Category Archives: restaurant reviews

Eating in Peterborough: The Planet Bakery

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I was visiting Peterborough (Ontario) this weekend and went for lunch with my mom to the Planet. I used to go here all the time before I couldn’t eat gluten. I went back one other time since, and at the time, I think I could only get the chili, everything else seemed to be sandwiches. I was excited to see that they now have some gluten-free options. Unfortunately, the gluten-free bread is not vegan, but the wraps are. The wraps taste like those brown rice wraps you can get frozen at health food stores. I asked if I could get the vegan grilled vegetable sandwich on a wrap instead, and I could! It tasted pretty great.

At the checkout to pay for our meals, my mom got a cookie, and asked the guy at the cash if they had any gluten-free baked goods. His reply? “Gluten-free stuff just doesn’t…uh..taste good.” My mom made sure to let him know that it wasn’t true, she got up in his grill and she pointed at me and said that I make awesome stuff. He said it was too hard for a restaurant to make good tasting gluten-free baked goods. It was kind of disappointing to hear someone who works in a bakery say that, considering I could name off a few bakeries in Ontario that have vegan and gluten-free stuff. Maybe I should start carrying mini cupcakes or donuts in my bag as a comeback for this sort of thing, ha ha.

However, even though there were no dessert items, my meal was still delicious. Also, it is Peterborough, so having a vegetarian restaurant/bakery there is a miracle in itself.

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Eating in Toronto: Starving Artist

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Any place that has vegan and gluten-free waffles gets my vote for awesomeness.  Everything in this place is served on or with waffles. I think they only had one vegan thing on the menu, but it was pretty great, so I don’t care.

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Eating Around Campus: Oakham House Cafe

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Oakham House is one of the student owned places on campus. They have all of their menu items labeled if they are vegan and/or gluten-free. Plus, it is cheap. I think my stir fry was $ 6. The sauce needed some help, but for a cheap meal, I won’t complain too much. They also have a veggie curry and soup options that are vegan and gluten-free. I also saw that they have gluten-free toast, but I’m not sure if it is vegan as well. I will probably come back here again, because the foods is cheap and they actually have some options for me!

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Eating in Toronto: Butler’s Pantry

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I love Butler’s Pantry. They have cheap and delicious food, and they have several vegan options on their menu. Their salad dressing is the best dressing ever!

I almost always get the vegetable bhaji. It is pretty awesome.

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Eating in Toronto: Guu

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Well, the title of this post is a bit misleading, as not much eating took place at Guu, a Japanese tapas-style restaurant. I went to the location in the Annex with a couple of friends. I first looked at the menu and couldn’t see anything that was vegan or gluten-free. I decided to go anyway, because I have always been able to find at least something at every restaurant I’ve been to (even if it is a boring salad or a baked potato). I asked the server what I could have, and apparently the only thing I could eat was the edamame. They didn’t even offer to make anything, which really sucked. I would not recommend this place to anyone looking for a gluten-free and vegan place, sadly.

At least the drinks were ok…..

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Eating in Toronto: Fresh

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If I had to choose a favourite restaurant, Fresh would probably be it. I have all of their cookbooks and always make their recipes at home, but that doesn’t stop me from coming back to the actual restaurant. Their food is so good! This time I went for a special they were having that was basically every burrito filling you could think of in a bowl on rice, topped with hemp seeds. It was awesome. If you find yourself in Toronto, you need to go here. They’ve got a list of menu items that are gluten-few as well, if you aren’t sure what you can get. Go! Posthaste!

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Eating in Toronto: Hogtown Vegan

I have wanted to go to Hogtown Vegan since I first heard that it opened! I finally got the chance a few weeks ago. I went for brunch with Greg. Everything is vegan, but they also have marked what is gluten-free and nut-free. There weren’t too many gluten-free items on the brunch menu, but I would probably eat anything off of their menu!

I had the taco salad. It was good, but I wish I could try something more awesome, like the waffles.

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Greg had the breakfast biscuits: “tofu scramble on flaky biscuits topped with mushrooms, gravy and a fried tomato.” It looked really good, but sadly it wasn’t gluten-free.

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For dessert, I had a gigantic chocolate torte. It was the size of a plate and very rich. Maybe I don’t know what a torte is, but it tasted like a chocolate brownie to me. It was still awesome, but kind of too gigantic. I know, I didn’t think that was possible, either. I could only eat about a third of it, and got the rest to go.

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I really want to go back here for a non-brunch meal sometime soon!

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Eating Around Campus: Urban Herbivore

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I recently started working at Ryerson. Ya! There are rare cases when I don’t bring my lunch, due to the usually terrible options available on campus.

I decided to check out the new Urban Eatery in the Eaton Centre. All of the places use reusable plates and cutlery, which is cool.  A lot of your typical fast food places could be found, with a few exceptions. I was incredibly happy to see that Urban Herbivore was there!

For about 9 bucks, I got a gigantic bowl of quinoa, roasted peppers, tofu salad, heirloom carrots, beets, black bean salad, cucumber dill salad, pumpkin seeds and tahini dressing.

They also had some gluten-free treats, which I haven’t seen them carry before. Definitely a nice change from the usual fast food options!

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Eating in Ottawa: Caprese Part Two

I had to go back to Caprese and try something else from their menu. This time, I had gnocchi and it was probably the best I’ve ever had! We had the same waitress both times and she is really knowledgeable about the ingredients in the dishes and what is vegan or can be made vegan. It is such a relief to be able to go to a restaurant and know that you’ll easily be able to find something to eat.

The only bummer is that the bread (which is supposed to be awesome) and desserts are not vegan. But still, the mains are great, and that is enough to keep me coming back.

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Eating in Ottawa: Midnight Owl

The other day, I decided to visit a cute little coffee shop right by my work called the Morning Owl for lunch. It was really busy and the staff were incredibly friendly. I heard that they had some gluten-free stuff, but it was so busy that I didn’t ask and just got a bean and vegetable salad and an iced tea. It was good and I think it might be the only place around that I can get something half-decent for lunch, so I will probably be back!