New Veg & Vegan Locations

Bello Bio (511 Mt. bellobiopanzerottiPleasant Rd., 416-587-4432, www.bellobio.ca), Toronto’s only Italian vegan eatery and source for Italian vegan imported foods is moving! Currently located in mid-town on Mt. Pleasant Rd., those of you who live downtown will be happy to hear the new location will be centrally located in Kensington Market. “Bello Bio will be relocating to Kensington Market, at 280 Augusta Avenue. We are beyond grateful for your patronage here on Mount Pleasant, and we hope to see you all again soon at our downtown location!” The big move happens very soon on April 8th, so mark your calendars and drop by for the grand re-opening! Follow Bello Bio on Twitter and Facebook for details and updates.

Kupfert & KimKupKim (100 King St. W., 416-504-1233, www.kupfertandkim.com), the vegan, gluten-free breakfast and lunch spot currently located in First Canadian Place is opening an additional location, also in the Financial District in Brookfield Place at 181 Bay St. Opening in July, downtown dwellers can soon enjoy the convenience of a second location for healthy Vegan breakfast, lunch, smoothies and coffee. And don’t forget, Kupfert & Kim delivers! Just call or stop by with your order in advance and have your meal delivered directly to your office. Go to TVA’s Delivery Guide for more details. Find Kupfert & Kim on Facebook and Twitter for updates on the opening day.

JustFalafelJust Falafel (www.justfalafel.com) is an internationally acclaimed Falafel joint that will soon be opening their first Canadian location at 831 Bay St. (at College)! Starting with a single restaurant in Abu Dhabi, Just Falafel is now sweeping the globe with their all-Vegetarian Middle Eastern cuisine that offers, you guessed it, just falafel (no shawarma!). And this isn’t the ordinary Falafel you’re used to, Just Falafel has revolutionized the falafel sandwich by creating a world of flavours. “We combine the best authentic falafel with global flavors like Emirati, Lebanese, Indian, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Mexican and American to name a few. Our shops provide a modern gourmet setting that is inviting to falafel lovers everywhere. Our falafels are delicious, fresh and crisp, and made with ethically sourced premium ingredients and are 100% vegetarian and nutritious.” Check out their website for the full menu, which also includes salads, desserts, and even breakfast, and follow Just Falafel on Facebook and Twitter for details on the Toronto location and more.

Vidya’s Veggie Gourmet (238 VidyasBarrie St., Thornton, 705-739-9642, www.veggiegourmet.ca) is opening soon in Thornton (about 45 min. north of Toronto, and just 8 min. south of Barrie) inside Vidya’s Yoga and Wellness. The grand opening is this Saturday, April 5th. “Join us Saturday from 5-9pm for some samplers from the menu, live music, and great people! There will be live music, touring our new wellness centre, yoga studio, delicious tasters from our menu, a selection of beer, wine, and bevies, and friends from the Vidya Yoga community, and beyond.” The Vidya’s Veggie Gourmet menu includes original vegan dishes such as Vegan Clam Chowder, Mushroom Perogis, and tons of delicious, healthy salads and bowls, all with the choice of rice, millet, or quinoa. Even if you don’t live north of the city, I’d say that’s worth a trip! And as if this wasn’t enough great news, their website also mentions Vidya’s Food Trucks coming soon to Yorkville and Toronto… we will keep you posted on that! Also check out the yoga studio for a class or a weekend retreat, attend a seminar from world-class nutrition experts, or even detox in the infrared sauna room and experience massage therapy. Find a sneak peak of the menu on their website, and follow Vidya’s on Facebook and Twitter.

New Vegan Food Delivery Partnership

Green ZebragreenzebMac (647-867-1605 , www.greenzebrakitchen.com) and Mama Earth Organics (416-850-8662, www.mamaearth.ca) unite! “As you know, Green Zebra delivers organic, vegan, gluten-free meals to homes and businesses all over Toronto. Until recently, you could only get Green Zebra food directly from us. Now, select Green Zebra Kitchen meals can also be purchased by Mama Earth Organics customers. The current menu includes: Pumpkin Spice Granola, Cacao-Pumpkin Seed Butter Balls, Mac & ‘Cheese’ with Roasted Broccoli and Sweet Potatoes, Kale Salads, Quinoa and Rice salads and other side dishes. The menu changes weekly and is currently available to their Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday customers.” This means that Green Zebra’s delivery zone now expands to Pickering, Scarborough, Mississauga, Richmond Hill, Markham, Stoufille, King City, and Eastern Oakville. Here are the areas that can get Green Zebra Kitchen via Mama Earth:

  • Monday:  High Park, Etobicoke, Uptown Toronto
  • Tuesday: Beaches, Scarborough, Pickering, High Park
  • Thursday:  Downtown Toronto to Just South of the 401
  • Friday: Mississauga, Richmond Hill, Markham, North York, Stoufville, King City, Eastern Oakville

Check out the Mama Earth website to view what’s available from week to week and include Green Zebra in your next order! Follow Green Zebra Kitchen on Facebook and Twitter for news and the weekly changing menu offerings.

New Vegan Pizza!

North of Brooklyn Pizzeria NOBStorefront(650.5 Queen St. W. (at Palmerston), 647-352-5700 & 469 Church St., 647-980-7990), www.northofbrooklyn.com) is now serving up vegan pizzas made with Daiya cheese! North of Brooklyn offers Brooklyn inspired pizza, and was voted #1 in Now Magazines Top 5 Pizza Slices. Delivery is available at the Queen W. location, and will be at the Church location starting April 15 (by bicycle!). Go to the website for delivery zones and a full menu, and follow North of Brooklyn on Facebook and Twitter.

Cookbook Launch

Screen Shot 2014-04-06 at 3.32.02 PMLast month we announced that Bunner’s Bake Shop (3054 Dundas St W., 647-352-2975, was releasing a cookbook featuring all of our favourite treats! Well that time is near, and that means “the hottest party of the season- our Cookbook Launch Party!! On April 15th at Get Well between 6-8pm, be there or be sorely disappointed! We will have tons of Bunner’s treats to munch, books to buy, free arcade games, and the bar is stocked with gluten free beer! It’s going to be the dreamiest party, and we can’t wait to see you all there!!” The party is hosted by Get Well Bar at 1181 Dundas St. W. (just west of Ossington). Go to Bunner’s Facebook page to join the party, or just show up to hang with the Bunner’s gang, and get your hands on a cookbook! If you can’t wait until the 15th, go to bunners.ca to pre-order your copy now!

Veg & Vegan Breakfast Option

Did you know that Hello hellodarlingDarling (827 Lansdowne Ave.) has great veg and vegan brunch options? In fact every dish is vegetarian (Rowe Farms meat options can be ordered on the side)! Coconut bacon is a staple here, and there’s a great vegan option of Chickpea Scramble with brown rice, roasted red peppers, avocado, smoky coconut, sesame salad, and sweet potato. Find the full menu and hours on Facebook.

Now Licensed

Grasshopper Restaurant (310 College St., 647-340-3666, www.grasshopperrestaurant.ca) has a liquor license! As of March 26th beer and spirits can be enjoyed alongside Grasshopper’s amazing veg and vegan comfort food, like Chick-un nuggets, “Pulled Pork” Bahn Mi, and Quinoa Mac ‘n Cheese. Try their cocktails in tubes with soda and fresh juice!  Find Grasshopper on Facebook and Twitter, and go to their website for the full menu.