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VEGAN MEAL SERVICE SORRY, I'VE GOT PLANTS OPENED A GENERAL STORE IN RONCEVALLES VILLAGE

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MARIE WAINE

FEB 2, 2020

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These days, it’s just as normal to see meal kits on your neighbours’ doorstep as it is to see delivery arrive. From pre-chopped veggies to step-by-step recipes, the goal is to make healthy eating as easy as placing an order on the phone. But there’s one delivery service in Toronto that’s adding an extra layer of convenience — a storefront for your on-the-go needs.

The plant-based eats from Sorry, I’ve Got Plants that you’ve had delivered to your door week after week are now available at a small brick-and-mortar that opened in Roncesvalles Village in November 2019.

SORRY, NOT SORRY

The delivery service originally started in July 2018 as a low-waste, completely vegan alternative to the other meal kits out there. At only $10 a plate, it’s a bargain compared to many of the veggie-forward, fast-casual eateries where you might already pick up your dinner. If you find yourself with a jam-packed schedule that leaves little time to cook, these 20-minute meals delivered in reusable and compostable packaging are for you. Plus, there’s no subscription required — so you only have to order food when you want it.

Forget to put your order in on time or want to give the food a test run? Or maybe with your lifestyle, you’re just never at home. That’s where the Roncevalles Avenue space comes in. It’s true opening a storefront may not seem like an obvious path for an online food service, but this vegan hangout is all about creating a community for the fast-growing, often on-the-go contingency of vegan-leaning eaters in Toronto.

Stop by the grab-and-go general store whenever a craving for a nourishing meal kicks in. You can expect to find the same dishes you’d order online right in store, like a Poke Bowl with watermelon tuna or a creamy avocado Chickpea Salad Sandwich. Most of the menu is already gluten- and nut-free, so it’s easy for everyone to eat their lunch or dinner here. Also be on the lookout for breakfast options, like overnight oats, to arrive soon.

CHILL VIBES

Although you can easily get your food to go, the bright yellow ceiling and colourful abstract walls give this small shop a happy, cozy feeling that’ll make you want to stay and eat in.

Relax with a cup of coffee while you sit on a couch and look out onto the street over the plant-packed windowsill of the bay window. You can also browse shelves full of merch, plant-based goods, and health and wellness essentials from around the neighbourhood. Shop soaps, t-shirts, reusable mugs, candles, and more while you try and decide if you should buy another tote bag (you’re going to need something to carry all your purchases!).

And because this place is a true testament to convenience, you’ll have a third avenue to score their delicious grub — the shop just launched on Uber Eats. Whether you’re trying the food or picking up a few home goods, you’ll come away from the experience feeling not at all sorry for having plants.

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