New Vegan Location
Boon Burger Café (114 Dunlop St. E., Barrie, www.boonburger.ca,) is opening in Barrie! Canada’s first exclusive Vegan Burger Café currently has two successful locations in Winnipeg, and will be making their Ontario debut this July. Boon features traditional burger joint classics made vegan and entirely from scratch from quality, sustainable ingredients. “We are very proud to offer a 100% animal-free, plant based menu… We compost and recycle most of our waste. We use NO deep fryers and NO microwaves. A large part of our menu is organic, local or fair-trade, with new ingredients being added regularly.” There are four varieties of patties that make up the whopping 13 burgers on the menu, which include favourites like the Boon, the Thanksgiving, and the Buddha. Also enjoy Poutine, Softserve, and their House salad (apparently the dressing is to die for). See their website for a complete menu with mouthwatering descriptions, and follow Boon Burger Café on Facebook and Twitter.
New Storefront Location
Bloomer’s Bakery (416-414-6144, bloomersbakery.ca) is opening a storefront location! A Toronto favourite for nearly three years, this all vegan bakery will be opening their first storefront location at 873 Bloor St. (at Ossington). Previously only available through special order and festivals & farmers’ markets, soon you will be able to enjoy Bloomer’s amazing baked goods on the spot- the only problem will be trying to decide what to order. Choose from amazing baked goods like “unbutter” tarts, cookies, cupcakes, pies, donuts, and more, all adapted from traditional recipes to be 100% vegan. Follow Bloomer’s Bakery on Facebook and Twitter for updates on the grand opening.
New Vegetarian Hangout Spot
Bampot Bohemian House of Tea & Board Games (201 Harbord St. (east of Bathurst), 416-537-5959, www.bampottea.com) is a new “community space full of warmth, comfort, and entertainment.” Bampot, which opened in mid-April, is inspired by Czech tea houses, which is a fascinating tradition you can read all about on their website. “All of the staples for creating this type of ‘magic’ space are in evidence at Bampot: there is warm lighting, comfortable seating, a plethora of unique teas, affordable yet delectable food, games to play, tobacco-free hookahs to smoke, and above all an unhurried mode of operations that lets you order, lounge and leave at your own pace.” And while you sip on some of the finest teas in the world, view beautiful Canadian art, catch some live music, and choose from a selection of every board game you’ve ever heard of, you can also enjoy their all vegetarian fare from hummus, falafel, baklava, and pita, to homestyle snacks like cheese and crackers, pistachios, and cookies, plus many new items added regularly. “Our ingredients are locally sourced wherever possible, and our prices will keep you coming back for more.” Find Bampot on Facebook and Twitter for newly added menu offerings and updates.
Vegan Thai Food Option
The Thai Cuisine (1675 Bloor St. W. (at Indian Rd.), 416-533-2221, www.thethai-cuisine.com), a hidden gem in the High Park neighbourhood, has a page in their menu devoted entirely to Healthy Vegan Options. “All of our selected dishes are 100% meat-free and 100% animal product free. Soybean-based and wheat gluten meat are prepared with healthy and natural ingredients.” Choose from delicious, colourful dishes with soy chicken, duck, shrimp, and even tuna! Delivery, take-out, and catering also available. View the full menu on their website, and find The Thai Cuisine on Facebook.
Sweets From The Earth (647-436-2004, www.sweetsfromtheearth.com), Toronto’s renowned gluten-free, nut free, all-natural vegan bakery has moved their location from 43 Mulock Ave. in the Junction, to 218 Canarctic Dr. in North York (click here for map). While there is no storefront at their bakery/head office location, special orders for pick up are welcome. SFTE products can also be found in many natural food stores, cafés, and large chain grocery stores. See their website for a list of retailers and products, and follow SFTE on Facebook and Twitter.
Last month we shared the upcoming opening of Just Falafel (831 Bay St.,647-847-2068, www.justfalafel.com) in Toronto! The opening day is officially June 24, so mark your calendars and prepare to enjoy some amazing falafel! Check out their Facebook page to view the mouthwatering varieties.
Temporarily Closed for Renovation
Guru Lukshmi (7070 Saint Barbara Blvd., Mississauga, 905-795-2299, www.gurulukshmi.com), “GTAs Most Passionate Dosa Makers” is expanding! The long-awaited expansion has been in the works for the busy all vegetarian South Indian restaurant since mid April. The grand reopening will take place on May 15. Visit their website for more information.
The Naked Sprout (4040 Palladium Way, Unit 11, Burlington, www.thenakedsprout.com) has closed as of April 22. “It is with a heavy heart that we have to tell you that we have decided to close The Naked Sprout… We appreciate your support and patronage and friendship over the past few years.” Visit their website for details, and if you are passionate about TNS offering a new location, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Chrysalis Yoga also owned by The Naked Sprout in the same building will remain open.