Tag Archive | toronto

Apiecalypse Now Pizza & Snack Bar – review!

wpid-dsf6817.jpg

A while back, the Apiecalypse Now! bakery storefront on Markham Street shut down to refocus. At a new location, the Apiecalypse Now Pizza & Snack Bar had its grand opening on May 30th. I braved the lineup and grabbed a couple of slices as I was briefly in the ‘hood, but decided to drop back in yesterday for their first regular day of business and sit down for a quiet slice.

wpid-dsf6824.jpg

I am so pleased this new space has a little seating, in the front window nook (this picture was taken from there). It’s nice to have a sit and watch Bloor Street go by, with Christie Pitts park in the distance. The store is counter service, and it’s almost impossible to make a decision considering the amazing offerings of treats like donuts/cupcakes etc, plus the range of pizza slices. Throw the option of a Grains Grains Grains sub into the mix and it’s paralyzing. Deliciously paralyzing.

wpid-dsf6821.jpg

wpid-dsf6819.jpg

I have tried the BBQ Buffalobotomy, the Slayer & the Mac & Charlie. Not only do they have some of the best names ever for their slices (I am quite fond of the Weakerthans nod with ‘Reunion Tour’), they’re filling, flavourful and fantastic. All but the Reunion Tour use Daiya cheese, which I’m okay with – but some folks aren’t partial to it. I wish I’d gotten to try the ‘meaty’ Pig Destroyer Destroyer, but the slices I’ve had have used soy curls to my tastebuds’ pleasure. Below, the BBQ Buffalobotomy (L) and Slayer (R).

wpid-dsf6823.jpg

And, um, best condiments ever? I put hot sauce and nooch on almost everything, so I’m the #1 fan of this.

wpid-dsf6825.jpg

Not only are there terrific pizza slices and treats, but you can grab merch (buttons, mugs), Go Max Go candy bars and jars of the wonderous Magic Vegan Bacon Grease, there’s also a soft serve machine, with vanilla and chocolate available!

wpid-dsf6820.jpg

wpid-dsf6818.jpg

We’ve been spoilt with it at Bunners in Kensington Market for a while, but I do really like the option of all sorts of great sauces and sprinkley things. I got a sundae rather than a cone, so I could have peanut and fudge sauce with Oreo crumbles on mine. I’d like the soft serve to be creamier, but it was great all the same. I should’ve gotten vanilla/choc swirl!

wpid-dsf6827.jpg

I’m looking forward to seeing how this great little place develops, and if they will integrate any of the bakery’s cooler offerings (like the great sauces, dressings etc especially) in the near future. I have also heard talk of testing a gluten free crust, so I hope that appears soon – I love gluten, but would like to eat there with my vegan allergy-ridden pals.

Make sure to stop by and grab a slice/treat/sundae to take to the park, or order a whole pizza even. I think I will, next time.. Basically, just say FUCK YES to this amazing new vegan place.

Hours for the store are:

Monday — Closed.
Tuesday–Saturday 1200-23:30
Sunday 1200-20:00

Accepts debit and cash. (And possibly credit? I didn’t check.) And no delivery – yet? 🙂

Advertisements

Throwback.. Tuesday?

I keep meaning to finally follow up my initial ramblings about Halifax with the rest of that trip’s photos, but they’re on my external hard drive which means.. I forget, a lot. So instead, I’d like to share some pre-blog photos just for your visual fancy and a little nostalgia. (One day I’ll get all my actual, physical photos back from Australia and scan them. Wouldn’t that be rad?)

That time when I climbed to the top of York Minster.

It’s pretty weird looking out over a skyline and seeing pyramids in the distance. Cairo, 2008.

I love how present parts of the Berlin Wall are all around the city there. Incredible transformative effect. Berlin, 2008.

Roadside America is strange and wonderful. On our way out of South Dakota, 2009.

Sweet art on the street, NYC 2010.

Colourful symmetry, Toronto 2010.

Palenque, Mexico. This trip, 2002, seems like a lifetime ago.

St Kilda, Melbourne. This is so Melbourne to me! I miss that place. 2006.

Digital Dozen, for your viewing pleasure.

Hello once again for your sort-of weekly link distraction.

These miniature street dioramas are almost hard to believe. So detailed and tiny. And gritty!

I am seriously considering dropping some money on a galaxy bedding set, because – why wouldn’t you want space all over you while you sleep? Exactly.

These flipbooks are hypnotic and amazing. I’m not sure I could pay this much for them, but they’re seriously cool.

I’m a sucker for gorgeous, colourful and neatly ordered photos. So this is like candy to me. The artist’s Tumblr is full of beautiful images too.

Imagine how lovely city streets would  be with manhole covers like these, from Japan.

Although Think Geek are a little overpriced & annoying with their email marketing, they have cool stuff. Like these. I want ’em for my desk at work.

And of course, I can never stop at one Adventure Time mention. Look at this great gallery of tattoos!

