Doomie’s

West on Queen St. W. in Parkdale neighbourhood is a totally bad-ass, totally vegan junk food joint called Doomie’s. I first heard about this place on Blog T.O. and was very intrigued. Vegan big mac? With animal-style fries? Uh, I’m IN. Those are omni foods that I’m 100% jealous of. I do not crave meat but I do sometimes crave disgustingly over-the-top crazy unhealthy food creations that are so bad they’re good.

Basically, what I’m saying is, if you ever invent a vegan double down sandwich, I’m game. And this place seems to have that same kind of attitude. In fact, you can’t even order a salad here. There are no freshly-squeezed, cold-pressed organic juices. There is no kombucha. There is only greasy, wonderful, drippy, messy, heavenly comfort food.

Doomies South in Yer Mouth | thelittleredspoon.com

I came here with my mum on a weekday night to scope it out. I knew this place was expensive so I brought the lady who taught me how to be frugal to come split an entree with me. NGL – we both drank water, shared one meal and left without getting drinks or dessert and with tax and tip (and our upgrade on the fries) the bill somehow still crept up to $25.76. Yikes! We shared and both felt that it was enough food (if I had this by myself I would’ve had to get a takeout container for sure), but one really hungry person could probably eat the whole thing. Especially because of the fact that it was FUCKING DELICIOUS!

Doomies Xtra Fun Philly Fries | thelittleredspoon.com

We upgraded from plain fries to “Xtra Fun Fries” for $5 – these were the “Philly Fries”, they came with vegan philly cheese steak style meat, peppers, onions and cheese whiz. Holy crap, this picture doesn’t begin to convey how good they were. Crispy, perfectly cooked, dripping with tasty grease.. The meat was great, they were piping hot……. Just, the best fries a hungry person could want. I can’t imagine how fricking amazing these would be if you were drunk. And anyone would love them. The whole point of this restaurant is that vegans can bring their non-vegan friends here and not hear them bitching about how “gross” vegan food is. Because they will be too busy shoving the food in their mouths to complain about anything.

Doomies South in Yer Mouth Bite | thelittleredspoon.com

The sandwich we tried was called a “South In Yer Mouth” – vegan BBQ pulled pork with pickles, piled high with mac and cheese on a toasted bun. Sooo good. As someone who’s been veggie since I was basically a kid, I have actually never tried real pulled pork. But I can tell you that this sandwich is damn good, whether it’s a perfect dead-on match for the real thing or not. Wowzers. It was very filling! Definitely comfort food. I loved the tangy sauce on the meat contrasted with the creamy, familiar mac and cheese and soft white bun.

I really loved the food at this place and want to go back eventually. Really, the main thing stopping me is the fact that it’s quite expensive (at least compared to the non-vegan foods being imitated). However, the quality is there to back up the prices. Everything is crafted really well, the taste is phenomenal, you can tell there’s a lot of care taken. Plus everything is totally vegan and cruelty-free, so of course that makes it worth it for me right there.

I think two of the comments on Blog T.O.’s website’s comments section sums this up well:

Jep Ingram ·

Big Mac: $4.99
Vegan Big Mac: $16
That’s it right there.

Anthony Campbell

$4.99 is the price of the item, but not the cost.

Google “the real cost of fast food” and you’ll find that what’s not included in the 5 bucks are environmental costs, social costs (for poverty-line wages and benefits), health costs, and animal welfare. Moreover, the more reasonable comparison, price-wise, would be with a Burger’s Priest burger or Holy Chuck burger–both of which also have environmental, social, health, and animal welfare costs that are not factored into their pricing.

Check out Doomie’s on Queen West and let me know what you think! I’ll be sure to post a sexy, greasy, messy Instagram pic of my food next time I’m there and I hope you do, too.

Doomie's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Red Curry Lentils

I tried this recipe from Vegelicious Kitchen and WOW – these lentils are amazing!!

Red curry lentils made with creamy coconut milk. I whipped these up so quickly and easily, this is definitely going to be one of my staple recipes.

Red Lentil Curry with Naan | thelittleredspoon.com

I had most of this stuff in my kitchen already – mirepoix, veggie broth, spices, full-fat canned coconut milk and red split lentils. The only thing I didn’t have that I had to go pick up was red curry paste, which I found in the “asian” aisle of my usual grocery store.

Red Lentil Curry Mise en Place | thelittleredspoon.com

If you don’t already use turmeric, you should totally get on that craze. Vegans love it because it adds a lovely bright yellow colour to tofu scramble (scrambled eggs substitute), or anything else for that matter. I’ve heard that turmeric can have a lot of health benefits, too. I’m not a nutritionist but from what I’ve read about it, the claims do seem pretty legit. I’m not going to be a crazy person and be like, drinking a turmeric tea any time soon, but I figure if I can sneak it into savoury dishes where you won’t even notice it anyway, why not?

Pot of Red Lentil Curry | thelittleredspoon.com

I was so glad I had some extra naan left over from another dinner to dip into these scrumptious lentils. So good! My boyfriend tried some too and definitely approved of this recipe.

