EASTER TREATS IN TORONTO

ALRIGHT. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I have been on a massive hunt for a vegan version of mini eggs.

While I haven't found them yet (I still have hope that they exist!), I've received a bunch of messages of people trying to help and telling me their favourite vegan Easter treats. Since Easter is a fabulous holiday designed for eating an insane amount of chocolate, I'd thought I'd share my information so we can all eat treats until we puke this weekend (you're welcome).

Please let me know if I've missed any, and I'll keep adding to this list!

KK, here we go:

1. Sweet Hart Kitchen - they have deliciously natural treats that you can bring to your (non-vegan) family for dessert, and they'll love them. You could pre-order with them up until noon on Wednesday, but they always have treats on hand in the shop! And you can always try to email them to ask if they have time to make something special for you. I'm bringing the Lemon Curd pie to my Easter dinner on Sunday, and I'm so excited!

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2. Lindt Dark Chocolate Bunnies are vegan. Enough said. 

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3. Sorelle & Co has the CUTEST little Easter themed cupcakes. Sidenote - ARE THOSE VEGAN MINI EGGS ON TOP? I've asked them to confirm on Instagram... I'll report back. (UPDATE: They're sadly fondant) 

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4. Good Rebel has those big hollow chocolate eggs filled with treats that we used to get as kids - they're shipped in all the way from England!

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5. Whole Foods and Noah's have a whole variety of cool vegan chocolate options! If you don't have much time, you should definitely stop in here and you'll find something tasty.

6. Tori's Bakeshop has made their own version of Cream Eggs that look INSANE. They also made Cream Egg cupcakes. (Tori's also offers DELIVERY from M-F, soooo you should probably get these).

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7. Apiecalypse Now had preorders for desserts to bring over to your family, but I think it's too late to order them... may as well try though!

8. The Vegan Imperative has a bunch of cute Easter chocolates, including a 'milk' chocolate bunny

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9.  A brand called LiveOnChocolate makes Coconut Cream Eggs that I hear are delicious, and are available at a few place around Toronto.

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10. Bunner's just posted on Instagram saying that they'll have Easter treats available all weekend - just LOOK how cute these cupcakes are!!

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Sorelle & Co.

161 Yorkville Ave

Neighbourhood: Yorkville (also a location in the Saks Food Hall across from the Eaton Centre)

Phone Number: 416.234.1340

Website: https://www.thehogtownvegan.com/

Think of the most beautiful, picturesque cafe you can think of - that's Sorelle & Co. Not only is it the cutest spot you can ever imagine, but their food is to die for. It's vegan and completely free of of nuts, gluten, soy, sesame, and preservatives. I promise you that this place is so much more than the decor - the food is unbelievably good. It's the perfect spot for a girls brunch!

Kupfert & Kim

140 Spadina Ave.

Neighbourhood: Downtown

Phone Number: 416.504.2206

Website: http://www.kupfertandkim.com/

Easy meals to pickup when you're on the go, or on your lunch break at work. They have a few locations in food courts in office buildings, which is awesome that vegan meals are mainstream. They make delicious bowls, and their desserts are natural and tasty. You can dine-in at their location on Spadina, and they have a delicious brunch on weekends.

King's Cafe

192 Augusta Ave

Neighbourhood: Kensington

Phone Number: 416.591.1340

Website: http://www.kingscafe.com/

The name is misleading... it's definitely not a cafe. It is, however, really delicious authentic asian food. The dumplings are delicious, as is anything else on the menu! A great place to go if you're craving real Chinese food. Nearly everything is vegan, and the ones that aren't are marked for containing eggs or dairy.

Planta

1221 Bay Street

Neighbourhood: Yorkville

Phone Number: 416.348.7000

Website: https://www.plantarestaurants.com/location/planta-yorkville/

Probably the most beautiful (vegan) restaurant in Toronto. It has serious LA vibes with high ceilings, big windows, and palm-leaf wallpaper. It's the perfect place to go for a date night, a girls night, a birthday brunch... really anything. It's also a great place to go with non-vegans, as the food is amazing, and the atmosphere is really great. You MUST try their cauliflower tots!!

Highly recommend!

The Hogtown Vegan

1056 Bloor Street West

Neighbourhood: Bloor Court Village (and another location on College at Bathurst)

Phone Number: 416.901.9779

Website: https://www.thehogtownvegan.com/

Your classic greasy-vegan meal. Everything is delicious (even my teenage non-vegan brother agrees), but don't make any plans after because you won't be able to move. It's the comfort food that you're so grateful has been made vegan. I'm a huge fan of the UnChicken Burger with buffalo sauce.

