls are delicious. And there are SO many K&K locations all over Toronto so it’s very convenient 🙂

Urban Herbivore
A healthy & sustainable 100% vegan restaurant that serves smoothies, juices, salads, wraps, sandwiches, etc. Located in Kensington Market and the Eaton Centre.
64 Oxford St · (416) 927-1231
220 Yonge St. (416) 847-1007
967 College St. (416) 645-0349
http://www.herbivore.to/
PR: 8/10 – Urb Herb is great for grabbing something healthy and yummy. I love their salad bowls because you can choose your base (greens, grains, or mixed), then add your choice of toppings. Their sandwiches are also really good too. However, over the past year, they’ve raised their prices and it’s a bit pricey to just get a salad or a smoothie now.

Dougs Public Kitchen
Modern daytime counter serve featuring vegan & raw fare made with local, seasonal ingredients.
561 Marlee Ave, Toronto, ON M6B 3J3
http://dougmcnish.com/

Hibiscus Cafe
Cozy vegetarian eatery with a patio, offering sweet & savory crêpes, salads & non-dairy ice cream.
238 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2L7
http://hibiscuscafe.ca/

Buddha’s Vegetarian Food
An unassuming eatery with spare decor that serves popular Chinese dishes made with mock meats.”
666 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1E4
http://www.buddharestaurant.ca/

One Love Vegetarian
“Vegan take-out spot with limited seating that serves Caribbean rotis, curries & renowned corn soup.
854 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5R 3G2
http://oneloveveg.tel/

Loving Hut
Outpost of a vegan counter-serve chain with Asian-accented menus that vary by location.
140 Spadina Ave A101, Toronto, ON M5V 2L4
http://www.lovinghut.ca/
PR: 9/10 – good variety of asian food, lots of dessert options as well, and good prices!

Govinda’s
Set in a temple, Govinda’s offers a buffet of vegan and vegetarian Indian food. 10$ gets you two heaping plates.
243 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 2J6
http://www.govindas.ca/
PR: 9.5/10 – This place is great if you love Indian food. It’s in a temple, which is super cool, and it’s buffet style, so you get to choose which foods you want. For $10 you get two heaping plate fulls, and they even let me take whatever I couldn’t finish home in a container. It’s also non-profit and run by volunteers.

Karine’s
Quick-serve counter known for affordable plates that mix morning staples with Middle Eastern sides.
109 McCaul St #32, Toronto, ON M5T 3K5
http://stage.karines.ca/

Veghead
This snug take-out spot offers vegetarian sandwiches, vegan soups, juices, smoothies & more.”
1199 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1X3
https://www.facebook.com/VEGHED-1489222554679880/

Grasshopper
“Exposed brick & wood tables adorn this funky vegetarian bistro known for globally-inspired recipes.”
310 College St, Toronto, ON M5T 1S2
http://grasshopperrestaurant.ca/

Kings Cafe
Vegetarian eatery serving Chinese cuisine featuring mock meats, plus an extensive tea list” This place is great for large gathering settings as it has both long rectangular, and large circular tables. You can go with a group and each order a few things and everyone can try and share.
192 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2L6
http://www.kingscafe.com/
PR: 7/10 – This place is good for Chinese cuisine, (dumplings, steamed buns, noodles, etc), and is also good for larger gatherings. However, friends and I have experienced problems with the staff/owner in the past regarding a large group all paying cash, together, which made our experience not as pleasant.

Vegetarian Haven
“Cozy restaurant with a Zen atmosphere serving vegan Asian-influenced dishes made with mock meats.”
17 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T 1L1
http://www.vegetarianhaven.com/

Lola’s Kitchen
“Light American fare made from scratch in a chic room with local art, plus a busy weekend brunch.”
634 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2G3
http://lolaskitchen.ca/

Disgraceland (vegan options)
“Upbeat bar with vegan, vegetarian & meat-friendly comfort food, plus nightly events & a games room.”
965 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1L6
http://www.disgraceland.ca/

Cardinal Rule
“Quirky diner serving inventive comfort food, with many vegan & gluten-free options, plus draft beer.”
5 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2K2
http://cardinalrulerestaurant.com/

The Steady Cafe (vegan options)
Cafe for locally roasted coffee & Miami-inspired eats by day & cocktails & dancing by night.”
1051 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1M4
http://www.thesteadycafe.com/

D-Beastro
“D-Beatstro, a community driven vegan cafe and DIY/DIT event space. Art, music, food, treats and coffee.”
1292 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1N9
http://www.dbeatstro.com/

Free Times Cafe (vegan options)
Jewish & Middle East fare with acoustic tunes & a popular reservations-only Yiddish brunch buffet. 320 College St, Toronto, ON M5T 1S3
http://www.freetimescafe.com/

Green Earth
Internationally inspired vegan food with mock meats, juice & smoothies in a modest dining space.”
385 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 2M7
http://greenearthvegan.com/

Greens Vegetarian (100% vegan)
Simple space serving popular homestyle Chinese, Vietnamese & Thai dishes made with mock meat.”
638 Dundas Street W, Toronto, ON M5T 1H8
http://www.greensvegetarian.com/

Live Organic Food Bar
“Raw & cooked vegan fare in a bright, low-key setting, with takeout available, plus weekend brunch.” 264 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M5R 1V7
http://liveorganicfood.ca/
PR: 6.5/10 – Food was good, but small portions for expensive prices.

