The Fried Crawl ~ Vegan Style

The Fried Crawl was a (fantastic) idea my friends Marissa and Nicole had. Instead of the traditional Pub Crawl, a group of us visited four restaurants in Toronto that serve up delicious deep fried vegan goodness! People came and went (I only went to three of the four restaurants myself), but everyone ate yummy food and enjoyed the company of good friends.

#1- Greens Vegetarian Restaurant

Sadly, I didn’t get any pictures of the food we ordered at Greens. I was too hungry to think of taking out my camera. I had eaten light all day in preparation, and had a long walk to the restaurant due to diverting streetcars. So, no food porn, but honestly the Deep Fried King Mushroom with Pepper Salt were probably my favourite dish of the whole night. The best fried mushrooms for sure! We also had the Cripsy Soya Fritters as well to start us off. There was five of us at the first stop.

#2 – Café 668

Second stop and we’re joined by one more person, who saved us a table on the patio.

3Cafe668The Deep Fried Mushrooms weren’t a hit with me, especially compared to the mushrooms at Greens.

1Cafe668The Deep Fried Dumplings weren’t bad, but I don’t think I would order them again.

FriedAll in all, I wasn’t impressed with Café 668′s fried food offerings. Even though I LOVE taro, the Mini Taro Wraps weren’t a fav. Of course there were other fried foods we didn’t try. Perhaps Café 668 will pop up on a future Fried Crawl (why should we stop at just one?) and I’ll find something I really like there.

#3 – The Hogtown Vegan

Next up, Hogtown Vegan at their new location! (Too bad the sidewalk is all torn up.) We are again joined by another person, bumping out party up to 7 but we all squeeze into a booth anyways.

1HTVThe Buffalo “Wings” with Chipotle Ranch dipping sauce was super yummy.

2HTVThe Shiitake Fried “Clams” came in a solid second for my favourite deep dried mushrooms of the night, plus more Chipotle Ranch didn’t hurt.

3HTVCan’t forget Fries Supremacy! Fries topped with nacho “cheese”, fakin’ bits, sunflower sour cream and green onions. Yum!

I must say, after all of the fried food I’d eaten, I was really happy to have some of those carrot and celery sticks too. Alas, I didn’t make it to the fourth stop on the crawl, Disgraceland, because I had to leave for Wiarton in the morning. I was pretty fried out as it was though. After a quick stop at a friend’s to pick up my Portland purchase (2 packs of Earth Balance Mac and Cheese *drools*) I rolled on home.

~Laura

Picnic on the Island ~ Weekend in Review

Island WeekendOn Saturday, a few friends and I headed over to Hanlan’s Point on the Toronto Island for a vegan potluck picnic. I didn’t have an advance ticket so I showed up early to wait in the LONG line. Luckily, it moved quite quickly and I was ready and waiting 20 minutes before we were suppose to meet. Good thing I brought my Kobo! Continue reading

Singing Sands ~ Bruce Peninsula National Park

On Monday, Chad and I decided to go to Singing Sands, a sandy beach on Dorcus Bay that is part of Bruce Peninsula National Park near Tobermory. Thankfully, we got there pretty early. We got a parking space and didn’t run into too many people while we were hiking. By the time we left though, the place was PACKED. Holiday weekends, geesh!

FenFirst things first, we walked the short Boardwalk Loop that goes over a fen. A fen is an alkaline mire, a type of wetland, with some drainage. Continue reading