Rewind to Saturday, June 11th, 2011…
When Matt and I awoke that Saturday, we put on our fancy duds – we were headed to a wedding that morning – and high-tailed it to downtown Toronto in order to stop at Mylk Uncookies before the ceremony.
When I read about Mylk Uncookies – an “espresso boutique” serving house-made almond “mylk” and raw vegan treats along with traditionally baked goods sourced from local bakers – on Lisa’s blog, I immediately put it on my list of places to visit in TO. The interior was very mod and minimalistic, which I loved.
I do have to say, I was expecting more raw and vegan options, but probably 3/4 of their selection that day was baked and non-vegan. Still, having any raw vegan options at all at a coffeehouse was a treat for me.
I got an almond milk latte to go with our sweets.
The two we chose were actually somewhat similar; however, one was baked and one was raw. This was the baked one—a crunchy peanut butter square spread with a thin blanket of chocolate ganache. It was sort of like a crunchy buckeye bar. Yum!
Our raw choice was this caramel bar, which, ironically enough, was like a regular buckeye bar, just sans peanut flavor. It was much softer and more melt-in-your-mouth than the PB square. Also yum!
That morning, we attended the wedding ceremony of Matt’s friend Emily and her now-husband Chris at the University of Toronto. Right after the ceremony, we walked over to Crown Princess Fine Dining for the newlyweds’ dim sum banquet. They had a special table set up for the vegetarians in attendance.
Once the food started coming out, it never seemed to stop! There were soups, dumplings, noodles, croquettes, veggies galore, several tofu dishes, and all the hot tea we could drink. We were STUFFED at the end of all this!
After the dim sum banquet, Matt and I left the wedding festivities for awhile to attend another type of “fest”—the first-ever Toronto Raw Vegan Festival! What wonderful serendipity that we happened to be in town that very day.
It was crowded and HOT at that building – I hope they get a bigger venue next time! – but it was really exciting to see that so many people had come out for such an event. Still dressed in our wedding-guest outfits, Matt and I probably looked pretty out of place, but we didn’t care. I was just happy to be there!
I finally got to meet these two lovely ladies, fellow chef friends from Facebook and the blogosphere: cake-pop queen Marlie Centawer (above) of barefoot and frolicking, and Marni Wasserman (below), an accomplished Toronto chef and nutritionist.
At a few of the booths, I was chatting to company owners about my blog, and one table, Make It Raw, gave me two of their products right then and there to review!
And they were good ones. These Raw Sensation Bars had a chewy, multi-nut base and a perfect chocolate glaze on top.
I just about flipped over this Raw Pecan Butter Pie, though—elegant in its simplicity, this treat, with its crumbly, nutty “crust” and smooth-as-silk pecan butter topping, was right up my alley. Thanks again, Make It Raw!
After all that, Matt and I returned to the University of Toronto for the wedding reception, where we barely nibbled on the (veg-friendly!) antipasto hors d’oeuvres, but couldn’t resist taking advantage of the build-your-own-cupcake bar later that night. What a fantastic, delicious day!
There’s more Toronto awesomeness to come!