Rawlicious
100% raw vegan food.
785 Bathurst Street, Toronto
http://rawlicious.ca/canada/
PR: 6/10 – I guess raw food restaurants are just very expensive and give small portions, because this is what Rawlicious is. Very over priced for tiny tiny portions. On one occasion, I had to go home and eat lunch after because I was still hungry. (I’ve been there four times) My advice: save your money and go somewhere with cooked and raw food options and get your money’s worth.

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Govinda’s

Juicery’s/Café’s

The Cold Pressery
4310 Sherwoodtowne Blvd #5, Mississauga, ON L4Z 4C4
http://thecoldpressery.com/

The Grow Op
222 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z9
http://www.thegrowop.ca/

Pulp Kitchen
“Health-conscious outfit offering more than 30 juice blends & smoothies, plus sandwiches & salads.”
717 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1H2
http://pulpkitchen.ca/

Bolt Fresh Bar
“Vegan eatery, opened fall-2013. Offers fresh juices, smoothie, salads, acai and grain bowls.”
1170 Queen St W, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M6J 1J5
http://www.boltfreshbar.com/

Superfood Eateries
“Health-conscious takeout option focusing on plant-based gourmet salads & mains, plus smoothies.”
268 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5H 1X6
http://superfoodeateries.net/

Nana Shake
100% vegan, banana ice cream shop
4750 Yonge St #134, Toronto, ON M2N 0J6

http://www.nanashake.com/
PR: 6.5/10 – way overpriced for such a simplistic idea: nana ice cream. It’s a cool trend and the photos looks pretty (pictured below), but I personally thought my own home-made nana ice cream tasted better and I didn’t pay $6 for a tiny container.

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Nana Shake

DESSERT SHOPS/BAKERY

Cosmic Treats
Cosmic Treats is a fully licensed vegan restaurant, dessert bar, ice cream shop and candy store in the heart of Kensington Market that strives to provide vegans with the food and treats they can’t get anywhere else.”
207 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2L4
http://cosmictreats.ca/
PR: 9.5/10 – This is probably my favourite dessert shop in Toronto (that I have so far tried). They have so many cool options, and the dessert bar is also fully stocked with brownies, cookies, cakes, and of course, the best ice cream ever which is made from cashew cream. They even have soft-serve options available now. My favourite things are the cookies and cream ice cream, the chocolate chip cookies, and the cookie brownie (which is half cookie, half brownie). You can also get a large ice cream sandwich for $6. (two large cookies, with your choice of ice cream squished in between) Although, some things are a bit pricey. (like a milkshake is $9 I think….)

Bloomer’s
100% vegan desserts and meal items.
873 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1M4
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bloomers-Bakery/156019521126800
PR: 9/10 – Bloomer’s is also amazing. They have so many options from cookies, brownies, donuts, cakes, cinnamon buns, etc. They also have a food menu as well if you want to eat there. Probably some of the best cookies and donuts I’ve had. And good prices as well!

Apiecalypse Now! Bakery
Take-out spot with spare seating offering vegan pizza & plant-based heroes, donuts & ice cream.
735 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1L5
http://www.apiecalypsenow.com/

Torri’s Bake Shop
Vegan & organic baked goods offered in a cozy shop which becomes a bistro Thursday-Sunday evenings.
2188 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E 1E6
http://www.torisbakeshop.ca/

Bunners Bakery
“Pink-and-brick shop specializing in vegan, gluten-free & soy-free sweet & savoury baked goods.”
3054 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Z7
http://www.bunners.ca/
PR: 8.5/10 – Bunner’s has lots of great dessert options. I absolutely LOVE their cinnamon rolls and their chocolate muffins. It’s not too expensive either. They have tons of options and kombucha too.

Sweets from the Earth
100% vegan treats and desserts.
218 Canarctic Dr, North York, ON M3J 2P4
https://sweetsfromtheearth.com/
PR: 9/10 – I haven’t been to the actual location, but I always get SFTE products from local health food stores, and let me tell you, it is amazing! My favourite thing to get is their chocolate chip cookie, and now, their smoors cookie. It is do die for. They also have tons of other products they sell out of stores (like boxes of cookies, frozen cakes, frozen cookie dough), and I think you can also buy custom cakes from their shop.

