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Thanksgiving and Autumn goodies from the Veg Guide!

It would be hard to believe that it’s October already if it wasn’t for that chill in the air, and the leaves beginning to change. If you’ve got a craving for some nice autumny specials, you’re in the right place, as we’ve got plenty of great things to talk about in this month’s update! Read on for all the Thanksgiving and Autumn specials from Veg Guide businesses, and make sure you place your orders for the big meal! Better Cookies.ca “BetterCookies.ca has many personalized thank-you gifts available for ordering on-line. For Thanksgiving this year, we are offering the Giving Thanks Edible Cookie Arrangement. This gift comes with 12-24 freshly baked and very delicious gourmet cookies. This giving thanks cookie bouquet is carefully packaged in a flower box with tissue paper, cellophane and tied with a ribbon. Each gift order includes your own free personal inscription message, photo/logo and other special touches. To order online please see https://www.bettercookies.ca/gift/601-giving-thanks-edible-cookie-arrangement”   Big Carrot The Big Carrot is giving thanks this season with the classic vegan holiday special: Tofurkey! They’re all on sale at the following prices: Roast SAVE $5 NOW $13.99. Feast SAVE $10 NOW $29.99. Gravy SAVE $2 NOW $4.99… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Tahini Dill Dressing

Care of Amy Symington of ameliaeats.com  Contrary to popular belief, tahini isn’t solely used for making hummus or just topping falafels. Its rich and creamy texture lends itself to both savoury and sweet recipes. Use it in noodle bowls, stir-fries, dressings, marinades, sauces, dips, on toast with fresh figs or in cakes, muffins, or cheesecakes! Even though it is simply just ground up sesame seeds, its flavour is quite complex. It has a mildly sweet, yet slightly bitter taste and is often used in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes. It is rich in protein, healthy fats, and vitamin E and is a source of calcium. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties helping to minimize inflammation in the body and consequently reducing the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer. Try the below creamy and dreamy tahini dressing as a fun and flavourful way to reinvent those winter root vegetables whether they are roasted, spiralized or just straight up raw! Recipe and photograph by Darren Kemper are shared from Chef Amy’s cookbook “The Long Table Cookbook: Plant-based recipes for optimal health” available for preorder online here. All author… Read More


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October 2019 Social Group Events

NEW TVA Social Group: Vegan Crafters! A group for vegans/vegetarians who knit, sew, quilt, cross-stitch, or anything else! Come to a meetup, bring your project, and hang out with fellow veg crafters! Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/vegancrafters or email crafters@veg.ca to find out about their first event. Vegan Baking Group: Halloween Vegan Bake-Luck Celebrate Halloween with the Vegan Baking Group on Saturday, October 26th from 6:30 to 11 pm at the Cabbagetown Arts and Music Centre (422 Parliament Street). Dress up in costume if you like! Music and dancing will happen too. More details on Facebook. Please note this event has a $5 cover charge. Veggies of Hamilton-Burlington and Veggies of Halton-Peel  On Saturday, October 26th Veggies of Hamilton-Burlington and Halton-Peel are having a joint meet-up. Start with a hike at 2:30 and finish with dinner at Blaze Pizza at 5:30. Email hamiltonburlington@veg.ca for more details and to RSVP. Dinner Social Group Meet up for dinner and good conversation at Greens Vegetarian Restaurant on October 17th from 7 to 9 pm. RSVP to tvadinner@veg.ca by October 16th.  … Read More


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September Veg Guide Updates!

Welcome to September! You know what that means; Veg Food Fest is a week away! We can’t wait to see you all at the Harbourfront Centre from Sept 6-8th to eat all your favourite things, but if you can’t wait for that, here’s what’s new and vegan in Toronto this month! Arvinda’s Square One, The Food District, 100 City Centre Drive, Mississauga. Square One mall in Mississauga has a fancy new food district, and in it you can find Arvinda’s spice blends, and a chai bar. Make your curries and other cooking even better with one of their blends! 2-4-1 Pizza Various GTA locations 2-4-1 Pizza is the newest pizza chain to introduce plant based meats and cheese. They have pre-made options, but here at the TVA office we’re fans of their Detroit-Style deep dish pizzas with vegan cheese and meat! Give it a try next time you’re looking for pizza and aren’t in the neighbourhood of one of the vegan faves. Starbucks Various GTA locations After what seems like forever, Starbucks is starting to roll out vegan foods. They now have a yogurt parfait available with fruit on the bottom, and granola… Read More


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Discount Profile: Community Restaurant

