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4 Cold Busting and Vegan Drinks For Winter

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In celebration of World Vegan Day today, Chester Wong from local Toronto cafe Fuel + brings you four vegan options to for the coming winter season.

Happy world vegan day! On behalf of Fuel +, I am excited to share our favourite Fuel + drinks that are not only vegan but will keep you warm and healthy for the winter. These four drinks can help increase circulation and boost your immune system the natural way getting you ready to fully enjoy the winter months!

1. Ginger Tea

Ginger is a root. It has a wide range of antioxidant properties. The minerals and amino acids included in ginger improve the circulation of red blood cell.  To create, simply buy fresh ginger root and grate 1 tablespoon of ginger (No need to peel),  with 1 cup of boiling water. Let it steep for 3 minutes and strain.  If you like, add some extra ingredients like lemon, agave and orange for a little of sweetness and Vitamin C.

2. Kenya Chai Latte (Ginger Chai Latte)

Not all chai is made the same. Indian chai is more milk based where Kenyan chai is all about the spices.  You can make a syrup with 1 tsp ground ginger, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, ¼ tsp cloves, ¼ tsp cardamom, ⅛ tsp ground black pepper.  Mix it all into a pot with 1 cup of water and sugar to taste. Boil it with high temperature till bubbling. Turn heat to low and simmer for a hour. Take it off the stove and cool for another hour after. Afterward, you can mix this with almond milk and loose black tea leaf for an amazing vegan latte.

3. Apple Cider with Cinnamon

Apple paired with cinnamon can stop an impending illness in its tracks. Cinnamon is known to have antibacterial properties and warming properties that help increase blood flow. Chinese traditional medicine commonly recommends cinnamon for colds and coughs. Red apples contain an antioxidant called quercetin. Studies have found that quercetin can help boost and fortify your immune system.

4. Fresh Mint Tea

We all tend to get a little blue in the winter. To help your mood change try a nice hot fresh mint tea.  Mint is a natural stimulant, and the smell alone can be enough to charge your batteries and get your brain functioning on a high level again. If you are feeling sluggish, anxious, depressed, or simply exhausted, mint and its derivative essential oils can help. At Fuel +, we offer a wide variety of herbal teas including Peppermint mints, African nectar, and various organic green tea.

About Fuel +

Fuel + is committed to providing good fuel for everyone. Owned and operated by partners Gary Taylor and Chester Wong, the concept of Fuel + is derived from combining their extensive experience as executives in the corporate world to building a business of their own that focuses on their passion for health, food and wellness — providing healthy food choices to the public at an affordable price point. Fuel + is a one stop shop that acts as a café serving fresh organic beverages, smoothies and treats. Additionally, Fuel + functions as a boutique grocery store supplying an array of dry, frozen and refrigerated health goods for your immediate and future needs.

Fuel + is located at 471 Church Street in Toronto. Follow them on Twitter, and like them on Facebook.

October 31, 2013 | By | Reply More

Hot Bunzz Available Inside The Urban Bistro

Mark Oliver started his Hot Bunzz concept one year ago at the Toronto Underground Market. From those humble beginnings, Mark has expanded the business and now has a permanent location to serve his Hot Bunzz from, inside a new concept restaurant at Yonge and St. Clair called the Urban Bistro. Located at 21 St. Clair Ave. W., Urban Bistro is scheduled to open for business on Monday, May 6, 2013.

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Originally inspired by the steamed buns found in Chinese cuisine, Mark fills his food with what he like’s to call “flavour adventures”. Taking flavours from around the world and putting them inside a bun. Each day he’s going to offer fresh street gourmet style buns with options like Canadian bison short rib, Canadian elk, and seafood offerings on Fridays like tiger shrimp and jumbo scallop. They will also serve buns known as #StreetCuizine, based around comfort foods we’ve all grown to love like texas pulled pork, brazilian beef, thai basil beef, and thai curry chicken. There will also be a different daily vegetarian offering.

The buns are baked fresh five times a day. Single combos are available from $8, with that you get, one bun, fresh made potato chips, a salad and a drink. Double combos, with two buns, are also available and start at $10. Mark’s plan is to go after the office lunch crowd from the nearby office towers. Hot Bunzz is scheduled to be open initially from 11-8pm, the plan is to extend those hours once the Urban Bistro receives a liquor license. Mark also plans to expand the menu to offer up breakfast buns, gluten free options and dessert buns.

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Hot Bunzz is one of three food offerings that can be found inside the Urban Bistro. Mark’s friend Mandy Lau took over the space that used to be occupied by a Hero Burger / Lettieri café to create his unique concept of of an asian inspired urban food court, simulating the food stalls found on the streets of Hong Kong. Lau is running the other stalls, one is a breakfast spot, and the other a fast-casual chinese stir-fry/noodle option. Mandy wants to prove that not all Chinese food is greasy, with easy to order dishes based around eight key ingredients. Mandy is also offering create your own noodle bowls, as seen in the image above, with options like shirataki noodles, shrimp, and vegetables in a light chicken broth and topped with Lau’s special hot sauce.

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Even with the new brick and mortar location, Mark can still be found selling Hot Bunzz at pop up events like TUM and the ROM’s Friday Night Live nights series.

For more information, follow @HotBunzzTO on Twitter, @HotBunzzTO on Instagram, like HotBunzz on Facebook and tag your Hot Bunzz food pics with the #StreetCuizine hashtag.

HotBunzz, 21 St. Clair Ave. W., inside the Urban Bistro, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1K6

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