Bang Bang Ice Cream (vegan options)
“Ice cream sandwiches on housemade cookies, cups, cones & to-go tubs in a white & pale-wood space.”
93 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z4
http://www.bangbangicecream.com/

Through Being Cool
Vegan Bakery and Grocery.All items made in house from baked goods, to soda pop,to sandwiches and bread, to take home meals, sauces, jams, pickles and more!
1277 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1N7
https://www.facebook.com/tbcvegan/
 PR: 8/10 – I can’t give a great rating on this because the only time I’ve been was on a holiday, so there weren’t many options there. But I got a chocolate donut, which was so good, and my friends got giant pretzels and they were delicious. Prices were pretty decent for the sizes.

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Cosmic Treats

GROCERY STORES

The V Word Market
Online Shop – delivers to your doorstep anywhere in Toronto, ships to anywhere in Canada.
https://www.vwordmarket.com/

Almost Perfect (not fully vegan, but they have TONS of vegan products for SUPER CHEAP. This place is like a second-hand store for food, and it’s awesome)
1150 Sheppard Ave W, Toronto, ON M3K 2B5
http://www.almostperfect.ca/toronto/

The Big Carrot
348 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1N8
https://thebigcarrot.ca/home/

Healthy Planet
568 Danforth Ave · (416) 465-9998
http://www.healthyplanetcanada.com/

Beaches Wholesome
2234 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E 1G2
http://wholesomemarket.ca/

Sweet Potato
2995 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Z4
https://thesweetpotato.ca/

Yam Chops
705 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1C2
http://yamchops.com/

Beaches Naturals
1947 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1H7
http://beachesnatural.foodpages.ca/

Raise the Root Organic Market
1164 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON M4M 1L4
https://www.facebook.com/Raise-the-Root-Organic-Market-1455590694695651/

Urban Bulk Emporium
1380 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1C9
http://urbanbulkemporium.com/wp/

West End Food Co-op
1229 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K 1L2
https://westendfood.coop/

Essence of Life Organics
50 Kensington Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2K1
http://www.essenceoflifeorganics.com/

Tutti Frutti
64 Kensington Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2K1
http://www.tuttifruttikensington.com/category.php

Restaurants Vegan

Hogtown Vegan – Toronto

HOGTOWN VEGAN! I’ve heard so many amazing things about this place. I went here the other night for my birthday dinner with my family, and the reason I chose this place is because it’s amazing for people who AREN’T vegan. If you take a look at their menu, you can see things such as: steak, phish n chips, unchicken wraps, bacon cheeseburgers, nachos, quesadillas, etc. So I knew I just had to go here because it would be awesome for my brother and dad who love those kinds of foods.

2015-07-17 008It was my brothers first time at a vegan restaurant, and he actually liked it! Not love, but like. Don’t worry, I’ll get him there one day.

I on the other hand, was head over heels in love with this place. But then again, I think I could just be in love with every vegan restaurant, simply because they are vegan hahaha.

But no seriously, this place was amazing. So much amazing vegan food, my whole family and my friend Amy and myself were in a food coma afterwards.

I was debating between the Southern Combo (3 unchicken strips, mac n cheese, and a salad) or the quesadillas. I decided on the Southern Combo because it had such variety for $14. And my brother and Amy decided on that as well, so we all got Southern Combos.

2015-07-17 009My dad got the Unchicken Ceaser Wrap, and my mom got the Bacon Cheeseburger. Yesssss. And as an appetizer, we all split the fries and the nachos, which was a good and bad decision at the same time. It was amazing and delicious, but we are so full by the time our meals came. Oops. At least we got to take what was left of our meals home for leftovers the next day.

2015-07-17 007 2015-07-17 010It’s located in Toronto on Bloor st W. It’s quite small actually, I think I pictured something much larger. It’s like a little pub like place. The service wasn’t outstanding or anything – just average. But the food was delicious – and that’s all that matters.

I definitely recommend this place to you if you’re already vegan, or if you want to take family/friends there who aren’t vegan, because hopefully it will show them that vegan food is not boring, and you can literally make anything that is non-vegan, into a vegan version.

You can check out their website here for more information: http://www.hogtownvegan.com/

Leftovers the next day

Leftovers the next day

Restaurants Travel

Australia: A Foodies Guide

Hi everyone! I apologize for not posting in a while; I’ve been traveling around Australia. If you follow my Instagram, you may be keeping up with some of my adventures. But Instagram only gives little insight into what I’m doing. So to show you further, I decided to create a Foodies Guide for traveling around Australia. I’ve shamelessly been eating out at many different vegan restaurants and cafes and spending far too much money hahaha. But you’re only young once right, so might as well try out all the good vegan food while you can. Okay, let’s vegan..I mean, begin.

