Located at 133 Jefferson Ave in Liberty Village, Toronto, Maizal is an award-winning Mexican restaurant that won the 2015 premier’s award for Agri-food Innovation Excellence. Maizal serves artisanal and authentic Mexican food using indigenous cooking techniques and traditional recipes that reflect it’s respect and passion for Mexico’s gastronomic and agronomic knowledge & traditions. Maize (corn) is the key selling point at Maizal, where it is ground to produce pure homemade tortillas focusing on the production of maize from the growing process to its consumption. The corn used is heirloom and at it is sustainably grown in the vicinity of small-scale growers.Whenever possible, the restaurant acquires ingredients such as tomatoes, tomatillos, chiles, epazote, huitlaoche from partners who grow locally and ecologically.
To continue with the tradition Maizal makes fresh Nixtamal tortillas. Nixtamal is the process of boiling the corn in an alkaline solution. Lime stone is dissolved in water and cooked with the corn. The lime removes the hull from the corn kernel, making it more digestible and adding flavor, it also activate other nutrients in the corn such as calcium. This technique its been used for thousands of years and it is still passed throughout generations, part of our job is to defend and keep that tradition alive. Maizal wants to create a space where people can connect and engage with food(the way is produced, transported, prepared and served) and build awareness of the impacts that people’s consumption choices have in our society and the environment. Maizal is also a place for people to tie in with other cultures and reconnect with traditions and heritage.
What happens on that day?
All registered Yogalicious participants will start off by doing a 2 hour yoga open class, suited for all levels, and this will be a Classical Hatha Yoga class followed by community brunch that comprises of a limited menu specially crafted for this event and will only be available for the period of the event. Participants are advised to bring their yoga mats, water bottles and wear comfortable clothing during the practice. To read the whole story click on the image below for a visual narrative of the event as it unfolds on the day of.
The Brunch Yoga Menu
The Yogalicious Brunch menu is a fully vegetarian menu that nourishes our Chakras (energy centers) and also links us to indigenous ingredients.
Shanthi Smoothie – to feed the Throat and Third-Eye Chakras
Almond Milk Amaranth seed Smoothie.
Gratitude Salad – to feed the Heart and Sacral Chakras
Avocado salad with crispy home made tortilla stripes.
Gayathri Tamales- to feed the Root & Solar Plexus Chakras
Special Poblano Pepper Tamales served with re-fried Black Beans
Sadhana Vegan Ice Cream – To feed the Third Eye Chakra
Refreshing vegan ice cream with fruits topped with cacao beans
Karma de la olla – to feed the crown chakra
Heavenly Mexican coffee brewed with cinnamon and cane sugar.
A little about the choice of the Menu Ingredients
Corn is the most planted crop in Mexico. It has been used in kitchens for centuries. The country grows more than 40 types of corn which have several varieties whose number is close to more than 3000 types.
Chia seeds provide sustainable energy. Chia is an ancient Mayan word for “strength” and these seeds are great for bodily hydration.
Amaranth is considered a pseudo-cereal, it is an excellent source of protein and it was used by the Aztecs to make ritual drinks.
Cactus is was one of the staple foods in Meso-American cultures, it is a great source of vitamins, calcium and magnesium.
Cacao was considered by the Mayans as the ‘food of the gods’, one of the best antioxidants ever known.
We’re not trying to be cool, BUT SADLY THERE are only 15 spots available per week in our first restaurant and we can’t think of a better and fairer system than first come, first served – book your spots now and avail an early bird discounted ticket price.
The Menu will only be available at Maizal for the period that Yogalicious Toronto runs. Early Bird discounted tickets are available online until Oct 10th. Regular tickets are available online between Oct 10th and 16th November. The Ticket sales for each weekend (both Saturday and Sunday) will end 2 days prior to the event. Please book your tickets in advance to avail a spot. We had a sold out event last year and we would hate to disappoint anyone.