Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Ring, Ring... GOAL!

Okay, totally random post title?


I've decided to reveal my location

Kinda like a wheres waldo

Only i'm not in stripes, i'm in lululemon

Until now i've kept where i live to kind of a vague "Southwestern Ontario"

But thats all about to change

Here are a few hints...

I live where the inventor of the telephone came from
Hey, Alex, whats up?

I live where the great one came from
#99 Anyone?

I live where the biggest road hockey tournament in the world takes place, but more importantly where the annual hockeyfest concert 

I live in....
Brantford, Ontario!

After moving to Canada my family settled in Paris, Ontario which is about 10 minutes from Brantford, I grew up knowing i would NEVER want to live there

Yeah well thats changed, BF owned a house in an area called West Brant and i'm really learning to love Brown Town as its affectionatly known as - it helps that my area has a Starbucks (woot woot), trails and is only about ten minutes from my parents in Paris

So the reason i'm sharing where i live? Because i want to reveiw a healthy/vegetarian/vegan cafe in our Downtown that i LOVE and want to encourage more people to visit!


Stir it up review

Located on Dalhousie street Stir it up looking a little run of the mill from the outside but inside its a little bit of healthy eating heaven

This is the kind of place i figure i have to travel to Hamilton, London or Toronto to find

The way I found Stir It Up was googling Wonder Kombucha, i know i've mentioned Kombucha on the blog before so i thought I would share why i was SO in love with it and a wee bit obsessed
Kombucha is a living health drink which has been used for thousands of years to help stimulate the metabolism and maintain a healthy immune system. Recently, Kombucha has become even more well-known for its ability to increase the effectiveness of natural detoxification processes and replenish vital organic acids and enzymes required by the body for optimal health. SOURCE
Get in my tummy!!!
Anyway back to the cafe, i had the Vegan Caeser salad, Vegetarian French Onion Soup with Garlic Bread on the side, BF had the Thai Chicken Rice Bowl

All i can say is YUMMMM, the Soup was divine, the Garlic Bread tasted SO fresh, the Salad was so-so but it was Vegan so i wasn't expecting creamy parmesan dressing!  Boyfriend likd his rice bowl but he picked out the broccoli since he wasn't a fan and i gladly ate it up

Now is not super cheap but it rivals the prices you would find somewhere like Williams Fresh Cafe and everything on the menu is using fresh, organic and local ingredients!

The owner is incredibly sweet, very helpful, not pushy and every time i visit, i never feel rushed and its really relaxing to just listen to the mellow music and enjoy the art on the walls, Stir it Up is an Art Gallery as well!

To find Stir it Up, visit their Facebook page

So recipe for the day is Ashleys Buckwheat Bake, now its pretty impossible to find raw buckwheat groats in Ontario BUT i did find Buckwheat flour in the Bulk Barn so other then the Tbsp of whole groats she has in the recipe, mine is prety much the same as what you would make with Groats - this is sooooo good, you must make it immediately!  This recipe serves 2 or 1 REALLY hungry blonde!

Pumpkin Raisin Spice Buckwheat Bake
adapted from Edible Perspective


Missing banana from photo, oops!
  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp of buckwheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 Splenda
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/4 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 egg white (or 1 flax egg)
  • 1 Tbsp of chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp of raisins
  • 2 Tbsp almond milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a small bowl mash banana until egg-like.
  3. Mix in almond milk, pumpkin, egg white
  4. Mix in buckwheat, buckwheat groats, spices, baking powder, splenda and chia seeds
  5. Lightly grease 2 ramkin dishes and pour mixture in
  6. Cook for 35 minutes
  7. Use knife to loosen edges and Bake should just pop out
  8. Top with desidred ingredients, I used pumpkin, pumkin seeds and agave nectar
  9. Enjoy!!!


I will leave you with  few photos i have taken out and about in Brantford
Enjoy your Tuesday, its only a 3 day work week for me, YAY!  Sorry i'm just totally rubbing it in ;o)