Would it be weird to have lots of clocks? Because I want lots of these ones. SO many. Especially this one, even if it is super-new TMNT.

Hey Toronto. You’re lookin’ good.

These are such wonderful, sometimes subtle, photoshops of Star Wars in the real world.

I am quite fond of this artist’s work, making tongue-in-cheek museum labels for the outside world.

This is in the realm of “I don’t even understand how this can be a thing” art. The detail is amazing.

Things I Love Thursday – long overdue!

Oh, hello there! It’s Thursday. I used to do this much more often, so it’s time to crack on and get back into it! Let’s start with..

Excellent socks. There’s now a sock-only shop here in Toronto which has awesome stuff. I gave and received many cool socks this holiday season, among them were these:

These are my ringing in the new year socks. Yup. (I got cool stuff in my stocking from Adam)

A post shared by Nicole (@iheartmuseums) on

 

Next of all, I love museums! Now, shush. I know this is an obvious one, but my firey love has been stoked by my new job at the ROM and getting to visit the collections. I love museum collections so much! There’s a special feeling about them. Plus I get to see cool things:

 

All the delicious food I get to eat daily, weekly, yearly! Looking back over my Instagram feed is like a delicious feast. I’ve never been happier to be vegan and enthusiastic about cooking, and living in an amazingly vegan-friendly city. It’s why we get to enjoy delicious treats each Saturday when we visit Bunners in Kensington (who I LOVE LOVE LOVE) for a start:

Pot pie puff excitement!

A post shared by Nicole (@iheartmuseums) on

 

Speaking of food, this soup! OMG. I love it. Southern style black eyed bean and collards, just for new years. Plus it’s hella cold here right now.

I love this new giant scarf I got at American Apparel cheap on Boxing Day. Keeps me so warm.

wpid-20150107_180125.jpg

And then.. this smushface pup. N’aw.

Happy new year, with some random photos.

Hello all! welcome to the new year. I haven’t forgotten about blogging just yet. I used to do a more frequent random drop of photos, so here’s a few from fairly recently. More to come!

Back when I was working at 500px, one of our team outings was to a Second City show. It was great, and I was doubly excited to see these photos of Colin Mochrie, who I love, in the random old photos of previous Second City actors.

Lookit! So wee.

Back in the summertime, when there were outside hangouts for games. Jake hangs with us.

Jake in Sean’s backyard.

Grange Park in the fall.

Many of you will know that I’ve recently started working at the Royal Ontario Museum, which is pretty great! I am there in an administrative/executive assistant capacity and it’s amazing to get to go to work in such a fantastic institution every day. And I really love the building.

One of the lions outside the old museum entrance on Avenue Rd.

Buddha statue in the Asian gallery area at the ROM.

I’ve been getting to see a lot of the collection spaces too! That’s especially great, because it’s where my interest in museums really lies.

Wartime cigarette packaging mascot, Rex Woods. (In the Canadian collection.)

Some totally badass assassin weapons in the Asian collection.

Also I know I shared this already on social media, but it’s me getting to hold some Mars rock and Moon rock and some of the oldest Canadian rock so whatever!

More wandering photos..

Beautiful windows in the U of T campus.

I love old doors.

Like, really love them.

Hey little guy.

And here’s me looking goofy with Jake.

Fried Crawl – the great eatening of July 2014

A while ago my friend Marissa & I decided “Hey, wouldn’t it be awesome if we tried out a few of the fried mushrooms on offer in vegan cafes/restaurants around Toronto? Or, just generally deep fried foods in general. Yes, yes it would be awsome.” And the ‘Fried Crawl’ idea was born. We narrowed it down to a handful of places in the West End (to make traversing the route easier) and set a date!

First stop was Green’s Vegetarian at the edge of Kensington Market. One of the more decent places in Toronto for vegetarian Chinese food, we knew already they had top-notch fried goods. To pace ourselves, we decided sharing all the dishes would be ideal – so we got an order of the Deep Fried King Mushrooms with Pepper Salt, plus some of their fried soy fritters (closer to nuggets, really). The mushrooms have a great, fluffy/crunchy batter that’s dusted with chili flakes & salt and are incredible. The soy nuggets were breaded and crispy, but nice and soft and proteiny on the inside. Win!

Deep Fried King Mushroom with Pepper Salt, splashed with dipping sauce on my plate.

Deep Fried King Mushroom with Pepper Salt, splashed with dipping sauce on my plate.

Crispy fried soy fritters.

Crispy fried soy fritters, after we’d helped ourselves to a bunch already.

After that it was a short walk on Dundas over to Cafe 668, a place I’d been to a couple of times already and mostly enjoyed. We went for the Mini Taro Wrap, the deep fried dumplings and the deep fried mushrooms. I love the taro wraps (it’s not a flavour/texture I get to enjoy often), and the dumplings were pretty good. The batter on the mushrooms was nice, but they were whole cap cremini (or something similar) and I felt like they were too large/moist once you got through the crunchy batter.

