I was researching about gluten-free restaurants and food places the other day and happened to find Kupfert & Kim. They not only serve gluten-free and vegan breakfast, desserts, lunch, and dinner, but they are also eco-friendly. You can bring in your own container for food or drink and receive 30 cents off your purchase. If you don’t bring your own container, the ones they offer are actually compostible. That is amazing and I really wish more and more restaurants would sign on to do this.
Kupfert & Kim is located in the First Canadian Place in the PATH. They are relatively easy to find; clearly visible to one side of the elevator “pack” in the middle of the PATH. I lined up at around 9 a.m. in a short line of around 5-6 and by the time I got my order, the line had expanded to at least 10 people already. They are very popular!
After I placed my order with the very friendly and sweet girl at the cashier, I waited for my turn to “customize” my sweet quinoa. Being a first-timer, I wanted to try all that they offered, so I asked to get a little bit of all the daily toppings they had. I saw the guy put in almond slivers, pine nuts, blueberries, raisins, a drizzle of honey, and lastly a sprinkle of cinnamon on the top. He then asked what type of milk I wanted and gestured to the array of milk boxes displayed in front of me. I chose almond milk. He poured in a generous portion of it before sealing the container with a lid and handing it to me. I was very pleased with the fast service and the fact that I could customize my breakfast with such a wide variety of toppings!
Sitting down with my green smoothie and my hot container of sweet quinoa, I dug in. I liked the green smoothie. It was refreshing and definitely tasted “green”. It also reminded me of the green smoothies I’ve made at home.
I REALLY enjoyed the sweet quinoa. Up until now, I’ve only had quiona as a cold version as salads for lunches and dinners. I didn’t even know that it could be served hot. The way that it was made and scooped into my container resembled a hot porridge. It was definitely perfect for a cold winter morning breakfast (it was -17 C outside). I loved the array of toppings that were added into it. The blueberries were fresh and “crunchy”, the pine nuts were also fresh and yummy, and everything else blended in together to create a colourful and healthy concoction.
I also like how their logo says “wheatless” and “meatless” right up front. I really appreciate that and now understand why they are so popular! Next time, I’d like to try the House-made Granola (made with gluten-free oats) and Raw Energy Balls (they are little balls that look like cake balls except they seem much healthier for you and made with raw ingredients). Mmm, this place is such a treat and definitely worth a visit! 🙂