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Aunties and Uncles

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Aunties and Uncles
Alright, to my subscribers [newcomers won’t find this paragraph relevant, but I guess nothing is stopping you from reading it anyway], I know it’s been a while, so long in fact, that a singularity happened where I didn’t even have a deadline anymore because no one was waiting for new content.  Well, now I’m back, and now you’re going to be waiting for new updates after this post is done, my bad.  I could say I was busy with studying, but since I’m homeschooled, that’d be flimsier than Canada’s national identity.
image courtesy of www.marxist.com

image courtesy of http://www.marxist.com

 I also suppose I could talk about what happened in the month I’ve been gone, either boring you with petty details that would bore a schoolgirls’ diary, or make some remark about world news, probably comparing Russia’s decision to invade Ukraine as a sad attempt to copy the USA’s international relations behavior, as if that is in anyway connected to a restaurant review.  And on that notion…
Aunties and Uncles is the next on the list of famous Toronto restaurants, after the poorly received Burrito Boyz.  Oh and by the way Boyz, in the eon I’ve been gone for, I went to another Mexican restaurant, and it had more heat than a collapsed igloo in the middle of winter! 
melted igloo
That’s referring to the previous entry in this series, but that should be the only reference to other posts of mine, I don’t want this blog to become the insert current formulaic overly-complicated soap opera here of the internet.  
The restaurant is a brunch place, one of those eateries that has been made out of an old house.
aunties and uncles
 The homey approach was thus the best way to do it, as being fancy would’ve been trying too hard in a way that would horribly backfire.  Like Canada attempting to please every single country in the world and turning into the world’s biggest 99% uninhabitable oil-rich pushover.  I’ve been hating the USA for too long to be good for my health, so I’ve redirected my rage at the only over live-able country I have citizenship in.  And since I’m angry about politics as usual and not Aunties and Uncles that can only mean that yes, it is a good place.  While we’re still on decor, while 50s/60s retro theme is by far overdone, I haven’t really seen a place where it could be anymore appropriate until now, since it’s fitting to refer to a time period the building has no doubt been through, and the brunch menu is reminiscent of highway diners that lived through the days of MacCarthism–err. I mean the Vietnam War– dammit, I meant the [swallow] american dream [the happy patriotism is too much… ugh].  I almost got through without being cynical, so close.  
In all seriousness, Aunties and Uncles is great, not just the aesthetics, but the food too.  Everything is in portions big enough to satisfy the hungriest hitch-hiker, and it is delicious.  There seems to be a certain way of cooking, probably either the using specific utensils or temperatures, that transcends cuisines and ingredients to deliver a specific homey taste that this place brings.
club sandwich
 I had the Aunties and Uncles club, which seemed fitting as it was probably their signature and it would be filling enough for me.  While the tomato was quite thick, this wasn’t a bad thing as the chicken and bacon were quite flavourful, and it was counteracted.  The bread was perfect, adding to the taste but not overpowering, and it held together the sandwich without crumbing to pieces.  
club sandwich close up
Along with it was a homemade ketchup, which is to Heinz what Bill Gate’s fortune is to NASA’s budget.  That may sound like a joke, but NASA gets .5%, or one half penny out of every dollar, of the nation’s tax.  There is literally a pennies for NASA campaign to get one full cent of every bill directed to the agency, as sad as it is.  Back on track, the ketchup had sweetness to it, but also some spice and pretty much everything that made it more than tomato mush and vinegar.  It was perfect for the bits of bread crusts hanging off the sandwich.  
breakfast tacos
My mom had the breakfast taco. It again had the homey taste, and I think credit is due to how the americanized ingredients added to it work so well. I also liked how the shell was doubled up so that it wouldn’t fall apart. This is one of the gluten free options, although it isn’t written as being such on the menu.
taco close up
As for the home fries, they were delicious, which is perfect for a brunch restaurant. They still retained the flavour of the original potato, as opposed to boiling it all away and desperately spicing it up much in the same way someone would lather on tons of cologne before their first date after having gotten really sweaty. That’s not to say that they were just potatoes mashed on a plate, they were cooked in such a way as to add flavour, and deserved their own paragraph and mean comparative joke.
image courtesy of cheezburger.com

