20130510-155857.jpg Wow what a week, one of the ugliest in a while. Not typically my style to let a tough week get to me but sometimes it just does right! Anyway lots of good stuff too as always, including my lovely afternoon with Asil. We headed to the Junction and stumbled into Cool Hand of a Girl, having done zero research I wasn't hopeful there would be anything for me to eat. So after a long-winded request for something without eggs, dairy, meat or gluten the woman stopped me and described the most amazing avocado sandwich which she could make with gluten free bread, toasted almonds in place of cheese and a vegan lentil soup on the side. I am not kidding I think I heard angels sing. If you've seen Asil and me together you can imagine our over the top exuberance did not wind down for a good 30 minutes. The owners are beyond lovely as is the atmosphere and the food. Check them out!

Ursa Root Vegetable Salad I must post about THE MOST AMAZING dinning experience I've had in Toronto. It was at Ursa a few weeks back, I'm telling you this place is for everyone: vegan, veggies, raw foodies, carnivores, celiacs, locavores, teetotallers, you name it. And not the kind of place that just pulls the bread from your bruschetta and calls it gluten-free, oh you know who you are Dundas and Palmerston... Ursa is a real food experience, it's clear the kitchen thinks about the whole picture; presentation, taste, experience, love and nourishment. Their delicious root vegetable salad came with a side of sprouts still growing in soil to be trimmed at the table... the epitome of living food. The housemade silken tofu amazing! And, as a non-drinker I was able, for the first time, to sample housemade drinks. In this case they were delicious kombuchas and vinegar shrubs and the bartender (Robin Goodfellow) was SO into his art it made it all the more exciting. Really all the staff seemed eager to describe and discuss the food and their process. I could go on, but I'll keep it proper blog short, plus I don't have the words to do the place justice. Just check it out.