Last weekend I met a friend from work who I hadn’t seen in a few months. We had a lot to catch up on and we’ve been talking about going down to the “hip” part of town. She lives downtown and I live in the country so we met it the middle and she showed me some of her favourite places.
We partially became good friends because we both have a slew of allergies. So she took me to a couple vegan/gluten free bakeries and then went out for lunch at one of our favourite vegan restaurants.
Neither of us our true vegans but we are both dairy free. I still eat meat (can’t live without bacon!) but I gravitate to vegan food because it is certified to not have dairy and therefore not make me sick.
Our first stop was a little bakery that offers vegan, gluten free and nut free treats. I had looked up their website and was excited to try their cheese cake but they didn’t have any that day. So instead I opted for a brownie which was AMAZING, and a Queen Anne cake which is basically similar to a coffee cake with syrup and coconuts on it (I found it a bit dry).
Our next stop was a little vegan coffee shop. I was familiar with this shop because one of the local dairy free ice creams I’ve been wanting to try is offered there. So we went in and chatted with the owner and then decided to come back later and get some ice cream (I wanted a pint obviously).
The ice cream is called oat and mill and it’s a dairy and gluten free ice cream derived from locally grown oats. It’s super delicious and a little healthier then the alternative, even if your not dairy free. They deliver ice cream right to your door! (If in the Ottawa or Montreal area!)
Next,we started to walk down to the little vegan restaurant we both love, we realized we were about ten blocks away and decided to go and get my car.
A true representation of our similarity and friendship is that we both got the exact same thing to eat, with the exception of a gluten free collards wrap for her.
We enjoyed pineapple mimosas, “blt” with tempeh bacon and avocados and kale caesar salad (don’t get me started on how delicious this is, I’m obsessed).
Then we went back to the coffee shop for ice cream! We got a scoop to share of chocolate and salted caramel! It was so delicious! And I bought a pint of the salted caramel! I enjoyed some of it the next day with the brownie from the bakery.
Overall, it was a great day and I want to go back and get a bunch more treats. It’s so exciting to explore new areas in the city you live in. So many gems that I never knew existed.
*If you are from Ottawa or in the Ottawa area and want to know more about any of these amazing spots let me know and I’ll give you the deets.