Toronto’s Best Sandwiches: a vegan-friendly BLT from Tori’s Bakeshop
By Karolyne Ellacott
Meet the meatless BLT (Image: Karolyne Ellacott)
Now that summer’s reached its turning point, hopping aboard the 501 for a trek to the Beach has never seemed more appealing. Following a stint on the sand, why not cool down with a sandwich at Tori’s Bakeshop? Having just blown out the candles on its fourth month, Victoria Vaccher’s east end bakeshop and café is a sly purveyor of all things vegan.
Following a road trip with a meat-eschewing pal, Vaccher began whipping up animal-friendly treats in her kitchen. You’d swear her baked goods are doused in butter, but everything is free of dairy, eggs, refined sugar and casein (a protein found in milk). Recently, the menu has branched out to include sandwiches; we opted for the vegan BLT.
The sammy still features the original L and the T, but organic hickory-smoked coconut is swapped in for the traditional role of bacon. Tucked into slices of homemade spelt bread — baked fresh daily — the lot is smeared with some soy-free veganaise and wrapped up into a pretty parcel ($10). And for dessert, the oh-so-moist cupcakes will have everyone fooled ($3).
Tori’s Bakeshop, 2188 Queen St. E., 647-350-6500