Food of the month: Brussel Sprouts

Care of Amy Symington Veggie “chicken” nuggets & sweet maple brussel sprouts Often half-heartedly chased around the dinner plate and too frequently synonymous with the most widely hated vegetable, brussel sprouts do not get the delicious recognition and love they deserve. As a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, brussel sprouts are full of sulphuric compounds, which help in cancer prevention, lowering LDL cholesterol levels and reducing one’s risk of age related macular degeneration. They are an excellent source of vitamin C and K as well as a good source of fibre, folate, potassium, B6 and the omega 3 fatty acids. Due to their high fibre content brussel sprouts are good for gut health, gastrointestinal movement and aiding in the multiplication of existing beneficial bacteria.  They are a low glycemic food which aids in the regulation of blood glucose levels and are great for weight loss and weight maintenance as they induce satiation by filling you up without filling you out. They are surprisingly a versatile vegetable as well.  Think maple braised brussel sprouts with caramelized shallots OR cream of brussel sprout soup with cheezy whole grain croutons OR avocado brussel sprout coleslaw atop curried tofu tacos for your… Read More

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Vegetarian Directory Updates – November 2014

New Locations Kupfert & Kim (100 King St. W., First Canadian Place, 416-504-1233,, the financial district’s fully vegan, gluten-free, healthy eatery has a new second location opening in the PATH level of Sunlife Tower at King & University (150 King St. W., 416-260-7777). As of opening day on November 6th, the K&K Food Stand will also offer exciting new menu items. “We’re about to give you even more healthy wheatless & meatless options to balance out those indulgences after work.” Don’t forget that Kupfert & Kim does breakfast, lunch, and dinner (until 7:30), and you can preorder your meals for pick-up, as well as for delivery through Check out all the grand opening details of the K&K Food Stand on Facebook and Twitter. Rawlicious (8 locations in the Toronto area) is opening yet another location! The 9th Ontario location is set to open sometime in November at 496 Brant Street in Burlington. With the rapid growth of Rawlicious across Southern Ontario, more and more people are gaining access to fresh, healthy and raw cuisine, and experiencing how delicious vegan food can be! Follow Rawlicious Burlington on Facebook… Read More

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Proposed By-Law Change at the 2014 AGM

Friendly reminder – our Annual General Meeting is coming up on November 30th! There is a proposed by-law change which will be voted on at the meeting: Motion to amend the TVA Bylaw Article 7, section 3 from the current “A majority of the full complement of the Board shall constitute a quorum” to read “A majority of the currently existing complement of the Board shall constitute a quorum. A quorum shall not consist of fewer than four (4) board members.” The Board of Directors undertook this change in our By-laws to ensure that the quorum requirement for board meetings could be met efficiently, even if a few directors were to resign mid-year. Under the old provisions, it was interpreted that we would always require six (6) or more directors to hold a meeting (there are eleven (11) total positions, but mid-term resignations are not uncommon). At the same time, we recognized that if the board shrank to far, it could become unhealthy and unrepresentative to hold board meetings with just a few people. The proposed change would reduce the quorum requirement to five (5) if we had eight (8) or nine (9) serving directors, or four (4) if we had seven (7) or fewer directors. Read More

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Featured Business Members – November 2014

  ApieCalypse Now! 589 Markham St., 416-532-7575, “Proudly Ethical Vegan Activist Owned and Operated. For the animals, and the people who show them compassion. Apiecalypse Now! Bakery started in 2010 as a grad-student powered procrasti-baking enterprise. Now happy to offer a number of badass vegan treats to cafe’s, shops and hungry people with excellent taste in Downtown Toronto!” Stop by the new storefront at 589 Markham, one block west of Bathurst station. Catering also available. Find ApieCalypse Now on Facebook and Twitter.   Mobile Marketing Toronto 416-465-6925,, Mobile Marketing Toronto helps businesses reach more clients with mobile optimized websites, QR codes and SMS text message marketing. “Mobile is here. Your customers don’t leave home without their smartphones, and chances are they have them within arm’s reach 24 hours a day. At Mobile Marketing Toronto we help you harness the power of mobile technology to engage your customers and increase sales.” Find out more about Mobile Marketing Toronto on their website, and follow on Facebook and Twitter.   Nice Shoes… Read More

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TVA Business Member Promotions – Fall 2014

  Welcome to the TVA Business Member Promotions page! Find out about new products, specials, promotions, and events offered by TVA Business Members (which just happen to be some of the best veg-friendly businesses in the city!).   Buchie & Sash 647-831-7476,, Buchie & Sash is a local company producing a delicious Dairy-Free Cream Cheese product in several flavours. “Our dairy-free cream cheese has great flavour, great texture, and great ingredients. Everyone who tries it loves it!” “Since the Veg Fest, we’ve been working hard to make our Cashew “Cream Cheeses” available to you! We’re adding new stores weekly, so visit our website often for updates!”     Grasshopper Restaurant 310 College St., 647-340-3666, Grasshopper is a vegan restaurant focusing on taste. Try an array of vegan comfort foods such as mac n’ cheese, burgers, “pulled pork” bahn-mi, and more, as well as fresh juices and cocktails. “Get ready smoothie enthusiasts for our latest addition to the menu: berry peach mango, green and banana peanut butter smoothies!”     Kristin Light – Registered Holistic Nutritionist… Read More

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November Social Group Events

Dinner Social Group The Dinner Social Group will meet for dinner at King’s Cafe on Thursday, November 20th at 7 pm. King’s Cafe is at 192 Augusta Avenue in Kensington Market. RSVP to by the Wednesday before the event. York Region Vegetarian Families The York Region Veg Families Group is holding a potluck on Saturday, November 8th at 4:30 pm at a family’s home in Stouffville. Details and address to be sent to those who RSVP. RSVP to Veggies of Halton-Peel On  Saturday, November 29th at 5pm, Veggies of Halton-Peel will return to all-time favorite Zen Gardens at 6980 Maritz Drive, Unit 6 in Mississauga. Please RSVP to Vegetarians of High Park Join the Vegetarians of High Park for a vegan holiday potluck on Wednesday, December 17th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. It will be held at the Grenadier Retirement Residence (2100 Bloor Street West, between High Park and Runnymede). Please bring a vegan dish to share (no meat, dairy, eggs or honey) and bring your own plate and cutlery, along with a serving spoon for your dish if necessary. RSVP required by Friday, December 12th to… Read More

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Where to find vegan winter coats in Toronto

That was certainly a wonderful tease we got last week with warm, sunny days that made us think summer might have returned for a few more weeks. But temperatures dipped again, sending us out shopping for winter coats. In case you’ve never visited the Toronto Vegetarian Association Facebook group, let me enlighten you that it is made up of an extremely knowledgeable, resourceful group of people that always seem to have answers to every and any question that is asked about where you can find “xyz” in Toronto. So from here on in, we’ll try to share the wonderful information on the Facebook group so you have it ready at your fingertips! Starting with, where to find a vegan winter coat in Toronto. Here are some of the places or brands that we learned sell parkas without down lining or fur trim. Note: This does not mean these stores do not also sell coats with animal products, so be sure to check the labels. Stores at which vegan coat options are available: Arcteryx Atmosphere Aritzia The Bay (you can search their online page using the term vegan) Costco Mark’s Work Wearhouse Mountain Equipment Co-Op The Hemp Company on Yonge… Read More

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