The Vegan Duchess (2354 Yonge St., 416-519-4229, www.theveganduchess.ca) is officially open! Back in December we told you about The Vegan Duchess, a raw quick-serve restaurant and juice bar opening in the Yonge-Eglinton Village. As of February 11th, the full menu is available including breakfast, snacks, salads, main meals, and desserts. “The Vegan Duchess aims to dispel “myths” about Raw Veganism being insipid or boring or “just salads”. With our selection of pizzas, tacos, soups and superfood desserts (among others) we shall convince you that consuming foods in their natural state is the most rewarding palatable experience.” Some delicious-sounding menu items include Raw Crepes with Macerated Berries, Walnut Date Crumble and a Young Thai Coconut Cream, the Falafel Wrap with Sprouted Lentil Red Pepper Falafels, Sunflower Seed Hummus, Pickles, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Lemon Dill Tahini Sauce with Cauliflower Hemp Tabouli, and the Cashew Berry Cheesecake with Walnuts, Dates, Raw Cocoa Powder, Agave Nectar, Lemon Juice, Coconut Oil. Juice cleanses are also available. And, The Vegan Duchess delivers to your home or office through OrderIt! Check out The Vegan Duchess on Facebook for specials and updates, and view their full menu on their website.
New Vegan Community Space
D-Beatstro (1292 Bloor St. W.) is a new vegan public space just east of Bloor and Lansdowne that will host various community events. While the space is currently open for a few events scheduled in March, it will officially open in April with a regular events calendar and a café with a full menu featuring vegan comfort food. The menu start small and expand as the space grows, and there are some delicious sounding treats in store (including a Philly cheese steak sandwich!). And the food will be ethically sourced, and local when possible. “We’re very proud to announce that we will be brewing Dark City Coffee, locally roasted in Toronto. The beans purchased from Dark City supports the Feminino Project, which in turns supports women coffee growers and their families. Our focus is affordable but still delicious veggie and vegan comfort foods. Food politics are important to us from where the ingredients come from to how they get to us, who can afford to eat them, and how the workers who harvest them get paid.” If you like the sounds of a space that cultivates community and creativity, get involved! Come out to events or volunteer by sending an email to email@example.com. You can also contact D-Beatstro to book the space. “We’ll be open to anything that engages the community. Live music, art shows, Magic the Gathering tournaments, community discussions, punk rock bingo, movie nights, and artistic performances. We’re very open to hearing what’s looking for a home…” Check out upcoming events and other news on their Facebook page.
Belmonte Raw (1022 Queen St. E., 647-340-1218, www.belmonteraw.com) has a new location opening in the PATH under the Exchange Tower (King W & York) at Brookfield Place. Come the beginning of April, “the pioneering raw-food emporium will have a new standalone store on the concourse level of the Exchange Tower, nestled between Starbucks and Sam James Coffee Bar. The take-out shop will sell Belmonte’s familiar assortment of cold-pressed juices, smoothies and raw foods.” Being in the hub of the Financial District, the plan is eventually to provide direct door-to-cubicle service. “After being open in the PATH for a couple of months, we’ll start delivering with carts up and down the towers.” Visit the original location at 1022 Queen St. E., and you can also find Belmonte Raw’s juices at Holt Renfrew at 50 Bloor St. W. Visit Belmonte Raw on Facebook for more updates, and go to their website for more about Belmonte Raw cleanse options.
Did you know Kupfert & Kim (100 King St. W. (First Canadian Place), 1.416.504.1233, www.kupfertandkim.com) now has 4 downtown locations, with two more on the way? The vegan, gluten-free quick service restaurant may have started small, but it has grown exponentially over the last few years. And it’s no wonder- their delicious, breakfast, boxes, and treats have received rave reviews since the original location opened in First Canadian Place in 2013. Be sure and check their full menu here for which locations serve which items. Just a hint- the K&K Food Stand location in the Sun Life Financial Tower serves up burgers and tacos among the other K&K classics! But each location offers tons of amazing options including breakfast, boxes, smoothies & juices, and sweets. And all feature a full-service vegan espresso bar serving direct-trade, organic beans from Stumptown roasters. Visit Kupfert & Kim at their original location in First Canadian Place at 100 King St. W., in Brookfield Place (PATH level) at 181 Bay St., in Waterpark Place at 88 Queens Quay W., the K&K Food Stand in the Sunlife Financial Tower (PATH level), and stay tuned for 2 more upcoming locations- one near Metro Centre set to open sometime in March, and one at Spadina and Richmond set to open in May! Visit Kupfert & Kim on Facebook for more updates.
New Spot to Get The Goods
The Goods (1255 Dundas St. W. (at Dovercourt), 646-340-GOOD (4663), www.thegoodsisgood.ca) is now providing those in the Roncesvalles area with their organic smoothies, salad bowls and soups. Ardith (373 Roncesvalles Ave., 647-878-1412, www.ardithstyle.com) now features The Goods grab n’ go meals from a fridge in store! So now if you live in the west end, you don’t have to go quite as far to get The Goods (but still do visit the original location at 1255 Dundas W. as often as possible for full menu options!). The Goods also delivers to your home or office, and meals can also be picked up from Misfit Studio at 761 Queen St. W., 3rd floor. Order online, and find The Goods on Facebook for more updates.
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