Monday, April 19, 2010

Soy GOOD!

So I was just thinking about soy products and I don't know about you, but when articles came out a while ago saying how bad soy was for you I attempted to eliminate it from my diet. Of course, if I'd been smart, I would've researched the SOURCE for many of these claims. Now that I know proper researching methods, I am aware that whenever I find some information ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS check the source. Who provides the info? And what do they have to gain from it- directly or indirectly? If it's a pharmaceutical company dissing natural medicine well obviously they want you to buy their products, not the natural medicine. If it's the dairy industry telling you that dairy consumption leads to weight loss...well they also have something to gain from telling you that. Everything these days seems to be about how a company can persuade you in order to profit from you and that includes your health. Compassionate Cooks (a blog) inspired this topic and has some more information.

Speaking of which...my good friend Dessy has a website about marijuana advocacy and introduces various articles which actually come from credible sources. So you'd be surprised about how many untruths there are regarding this specific illegal drug.

And as for my restaurant comments for the week... at The Live Food Bar I enjoyed a raw Teriyaki salad dish called Teriyaki Vibe which was quite delicious-- an Asian hint of taste alongside a mixture of salad greens, sea kelp, seeds and almonds. I ate my meal with chopsticks and it took two hours for me to finish half of my bowl after which I was quite full. Either way, I highly recommend Torontonians or visitors to Toronto to check out this place. They have many nut-free and gluten-free options as well as some cooked vegan food choices. So take a chance, you'll be glad you did.

Also notes from last week, I was given this website for anyone interested in having fresh, organic produce (and other grocery items if requested) delivered right to your door. Check out Front Door Organics Inc. for more details!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Spring has sprung!

Yes, it is the time of year when the birds come out to sing, the bees come out of hiding and the people dance in the sun-- at least when it isn't raining. So what about the vegans and vegetarians...and raw foodists, for that matter? Well, we come out too because the farmer's markets are open for business and we can't wait to savour the divine tastes of spring and summer of our favourite produce.

Since school is out (or almost is for us uni and college kids), jobs are in high demand and finding one that coincides with our values can be a daunting task. Luckily, veg.ca has some great suggestions for job-seekers with gentle souls.

Okay, so you've got a job...but now you're dying for some of that fresh, local, and preferably organic produce...mmm strawberries... Where to go? Why the farmer's market of course! Veg.ca comes once again to the rescue with some great, easily accessible locations for our favourite spring and summer foods. But hey, spring is also the season of rebirth and newness...so if you just broke up with your love interest or are looking to renew that spark, look no further than your favourite veggie restaurants. Toronto provides many vegetarian restaurants where you and your new (or old) love can find that love connection most of us innately seek with one another.

Personally, I haven't gotten the opportunity to visit many wonderful vegetarian restaurants in Toronto outside of York University. But I will be going to the The Live Food Bar on Friday. I will share my eating experience with you all and perhaps, some of you would like to share your favourite veggie restaurant experiences. Even if your favourite restaurant isn't a strictly veggie place but possesses a wonderful veggie dish or several, let me hear all about them! Until then, I will be seeking out some of my favourite veggie places and sharing them with you.

On another note, while coffee isn't strictly a spring/summer "veggie food", it holds a special place in my heart. For those of you who enjoy a good, strong cuppa' joe without an enormous amount of fixings...which actually throws my view of good coffee off, let me know! What's your favourite place in Toronto? In Ontario?

Til next time! Happy Spring!