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Smoked Tofu: Gluten Free Vegan Lunch Meat

Posted in Groceries by karoumy on May 26, 2011

I’ve been searching for a good gluten free alternative to vegan lunch meats. I recently had enchiladas with smoked tofu  at The Branch in Kemptville, ON. I remember trying a smoked tofu a long time ago and I didn’t like it. The enchiladas at The Branch convinced me to give it another try. So when I saw Soyganic’s Smoked Tofu at the grocery store I decided to try it.

At $2.49 a package it’s a pretty good value.

I decided to try it cut up over brown rice with miso tahini dressing and some sauerkraut. If it wasn’t for wanting a quick lunch I would probably add some colour to this meal with some shredded carrot or some kind of steamed greens.

The tofu has a real smokey flavour and the texture is firm. If you’re looking for a quick gluten free tofu to add to your sandwiches or meals instead of faux meats I would recommend Smoked Tofu.


Kale Eatery in Toronto

Posted in Restaurants by karoumy on May 26, 2011

Kale Eatery is one of the better healthy vegan restaurants in Toronto. It’s also an oasis since vegan options dwindle north of Dupont.

Kale is a pay-by-weight buffet. The food is fresh, never greasy and there’s always a good variety. I’ve gone overboard a few times filling up my plate, but usually a good portion is around $10. It’s all organic so don’t be surprised if you’re paying a little more for a plate.

There are a few dishes that are bland, but a couple visits and you’ll know what to avoid. They have a tofu sauce on the buffet that is good to get in case you accidentally pick up a bland dish.

Pictured above: Lentil Sheppard’s pie, bean stew, sweet potato, curry tofu, ginger tofu, steamed broccoli and kale, beet salad and a pierogi.

I can’t find their hours online, I usually go for lunch. I believe they close at 8pm.

Kale Eatery
2366 Yonge St.

Review: Forks over Knives

Posted in Thoughts by karoumy on May 23, 2011

Forks Over Knives Movie PosterForks over knives is a decent documentary. Especially for people who haven’t been following the work of Doctors Esselstyn, Campbell and McDougall. It does a good job of explaining mostly health reasons for eating a plant-based diet.

That’s right a plant based diet. The new term to describe what seems to be a vegan diet. Even though the documentary spends time with Gene Baur, founder of the Farm Sanctuary, it is Mac Danzig who uses the word vegan twice in the documentary. And as far as I can remember the only person to use the word in the entire movie.

I’m curious why he is the only one who uses that term.

Maybe since these doctors are approaching the diet from a medical angle then it does not fit to use the term vegan, which also includes ethical and environmental reasons. Although I have definetly heard Dr. McDougall use it.

It’s true that vegans in general do not like it when someone is vegan solely for health reasons and doesn’t take greater care to avoid animal-based products as part of their general consumption.

So maybe it’s better that the movie doesn’t use the word vegan. But the movie does cover environmental and ethical issues around eating meat.

Above confusion aside, it’s a good watch.

I sincerely hope this documentary helps people.

Amir de Nit in Barcelona

Posted in Restaurants by karoumy on May 16, 2011

No matter where you go in the world you can’t go wrong with Lebanese restaurants. Except for the shitty late night shawarma places in Canada that cater to the drunk crowds.

This is the vegetarian combination plate. Fatoush, tabouleh, falafel, baba ganouj, hummus, eggplant dip (mama ganouj?) and eggplant and chickpea stew.

Also get the mint tea.

Amir de Nit
PLAÇA SOL, 2, 08012 Barcelona, Spain

Gumbo Shop in New Orleans

Posted in Restaurants by karoumy on May 16, 2011

Gumbo shop is my favourite restaurant in New Orleans. It was recommended by a local book store owner.

The Gumbo Z’Herbes is vegan. They serve it with rice on top. It has mushrooms, a few types of greens and beans.

Gumbo Shop makes a vegetarian special everyday. Usually a beans and rice. I ate there a few times and the special was vegan every time. I think this one was white beans and rice.

Not much variety on the menu and the service is hit or miss (I don’t really care that much about  service anyways). I was happy to sample real New Orleans fare right in the French Quarter.

Gumbo Shop
630 Saint Peter Street
New Orleans

Govardhan Thal in Scarborough (Greater Toronto Area)

Posted in Restaurants by karoumy on May 16, 2011

Govardhan Thal has become a regular in my restaurant rotation. It’s a $9 all you can eat Gujarati Indian buffet that tastes like home cooking. The flavours are different than more common Indian style restaurants.

Tell them that you don’t eat dairy products or eggs and they’ll point out which dishes are safe, most of them are vegan. They’ll also give you non-buttered rotis.

The pictures don’t do the food justice.

840 Markham Road
Scarborough, ON

Open 9am-9pm daily.

(416) 438-0544

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