Checked out my first Toronto Underground Market over the weekend, it was an impressive turnout and the Brickworks is a stunning venue. Having just finished my cleanse the day before I wanted to stick to eating easy vegan, so nothing fried or with refined sugar and flour. I started with a booth serving a Korean soba noodle dish with a bit of lime and cilantro. It was good but I wanted more! After roaming through the crowd, there tucked in the back between a long, long line for lobster and another line for pig was Animal Liberation Kitchen, and I hollered hallelujah! They were offering salad rolls in rice paper with a peanut and a chili sauce as well as an aromatic coconut curry soup. I had one of everything. And felt good afterward which speaks to the quality of ingredients. I was so excited to go to a mainstream event and find good food.
While I did think everything was delicious, I am disappointed in our city’s veg representation. After having been to Vancouver and Seattle on a bit of a raw restaurant tour this past September, both the Grande Jean and I were stunned at how amazing the food options were. I recognize Toronto is a bit late to adapt the whole foods, veg lifestyle so hopefully as the movement gains strength so will the food offerings in the city. Or maybe I just haven’t found the hidden gems?