1for1 Pizza

Hey guys! I’m here today to talk to you about some of my favourite Ottawa comfort food.

One of the biggest hurdles to transitioning to a vegan diet is the shift in the kinds of dishes you can eat – sometimes, some of your favourite comfort foods disappear from most menus. Chicken fingers? Nope. Soup? Usually not. Pizza? Definitely not – well, most of the time, unless you want to eat it without cheese. But who does, really?

Elgin street diner

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Hey friends! Time for some more Ottawa restaurant recommendations ~~ The other night, Ian and I stopped at an absolute Ottawa classic – Elgin Street Diner.

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This is the best known diner in Ottawa, having been around since over 22 years ago. It’s open 24 hours a day, and serves breakfast all day!

Now – this place isn’t the most vegan friendly, but it is an Ottawa must-do. They do have a lovely veggie burger,which I’ve enjoyed on many occasions.

 

 

I need more pictures of this very aesthetically pleasing place – it’s like an old timey diner! They also have great coffee, and their fries are amazing.

It’s basically the perfect spot for comfort food at any time of day or night.

 

 

So – what’s your town’s best diner?

Ottawa’s Best Independent Coffee

Hey guys! I’m here today to talk to you about coffee – I don’t know about you, but coffee is a treasured treat to me. Although I have heavily cut down on my consumption of it (side note: I did this because it reduced my anxiety very much. I sooo recommend this), I still love it, and have it every now and then. And since it’s so occasional, I like to get quality drinks.

My relationship with coffee started very young: coming from a Greek family, I remember my uncle giving me sips of coffee as early as age 5, and making me coffee of my own at 7. (I know this sounds completely irresponsible, but trust me, it was all done while considering my age). I don’t ever remember feeling like I actually needed it, but I loved the taste from very early. My love for it only intensified this part year, after I spent a year working at Starbucks and learning about the logistics of it.

Tofu Scramble

Hey all! How’s everyone doing?

Today,  I want to share one of my very favourite recipes with you – my tofu scramble. Full disclosure, eggs have been one of the hardest animal products for me to give up; I grew up eating them most days, I have fond memories of my grandmother making them for me everyday when I was very young, and that habit followed me into my university life. But when I found out the atrocities that go on in egg farms, I decided I had to stop. It’s been very difficult, and at times my motivation wavers, but finding delicious alternatives is what keeps me dedicated. Now, I didn’t invent this recipe from the ground up – it’s more like a mash up of many others I’ve encountered. This was one of the very first recipes I tried as a vegan alternative, and while it’s not quite the same as a sunny side up eggs, it pretty much satisfies my craving for scrambled eggs or egg sandwiches. 

Pure Kitchen

Hey everyone! Time for another vegan Wednesday! *imagine theme music here*

Not long ago, I had a craving (for weeks) to visit one of my favourite spots in Ottawa – Pure Kitchen. I think maybe I’ve written about Pure Kitchen before, but I’ll tell you about it anyway. Pure Kitchen is a mostly vegan / vegetarian option available restaurant on Elgin St. It was one of the very first vegan spots I tried here and I fell in love with it immediately. Their food is always delicious, and they have a constantly changing menu so there are always new things to try.

Pizza Pizza

Hello everyone!! The time has come for me to tell you about one of my favourite places to get vegan pizza – Pizza Pizza! I order this pizza literally all the time – and while Pizza Pizza wasn’t my favourite place for pizza beforehand, they really stepped it up and offered vegan options before a lot of other places! And their vegan pizza is also very good, not to mention they often have great deals.

The Works

Hey all! Time for some more vegan eats!

My band mate’s birthday just went by, and so we all went to the works to celebrate – which I, of course, took as an opportunity to try out some vegan eats for you all!

Firstly we decided to start with the tower of onion rings, which was adorable – and the Works offered like a whole bunch of vegan dips, which was great!

Vegan Spot Wednesdays!

Last week, Ian and I finally decided to visit a restaurant we kept walking by and looking into – Pihro, on Elgin Street. Pihro is self-labelled as Greek and Mediterranean food (with gluten free and vegan options). I was super stoked about this place because one of my favourite pre-vegan foods was pitas! (I’m still dedicated to making vegan tzatziki. It’s HAPPENING.)