Weekend Expeditions for Good Food

Living in a smaller city can definitely have its perks (especially for a girl who grew up in a small farming community) however when it comes to going out for dinner there aren't many options.  This past weekend I had the pleasure of visiting a good friend of mine in Toronto. During my visit we went out to a couple restaurants and I was pleasantly overwhelmed with all of the options catering to my diet. Trying to find restaurants in London that provide gluten free menu options - that weren't only salads with no dressing - narrows my choices down to 3 or 4 restaurants. While in Toronto I didn't even have to ask for a gluten free menu or allergen guide, the gluten free options were already included in the menu and many of the dishes could be made gluten free. The first restaurant we went to was King's Cafe, a vegetarian specialty food restaurant. For dinner I had the gluten free version of Low Han Chai Choi Mien - a noodle dish with baby corn, black fungus, mushrooms, seasonal vegetables and tofu. The meal was absolutely delicious and the portion size was huge! I find in a lot of restaurants here there is little knowledge of what actually goes into the food being made which results in limited menu options for myself. I really appreciated how everything was already laid out on the menu to show what could be made gluten free and what already was gluten free. blog0216_KingsCafe For breakfast the next morning we went out to Fresh, an amazing vegan restaurant which is sure to satisfy any meat-lover. I had their Breakfast Platter which consisted of 2 blueberry pancakes (all of their pancakes are made gluten free), tempeh bacon, and a delicious tofu scramble. Fresh also offers numerous entrees, soups, juices (freshly made) and a vast array of desserts and goodies. This was definitely one of the best breakfasts I've ever had - now if only I could learn to make gluten free pancakes so perfectly...Pancake-platter Toronto has a lot to offer when it comes to food. Having options that cater to gluten free, vegetarian, vegan and omnivore diets are definitely not far and few between. Hopefully smaller cities will catch on that there is more to alternative diets than salad.  Photos from: http://www.notjustgranola.ca/sites/default/files/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Pancake-platter.jpg http://bagelhot.blogspot.ca/2005_09_01_archive.html

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