New Vegan Brunch Options
D-Beatstro (1292 Bloor St. W, Toronto, www.facebook.com/dbeatstro/) has recently begun offering vegan brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-3pm! Choose from classic breakfasts such as the Deluxe with housemade sausage, tofu scramble, home fries and fresh fruit, to the less than classic red velvet waffle sticks with frosting and maple syrup, and many more. Gluten-free options also available. See D-Beatstro’s Facebook page for a full menu, and visit their location at 1292 Bloor St. W. this weekend to try it out! Don’t forget to show your Toronto Veg Card to save 10% on baked goods.
Live Organic Food Bar (264 Dupont St, 416-515-2002, www.livefoodbar.com) has launched a brand new brunch and dinner menu as of mid-November. Along with exciting new brunch options and menu items at the Food Bar, Live Market (134 Atlantic Ave. (at King), 647-748-5483, www.livefoodbar.com) in Liberty Village is launching a new “Playtime” menu as of December 1st. This menu features a Thai Noodle Salad with Crispy tofu, carrots, daikon, kale, spinach, mint, cilantro, basil, spicy almonds, cashew, pea shoots, green onions, beet, coconut, lime, gluten-free glass noodles, almond maca chilli sauce, as well as a Protein Burger with Black bean and brown rice patty, cashew ‘cheddar’, mixed greens, tomato, pickles onions, Live’s BBQ sauce on a gluten-free bun, and many more. You can view the full menu on the Hurrier site here, or visit the Live Organic Food Facebook page for frequent menu updates. Use your Toronto Veg Card to save 10% at both Live Organic Food Bar and Live Market!
Cosmic Treats (207 Augusta Ave, 647-352-2207, www.cosmictreats.ca) has also launched a new Brunch menu this past month. “Brunch will be served Saturdays and Sundays starting on November 21st, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. New items will include Vegetable Quiche with fresh herbs and sun-dried tomatoes, Huevos Rancheros and Caramelized Banana and Chocolate Chip Pancakes (that I swear I would marry if I wasn’t already married). If you get there past 3 p.m. don’t worry. Our All Day Breakfast options of oatmeal blueberry pancakes, cornmeal waffles, home fries, tofu scramble and sausage will still be served all day, every day.” Visit Cosmic Treats on Facebook and Twitter, and visit their website for the full brunch menu.
Some New Vegan Options (you may not have known about!)
Blaze Pizza (10 Dundas St. E., 416-979-3626, www.blazepizza.com) is a pizza chain spread wide across the U.S. with two Canadian locations- one in Calgary, and one in Toronto. With a selection of forty different ingredients on display, including six different sauces, six different types of cheese (including vegan cheese), and three post-baking drizzles, the possibilities are endless. Blaze Pizza has opened in the heart of Dundas Square (in the old Johnny Rocket location) and offers fast, delicious pizza in an assembly line style ordering system. 11-inch pizzas can be topped with any combination of ingredients for $10.45 and then fired off in an ultra hot ceramic oven in about 180 seconds. In addition to vegan options, there are also gluten-free options, and they also provide plenty of information on allergens. Visit the Blaze Pizza Facebook page for more information, and visit the website for the complete menu.
850 Degrees Pizza (3455 Lake Shore Blvd. W., 416-503-0850, www.850degrees.ca), a recent addition to the Etobicoke area, offers vegan cheese pizza! In addition to a variety of existing vegetarian options on the menu, 850 Degrees will make any pizza vegan for a small additional charge. There are a variety of delicious pizzas to choose from, as well as pastas, and a “build your own” salad menu. Visit the website to view the full menu, and their Facebook page for more information.
Mai Bistro (4906 Dundas St. W., 647-343-3130, www.maibistro.com) is a small, family owned and operated neighbourhood bistro that serves Asian food with a Latin flavour. Mai Bistro has recently developed an all vegetarian and vegan menu, which includes dishes such as Grilled Jerk Tofu Steak with Mango Salsa & fresh Vietnamese Herbs (pictured). Visit their Facebook page for more additions to the menu and updates, and check back soon on their website for the full vegetarian and vegan menu to be posted.
New Delivery Service
Vegebitez (9-2460 Neyagawa Blvd, Oakville, 905-844-4888, www.vegebitez.com) now offers delivery! “Our Delivery Program is now here! We will be delivering between 11:00am – 8:00pm. There will be a $5.00 Delivery Charge. Our Boundaries will be within Oakville; From Bronte Road to 9th Line Area and from Lakeshore to Burnhamthorpe. We will also be delivering along Dundas Road Corridor up to Guelph Line in Burlington with the Boundary being Upper Middle.” You can order by calling the restaurant, or online through Just Eat- http://www.just-eat.ca/restaurants-vegebitz/menu Visit Facebook for updates, and go to the website for a full menu.
New Locations for Vegan Treats
Bloomer’s (873 Bloor St. W, 416-551-0532, www.bloomersto.com) now offers their delicious treats at a few other locations in the GTA. “Can’t make it in? both The Cold Pressery and Outpost Coffee are stocked up with a variety of treats (like our rose pistachio donuts!). We’re happy to be able to share through these sweet places.” The Cold Pressery: “We’re now serving bloomer’s delicious vegan baked goods! We have Rose Pistachio and Blueberry donuts as well as Maple Walnut and Chocolate Peanut Butter cupcakes. Flavours will change daily and there’s only a limited supply so hurry in!” The Cold Pressery is located at 4310 Sherwoodtowne Blvd. in Mississauga, and Outpost Coffee is at 1578 Bloor St. W. (just west of Dundas West Station). Visit bloomer’s on Facebook for more updates. If you are in the Bloor and Ossington area, stop into bloomer’s for the full menu experience and save 10%* with your Toronto Veg Card!
Grasslands (478 Queen St. W, 416-504-5127, www.grasslands.to) has closed its doors in late October after 2 1/2 years of feeding Toronto. “We are proud to have been a part of Toronto’s restaurant scene, as its only vegan fine dining establishment, and the community that came together to share a meal and good conversation. While it’s sad to say goodbye, we are eager to put our hearts into expanding our sister restaurant Urban Herbivore and provide plant based meals for the masses. It has been a privilege to serve you, to celebrate with you, to nourish you, and to inspire you. Thank you, Toronto, for all of your support.” Grasslands will be sorely missed. Visit one of the three Urban Herbivore locations in Kensington Market, Eatons Centre, and at College and Dovercourt inside The Octopus’ Garden yoga studio.
The Vegan Duchess (2354 Yonge St., 416-519-4229, www.theveganduchess.ca) has closed the doors of its uptown storefront location. But, their journey continues with a different focus! “The Vegan Duchess store has closed and we are now focusing on catering, juice cleanses and meal delivery as part of our Raw Challenge, as well as on wholesale.” Visit the website for details, and visit The Vegan Duchess on Facebook for news about their new ventures. Toronto Veg Card holders still receive 10% off on all of the Vegan Duchess’ services.
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