Sunday was a great day.
Well, aside from finding out that my ‘vertically growing spinach’ had gone to seed and BOLTED! Nooooooo.
After reading up on it, I guess it is quite common. I had no idea this was a risk-factor for spinach! Gardening is a practice of trial and error I guess.
There was quality time with Mom…
Very successful oil-free baking…(coming soon!)
Crate & Barrel
Whole Foods Mississauga (opening in July)
Square One Mall.
Fresh Restaurant in Toronto
A belated birthday dinner courtesy of mom at my favourite vegan restaurant!
Middle Eastern Plate appetizer made up of golden falafel balls with a crunchy exterior and pillowy interior, hummus, tahini, toasted organic whole wheat pita, fresh herbs, and olives:
A DREAM to the taste buds!
I ordered the Flu Fighter juice made up of Celery, Kale, Carrot, Garlic, lemon, ginger, cayenne, and Echinacea. It’s served hot like tea and was perfect on this chilly and cloudy day! This is one of my all-time favourite juices at Fresh.
Hot lemon tea for mom and Eric had the Lucky Charm smoothie made up of raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, and mango.
Mom had the Mushroom Onion burger with sautéed mushrooms and onions, tomato, lettuce, sprouts, cheese, and vegan mayo, along with sweet potato fries.
Eric and I both ordered the Grilled Vegetable and Pesto wrap with grilled red pepper, zucchini & sweet potato with pesto, vegan mayo, tomato, lettuce, cucumber, red onion & sprouts along with fries:
Happy bellies ensued!
It wouldn’t be complete without a vegan cupcake and brownie…
This cupcake was a BASIL and cherry flavour! The basil was very pronounced in the frosting. It was strange and we weren’t sure if we liked it, but somehow it vanished from the plate! Funny how that works…
The flavour combo reminded me of something you’d see on Cupcake Wars!
I forgot to get a picture of the vegan walnut brownie (aka: we inhaled it).
Today is the last day of mom’s stay, so we’re off to make it a good one. See you soon with a yummy oil-free sweet bread recipe! Have a fantastic start to your week!
I’ve been following your blog for a couple months now—-love your photos, your positive outlook and your glow :) My husband and I have tried a few of your recipes and they’ve all turned out really well. Most recently, I made your No-Bake Chocolate Torte for an Early Father’s Day celebration and it was FABULOUS! It’s difficult to find vegan-gluten-free desserts in general (my husband’s also allergic to oats) and your torte was perfection. We’re actually planning on making mini-tortes in 1-cup lidded containers, freezing them for a few days and bringing them on our family camping trip (yes, we are loathe to skimp on good food even when we’re in the great outdoors). I’ve never commented on your blog before, but today I just HAD to because I want to ask you—WHERE did you get the necklace you’re wearing in these photos?! It is lovely and SO fun and looks perfectly chic with your outfit.
Hi Bernadette! Thank you so much for your kind comments about my blog! Glad to hear you are enjoying the recipes so much. :) The necklace was a gift from my mother in law…Im not sure where she got it. Sorry about that! If I remember I will ask her next time I see her. :) All the best, Ange
I’m registered at Crate and Barrel for my wedding. Feel free to check out the list! (;
That vegan restaurant looks amazing. Especially that middle eastern platter, yay for falafel!
That middle eastern plate looks AMAZING.
Sorry to hear about your spinach. Gardening in Calgary is suicidal. Nice picture of you and your Mom.
Angela! I went to Fresh on Sunday too! It was just for a slice of their carrot cake though! :D That wrap is one of my favourites! I also love the Kathmandu wrap! Everything there is sooooo yummy. I am definitely going to try that smoothie the next time I go.
You and your mom are so beautiful and look so much alike!
That food looks amazing! I would kill to have a vegan restaurant near me! So sorry to hear about your spinach…this is my first year gardening as well, and it’s so exciting to see everything growing!
GAH that middle eastern plate is basically my idea of the perfect meal. I’m sitting in the airport drooling at your fabulous dinner. I only have pretzels to much on here!
Mmmmm Fresh is my favourite vegan place too…. and now your photos have me craving it for dinner tonight!
I’m SO excited about Wholefoods opening at Square One. Just today I drove all the way to Oakville and of course hit traffic on Ford Dr.
What an awesome day! Now I want falafel, mmm!
That cupcake sounds awesome! Definitely something from cupcake wars!!! Haha, you should create a crazy recipe like that!
I see that you’re wearing a necklace from mark! Awesome! I love to see that as I am a mark representitive!
It’s so strange to see pictures of Square One and Fresh on your blog! You must live quite nearby! And I can’t believe you had a belated birthday dinner at Fresh … I went there for my birthday in mid-May. Crazy. When I went, their feature cupcake was Strawberry Lavender from Sweets From The Earth bakery. It was lovely. My dish at Fresh is always the Green Goddess – tempeh is a bit of a treat for me, and the kale/bok choy/nori/tamari/ginger flavour combo is incredible!