New Vegan Location!
Boon Burger (multiple locations, www.boonburger.ca) has a brand new location in Oakville! The new location is located at 497 Dundas St. W., and is Boon Burger’s fifth Ontario location (a fourth opened in Hamilton in early December). It’s no surprise that the 100% plant-based burger chain, which started in Winnipeg, is rapidly spreading across Ontario. Boon offers unbelievably scrumptious burgers and sides, all made in house from healthy, wholesome ingredients. There are over 20 varieties of burgers, as well as baked fries, poutine, pizza, soups and chili, and daily flavours of dairy-free soft serve ice cream. “Boon continues to sprout and we are so excited to spread the vegan goodness. Together, with the help of our existing partners as well as future partners, it is our hope to continue to offer food that eliminates needless animal suffering. We would like to set the bar for future establishments to realize that it IS possible to run a great business that reduces the footprint on the planet.” Visit Boon in Oakville or one of the other Ontario locations in Barrie, Guelph, Burlington, Hamilton, and visit the website for a complete menu. You can also follow each location on social media- just click the social media links in their Veg Guide listings.
New Vegan Food Store
Coven Plant-Based Marketplace (681 Barton St. E., Hamilton, 289-990-4834, www.facebook.com/pg/covenhamilton) is a new vegan market that is opening this spring in Hamilton! Created by the team behind Rescue Dogs Vegan, Coven Market is a fully vegan deli, grocery, and marketplace. The space will include “a stellar grocery section stocked with local Ontario producer’s wares, a deli section with freshly made vegan meat substitutes and staples, a huge selection of prepared foods for you to take home to make eating rad, easy meals for the whole family, a vegan shoe case and so much more!” There will also be fresh baked pies & cinnamon buns, coffee, breakfast items to grab and go, as well as classes and workshops. Follow Coven Market on Facebook and Instagram for details on the grand opening.
New Vegan Cookbook
YamChops (705 College St., 416-645-0117, www.yamchops.com) has their very own cookbook available now for pre-order! Now your favourite YamChops dishes and meat substitutes can be made at home. The book features 75 best loved recipes from Chef Michael Abramson, founder and chef of YamChops, along with loads of mouthwatering photos. “From the Kitchens of YamChops, North America’s Original Vegan Butcher Shop, offers mouthwatering and easy plant-based recipes that are high in protein and mimic the taste and texture of meat. The variety at YamChops is expansive; think Carrot Lox, Quick Pickles, Eggless Egg Salad, No Crab Crabcakes and Beet Wellington.” The YamChops cookbook will be officially available in stores on April 17th, but you can order your advance copy on Amazon.ca now! Follow YamChops on social media by clicking the links in their Veg Guide listing.
New Diner with Vegan Options
The Planet Diner (118 Downie St., Stratford, www.facebook.com/pg/planetdiner) is a new, mostly plant-based diner opening in Stratford, Ontario this spring! Toted as “A place where herbivores can bring their carnivores”, the concept is to “reverse the current dynamic, which is 90% carnivorous and 10% herbivorous. The majority of our menu is 100% plant-based. Our goal is to have a spot everyone can dine together, and lore meat eaters into trying the tasty vegan options their neighbouring diners are enjoying.” The menu will feature unique, plant-based twists on comfort classics, such as “meat” and potatoes, shepherds’ pie, pizza, veggie pot pie, as well as salads like the Creamy Caesar Salad (pictured), and desserts like strawberry rhubarb pie with homemade, cashew ice cream. The only restaurant of its kind in the area, The Planet Diner is a great introduction to delicious vegan cuisine to an area which receives a huge number of tourists every year. Visit The Planet Diner on Facebook and Instagram for updates, and for more about the grand opening!
Nanashake (4750 Yonge St., Unit 134, 416-226-6262, www.nanashake.com), “Canada’s premier vegan frozen desserts parlor“, is now available outside of their North York location! Delicious Nanashake frozen banana desserts are now available at Live Organic Food Bar‘s Liberty Village location, as well as through LivClean Meals meal delivery service. Choose from several pre-packaged ice cream bowls, such as the Strawberry Ice Cream bowl, Peanut Butter and Biscotti, Strawberry Cheesecake, or the Ice Cream Cereal Bowl. And don’t forget to show your Toronto Veg Card at LIVE for a 10% discount! If you are close to North York, drop by the Nanashake location at Yonge and Sheppard for these and lots more flavours and options, like NanaCake, Pops, and Sundaes! Check out the website for a full flavour and product list, and follow Nanashake on social media by clicking the links in their Veg Guide listing.
Thrive Organic Kitchen & Café (3473 Lake Shore Blvd. W, Etobicoke, 416-252-7700, www.thriveorganic.ca) has unfortunately closed their College St. location. However, their original, Etobicoke location on Lake Shore is still open and busier than ever! Drop by, and don’t forget your Toronto Veg Card– TVA members save 10%!
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