Vege Rama

Location: Brisbane
Address: Shop 30, Post Office Square/270 – 280 Queen Street, Post Office Square, Brisbane QLD 4000, Australia

2015-06-13 072This was the first vegan restaurant I visited upon my arrival to Australia. We went out for dinner on the Saturday night that I arrived. I didn’t really have any expectations yet because I hadn’t been anywhere else. This place was decent, I guess. Everything was fairly pricey (but then again, I am coming from Canada where everything is cheaper). I didn’t really know what to get because I was trying to spend as least money as possible. So I went for the Lentil Dhal over Brown Rice with a Side Salad because it was $15, and also the special of the day.

The Dhal was a tad bit spicy, and for some reason just didn’t sit well with my stomach. I tried to mix it in with the rice to hide the taste, and that helped a little bit, but I couldn’t finish it.

The pizza on the other hand was amazing. I had a slice of Mitch’s, and a slice of Katrine’s, and oh my goodness, it was really good! Very thin though, for such an expensive little pizza.

Overall experience: 6/10

2015-06-13 073The Green Edge

Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Address: Corner of Lutwyche Rd & Le Geyt st Windsor, Shop 2B Lutwyche Rd, Windsor, Qld, 4030

2015-06-14 031 (2)We went here the next day (Sunday) for lunch. It is the coolest little vegan cafe/supermarket. While we were waiting for our food, we walked around and looked at everything. They had so many vegan ice-creams, cheeses, soups, pastas, healthy bars, pizzas, and other grocery store items. Even vegan cook books and vegan dog food!

I was debating between the nachos and the veggie burger, but decided on the veggie burger because it was $15 (one of the cheapest things) and it had avocado on it, so that was the deal breaker.

The burger was amazing and super filling. The four of us also split a bowl of ‘chips’ (fries) which were super thick and crispy. Yum.

I probably should have taken half home with me, because all day after this I was super full. I also think that the burgers should come with either a side salad or fries since it’s $15, but hey, what can you do.

Overall experience: 8/10

2015-06-14 030 (2) 2015-06-14 029 (2)Pawpaw Cafe

Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Address: 898 Stanley St, Woolloongabba QLD 4102, Australia

best day (4)For months over Instagram, I saw foodies all around Australia adding photos of their cocowhip. This stuff looked incredible; vegan, healthy, and creamy? I had to try it. So I google mapped the nearest cafe that sold cocowhip, and that happen to be pawpaw cafe.

Again, everything is very expensive here. The cocowhip sundae was $12 itself, for chocolate sauce and a little slice of vegan cheesecake. We also got some chips to split. ($2 each)

The cocowhip itself wasn’t amazing. It was creamy, but kind of plain in flavour. I think I had a different idea in mind before I tried it; like it would taste like froyo, or soft serve ice cream. But it was kind of plain. I don’t think I could have eaten it if not for the chocolate and cheesecake mixed in.

ALSO, a week after my experience at pawpaw cafe, my friend told me about her own personal experience with the cocowhip. It is advertised as healthy, vegan, and people have said it is only made out of coconut water. ???

She didn’t believe that because she used to work in a coconut ice cream shop. So she asked the people for the ingredients because of “allergies for her kids”, and they refused to give her the ingredients. Finally after getting the attention of the manager, he told her that it contained a bunch of things that were very unexpected; one of them being hydrogenated oil. WTF. She was so appalled that there was so many additives and other things in it that she would never put that into her children’s bodies. So I’m sharing it here with you: beware of the cocowhip.

Overall experience: 7/10

best day (10) best day (5)Naked Treaties

Location: Byron Bay, NSW, Australia
Address: 2/3 Marvell St, Byron Bay NSW 2481, Australia

2015-06-18 085Ah, Naked Treaties: The infamous raw vegan cafe that I’ve heard oh so much about through Instagram. I swear every foodie that I follow that lives in Australia has been there. And people are always raaaving about it, and saying how it’s the best place ever, and that a trip to Byron is not complete without Naked Treaties.

Well, with all that fuss, I thought I better check it out. I was staying at my friend Jasmine’s place (https://instagram.com/blisijas/), so we went there with Samara from Fithealthyproject who was also staying in Byron for the week.

Okay so, first off, the portion sizes are TINY. teeny, weeny, tiny. Secondly, it is ridiculously expensive. and thirdly, it wasn’t that amazing. Like, I got a $15 crepe that was very petite and had some bananas and coconut yogurt. Jasmine got nachos, and as you can see by the photo, she got 4 chips…..

Oh, also the place itself was nothing what I expected. It is very small, you just go in and order/pay, then go sit outside where there’s like 3 tables, and your food is brought to you. And the bathroom is in a garage around the corner.

Ahahah, so no offense or anything to Naked Treaties or anything, but you are not what I expected, and I could not afford to go there again, nor would I want to. Jasmine told me her favourite place in town was a vegan cafe just down the street where it’s around the same price, but you actually get what you’re paying for.