image courtesy of cheezburger.com

 I really liked Aunties and Uncles, in no small part, due to the fact that I was expecting something overrated and bland like Burrito Boyz, but instead got a pleasant surprise, kind of like your phone ringing to notify you about an actually relevant message from a real human being, and not the usual din of app notifications or the service provider trying to shake out more money [I’m looking at you Rogers]. I recommend going to it from a distance and not just if you’re in the area and have a craving for something that just makes you as desperate as the cologne guy a half hour before his date [I’ve been trying to offend every demographic I’m a part of for whatever reason: Canadians, Americans, iPhone users, teenagers etc]. And I was referring to him desperate about smelling nice, what where you thinking of?
I’m hoping that more places on the list will be like this, but if they suck at least I’ll get to have another angry rant review.
Aunties and Uncles 74 Lippincott St

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Richtree Eaton Centre / Pizzeria Bosco

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New food court at the Queen end of the Eaton Centre

New food court at the Queen end of the Eaton Centre

First off I’ll just say I was taken completely by surprise.  Literally, I walked into the mall and the first thing I saw was a new food court that I thought was still behind the construction walls.  It was impressive, seemingly the Eaton Centre had done it again.  This one is different, as it’s a lot more technologically advanced with its own website [or app, or something like that], WiFi that actually works, computerized ordering [you can order at the counter if you want, so don’t worry] and interactive holographic mini-games on the tables, wall and floor.

There are burritos, market places, bars, deli sandwiches, asian hot bowls, sweets, burgers and pizza.  Wait a minute, aren’t most of those things in the other food court as well?  Well, I’m afraid they are, and this is where things get sticky.
happy bowl eaton centre
To be clear, I will be going back to try the Happy Bowl, as I can’t really find a counterpart of it downstairs.  The cafe was a regular cafe, just like the Second Cup and Starbucks, but in a better location.
The coffee shop - Starbucks lite

The coffee shop – Starbucks lite

 The sandwiches were big, but I didn’t consider them because I wanted something a little more filling, and burgers were very common–there’s even a burger place in the Eaton Centre, and it’s one of the best too!
I'm doubtful this will be as good Big Smoke Burger at the Dundas end of the Eaton Centre

I’m doubtful this will be as good Big Smoke Burger at the Dundas end of the Eaton Centre

 I would’ve tried the bowl or the burritos, but then I smelled the pizza.
pizza bosco
I had the one with chicken, pears, caramelized onions and pesto, while my mom had the gluten-free margarita.
my pizza

