A Guide to Madrid, Spain

I didn’t quite know what to expect when I arrived in Madrid. It was my first trip to Spain, and rather than head directly to the ever-popular Barcelona, I decided to spend a few days (including New Year’s) in Madrid. Despite being the countries’ capital, and home to over three million people, Madrid does not…

Toronto’s Best Vegan Smoothies

Ah smoothies! When you’re feeling a bit worn out and undernourished, and craving some quick nutrients, nothing quite hits the spot like a hearty smoothie. And they make for a richly satisfying and healthy meal – the good ones anyway – when you’re in a hurry or just don’t feel like preparing food. Since smoothies…

Monthly Updates – What’s New in the Plant Based World.

Restaurant Openings Have a restaurant opening in your city you’d like to see covered? Send the details to plantandpine(at)gmail.com Soy Boys (471 Church Street) Finally a fully vegan restaurant in the Church-Wellesley village! Soy Boys is a take-out burger joint with a simple, straight-forward menu of burgers, waffle fries and soft serve. Let’s hope that…

Vegan Restaurants to Try in 2022

It feels a little too soon to start firmly planning any trips, and the thought of doing so with any amount of commitment, only to be disappointment when it isn’t possible, just seems too crushing right now.  But, at the same time, I’ve found it helpful to think ahead, in a sort of non-concrete, wistful…

Vegan Friendly Resorts & Hotels and Stays

While the pandemic is not likely to end anytime soon, it’s inevitably that as we drift into the summer vacation season, and case numbers drop, and vaccinations rates go up, we’ll start to think  and dream of travelling again. I’ve been resistant to planning anything. Even speculating about when we might be able to return…

Toronto’s Best Vegan Breakfast and Brunch

At one time, getting together with friends for a leisurely weekend brunch, as a vegan, meant you were probably going to be eating orange juice and possibly a salad for breakfast, but Toronto’s food scene is evolving rapidly and there’s now no shortage of plant based brunch and breakfast options in the city. Kupfert and…

A Guide to Paris, France

In the pantheon of great cities, none have arguably achieved a more legendary status than that of Paris.  With its grand boulevards, towering monuments, endless historical facades, and the general joie de vivre that fills every city pore, it’s hard to imagine there’s a more impressive and vibrant urban center anywhere else in the world….

A Guide To Toronto’s Independent Grocery Stores

With the unhealthy ambiance that’s circulating the political sphere these days, and democracy failing us in new and spectacular ways, and leadership that either can’t seem to make much progress, or willfully erodes it, I’ve been thinking of more ways that I can, as an individual, produce positive change in the world, from reducing waste…

Sweet and Treats – A Guide to Toronto’s Vegan Bakeshops

Through Being Cool, a beloved Toronto bakery recently closed its doors after six years of serving up a hearty selection of vegan pastries, donuts, and other sweet and savory delights.  It doesn’t seem like that long ago, but in 2013 the vegan scene in Toronto was only just starting to take off, and vegan fresh…

A Guide to Lisbon, Portugal

The last five months have passed by in such blur as I tried frantically to get some movement with several long term projects.  I was finally able to officially launch the Plant and Pine store, made some headway on my novel, started writing a second, wrote, revised, and submitted several short stories, a few poems,…