fresh

cheeks and i made a last-minute trip to toronto at the end of february, and it turned out to be one of the best getaways so far!

we stayed at this lovely bed and breakfast called IndexG B&B. located in the West Queen West Arts and Design District of downtown toronto, indexg is a labor of love cared for by husband and wife, holly and ks lee, along with their daughter, iris. finding this gem was really a stroke of luck for us. we had already decided to stay at the Gladstone Hotel, and were checking out its location on google map. the hotel looked really funky and we were excited to stay there. $145/night in the general downtown area is not a bad price. while i was checking out the neighborhood on google maps, indexg popped up. curious, i clicked on it, went to their website, read the tripadvisor reviews, and was sold! for $100/night, it was a great deal! just make sure to read about their booking and cancellation policies to avoid any headaches later.

(grassetto room; photo credit: indexg)

we really enjoyed staying there. reading the latest review makes me think that maybe we were lucky we were there during a slow week, and that we got the grassetto room, which was not in the same hallway as the other 4 rooms. we slept really well while there and enjoyed our conversations with both holly and ks lee, both photographers from hong kong who now call toronto home.

this post is at the beginning of the smorgasbord we experienced in the city. starting with fresh.

(above R: spicy laksa-inspired curry broth, rice noodles, baby spinash, soy protein slices, garnished with fresh basil and cilantro (oompa loompa juice in the background – pineapple, grapefruit, ginger, lemon))

fresh was on indexg’s list of places to check out. their juice menu alone was enough to warrant a stop. we were on our way to try a restaurant recommended by holly, but we happened to pass by their crawford location so thought we could get something light. we did only share 1 dish and 1 drink, but it did not disappoint. the special of the day: spicy laksa was really yummy and i actually quite enjoyed the soy protein slices. i didn’t miss the meat at all. and the juice was very refreshing. the ginger and lemon was warming. perfect to warm up the cold day.

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