my pizza

mom's pizza

mom’s pizza

 Sounds good right?  Well, let’s do this in a way I haven’t done in a while: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.  Yep, it’s one of those, and I’ll try to review both the new court and the pizzeria while keeping them separate.
the good
The Good: I like the technology: I’ve always been a bit of a techie, and have always had a soft spot for advanced countries like Japan [sadly I’m probably too claustrophobic to fit in the small, crowded environment though], but the abundance of screens and such wasn’t over whelming or confusing.
new food court eaton centre
 As I’ve said, I will be trying the bowl restaurant, and I think that’ll be the make or break for the food court.  This food court is just as green and clean as the other one, which is extremely important, and it also doesn’t waste anything dealing with any scum like McDonald’s or KFC [admittedly unlike the other food court].
mcdondals vs kfc
I was a bit disappointed about how there is the market and the sweet shop that don’t serve food you can eat in the mall, but it’s really a plus since it adds variety for grocery shoppers.  As for the pizzeria, its ingredients were fresh and it was a very good thing about how they separated the tools to avoid cross contamination.  Gluten is like an allergy to people: one little bit is enough to ruin you day [except it has to be ingested, but touching it is okay].
the bad
The Bad: Not nearly as many choices.  This food court is smaller and doesn’t have as much room to fit restaurants.  I’m mostly bringing this up because it relates to a more serious complaint.  One thing that could make this a problem if it gets too crowded but that didn’t happen at all when I was there.  No notes for the Pizzeria Bosco  just yet.
the ugly
The Ugly: The only thing that really bugs me about the food court is how a lot of the restaurants serve food that is downstairs in the old court.  Burgers, burritos, sandwiches [albeit the ones downstairs aren’t deli ones] and pizzas.  Not to mention the Big Smoke’s is so good, opening up another burger joint in the same building is like corporate suicide.  The pizza, while it was good at first, quickly became disappointing.  That might sound like it’s a little harsh calling that ugly, but it isn’t: I go to the Eaton Centre with high expectations.  I expect stuff like Villa Madina, Big Smoke’s, Amaya Express and anything else that is delicious that fills me up.  Anything average or mediocre simply won’t hold up to that, maybe by itself but not in the same mall.  And I’m frankly getting sick of things that are okay but disappointing, let me explain.
the avengers
Every summer Hollywood cranks out blockbusters, most of them are pretty bland, but suck up millions [if not billions, in the case of The Avengers, and yes, I know I’m going to Marvel Hell for saying that] of dollars that could’ve been spent so much better it makes me depressed.
world war z
 World War Z [yeah, just take down all the movies, to hell with copyrights!] came out, and fans of the book were really happy that a movie was based their favourite title–literally, the title was great but even I know it was nothing like the novel and I didn’t even read it.  It had Brad Pitt, zombies and apocalypse.  What we got was tame [not because it was PG-13, but because it tried so hard to stay that way], poorly acted–even with the brilliant actor from 12 Monkeys–CGI mess that makes re-watching Night of the Living Dead ten times more intense.

The point is, that people let it off easy because it wasn’t horrible, it was just okay: like the hundreds of ‘okay’ drivel Hollywood has released, like the thousands of ‘okay’ restaurants that detract from the real good places [and that goes from mom-and-pop places to corporate giants like McDonald’s].  Frankly I’m sick of films, eateries, novels, singers and companies that are excused for not being good or worthy of a certain standard, but are ‘okay’.  Maybe I’m just disappointed because I’m thinking of the real great food I could’ve eaten, but that’s the point.  I trashed Five Guys for the same reason, and I’ll do it to this place.  If you find Pizzeria Bosco out in the street, maybe because it’s a chain, I don’t know, than sure, go eat there if there’s nothing better.  But in the Eaton Centre?  Noooooooooooo.  Don’t even think about it.  If it’s the holidays, like it is now, than go put your ten bucks in the Salvation Army bucket, or use it for a nicer gift for a friend, or use it to buy a crap bag of chips.  Pizzeria Bosco  is by far better than a crap bag of chips, with fresh ingredients, healthy numbers and cooked on the spot, but the crap bag of chips doesn’t have higher standards to compete with, and this restaurant, unfortunately for its sorry ‘okay’ self, does.
Richtree Eaton Centre / Pizzeria Bosco 14 Queen Street West

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Paleo Diet

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paleo-diet
The ‘Paleo Diet’, as it is called, is the latest popular get-slim fast diet going around.  The idea is definitely different from other stuff [and not as obviously stupid as swallowing tapeworms], since it claims that eating the healthy, all-natural diet of a prehistoric human who lived before McDonald’s and Pepsi is the key to a thin body.
caveman eating fast food
 Originally I was very skeptical, and since I’m both interested in paleontology in general as well as human evolution, I started asking questions like ‘what exact era?”, “Which species?  Neanderthals and Homo Sapiens both lived around the same time.” as well as the big one lots of people wondered: “What part of the world are these foods from?  Where was the tribe they studied that got these effects?”
1. Homo Sapiens  2. Neanderthals  3. Early Hominids

