Day 6: GF, DF, EF Lunch Dates are Hard!

Day 6: GF, DF, EF.

Had a lunch meeting today and luckily they asked where I wanted to eat. But then I panicked. What could I eat out?!?!

Luckily my friend recently took me to Tractor Foods and their tag line literally says: Everyday Healthy Foods, so they probably have lots of options that would be ok for me right?

Wrong. Almost everything that looked or sounded good had dairy in it… so sad. I was basically down to 2.5 options for their side salads. The 0.5 is because the apple salad is DF if I don’t add on the amazing sounding herb & blue cheese vinaigrette, sad.

  • Organic quinoa, kale, blueberries, butternut squash, mint, basil, white balsamic vinaigrette
  • Roasted and fresh apples, arugula, endive, toasted pumpkin seeds, pecans, herb & blue cheese vinaigrette
  • Roasted brussels sprouts, shredded kale, radicchio, Italian parsley, apricot mustard vinaigrette

I chose the apple and quinoa salad and topped it with two 2 oz pieces of albacore tuna steak because I wanted to indulge at least a little. Can’t say I was very excited about the apple salad, it was kind of meh. Probably because it lacked the dressing. The quinoa salad was only ok as well. The highlight was definitely the two pieces of tuna.

My lunch plate came to $12.50.

Sweet Potato Cheese Toast at Snowy Village

Saw Daily Hive’s post on Snowy Village’s new Epic Sweet Potato Cheese Toast. So with my new diet starting soon, I had to go try it – kind of a last hurrah before my gluten, dairy, egg free days…

It wasn’t bad, but I probably wouldn’t order it again. This may be due to the fact that I also had dinner beforehand so didn’t have a lot of space to chow down on a massive serving of toast + yams  = too much carbs!

I actually expected more cheese as Daily Hive’s post said, “Golden Cheese Toast consists of sweet potato, bread, and a copious amount of melted cheese topped with almond slivers.” Copious? Hardly…

It was tasty tho albeit difficult to eat as when you use the fork and plastic knife, the pieces of toast would slide everywhere with the yam filling in the middle. Not cutting it with the knife meant the pieces were really big to take a bite, at least if you’re trying to look somewhat civil.

 

Brunch at Nomad

Loved the super high ceilings of Nomad! The menu had so many options I didn’t know what to choose and ended up with the Poached Eggs on Kale with a side order of the biscuits because it said, “while quantities last”. The biscuits looked delicious but weren’t actually and definitely not worth $9 for 4 pcs.

The kale salad was ok…not that great. The kale wasn’t flavourful but the cheese made it better.

Poached Eggs and Wilted Organic Kale – $15
Buttermilk Dressing, Smoked Goat Cheese, Puffed Grains

Warm Buttermilk Biscuits and Peppercorn Gravy – $9
Whipped Butter, Smoked Salt

 

Mmm… Almond pesto linguine

I’m not one for big box chain shops and restaurants, but when it’s a work lunch and we need to go somewhere close, easy and agreed to by everyone, Tap & Barrel will do.

I’ve gotten a little bored of their menu because Tap is the go to place for lunch, I’ve been there too many times. Today I chose the Almond Pesto Linguine for $16.95 and was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed the dish more than I thought I would – it helps that I like pesto 🙂

What I didn’t like about the dish was that there was a substantially large pool of oil at the bottom of my plate, so much that I started using the spoon to separate the pasta and chicken so the oil could drip down into the plate. Yes, that was a bit gross but overall the dish was tasty. Altho, I probably wouldn’t order it again.

The dish included sauteed chicken, handmade almond pesto, garlic shallot cream, grape tomatoes and feta.

 

UYU Soft Serve Ice Cream

Saw images of UYU’s soft serve on my Instagram feed for awhile before I finally found an opportunity to check it out. Usually I’m either too full or it’s too cold for ice cream. But today, I planned for it!

I brought my Japanese homestay student with me and we ordered the Earl Grey soft serve topped with granola and pecans with a raspberry drizzle. I thought it was so-so. My homestay student thought it was amazing and was super excited.

Chances of coming back again? Not that high. Too many ice cream places to choose from!

Birthday Dim Sum at Hai Yi

Accompanied my mom to the early morning Aquafit class on her birthday which got us nice and hungry for dim sum afterwards!

My mom’s fellow Aquafit classmate friend recommended we hit up Hai Yi Seafood Restaurant on Main and 32nd. So the 4 of us set off!

The restaurant is a little on the small side but the food was pretty good! I quite enjoyed the BBQ pork / Mexico buns that came fresh out of the oven – comparable to the ones at Grand Palace that are amazing!

Service was a bit interesting, they kept mixing up the order but with that mix up was how we got to try this purple yam sesame ball. I wanted the ginger milk custard, but was also curious about this sesame ball 🙂 It was a bit dry and ok tasting… wouldn’t order again.

I would go back for dim sum again tho. On weekdays the tea fee is waived plus 10% off – if you’re out by 11:30am, it’s 20% off hahaha.