How fancy are you going to feel when you whip up your own flavourful lentil curry from scratch? I swear this is one of those recipes that literally anyone can put together (yes, even you!) and dress up to look really nice with sides and garnishes. And obviously it makes wonderful leftovers for work lunches. This is a huge factor for me when planning my cooking and recipe development since I work full-time. I like my leftovers! You may find that these lentils thicken up overnight while sitting in the fridge. That’s fine, you can add a little water before reheating them and it will come right back to a more soup-y consistency. And it won’t taste weirdly watery. This recipe is definitely substantial enough to survive a couple of tablespoons of water added since it’s very thick and flavourful.

 

Red Lentil Curry | thelittleredspoon.com

Once again I used this recipe with permission from Debra at Vegelicious Kitchen – check out her website for more awesome vegetarian and vegan recipes. I’ve loved everything she’s posted!

Red Curry Lentils
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Serves: 4-5 servings
 
Ingredients
  • Coconut oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 - 3 Tbsp diced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp powdered ginger
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 2 large celery stalks, diced
  • ½ tsp salt (plus more later to taste)
  • 2½ tsp curry powder (I used more to taste)
  • 1½ tsp turmeric (I went crazy and added a few Tbsp but do what you like)
  • 1-2 Tbsp red curry paste (start with less and add more as you taste)
  • 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes and juice
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk (reserve a small amount to drizzle on top when serving, optional)
  • 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup red lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • White pepper to taste
  • 2 - 4 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Parsley, cilantro or basil, minced for garnish
Instructions
  1. Saute the diced mirepoix in coconut oil until soft, add garlic and cook another 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  2. Add the spices and curry paste and cook in oil 1-2 minutes to release flavour.
  3. Add can of diced tomatoes and most of the can of coconut milk. (keep some aside for drizzling on top later)
  4. Add veggie broth, lentils, and bay leaves, stir and cook uncovered for 20 minutes.
  5. When the lentils are cooked, taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
  6. Turn off heat and add fresh lime juice.
  7. Drizzle with coconut milk and chopped basil to garnish. Serve with rice or naan as desired.

Soo good! I know I’ll be coming back to this one when the weather gets cooler.

Red Lentil Curry with Lime and Naan | thelittleredspoon.com

Let me know if you make a batch of these melt in your mouth red curry lentils with coconut milk and leave a comment below!

Tofurky Pepp’roni Pockets

Tofurky hot pockets????? YAAAAS! That’s what I’m talking about!

Tofurky Pocket Served | thelittleredspoon.com

I love eating fresh, raw produce for a meal as much as the next vegan, but man, some times you just want to chow down on some nostalgic, processed, super-lazy junk food. Like those times when you get home from a crazy day at work and can’t even think straight. When its time to just laze on the couch in your sweatpants and have a beer and frozen dinner when you get home. That’s what these are for.

Tofurky Pocket with Box | thelittleredspoon.com

Actually I think they make a good lunch too, I eat these when I just don’t feel like making something, but want to eat something super easy when I’m writing or derping around on the internet. (Watching videos on YouTube is like my guilty pleasure when I’m home for the day, especially while I’m eating)

Tofurky Pocket | thelittleredspoon.com

I just wanted to share these with you guys to let you know – THEY ARE NOT GROSS! They are actually pretty tasty! I think they’re a wonderful alternative to regular pizza pops or whatever greasy omnivore crap you’re into. And they’re even kinda fancy for what they are. They have a nice flakey crust and the filling is actually pretty tasty. I’ve only tried the pepp’roni flavour so far, there are also “BBQ Chick’n” and “Turk’y Broccoli and Cheddar” flavours which I definitely want to try out. I love Tofurky brand so whenever I see something tasty and vegan from them in my local Whole Foods store (or anywhere) I always want to try it out. Tofurky also makes great vegan pizzas too! (WITH vegan cheese!) And they’re good!

Tofurky Pocket Bitten | thelittleredspoon.com

The filling is really good! I love keeping a box of these in the freezer. And throwing them in the microwave is as easy as it gets. (I like to microwave them according to the directions, then toast them in my toaster oven for another 2-3 minutes to get them a pretty golden-brown colour on the outside. Food tastes better when it looks better )

And just so you know, I was NOT paid for this post (I will put a disclaimer at the top for any paid content if a brand does decide to work with me), I just sincerely like these things. Check ’em out next time you see them in your grocery store or Whole Foods. They’re tasty!

Drop a comment to let me know if you like these vegan hot pockets too.

Glassroots

These pictures don’t do the food justice…

Glassroots Cheese Plate | thelittleredspoon.com

Mr. Spoon and I were in London, ON earlier this month and were super excited to try out the coolest new restaurant in town – Glassroots! We started off with a cheese plate and charcuterie platter to share. These cheeses were fricking amazing. They were all totally vegan Nuts For Cheese cashew cheeses! When you go vegan you sometimes really miss just munching out on a big plate of cheese, pickles and bread. Well at Chef Yoda’s restaurant, you can do that! Everything on this board tasted incredible. I still have dreams about eating this cheese board. And you better believe I’m going back in a few months to do it again..

