Piano Piano.

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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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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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Zara’s Gourmet Kitchen.

Gluten Free Chickpea Vegetarian Roti Roll  Gluten Free Vegetable Pakoras

Dear Daylight Savings,

You’ve cheated me. I just got used to waking up to wonderful sunshine these past few weeks, but with one stolen hour last weekend, you screwed it all up.  The sun no longer greets me as I awake, I can’t keep my eyes open past 11PM, I wake up in the middle of my sleep thinking, is it 7AM or 3AM? You’ve made me so tired that I have failed to make my lunches for the week. There’s no other way to put it – YOU SUCK.

Yours in drowsiness,

Rohini…zzz

OK so all drama aside… has Daylight Savings messed with my sleep? Yes, probably a little. But can I blame a measly hour time change on my sluggishness and failure to make lunch all week? Nope! That’s just pure laziness.

Lucky for me, my lunch woes were solved when Zara’s Gourmet Kitchen came to my rescue…

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Do you get enough protein?

Plant-based protein for vegetarians and vegans

Top Sources of Plant-Based Protein Infographic

I have been a vegetarian for as long as I can remember (24+ years) and throughout my life I have probably been asked every question you can think of on vegetarianism. “Are you an animal activist?” “Do you only eat salads?” “Don’t you miss bacon?” and the most asked question, “Do you get enough protein?” Sometimes it feels like the questions are never ending, but I really don’t mind answering them.

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