Month: May 2013

Kale caesar with cheddar crusted croutons


Kale with the stems removed and chopped (preferably purple kale)

2 cloves of garlic

1/4 cup of olive oil

A pinch of chilli flakes

A pinch of corse sea salt

Freshly grated parmesan cheese

The juice from one lemon

ACE bakery bread thins with cheddar (any desired crouton will do)



  1. Using a Mortar Pestle, grind up the corse salt, chilli flakes and garlic very fine until it is a paste consistency.
  2. In a separate mixing bowl, add in olive oil, parmesan cheese and the garlic paste and whisk.
  3. Once the kale is rinsed and dry, add the juice from one whole lemon and the dressing and toss with a pinch of S&P.
  4. Gently crush the bread to create a breadcrumb topping.
  5. Sprinkle with additional parmesan if desired and serve.


Beauty tip: Clean your brushes


Makeup brushes can harbor lots of dirt and bacteria, but frequent washing of your makeup brushes can keep them – and your face – clean and healthy.  I like to use baby shampoo to wash my brushes because it is really delicate and leaves the bristles nice and soft.

If you haven’t cleaned your makeup brushes within the past 2 weeks, or ever, then they are in desperate need of a bath. It will only take a few minutes to wash them all and if you do it at nighttime they will be nice and dry for use in the morning.


-Run the bristles of the makeup brush under warm running water.

-Apply a small amount of shampoo to bristles and work into a light lather.

-Rinse bristles thoroughly under running water. You will notice that the water leaving the brush is tinted from old makeup.

-Continue rinsing until no color leaves the brush

-Lay the brush flat on a towel and allow it to air-dry.

The Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Toronto



With multiple locations across the GTA (and a new one soon to open at Yonge and Eg), Fresh is well loved for its fresh juices, healthy bowls and salads ($10-$16), but also various high-protein burger and wrap options ($10-$11). Brunch is offered weekends and take-away orders are welcome.

Kupfert & Kim

Meatless and wheatless, this vegan take-out spot located inside First Canadian Place specializes in vegan and gluten-free rice or quinoa bowls as well as healthy breakfast options. Start the day with steel cut oats or sweet quinoa, or stop in at lunchtime for the Kim, a brown rice bowl with organic tofu, bok choy, edamame and more ($11 with tax).

Urban Herbivore

Three Urban Herbivore locations situated in Kensington Market, the Eaton Center and inside the Octopus Garden on College at Dovercourt, serve up soups, sandwiches and customized-counterside salads and rice/quinoa bowls. Prices vary per location but hover around the $10 mark.


While not exclusively a vegetarian restaurant, the meat free menu at this upscale spot on Palmerston and College never feels like an afterthought. Though most of the offerings change seasonally, the Russet Potato Gnocchi ($16/$23) is so good I suspect that they dare not take it off the menu.

Live Raw Food Bar

This longtime fixture at DuPont and Spadina now boasts a second Liberty Village location. I credit this place (and that Woody Harrelson docu) with my own introduction to raw foods and where I first discover spiral sliced zucchini noodles (not currently on the menu). In addition to raw foods, the eatery does hot dishes too like the noteworthy pulled burdock burrito ($14).

Hibiscus Cafe

This charming little cafe in Kensington Market offers excellent value for soups, salads and best of all buckwheat crepes ($5.65-$9) wrapped around sweet or savory fillings. Also of note are non-dairy ice creams ($3/one scoop) in flavours like raspberry and Earl Grey.

Hogtown Vegan

This cash-only spot on Bloor near Christie Pits reimagines classic diner staples for vegan sensibilities. The licensed dining room does a weekend brunch as well as daily lunch and dinner when they offer crave worthy, comfort foods like the Fried Unchicken & Waffles ($13) and a delicious Reuben sandwiches ($11).

One Love Vegetarian

Situated just across from the Bathurst subway station, this meatless Caribbean flavoured take-away spot is known for its Corn Soup ($3/$5), Roti ($5.50/$9) and Curries ($11) along with a selection of daily juices and vegan cupcakes.


What was formerly known as Fressen, this new bistro and bar on Queen West offers vegan mains like the Mustard Crusted Tempeh Steak ($18) along with bar snacks like shareable plates of sliders ($11) and a meatless riff on the oh-so-popular Charcuterie Board ($18).

Mela Italian Vegetarian Cafe

This Italian cafe in Yorkville offers vegetarian and vegan options including panino and pasta dishes, soups and salads. Everything on the menu is priced under $10 and is prepared in advance for quick take-out or dine-in (though the limited seating is at a premium).

Pulp Kitchen

Pulp Kitchen at Queen and Broadview is mainly a juice and smoothie bar but also has vegan to-go menu full of soups, salads and sandwiches like the P.K ($6.50), a gluten free breaded tofu, roasted tomato and avocado sammie served on flax bread.

Big Carrot Vegetarian Cafe

The Vegetarian Cafe inside this Danforth grocer offers up a daily spread of certified organic deli selections, baked goods and desserts. Mostly priced by weight, the offerings include cold salads like a quinoa chimichurri (vegan), as well as, hot prepared foods like potato, fennel gratin.


Trash is treasure- Wall unit

IMG_8005It was good timing when I decided to pop in to the garbage room of our condo building last week.  I was able to score this handmade, hardwood, custom wall unit that happened to fit perfectly into our space.  Wall units and shelving like this are a great way to make a space look less cluttered and more organized.  I decided to use it to store our liquor and spirits, as well as wine and glassware.  What a great addition and another great find!