Tori's Bakeshop

Tori's Bakeshop

2188 Queen Street East

Neighbourhood: The Beaches (and the Canary District)

Phone Number: 416.226.6262

Website: http://www.torisbakeshop.ca/

Her shop in the beaches is the cutest cafe type of restaurant, with lots of natural light, a few tables out front in the summer, and a good amount of seating inside. Her cupcakes are DELICIOUS, and she makes a variety of flavours including a bunch of gluten-free ones. If you're lucky enough to arrive on a day when they've made croissants, don't even think about not ordering one (they're AMAZING!). She also has a few savoury items (like sandwiches and flatbeads) which are pretty good! You can also order cakes from her in advance for all occasions! I have a real soft-spot for Tori because she made my wedding cake :)

Bloomer's

873 Bloor Street West

Neighbourhood: Christie Pits

Phone Number: 416.551.0532

Website: https://www.bloomersto.com/

Bloomer's is a low-key pub(ish) style restaurant. They have board games that you can play while you wait for your meal, and it's a really casual environment. Their puled jack sandwich is really good, as is their poutine made with sunflower seed cheese. If you're lucky enough to get there before their baked treats sell out, you NEED to get something (the donuts are seriously unbelievable). 

Nanashake

4750 Yonge Street

Neighbourhood: Yonge & Sheppard

Phone Number: 416.226.6262

Website: http://www.nanashake.com/

Toronto's first (and only?) vegan soft-serve ice cream shop - and everything is made with bananas! It's a small shop, but it's in a food court type place, so there's seating right in front of it. Their ice cream is delicious and they have great toppings, like blondie bits, sprinkles, Dandie marshmallows, and cookies! 

Hello 123

1122 Queen Street West

Neighbourhood: West Queen West

Phone Number: 416.532.3555

Website: https://www.hello123forever.com/

 

This place is pretty cool, and is the ideal spot for a date night. It's by the same people as Kupfert and Kim, but it's a full service restaurant with a nice bar, and great mood lighting. Their menu is on the small side, but everything that I've tried is really good. This place would be really great for a date night, or a girls night. They also serve brunch on weekends. 

Mythology

1265 Queen Street West

Neighbourhood: Parkdale

Website: http://www.mythologydiner.com/

Mythology is a joint venture between the guys behind Doomie's as well as the legendary chef Doug McNish. It's located directly beside Doomie's, and it has a similar 'cool' vibe.

Mythology has diner vibes, and the food is SO good. It has a lot of the classics from Doug's Public Kitchen, plus a TON more. This is the kind of place that you would take someone who thinks they hate vegan food... they will for SURE be proven wrong. The food is indulgent and delicious, you'll love it I promise. They're open for brunch on weekends, and for dinner every night except Monday. Note that they don't take reservations so when you get there they'll take your phone number and text you wen a table is available (unless your lucky and there's no wait time!). 

Sweet Hart Kitchen

68 Wales Ave.

Neighbourhood: Kensington Area

Phone Number: 416.340.4645

Website: http://sweethartkitchen.com/

The CUTEST bake shop in all of the land - Sweet Hart kitchen is owned by two fabulous gals who bake up the most delicious treats. They have sweet treats (both raw and baked), as well as pizza pockets, seasonal sandwiches, and whatever else they whip up! Everything is extremely natural, and insanely tasty!!

(Relatively) Easy Cinnamon Buns

I made cinnamon buns for the FIRST time this past weekend, and going into it I didn't think anything of it until my friend messaged me and asked me to let her know how much work they took to make... who knew that cinnamon buns were notorious for being a tedious breakfast treat? Not me!

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I used Minimalist Baker's recipe, for the main reason that she only used SEVEN ingredients (and I already had 5/7 them - sign me up!).

The two things I didn't have were the organic cane sugar (real cheap at Bulk Barn), and the packet of instant yeast (which they did not have at Bulk Barn, but they did at Sobeys). Easy!

I work up on Saturday morning with the idea to eat them for breakfast.... nope, turns our that even 'instant' dough still needs an hour to rise. This recipe takes about 2 hours total, so make sure you buffer in enough time (it's worth it though!). Oh well, lunch cinnamon buns taste just as delicious as breakfast cinnamon buns.

I'd never made dough before, so I wan't really sure what consistency I was looking for. My dough was wayyyyy too wet, but luckily there's a quick video on the site, so I just kept adding flour until it looked the same haha.

Once I actually made the dough - the rest was easy! After it's been an hour, you just roll it out, top with some (vegan) butter, cinnamon, and sugar, and then roll it up! I was a little nervous about rolling it up and cutting it into rolls, but they turned out great (a little rustic looking... but great!). Then you put them in the oven for half an hour, and that's it!

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These would be great to make if you're hosting a brunch at your house, as you can prepare it before guests arrive and then pop it in the oven and you don't need to worry about it while you're chatting with them.

Overall, these were SO GOOD and I would definitely make them again. I gave some to my (non-vegan) teenage siblings and they devoured them.

(Tip: Minimalist Baker also has a gluten free, vegan version, which she swears is good! The recipe is here)

Bringing Food to an All-Inclusive?

Yes, I bring food to an all-inclusive resort. For an average person, this might seem to defeat the point, but for someone with dietary restrictions it's worth it.

I'm almost always pleasantly surprised with the amount of foods that are vegan when I go on vacation, but I'd hate to be in a situation where that's not the case... and it never hurts to have some midnight snacks in you room :)