So if you’re on a budget, or just simply want a big meal, I wouldn’t really recommend Naked Treaties. At least the food looked pretty though.

Overall experience: 7/10

2015-06-18 084 2015-06-17 024Mandala Organic Arts

Location: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Address: 2558 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach QLD 4218, Australia

2015-06-18 130I have only heard great things about Mandala’s. A few different people I met in Australia so far had been telling me how amazing Mandala’s in. So when I arrived in Burleigh, Gold Coast, my beautiful friend Steph took me there for dinner with her two vegan babes. (ages 4+5)

Now this place I can actually say, was AMAZING. It’s a bit pricey, but I came to realize that I’m never going to get a meal in Australia for under $10, so I’m accepting it. I got a small pizza, which was $16, and so worth it. I got the mushroom pizza that is drizzled in veggies and cashew sour cream, and it was TO DIE FOR. So amazing, and not too thin, not super thick. I was so sad when it was finished. Steph also got a side of garlic bread pizza which was ALSO amazing. ugghhh i freaking love this place

Overall experience: 9/10

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Location: Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Address: 1/74 Musgrave St, Coolangatta QLD 4225, Australia

IMG_5518 Ah, Greenhouse Factory. I’ve seen a few people post about this on Instagram, but I was never too curious. Until Samara went there and said it was the best meal she’s ever had in her life.

Ha. I was like, “you better mean that, that’s a big statement to make”

So Steph took me there on Friday for lunch and oh. my. goodness…. it definitely lived up to my expectations. We sat near the back where the kitchen is, so literally every time that someone’s food was ready and put out, I had to see it. And it made me want to cry because I couldn’t eat all of that perfect heaven. I am not kidding, everything looked so amazing I almost changed my order twice.

But Steph and I both ended up getting the burger, which comes with a salad and chickpea fries. Now that’s something worth payin money for. The meal was $23, but it was HUGE, and came with so much goodness that it was 100% worth the money. I couldn’t even finish it because I was so full, so I brought half the burger home and some chickpea fries; which I’ve never tried before, but may I just add are INCREDIBLE.

I just can’t get over how good this place was. Not to mention the atmosphere is adorable and welcoming, with lovely seating on the inside, or a seat on the patio outside that has a view of the ocean. Just amazing.

Overall experience:….. drum roll please…. 10/10.

IMG_5495 2015-06-19 074 (2) 2015-06-19 069 (2)Burleigh Farmers Markets

Location: Burleigh, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Address: Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220, Australia

2015-06-20 048One last place to add onto this post. The Burleigh Farmers Markets are held at a primary school just by Burleigh Beach. I always see LoniJane post about it, so I had to go check it out.

It was really neat. They had a ton of cool stuff ranging from food to clothes. Not all vegan, some meat and stuff, but that’s okay, I plugged my nose when walking by.

You get a range between super expensive and super cheap. I looked around for a bit to find a watermelon, and one place had a quarter for $4, but another place had a half for $3. BINGO. I got that one. I also had two passion fruits in my bag that I bought from a Byron Farmers Market, which I had never tried before until this day!! (Thank you to Samara for buying them for me hehehe)

I also tried sugarcane juice for the first time and OMG IT IS AMAZING. It is so sweet and delicious and healthy. I actually ended up deciding on the Sugar Cane Pina Colada, which just had coconut milk and pineapple juice added to it. Ah-mazing.

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Well that pretty much sums up my eats SO FAR. Guys, I’ve only been here a week… how sad is that. I’ve spent FAR too much money on food, so now that I’m up in the Sunshine Coast (Bli Bli), and far away from any vegan restaurants, I will be detoxing and saving money hahaha. I went to the grocery store today and bought $50 worth of just fruits and veg, so it will be nice to give my body a bit of a break from eating out so much. I also went on a 15k bike ride today (omg??) and was just exhausted after so I’ve been resting all day.

I’m here for 3 more weeks, so I’ll keep you all updated. Thanks so much for reading and I hope you have a fabulous day.

Cheers, Katrina

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Sadhana Kitchen

Location: Sydney, Australia
Address: 147 Enmore Rd, Enmore NSW 2042

syddsad (2)The reason I wanted to go to Sadhana Kitchen was because that’s all I ever hear about on Instagram. SOO many people that live in Sydney, or visit Sydney, and are vegan, always go to Sadhana Kitchen. I had heard such amazing things about this place, that I knew I couldn’t visit Sydney without going there.

My friends that I was staying with told me that it was super expensive, but I was like, whatever, it’s worth it cause I’ll probably never go again.

Well, it was yummy and all, but I was right about one thing: I probably wouldn’t go back.

First of all, the shop is VERY tiny, nothing like one would imagine. (Just like Naked Treaties) Everything was so freaking expensive, so I literally got the cheapest thing on the menu, which was a $14 Trio Salad. Eddi got a Pitaya Bowl which looked (and tasted) delicious, and Phoebe got a salad stirfry of some sort.

