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#1 Old 06-20-2011, 01:24 AM
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hubby and I are heading to TO July 23-25. we need a mini vacation away just the two of us so we're gonna do some of the touristy stuff we took for granted when we were living in the GTA. it was always "bah we can do that anytime" lol.
so anyway hubby is omni, I'm vegan, we need some ideas for cheap but good places that we can both eat at. we're hitting up the Princess of Wales on the saturday so we need something in that general area so we can grab a bite before the show and just walk to the theater. and just general ideas for the rest of the weekend. we'll mostly be hitting the entertainment district, chinatown and kensington (is that place on augusta still there, ummm king's cafe was it? went there once it had a good vegan selection but i found a hair in my food and the rice was dry like it was reheated. i'd risk trying it again if i can't find anything else in the area), probably eaton centre, and probably wandering CN Tower area and maybe the harbour, and just whatever else catches our interest, no real definate plans other than the show.
also if anyone knows of any cool stuff going on in the city that weekend that won't cost too much let me know ^^ we originally wanted to go during the ex but Blue Man Group is only in town til end of July

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Spring Rolls has a few different locations near touristy places (Dundas Square, Yonge & Bloor, Front Street) and it has a great vegan selection. Pretty affordable, too. It doesn't have a lot of quirky character but it's a safe bet. If you like sushi, you can pretty much walk a block in downtown Toronto and find at least one sushi restaurant, and they always have plenty of veg stuff. King's Cafe is still there in the Market (I think it has the best hot and sour soup of all time) but there's plenty of other stuff around there. You must go to Urban Herbivore (a few blocks north of King's on Augusta) and have a sweet-potato-and-date muffin. They have really good sandwiches too. If you're wandering around Queen Street as well, there's a place called Poutini's at Queen and Ossington that has vegan poutine.

I have to admit that I hardly ever go to omni restaurants so I don't have a lot to suggest for the DH. But I mean, pretty much every restaurant in Toronto has at least one vegan option on the menu, and there's so many ethnic food options that I don't think you'll go hungry.
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Any restaurant in Toronto really. I've never had a problem even if vegan options aren't on the menu they happily make me a vegan dish. Toronto is very vegan friendly, so anywhere you go you shouldn't have a problem. Personally the only place I don't like is the pickle barrel. Even then they weren't rude about it, just confused, and that was a couple of years ago so they have probably gotten better since.

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thanks for the tips.
vegan poutine... hmm i'm intrigued

i didn't try the hot & sour soup at King's, i will have to remember to get it. i love hot & sour soup ^_^ mind you if it's a scorching hot day i might pass lol. trying to remember what i had when i was there before, it was a couple years ago. it was like a bento kind of setup iirc i paid a set price for a certain number of items and i think there was chick'n nuggets or balls or something like that which i remember really liking lol. just the rice was gross, and the hair that came with it haha. the whole experience was poor though unfortunately. it was a hot day so they had the big windows at the front all opened wide and they sat us right at the windows, and as we were waiting for our food a crew came and started tarring a roof across the road. oh the smell. it took forever to get our server's attention to come close the windows and she gave us a dumbfounded look when we asked. other people further back in the restaurant were making comments about the smell too. oh and when i ordered an iced green tea she was really condescending telling me that they make it strong and it's not sweetened etc like i was expecting like a lipton canned iced tea or something. i had to tell her about 3 or 4 times that i knew what i was ordering, i've had it before and yes i like it like that... really. it was good.. i still don't think she believed me lol.
it's one of the things i look forward to when going to the GTA for any reason, i can find proper iced green tea. they don't sell the unsweetened stuff in stores up here, it's just all the sugary junk filled with flavours and additives.

there are so many interesting looking places to eat in chinatown but i've always been afraid to try any because i assume there's generally a language barrier with most of them and i won't know exactly what i'm getting, plus authentic chinese food isn't known for being vegan friendly lol

at least i know i'm fairly safe with lebanese. hubby likes it and i can just always get a veggie wrap with hummus if all else fails (though must remember not to go in certain ones late at night, made that mistake once and got a huge buzz off the ahem "tobacco" from all the hookas while waiting in line. i actually had to leave without ordering cause the food started to look "strange" to me lol)


eta: just remembered i also have been to Magic Oven and wasn't impressed. i don't remember what i ordered except that my impression was that it was only so-so for the amount of money i paid for it, and the portions were so small. there are other locations though so maybe it was just that one (on Wellesley i think?) but i dunno i'll probably avoid it

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#6 Old 06-22-2011, 01:55 PM
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ooh i'll have to do that. i can't get much in the way of cold foods to bring home but i can stock up on snacks at least. they have go max go bars ^_^

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i would suggest the bar Clinton's on bloor and christie. it has a great amount of vegetarian and vegan forms of bar food. like soy drum sticks, chicken nuggets, veggie poutibe, veggie BLT sandwich etc. i am not sure which ones of them are vegan though....but taste awesome and have all the omni bar food as well

and if you go to kensington then basically every restaurant around there would be good for both of you. don't really know the princess of whales area, but as was said before here in toronto it isn't too hard to find a place for both of you
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OOH! I just remembered Rancho Relaxo at College and Spadina. It's an omni Mexican restaurant but practically everything on the menu can be made vegan. They have vegan cheese and sour cream and "chicken" and the whole bit, and the servings are huge.
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ooh mexican *adds to notes* i'll add that bar too. who knows where we'll be wandering when we get hungry so i want to make sure i have a few ideas. and veg drumsticks would be awesome. i'm sure the staff will know which items are vegan

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OOH! I just remembered Rancho Relaxo at College and Spadina. It's an omni Mexican restaurant but practically everything on the menu can be made vegan. They have vegan cheese and sour cream and "chicken" and the whole bit, and the servings are huge.

