A few years ago a new restaurant called Kindfood (Note: Kindfood was rebranded as Lettuce Love Cafe in late fall 2013) opened in Burlington. It was vegan, gluten free and organic – a totally new kind of food for this city. I was really excited to check it out when it opened, but after stopping in and talking to the owner, I found out they used a lot of nuts and that it probably wouldn’t be safe for me because of my allergies. I was bummed!
But fast forward a few years later – Kindfood is now booming with business and has made some changes and new additions. On December the 8th of this year they opened Kelly’s Bake Shoppe, a vegan, gluten-free and nut-free bakery also in downtown Burlington. And while Kindfood itself still uses some nuts in its dishes, they’ve become more careful about keeping them separate, meaning it’s now safer for me to eat there.
So yesterday I went there with one of my best friends Allyson who shares my dining tastes – and my brain! We understand each other so well, so we always have really fulfilling conversations when we’re together.
While we were catching up, I enjoyed the Buddha Bowl which contained organic brown rice, grilled sweet potato, diced red onion, avocado, cilantro, diced tomato, almonds, sunflower seeds, basil, olive oil, and tamari. I also added some marinated tofu on top for extra protein. It was delicious!
Afterwards we decided to wander down the street to Kelly’s Bake Shoppe (check out the gallery on the website and prepare to drool!) to get ourselves a little treat. I was a bit overwhelmed by all the choices! How do you choose between gingerbread cupcakes, chocolate mint cookies, snickerdoodle cookies, and mile high brownies?!
After much deliberation I decided on the chocolate peppermint cookie, since I love that flavour combination. And it did not disappoint!
I’m already excited for my next visit to Kindfood and Kelly’s Bake Shoppe. I have a feeling they’re going to be seeing a lot more of me from now on!
Cupcakes, cookies, brownies or muffins – which is your favourite?