The Wandering Bite

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Best vegan spot on the planet?! (The Planet, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada)

If you’re heading here for lunch be sure to head out of the office a bit early cause this spot packs up fast at the noon hour! Settle in on mismatched chairs and retro tables and enjoy a veggie-filled breakfast or brunch. This vegetarian restaurant (which also offers vegan options) is tucked away in downtown Peterborough so be sure to stop in to re-charge after a morning of browsing the local shops!

What to bite?

Brie and cranberry sauce sandwich is my absolute fav. Rich and creamy brie mixed with the tang of cranberries, crisp greens and fresh baked thick-sliced bread. If you’re lucky enough to visit when they’re soup is tomato-basil, be sure to check it out, I promise you won’t regret it! If you’re looking for something a little heartier, try the rosemary walnut burger – it tastes just like stuffing!

Also be sure to grab some fresh baking (hello ginger cookie) for dessert.

What to sip?

Fair trade coffee!

Why I love it?

Kid-friendly with a play kitchen and rocking horse. Very eclectic decor. Healthy, vegan and vegetarian meals with great daily specials and gluten-free options. Take out or eat in.

Check them out online here!

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Lots to love about Kelly’s XO! (Kelly’s XO Bakeshop, Burlington, Ontario, Canada)

A single cupcake at Kelly’s could make any gluten-addict turn gluten-free. Seriously.

I picked up a box of cupcakes for my gluten-free friend and took home a few for my cupcake-crazy daughter and I to test out. We couldn’t even hold out till dessert time. I assure you that you will never know these delicious treats are 100% guilt-free with no gluten, peanuts, artificial colours, or dairy. This mother-daughter team sure knows how to “bake you happy” (their slogan, not mine!)

What to bite?

You MUST try a cupcake. They serve standards everyday such as red velvet, chocolate, vanilla, coconut, but on special occasions (like Valentines or Christmas), their creations get even more amazing! We tried “candycane”, a chocolate cake with mint (dairy free) buttercream icing sprinkled with crushed candycanes. Another fav is Chocolate orange, which is essentially a Terry’s Chocolate Orange in cupcake form – amazing! Each day they have daily special cupcakes so you could go all week and indulge in a different cupcake each day!

They also serve a variety of cookies, brownies, muffins, scones, cakes, cookie sandwiches (yes, you read that right) and if you don’t have a good reason to get married anytime soon, I can give you one….they even cater weddings (and custom orders if you have a lower-key event!)

What to sip?

Kelly’s serves up fair trade coffee with dairy-free options to stay in or take out.

Why I love it?

Incredibly friendly staff. When I stopped in, the staff took the time to explain the selection to me and I didn’t feel at all rushed despite the growing line behind me. Warm cozy inside, and lights up the bustling street with trendy outside decor. Located in the downtown core of Burlington, they offer a few spots to sit in and enjoy on a break from shopping at nearby boutiques, or take your treats to go in beautiful cupcake-friendly boxes. If you give them 48 hours notice, they’ll bake up a custom order for your event (think girls night!).

Check them out online here!

Nata bad latte! (Nata’s Cafe, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada)

Dad joke, I know. But by Nata bad latte, I mean one of the best lattes I’ve had.

Walking into the stone floored cafe, you will immediately feel at home hearing the clinks, taps, and hisses of their espresso machine. Nata’s Cafe in Peterborough is a perfect place to spend the afternoon reading, grab a coffee to go, or meet a friend for breakfast.

What to bite?

Try their Belgian waffles topped with whipped cream and berries or old fashioned maple syrup. They even have a kid-friendly size that comes with a milk or juice. If you’re looking for breakfast with a bit more protein, you will want to order two (because they’re so delicious) croissant breakfast sandwiches. Made with a fresh croissant, bacon, cheese, scrambled egg. (They’ve even substituted tomato for bacon if you’re veggie).

They also offer a lunch menu and lots of tasty desserts.

What to sip?

ORDER A LATTE. Seriously. Even if you don’t like them, just do it. You will fall in love.

Why I love it?

Kid-friendly basket of books and a highchair if you ask. Free wifi. Comfy window view for people watching downtown Peterborough. And best of all, they support local artists and grassroots projects. You will always find unique and beautiful artwork on their walls, sometimes submitted by local high school art programs.

Check them out online here!

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