Sunday, April 7, 2013

Kind Food Vegan Cafe and Bakery

Right now J and I are in the Toronto area visiting his family and we've been fortunate enough to get to some great vegan/raw spots, two of which we've never eaten at before.

When we were down by the lakeshore one morning, J said he googled and found a gluten free, vegan cafe right nearby if we wanted to go for lunch. When he said Kindfood Cafe, I jumped for joy because I've heard of it before - and I've only heard good things. The bright colors on the exterior are a reflection of the colorful atmosphere, friendly service, and happy food inside.

There are fresh juices and smoothies to choose from along with salads, sandwiches, and buddha bowls. Raw desserts are also featured. Yay!

I went with a lemon grass kombucha from a company I'd never tried before. It was delish! J went with a natural root beer. It was tasty too and it reminded me of the regular root beer I liked as a child.

We both enjoyed the caesar salads with quinoa croutons and brazil nut "parmesan". Suuper garlicy but delish! And we got a piece of salted caramel cheesecake to share later on. I didn't get a photo :(

Full view of the resto. I was busy looking at my food that was just served.

If you want to make a delicious raw vegan caesar salad on your own, try my recipe! I've made this recipe countless times over the years, served it at dinner parties, as part of my catering business. Always a winner. You can add fresh dill for a nice twist!

Heathy's Caesar Dressing

2 medium avocados
1/2-1 cup water
1/4 cup cashews
1/4 cup lemon juice, or more
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1-2 teaspoons himalayan salt
1-2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2-3 cloves garlic
1 date, pitted

Blend all ingredients until smooth, starting with lesser amounts of salt and pepper. Add enough water to achieve desired thickness.


½ cup brazil nuts
½ c pine nuts
1 tsp nutritional yeast
1 small clove garlic, minced
¼- ½ tsp sea salt

Pulse brazils, yeast, garlic, and salt in FP until almost ground. Add pine nuts and grind until crumbly.

The waiter told us about Kelly's Bakeshop, the cafe's gluten free/vegan/nut free bakery located one street over, so naturally we had to make a stop there after lunch.

We shared a chocolate chip cookie and got a brownie to share the next day. The cookie had a bit of a crunchy outer layer and was soft on the inside - a bit cakey. The brownie was super moist, sweet, and chocolatey.

Oh and check out the cupcake fridge. How perfect if you're going to a vegan/gltuen free/nut free event!

I hope you get a chance to check out these great places if you live in the GTA!

Part of Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays, Wellness Weekend


  1. I love RISE kombucha! I think it's my favourite brand!

    I haven't been to either of those places though, clearly I must! Both added to the (neverending) list of places to try!

    1. Isn't it awesome?! I saw the ginger one somewhere else so I want to try that next time. Yes girl, you need to go to Kindfood! Maybe next time we can meet up there!

  2. Oh wow! Looks like two spots I would've loved!! ;) thanks for sharing! Sounds delicious!

  3. Hey! I found this post through Kindfood's Facebook page. I'm a big fan of their food! If you're ever there again, I highly recommend the Buddha Bowl. :)

    Also I always love finding other Canadian bloggers. Whereabouts are you from?

    1. Hey Chelsea! Nice to meet you. I was stoked to eat there and will go back again next time we visit my boyfriend's family. I live in northwestern Ontario. I see that you go to school in London. I went to culinary school there :) Great city!

  4. Bright pink! So clearly your kind of place. ;) Thank you for your email, dear one! I knew that there must be a reason you hadn't given advance warning of your visit, and I completely understand family coming first. But I do wish I could have seen you! We have so much to catch up on... and I'll write as soon as I have a clearer sense of what's happening in my life.

    P.S. Salted caramel cheesecake. Oh yes, that's for me.

    1. You're welcome my dear! I wish we could've had had a visit. I was thinking of you. J's parents live outside the city so had we had more time it would have worked - but next time! Good thing you're here a while ;) And we'll hit up some yummy places. Kindfood might be far for you but I do highly recommend. You'd love it!

  5. Both of those places looks right up my alley. I'm a big fan of raw vegan Caesar salad, too. I might have to have some for dinner tonight. So good!