Around the world people are celebrating World Vegetarian Day. Everyone celebrates in different ways but I certainly suggest finding time to break bread (or flax crackers) with the people you love. If the people you love are not vegetarian this may be the perfect day to prepare some delicious animal-free foods to introduce them to how wonderful it feels to eat vegan.Today is also the first day of Vegan MoFo. I would like to dedicate my first post of Vegan MoFo to Georges LaraqueNHL’s first outspoken vegan player. He is in town tonight to play against the Maple Leafs and will be demonstrating the power of plants to fuel athletic pursuits.Finally, I would like to share with you some amazing food that I enjoyed with some of my favourite people at a new vegetarian restaurant in Toronto. During the Vegetarian Food Fair when Yvonne Smith (the traveling vegetarian) and Terry Hope Romero (coauthor of Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World and Veganomicon) were in town we all went to Calico cafe to try out their brunch menu. Terry’s wonderful husband John came along and entertained me for hours with his use of analogies. I love that guy.
Okay on to the food:
Terry ordered the tofu omelet. It was thin, fluffy and full of savoury ingredients (mushrooms and onions). The spicy roasted potatoes served alongside were a highlight.
Yvonne ordered the BBQ tofu sandwich with a red pepper pesto. She was quite pleased by the flavours and the contrast between the creamy avocado and the firm tofu. It was a big plate of food and she had to ask John to help her finish it all. He obliged!
I had the lovely salad with blueberries and cucumbers. It was topped with some BBQ tofu. The salad was really full of shredded beets and blueberries which made me happy. But I was disappointed by the tofu. It was a dry rub of spices that left it tasting a bit dry and flat. I guess I was expecting something a little more saucy and crisp.
John ordered the fruit infused waffle. His biggest complaint was that he wanted more. The texture was perfect and the fruit sauce was lovely and fresh, slathered on top of each bite.
The Rosemary scone was the stand-out of the meal. Terry talked about it for the rest of the weekend. She was really impressed by the light texture. I think there was reference to a cloud at some point.
I am very happy to welcome Calico cafe to Toronto’s veg-scene. The beautiful backyard patio is an amazing place to share an intimate brunch with friends. The garden filled with herbs and the trellis of grapes surround the tables and infuse an aroma of freshness into the whole experience.
Now get out there and live like you give a %^#$#@