I think Vegan MoFo is a great excuse to go eat some vegan food around town, so off I went with the boyfriend and his Mum to one of my favourite places in town: Nunu (1178 Queen St. West, Toronto).
I was first introduce to Nunu by my best friend Pem, and we have eaten there a few times with her Mum. It’s a place that makes me supremely happy for the food, ambiance, and the memories. Now, excuse the photos in this post — but Nunu has great atmosphere, which means that at dinner-time it’s dark. There are much more beautiful photos over at BlogTO’s writeup of Nunu.
Nunu serves Ethiopian food, my absolute favourite food in the universe. Traditionally, Ethiopian food comes on a shared platter, and it is eaten with your hands. You use the spongy sour bread called injera (acting here as the layer between the plate and the stews) to eat the lovely blobs of lentils, chickpeas, and veggies you get on your plate to share with people you love.
We ordered the Veggie Misto, which is what I order at every vegetarian restaurant I ever go to: the vegetarian combo of as many different things as possible. I knew that Nunu’s vegetarian platter was vegan, and their menu explains that they use vegan ghee and oil for their cooking. Woohoo!
On our platter we got a smooth and spicy chickpea curry made with berbere (the world’s best spice blend… recipe coming soon), a coarser and less spicy green lentil curry, collard greens, beets, split peas, potatoes & cabbage, carrots & green beans, and onions. In the centre is a lovely pile of salad with crispy onion bits. Mmmm.
I’ll be explaining more about Ethiopian food in blog posts to come — I love eating it out so much that it’s time to make it at home. And in honour of Vegan Mofo I picked up a copy of Kittee Berns’ “Papa Tofu Loves Ethiopian Food“, which is in fact vegan & gluten-free, and came in the mail this morning!!! And it looks delicious. I’ll be reading it while I’m away this weekend for Canadian Thanksgiving, and dreaming of berbere and lentils.