Episode 48: The 2015 Toronto Veg Food Fest

Toronto Vegetarian Food Fest 2015 >> Guinea Pigging Green


Hi friends,

On today’s episode we’re talking all about the 2015 Toronto Vegetarian Food Fest! It was such an awesome experience and we had a lot to say about it. You can listen to the show in the player above, or by subscribing to us on iTunes right here!

In the episode, we’re telling you about each of the talks and cooking demos that we attended, and all the food we ate. Here are they all are, if you want any more information:

The Presenters We Loved

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The Food We Loved

Toronto Veg Food Fest >> Guinea Pigging Green

It was an incredibly inspiring weekend for us both. We met great people, ate great food, and listened to great ideas the whole time.

Were you at the festival this weekend? If so, what was your favourite part? If not, which of the foods above look the most delicious to you? :) Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter or Instagram.

Thanks as always for listening! We love ya.


Sweet Olenka’s in the Summertime

I’ve always said that I have the best luck when it comes to good food.

The kind of luck where just weeks after learning about Sweet Olenka’s delicious ice-cream for the first time, they open up a new location just blocks from where I live.

To say that I was in good company for ice-cream testing is an understatement. I was with my best brother (my only brother, but also one of my best friends, who just so happens to be the guitar player at the beginning of every episode of our podcast), my boyfriend (who is also vegan), and my Guinea Pigging Green co-host Stephanie.

The Kensington Market location of Sweet Olenka’s is tiny and utilitarian, in that their ice-cream and ice-cream bars selection more than makes up for their understated atmosphere (it’s not really an I’ll take it for-here type of place)

I asked the cashier for her vegan recommendation and she told me that the salted caramel ice-cream bar (pictured above left) was both the best seller and her personal favourite. Steph ordered the mocha-chocolate-chip cone, which she confirmed was rich and creamy and delicious (vegetarian).

My boyfriend opted for a generous scoop of Mint Oreo ice-cream (vegan), which is lucky for me, because mint-chocolate chip is one of my favourite ice-cream flavours of all time and relationship rules dictate that I get to try whatever he’s having.

My brother opted for their Ontario Strawberry ice-cream cone (vegan), which he practically inhaled after letting me take a photo.

Right down the road on Augusta is a small park called Bellevue Square. Perfect for eating ice-cream and lounging in the shade with friends.

Make sure to soak up the last few days of summer. Get outside, support local businesses whenever possible, and make dates with good company.

– Laura

I Finally Got To Try Bareburger

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)!