The last day of November… what do you mean?
This month has seriously flown by ~ I’m starting to feel a little behind as the holidays approach and my work schedule gets busier. Given time constraints, today’s post will be a brief look into my new favourite restaurant here in Toronto – one that all of you should try when given the chance!
This past week I had the pleasure of entertaining my good friend Tessah who was visiting from Victoria. Our time was filled with great conversations, walks around the city, and MANY delicious meals. Everyday we found some reason to celebrate. The trouble with travelling (or in this case touring around) is that you end up dining out wayy to often. Big portions and greasy food don’t provide the right nutrients to adequately experience the city ~ so naturally we were searching for something more. Luckily for me Tessah is also vegetarian so she was very down to try out veggie-friendly hot spots.
Fresh is a local Toronto restaurant and juice bar that attracts patrons from all over the city. The atmosphere is buzzing, the food is unreal and the price point is affordable ($10-15 per entree). Their menu is jam packed with whole ingredients that make up salads, veggie burgers, tempeh BLT’s, vegan burritos, noodle bowls and more (take a look at the full menu). I guarantee anyone skeptic of vegetarian or vegan food will have a change of heart after trying this. We were both so happy eating that we really couldn’t talk about much else. It was so nice to have an entire menu catered to our healthy habits. Yum yum yum!
My salad show in the left pic below was a mix of steamed kale, sproutes, nuts quinoa, goji berries, cilantro, carrots and tofu all dressed in a delicious ginger dressing. The small yam discs were also a nice warm addition to the meal. Tessah enjoyed a Thai dish with soba noodles, zucchini, tomatoes, tofu and a yummy sauce – which I also had the pleasure of tasting. Needless to say by the end of the night we were looking forward to returning another another time to try something else.
As it turns out one of the locations is just two blocks up from my work. This is good and bad given that I am trying to pack lunches. But the other day during my 12 hour shift I walked up to grab a green juice detoxifier (shown right) – and it definitely gave me the energy fix to survive a very long day.
So I can’t afford to dine here everyday, but the good news is they have a few cookbooks! These gems have now made their way to my Christmas wishlist ~ as I am desperate to learn how to recreate such amazing meals. The three books are Fresh: New Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes, Fresh at home and reFresh: Contemporary Vegan Recipes. I have browsed the pages and the recipes look very accessible.
Now that my guest has departed I am taking a week to cleanse my consumption. Only packed lunches and herbal teas until the next guest arrives and I have another excuse to visit Fresh. Already can’t wait. If you’re ever in Toronto there are locations at Bloor St West, Spadina and on Crawford near Queen St West ~ details here.
Leave comments with amazing restaurant locations in other cities! I would love for all of us to have healthy options when visiting new places.
Have a great week!