Lots of summer face-stuffing! Plenty of food porn.

As a food-enthusiastic person, I’m lucky to live in a super-vegan-friendly city & also have a bunch of wonderful vegan friends who are just as food enthusiastic as me! (I met a lot through my knitting group, and we do much more going out to eat than knitting anymore when we get together!). Without much of a disposable income, making tasty stuff at home & for sharing is mostly what i’m up to, but every so often splurging on what Toronto has to offer!

Brunching at Hogtown Vegan: I’ve tried two new things from the brunch menu since the last time (ohhhh peanut butter banana french toast!), and both were great! I loved the texture and flavour of the ‘omelette’ and the filling was incredible – I would’ve like more mushrooms, but it was very tasty. The BLT uses the crispy tofu ‘bacon’ they have on the club & on the PB-french-toast brunch item, and it’s just a nice basic sandwich – but man, I would’ve loved a brown bread option (I went with white cos I don’t like rye) without it having been fried on the grill, too. And ALWAYS HOME FRIES as a side. Although my friend Laura suggests upgrading to the Caesar is awesome.

Mushroom Omelette with Home Fries

Vegan BLT with Home Fries

A simple breakfast with local berries & maple syrup on Canada Day:

GF Waffles & Berries

I had cilantro (fresh coriander, southern hemispherians) and parsley in the fridge for some reason, so made a big batch of chimichurri sauce from this PPK recipe. It’s such a fresh and flavourful sauce! It’s really nice to marinate tempeh in this (although i’m sure it’d be great with beans or tofu), and we made use of it for a couple of tasty summer meals (although the corn was a bummer).

Tempeh chimichurri, sweet potato home fries, sauteed green beans & steamed corn.

Rice bowl with steamed veggies (green beans, brocolli & sweet potato), fresh avocado slices, chimichurri & sauteed asparagus.

Cool treats – although we’ve made good use of our popsicle mold at home, there’s some lovely sweet cool summer treats on offer out there at the moment. One particularly hot day in the Junction I sampled the following.

Augie’s Ice Pops! (click image to find out more) Mine on the left was watermelon mint, and my friend Marissa got a rhubarb & something one.

 

Vegan/GF ice cream sandwich from Bunner’s Bake Shop – it was a bit too much cakey sandwich and not enough ice cream for me 😦

The best thing about get togethers is seeing what people bring and the amazing spreads that happen at BBQs and potlucks. My friends Andrew & Val were nice enough to host a BBQ in their shady backyard a few weeks ago & share with us some of their stunt-meat hauls from the US; I made a potato salad I forgot to photograph & my friend Laura brought a growler of homebrew kombucha which is the most delicious i’ve ever had! Mmm. (She also wrote a far superior account of the BBQ which you should check out.)

Earth Balance puffs – these were a white cheddar flavour, and so good! I’d inhale an entire bag given a chance.

 

Butler’s Soy Curls with a homemade buffalo sauce, taco style! Such a good texture & Andrew’s sauce was a perfect addition.

 

BBQ sauce-y Beyond Meat on a sandwich. Can’t believe this is gluten free too! Great texture and I could eat the BBQ sauce version Andrew threw together always.

The weather’s been perfect for getting outdoors without being too horribly hot/sunburny – so some friends and I took advantage of this to spend a lovely afternoon picnicking on the Toronto Islands! I took a photo of the whole spread, but here’s the first of a few bowls I powered through. You should read about how Laura made these incredible little pickles perched on top of it all, too! Finished up with snacking on flavourful raw granola bites (they’re candy-like!!) and some donuts. Mmmm. Best vegan friends bring the greatness.

Lentil crackers, seed crackers, red pepper hummus, green bean and dill dip, bean salad, eggless tofu salad & those beautiful watermelon pickles! AMAZING.

Vegan/GF donuts were my contribution! Here’s a chocolate glazed one in the sun.

 

I’m off to Winnipeg later next week, so I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on some of the fantastic vegan food in that city, too! Thanks for being so delicious, summer.

 

 

 

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One response to “Lots of summer face-stuffing! Plenty of food porn.”

  1. quavehead says :

    You’re a guru when it comes to this, aren’t you? That’s amazing. And chimichurri, I want to make that!!!
    Hope your upcoming trip works great for you… and your taste buds. 🙂

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