1. Homo Sapiens 2. Neanderthals 3. Early Hominids

I checked the site, and it referred to our ancestors, so this wasn’t what our Neanderthal cousins were eating.  It might sound petty to differentiate between the two, but these guys weren’t just another skin colour: Neanderthals were as different as dogs are from wolves: they had denser bones and muscles, a completely different skull [meaning anyone could tell they were different, not just someone with a forensic lab or a PH.D] with a larger brain and jaw, not to mention other things.  Another interesting fact is that the word ‘Paleo’ from ‘Paleo Diet’ doesn’t stand from Paleontology, it actually references the diet’s time zone [Paleolithic era], which goes from 2.6 million years ago to just before the agricultural revolution: about 10,000 years ago.
paleolithic age
 You can check this on the official site yourself, just type in Paleo Diet and it is the first search result, even above Wikipedia.  By the way, there’s another paragraph about my take on how accurate the science behind this is.  If you want to skip the anthropology and get straight to where I talk about how effective the diet is, skip to where you see !!!!!!!!!!!! [well, it’d catch your eye, wouldn’t it?]
I have a problem with how broad that time zone is: two million years, when compared to the rest of human history, meaning from Stonehenge to WWII, is just ridiculous!  2.6 million years ago is after the australopithecines evolved into the first upright man.  I could blab about Homo Erectus this and Homo Habilus that but the point is, 2 million years is literally way longer than it took for the Romans to worship the god Apollo and then for NASA to send people to the moon is a capsule of the same name.
prehistoric man
 I understand that technology was vastly more primitive and that there weren’t churches or spaceships being invented then, but there were different species of human evolving and dying out, or changing, not to mention the constant climate/ecological changes [for instance, there were wooly mammoths and sabre-toothed cats that aren’t around now].
wooly mammoth and sabre tooth tiger
 And they also didn’t say what part of the world this diet is from.  People in Mexico would’ve eaten Maize, but Europeans wouldn’t.  There were glaciers up north but not down south, and you can only imagine what differences there’d be in vegetation in both sides.
!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [it’s the skipping feature I mentioned earlier, sorry about the eye sore to those of you who actually read the whole paragraph]  But let’s exclude that.  Let’s just say that, hypothetically, it is just pseudo-science used to deceive the public who think ‘cave man’ is an accurate term, [god, that must really make me sound like a college-bred, smarter-than-you @sshole] it wouldn’t matter if this thing worked, right?
Editor's note:  I couldn't find the poster Callum was talking about, but this is close

Editor’s note: I couldn’t find the poster Callum was talking about, but this is close

I read an article about it and it sounded convincing enough.  Frankly, the tone seemed a little biased towards the diet, but maybe that’s just because I’m a skeptic [basically means that I like really good evidence], but I liked how the poster mentioned that not all types of fat are bad, and that how animals who ate more natural vegetation–such the grass they evolved to eat instead of the corn silly humans feed them–yielded less fat, and more of the right kind.  Natural veggies and nuts are excellent as well, it seems like the diet promotes a lot of good things.  But then there’s what it excludes.
The Paleo Diet excludes:
Alcohol [aside from overly ripe berries, booze came around during the Viking Age]
Refined Sugar [I agree it’s the devil, but good luck avoiding it]
Grains [most are refined and crap, but some are quite healthy]
Anything processed
Ketchup
Potatoes [wait a minute, won’t those around back then?  I’m pretty sure they were]
Anything else starchy or sweet
Legumes
Dairy products [I’m going to have a BIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIG rant about this]
no dairy sign
I understand that people weren’t eating milk back in ye olde days, but it’s still very healthy.  I’m sorry, but I’m a 6’5 [roughly 2.35 meters, but I’m pretty off] 14-year-old who exercised four days a week, I need calcium, otherwise I’ll grow up crippled, or break my foot at Tae Kwon Do.  And it’s not just me, people of all ages and heights need calcium, what other natural source is there that has such a ridiculous amount like dairy, PILLS!?  So, they’re going to be all vague about stuff like when and where they found this supposed ‘diet’ [sarcastic quotes, the literary middle finger], but there going to be specific about making sure people don’t eat anarchistic foods that are good for you (not to say that the critics of the diet aren’t also guilty of being maddeningly vague as well)?   Another way to look at it is that this is a great diet for people who are going lactose/gluten-free, or that this part can be edited based on what your personal doctor says.
history of potato
Maybe there should be a list of foods that aren’t from the Paleolithic that are healthy to eat: like potatoes.  Speaking of which, I’m pretty sure some edible form of potato, starch or legume, all of which are banned, would have been eaten somewhere on Earth over the course of two million years, although it could be argued either way whether or not they actually were or if that’s just unproven conjecture.
ancient farmers
You could argue that they did, but were completely different from the modified products of today.  That’s true, but so were so many other vegetables or other plant-based foods that are on the Paleo-diet’s okay list, like greens.  Farmers, for thousands of years, unwittingly genetically engineered foods to be greener, bigger, sweeter, healthier and all that good stuff,( by planting the seeds from crops with more desirable traits) but they certainly aren’t like what people ate 10,000 years ago.  An interesting point would be that the modern vegetables are healthier than the prehistoric ones, and any diet that promotes simple leafy greens is more trustworthy than one that has miracle pills/easy to do tricks.
GMO foods
There are a lot of criticisms about how much meat is in the diet: more so than is necessary.  One source pointed out (I’m not afraid to admit it, the masculine me did check Women’s Health Magazine, it was a good article)

