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Urban Herbivore Restaurant (College Street Location) Toronto

Urban Herbivore have three Vegan food outlets in downtown Toronto. We’d been interested in paying them a visit for a while as we were really impressed by their straight talking website (“We do not use food factories or commercial bakeries to prepare our food. We honour a whole-food philosophy so that you receive a quality product without any preservatives, additives, or ingredients you can’t pronounce…”) and by their menu, so last week we paid a visit to the branch at 967 College Street. It’s a large place but you have to…

Experiences in Morocco

This article is meant to be read in conjunction with our guides to Morocco. We hope it doesn’t seem unfairly critical of Morocco or the Moroccan people, it’s just an honest guide of what’s happened to us during our travels in the country. To put our experiences into some sort of context, we are both Muslims (Lamia’s brown skinned and I’m white), speak a little Egyptian Arabic, dress modestly, are polite and try to travel as slowly and sensitively as possible. We’re not 5 star rich or bargain basement poor and we…

Kui-Zin Restaurant, Marrakech

Kui-Zin is a cafe/restaurant that opened late 2013 in the heart of the medina. Ideally placed as either a lunch or dinner stop after a tour of the souks it offers an inventive mix of foods and also a relaxed atmosphere. There are other cafes in the medina but none, in our experience, are as friendly or clean as Kui-Zin or offer as interesting a mix of dishes. They also have free wifi and a choice of sitting by the large windows and watching the medina life go by or…

Riad Kniza Restaurant, Marrakech

The Riad Kniza is located about 5 minutes walk from Bab Doukkala (where the main bus station is) and a 10 minute walk from where we were staying at Riad Baraka. The area is my favourite part of old Marrakech; it’s probably how most of the old city was at one time before so many shops were given over to tourism. You won’t find a single place to buy a tacky souvenir in this district, instead you’ll encounter everything you’d need if you happened to live here. Fish and butchers…

La Sultana Restaurant, Marrakech

La Sultana, a highly rated restaurant within the 5 star hotel of the same name, is situated very near to the Saadian Tombs, about a 20 minute walk south of the Jemma el Fna in the old Jewish area of Marrakech. Two guides in red livery waited on the main street to direct customers up a narrow alleyway towards La Sultana. Another guide showed us through the maze of magnificently decorated patios and corridors to the lift that took us to the rooftop restaurant. Before I talk our dining experience, I…

Ksar Essaoussan Restaurant, Marrakech

We’d read that this restaurant, which ranks in the top 20 of over 500 eateries in Marrakech, was rather difficult to find so I took a map as a precaution but actually didn’t need it at all; there was a large sign pointing off the main street that runs into the medina from Bab Laksour, then another directing us down an alley a few minutes later… …and finally an easily seen brass plaque on the impressive front door. If by chance you’re staying at a hotel and haven’t experienced these…

Cafe Clock, Marrakech

A very visible rooftop sign directed us in from a relaxed part of Marrakech, and not a part that we’d have thought of going if it weren’t for the cafe as we weren’t staying there (there are a fair few Riads thereabouts but ours was near the main square, Jemma el Fna). It didn’t take us long to get there from the square though, about 25 minutes on foot (partly through the colourful spice markets of the Jewish Quarter) and the cafe itself was just 5 or 10  minutes south…

Riverdale Farm, CabbageTown and Gerrard India Bazaar

If you’re a few hours to spare in downtown Toronto and have an interest in learning where your meat comes from, or just want to hang out with some cute animals, then consider walking over to Riverdale Farm. It’s got several 19th century farm buildings there, and much of the livestock is made up of breeds that you’d have found on a typical Ontario farm over 100 years ago. We were shown around the farm by Carol and Amanda. There had been 2 goats born just a week earlier so…

Fuel Plus, Toronto, Canada

     If I lived in Toronto and worked in the downtown area, I’d make Fuel Plus a regular brunch or lunch stop and if you’re in town for a short time and only have chance for one lunch stop this is the place to come. Their food is great, the staff are friendly, they source most of their food locally, they sell nutrition products geared towards runners such as myself as well as regular food and also there’s a superb lack of marketing nonsense in the air, which I personally…

Allan Gardens Conservatory

Established in 1858 in the downtown area of Toronto (a 10 minute walk east along Carlton Street from College Subway Station, 10 minutes south-west of Fuel Plus Cafe/snack bar and 15 minutes walk north from Ryerson Image Centre), Allan Gardens is a public botanical garden and features six greenhouses with permanent plant collection (sub-tropical garden, Palm House and cacti) and seasonal plants. It’s free to visit and open between 10am and 5pm every day.  It’s a real treat to be there in winter as it’s always warm inside (probably not…