When we were driving along King West at the end of November, I noticed a logo that looked familiar to me, and had to stop and take a look! Bolt Fresh Bar had been also recommended to me on twitter by a woman named Livy. Since Bolt and I share a lightning bolt as a logo, and I knew they served fresh organic fare, we decided to stop in – they had only just opened, and you could tell, it was a beautiful and clean space. They have a most interesting wooden-framed cooler for their drinks at the back of the space that looks directly out of a classic laboratory, immediately drawing me over and making me thirsty. My brother and I had a hard time choosing! I was thrilled to see that they carry my favourite, Rise Kombucha, as well as other organic and interesting drinks, such as Vams Water Kefir and Kombucha in some of the nicest bottles I have ever seen. They also carry various types of coconut water. If you haven’t tried Water Kefir, I recommend trying this, as it’s different – fizzy like pop, but without any of the nasty ingredients, just healthy ones that you wouldn’t otherwise try – like spirulina (see pic below).
It was a little bit disappointing to me that their ingredients were not entirely organic, but they did tell me that they use organic for the Dirty Dozen, which is a great start, and hopefully if we all support them and ask, they will go all organic for everyone’s sake, especially for the farmers and our food system!
They have a great selection of vegetables, seeds, nuts and toppings for create-your-own salads, grain bowls, a great selection of dressings, and a juice and smoothie bar. If you want all organic, you can, just ask before you order to make a good selection for yourself. They also have stews and soups. When I was there, we tried the Lentil and Tomato Soup with kale and it was warm and awesmazing. I also took out a salad to try, but I cannot remember now what was in it exactly, but I really enjoyed it and couldn’t believe how large it was!
We need more places like this, all organic, and DEFINITELY GMO-free so more of us have more places to stop for “fast food” around Toronto.