Kindfood Cafe + Kelly’s Bake Shoppe

Okay, brace yourselves: you’re about to get hungry and suddenly be overcome with the urge to drive straight to Burlington, Ontario. It might be out of your way, but I promise the vegan delicacies on offer at Kindfood Cafe and Kelly’s Bake Shoppe are worth the drive.

Owned by a mother-daughter power duo, these adorable, charming and friendly shops are within blocks of each other in downtown Burlington. Our plan was foolproof: we started at Kindfood for dinner, and then went for dessert at Kelly’s. A winning combo.

For dinner, we shared the Happy Buddha Bowl and the daily special, which was raw avocado fries. The dressing on the Buddha bowl was so flavourful, the sweet potato and rice cooked perfectly, and the avocado ripe. The ingredients are simple, but they’re all wonderfully prepared and the bowl really comes together. The avocado fries were interesting and tasty, seasoned with a variety of spices and flax seeds. They weren’t crunchy, but the coating gave them a nice texture. The chipotle “mayo” alongside was awesome, once we were finished with the fries we dipped the lettuce that came underneath in the sauce and ate it as is! Ha!

Both dishes were so delicious and everything was so fresh. Everything else on the menu was so tempting as well: lots of other styles of rice bowls, “burgers” and sandwiches, and tons of great-looking salads. We made a pact to go back and try some of their other options. The staff that we interacted with there were so cheerful and friendly, it gave the place such a nice, relaxed atmosphere.

Laura really enjoying her happy Buddha bowl :)
After thoroughly enjoying our meal, we took the two block walk over to Kelly’s Bake Shoppe for some vegan sweets!

They have everything a vegan with a sweet tooth could possibly want: cupcakes, cookies, brownies, even soft serve ice cream! Everything they sell is not only vegan, but gluten-free, peanut-free, and organic. And they don’t only sell like two kinds of everything, their selection is incredible!

They have the basics, of course… But also coconut, s’mores, apple, just to name a few. And so pretty, to boot!

Their cookies are more like sweet energy bars, really dense and packed full of good stuff. Their dark chocolate caramel one, and the oatmeal cookie were both standouts.

I opted to try the soft serve ice cream, mainly out of curiosity. The verdict? Not quite the same (obviously), but the texture is perfect. If I was vegan, it would be a must! It’s soy based, but I could have sworn I tasted coconut flavour, and I have to say it was quite tasty.

The decor of both places was quite lovely, but very different. Kindfood is more fun, with bright colours and a comfortable vibe. Kelly’s is on the Main Street and has the fancier decor to match, it’s more dark wood, white and bright and airy. Both are great, and it’s cool how different they are. It definitely doesn’t feel like a chain.
Though there was seating inside, we went out and enjoyed our treats on the bench outside. Everything was so delicious, and you’d never notice that what you’re eating is vegan!

We were so impressed with the selection, freshness, service and atmosphere at both restaurants, they’ve done such a wonderful job making the places inviting and the food delicious. Kelly’s is a bit on the pricey side, but it was well worth it. Overall, loved our experience there and would highly recommend it to anyone in the area. (Or even to people not in the area!!)

Kindfood Café and Kelly’s Bake Shoppe

Burlington, Ontario

http://www.kindfood.com/

 

Episode 7: Green Drank!

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Hi, friends!

This week we’re breaking it down for y’all re: green drinks. Though the colour can be off-putting at first (especially if you’re using blueberries, amirite?), the taste and health benefits are off the charts, so they’re definitely worth a try! We’re going to be talking pros and cons of different types of greens, our favourite additions to make your smoothie more healthy, smoothies vs. juices, and making some terrible puns/songs about green drinks. If you’re into it, you can listen to the episode right here! If you want to be able to get us on the go, you should probably subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, and give us a rating while you’re over there!

 

In the episode, we mention lots of great resources for starting your Green Drink Adventure. An awesome one to start with is No Meat Athlete’s Perfect Smoothie Formula. The formula results in the perfect texture, and gives you some room to play around with lots of different ingredient options. If you’re looking for a ton of inspiration about how to make unique and nutrient-packed green smoothies, Angela Liddon of Oh She Glows has created a great website called the Green Monster Movement which is chock-full of recipe ideas.

We like to add protein powder to our smoothies. I currently use Vega One in the Chai flavour, and Laura uses Vega Sport Performance vanilla protein powder. To blend, Laura is a fan of her Magic Bullet (edit: now she’s upgraded to a Blendtec) and I love my immersion blender. If you’re planning on buying flax seeds, make sure you buy the ground ones! Whole flax seeds don’t break down in the blender (Try Bob’s Red Mill Whole Ground Flax).

My go-to smoothie usually has: water, a little soy milk, half a banana, a big handful of frozen fruit (usually raspberries or mixed tropical fruits), protein powder, ground flax seeds, and a bunch of spinach.

Laura loves a pumpkin pie smoothie: spinach, pumpkin puree, vanilla yogurt (bonus: try a vegan brand like Yoso), almond milk, and a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg.

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And that’s a wrap! Hopefully you have success with green smoothies the way we have.

Much love,

-Steph