Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Lil Organic Kitchen, Whitby, ON

Happy Spring, my beautiful readers!!!  If only this weather would stop pissing about, we could get outside and enjoy the fact that the ice and snow has disappeared for another seven or eight months.  Weather aside - the days are getting longer, the flowers are starting to pop up and say hello, The Real Housewives of New York are back and crazier than ever, and for me, it’s the beginning of CRASH DIET SEASON!!!!  I have a formal event to go to at the end of May, and I actually bought a dress that was two sizes too small for me so I could have some serious motivation.  I love Crash Diet Season!   I usually pick whatever diet is trending at the moment, throw myself in for a few weeks and then quit.  My funniest diet I ever tried was the Martha’s Vinyard Diet Detox, where you don’t eat ANY solid food for 21 Days.  And you had to take aloe pills.  And do colonics.  It was pretty shitty.  Literally.

Wow….I have a really weird relationship with food.  I should probably talk to someone about that.

Well folks, this time around, I’m actually getting healthy the normal way.  With water.  And regular, well-balanced meals.  And *gasp* EXERCISE.  As most of you know, next month, I’m riding my bike from Toronto to Niagara Falls to raise money for Princess Margaret Cancer  Centre.  Look, I’m pretty sure I can do the ride without training, but it would be a whole lot less-painful (you-know-where) if I did.  So I’ve been running twice per day.  6k in the morning and 6 k in the afternoon.  Seriously.  I’m going on week three of this crazy regimen.   I suppose at some point, I’ll have to actually jump on my bike and go for a few spins, but this whole running thing is working for me right now.

I’ve been meaning to check out The Lil Organic Kitchen in Whitby for a while now.  Every time I head over to Toys R’ Us for a new lego set I see it from the corner of my eye going West on Hwy 2.  I follow them on Instagram and they’ve been advertising their cold-pressed juices  lately and they looked really good.

So yesterday, after run #1, I hopped in my car and drove over to Whitby to check it out.  It’s located in the strip mall on the North East corner of Thickson and Hwy 2.  I also noticed that there’s a Health Food Store right next door.  Convenient for someone who’s on a health kick like moi.  I made a mental note to stop in there after I was done in The Lil Organic Kitchen.

The best way to describe the inside of the restaurant was Earthy.  The modern-looking room was split into two areas – a very comfortable looking dining area with tables and big leather seats, and an open kitchen.  The colour scheme is green with earth-tone accents (LIKE A SALAD!).  And it was exceptionally clean.  It looked like the perfect place to meet a friend for lunch or for coffee.

The front counter had a display case with healthy looking baking, as well as even healthier looking salads.  In another display case, they had the most beautiful looking Pakora that I’ve ever seen.

The menu is etched on giant chalk-boards above the counter.  One board boasted six different types of healthy bowls, from a Curry Bowl (Creamy vegetable masala on Basmati Rice topped with raw veg) to a Mexican Bowl (Brown Rice, Grilled Veg w/ Sunflower Pesto, Chili, salsa, Avacado, topped with Corn Chips).

Another menu listed all the fresh juices that were available.  The one that struck me was the Alkalize Up (Kale, Cucumber, Celery, Spinach, Lemon, Ginger and Parsely).

I didn’t really feel like eating by myself, and the new Real Housewives of Potomac was beckoning me from my living room PVR, so I ordered four juices (two “Alkalize Up” and two “Grounded”) as well as a large salad from the display case to go.  The young lady behind the counter was really nice and answered all my dumb questions about the benefits of a cold-pressed juice as opposed to a regular juice.  At the last minute, I also bought two juice shots from the refrigerated counter – the “Digest/Cold” and the “Immune”.

I thanked the young lady and was on my way, but not before I stopped into the Health Food Store directly next door to the restaurant.  I have been looking for dried Goldenberries all over the place and I figured I could get them at a Health Food Store.  I was right.  As I was paying for my berries, I asked the lady at the cash if the two establishments were owned by the same person.  She said that yes, they indeed were.  She also said that the owner was a Nutritionist and that this person was really interested in helping people get healthy.  I liked that.

I chugged one of the Green Juices on my way home.  Super tasty.  I would have liked to see more Ginger in there, though.  But that’s just me.  I’m a spicy kinda gal.

When I got home, I pulled out the salad and was thrilled when I had the first bite.  It was an extremely colourful mix of kale, black beans, sweet potato, parsley, and sweet peas.  It had a really nice curry taste to it, and it was really spicy – just like I like it.  I finished the whole thing in about ten minutes.  And you know how much guilt I felt????  ZERO.  In fact, I could actually FEEL myself getting healthier.

Stay tuned because I think this place is going to be a once per week joint for me.  I definitely want to try that Pakora.  And the Mexican Bowl.  And everything else on the menu.

Lil Organic Kitchen
1618 Dundas St. East
Unit 3
Whitby, ON