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My husband and I went to Toronto last week to celebrate our wedding anniversary.  We had lunch at Prime and The Windsor Arms and ice cream at Hibiscus.  Click here for the recap of Part One.

After Hibiscus, we meandered through Kensington Market and back to Bloor Street for a few hours, and came upon Snakes & Lattes, a board game cafe!  Instead of offering WiFi like other cafes, Snakes & Lattes has 2,400 board games ($5 per adult, stay as long as you like and play as many games as you like) as well as a vegan-friendly menu.  In addition to the Tofurky sandwich and smoothies, the cookies, muffins and donuts were all vegan.  I was so excited to find vegan donuts that I almost forgot to check whether they were made with alcohol and I would not be able to partake.  And they were! 😦  Stupid, stupid allergy.  So no donut for me, but I did enjoy a chocolate chip pumpkin seed cookie and a strawberry mango smoothie.  Delicious!  But how do you choose what board game to play when you have over 2,000 to choose from?  Luckily, the friendly staff at Snakes & Lattes were there to make suggestions and even teach us some new games.  Hubby and I enjoyed an hour and a half of snacking and board games at Snakes & Lattes before heading to dinner at The Hogtown Vegan.  Our friends Mary and Paul had eaten there a few months ago and raved about it, so we couldn’t wait to try the food for ourselves.

The problem was… it was 5 pm and I was nowhere near hungry.  I filled up on ice cream, smoothie and cookie before the eating Olympics I had planned for the dinner-of-all-dinners at The Hogtown Vegan!  It was a rookie move and I should have known better!  Meanwhile, Hubby had cleverly paced himself all day and was ready to chow down on all the vegan comfort food he could.  We compromised by taking another half hour walk through nearby Christie Pits park before heading into Hogtown.

I’ll cut to the chase and tell you that our meal was one of the best we’ve ever had.  Here’s what we ordered:  Chili “Cheese” Fries (French fries smothered in black beans, guacamole, sunflower sour cream and a cheesy sauce), Unchicken and Waffles (breaded and deep-fried soy chicken with the best waffles I’ve ever had, collard greens and mashed sweet potatoes), and Mac ‘n “Cheese” (baked with breadcrumbs).  They were all beyond delicious.  The Unchicken and Waffles was my personal favourite. Mind = Blown!  I have missed fluffy Belgian waffles so much!  Hubby also ordered the Hogtown wings in a buffalo sauce; I couldn’t partake because they were marinated in an alcohol-based sauce, but he said they were “fantastic; they nailed it”!  Our server was friendly and attentive, the food came quickly despite plenty of other patrons there too, and the prices were very reasonable (note: it’s a cash-only establishment).  Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable dinner.

As you can imagine from the photos above, our Hogtown delights were not exactly health food.  If one wanted nutrient-dense, calorie-conscious food, one could eat instead at The Naked Sprout or Live Organic Food Bar for example; I’ve had delicious meals at both.  But every once in a while, you just need something ridiculously indulgent.  I don’t want to know how many calories I ate there, but I can’t wait to go back and do it again.

Snakes and Lattes is located at 600 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON.

The Hogtown Vegan is located at 834 Bloor Street West  Toronto, ON.