Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada – Toronto, Canada

How can you watch animals in captivity when you’re a vegan/vegetarian/animal-lover? This is a question people like to interrogate me with, on occasion. My response is always the same: modern zoos and aquariums have an important role in wildlife conservation and research. Australia’s Western Plains Zoo out at Dubbo is a good example of this. But […]

Lettuce Love Cafe – Burlington, Canada

  Lettuce Love Cafe Burlington Canada When I first moved to Toronto, I did some research on vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurants in the area. To my surprise, a town 45 minutes out of Toronto called Burlington seemed to be the vegan mecca. For no discernible reason, it was home to several vegan restaurants, cafes, and […]

Evergreen Brickworks – Toronto, Canada

I don’t know if Toronto was always a densely packed urban jungle, or if that is the influence of residential construction and condo living in recent years. But when compared to cities like Sydney and San Francisco, I’ve noticed how thick the urbanisation is in Toronto. The condo skyline reminds me of New York’s, and the […]

Sadie’s Diner and Juice Bar – Toronto, Canada

Sadie’s Diner and Juice Bar Toronto Canada My first thoughts meeting Adam were: A boy vegan?  You exist? You’re… real? Realistically, of course I knew that there were male vegans, but I’d never met one, so the concept was still mythical beast territory then. Adam and I decided to grab some dinner on Easter Monday at Sadie’s […]

Live Organic Raw Food – Toronto, Canada

Raw food can strike fear in the heart of your average person. It sounds a bit scary, doesn’t it? But raw food is very non-confrontational. If you like salads and vegetables, and you already eat a balanced and healthy diet, many of your daily meals are probably already raw and you just don’t know it. […]

Art & About in Toronto, Canada

What Identifies a City? The Nomads visited New York in 2012. It was a seriously fun trip, but I was somewhat bemused by the city itself. This was the city everyone raved up?  Sure, there’s lots of stuff do. And there’s the culture. Everyone will remind you of “the culture”. But…it’s just a city. When […]

The Beet Organic Cafe at the Junction – Toronto, Canada

My main lament eating in Toronto is not a lack of vegan and vegetarian food. There are numerous vegetarian, vegan and raw health food cafes in Toronto, like Fresh on Spadina. But for some reason, trying to find a place that does a substantial, delicious and healthy vegan meal alongside some ribs or a beef burger […]

Winter in Canada: The Reality

Unless you’ve been hibernating, you’d know that Canada and the United States have been hit by the polar vortex this Winter, turning the entire area into Winterfell. This April 2014, we’re coming up to six months of snow. Six months of snow. Every time an Australian friend proclaims how lovely that would be, I get the […]

Fresh on Spadina – Toronto, Canada

It may be excruciatingly difficult to get a good vegetarian or vegan meal in Toronto pubs and restaurants, but Toronto is also home to some of the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants I’ve ever tried. My favourite here is Fresh. It’s a casual chain restaurant in Toronto that caters to vegetarians and vegans. Most meals […]