Eat: Paintbox Bistro

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It’s Coffee O’clock.
Sweet potato wedges and Moroccan Tagine ($14) – chickpeas, zucchini, turmeric, peppers, tomato sauce.

 With not much in our fridge and the weather being stormy, we went to Paintbox Bistro for dinner. Paintbox operates as a social enterprise with a mandate to provide social changes to the neighbourhood of Regent Park. They offer catering services and the space is often used as an event space. As a business, it’s commendable of their purpose to the neighbourhood; it’s a decent place for coffee or tea time. However, for a meal, it’s not that great.  Food was a bit underwhelming and pricey.

Paintbox Bistro
555 Dundas St. East
Toronto, ON
M5A 2B7

Eat: Sakawa Coffee

Sakawa Coffee is considered a little gem on the Danforth, near Jones. It is a small cafe serving Japanese comfort food such as omurice, ramen and more. It is also very wallet-friendly.

My friend Lisa and I jogged here for our weekend jog to brunch after the restaurant we originally planned to go to was full and could not accommodate until noon.

We both had the Japanese Traditional Breakfast with Grilled Fish ($9.00) – choice of salmon or mackerel, served with rice, seasoned soft-boiled egg, two small dishes (varies) and miso soup. Apparently, this is what Japanese people eat for breakfast daily.

I hear that dinner menu is really good here, so will definitely stop by again for it.

Sakawa Coffee
867 Danforth Ave.
Toronto, ON
M4J 1L8

Eat: Doug McNish’s Public Kitchen

Do you ever expect a vegan restaurant to be located outside of the downtown? I didn’t, but Doug McNish’s Public Kitchen is located where you don’t quite expect it to be.

I used to work near the area and I’ve always found it to be a food desert, nothing good to around the area. A short walk from Glencairn station, Doug McNish’s Public Kitchen is a place where there’s a wait for a table if you didn’t make reservations.

My brother and I took our mom here for Mother’s Day lunch (I know, it’s months ago). She didn’t quite know that there’s something beyond vegetarian, but thankfully she’s quite open to most things.

Coconut Crusted French Toast ($16) – Doug’s signature gluten-free french toast, warm maple syrup, vanilla maple yoso coconut yogurt drizzle, ground ceylon cinnamon and tempeh bacon.

Triple Decker Brunch Club ($17) – choice of sprouted grain or thornbury gluten-free bread, creamy garlic mayo, cornmeal and fennel seed crusted tomato, crisp smoky sprouted tofu, tempeh bacon, avocado, lettuce and herbed home fries (or house salad).

Shakshuka (this was one of the specials that day, unfortunately not on the regular menu). A tomato stew, I was surprised that the tofu egg was made to look like a sunnyside up. In fact, the “yolk” was runny. Mind blown? Very. Watch the “yolk” pop!

Doug McNish’s Public Kitchen
561 Marlee Ave.
Toronto, ON
M6B 3J3