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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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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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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!!
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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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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