Mini taro wraps on a plate with dipping sauce

Mini taro wraps

Deep fried veggie dumplings on a plate with sauce

Deep fried veggie dumplings

Deep fried mushrooms on a plate with sauce

Deep fried mushrooms

And our little side plates at Cafe 668 were so perfect to lay out a modern art fried piece that I couldn’t resist:

Fried crawl!!! #vegan #vegansofig #fried

A post shared by Nicole (@iheartmuseums) on

As a nice halfway break, we’d decided to walk to our next location – Hogtown Vegan up on Bloor. They’d just opened up at their new location a little further west (near Dufferin) and it was great to see the new, larger space. We crammed into a booth (at this point there were 7 of us!) and decided on sharing some tofu ‘wings’, fries supremacy and their deep fried shiitake mushroom ‘clams’. I don’t know what the hell a clam tastes like but I could care less, because the shiitake are awesome. – I think the thinner type of mushroom is just nicer deep-fried, and their batter is a good ratio of covering and crunch. I loved the fries, as always, but was disappointed in the ‘wings’ that night – we’d asked for Buffalo and there was nary a spicy taste to it in my opinion (but the crunchy breading was terrific, which was a positive).

Fried tofu in a basket with sauce and carrot/celery sticks

Tofu ‘wings’

Deep fried shiitake mushrooms with sauce and celery/carrot sticks

Deep fried shiitake mushrooms

Basket of fries with 'cheese' sauce, a creamy sauce and green onions

Fries Supremacy

We lost a good few people after that, as many had reached peak fried levels or had other stuff to get to. We soldiered on to the nearby dive bar, Disgraceland. They have a surprisingly vegan-friendly menu – I’ve been mostly for brunch, so it was great to try some of the apps late in the evening. Fried mushrooms were naturally on the list, and we also got the deep-fried pickles and popcorn tofu. Again, these were whole cap cremini-ish mushrooms which meant I enjoyed them a little less even though the batter was pretty good and a nice spicy soy sauce to dip in. The deep fried pickles were terrific! They had a crunchy breading and some vegan mayo for dipping – I was not sure I’d like hot pickles, but it was terrific. The popcorn tofu was ‘KFC’-style, so in a herby breading which was delicious and crunchy. It came with some gravy (a little watery) for dipping and coleslaw (sad and disappointingly unflavourful) too.

Fried mushrooms with spicy soy dipping sauce on a plate

Fried mushrooms

Deep fried pickles with mayo on a plate

Deep fried pickles

Popcorn Tofu with gravy & coleslaw on the side

Popcorn Tofu with gravy & coleslaw on the side

I made it to the last bite without feeling too overwhelmed with gross greasiness, and I think getting the limited number of apps to share amongst us all really helped with that. It meant we all got nice variety out of it! After it all I felt pretty fine, maybe just a little food hungover in the morning but honestly no worse than any other rich meal I’ve had before. But I’m not sure I’d do it all again in one go – maybe pick a couple of places in the East End to try next time but keep it simpler and smaller. Thanks for the fun vegan junk/comfort food outing though, Toronto! You’re good to us.

Thursday & the things I love today! TILT returns, and so do I.

Well, well. Here I am again, back at the helm! So far June’s been a pretty busy, challenging time for me, so writing even the basics here has not been a priority. I started a new job just at the end of May, and then on the 1st of June we moved apartments. I would recommend to anyone that this is not the greatest idea in the world, but it just kinda worked out that way. At least it’s all out of the way and summer can get on, now!

So to kick off this first TILT of the summer, let’s give some love to my new place! We’re still not fully unpacked and organized, but the important stuff is there, and we have a totally sweet new couch! It’s a nice little one bedroom, north facing, and in the ‘hood with Grange Park and the Art Gallery of Ontario! And I love that it’s such a short walk to work for me!
We’ve spent a lot of our downtime between unpacking playing a lot of Mario Kart 8. Oh man, is it ever fun! I have slowly been improving since I first sat down to play, but Adam still beats me every time. Just like at board games! I can swear loudly a lot more when sitting down to a Grand Prix of Mario Kart 8, though 😀 The best part of the release of this game has been the wonderful video captures and GIFs of Mario Kart TV, showing fantastic driver reactions. Especially Luigi’s death stare. I love it so much.
Toronto is still rockin’ on being a great city for vegans, and this weekend will be no exception! The city’s first vegan pop up market is happening on Sunday June 15th. I am so looking forward to going to an event like this, that I know is curated to contain great vendors, and that I can walk around happy to spend my money knowing it won’t compromise my values. Hoorah! Maybe you’ll come too?
Last of all, I love that the snacks at work contain delicious vegan options, including Cocoa Camino’s wonderful dark chocolate peanut butter bars. Mmmmm. Sugar fuel and happiness.