Vegetarian Directory Updates – June 2012

June 02, 2012

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Vegan Eggs!?

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This product isn’t available in Ontario yet, but MeShell reviewed her sample and it seems legit. Really real vegan eggs!  “Once upon a time I saw The Vegg online and I thought it was some sort of April Fools Prank that wasn’t possible….Unlike many vegans, I don’t miss cheese, I miss over-easy (easy-over?) eggs. It’s a textural thing that isn’t easy to duplicate through conventional tofu magic. It’s something you can do with a bit of molecular gastronomy (spherification) and black salt to some degree, but it’s not something that’s as easy as crushing up some tofu and throwing it in a pan. Until now.“  The Vegg is a versatile egg yolk replacer that can be used (instead of eggs) in a wide range of recipes, and you can even use it straight as a liquid “yolk” for dipping toast. In fact, it looks, smells, and even tastes like eggs – but without all the
cruelty. Plus, every time you buy The Vegg, you can have an even greater positive impact because 10% of sales will be donated to Compassion Over Killing. You can order it from Karmavore Vegan Shop (see coupon code to save 5%) or from Boutique Viva Vegan Store.

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New Vegan Restaurant

Feel Good Guru (917 Queen St. W., 647-748-5800)  has just opened across from Trinity Bellwoods park! They offer  “hyper-local super-awesome organic plant-powered vegan takeout”  Read a bit about it on VegNews, and MeShell’s review on Yelp!

Vegan & Veg Options…. at fancy restaurants

Epic Restaurant  (100 Front St. W., 416-860-6949)  Maggie B writes:  “For those looking for something upscale for special occasions or a night out, the Royal York’s Epic restaurant now offers vegan options. Yummy! Royal York’s Epic restaurant has a specialty menu that includes Vegan, Raw Vegan and Macrobiotic dishes! The Vegan menu offers a mushroom soup and a green salad with pomegranate, beets, peanuts and rosemary vinaigrette. The mushroom soup has Yukon gold potato chunks and prairie grains adding a wonderful texture.  Mains include eggplant lasagna and Thai red curry tofu with chickpeas. The Thai red curry tofu, served with basmati rice on the side, is perfect for those that like a spicy dish! For dessert, options are sorbet, fresh fruit and a watermelon salad. The watermelon salad brings small rectangles of ripe, juicy seedless watermelon together with syrupy but tart balsamic vinegar and a swath of bright, sweet raspberry coulis, accented with fresh raspberries and blackberries and sugared thyme.

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360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower (301 Front St. W., 416-868-6937) It’s “one of Toronto’s finest, features unforgettable food combined with a magnificent revolving view of Toronto more than 351 metres (1,151 ft) below.” 360 has a vegetarian lunch and dinner menu.  Enjoy dishes like: “East asian crispy baby eggplant with curried vegetable protein, with shallots, and toasted coconut panneer for $35. Also Saskatchewan wild rice pudding with pistachio praline, coconut and mango $10 for dessert. Menus available here.

Vegan Treat of the month club

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TVA volunters Lisa P (Vegan Culinary Crusade) and Nicole A (A Dash of Compassion) both have amazing vegan food blogs. The photography is always outstanding and I often dream picking up something and biting into it right off the screen! Now you can! As they are “often recipe testing, reviewing cookbooks and playing with new creations in our kitchens and the result is very limited fridge space and abundance of delicious vegan delights. The Treat of the Month Club is open to anyone who is willing to pick up their servings in the GTA. Once a month, we’ll arrange a meet-up in a downtown cafe to distribute the goods. If you’re unable to make it, we’ll arrange with you to plan a pick up from us directly.” I just picked up my first order last week, and I’m hooked! Read about the May instalment here.

BBQ

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First Annual Barbecue Fundraiser for the Canadian Celiac Association at Organic Oven Bakery & Café (3189 Yonge St.) Join them on Sunday, June 10, starting at: 10 a.m. “10% of all proceeds will go directly to CCA Toronto. There will also be raffle tickets for sale and door prizes from tons of other gluten-free suppliers!” Tickets are $15 and includes:  (Fully loaded) Vegan burger, Gluten-free mini cupcake (vegan available) and Organic specialty beverage. You can purchase your tickets ahead of time, when you can request vegan options when you get your tickets by calling  416-489-7777 or email pyutangco@organicoven.com.  See Facebook event here.

