FEAST Restaurant Review + A Love Letter to My Favourite Gypsy

Restaurant Review, Toronto

In the hustle and bustle of prepping for my trip to Bald Head Island, I had the bittersweet experience of saying a temporary goodbye to Saar, who has just departed on another stretch of world travelling. She has had a pretty huge impact on my life in the two years that I’ve known her, and even though she just left, I already can’t wait for our next reunion. Who knows where it will be… Bali, Thailand… I’m sure it will be one of her favourite places somewhere in this beautiful world, and she can give me the grand tour!

Ever since Saar included it in her ‘5 Musts for August‘ post I’ve been dying to try out FEAST (Fabulous Eats for the Allergic and Sensitive Types). This being our last get-together for the next little while, it seemed only appropriate that we pop in. We took a lovely stroll down Crawford, through Trinity Bellwoods Park, to West Queen West, where you’ll find Feast.

FEAST: Fabulous Eats for the Allergic and Sensitive Types

"'Best pastry I have ever had gluten-free or otherwise. Thank you for existing.' Savoury pocket pies, vegan donuts, come in and taste what everyone is talking about."

When you first walk in, you’ll notice that Feast is more like a specialty grocery store than a sit down eatery. Along one wall are shelves stocked with chocolates, oils, and other tasty-looking goodies, all blessedly free of common allergens. There are a few bar stools and a counter looking out the front window. The space is light and airy. We were quickly offered samples of the store’s housemade coconut butter – which tastes pretty close to real butter, actually – and nut butters (chocolate sunflower butter! What, what?). 

Store menus: "What's brewing" "What's in the pantry" "What's in store"

In the glass case by the front counter were an assortment of pocket pies: Jerk Chicken, The Beefeater, and Vegan Curried Black Bean. I went with the black bean pocket pie this time. The pastry was perfect (tender, chewy, and totally convincing for those who are still a bit leery of gluten-free flours) but the filling left a little bit to be desired… a bit more spice or a dipping sauce would have been a lovely addition here. 

Vegan Curried Black Bean pocket pies in display case

In a cooler next to the counter are some interesting beverages, including Toronto-based Vams’ kefir water and kombucha. 

Vams Kombuch & Kefir Water (lime + turmeric, beach, ginger, spirulina + lime)

We sat down in the bar stools by the window, and smiled at everyone who walked by. It was great.

A tender and flaky vegetarian pocket pie ready to be devoured.

For dessert, I picked up a pair of coconut caramels, which were sooooo yummy. Up in front is their Tropical Caramel (coconut and pineapple, sprinkled with sea salt), and in the back is one of Feast’s Chocolate Krispies (cacao nibs and puffed rice cereal). 

Dairy-free vegan coconut caramels

After lunch, we explored some of the surrounding stores. Next door to Feast is “Type”, a beautifully curated bookshop. It was perfect for vegging out in with a satisfied tummy. Saar and I grabbed seats in the children’s section at the back and read picture books to one another. 

Type Bookshop (view of fiction section and displays from the back of the store)

Before long, we headed back out into the sunshine to check out some more of the neighbourhood (a very pretty and trendy neighbourhood at the moment) and to grab some green juice.

"She's an explorer, a daydreamer, and never turns down an excuse to wear flowers in her hair. She believes in magic, likes the challenge in finding the perfect dress, and always mixes in her favourite vintage tee with a dash of delicate sequins. There's no problem a swipe of lipstick can't fix, and she's always up for a midnight adventure."Floating books display

While at Feast, I had also grabbed one of their Triple Chocolate Love donuts. We plopped down under an oak tree in Trinity Bell Woods park so I could dig in. Also very yummy, but really more cake-like, if I remember correctly, than any donut I’ve ever had.

Me and My DoughnutLove you, buddy. <3 (Saar. Not the donut. Okay, also the donut.) 

Toronto Coconut Festival

Personal, Photo Diary, Toronto

In a few days I’ll be leaving for a much needed vacation in North Carolina. Until then, I’m going to be pretty busy with work, prepping, and packing, so I thought I would leave you with a quick photo re-cap of last weekend.

Saar and I went on yet another health excursion to the Toronto Coconut Festival, which was really fun and, obviously, very tasty. The night before, she made me the wicked dinner you see pictured below (roasted veggies with turmeric mustard dipping sauce, + a yumtastic salad).

The next day, we were revved up and ready to go. So off we went. 

Roasted veggies and a side salad

Seeds for "planting" your own veggie sausage or veggie burger

Mason jar soup kits (everything you need to make your own homemade soup!)

A pretty and colourful chalk sign for Gelato Goodness non-dairy gelato

A pretty vegetable and flower garden at Wychwood Barns

Saar, pointing her camera. She's taking a picture of me taking a picture of her.

Energy balls made at Marni Wasserman's coconut demo

Bags of vegan coconut bacon. So delicious and convincing!

Samples of vegan coconut bacon

Tasty looking cupcakes. Looks like vanilla frosting!

Tasty treats at Spirit Bird Bakery. Definitely, the highlight of my day was sampling one of their raw vegan nanaimo bars!

Thumbprint cookies filled with chia jam!

Another pretty chalkboard sign for non-dairy ice cream. It's obvious why these signs are so popular. They're adorable!

Assortment of very pretty garden stuff (bird cages, terrariums, airplants...) by Perfectly Planted

Some of Perfectly Planted's pretty plants

Jars of cocoa beans, and a box of apple chips, by Zenergie

My lunch! A curry platter featuring a split pea curry, a sweet potato curry, and a red cabbage slaw. Yum....

Saar took a picture of me in photographer mode, taking a picture at the Zenergie display.