Friday, my sister had an interview in London, Ontario and since I had the day off I joined her for the journey. After the interview, we headed to Grand Bend to hangout and relax at the beach. Situated on Lake Huron, Grand Bend is definitely one of my favourite beaches ever. I have been going since I was a kid and I always feel happy when I’m there. From the crystal blue water, white sand and the laid-back, relaxed vibe of the area, I always feel like I am on vacation.
On our way home, we took a little detour through Baden to see Castle Kilbride, which we were not aware existed. Now, I don’t know about you, but to me this is not a castle—we were definitely underwhelmed (still pretty though).
Moving on, Saturday we checked out the Toronto Vegan Food and Drink Festival at Fort York, Garrison Grounds. For its first year, I was totally surprised by the turnout and the number of vendors that were there.
Just to clarify, since a lot of people ask me this—no, I am not a vegan. I eat a lot of vegan food, but I am a pescetarian, meaning I eat seafood, but no land animals. I avoid dairy as much as possible not only because it makes me ill, but also because I think it is so horrible for our bodies. I would love to be a full-fledged vegan, but it is a lifestyle that to me is all or nothing, which I just can’t commit to.
Anyways, there were so many amazing foods to try from ice cream sandwiches and cupcakes to fried mac and cheese and nachos. We tried to devour as much as we could, but unfortunately because it was so incredibly busy it meant ridiculous line ups and a lot of food selling out really fast.
One of my favourite vendors I had the chance of checking out was Wild Child’s Kitchen , as not only did I love their set up and find it super inviting, but the staff were all really nice and of course, their stuff did not disappoint.
They were serving these amazing nachos topped with the works—a nut meat, cashew sour cream, guac, corn, everything. We washed it down with Beau’s Lug Tread Lagered Ale and Goose Island’s India Pale Ale.
I also went for this orange chai kombucha popsicle by Philip’s Ice Pops (their sister company), as I thought that was such a unique flavour. It was absolutely delicious, so refreshing and the perfect balance of sweet and tangy. I definitely want a whole box of these in my freezer.
We also stopped at Cardinal Rule for their deep fried pickle topped with their garlic aioli and killer hot sauce.
Vegan chef, Doug McNish, was serving up some incredible savoury dishes. Unfortunately, they sold out of the crispy polenta fry poutine with house made cheese curds and a mushroom miso gravy (drool) before we got to the front of the line. I ended up settling for the raw tostada which was still delicious and full of flavour.
My mum and I are already huge fans of Bunner’s Bakeshop, so it was inevitable that we ended up there. We went with the pizza bun, cookies and cream and peach pie—which were all equally delicious, but the peach pie was the definite winner.
I’m a sucker for vegan desserts, so I also went for this vanilla donut from Tori’s Bakeshop, which I had been eyeing since we entered the festival grounds. Not only does it look like a donut straight out of Springfield, it was super moist and not too heavy for being gluten-free. I definitely think even the man himself, Homer Simpson, would have appreciated this organic, all-natural donut.
And here’s what I wore this day! I finally purchased these shorts (if you remember this post, then you know I had my eye on them for awhile). I was unsure about the longer length, but I actually really like it, as they are really comfortable and since they are loose they kind of look like a skirt and are also conservative enough that I could wear these to an interview or event. I paired it with a simple white button down tucked in, my favourite loafers and my favourite bag that holds everything, but the kitchen sink. The weather was a little all over the place Saturday, so I also brought my leather jacket which I was thankful for in the evening.
Shirt – H&M
Shorts – Joe Fresh (still available here)
Loafers – H&M
Bag – David Jones
Sunglasses – Ray-Ban
Nails – Essie ‘Peach Side Babe’
After that we headed to Shakespeare in High Park to see ‘Julius Caesar’, which happens to be one of my favourite Shakespeare plays. It was such a lovely, cozy atmosphere being able to watch a play outdoors surrounded by greenery. I wish I could of documented it, but photography was not allowed.
Now, excuse me while I dream about all that food again…