Everyone has that place. You know, that place. The place that you always go back to. That you feel comfortable in. Like a home away from home. That place for me is Taloola’s.
I discovered Taloola’s in my first year of undergrad while googling for a vegetarian lunch spot. I stumbled onto their website not knowing this lunch spot would become so important to me. I’ve been to Taloola’s literally hundreds of times in the last 5 years (okay maybe not hundreds). I’ve also spent a lot of hours studying there. The fantastic live music they have on Fridays and Saturdays made studying bearable. But mostly, I just feel happy there.
The food is delicious. They have amazing vegetarian and vegan options and I have never eaten something that I didn’t like. The chefs are always coming up with some new and delicious weekly specials, which they post on their Instagram. While you wait for your food you can’t help but explore the eccentric decorations that line the brick walls.
Taloola’s has really become a special place to me. Especially since I moved to Ottawa. It’s almost always the first place I go when I fly home. Everyone knows I’m Taloola-obsessed.
Although I love trying different items on the menu or their weekly specials, I totally have a favourite meal. I always start off with the blunana smoothie made with natural yogurt, milk (which I substitute for soy milk), blueberries, and banana.
Then I have the Couscous Delight salad. Couscous, shredded carrot, chickpeas, raisins, red onion, pumpkins seeds, greens and their delicious in-house vanilla-date sauce. The dressing has a date and garlic flavour that is so good. I’ve actually tried to re-create this salad at home and failed miserably. I also really love the Fez tofu salad. It’s the same salad, just with a thick slab of grilled tofu.
I then have the Antipasto Party sandwich on rye. Homemade roasted eggplant puree, marinated artichokes, red pepper spread, basil pesto, hot sauce, spinach, and asiago cheese. I love artichoke. If you do too, this is the perfect sandwich for you.
My Mom and I dinned at Taloola’s for this post. I wore a billowy olive green Banana Republic dress with a floral Zara scarf tucked into a brown woven belt (à la Burberry Fall 2014). I paired that with a straw boat hat from Forever21 and black patent leather Zara tassel loafers (super comfy and yet très chic).
Normally, I finish my feast with their delicious Garbanzo bean chocolate cake. It’s a chocolate cake made out of beans, sprinkled with icing sugar. #Winning. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any Garbanzo cake when I was there but when they do I’ll be sure to share it with you! (You can also check out my Instagram for a sneak peek!)
Taloola Café is Windsor’s hidden gem. It’s my place. If they ever closed, I seriously don’t know what I would do with myself. Even now, my motivation to study is being able to go home after my exam and visit Taloola’s.
Everyone has that place. I would love to hear about yours!
Photo credit: Lori Market