The last time I was there they also had vegan deep-fried soy ice cream. Mmmmm
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i'm gonna spend a fortune on food on this trip lol. might come back 10 lbs heavier too

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hotel is booked! we're staying at the King Eddy i can't wait, it looks beautiful in the photos and the reviews are all great. good thing i checked, they have a sale ending tomorrow, got a great deal. 4 stars for the same price as the super 8 hahaha

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Hope you have a great time! Let us know where you eat
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thanks
yep i'll try to remember post when we get back. or if we bring the laptop i might post from the hotel even, we'll see

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If you miss going to this restaurant while in Toronto...you have truly missed the best this city has to offer.

http://www.vegetarianhaven.com/site/

Have a great time!!

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If you miss going to this restaurant while in Toronto...you have truly missed the best this city has to offer.

http://www.vegetarianhaven.com/site/

Have a great time!!

ooh lots of yummy-sounding things on their menu. and you can tell how good an asian restaurant is by how many spelling mistakes are on the menu ROFL.
seriously though any dishes you recommend in particular? it's in a perfect area for us so i'll try to convince the meat eater >.< too bad it's not open for lunch on weekends, would be perfect for saturday lunch since we'll probably be wandering chinatown and kensington saturday morning and then hit the fashion district after lunch

we need something fun/cheap to do or see for hubby, any ideas? so far everything on our to-do list is shopping haha poor guy.

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ooh thanks that was helpful. think we'll check out harbourfront there's artsy market-y stuff for me and he can gawk at boats and i assume probably girls in bikinis lol. if we're lucky maybe there will be some live music or something to check out. i'd like to hit distillery district too if we have time since it's super close to our hotel. i saw somewhere that you can take a segway tour lol that would be fun but we'll probably stick with hoofing it
i just hope my back feels somewhat back to normal by friday. i screwed it up at work a week and a half ago. been to the chiro 3 times and it's just now finally starting to feel a bit better. one more adjustment thursday should hopefully do it, just hoping the 4+ hour car ride to TO won't be too painful lol. walking doesn't seem to hurt too much anymore, it's staying in one position either standing or sitting, that kills me. so should be ok as long as we don't get stuck in traffic on the way down
i'm so looking forward to this weekend

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If you miss going to this restaurant while in Toronto...you have truly missed the best this city has to offer.

http://www.vegetarianhaven.com/site/

Have a great time!!

+1. I don't have much of a sweet tooth but the vegan banana split is to die for.
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hmmm i'll try to get there
not into bananas myself but there's other yummy things i wouldn't mind trying lol.

thanks for all the tips, i have a nice list to go by. we'll definately be getting sushi for one meal, most likely the one close to the hotel, but nothing else decided, it's just going to be sort of a when we get hungry we'll find something in whatever area we happen to be in situation :P
anyway we're heading out in the morning. gonna be a hot weekend, hopefully we don't end up with heat stroke lol. i figure if it gets unbearable there's lots of places to kill some time that have a/c. maybe not so much Chinatown, but definately popping into Chapters and the Eaton Centre, can spend lots of time there if need be lol

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I dont know how much you guys are into this but I know a few vegans who go to Riverdale Farm on a regular basis.

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Ooh Riverdale Farm... I like going there
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Do you know where they get their animals from? And/or if they eat the hens eggs or milk the cows?

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good trip all in all. thanks to screwing up my back i spent half our trip money on chiropractor adjustments so i didn't get to do any shopping but still had fun windowshopping anyway. Blue Man Group was amazing as always, and just wandering around Yonge St and some of the shops on Queen, and of course Chinatown and Kensington, is so fun to me. i think hubby was a bit bored but wouldn't admit it lol. it was a bloody hot weekend for it, but whenever the heat would get to us we'd duck into a store for a bit or use the underground path system to get to where we were heading so we could enjoy some a/c. the path is hard to navigate though lol and most of the maps don't have a "you are here" sticker for a point of reference, but twice random strangers stopped and offered directions when were looking hopelessly at the maps lol. can't get over how friendly people are in the city. even when we were picking up the car from the underground parking yesterday the sign said they take visa but turns out they aren't set up for chipcards and we didn't take out cash ahead of time since we figured we could use visa. woops. but the guy trusted us to drive out and use the atm and come back and pay him. unbelievable lol. we could've just taken off without paying, he had no reason to trust us. we couldn't believe someone would be so trusting in the city like that.