It’s so hard to find all the meat the Paleo Diet demands so it’s users start eatin unhealthy, non-lean crap. While we’re here, the meats that early man ate were lean enough to run away from you, they didn’t sit around a farm house for life waiting to get slaughtered.

caveman hunting vs farming

But it’s a bit of an urban legend that the Paleo Diet is meat heavy: there were some quite reliable sources that warned against too much meat and kept tugging me back and forth between supporting this thing or being against it.  Also, a lot of the diseases that are claimed to not have existed in ye olde age are either impossible to prove (like high blood pressure, although obesity would leave some marks on the fossil bones due to the pressure of weight) or people would have been killed by a predator or an untreatable infection before they would get the disease eg. Alzheimer’s

johnny depp

Johnny Depp would be really old in the Paleolithic, and he’s only 50!
I  believe that the idea of eating more natural food is a noble one, and avoiding all the untested experiments in food is smart, but this is not the way to do it.  I admit I could be over doing it because I just plain don’t trust something that relies on this kind of flimsy, or at least vague, research.  Probably that combined with all the publicity, extra merchandise and the fact that I’m the kind of person who believes the cynical expose filmography of Michael Moore [although I agree it’s more hypocritical than the States themselves that he hates the 1% of filthy rich people while he is the 1% of filthy rich people, but I digress].
Michael Moore filmography
I find the diet too restrictive.   Also, while humans have mostly stayed the same for 10,000 years, it’s also quite possible that maybe by now we do need to drink milk, and it is not only possible but proven that the greens the diet supports were entirely different in the way back.

Aside from the vague time-line which I’ve probably talked too much about, my only other criticism of the Paleo Diet isnt’ really even its fault: the controversy.  There are so many arguments for and against this thing, both of which are equally biased and unproven, it looks more like the topic of a flame war in the YouTube comments sections (like the ones about YouTube’s new update – don’t get me started).  I hope I don’t sound like a snoot who thinks he has the answer to the stupid world’s problems, but everyone is taking about this as if it is a one-size-fits-all.  That is too much to ask of any diet, and is probably why the research and experiments are inconclusive.  There are too many variables.
paleo vs other foods
Personally I would recommend to follow the advice of sources that talk a lot about moderation – but not exclusion – of fats, sugars etc.  It’s better than a lot of those other sham diets around, so why not five it a try”  Unlike what some people may want you to believe, it ruin your life; if it doesn’t work…. than just quit.  Good Luck.

