Little Sister.

Little Sister Indonesian Food Toronto Vegetarian Options
Food Menu at Little Sister (2031 Yonge St.)

Last week I found out that Little Sister is not just a great song by one of the bests, Queens of the Stone Age, it’s also an Indonesian Food Bar located just north of Davisville on Yonge Street. I have wanted to try out Indonesian food for a while now and finally had the chance to give it a go last week with a few good friends. I was the only vegetarian in the bunch so before ordering I asked the waitress what I could eat… She kindly let me know that all the skewers and mains included meat and fish but that two snacks and all of the sides were vegan.

My thoughts? This is great, I love a meal of sides

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Piano Piano.

Piano Piano Exterior - vegetarian italian food
Piano Piano at 88 Harbord Street

Piano Piano is an Italian restaurant by Chef Victor Barry (of Spelndido), which is appropriately located on 88 Harbord Street, the same number of keys on a piano. Barry humorously explains on his menu that the food is New Jersey style Italian food, which is a nice change from the Italian we are used to in Toronto.

Italian food is one of my favourites so I was excited to try a new spot that had plenty of vegetarian options to choose from. The vegetarian fare includes:

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Family recipes: scalloped potatoes

Vegetarian Scalloped Potatoes Layered Vegetarian Scalloped Potatoes Cooked with Cheese

I have been extremely busy the last couple of weeks and I have not been able to sit down and write a blog post. Sorry, Dad! (he’s the only one who has been constantly asking me when my next post is dropping so this one is for him). To be fair, I have had some good excuses for not writing: work is starting to get very busy, I have an assignment due for a course that I am taking, I have been dedicating a lot of spare time to reading for the best book club ever… AND to top it all off my friend is getting married this weekend so we have been celebrating her bachelorette-hood this past week.

Life is only about to get busier for me, as Spring is the most hectic time in my work and personal life. But, no matter how busy life gets, I always try to pause and think: WWFBD?

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Recipes from my favourite cookbooks & blogs.

Love and Lemons afro vegan Smitten Kitchen

I know that most of my posts are about eating out in the city, which, as you know, is one of my favourite things to do. However, as mentioned in some of my previous posts, I’m on a budget so I try to keep eating out to a max of 1-2 times per week. Since the beginning of the year, I have made an effort to bring my lunch to work almost every day. Sometimes, I put my adult pants on and cook up a storm over the weekend. Other times, I drive over to my WONDERFUL parents’ house to “help” my Mum cook. I know I am biased, but I think my Mum is an incredible cook and I am not just saying that because she reads all of my blog posts. If you like healthy home cooked Indian food, you’ll like her recipes – which will be a feature coming soon to!

When I’m cooking by myself, I turn to my favourite blogs and cookbooks to find tasty and diverse vegetarian recipes. As a first-generation East Indian Canadian raised in Scarborough, I enjoy including Indian, Caribbean and Middle Eastern flavours in my everyday meals. Here’s a list of great cookbooks and blogs that have guided me on my cooking adventures:

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Brunch at La Cubana.

Vegetarian Options at La Cubana

When it comes to eating out in the 6ix, brunch is one of the most coveted meals. On almost every weekend from 10AM-3PM you will find restaurant tables all over the city packed, with queues that sometimes take an hour to get through. Brunch in Toronto can be a pretty ridiculous experience when you consider how much time you are spending waiting and how much money you are paying just to get some eggs, toast, and hash browns. You can just save time and money by making that stuff at home! In most cases this is true… BUT sometimes you find a gem of a spot that cooks up a meal so special that you forget all your woes and fall in love with brunch all over again.

Enter La Cubana, a sea-green tiled diner on Roncesvalles (with a location on Ossington too) that specializes in Cuban food…

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