Boon Burger (114 Dunlop St. E, Barrie, 705-718-4193, www.boonburger.ca), Canada’s very first all vegan burger café, will be opening a Toronto location! Although it is but a whispering at the moment, the word is out that the Winnipeg based vegan burger joint is staking out Toronto neighbourhoods for their next location. Boon opened their second location in Barrie last year, and their delicious, fresh menu of burgers, salads, soups and chili dogs has been a hit north of the city. “We are very proud to offer a 100% animal-free, plant based menu. With your support, it is our goal to make every ingredient sustainable. A large part of our menu is organic, local or fair-trade, with new ingredients being added regularly.” Your days of choosing from one meager veggie burger on a menu are over. In addition to 4 kinds of vegan patties to choose from and 14 varieties of burger, Boon also offers shakes and coconut based vegan soft serve. Needless to say, news of this new location is a very, very good thing for Toronto vegans. Follow Boon Burger Barrie on Facebook and Twitter for ongoing updates, and check back with the Directory Updates for more details in the near future.
Rawlicious (9 locations in Toronto & surrounding area, www.rawlicious.ca) is opening a 9th location in Hamilton! New locations are popping up so frequently in the Toronto area, it’s hardly surprising that Rawlicious is expanding to yet another Ontario town. As of this Spring, Hamilton can soon enjoy healthy and delicious raw cuisine and juice cleanses from the Ontario’s most popular raw restaurant. Click here to view all 9 locations (3 in Toronto), and find out why Rawlicious is taking over!
New Cold Pressed Juices from Fresh
Fresh (4 Toronto locations, www.freshrestaurants.ca) now has cold-pressed juices! The glass bottled collection includes eight cold-pressed juices, four handmade nut milks, and four power shots. “More than just cold-pressed, Fresh juices are unique in sourcing the best and most powerful super-food ingredients from around the world including exotic berries, seeds, nuts, supplements, herbal tinctures, medicinal roots, herbs and spices.” The new Fresh cold-pressed juice and nut milk collection can be found at all four locations, as well as at 889 Yoga and two Dark Horse coffee locations on Queen West and Spadina, and will soon be available at select grocers and retailers across the GTA. Follow Fresh on Facebook and Twitter, and click here for Fresh locations. Toronto Veg Card holders save 15% on take out at Fresh (excluding baked goods)!
New Evening Spot
Tori’s Bakeshop (2188 Queen St. E, Toronto, 647-350-6500, www.torisbakeshop.ca) is now open in the evenings for dinner and drinks. Tori’s After Hours has been expanding their evening options since October, offering “organic and biodynamic wines, select cocktails, craft bottles of beer, and a fine fare dining menu from Thursday to Sunday, 7pm-11pm.” In addition to providing beautiful and delicious vegan food, Tori’s has proven that being vegan doesn’t mean giving up cheese. Appetizer options include a sharing plate with pate with marinated vegetables, chèvre with grape jelly, celery slaw, pickled beets, seitan with savoury pancake, vegetable chips, and herbed crackers, as well as a cheese board which includes a fermented cashew brie, jams, and toasted seeds. Main courses include items such as pizza with bocconcini, gnocchi, black rice pilaf, and more, and many items can be made gluten-free. The menu is always changing, and new dishes are always being added. Follow Tori’s on Facebook and Twitter for updates. Toronto Veg Card holders save 10%!
Celestial Beauty (427R Brant St., Burlington, 905-319-2822, www.celestialbeauty.ca) has moved from 408 John Street to their new location at 427R Brant St. “Salon services and a Beauty Boutique we carry Vegetarian & Vegan bath and body products, cosmetics, vegan makeup brush sets, Zoya nail products, gift baskets and more! We offer make-up application and lessons, manicures, pedicures and waxing.” Follow Celestial Beauty on Facebook for more updates.
Hot Beans (160 Baldwin St, 647-352-7581, www.hotbeansvegan.net), the vegan taco and burrito shop in Kensington Market will soon be closing its doors. For all those who regularly crave their Ancho-Spiced TVP Burritos, BBQ Jackfruit Tacos, and other amazing vegan Mexican fare, this is sad news indeed. But all is not lost. Co-owner, Ross Corder has recently opened up Porterhouse, a vegan pub on Dundas West, so although Hot Beans will be sorely missed, delicious vegan food in Toronto is still aplenty. Hot Beans will be closing its doors sometime between February 15 and March 15, so there is still time to run in and gorge!
The lovemuffin bakery (416-428-3828, www.thelovemuffinbakery.com), the small vegan baking operation run by the talented Leslie Black is indefinitely closed. “I just want to take a second to thank all of my lovely customers/followers/friends for supporting us for the last three years.” If you love lovemuffin baked goods, you can buy the ebook of favourite lovemuffin recipes for just $4.99 and check out Leslie’s blog at www.lesleylovesfood.com for yummy healthy recipes. You can also still follow Leslie on her lovemuffin bakery Facebook page.
Valentines Day Specials
Still trying to figure out what to do this Valentine’s Day? We’ve got you covered. Check out the Valentine’s Specials page here:
It’s loaded with great ideas! Find out what restaurants have dinner specials, what bakeries have special Valentine’s treats, and other events. Happy Vegetarian Valentine’s Day!
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