Supersonic Gypsy cookies
I had one of these crispy, chewy cookies from Bunner’s Bakeshop for breakfast yesterday. Before you judge me, read this, from the Bunner’s website: “Packed full of organic protein-rich seeds, plump cranberries and rich dark chocolate, the Supersonic Gypsy stands its ground when there’s just no time for a full breakfast.” There you go! No guilt. Just me, my wholesome Supersonic Gypsy cookie and a cup of toasted walnut green tea from DAVIDsTEA. (Dunking the cookie in the tea…not a bad idea.)
How cute are the his and hers cupcake characters?
Bunner’s Vegan and Gluten-Free Bakeshop – Toronto’s first bakery of its kind – is a sweet little spot in the Junction. We discovered it last March when I was looking for a gluten-free birthday cake for Lily. She wanted a “real” cake (as
opposed to an ice-cream cake). She wanted chocolate. Well, she had her cake and ate it too! Who knew that something free of gluten, eggs and dairy could taste so heavenly, so moist, so fluffy?
Our first time at Bunner’s, picking up Lily’s birthday cake.
Since then, we’ve become Bunner’s devotees. And we’re not the only ones. This little bakeshop has a big following. Like my friend Bonnie, whose daughter is lactose intolerant. She was blown away by how “unexpectedly moist” the baked goods are. “You don’t have to be gluten- or dairy free to enjoy Bunner’s,” she says. “The brownies are equal opportunity scrumptious!”
What follows is some R-rated gluten-free goodness, just warning you.
I’ll start by confessing right off the bat that my amazing husband, Rob, is one of the owners of Supermarket restaurant in Kensington Market. How lucky can a girl be? Not only does it boast some of the most flavourful Asian fusion food in town – including to-die-for fish tacos – it also has a gluten-free menu!
We eat there with the kids all the time. If you ask either of them what their favourite restaurant is, they’ll both say Supermarket (even when we’re not
paying them to say it). And although Supermarket is not a gluten-free restaurant, Lily has never once had any issues with cross contamination there.
Lily’s go-to appetizers:
Hold the Japanese chili spice if you’re ordering for little ones!
Warning: These sweet potato chips are highly addictive!
We thought we scored when we tasted LPK’s Culinary Groove‘s warm and fluffy gluten-free sweet potato donuts tossed in maple sugar at the Evergreen Brick Works a couple of weeks ago. Mmmm…
They were so freaking good that we had to pay a visit to LPK’s storefront
bakery on Queen East. As of July, this organic bakery’s kitchen is 100% gluten free! (In case you’re wondering, as I was, LPK stands for “little punk kid,” owner Lesia Kohut’s university nickname.)
This summer I’ve fallen for fish tacos. Hook, line and sinker. I cannot get enough of them. And I’m not alone. It seems like the whole city is having a fish taco fling. Case in point: Many of Toronto’s hotspots feature the fish taco. Playa Cabana, Grand Electric, La Carnita are all serving up their own versions of this SoCal favourite. And so is Toronto’s very own gluten-free food truck, the Gourmet Bitches!
While there are plenty of fish tacos in the city, Supermarket’s version (pictured here) tips the scales…and THEY ARE GLUTEN FREE! (You have to specify that you want them gluten free. Supermarket has a gluten-free menu, be sure to ask for it.)
Lily taking a bite out of her gluten-free Hero burger – on a bun!