I’ve concluded that the food looks prettier than it tastes. They decorate it and made it look so beautiful that you don’t even want to eat it. And then you do .. and it’s pretty good, but nothing like, outstanding or anything. I mean, for the price you think it was made out of gold or something.

So yeah, that’s pretty much my opinion on Sadhana. Just another over-hyped vegan cafe that everybody on Instagram raves about that are probably rich or are getting paid to say so. xo

Overall Rating: 7/10

syddsad (3)Gelato Blue

Location: Sydney, Australia
Address: 318 Kings St, Newtown NSW 2042

syddsad (1)Okay, now this place is worth raving about. I also had seen quite a few people on Instagram going here, and the photos are literal food porn, so I knew I had to come here as well. I went twice actually …. once after Sadhana Kitchen, and once after Lentils as Anything(review below). It’s not 100% vegan, but there are tons of vegan options. So basically I got this donut sundae thing that is a vegan donut, topped with your choice of gelato, and a cone drizzled with chocolate sauce crushed nuts. SO FREAKING DELICIOUS OMG. And usually when I finish a meal then dessert, I feel so stuffed. But even after this, I felt content – it never made me feel bloated or sick or anything. I freaking love vegan desserts.

The prices were pretty high, but for this sundae it was $9.50, which is pretty decent since a donut is like $4.50 each, and 1 scoop of gelato is like $4.00.

This place was freaking amazing, the staff was super nice and friendly, and I would HIGHLY recomend going there if you live in Sydney or are visiting Sydney.

Overall Rating: 10/10

Sydneyy (18)Lentils as Anything

Location: Sydney Australia
Address: 391 King Street, Newtown NSW 2042

Sydneyy (26)This place was ALSO amazing, and it’s so unique and different from any other vegan restaurant I visited.

So basically this place was created to help homeless people/people on a budget, so it’s ALL run by volunteers, and 100% by donations. So yes, that means there are no prices, you just get your meal, and pay based on however much you want to donate.

The place is super cute, funky, and upbeat with loud music playing and a kind staff. A few of us vegan friends from Instagram went there for dinner and it was so cool to meet new people and talk about like-minded things.

I saw them carrying out this plate (pictured above) to different tables, and I instantly knew what I wanted to order. It was chili with rice and chips. And the service was SO FAST!! I think because they make heaps of stuff in bulk so that when people order, it’s basically ready.

And to top it off, the food was DELICIOUS!! We literally inhaled our meals in 5 minutes.

This place was just amazing, cool, different, cheap, and just awesome. I also highly recommend visiting here if you’re in Sydney.

Overall Rating: 10/10

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Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Address: 1/253 Ferry Rd, Southport QLD 4215

2015-07-02 021I went to BlendLove on my last day in the Gold Coast. I had seen photos of their dessers briefly on Instagram, and they looked amazinngggly delicious.

My friend Steph that took me said that there is two amazing cakes, (peanut butter + cookie dough I think?) and that all the rest didn’t taste as good. She said they look prettier than they taste actually.

When we got there, I was so pleased to see such a cute little shop. The appeal and atmosphere is very fun and health friendly.

The prices are a bit high ($7 for a lil cake, and $3 for a bliss ball.. wowzer), but I got one anyways because, yolo right?

Steph got the Rawreo (raw oreo) and I got the Chocolate Raspberry. And may I just say that they are 100% as good as they look. Perhaps she was just so used to the other ones that all the rest couldn’t compare. But omg, mine was so delicious. They give you little tiny forks so that they last, and I did exactly that. I took tiny little bites to make my piece last, and I was so sad when it was over.

Steph also ordered sweet potato fries after and oh my goodness, they were probably the best tasting sweet potato fries I’ve ever had. SO GOOD.

So yeah, this place was very cute, very delicious, but very expensive. Deffs worth it though, but I’d probably only go there like once every few months hahahaha.

Overall Rating: 8/10

2015-07-02 023 2015-07-02 009Okay and now I’m officially back in Canada, so sadly this is the end of this post :'( No more yummy Aussie vegan eats </3

Hope this helped,
Katrina xx

 

Restaurants

Fresh Restaurant- Toronto

Hey there! So I have another exciting restaurant for you guys today – especially if you live in Toronto.

My friend Amy and I visited downtown Toronto last week and wanted to eat lunch at a super wicket vegan place. We had SO many options to choose from in Toronto, and we narrowed it down between three. We ended up choosing Fresh – a vegan restaurant that has, I believe, four different locations. We visited the Spadina location.

photo 1 photo 2Let’s start off with location. The building is in a good spot downtown, and only about a 20 minute walk from Union station.

