I’m back and welcome to a brand New Year of 2019, did you all miss me?? 😉😊 How has everyone been doing so far in the beginning of the 2019 year so far?? I can’t believe the first 2 months of 2019 has passed by so fast for me and it’s already end of March and winter is almost over finally lol!! In Toronto, we had a few big snowstorms in February and brutal cold temperatures so far this winter. So I’m definitely ready for Spring despite usually I love the snow, I guess with my allergies for my hands being more active this winter. Just excited that Spring is just around the corner!! I’m ready for some warmer weather as it to me has been a brutal winter!! But I been pretty busy during the beginning of 2019 Year mainly just working away at my part time Admin work as I have gotten extra shifts on the weekends to gain extra income for my upcoming 2 big vacations coming up this year.
I also took one weekend end of January for my Annual Winter getaway to beautiful Niagara Falls where I enjoyed a very cold getaway and saw the beautiful frozen falls!! It was a relaxing yet cold getaway and as always too short!! But it was a nice to get a mini break before my 1st big vacation in mid-April to Las Vegas as mentioned in my last post!! Check out a few photos below of my wintery icy getaway to Niagara Falls.
I’m really excited for 2019 and discovering new sweet dairy free foodie adventures with 2 big vacations this year (1 planned & 1 unplanned lol!!)!! I am looking forward to sharing with you guys new sweet dairy free bakeries or restaurants and my foodie travel adventures of course!! If you didn’t read my last post, just a reminder that this year unfortunately there were be fewer blog posts than normal due to my 2 big vacations, but don’t worry I will still here posting and sharing with you guys my discovery of new dairy free bakeries and restaurants.
My 2 Fave Donut Shops to Warm Up This Winter
With the cold & snowy winter days in T.O., what sweet treats or desserts do you enjoy during the winter or during cooler days? What I been craving lately are vegan dairy free donuts. I love the fruity flavour donuts more as donuts are great warm and cozy treats for the winter!! I been to a few delicious and great bakeries that makes vegan dairy free donuts, I am finally sharing my faves with you guys my readers so my 2 faves go to places for donuts are: Bloomer’s and Glory Hole Doughnuts.
Bloomer’s is an artisan vegan bakeshop located east of Ossington on Bloor St. and a great location easily accessible off the subway line. It is a cozy and charming good size bakery I feel it is very homey and a great open space compared to other bakeries that I been to. Bloomer’s offer a variety of baked goods from muffins, mini loafs, cinnamon buns, and of course they are known for their large and yummy vegan donuts. I go to Bloomer’s just for their donuts because they have a great selection of flavours on rotation everyday esp bright, sweet & fruity ones to brighten a winter or cooler or even hot days, it is soooo worth the trip for them because I love how large the size is as it fills you up as a great warm treat!!
Bloomer’s also offer a good selection of lunch options that includes bagels, sandwiches, salads, fries, soup, bowls, burgers and more along with a great selection of drinks like brewed coffee, cappuccino, teas and tea lattes, cold pressed juices and more!!
I ended up choosing the London Fog and Berry Hibiscus flavours and both were so good!!! I even had a London Fog latte, which was a perfect match to go with my donuts. I loved the London Fog as I love Earl Grey tea so if you like the Earl Grey flavour definitely try the London Fog one and the taste is not strong Earl Grey flavour, which is what I love about it, it’s sweet and good flavouring of Earl Grey tea. If you love sweet definitely try the Elderberry Hibiscus one, I wasn’t sure about that one and ended up loving it!! I can’t wait to try more and different flavour donuts as I am waiting to try the filling donuts!! Yum!! Bloomer’s donuts are on the larger size for donuts, but I don’t mind as it’s a great filling treat!! Bloomer’s offers more of a variety of flavours compared to other vegan bakeshops with donuts.
I definitely recommend if you haven’t checked out Bloomer’s to see why I love their delicious & sweet soft dairy free donuts as you’re definitely missing out if you haven’t stopped by yet!!
2) Glory Hole Doughnuts
My 2nd fave doughnut shop is Glory Hole Doughnuts. It is not a full vegan bakeshop but offers selected vegan doughnuts everyday. Glory Hole Doughnuts was established in 2012 and is run by a small and independent artisan doughnut shop located in the heart of Parkdale and recently they opened a new location in the East end on Gerrard and Coxwell, which I was so happy about as it’s closer location for me to go to. They make all their doughnuts freshly made everyday with the highest quality of ingredients using fresh, local and organic. They make 3 different unique types of doughnuts – yeast doughnuts, cake doughnuts, and vegan doughnuts (100% vegan dough). They also offer freshly brewed coffee and Station Cold Brew.
I was excited to visit their new 2nd location in the East end on Gerrard St as I been to their original doughnut shop in the West end as well. It is conveniently located near the Coxwell subway station with a short bus ride to their doughnut shop. It was a cozy and small doughnut shop with a large variety of flavours for non vegan and only few selected for the vegan flavours. I only wish that they offer more vegan flavours. But the vegan flavours that they offer are clearly labelled and glad that they do vegan doughnuts as it is one of my faves still and make delicious & soft donuts that you can’t tell it’s dairy free.
I first discovered Glory Hole Doughnuts at the Vegandale Festival few summers ago when it was called: Vegan Food & Drink Festival. They do change up their vegan flavours seasonally and love the Berry Hibiscus summer vegan flavour!! I can’t wait to try that again!! For the East end location, there are no seating unfortunately, it is a more of a take-out doughnut shop. I only wish there was a bit of seating like the one in Parkdale, which they have a very small area for seating. It is a relaxed and friendly atmosphere at the doughnut shop and great customer service when I went to the East end location.
The doughnuts that I ended up getting that were vegan are Cinnamon and Vanilla Sprinkle and the non vegan flavours that I got were Strawberry Passion and Caramel White Mocha to share with my sisters. I absolutely loved the Vanilla Sprinkle donut the best as it was soft, sweet and loved the glaze on it as well, which wasn’t too sweet!!
If you haven’t tried Glory Hole Doughnuts yet, with their 2 locations now open in the West & East End, there isn’t a reason why to stop by their sweet and yummy doughnut shop and as a warning, you sometimes need to get to the shop earlier than normal as they do tend to sometimes sell out their products (which shows how popular and delicious they are) before closing or phone ahead to see what flavours are available or if they can put it on hold. I definitely recommend trying this soft and melt in your mouth doughnuts to see why I love it so much!
If you are looking for soft, large yummy melt in your mouth dairy free donuts, then go check out my 2 fave donut shops – Bloomer’s and Glory Hole Doughnuts as donuts are great sweet treats any time of the year esp during the cooler days when you just want to sink your teeth into a soft and warm treat!!
Until next time, I will be off next month to my hotter days in beautiful and fun Vegas next month in mid-April with my sisters and looking forward to lots of delicious foods and hoping I can check out a few vegan bakeshops as it’s rare to find in Vegas to share with you guys when I’m back and relaxing in the pool too!! Bring on Spring!! Don’t forget to come back to check out my blog for more sweet dairy free desserts bakeshops suggestions and my Vegas adventures!!! 🌞⛅🍩☕🌷🌸🌻🌴🌵✈
For more information on Bloomer’s and Glory Hole Doughnuts, please see below:
Bloomer’s – Website – click here
Glory Hole Doughnuts – Website – click here