June 12, 2012
Checked out my first Toronto Underground Market over the weekend, it was an impressive turnout and the Brickworks is a stunning venue. Having just finished my cleanse the day before I wanted to stick to eating easy vegan, so nothing fried or with refined sugar and flour. I started with a booth serving a Korean soba noodle dish with a bit of lime and cilantro. It was good but I wanted more! After roaming through the crowd, there tucked in the back between a long, long line for lobster and another line for pig was Animal Liberation Kitchen, and I hollered hallelujah! They were offering salad rolls in rice paper with a peanut and a chili sauce as well as an aromatic coconut curry soup. I had one of everything. And felt good afterward which speaks to the quality of ingredients. I was so excited to go to a mainstream event and find good food. While I did think everything was delicious, I am disappointed in our city's veg representation. After having been to Vancouver and Seattle on a bit of a raw restaurant tour this past September, both the Grande Jean and I were stunned at how amazing the food options were. I recognize Toronto is a bit late to adapt the whole foods, veg lifestyle so hopefully as the movement gains strength so will the food offerings in the city. Or maybe I just haven't found the hidden gems? A few of our favs in Van were The Naam, Rooted on the Drive, and Nuba on 3rd. As for Seattle they had the best raw over all, with Thrive and Chaco Canyon.