The Primal Grind Espresso Bar promises "everything for the modern hunter-gatherer" and delivers. Tucked neatly into the front of the Academy of Lions cross-fit gym, just West of the newest trend-tastic Ossington strip, you will find Toronto's newest best-kept secret. Open for just over a month and boasting 100% gluten/dairy/sugar-free drinks and treats, I simply couldn't resist checking it out. On a lazy Sunday afternoon, I was lucky enough to sit down with owners Clinton and Freya and talk shop about the cafe's roots in the "Paleolithic Diet".
First up was the Apricot Nut Ball, a chewy little treasure featuring coco nibs with no added sweetener. Fun fact number one: the only sweetener added to any of the nibblies at Primal is natural honey, but I challenge anyone to decipher what is and isn't "sweetened": its all so delicious! Beside the Nut Ball was the Macaroon, also with coco nibs for an extra bit of heaven. Then came my personal favourite; the Chocolate Banana Muffin. The muffin had a great texture of chewy walnuts, and more of those delectable coco nibs to put it over the top in the guilt-free indulgence category. I followed Clinton and Freya's advice to "save the best for last" with the Chocolate Zucchini Spice Loaf; a spicy, spongy, sweet and satisfying slice of bliss. Fun fact number two: with the exception of a bit of coconut flour in the Spice Loaf, everything is flourless! How Primal Indulgence creates such perfectly textured little treats without the aid of flour quite literally boggles my mind. And how The Primal Grind is able to create the most creamy and satisfying lattes without the use of dairy, will certainly boggle yours! But don't take my word for it, you'll just have to see for yourself!
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***Note: Primal Grind Cafe is now located at 150 Lesmill road