New Vegan Café & Bar
Grey Tiger (1190 Bloor St. W., 416-838-5730), a new vegetarian café and bar, is now open in Bloordale Village! At 1190 Bloor St., just west of Dufferin, Grey Tiger celebrated their grand opening on August 21st. “By day we are a cozy refuge from the daily grind, providing coffee, loose-leaf tea, vegan brick toast and other house-made snacks. By night we amplify the cozy with a little bit of romance to set the scene for delicious cocktails, craft beer, fine spirits and other libations alongside tasty vegan bar snacks. “ If you’re wondering what “brick toast” is, it’s a vegan version of Hokkaido Milk Bread- a delicious, sweet and fluffy thick-sliced bread. In this case, it’s served with delicious toppings such as peanut butter, bananas, and coconut bacon, or a savoury mushroom spread, with a variety of toppings to come. The menu is still being developed, so stop by Grey Tiger to see what’s new, and find Grey Tiger on Facebook and Twitter for more updates. “This is a labour of love. We truly care about the details – and we want you to really enjoy yourself. We understand that an exceptional place does everything well. Hospitality, design, food, drink – all of it. And we do our very best to provide a special experience. To us, it’s an art. It’s a pleasure.”
New Vegan Restaurant
Vegebitez (9-2460 Neyagawa Blvd., Oakville, 905-844-4888) is a 100% Gluten-Free & Vegan Eatery opening on September 19th in Oakville! As Oakville’s first vegan, gluten-free restaurant, Vegebitez will be a welcome addition for those west of the city looking to eat vegan. “I cannot wait to have you all come to Vegebitez and eat this beautiful, and more importantly, delicious food that our amazing Chef/Cooks have been hard-working to perfect… Come by and try our delicious gourmet vegan grub!” Find Vegebitez on Facebook and Twitter for more updates and menu items, and check out their listing in the upcoming 2016 Vegetarian Directory available Friday, September 11th!
New Vegan-Friendly Candy Shop
Squish (176 Yonge St. (The Bay), Concourse Level, 416-504-4844, www.squishcandies.com) is a Montreal-based gourmet candy shop with a brand new Toronto location in The Hudson Bay at the Eaton’s Centre. Squish offers a huge variety of candies, which include many vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. Choose from gummies, hard candies, licorice, and more, in classic as well as incredibly unique flavours, crafted from only the highest quality ingredients possible. You can go for the classic gummy bears in fruity flavours, or try unique options such as Coke and tequila hard candies, sage drops and chocolate bacon toffee caramels (yup, they’re vegan too!). Shopping on the site is made easy with clear icons that indicate whether a product is vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, non-GMO, free of artificial flavours and colours, and more. You can also search by type of candy, categories of flavours, and format (gummies come in little paint cans!). Gift packs are also available- a great gift idea for a vegan sweet tooth! Visit squishcandies.com for more information and to shop, and find Squish on Facebook and Twitter.
Cosmic Treats (207 Augusta Ave., 647-352-2207, www.cosmictreats.ca) now has a full menu featuring not only their amazing desserts, but savoury options as well! The new menu includes Summer Gazpacho with sweet corn & avocado, Barbecued Tofu Encrusted with Sweet Chili Heat Doritos, Sausage and Pepper Sandwich smothered in Tuscan Marinara Sauce, Lasagna, Mixed Root Vegetable Fries, and lots more. These delicious meal options will likely leave you stuffed, but you really can’t leave Cosmic Treats without dessert, not with choices like creamy cashew and soy ice creams, soft serve, ice cream sandwiches, milkshakes (with a shot of Kahlua if you’re interested!), or share the Chocolate Fondue for 2 with a selection of fruit, cookies and marshmallows, or the Ice Cream Apocalypse- 6 scoops of ice cream covered with lots of toppings and sauces of your choosing. Everything is homemade and vegan. “Cosmic Treats is a fully licensed vegan restaurant, dessert bar, ice cream shop and candy store in the heart of Kensington Market that strives to provide vegans with the food and treats they can’t get anywhere else. We eat dessert first!” Open for lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Friday 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and then 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. “We have a full selection of beer, wine and mixed drinks that you can enjoy inside or on our sunny patio.” Find a full menu on the website, and follow Cosmic Treats on Facebook and Twitter.
Kupfert & Kim at Front Street Market
Kupfert & Kim (multiple downtown locations, www.kupfertandkim.com) will be at Front Street Food Market in front of Union Station until September 27th (65 Front St. W. (between Bay St. and York St.) Monday-Friday 7am-9pm, Saturday 11am-9pm, and Sunday 11am-6:30pm. Follow Kupfert & Kim on Facebook for more details, and check out www.frontstreetfoods.com for more information on the Market and other vendors. You can check out Kupfert and Kim all year round at one of their 5 other downtown locations for delicious grab n’ go meals, snacks, smoothies, juices, coffee, and more.
New Vegan Salon
The Queens Shoppe Salon (1169 Bloor St. W., 416-539-0660, www.thequeensshoppe.com) is a new plant-based, eco-friendly salon in Bloordale Village (between Dufferin and Lansdowne). Queens is “a Fine Hairdressing Salon focusing on Sustainability, Beauty and the Community”, that offers a variety of services using sustainable, safe and cruelty-free products and methods. Queens Shoppe goes beyond using environmentally-friendly products, they are an official Green Circle Salon member. “Queens Shoppe offers our clients confidence in knowing our waste is being disposed of properly. We recycle & re-purpose hair, foils, colour-tubes, papers and plastics AND divert excess hair chemicals from being rinsed down the drain.” Call or book an appointment online to experience “a warm eclectic atmosphere with humble, passionate and knowledgeable staff.” Visit the website for more information, and find The Queens Shoppe Salon on Facebook and Twitter.
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