We arrived at our hotel in Toronto around 1am, local time. We slept in, then decided to go out for lunch. Our first pick was a restaurant called Fresh. They used to be called Juice For Life (it was a juice bar), well, they added food and changed the name. Currently there are 3 Fresh restaurants, all in Toronto, one on Bloor St, one on Spadina and one on Crawford. We got to navigate and figure out the bus and subway system in Toronto, which was actually kinda fun having never rode a subway before. The subway took us to a 1 minute walk to Fresh on Bloor.
Fresh on Bloor St in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
The interior is fun, a little funky, but I loved it. We sat down and I ordered a peppermint hot chocolate with soymilk and K got earl grey tea (both delicious) K ordered the holiday wrap which has avocado, marinated tofu, sprouts, tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, lettuce and carrots with a house mayo. Very fresh tasty, a good pick me up in the middle of the day. I got the Black Bean Burrito with tomatoes, cilantro, cucumber, onion, lettuce, black bean filling and avocados, what a way to warm up after a chilly walk. It was very good and filling. We each ate half of our own, then swapped and ate half of each others. Very good lunch. The restaurant is a little noisy with the juicers and blenders and all the talking, but it was nice, not distracting. We were able to really relax. It was a bit chilly for us and we knew we didn’t want to be out after it got dark (5pm local time), so we decided to order dinner as well, take it back to the hotel and eat it there. We got the Green Goddess Rice Bowl which has broccoli, bok choy, kale, swiss chard, brown rice, tahini sauce, nori, sunflower seeds, simple sauce and white pickled ginger with grilled tempeh on top – YUM!!! I totally LOVED this rice bowl. Well, it wasn’t actually in a bowl because we got it to go, but here it is:
K got the Power House Noodle Bowl which comes with avocado, chick peas, grilled tofu steaks, toasted nuts & seeds, sprouts, tomato, red onion and spicy tahini sauce, served over soba noodles. His was also very yummy!!! (Sorry, no pix, he was hungry).
On Sunday, we went to the CN Tower which is the tallest building in the world (with the antenna). They have a 360 degree restaurant on top (1,100 ft up in the air). We had lunch there, it was really fun, we got a little quesy from the turning, but nothing too bad. There is also a section with a glass floor that you can stand on and look down at the ground. I was the only one that did that, but I didn’t stand there too long, its a little cool and a little creepy all at the same time. After that, we walked a little (it was snowing and very cold), then got back on the subway to go to a soy ice cream place (yes frozen food for a freezing day), but it ended up being too far to walk, so we ended up going back to Fresh on Bloor St. Yes, we had 3 out of our 5 meals at Fresh. I had the Energy Rice Bowl – marinated tofu, coconut curry sauce, chick pea and vegetable stew, cucumbers, tomato, onion, sprouts and tahini sauce – very good. K got the Delux Burger which comes with an almond, grain, vegetable and tofu burger which is grilled and served on a toasted multigrain bun topped with tomato, lettuce, onion, sprouts, dill pickle and house mayo. It was also yummy, but I think mine had more flavor. We also ordered another peppermint hot chocolate with soymilk.
Overall, our trip was great! We got to meet some new friends (went to the CN Tower together), ride the subway, see some snow, survive 5 days of 30 degree and lower weather and learn some new things for K’s business. Even the airports and plane rides went well. So, if you are ever in Toronto, go to Fresh and check out the CN Tower. I do recommend that you go when its not snowing though, you could see a lot more. I will be posting my take on some of these yummy eats in the weeks to come, so check back often. I will also be posting some new videos in the new year.