by Stephanie Malek
This story starts last summer. I was at a friend's cottage for the weekend, swimming and having fun and basically being in heaven. A friend from England had just arrived with some friends he was travelling with and I was super stoked. I am not sure if you can tell, but I'm very excitable and also don't always pay attention to everything so I went running to greet the group. While running over, I straight up smashed my foot into a tree root and jammed the ever-loving heck out of it. As the day went on, my foot got bigger and bluer and by the next morning, I couldn't walk. Like, straight up couldn't even hobble myself to the car - my boyfriend had to carry me by piggy back. We borrow some crutches from a friend when we got back to the city and I pain-killer'd up, but then got to thinking that I should probably warn my downstairs neighbours that I'm going to be the most annoying ever, clobbering around on these stupid crutches and being the noisiest. I wrote a note explaining my situation and apologizing for the noise and told them to come let me know if I'm too loud/annoying/etc.
A few days pass and I'm hobbling but off the crutches. I'm on my way home from work and I see a box on my doorstep (like, inside the building, not outside). I get inside and it's this incredible box of treats with a note attached:
So, like anyone does when they receive such a lovely gift, I posted about it on Facebook because I wanted to share the lovely kindness my downstairs neighbours showed me! Then this happened:
AMAZING! Bloomer's is a new (just celebrated 6 months since opening!) bakery and restaurant! They had just opened up under Bad Dog's new home (technically one door over but STILL). I felt like a creeper for ... well ... creeping to find out it was them so the next time I was at Bad Dog I stopped into their new store.
I went in and introduced myself officially to Kelly and Alex as their hobbly upstairs neighbour (now, kinda, in two places) and thanked them for their kindness and generosity. As they were now downstairs from my second home, I started going in before class almost weekly and telling everyone who would listen about their incredible treats.
I have so many dietary restrictions, I usually can't grab food easily, but all their food is vegan, and a lot of it is soy free, gluten free, etc. I can always rely on Bloomer's for a delicious pre-class treat, or a scrumptious lunch, and now they are expanding to doing dinner and drinks!
Bloomer's, as I understand, is a staple at food fests around the city, and I can see why. Here are some of my personal favourites:
- Carrot cake loaf: as someone who is lactose intolerant, I never get to enjoy this dessert but NOT ANY MORE because everything at Bloomer's is dairy-free so I never have to worry about a hurt tummy. It's moist and sweet, and easily sharable with another person except no I won't share with you.
- Bagels: soft, squishy, a little crisp on the outside - everything you could want a bagel to be except it's VEGAN. Honestly its hard for me to believe this stuff is all vegan bsaed on taste and presentation but it is and Bloomer's is redefining vegan desserts for me.
- Bowls: last Saturday I had to grab a quick dinner between class and work and my stomach has been all hella upset, but Bloomer's bowls always hit the spot. It was a Mediterranean-themed bowl with tahini and olives and kale and so many delicious flavours that I wish I could eat every meal.
- Donut holes: I first had these in the delicious box of treats upon my doorstep. Now, I am a real sucker for coconut and these donut holes are just squishy enough, and just sweet enough, and just the right size and just perfect. Amazing with a cup of coffee or tea or just anything in your life.
If you're coming to Bad Dog, a fan of vegan treats, or just looking for a nice place to grab a bite (savoury or sweet), drop by and see Kelly and Alex (and then come upstairs and tell me about how delicious your food was!). You won't regret it (other than your new addiction to vegan delights!)
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