I learned about Bareburger back in February, and despite living only a few minutes away (walking) it has taken me half a year to get out and try it! Unsurprisingly, I’m glad I did.
Bareburger is not a vegan restaurant, although it has some great, clean-eating, completely vegan options. Their restaurant is organic and GMO-free with salad and burger options. They have three types of vegan patties (sweet potato & wild rice, black bean, and quinoa), which I believe most of my plant-based friends would find incredible, considering many burger joints have questionable veg options at best.
(By the way, if you’re Gluten-Free, they also clearly mark all of their GF meals on their menu)
I ordered their Farmstead burger which features their sweet potato & wild rice patty, cauliflower hummus, tomatoes, and baby kale, all wrapped in a collard green (they have vegan buns too but Lord knows I love my dark leafy friends).
And while I rarely order side-dishes, I decided to order a small jar of sweet pickles for my friend and I to share. They also have dill and spicy pickles, claimed to be a 101-year-old family recipe.
I would definitely go again. Everything was made with fresh, clean ingredients at an affordable price for eating out (my burger was $11.25). Next time, I’ll have to snap a picture of their other vegan burger the Guadalupe (a blackbean burger with red onion, tomatoes, sprouts, and guacamole on a sprout bun)!
This week for the podcast, Laura and I sat in a beautiful park together (so spoilers: there are sounds of children playing and some wind blowing – sorry guys!) to talk about my experience doing my yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, in Northern India. You can listen to the episode through the player above or by subscribing to our iTunes channel.
Laura asked me lots of questions about every aspect of the training, including:
Our daily schedule
The frustrations and challenges of the course and environment
What we ate at the school
The connections I formed with some of my classmates
Some of my misconceptions going into this training
What that part of India was like
I did my yoga teacher training at Rishikesh Yog Peeth which I absolutely loved and would recommend to anyone!
If you have any questions that we didn’t answer on the podcast, leave them in the comments below or get in touch on Twitter or Instagram!
Here is a comprehensive list of everything I ate (and one thing I didn’t eat) on Saturday.
My boyfriend and I arrived around lunch-time and the lines were already growing long for Doug McNish and the Vegan Big Macs from Doomie’s. We agreed to walk around the whole festival before we chose to buy anything. It’s called strategy — I believe in making informed purchases.
VeganFestTO boasted vegan comfort food (although I did see a few salads), craft beer, and wine. We decided ahead of time that we would skip the drinks in favour of sampling more food. Again, strategy.
Sweets From the Earth, a vegan bakery in Toronto that has a nut-free and a gluten-free facility, had posted ahead of time that they were bringing vegan cronut holes – that’s croissant donuts!
I bought seven (more strategy), they were that good. I knew we would be seeing friends later that night and wanted to share, so I had come prepared with a Tupperware container. The cronuts were melt-in-your-mouth, sweet-but-not-too-sweet goodness.
After much hemming and hawing, we decided to skip the longer lines which had formed for popular stalls like Doomie’s, Doug McNish, and NONA in favour of some lesser known vendors. The food was all amazing so it wasn’t a massive sacrifice.
I did ask someone if I could take a picture of her vegan Big Mac. The line up was an hour long and while I didn’t meet a single person who had regretted lining up, I opted out.
We made our way to the Field Roast tent, where they were serving their smoked apple sage sausages with gourmet mustard. The blend of flavours was incredible. I was sad to only eat my half, but there was so much more food to be sampled.
Wood and Water had brought mini cheesecake pops. Vanilla ice cream and cherries encased in chocolate. Delicious, but small, and definitely over too soon.
Our next find was Dishum Dishum where we tried out their Bombay Spiced Black Chickpea wraps.
To be honest I was skeptical of the little crispies on top, but was again blown away by the flavour (as I tried to express in thumbs-up form).
Another pleasant surprise was Vaffles: waffles with vegan ice cream and strawberry topping. Not that waffles aren’t tasty, but I was expecting them to be too sweet. Instead, they were flavourful, quality waffles that any one of my non-vegan friends would happily devour.
Splitting everything with another person was definitely the way to go, because it always left us wanting more.
Our last pick was the crabless crab cakes from Yam Chops. My boyfriend especially loved these, citing the sauce as his favourite part.
I had so much fun at this event. The live music, the crowds, the happy dogs, the delicious food, and the great company made for a beautiful day outside. Unfortunately, I’ve heard that towards the end, a lot of stalls sold out, and the remaining line-ups were insane. We showed up about an hour after the event started, and were able to sample tons of food. Next year, make sure you get there early!
Did you go to VeganFestTO this weekend? I’d love to hear what you tried and what you loved!