Looking for a classy, sit-down restaurant with lots of space where you can meet friends for a hearty brunch or chow down on comfort food classics for dinner? Community Restaurant in Oakville is the perfect place, and as of September, they now give TVA members 10% off too! I was really impressed when I first walked in at just how bright and beautiful the space was, the ceiling topped with chandeliers and gorgeous artwork on the wall. But of course, my eyes soon shifted to the menu. We were there at brunch, and overwhelmed by the choices! My partner and I had just finished a long bike ride, so we wanted something warm and filling that would re-fuel us before our long ride back home. We ordered the chef’s omelette, which came with a really great chunky home fries, perfectly browned on the outside and so fluffy on the inside. The omelette itself was filled with a generous portion of wilted spinach, caramelized onions, and plenty of vegan cheese. We balanced this with a sweet dish as well: the mighty stack of creme brulee pancakes! Imagine several fluffy pancakes, topped with caramelized bananas, blueberry compote, and creamy nut butter. I… Read More


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September 2019 Social Group Events

NEW TVA Social Group: Vegan Crafters! A group for vegans/vegetarians who knit, sew, quilt, cross-stitch, or anything else! Come to a meetup, bring your project, and hang out with fellow veg crafters! Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/vegancrafters or email crafters@veg.ca to find out about their first event. Veggie Movie Group The Veggie Movie Group is meeting up at a screening of Game Changes on hereMonday, September 16th at Cineplex Varsity. Click to RSVP on Facebook but also don’t forget to secure your tickets for the screening in advance, as it will likely sell out! Toronto Veg Families It’s time for the third annual vegan marshmallow roast! This year’s event is Saturday, September 14th at 3:30 pm in Greenwood Park. Click here for details on Facebook and to RSVP. Click here to RSVP on Facebook. Veggies of Hamilton-Burlington It’s time for an adventure! Join Veggies of Hamilton-Burlington for Tree Top Trekking on Sunday, September 29th at 10 am, followed by lunch (restaurant TBD). The tree-top trekking will take place at inbrook Conservation area, 5050 Harrison Rd (opened in May 2019). RSVP or ask for more details at hamiltonburlington@veg.ca. Read More


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Veg Out 456: August Updates – restaurant closings and openings, Veg Food Fest and volunteer opportunities

On today’s podcast Steve and Jeanette go over the latest round of restaurant openings and closings, including Cosmic Treats and Away.  Steve also gives us a rundown on what’s new on the vegan scene in Western Canada, specifically Kelowna, Edmonton and Winnipeg. They also preview Veg Food Fest and the Afro-Caribbean Vegan Market. Listen now to Veg Out!… Read More


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August Veg Guide Updates!

It’s August! We’re one month out from Veg Food Fest, but have some great new things being served up in Toronto to hold you over until then! JUST Egg The most exciting thing that I have to report on this month is the launch of JUST Egg in Canada! We know that right now it’s available at most Tim Horton’s in Kitchener/Waterloo, Richmond Hill, and Vaughan and we hope that this is a sign of more locations to come. Order a “plant-based omelette” with no cheese, and enjoy!   Avelo 51 St Nicholas St. This new venture from the great minds that brought you Awai, and Away Kitchen & Cafe will be open soon in a cozy converted home just a short walk from either Yonge and Bloor or Yorkville. We can’t wait to see what they offer up!   Bloomers 715 Queen St. W. Bloomers recently opened a second location on Queen W! This is great because this area doesn’t have a lot of vegan sweet treats. Visit for some of their amazing donuts and baked goods, and a latté next time you’re in that neighbourhood.   by… Read More


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August 2019 Social Group Events

Durham Veg On August 7th at 6:30 pm Durham Veg will meet for dinner at Il Fornello (95 Kingston Road East, in Ajax). Please RSVP by August 5th to durham@veg.ca. Aug 7th at 6:30 pm  Dinner Social Group Meet with like-minded people for good food and conversation at Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant (884 Danforth Avenue) on Thursday, August 15th at 7 pm. RSVP to tvadinner@veg.ca by August 13th. Toronto Veg Fitness Enjoy a group hike in and around the Brickworks. Meet at the shuttle/TTC stop AT the Brickworks at 10 am on Saturday, August 27th. Don’t forget the great Brickworks market with lots of vegan options happens on Saturdays too, so bring your appetite and shopping bags! Click here to RSVP on Facebook. Veggies of Hamilton-Burlington Meet up for delicious coffee and desserts at Lick the Whisk in Hamilton before enjoying a walk along Bayfront Park with the group. Meet at Lick the Whisk at 29 Barton Street East at 10 am, or if you only want to join in for the walk, meet in the parking lot of Bayfront Park at 12:30. The event takes place on Sunday, August 25th. RSVP or ask for more details at hamiltonburlington@veg.ca. Vegetarians of High Park Join in for a special edition… Read More


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