Posts tagged ‘Restaurants’

April 27th, 2011

Fresh: It’s What’s For Dinner

FIT CHICK Sergeant Laura tried to kill me last night.

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I’m all for challenging workouts but I’m not a fan of speedwork. I’m built for endurance, not speed so when FIT CHICK Sergeant Laura decided to get us to do a class with tabatas I felt like a five year-old who stomped around because she didn’t want to clean her room! Tabatas consist of four minutes of intense interval training. We worked hard and fast for 20 seconds and then had a 10 second break (which felt more like two seconds). After the four minutes was up we would “recover” for four minutes. Chick Sergeant Laura’s idea of “recovery” consisted of activities like wall-sits, walking lunges, chair sits and other such torture, pretty much all with hand-weights.

I sweat more last night than I have since I started two weeks ago!

That being said, I survived it! I felt as if I conquered some beastly dragon (most likely by chair-squatting it to death)! I never thought I would like bootcamp but I’m quickly becoming a convert! I may hate some of the exercises but I always feel amazing afterwards!


One of the first restaurants my best friend took me two when I moved to Toronto four years ago was Fresh. I do believe I’ve blogged about it before but it deserves another mention because it’s become one of my favourite restaurants in the city! I’ve never really had a bad dish here and they introduced me to the world of sweet potato fries (and I never went back) and taught me that vegetarian and vegan cuisine could be amazing. Alan and I even went there on our first real date!

On Friday I headed back over to Fresh to grab some dinner before meeting up with Alan for a flick (Hobo With A Shotgun, anyone?). As part of their contribution to Veggielicious they brought back one of my favourite dishes: The Ninja Bowl!!! I was so saddened when they revamped their menu and took it off, it was a favourite! Although I have the recipe to make it at home (Fresh also has two cookbooks out), I made it once and it took forever due to the amount of special sauces required for the dish (but, I admit, it was totally worth it). The Ninja Bowl was their April special and I knew I was going to have to make it down there again before the month was out!

I started with the Chi-Spa smoothie (unpictured) which contained ginger, dates, apples, soymilk, banana, cinnamon and chia seeds. I hadn’t had it before but it tasted really yummy for something that looked like sludge! Slightly sweet but also filling!

Next up was my lover: The Ninja Bowl!


This puppy contains salad greens, crispy tofu cubes, sun-dried tomatoes, sunflower sprouts, spicy ginger tamari sauce and a wasabi dill dressing on a bed of brown rice. Honestly? It’s the sundried tomatoes, crispy tofu and wasabi dressing that totally makes this dish. I devoured the ENTIRE thing. I couldn’t help it. It also made me want to take a crack at trying to make it again so we’ll see how that goes down!


Finally, I tried to make room for dessert!


What a delight this was! Nice and light (I usually find vegan cupcakes a bit dense) with a hint of molasses and the delicate lemon frosting really complimented the darker flavours of the cake. I was stuffed when I finished but I despereately wanted another one!

I could seriously eat at Fresh every day of my life. I kid you not. So if anyone at Fresh needs a taste tester, you just let me know! :)

What’s your favourite restaurant?!

March 14th, 2011

Thrive Juice Bar

I have to say that there must be a correlation involving inspiring, empowering women and the healthy living/food blogging community. I always leave a blogger meet-up feeling so incredibly grateful to know such amazing women so when Angela invited us out to Waterloo (my old University stomping grounds) to try out Thrive Juice Bar, I jumped at the chance!


Thrive is inspired by Brendan Brazier’s Thrive Diet which emphasizes a vegan lifestyle utilizing whole and superfoods and is becoming quite the movement these days! With that in mind, let’s talk food!

We were greeted with a warm-up of some delicious flatbread and marinated olives (which I had to keep my hands away from as they were quite tasty and I am a huge olive lover).


Next we tested one of their smoothies, the Sangria which contained fresh orange, lemon and lime juice, pineapple, agave, berry gelato, organic pomegranate and blueberry juice! It was a seriously tasty drink!


I also sampled their Lil’ Green juice which contained pear, apple, kale, spinach, lemon and spirulina. It was tart and tangy and just what I needed to recover from a minor cold!


Finally to lunch! After a very hard decision I decided on the Vegetarian Reuben! This beauty is described as: “Lightly toasted organic rye bread with virgin coconut oil, smoked tempeh, vegan sauerkraut, house made dijon mustard and swiss cheese with a vegan dill pickle and vegan potato chips.”

I’m sorry, did you say vegan dill pickle?! What’s NOT vegan about dill pickles?!

I had to investigate!

According to The One Who Knows All (that being Google, naturally)…umm…it’s not sure. All I can find is that Bread & Butter pickles contain sugar and regular, processed sugar isn’t vegan. But as for dill pickles the jury’s still out. Anyone know?!

Regardless, it was a tasty pickle!


This sandwich rocked! I’m not really a huge fan of sauerkraut but this wasn’t very strong and the smoked tempeh was out of this world! I love anything smoked and it really added a boost to the sandwich that blended nicely with the tanginess of the sauerkraut. And can I say how wonderful the bread is? Nice and chewy! This was a fantastic sandwich!

Dessert was a surprise that Danielle brought us! The amazing folk from Sweets From The Earth, a Toronto vegan bakery that I’ve loved for years and Rivi’s Guilt Free¬†Cookies gave her quite a care package to bring to the meet-up! Check it out:


Can you say “spoiled”?!?!

Hidden in that pile o’ goodies is a chocolate vegan cheesecake which Thrive was kind enough to serve (they just started selling Sweets From The Earth products!) with some coconut gelato.


Before we left we also got to sample some ginger tea which I loved so much I brought it all home, boiled up some water and had again!

Needless to say, we all loved Thrive Juice Bar. The staff was incredible, the food even moreso and the inspiration behind it one that is guaranteed to become more widespread. Until they open up a branch in Toronto (hint, hint) I definitely suggest taking the time to drive to Waterloo and check them out!