Vegan shoes

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 Vshoen

Toronto still mourns the loss of Left Feet, but BC comes to the rescue!  “Vshoen Boutique (pronounced “v-shun”) was created because we love animals and we feel strongly about the cruelty animals suffer at the hands of the leather, fur, and farming industries. Vshoen is the first 100% vegan-only shoe boutique on Vancouver Island. In addition to our amazing styles for men, women and children, we carry purses, belts, and t-shirts.”

Vegan Sweets, Treats, and Catering

Thursdays are a very special day in Toronto!! Sadie’s ships in (all-vegan!) donuts, cream filled donuts, cinnamon buns, and brownies from Rise Above Bakery in St. Catharines to both locations! Call ahead as the delivery time varies slightly week to week.  Use your Vegetarian Discount Card for discounts at either the Adelaide Street or Kensington Market Sadie’s locations.

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  Rise Above Bakery at Sadie’s

Snakes and Lattes in the Annex offer a small selection of vegan, gluten-free donuts daily. There’s other vegan and gf stuff too, so in case the donuts sell out you won’t leave empty handed!

In London Ontario, Sweet Lemon Bakery‘s storefront is set to open June 26th at 82 York Street! Get ready to chow down on their gluten-free, vegan cakes, cookies, squares, cinnamon buns, donuts, pies and much more.

Girlnola is based in Niagara-on-the-lake and they offer “sweet and savoury snacks that will nourish your body and are all gluten-free, peanut-free and vegan. Packed with superfoods and naturally sweetened with coconut sugar! Try the granola bites, whole food bars, raw kale chips (coming soon) and raw crackers (coming soon)” If that sounds great, Girlnola  also offers “8 week healthy lifestyle corporate challenges, “lunch n learns” and vegan and raw catering for any occasion or daily for lunch or dinner! Enlighten your soul with yoga retreats in beautiful Niagara wine country offering plant-based cooking classes, yoga, meditation and wine tasting & touring.”

Realtors

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Gerald and Cynthia McGiverin are your Elite Team! “As a husband and wife team for over 20 years, our sole purpose is to give you, the home buyer and/or seller, the very best professional representation in your real estate transaction. We are highly trained in delivering excellent results to YOU! That is why we are YOUR Elite Team. Being a Vegetarian (Gerald) and a Raw Vegan (Cynthia), we have experienced first hand the amazing power of living a plant based lifestyle! It helps our planet, our bodies, and ultimately, our clients. It is the reason we can bring the very best of ourselves, with physical and mental clarity, to represent you during the transaction. We are supportive and sensitive to our clients needs in living a plant based, environmentally friendly lifestyle. We work tirelessly to find our clients, not just a house, but rather a home and community that will be supportive of their dreams and goals. Call us to find out how we can help you not only buy or sell a home, but also embrace a vibrant life style! We are committed to serving you and we believe that great real estate representation doesn’t cost, it PAYS!” Use your Toronto Veg Card and save 5%!

Nutrition counselling

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Wei Su

Wei Su, Holistic Nutritionist at Yonge/Eglinton, “is passionate about using whole foods to provide optimal nourishment, disease prevention, & promote longevity. Wei considers the whole individual when devising individualized plans to help clients achieve optimal wellness. She has helped many successfully transition to eating more plant based foods.”

Marina Vasilescu at Nutrition Education and Personal Training specializes “in developing individualized nutritional and/or personal training plans based on clinical findings and the client’s medical profile. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and a Master of Science in Nutrition.  Deeply committed to her work and to her clients’ well-being, Marina provides her clients with a variety of tools which foster independence and lessen their reliance on counseling as a means to achieve their goals. Nutrition education sessions are delivered in our offices across the GTA, at your location, or online (via Skype).”

In the news!

Get to know a Baker: Wanda Beaver, Wanda’s Pie in the Sky via BlogTO.

Behind the scenes
at Sweets from the Earth bakery via BlogTO

New Vegetarian Restaurants

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Chutney Swamy
(2911 Eglinton Ave. W., Unit 2, Mississauga, 416-608-1000)  offers South Indian Vegetarian Cuisine in a very elegantly decorated establishment. Get 30 of your friends together and join them for a Dosa Party! They also offer catering services “for all functions including weddings, corporate, business functions, private events, parties , lunches and dinners. Clients can be assured that they will receive highest quality food with reasonable prices.“

Yoga

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Ashtanga Yoga Shala “offers daily morning Mysore classes in Little Italy and are KPJAYI Level 2 authorized teachers. Students of all levels are welcome from absolute beginners to advanced students.  Our Mysore classes are intimate with no more than 16 practicing at once to guarantee students receive all the personal instruction and guidance they need to learn this practice.” Use your Vegetarian Discount Card for 10% savings! (Excludes First Month or First Week passes.)