The building itself is kind of small, but I guess a fair size for a vegan establishment, since they are usually smaller. It was actually quite packed when we arrived because it was lunch hour, but luckily we got a seat right away by the window. The place is nice, cute, and gives off fun, positive vibes. The seating was a bit close to each other, but I understand that, because they want to fit as much people as they can inside so that there is minimal waiting for customers.

The service was mediocre, but I understand that they were super busy from the rush, so I accept that.

Now let’s get to the food.

photo 1My friend and I both weren’t used to so many options! Usually when I go to a restaurant that’s not vegan, it takes me 2 seconds to order because I always just get fries and a salad. This however…. there was SO many options, ahhhh.

We decided to be unoriginal and order the same thing: black bean burrito. I got a side of fries because the girl next to me was eating them and I couldn’t help myself. Best decision, because they were amazing. I guess there are some perks to sitting super close to people.

We also both got fruity smoothies because… why not? They were amazing and refreshing and tastes great with our somewhat spicy burritos.

photo 2In conclusion, this restaurant was the bomb and I rate it a 9/10. The place was super cute and fun, and the food was amazing. I definitely want to go back and try like… everything else.

Check out their website: http://www.freshrestaurants.ca/

Or visit their menu: http://www.freshrestaurants.ca/menu

Cheers!

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Food Restaurants

Peace Food Café NYC

On February 13th, I flew from Toronto to New York City to stay there and explore for the weekend. My friend Jaimee and I, (plvntstrong) who I met through Instagram, planned a Valentines Day Vegan Meetup in December. We were able to book it at this amazing restaurant we found by searching around online called Peacefood Cafe. The vegan meetup went amazing and I got to meet so many beautiful, like minded souls who had the same thoughts and beliefs as me. And the best part was: we all take pictures of our food, so I wasn’t the only one (like I usually am).

2015-02-15 009 (2) 2015-02-15 011Now to talk about the café. Peacefood was incredible. From the moment you walk in the door you just get this amazing vibe of good people and good food. Right in front of you at the cash is a big glass window filled with vegan desserts ranging from cakes to cookies to brownies to muffins. I almost wanted to cry.

IMG_1318Next up: the food.

The food was amazing. I got the pizza that had daiya cheese and vegetables and it tasted incredible. Everybody else was so pleased with their meals as well. And the food isn’t even that expensive. I went to a different vegan restaraunt the night prior and I paid $21 for soba noodles and $3 extra for a side of tofu. My meal of pizza and a large piece of cake came to $18.

2015-02-15 012 2015-02-15 006The service was amazing as well. Everyone was super friendly and tended to our needs. Victoria and I (my friend I was staying with in NYC who I also met through Instagram) loved it so much that we actually went back the next day for a treat and hot chocolate. We went to a yoga class that was just around the corner from Peacefood so we kind of couldn’t resist.

We both got a hot chocolate made with almond milk and I got a peanut butter cheesecake and Victoria got a chocolate cookie. Again, the food was AMAZING. I honestly want to fly back to NYC just for the food at Peacefood.

2015-02-15 012 (2) 2015-02-17 019IMG_1471 IMG_1474Overall, Peacefood Cafe is an amazing place from the food to the service to the restaurant itself. I think I’d rate it a 10/10 and next time I go to NYC (hopefully this summer) I’ll definitely be back there. Thanks so much Peacefood!

Food Restaurants Vegan

Live Organic Food Bar

The other day my mom and I went down to Casa Loma in Toronto and it was beautiful. Sir Henry Pellatt began building the castle in 1911 for his wife. It took over 300 men and many years to build, and now is one of Toronto’s most visited historical landmarks.

IMG_7043When dinner time came, I googled mapped the nearest vegan restaurant close by, and the Live Organic Food Bar popped up. It was only a 5 minute walk from Casa Loma, and the online menu sounded awesome; so we went.

2014-08-20 001 2014-08-20 0212014-08-20 001 2014-08-20 019 2014-08-20 001 2014-08-20 009We sat on the patio out back and looked over the menu. I was stuck between the vegan burrito and the chickpea burger. I ended up deciding on the chickpea burger (with gluten free bun) and my mom got the sunshine wrap.

2014-08-20 001 2014-08-20 013IMG_7189The first burger I got had a really spicy sauce on it, so I kindly told the waiter and they brought me a brand new one. It came with a little salad and sweet potato chips.

The burger was delicious. I have never had a chickpea burger before, but it was sooo good. Very messy though. The burger kept squeezing out the sides and into my hands – I looked like a hot mess when I was finished eating, which is completely okay! It was actually really funny (my mom was taking pictures of me) except when people walked by I’d try to hide my face because it was so messy. I definitely needed a lot of napkins.

My mom liked her wrap as well, but she said it was small and she was still hungry afterwards.

All in all, the Live Organic Food Bar had a great variety on the menu, with tons of organic, vegan and gluten free options, along with some delicious desserts as well. The atmosphere was nice and the back patio was so cute. I’d definitely go there again.