anyway. foodwise:
when we first got there friday we hit up the eaton centre and just had a quick lunch at the foodcourt, nothing special. then later in the evening we had no real plans so just wandered yonge street til we got hungry and ducked into an all you can eat sushi place called Aji Sai Sushi (yonge and church-ish) it was pretty good, plenty of veg options, very similar to the all you can eat sushi place we have here at home. ate too much and were glad for the long walk back to the hotel to let things settle lol.
saturday we wandered chinatown and kensington til we got hungry, went to King's Cafe for lunch. we weren't starving (still full from the last night's sushi haha) so we split an order of pan fried dumplings and an order of vegetable and mushroom curry. was really good, even hubby really liked it and actually liked the pieces of seitan in it, he said if i made a stew with it and told him it was beef he wouldn't know the difference. mwuahahaha. then as we were wandering through Kensington some more we passed a little bakery called Miss Cora's that has some vegan stuff so I popped in and got a cookie, which was really yummy. i wanted to get some cupcakes for later but they would have melted in the heat
before the show we figured we'd find somewhere to eat near the theatre. original plan was sushi but since we caved and had that friday we just wandered looking for something that appealed to both of us. hubby was getting frustrated by the lack of options for me in that area so i told him just pick what you want and i'll make do. i wasn't that hungry anyway so just a salad or fries would have been enough. we ended up in Grace O'Malley's. it was dead. for good reason apparently, cause it wasn't very good lol. hubby had some greasy gross pub fries with bacon and cheese or something and i had a veggie wrap (pretty much the only veg menu option). it wasn't horrible but it wasn't good. typical pub food i guess. my side of fries were good but overall we were both pretty underwhelmed. but a lot of the places closer to the theatre were really expensive looking and not very vegan friendly. oh well. the idea was to have a snack before the show and a late dinner after but we weren't really hungry after, we ran into the Second Cup across the street from the theatre to wait out the rain, and then we stopped in at a strange little bar called Origin and had a drink and then went back to the hotel and had some snacks we had brought for the trip. meh.
then sunday we were back in the theatre area when we got hungry but didn't have a ton of time so we ended up in this indian place, i think it was called Dhaba or something like that, they have a lunch buffet. it was really dead in there so we sort of questioned how fresh the food was. they had lots of vegetarian stuff on buffet but most of it has cream in it, i was only able to have channa masala and some pakoras and spring rolls (yes an indian place with spring rolls, what's with that, all of them that we looked at seemed to have spring rolls on the menu). the rolls and pakoras were hard, pretty sure they were reheated from the day before, or even longer. gross. channa was ok but nothing to write home about. pretty disappointing but it was fast and fairly priced so oh well.

that's about it. i wish i had been able to check out more of the suggested places from here but most were too far of a walk and we didn't want to take the subway just to go eat. we looked at the menu for Spring Rolls on yonge but it looked really expensive. probably a better place to go with a bigger group
and i forgot to write down where that store is and didn't see it in our travels so i didn't get to check it out wouldn't have been able to afford much anyway.

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The daily special is almost always satisfying and changes well, daily. Buddhist's Delight is something I enjoy, you MUST get the oyster mushroom appetizer, and the veggie drumsticks. If you like soup, you will be fishing around in the super sized bowl for half an hour gathering bits and bites! The seitan steaks are a nice thing also. You really can't go wrong here.

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woops the indian place we ate at was Kama. there was one called dhaba on the other side of the road, got them mixed up up haha. probably would have had better luck at the other one :P there are so many places to eat along that stretch of King St., it's a shame we ended up with something disappointing.
oh well. King's Cafe was the highlight of the trip as far as food goes, i'd eat there every day if i could. but next time i will try vegetarian haven for sure. might be back in TO in october if i'm lucky

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confirmed we will be back in TO end of october for a concert! but we'll be with my brother and his girlfriend. my bro will try just about anything but his gf is super super picky. it might be tough to find a place i can eat at and she is willing to eat at lol. so far i think we're just going for one day, no overnight stay, so probably just one meal, maybe 2. hoping to find something near the concert but i don't see many options on google. it's at the phoenix. we'll probably be driving though so we can go somewhere a bit further out of our way than before so that should open up our options a bit.
i don't think i could convince them to try an all-veg place though
but then again it's general admission so we want to get there early to wait in line for a good spot, so we might just grab takeout and eat in line, so they can hit wendys or whatever and i can probably convince them to swing by a veg place for me

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Yeh there isn't anything around the Phoenix, its not in the best neighborhood.

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no biggy. i'm not sure what time we want to get in line but i noticed there's a green p lot across the street from the phoenix so we can get takeout and just eat in the car and head over when we see other people showing up or something like that. i have to keep reminding myself it will be much colder than what it is now so we may not want to stand out in the cold for very long (though i did when i saw a show at koolhaus a couple years ago)

I'm singin' here to get rid of fear
Hope it disappears right here with the rain
But I know life is pain, not like a fairytale
Meaningless to pray, so just goin' on my way
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