After having spent almost three weeks in the land of juicing and cleanses, otherwise known as LA, I’ve decided to try it out for myself. I’ve seen many of my friends try juicing and go on cleanses for the last little while but I’ve never really thought of giving it a shot myself. After spending a few days with my friend Lisa Ning from This Beautiful Day, she convinced me that I should give it a shot after my vacation. After having done a handful of juicing cleanses herself, she suggested I start my cleanse with two days of raw food instead of right away going into the cleanse itself, in order to start detoxing my body slowly.

With Offner‘s motivation and having decided to do it together, we stocked up on a ton of raw food snacks from Whole Foods before leaving LA to get us through the first two days.

Because juicing isn’t as popular in Toronto as it is in LA, there are a lot less companies who can provide you with already made juices. If I were to juice in LA, I would without a doubt try Pressed Juicery. I had a few of their juices while on vacation as a snack and they were delicious and filling. Though I initially wanted to go with Belmonte Raw, we opted for the cheapest route and will be going to try the Whole Foods juices.

So for this cleanse, I will be doing 2 days of raw, followed by 3 days of juicing followed by 2 additional days of raw to transition back into regular food.

I’m already at Day 2 of raw foods and let me tell you I’m feeling pretty hungry and already miss cheese, butter and bread!

For Day 1 yesterday, I stocked up on tons of fruits and vegetables from the grocery store and stopped by the West End Food Coop in Toronto to get some freshly made pesto, salsa as well as raw cookies.

Because I flew back from LA overnight, I slept in pretty late yesterday and only had two meals. Here’s what I ate:

MEAL 1 –

Homemade raw salad with cucumbers, sprouts, almonds, strawberries, lemon juice

Crackers and homemade fresh salsa and pesto

Raw rolled oats cookie with cinnamon and fresh fruit bowl

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MEAL 2 – 

Ranch kale chips

Avocado, fresh salsa, hemp hearts, tomatoes and fresh basil

Fresh fruit melon bowl with bananas, kiwi, apples and cinnamon. Accompanied by dried rasberries, mangos, almonds and a shakaroon bite

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After Day 1 of eating raw food, I felt the same, somewhat hungry at the end of the day but not too bad.

To be continued…

Delish eats in Ottawa

Last week I spent a few days in Ottawa for work and decided to try out some of the city’s finest restaurants while I was in the city. My two favorites were:

Zen Kitchen – A local, organic, gourmet vegan restaurant located on Somerset Street. I took my sister, who’s a vegan and she absolutely loved it. It was a small dimly lit restaurant. They served us some free appetizers to start off (a vegan-type springroll), delicious homemade bread and vegan butter. As mains, my sister order the Raw Special, which came with a pumpkin seed burrito fresh guacamole, house salsa, sour cream, sea vegetables, nutmeat, slaw, kale chips and house pickles. For myself, I chose the Sopé, which was a leavened corn tortilla, black beans, exotic mushrooms flambeed with a chipotle-tequila sauce, house salsa, fresh guacamole, lime creme fraiche and spicy rice. Yum! The mains averaged around $20 each, which isn’t that expensive considering that everything is made in-house, local and organic. And for dessert, we both ordered a vegan chocolate-vanilla swirl cheesecake. To die for! The staff was also very nice and the service was quick.

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Murray Street – renown for it’s wine, charcuterie and delicious cheeses. I was first recommended this restaurant by one of my friends and it’s become one of my Ottawa musts each time I go for a visit. Though it is renown for it’s great meats, it also always has succulent vegetarian options. This time around, I ordered the P,B & J, which consists in roasted beets, soy-maple vinaigrette, crumbled La Folie des Bergeres goat’s milk cheese, in-house peanut butter, Agawam grape jelly & brioche ‘sandwich’ croutons. I also treated myself to a smoked blue cheese called the Blue Haze (which is accompanied by pickled onions, beets & carrots, in-house jelly and fresh bread) and for dessert, the Joe Louis – chocolate coated chocolate cake, peanut butter filling, peanut brittle, chocolate peanut sauce. Now, that is what I call “foodporn”! The waiters are always super friendly and chatty and the food really isn’t overpriced.


So there you have it! My two food recos for your next trip to Ottawa.

Have a lovely Tuesday!