Julia’s in South Haven, Michigan

I have wonderful family in South Haven, Michigan and visited briefly in January. South Haven, right on Lake Michigan, is a vacation town and thus has much less hustle in the winter. But funerals happen all year round and I got to be there in the snow.

One afternoon my brother and I were hungry for lunch and Happy Cow indicated Julia’s had vegan options. My aunt had shared it was one of her favorite places in all the other seasons, but had not been in winter. So we tried it and I’m glad we did.

Upon entering I quickly noticed that vegan chili was the soup du jour. Hallelujah! A cold day needed warm chili.

In addition, there were several clearly labeled vegan bakery items.

I was so happy. It can be very challenging to eat out in small towns and previous visits to South Haven had not had as much to choose from.

I got the vegan chili and a blueberry almond power cookie.

Yummers! My brother also got something he enjoyed, but it wasn’t vegan and so I don’t remember the details.

The space was clean and I was so thankful during a cold and sad day. I probably came off as a weirdo to the staff, but they took it in stride and just smiled at my enthusiasm. Julia’s gets four out of five vegan cupcakes for being there when I needed them. If ever in South Haven, Michigan, a very cute town, stop by Julia’s and experience for yourself.


Delicieux in Montreal

Our last day in Montreal we headed to the Mile End neighborhood to explore. It is not known as a tourist area and we wanted to experience a bit of what life in Montreal is like for residents. In addition to a coffeehouse that has live music almost every hour, we stopped at Delicieux for lunch.

I hadn’t done any research to know what we were in for, but the food was wonderful. Everyone orders inside and then the food is brought to you if the place is slow or you pick up from a counter when busy. It was slow during our visit and we sat outside.

We decided to begin with elaborate smoothies.

They were yummers! Next we each picked out a signature bowl.

Again, yummers! We were very pleasantly surprised by the food, which was our consistent response to the food in Montreal. Everything was incredible.

Delicieux gets four out of five vegan cupcakes. The food was wonderful, if a bit challenging to know what we were ordering. For example, the “smoothies” are not exactly smoothies, so we were not sure what we were getting. They are more like bowls in elaborate glasses. But the place is worth visiting if ever in Mile End Montreal.

Invitation V in Montreal

Our first night in Montreal we wanted to eat at Invitation V recently moved to Old Town. We could have too, but it was a prix fixe menu as a fundraiser for Sea Shepherd. I adore the work of Sea Shepherd, but we really wanted to explore the menu and decided to make a reservation for a different night.

The place is open and airy with a cafe-like area upstairs that is adorable.

The waitstaff was very kind and offered to move our table to one with a window as soon as it opened. We didn’t even ask for that!

I decided to try the Katsudon bowl and Hubby picked the Cesar salad and minestrone soup. All was yummers.

We also picked out the chocolate cake for dessert.

I wasn’t crazy about the cake, but it was beautiful.

The food was beautifully presented and we had such a nice experience. Invitation V gets five out of five vegan cupcakes and I very much recommend a visit to this restaurant when in Old Town Montreal. Yummers!

Vegano in Montreal

We just had to try the restaurant called Vegano! Loud and proud, with that name, about being vegan.

The space could use a spruce up and deep clean, but we took a table at the window to get more light.

French menus arrive on clipboards and are covered in plastic. Luckily the owner was happy to translate for us and the waitress was great at helping make sure we got what we wanted.

I picked the chickpea omelet with sweet potatoes and greens. Hubby picked a pizza and asked for a spinach salad to be made special.

It was so much food! My omelet was tasty, but a bit dry. This may be normal with chickpea omelets, I had never had one before. The pizza was good. A typical vegan cheese pizza.

We could not finish our meals with so much food, but enjoyed everything.

Vegano gets three out of four vegan cupcakes. The food is tasty, but not amazing and the space is not as clean as other vegan restaurants close by. The staff is wonderful.

Lola Rosa in Montreal

One night while in Montreal we decided we were not ready to go back to the hotel and that we wanted dessert. A quick search led us to Lola Rosa.

The menu includes things like poutine and quesadillas, but we headed straight for the dessert case and picked out a slice of lemon custard pie with meringue and raspberry sauce and a slice of chocolate and banana cream pie. Yummers!

Hubby was excited to try vegan custard and meringue. The lemon custard was really delicious. The chocolate and banana was also yummers, but a poor second to the lemon.

The space is cute with a few small tables and each has drawers with notes of gratitude to the restaurant in them.

Lola Rosa gets three out of five vegan cupcakes. The desserts were nice, but the space dirty and the staff rude. I was surprised by all the gratitude notes based on our experience. But I would go back for the dessert.

