ApieCalypse Now Pizza & Snack Bar (735 Bloor St. W. @ Christie, 416-516-4555, www.eatveganpizza.com) is now open! The well-known vegan bakery has closed up shop at its Markam St. location and has taken over the corner of Bloor and Grace, just across from Christie Station. The new location, which officially opened just last weekend, has already produced many ecstatic customers. “What’s a snack bar? That’s the real beautiful part of this whole thing–it’s basically your vegan junk food dreams come alive. Vegan Corn Dogs… Vegan Doughnuts… Vegan Cheezy Garlic Bread… Buffalo Ranch Salads and Vegan Not-Chicken Caesar Salads.” As anyone who has had anything from Apiecalypse Now knows, they have mastered making vegan food taste rich and delicious, like nothing is missing. Years of experience go into making ingredients from scratch, including vegan cheese, mock-meats, and even garlic dipping sauce! “Our pizzas are done in an authentic pizza oven that never even one time has had meat in it. Also aren’t you tired of omnivores just sprinkling some Daiya on some crust and calling it vegan pizza?” Try pizzas like the White Walker with creamy garlic sauce, soy chicken and arugula, and the “meat” lover’s Pig Destroyer Destroyer, as well as house made vegan donuts, cupcakes, and vegan soft serve with a variety of sundae toppings. This place isn’t messing around! Follow Apiecalypse Now on Facebook and Twitter, and seriously, go there now.
Also available at APieCalypse Now Pizza & Snack Bar (735 Bloor St. W. @ Christie, 416-516-4555, www.eatveganpizza.com) are sandwiches from the new vegan sandwich start-up called Grains Grains Grains that will launch monthly sandwich specials. Their May special, the Deceit Ball vegan meatball sub is “smothered in home made sauce, melty vegan cheese, and home-made pickled fresh jalapeño peppers on a local toasted buttery roll.” “Come by and give it a try, you won’t be disappointed. We’ve got it on good authority that two meat eaters ate this and didn’t even notice it was vegan. Yeah. It passed the “I didn’t say it was meat but I let you believe it was for as long as possible” test!” Follow Grains Grains Grains on Facebook to find out about the specials, and stop by the new Apiecalypse Now location and try one of everything.
Belmonte Raw (130 King St. W. (The Exchange Tower), 647-343-6169, www.belmonteraw.com) has a new second location now open in the PATH. The Leslieville-based raw eatery and juicer opened up under the Exchange Tower in late April and gives downtown dwellers and office workers a fresh, healthy option for lunch. As we reported in March Updates, the raw food stand will eventually deliver directly to offices in the financial district. If their original east end location (1022 Queen St. E.) is out of the way for you, this is the perfect opportunity to try raw food done right. There are salads, wraps, cold-pressed juices, and even sweets, such as their famous chocolate thimbles made from cacao, cashews, and carob. The menu is always rotating to keep things as fresh and seasonal as possible. “we’re thrilled to share that our location in the Toronto PATH is OPEN!! We couldn’t be more excited and we can’t wait for all of you to visit our new home!” Both locations are open Monday-Friday, 7am-6pm, and the Queen St. E. location is also open weekends from 10am-5pm. Visit Belmonte Raw in person, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter for updates.
New Vegan Caribbean Restaurants
Veggie D’Light (160 Baldwin St., Unit 1, 647-349-8223, www.veggie-dlight.com), the Toronto-based vegan catering company, has opened up a vegan Caribbean takeout storefront. Located at the old Hot Beans location at Baldwin and Spadina, Veggie D’Light features dishes like Roti with curried chickpeas, Jerk Seitan, and house made juices. According to reviews (of which there are no negative ones to be found), the food is incredible, prices are good, service is friendly, and portion sizes are generous. What more could you ask for?
Vital Life Vegan Restaurant (14 St. Andrew St., 416-977-0640) has recently opened in Kensington Market and joined a growing list of vegan Caribbean restaurants in Toronto. Try a huge variety of mouthwatering, authentic dishes such as BBQ soy, Ginger Tofu and Millet Pilaf, Eggplant and Kidney Bean Stew, Brown Rice and Peas, Lentil Soup, as well as a variety of healthy juices all made in house. “Our mission is to transform peoples’ taste buds by offering a tantalizing array of organically grown foods prepared holistically to nourish and satisfy the mind, body, and soul.” Open 7:30am-10pm every day. Visit Vital Life Vegan on Facebook for more information.