Teatree Cafe and Eatery

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Teatree Cafe Danforth
Teatree Cafe and Eatery is a gluten-free, vegetarian and organic health-freak cafe [anyone who fits under all three of those categories, one must admit, is a health freak].  Oddly, it is located in the same neighborhood as The Magic Oven, which is also gluten-free/vegetarian.
Yes, I admit that organic food is a good thing, albeit expensive, but like many good things in the world, aren’t popular in our culture.  Bees disappearing is no biggie, but OH MY GOD TWINKIES ARE GONE?!?!?!!?  The first end of Breaking Bad is obviously more important than the first thing to leave our Solar System [I know someone out there has no idea what that is.  It was Voyager 1, but to be fair to you there wasn’t much coverage on it].  And who cares about the whistle blower who risked his life to tell the World NSA and Obama were spying on them WHEN MILEY CYRUS STUCK HER A$$ IN SOMEONE’S FACE WHILE PLAYING WITH A GIANT FOAM HAND?!?!?!
popular google searches

popular Google searches

                                                                                                                        or
what should be popular Google searches

what should be popular Google searches

Now I got that out of my system, let’s talk about the cafe.  It has a nice, cafe-like atmosphere, nothing outstanding in a good or bad way.
teatree cafe interior
 There are a lot of savory options, which are way better than they sound.  For instance, by ‘vegetable soup’, one would think of basic veggies floating basically in salty water, but instead it’s a beautiful Indian-style mild curry.
suprisingly tasty

suprisingly tasty

 And vegetarian Shepard’s sounds akin to Clyde without Bonnie, Hitler without Nazis, religion and politics without controversy–you get the picture.  [or maybe something a little more positive like an ice cream without the cone].
Gluten free.  Meat free. Delicious

Gluten free. Meat free.
Delicious

 But it actually was just like a delicious mashed potato serving.  Even the Mac and Cheese was well done, with bread-crumbs on top and appetizing cheese sauce.
Mom and I both tried this Black Bean Chocolate Cake

Mom and I both tried this Black Bean Chocolate Cake

It isn’t just the savouries that are good.  Everyone had some of that black-bean chocolate cake, and it was great for a regular cake.  One big problem with black-bean chocolate-anything is that they aren’t very sweet–because beans don’t go with sweet stuff very well.  But you couldn’t even notice here, and I’m frankly surprised there aren’t more customers–maybe because of all the health options people expect soy milk, bagged-it-myself meat and hash brownies [oh wait, that’s Rob Ford’s kitchen], but Tea Tree Cafe isn’t just a hippie joint.  It makes eating health food as easy as laughing at George W. Bush*, and not just for those who have to.

*whoever his string puller was they couldn’t stop all those sounds of one and a half gears in his head from grinding to a stop from coming out of his mouth [think of every time he said ‘uh’]
Nana's carrot cupcake. She found it a little dry but she has very high cupcake standards

Nana’s cupcake. She found it a little dry but she has very high cupcake standards

As a matter of fact, I recommend Tea Tree cafe to anyone who likes great food, and not just someone who’s stuck on a gluten-free diet.
And yes, I will get to work on that Paleo-diet post.
Teatree Cafe and Eatery 867 Danforth Avenue

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Magic Oven

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Magic Oven Danforth
I said I would do another pizza review, and here it is.  My mom had started a gluten-free diet [apparently your body can develop an intolerance well after growth and puberty].  It is also a good time to see how diet-related foods can taste.
The Magic Oven is, based on information on their menu, part of the Slow Food movement.  The whole idea is an abolition [ha ha I made it sound like something historical] of processed Fast Food chains, much like Locovore or Paleo-diet subcultures.  I believe it is a very good idea, although frankly I can’t see how organic, real food could replace fast food in our ultra-modern world [some people just don’t have time, I’m not saying it’s good or that I support it, but it is a fact].  But then again there are some healthy fast food/quick service chains, but they aren’t nearly as popular as th junk ones.
paleo diet cartoon
Anyway, about the Paleolithic-diet.  It is its own movement where people eat much like our ancestors did [no, I’m not saying cavemen, that’s inaccurate.  I might as well call them Flintstone if I did that] and it took some digging to find out about.  Since I researched paleoanthropology, not any of the other branches of anthropology, I had questions about which species: early Homo Sapiens, our cousins, not ancestors, the Neanderthals or farther back to the likes of Homo Habilus or Homo Erectus [stop laughing].
image courtesy of priestwithaneypatch.tumblr.com

