You all can tell how much I love Fresh, right? 😉 After that first outing back during the holidays, I’ve fallen head over heels and I look forward to my next meal here after each time. I love the variety of options, and I love taking photos and creating a scrapbook layout that speaks to the colours, flavours, and atmosphere of each unique foodie experience. Call me crazy but I already have cardstock colours and scrapbook papers picked out in my head as I’m eating. It makes me giddy when the decor reminds me of pretty patterned paper! I seriously look at the menu online several times a week, daydreaming about what I might try the next time or a combination that will most definitely be yummy! And don’t even get me started on how desperately I
want need the cookbook in my personal library. It’s a wonderful love and I’m completely amoured.
This was my first time eating at the Fresh on Bloor location (at the intersection of Spadina Ave. and Bloor St. W) and the 2nd time eating at Fresh, and because I know what a huge crowd Fresh draws in at any point in the day, I was there with Richard right when they opened at 11:30am. Tummies, start your engines! I was ready and raring to go! I thought it would be fun to work my way around the menu, trying something from each category before rotating back again. So since I had the black bean burrito the first time (on a bed of greens instead of in the tortilla), I picked out a burger to try the second time around: the mushroom onion burger, yay. On a bed of greens again, without the bun. Don’t mind me, it’s just my weird preference!
The same way the black bean burrito made me nom, nom, nom with happiness, the mushroom onion burger was SO DAMN scrumptious and yummy, oh my lordy. I am HUGE lover of mushrooms, both raw and sautéed, and I love many different kinds: cremini, portobello, king oyster, button, etc. etc. I eat mushrooms all the time at home and it’s one of those foods that give the most amazing flavour to just about everything. The mushroom onion burger tastes like a cross between a delicious potato patty with veggies and herbs and a meaty burger. Fresh’s burgers are made with almond, grain, tofu, and veggies and they’re super thick and so yummy. It has this fantastic potato-like, crumbly texture with bold meaty, hearty flavour.
This particular burger dish is served with thick slicies of beefsteak tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms and red onion, lettuce, a nice pile of alfalfa sprouts, and yummy vegan mayo. The vegan mayo is made from miso, tofu, garlic, sunflower oil, and apple cider vinegar and has a delicious creamy subtle garlic flavour. I added some aged cheddar cheese to my burger which is rennet-free and oh-so-delicious with the alfalfa sprouts and greens (I almost never pass on cheese, I love it very much) and I had myself a bangin’ awesome meal. Oh! And I can’t forget about the juice I ordered too.
Fresh is also known for their ridiculously large selection of fresh fruit juice, protein shakes, fruit smoothies, wheatgrass shots and shakes, supplements, and a number of other cold drinks and espressos. You can create your own juice by choosing a fruit juice or two (such as grapefruit, mango, apple, carrot, pomegranate, etc.), or having a fruit juice mixed with other ingredients such agave, coconut milk, celery, raspberry, maple syrup, cocoa and peppermint.
Fruit juices specifically come in 2 sizes, a 16 oz. glass (like the one I ordered) and a larger 32 oz. one. Juices start at $3.50 for one fruit juice choice and you add additional charges ($0.50 or $1 depending on what you choose, for extra ingredients). I chose a combination of mango juice with coconut milk and mmmm, it was like my own version of a juicy, creamy mango lassi! I was so excited to get some great pictures (getting here when Fresh opens has its perks, I got myself a window seat for that natural light I love so much!), to enjoy a wonderful lunch with my sweetie, and eat another truly delicious and satisfying meal here.
Fresh currently serves 3 locations in downtown Toronto:
326 Bloor St. West (right off the intersection of Spadina Ave. and Bloor St. West, just east of Spadina)
894 Queen St. West (at the intersection of Crawford St. and Queen St. West, near Trinity Bellwoods Park)
147 Spadina Ave. (near the intersection of Spadina Ave. and Queen St. West, a block south of Queen)
Scrapbooking materials used: emerald green cardstock (Recollections); baby blue cardstock (DCWV); blue, green, and white floral and polka dot patterned cardstock (“Green Tea” stack, DCWV); magenta cardstock (Best Occasions); journalling tags (“Darcy” collection, Anna Griffin); brown and white polka dot alphabet stickers (K&Company); blue, white, brown, and pink flower stickers (Sticko); magenta adhesive gems.