You can find more information on their website here: www.livefoodbar.com

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Food Restaurants

Rawlicious

Recently my friend told me about this restaurant in Whitby called ‘Rawlicious’. The name sounded familiar and I remembered I read it a while ago on a list of vegan restaurants in Canada. Little did I know there was one only a 10 minute drive from where I live. I was so excited so I had to go check it out. I brought along my long-time vegetarian of 9 years friend, Claire.

The restaurant is a cute little place in downtown Whitby with wooden floors and nice brick walls with decorated paintings on them. It has a cozy feel that makes you want to just sit back and relax.

After looking at the menu, I was overwhelmed. There were so many options and I honestly didn’t know what to chose. Everything on the menu is raw because their philosophy is that raw foods are the best for your health. The items are a bit expensive because raw organic foods are more expensive to buy.

2014-06-06 001 2014-06-06 003I was really hesitant on what I wanted to get. This was after all only my second time being to a vegan restaurant, and everything just sounded so darn delicious. I really wanted to try the nachos. And also the burger… and tacos. But after looking over the menu over and over again, I finally decided on the Soft Tacos with Side Salad for $16. Claire got a Rawwitch (raw sandwich) for $11.

2014-05-29 001 2014-05-29 001The tacos were absolotely DELICIOUS and I 100% recommend them to anyone going their for the first time if you love tacos. (or raw-co’s as I like to call them) The shells were so soft and chewy and I don’t even know what they put on the inside but it was to die for. They used sour cream of some sort (cashew I’m guessing?) and it tasted delicious and just like the old sour cream I used to eat. The side salad was good too, but the tacos were just delectable. Claire said that mine looked so good and she definitely wanted to get the tacos next time she came.

Once I got home and told my dad about it, he wanted to try it too! He’s been eating more plant based and healthier foods so I knew he’d love this place that had a menu of so many amazing choices for him to choose from. The next week him and I went for lunch. I ordered The Classic Burger with Jicama Fries, but they were all out of fries! They offered me a salad but I didn’t want one, so they just said they’d take $2.00 off of my total. My dad got the single taco wrap for $10.00

2014-06-02 005 2014-06-02 001Since this was my second time going, I was expecting it to be amazing again. But nope, not this time. It was actually disappointing. The serving sizes were so tiny for such an expensive price. I got an open faced burger meaning it didn’t even come with a top, and it was so tiny. And my dad was expecting a nice healthy portion, but he got such a tiny one. These would be enough for an appetizer, not the entire meal! I was upset because the first time I went I was so happy, and when I brought my dad here, I wanted him to love it as much as I did, but unfortunately he didn’t get a great first impression.

I still think Rawlicious is a great place, I just don’t know if I’ll go there again or often since the portion sizes are so tiny for such an expensive price.

 

 

Food Personal Restaurants Vegan

The Food Forest Café

I recently moved into my new house in Peterborough along with 5 of my girl friends where we will be starting our second year of University in the September. My mom and I drove up and moved some of my stuff in, as well as met with the landlords and had a walk through of the house. As I was walking to our car to get a box, I happened to see a sign that said ‘vegan’ which automatically caught me attention. I looked up only to see a store sign reading “Food Forest Café”.

2014-05-24 005 2014-05-24 046Basically my house is RIGHT beside this little building that has two stores: a hair salon, and this café! How PERFECT right!? I was in awe; I seriously couldn’t believe that I just moved in literally RIGHT next door to an organic, gluten free vegan café . Anyways, after we finished unpacking a bit, my mom and I went in and decided to see what it was like. And oh my gosh, was it ever amazing. I swear it was a vegans dream in there. Everything was eco-friendly, promoting saving the earth, and healthy living, not even to mention the fabulous menu. Even the napkins were made from 100% recycled materials.

2014-05-24 005 2014-05-24 0422014-05-24 005 2014-05-24 033 2014-05-24 005 2014-05-24 034It was SO hard to choose something considering this was my very first time visiting a vegan restaurant, and I was simply overwhelmed by all my choices. Plus I’m a super indecisive person. But I ended up getting a taco salad with a tropical smoothie.

The salad was AMAZING – one of the best I’ve ever had. It was made up of: mixed greens, chili walnut ground, fresh tomato corn salsa, green onions, dehydrated red pepper chips, and drizzled with cashew sour kream. (The cashew sour kream was the best). I even dipped the little chips in it.

2014-05-24 005 2014-05-24 044The smoothie was called ‘Tropical Bliss’ (such a beautiful name eh?). It was bananas, strawberries, pineapple, agave nectar, and water. It was delicious as well.

So in conclusion, my first vegan restaurant experience was amazing, and I cannot WAIT to live in my new house (I fully move in the house in September), but I know I’ll probably go broke spending all my money there haha. Check out their website if you want: http://www.foodforestcafe.com/

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