image courtesy of priestwithaneypatch.tumblr.com

 It seems to be more about just before the agricultural revolution, when man was both smart enough to grow crops and weird enough to drink out of that dangley thing on the cows [I wonder if it took a while for people to figure out that didn’t work on the bulls].  I’ll have to cover it in a separate blog, but suffice to say there isn’t anything processed and there are a lot of meats and fresh fruits and veggies.
Magic Oven interior
But The Magic Oven doesn’t cater to Paleolithic diets, so let’s move on to them.  Oddly, there were some Indian options on the menu, such as tandoori toppings or a samosa appetizer, which I had.  It was actually really good, the samosa’s were warm with delicious veggie filling, and the tomato  sauce it came with, which tasted a lot like pizza sauce, went surprisingly well, and added colour to the brown dish.
my samosa appetizer with a homemade tomato sauce (tasted like pizza sauce)

my samosa appetizer with a homemade tomato sauce (tasted like pizza sauce)

And the service was impeccable, the waitress was very nice and smart too, constantly checking to see which foods were safe and separating our gluten-free take-out with the none-gluten-free to avoid cross-contamination  [it’s like gluten is a nut].  They obviously cared about customer satisfaction.
my pizza with some interesting ingredients including Tandoori sweet potato

my pizza with some interesting ingredients including Tandoori sweet potato

But the main attraction is pizza.  The menu was large with many options for toppings, cheese, and crust [organic, gluten-free and yeast-free].  I had mozzarella, tomato-pesto sauce, organic crust tandoori sweet potato, beef salami and garlic-rubbed spinach.  My mom had mozzarella, {tomato} sauce, the gluten-free crust, mushrooms and chicken.
my mother's pizza, clearly going for an all-white theme here

my mother’s pizza, clearly going for an all-white theme here

The gluten-free crust was alright, I can cut them a little slack considering Italian food isn’t meant to be made with cornmeal, but the crust was a little funny.  There are better ways to do it, supposedly, but it is a weird twist on cooking to work with.  But the toppings were good, tender chicken and quality cheese, but they are a bit washed away by the crust.
close up of the various toppings on my pizza

close up of the various toppings on my pizza

As for mine, the crust was quite good, and the toppings [frankly I think I picked better] worked really well.  I recommend the tomato pesto sauce over some of the other ones, as it worked well with my salty salami, the contrasting sweet potato [not really tandoori but that didn’t matter] and occasional spinach.  It was a treat.
my decadent chocolate cake

my decadent chocolate cake

But it isn’t dinner without dessert.  Well it is, but… dessert goes better with it.
We compared the two chocolate cakes, the vegan and the decadent, and it was pretty close.
Mom's vegan chocolate cake

Mom’s vegan chocolate cake

The decadent was bigger, but other than that the two tied each other really well [I hurt your eyes with all those ts didn’t I? Well here’s another!].
Mr T had a cereal?!?!!

Mr T had a cereal?!?!!

If I could say one other thing, the vegan was a touch dryer, not dry just drier, and not by much either, you probably won’t even notice.
Finding gluten-free is like typing in V for Vsauce [check him out, and I will remind you I’m not copyright infringing, I’m basically advertising someone for free] and getting VMS Miley Cyrus as the top search [i.e. utter crap].  Nay, it’s more like trying to find something nice Google has to say about Americans–just type in ‘why are Americans’ to see what I mean–, and about as frustrating as how people think Canadians are afraid of the dark because they said so on How I met your Mother.  That’s like saying that rednecks are historians because you watched the History Channel, or that the Burger King, “King” isn’t terrifying because he’s smiling [come on, when you were a kid you just knew that’s the kind of creepy stranger the friendly officer warned you about].
image courtesy of giantbomb.com

image courtesy of giantbomb.com

So, back to the point [at least I didn’t mention the Are you Afraid of the Dark movie, oh wait], The Magic Oven is a good place for pizza, and definitely gluten-free friendly.
I don’t know how to rate it as a gluten-free cooking place compared to others, since this is my first one, so I’ll just leave it at that.
Magic Oven 798 Danforth Avenue

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