“Food is our common ground, a universal experience” – James Beard
King’s Café in Kensington holds some really wonderful memories for me. I first wrote about this fantabulous Chinese vegetarian restaurant on Christmas eve after spending some quality stuffing-our-face-and-bellies time with my bestie, Melissa. And I am so happy that I have another amazing memory from here to tuck away in my mental time capsule (and my scrapbook!). Over a month before the holidays even started, I got the opportunity to meet some of my beloved online friends who were coming in from out of town for a weekend in Toronto, friends that I had known and conversed with for years through my computer screen but had never actually seen or met in person. So on the first weekend of November, I got together with a great group of friends for some awesome veggie eats and a day out on the town!
This get-together was so, SO much fun! We ate. We gabbed. We laughed. We snapped a gazillion pictures. And most importantly, we sat and relaxed and enjoyed a fantastic meal among friends. I don’t know about you, but as I’ve gotten older, it has become increasingly difficult to hang out with friends in a group, with friends being out of town, in school, working, and just plain busy with the day-to-day. People can’t make it, people bail, whatever the reason, it takes a lot of effort to co-ordinate a meet-up. I mean, sure, times with friends one-on-one and with your significant other mean a lot. At times it’s even hair-pulling trying to co-ordinate time for that! But there’s something to be said about getting a group of friends together and enjoying each’s other company; it’s a heart-warming feeling and you realize how much you miss it and cherish it when you’re in it.
And I loved my food SO MUCH! I drank the most amazingly delicious vanilla milkshake ($4.25) in my entire life at King’s Café oh my lordy! It was sweet, creamy, and smooth and quite possibly heaven in liquid form *wiggles with glee*.
As for solid food, we all ordered lots of different things: Richard had the veggie ginger chicken, Wini had some hot n’ sour soup with her meal, a few friends ordered bento meal sets, my friend Maree ordered the spicy eggplant dish, and I ordered the sweet n’ sour bites ($9.99), yuuuummmm. The sweet n’ sour bites were made from TVP (textured vegetable protein, made from soy) and were mixed with tons of deliciousness: green and red bell peppers, mushrooms, snow peas, and pineapple chunks in a sweet n’ sour sauce. To go along with it, a warm bowl of purple rice! In terms of texture, the bites reminded me of those soft tofu poofs that my mum buys sometimes at the Chinese supermarkets. The portions are hearty and very satisfying. And because I eat slow (and talk a lot, haha), I was the last person hacking away at her meal when everyone else was already finished, whoops! 😀
Believe it or not, this was only the 2nd time I had ever been to King’s Café! Surprising considering how much I love it here, right? I don’t know why I never got around to coming back more, but I’m happy that the times I have come have all been sweet and memorable. The very first time I came here was back in the 2007, right around the end of August. My beloved friend Jen and I were exploring Kensington and stumbled on this eatery and loved it from the get-go. And you can bet that I’ll be back many times to come 😀
King’s Café is located at 192 Augusta Ave. in Kensington Market (accessible from both Dundas and College St, just west of Spadina) and is open at 11:30am seven days a week until 9:30pm from Monday-Saturday, and until 9pm on Sundays.
Scrapbooking materials used: moss green, golden rod, and white cardstock (Recollections); patterned paper (DCVW); black and white polka dotted epoxy alphabet stickers (atd); coloured alphabet stickers (K&Company); Asian food stickers (Decole Style, Kamio Japan Inc.; Jolee’s).
A thank you to Wini for allowing me to use her cute photo as the focal point on the first page 😀