That combination of soft, creamy cheese on a crisp toasted baguette… Mmm.. You just have to try for yourself.

Glassroots Charcuterie Plate | thelittleredspoon.com

The charcuterie included (clockwise from 12) house-made red lentil pepperoni, baguette toasts, pickled beets, pickled garlic greens, mustard, field roast sausage and a nice green mushroom and garlic pate. Everything was so delicious. Even Mr. Spoon (a definite meat-eater) who tends to be very discerning about vegan meat whole-heartedly approved of the pepperoni and sausage. (And everything else on these boards)

Glassroots Charcuterie | thelittleredspoon.com

Those pickles tho That sausage I’m drooling just re-living the moments when I was eating this tasty food. Take me back!  I wish this restaurant existed back when I still lived in London so I could eat there all the time.

Glassroots Beet Burger | thelittleredspoon.com

I ordered the beet burger which came with a candy-striped beet salad on the side. So good! So juicy, so smothered in tasty vegan toppings…. Oh man, now I want to eat this all over again, too! This picture doesn’t even slightly capture the deliciousness here, guys. I wish I could have done it justice but I was too excited to dig it to be fiddling around with my camera for too long. The bun was heavenly soft. The patty was the perfect texture, moist and juicy and not totally crumbling to bits. (like when I make my veggie burgers lol) Topped with more beets and greens and dripping with tasty vegan mayo. It’s like being in vegan heaven!!!

Glassroots BBQ Plate | thelittleredspoon.com

Mr. Spoon ordered the BBQ plate which was creamy vegan potato salad, grilled cauliflower steak, cauliflower buffalo wings, and grilled stuffed cheesy zucchini. Oh man! I wished I had enough room in my stomach to eat both of our dinners! And then polish off the rest of the menu! Holy smokes everything was so tasty and actually healthy! We both ate a lot and didn’t feel like bloated pieces of junk after. I’m telling you now, book this place for valentine’s day or a romantic special occasion and you will be so happy you did. Because you can eat tasty, healthy food to your heart’s content and not feel like you need to pull on your sweatpants after dinner. I mean I don’t know if you can tell from these pictures, but you can tell from eating the food here that everything is made with so much love and attention to detail. It’s amazing.

Glassroots Shortcake Cookie | thelittleredspoon.com

So not being too disgustingly full (side-note, I’ve been asked this question before and YES vegans can get disgustingly full on unhealthy junk food just like omnivores) meant we could order dessert! Yay. This was awesome because the dessert for the week we visited was strawberry shortcake cookies piled high with vegan meringue and delicious juicy ripe strawberries.

Glassroots Strawberry Shortcake Dessert | thelittleredspoon.com

O. M. G. Strawberry heaven

I don’t usually go in for desserts but this was the good stuff. So light, fresh, airy and juicy. It was sweet and tart and fluffy and the dense shortbread cookie was just right. Amazing combination.

Chef Yoda’s food is out of this world. You will feel so welcomed and comfortable here. You can even bring your dog to the patio outside! Which means Shaggy will definitely be coming for a visit one day.

They even have a ton of amazing vegan wine options and a friendly sommelier to guide you through them. (Surprised that not all wine is vegan? It’s true!) Mike Fish, Chef Yoda’s partner and co-owner of the restaurant will help you find your new favourite vegan wine.

I seriously can’t recommend this restaurant enough. You need to go here. Now.
Like, if you don’t live in London, get in a car and drive there. Not joking. And when you do go there, send me pictures of all the amazing food you’re eating so I can fantasize that I’m eating there, too.

Glassroots Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Beet Cafe

Beet Cafe Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl | thelittleredspoon.com

Mr. Spoon and I visited London, Ontario two weeks ago and hit up the London Food Fest

We had a tasty dinner in Victoria Park from The Beet Cafe booth – a pop-up restaurant that’s only open during festivals in London and run by Growing Chefs Ontario. Pretty cool!

I tried a Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl. It was really good and I felt extra healthy walking around eating kale and hemp seeds while being surrounded by deep fried food on all sides. (But don’t get me wrong, we had some deep fried junk and other snacks too)

Beet Cafe Menu | thelittleredspoon.com

Three choices of bowls, two sizes.

Beet Cafe Drinks Sign | thelittleredspoon.com

We tried a Booch ginger-flavoured organic kombucha. Booch is a local company in London.  It was really tasty. We’re totally on board with that kombucha trend – I’m brewing some in our kitchen right now.

Beet Cafe Sign with Pictures | thelittleredspoon.com

Mr. Spoon tried a pulled pork burrito bowl. He said it was very good but unfortunately had some cilantro in it which he doesn’t like.

Beet Cafe Pulled Pork Box | thelittleredspoon.com

What a fun night! Veganism is really catching on, there were plenty of booths offering veggie options. And of course, cotton candy is always vegan…