I tried a little something different for my cheat last week. Instead of the Friday night to Saturday afternoon sweet binge, I planned a last minute food-venture down Bloor Street in Toronto; hitting a number of spots I’ve been meaning to check out.
Just one quick rant before I get into all the amazing things I got because I came across this saltiness more than once… The reason why someone might ask if something or everything on your menu is vegan, is because outside of the city, the rest of us in the GTA don’t have access to the quality and quantity of fresh vegan eats that you do. We are used to going over the menu with a fine tooth comb for the one or two vegan options, to asking the waitress to confirm with the chef that there are no animal ingredients in our meals and we never assume that when something says ‘cheese’ if DEF means non-dairy cheese. No matter how many times you get asked this question you should answer with pride…
Knowing that you are part of a business that is not only successful financially but also in spreading a message of kindness and compassion for all living creatures.
So leave the saltiness at home. Okay. Rant over. Let’s get to the good stuff.
My first stop was Rawlicious. While there were a few things I wanted to try, I needed to save room and just ordered the sliders. They were alright but TBH I think I’m just not a raw type of girl.
Next up was Apiecalypse Now! I was (and still am) drooling at their vegan pizza but I was more interested in treats on this visit. Specifically donuts. I love me some fucking donuts but I haven’t had one since going vegan, so you already know what it was about when I walked in there and laid my eyes on their selection. I got the Cookies ‘n’ Cream donut. Fuck. Sooooo good. I also grabbed a Simpsons donut which literally looks like the donut from the Simpsons with the pink glaze and the sprinkles. No pic as evidence since I ate it in the car when I got back to Sheppard West Station and ended up with a pink disaster all over my face, my lap and the driver’s seat. Ooops.
Next stop was Bloomer’s. I had the Rose Pistachio donut and a ginger soda. There was a ton of other things I wanted to try here but again, I needed to save the room. All kinds of proper food and I’m DEF going back. Not to mention that there was a pretty big seating area, it was air conditioned at a comfortable temperature and had a giant garage door which was closed but I can imagine just how chill that spot is in the evening. Anyway, back to the Rose Pistachio donut… THIS. THING. WAS. THE. SHIT. Just omg! Fucking heaven. So much pleasure on my face as I ate it that a girl standing at the counter noticed and pointed it out to me – so embarassing but we had a giggle about it. If I visit no where else again, I will fo sho visit Bloomer’s (again and again).
My last bakery stop was Through Being Cool Vegan Bakery. They also seem to have a pretty good selection of donuts, though as I was there late in the afternoon, there wasn’t much left. I had my fill of donuts at this point though, and settled on one strawberry and one tiramisu tart. Both were delicious but I prefer the tiramisu, probably just because that’s another dessert I haven’t had since going vegan. I’d visit here again but earlier in the day so I could have my pick of the donuts.
The last two places I visited were Good Rebel vegan grocery and The Vegan Imperative. We’ll get into the goodies I picked up there on a later post!