New Raw/Vegan Food Truck
Cruda Café (93 Front St. E. (St. Lawrence Market), 647-346-6502, www.crudacafe.com) now has a food truck! The newest addition to the Cruda family is called “Raw on Location” and features the same fresh, locally grown, vegan, raw food that is served in their St. Lawrence Market café, as well as some frozen desserts. “After much expectancy, our vegan truck is finally here! This summer our vegetarian customers have a choice in the street.” Raw on Location will be on the move in Toronto all summer, and is also available for catering and events, as well as cooking classes. Look for the bright green truck around town, and follow Cruda Café on Facebook and Twitter to find out more.
New Vegan Ice Cream
Booyah Inc. (16 Vaughan Rd. (at St. Clair), 647-347-2001, www.booyah-inc.com) is a brand new ice cream that specializes in gourmet ice cream sandwiched between fresh, in house baked cookies. Opening just in time for summer in the St. Clair West neighbourhood, Booyah has vegan options too, including coconut based ice cream and vegan and gluten-free cookies. Ice cream sandwiches come in half or full size, and if you feel a little too indulgent after eating one, they also serve a variety of fresh smoothies with the option of adding hemp or chia seeds, as well as coffees and teas. Follow Booyah Inc. on Facebook and Twitter for more information, and stop by for “the perfect summer snack!”
Veg-Friendly High Tea
Humble Beginnings (3109 Dundas St. W., 647-748-3109, www.humblebeginnings.ca), the veg-friendly restaurant in the Junction now offers High Tea with a separate menu of bites and desserts every Sunday afternoon from 12-5pm. “At this point all items but one are vegetarian, and four are vegan. The one is a savoury madeleine (very yummy!) with slivered ham and arugula which can be changed to be vegetarian… If there are request for all vegan high tea we can accommodate that on a reservation basis a couple of days (say early Saturday). Call and indicate a vegan tea, or better yet, reserve on OpenTable (you can link in from our website) indicating a vegan tea in the notes.” Menu options currently include Selection of “open-faced sandwiches and bites” such as roasted veg on gluten-free bread with red pepper pesto, cucumber cups with beet hummus, as well as homemade pastries and scones. Visit Humble Beginnings on Facebook, and view the full High Tea menu, as well as their seasonal lunch and dinner menu on their website. Note: Try the latest all vegan menu addition: The Portobello Mushroom and Tofu stack with freshly grilled portobellos, eggplant and zucchini topped with hemp encrusted tofu on a bed of red pepper pesto and a side of Roasted vegetables.
Mamma’s Pizza (multiple locations, 310-MAMMA (6266), www.mammaspizza.com) now has vegan calzones, complete with vegan sausage! You better be hungry when you order this, it’s simply huge. And don’t forget their selection of vegan pizzas- the Spicy Vegan, The Olive Press, and the Vegan Prima Vera, or build your own. Visit their website to view the menu and to order online, or call for delivery from one of their 16 locations in Toronto and the GTA.
New Vegan Meatballs!
IKEA Canada (4 locations in the GTA, www.ikea.com/ca/en/) now serves vegan Swedish Meatballs in all of its Canadian restaurants! The company added the vegan-friendly Veggie Balls to its menu in late April. “At IKEA, we recognize the key role food plays in bringing people together for the important moments in life.” says Stefan Sjöstrand, President, IKEA Canada. “We know that our customers have an increasing interest in responsible practices when it comes to food so we will now be adding a wider variety of healthier options that are produced in a responsible manner.” The Veggie Ball, or Grönsaksbullar, is gluten-free and is served with marinara sauce and sides that can include rice and beans and broccoli. And, if you want to dine on Veggie Balls at home, they will be available in the freezer section of the IKEA grocery area in August 2015. See the Ikea Canada website for a list of locations.
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