LOV in Montreal

I fell in love with Montreal, in part because there is so much great vegan food!

We stayed near Old Town, so most nights we explored a restaurant in that area. Hubby’s favorite was LOV.

It has a sweet and quirky dining room. For example, two tables have swing chairs hanging from the ceiling rather than traditional chairs. I’m glad we didn’t have those because I am certain my clumsy self would have put most of dinner in my lap.

We started with the cheese plate and kale mac’n’cheese.

Both were yummers! I had the lasagna that comes with a Cesar salad and hubby got gnocchi de casa.

Seriously yummers! Hubby even enjoyed my lasagna that was only layers of vegetables. He feels real lasagna has pasta in it, so this means a bunch.

LOV gets five out of five vegan cupcakes. We really enjoyed it. Make sure you have a reservation to make certain you get to try it when in Montreal.

Copper Branch in Montreal

Our first day in Montreal we had a bicycle tour of the old city. It was wonderful and we were starving once it was over. The first vegan place that popped up on Google was Copper Branch and we made a beeline. Copper Branch has several locations across Montreal.

I ordered the South West Wrap Scramble (yes, Southwest is two words on the menu) and kombucha. Hubby picked out the Smoked Maple Tempeh Sandwich and Revolution Smoothy. We also had to try the nachos.

Most was yummers. The sour cream on the nachos was extra sour, so I wasn’t used to it. Hubby was not fond of his smoothie and ended up not finishing it. But the portions were large.

The space could have used a wipe down and the employees seemed like they would have appreciated a break.

Copper Branch gets three out of five vegan cupcakes. If needing something quick, it’s worth a try. And it was fun to try, of course.

Cosmic Treats in Toronto

When researching where to eat in Toronto, I remember reading about a dessert place I wanted to try. I promptly forgot where it was or its name. My superhero power is that I forget everything.

While walking around Kensington Market, I saw a sign for vegan treats and had to explore. Walking in reminded me of the photos I had seen online. Score!

The place is adorable and the dessert case very temping. It was a hot day and they offer vegan soft serve ice cream. Yummers! I got a chocolate and vanilla swirl and picked out a double chocolate marshmallow cookie for later.

I’m happy to share that both were yummers. When in Kensington, my favorite Toronto neighborhood, stop by Cosmic Treats. Unless, of course, you are trying to avoid treats.

Rosalinda in Toronto

At the last moment we decided to go to Second City for a night out. This meant trying to find a fun restaurant between the venue and our hotel. That’s when I uncovered Rosalinda. We had passed it several times, but I did not realize it was vegan.

The place is nice and the waitstaff kind. We didn’t have a reservation so they asked if we minded sitting at the bar. Not at all! People talk to one another at the bar.

Rosalinda is Toronto’s interpretation of vegan Mexican food and it was yummers. The best part was the willingness to play with flavors.

Plates are small and intended to be shared so we got a tostada (that I forgot to photograph), floutas, and chilquiles. I adored it all. Hubby loved the floutas so much that he ordered a second plate.

Our only obstacle was that food came out a bit slow. Not usually an issue, but we had a show to get to.

Rosalinda gets five out of five vegan cupcakes. We would go there frequently if we lived in Toronto. Yummers!

Fresh in Toronto

Fresh is another Toronto restaurant that was recommended to us. We had no idea what we were in for and it was yummers.

Upon sitting we were warned that the kitchen was about 35 minutes behind except for starters and smoothies. So we started with that. In Canada, do as Canadians do and order yourself some poutine! It’s fries with cheese curds and gravy. The legend we were told is that someone was carrying all these ingredients separately and dropped them only to find they were delicious together. Sounds like something I would do! We ordered the green poutine and I got a radiant smoothie. Hubby got a banana split milkshake.

Yummers! The vegan version of poutine works for me! The menu is a bit overwhelming, so I asked our server what was popular and landed on the crispy cauliflower tacos. Hubby picked out the Beyond Meat cheeseburger, as usual. He’s so happy to be eating cheeseburgers again.

The portions were so big! We found this to be true throughout Toronto. We both really enjoyed our entrees and they came out in reasonable time. I guess the kitchen was able to catch up.

Though we were fairly full, we had to try a dessert and decided on the chocolate fudge cake. Though, to be honest, it was hubby’s second dessert after the banana split shake.

It tasted very chocolate and the icing was too much. We didn’t finish it.

The space is cute, but be warned that the tables are super close together if only two of you.

Fresh gets four out of five vegan cupcakes. We really enjoyed our entrees and the poutine. And it’s easy to get full here, so don’t order too much. Yummers!