Hibiscus Cafe

12305656_10204614863685937_1140597367_nA few weeks ago, I escaped a windy afternoon in Toronto by joining our friend Gabby at Hibiscus Cafe in Kensington Market.

It was the first time I had ever been (as there is often a line-up to get a seat, which is always bittersweet for me when it comes to veg restaurants). The menu at Hibiscus is gluten-free, vegetarian, and organic.

Gabby and I sat by the window, which was lovely as even in the fall a lot of light comes in.

It’s very unusual for me to order a salad — I’m not much of a salad person, and I had actually wanted to go to Hibiscus after seeing someone post a photo on Instagram of their vegan dulce de leche crepe — but when I read the description for Hibiscus’ salad I made my decision.

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The ingredients listed on their menu are just the tip of the iceberg for this 42-ingredient salad. FOURTY-TWO. I ordered it with a side bowl of their butternut squash soup. At $12.50 I definitely felt that I had received my money’s worth.

She ordered the vegan mozzarella, tomato, basil, spinach, and mushroom crepe, which was also delicious.

I completely understand why Hibiscus is such a popular spot now. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly, and despite its popularity, I felt as though Gabby and I had plenty of space to ourselves.

I can’t wait to go back this winter for something sweet and comforting (I’ve got my eye on the chocolate hazelnut crepe)!

— Laura

Episode 53: Doing a 10 Day Juice Detox

Hi friends!

Thanks for stopping by, we so appreciate it. Today on the show, we’re discussing my experience doing a 10 day juice detox adventure! It was an interesting challenge but I made it through in one piece and actually learned a lot. You can listen to the episode through the player below or by subscribing to us on iTunes! While you’re over on iTunes, we would love it if you would leave us a review. More reviews means we can reach more people!

Laura had a lot of questions, mostly about why on Earth we decided to stop eating solid food for so long. I don’t really blame her, but the honest truth of it is that juicing for that long is really not that hard. Mentally it’s a bit annoying not to eat food, but physically we were really fine. Tune into the episode to learn more about my experience and check out the shownotes below:

  • We were inspired to do this juice cleanse by the awesome documentaries Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and the sequel (which are both on Netflix!)
  • We used the 5 day reboot from Reboot With Joe’s plans. That one doesn’t seem to be up on the website anymore, but I’d suggest checking out the 3 or 10 day plan!
  • Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Life journey is hugely inspiring, whether or not you want to do a long-term juice cleanse or not.
  • If you’re ever in Otavalo, Ecuador, check out the miraculous (to us!) café that served us fresh green juice when we were hurting for it on the go. It’s the little things. :)
  • Check out my blog post here to read more about this experience and the ten lessons I learned from it.

Thanks so much for listening friends! We love having you here in this community. Find us on Twitter and Instagram!

-Steph

An Evening on the Patio at Vegetarian Haven

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Coconut Curry Bowl

A few weeks ago, Laura and I had a sleepover at her cute little apartment! The Podcast Boyfriend was away for the weekend so we had the place to ourselves to talk about love, record an episode of the podcast, drink tea, make food, watch a movie and just hang out. That’s the kind of quality time we miss when we’re not living in the same city, and it was so wonderful to just be around each other again.

It was a beautiful summer night, so in the evening we walked over to Vegetarian Haven, one of Laura’s favourite restaurants. It’s on Baldwin, a quiet street in Toronto with plenty of fairy lights, and we got a little table out on the patio to enjoy the lovely end-of-summer weather. It was a busy place but not a loud one, apart from the sounds of a squirrel falling out of a tree onto a parked car (it was fine). We had amazing service: an explanation of the specials, displayed on a small table in the entrance before we were seated, detailed descriptions of the various drinks, and attentive waitstaff throughout our meal.

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We ordered Laura’s two favourites and shared them: the Spicy Bali Stir-Fried Rice Noodles, and the Spicy Coconut Curry, served over rice.

The Bali noodles come with a ton of fresh veggies, tempeh, peanuts and plenty of cilantro and are tossed with a very, very delicious peanut sauce. The Coconut Curry is usually served in a bread bowl, but as we weren’t feeling like anything too heavy we opted for the rice instead. Both dishes had a delicious little kick to them and were completely satisfying. The portions here are huge! Even between the two of us, we weren’t able to finish all of our food and scooped it into the little containers we’d brought along from home – the Bali noodles made an excellent addition to our lunch the next day!

Vegetarian Haven >> Guinea Pigging Green
Spicy Bali Noodles

Overall, we had a really lovely evening in the cozy little atmosphere of Vegetarian Haven. It’s clear their food is made with love and that their staff really care, and that’s the mark of a wonderful restaurant.

-Steph