Bloomer’s (873 Bloor St. W., 416-551-0532, www.bloomersto.com) is now open! As of July 24th, the long-awaited storefront location is open and ready to serve up delicious vegan treats like muffins, tarts, bagels with vegan cream cheese, and much more. And it gets even better- “We’ll be expanding to a full service, licensed restaurant and extending our hours! Whether you feel like a late night donut, or tempeh wings and a beer, we’ll be here for you.” Vegan donuts, wings, and beer… has there ever been a better combination of things in one place? Follow bloomer’s on Facebook and Twitter for updates. Current hours are Monday – Saturday 8-6, Sunday 10-5, located on the south side of Bloor, just east of Ossington.
Magic Oven (6 locations across Toronto, www.MagicOven.com, 416-868-OVEN) is opening another new location! Uptown residents can soon enjoy Magic Oven’s signature pizzas, pastas, wraps, and salads, made with organic, local, and fresh ingredients. The 7th location will be at 302 Eglinton Ave. W., (at Avenue Rd.), and will be opening this September. Stay tuned to Directory Updates, and Magic Oven Facebook and Twitter sites for details. Order online, or call 416-868-OVEN. Toronto Veg Card holders save 10%!
Pulp Kitchen JuiceBar & Healthy Eatery (717 1/2 Queen St. E., 416-461-4612, 565 Danforth Ave., 416-463-PULP (7857), www.pulpkitchen.ca) has a new second location as of July. The fresh-pressed juice and smoothie bar also features an all-vegan menu with wraps, salads, soups, and sandwiches, all made with delicious, healthy ingredients. Find the new location at Danforth and Carlaw, or stop by the original Queen St. location. Both locations feature Juice Cleanse programs, and $10 lunch combos. Follow Pulp Kitchen on Facebook and Twitter for updates. Toronto Veg Card holders save 10%!
Whole Foods Market (87 Avenue Rd., Yorkville, 416-944-0500, www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/toronto/) is opening a new location in North York this fall! On September 23rd, the fifth Toronto area Whole Foods location will open for business. The new store will feature a restaurant/grill, a salad/hot bar, grab & go pastries, and much more. “The opening ceremony begins with the traditional bread-breaking at 8:45 am followed by food samplings, giveaways, music and more.” Visit the Whole Foods website for more info and see the new Facebook and Twitter pages for the Yonge and Sheppard location.
FEAST (881 Queen St. W., 647-350-1881, www.thisisafeast.com) is a new allergy friendly gourmet food store on Queen West, right across from Trinity Bellwoods.“We favour ingredients that are local, organic, and non-GMO. Our in-house kitchen is gluten-free, and free from the top 8 allergens: wheat, dairy, soy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish. Some of the tasty treats coming out of our kitchen: savoury pocket pies (including the Vegan Curried Black Bean), donuts, coconut milk caramels, organic vegan butter, sunflower butter, and chocolate sunflower spread.” Feast also carries loads of pantry items pasta, sauces, baking mixes, and much more, also all vegan and allergy safe. Check out the website for a full menu, and find Feast on Facebook and Twitter. Hours are Tues – Sat 10–7, Sun 11–6.
New Healthy Lunch Option
Oats & Ivy is a new health food company on the move! “Gourmet, nutritionist-approved lunches, fast & fresh”, all from a bike cart. Lunch boxes like the Thai Noodle Bowl with Kamut noodles and Curry Cashews, include fresh veggies and healthy proteins, and cold-pressed juices, nut milks & smoothies are all made fresh daily. There are decadent, yet healthy dessert options too (like Chocolate Maca Bites, or Black Bean Brownies), made with gluten-free flours and natural, unrefined sweeteners. You can find Oats & Ivy on their bike cart in Toronto’s downtown core Tuesday – Friday. Follow on Twitter and Facebook to find out where they are today, and visit the website for a full menu and delivery options.
New Brunch Option
Grasshopper Restaurant (310 College St., www.grasshopperrestaurant.ca, 647-340-3666) is now open on Sundays for brunch and lunch! “We are now open on Sundays from 10-3 serving brunch, and lunch from 3 onwards!” Try the Vegan grilled cheese on either a sandwich or curry tortilla, with your choice of vegetable fillings. Served with fruit salad and your choice of soup, side fries, or side of scrambled tofu. Visit the Grasshopper website for a full menu, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter for updates and specials. Toronto Veg Card holders save 5%!
Vegan Fish & Chips!
Ackroyd’s Fish & Chips (2222 Queen St. E., 647-352-2433), a new fish & chips shop in the Beaches, is now serving up Vegan “Fish” n’ Chips! The recipe uses Organic tofu and Bob’s Red Mill organic flour, with Chef Jenny G’s secret batter and is served with Vegan tartar sauce, chips and a salad. The introduction of the vegan option has been a huge success! Gluten-free batter is also available. Find Ackroyd’s on Facebook and Twitter.
Vegan Caribbean Food
Le Ti Collibri (291 Augusta ave, 416-925-2223, www.leticolibri.com) is a place you may have seen in Kensington over the past couple of years, but did you know they have a ton of Vegan options on their menu? Try authentic Caribbean cuisine made with veggie proteins like “chicken” and “fish”, as well as fried plantains and veggie fritters. Drop by to choose from more than a dozen vegan Caribbean dishes. Find Le Ti Collibri on Facebook and Twitter, and view a full menu on their website.
Bello Bio (280 Augusta Ave., 647-341-6227, www.bellobio.ca), Toronto’s all vegan Italian food shop and eatery has closed. “Bello Bio is proud to have been one of the all vegan restaurants in Toronto.” While the storefront is no longer open, catering will still be available. “Please keep following us as we will updating our catering menu and posting updates with regards to bringing our prepared foods to market. We will also continue to offer our 2 meat alternatives (Mediterranea and Muscolo di Grano) and our rice cheeses (Mozzarisella, CreamyRisella & SmokyRisella) on a pre-order basis. We hope that when you are planning for your next family gathering, party or special occasion that you think of Bello Bio.” Visit the website for catering information, and follow Bello Bio on Facebook and Twitter.
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