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November Social Group Events

Social Dinner Group The next dinner is on Thursday, November 15th at 7 pm at Coco Rice (669 King Street West). RSVP to tvadinner@veg.ca by November 13th. TVA Reads Save the date for the November meeting on November 21st! RSVP to tvareads@veg.ca or ask to join their Facebook group. Veggies of Hamilton-Burlington Meet up for dinner with like-minded individuals at Green Leaf South Indian Restaurant (865 Upper James Street in Hamilton) on Sunday, November 18th at 6 pm. It is an all vegetarian Indian restaurant that opened in October 2017! RSVP to hamiltonburlington@veg.ca by Saturday, November 17th at 6 pm.  … Read More


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Discount Profile: Boon Burger

Care of Danielle Kirshenbaum A day in downtown Barrie is always a must-do for my husband and I while staying at my in-laws nearby cottage over the summer. We love walking along the gorgeous waterfront, wandering along the famous Dunlop street where you’re always sure to see a variety of quaint coffee shops, casual and more upscale restaurants, juice bars, groups of people enjoying cold beers on patios – and now – my new favourite reason to venture to this bopping downtown mainstreet: Boon Burger Cafe is here! For those of you who have never been to this little piece of vegan heaven, the menu for this burger joint is entirely plant-based and most of the ingredients are prepared in-house. The atmosphere is quaint with picnic benches and adorable pics of animals adorning the walls. Gems from the menu include the Surf’n turf burger with bbq sauce, vegan cheese, bacon, veggies and sriracha, peach chutney & tartar sauce – surprisingly spicy but delightful; and of course my personal favourite, the Greek Almighty on the chick’n patty with Boon’s out-of-this world olive tapenade. The poutines are delicious too – as my non-vegan poutine-loving friends have… Read More


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The Cherry on Top… Recap of the 34th Annual Veg Food Fest!

The Cherry on Top… is that it’s Vegan Your Recap of the 34th Annual Veg Food Fest!   Thank you to everyone who made it out to the 34th annual Veg Food Fest at Harbourfront Centre this weekend! We hope that you enjoyed all of the delicious food, unique drinks, and so many informative presentations and workshops across the weekend. Our loyal community keeps the festival growing year after year and we at the Toronto Vegetarian Association are incredibly grateful for your support! What was your favourite part of the weekend?   Our Lisa Grill Compassion for Animals Award Exhibit was the launching point of the festival weekend and attracted many viewers across the weekend. The TVA Store shared this space with an amazing selection of books from our speakers and on a wide range of topics related to the plant-based movement. There was also some great merchandise on offer – reusable water bottles, totes and tanks to celebrate the festival weekend in style. If you missed your opportunity to visit the bookstore, you can come and explore our TVA Resource Centre at 17 Baldwin… Read More


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Veg Guide Updates: Thanksgiving Specials!

Thanksgiving is nearly here! And we’ve got some great specials here from our Veg Guide advertisers. If you’re a new vegan looking to bring a meal for yourself to your family’s all meat dinner, or you’re looking to make a full vegan feast, we’ve got options for you here!   Away   Look for this yummy Thanksgiving plate available from Thursday, Oct 4 to Monday, Oct 8. It has marinated portobello mushroom, roasted sourdough stuffing, fingerling potatoes and veggies, with mushroom gravy and cranberry sauce for just $15! If that doesn’t fill you up, you can add a slice of pumpkin or apple pie, for just $5! Alternity   This harvest holiday Alternity wants to warm your tummy with a cozy vegan meal, The Harvest Gratitude Special. the special includes a hearty homemade Pumpkin Soup, Half Falafel Wrap, and a Spicy Golden Chai Latte for $15.55 + tax ($19 value).   Better Cookies.ca   Better Cookies.ca is offering our Veg family a private 10% off special for Thanksgiving for any Toronto cookie delivery. This discount is good until October 15, 2018. Please enter GIVINGTHANKS in… Read More


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Veg Out 433: All about cold pressed juice with Hana James

Today we chat with Hana James from Greenhouse Juice to learn about the science behind cold pressed juice and also get some tips for making delicious smoothies. Hana recently did a demo at the Veg Food Fest. You can pick up the Greenhouse cookbook at the Toronto Vegetarian Resource Centre. Members get 10 percent off all cookbooks in our store! Listen now to Veg Out!… Read More


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Vegan Halloween Candy

Gone are the days when you thought you had to forgo handing out candy on Halloween because you feared there were no vegan options. Here is a list of vegan Halloween candy and other ideas for giving out to trick or treaters (or just enjoying for yourself of course).   Maynards Candies: Sour Patch Kids, Fuzzy Peaches, Watermelon Slices, and Cherry Blasters Rockets Most plain salted potato chips Twizzlers Sunkist Fruit Snacks Surf Sweets by Wholesome makes vegan candies too, which have been spotted at Bulk Barn! Sweets from the Earth: You can order individually wrapped mini cookies just for Halloween! Details here. Made Good: They also have mini Halloween granola bars that have been spotted at Costco! See the photo above. New Moon Kitchen: They are also selling “Spookies” – individually wrapped, chocolate chip cookies. Only $20 for 50 cookies!… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Leeks

Care of Amy Symington, of ameliaeats.com  The lovely leek is a cousin to both garlic and onions, and like garlic and onions it is a part of the health promoting allium vegetable family. Allium vegetables are rich in antioxidants, specifically flavonoids, which have been shown to aid in preventing heart disease and stroke. Leeks are also high in dietary fibre which helps to maintain blood sugar levels, consequently aiding in type 2 diabetes prevention and management. And like garlic and onions, they may also aid in reducing oxidative stress which in turn may reduce the risk of cancer. In addition to fibre they are also a good source of vitamin B6, iron and magnesium, and a very good source of folate, and vitamins A, C, and K. Eat them thinly sliced in a slaw, slow cooked in a soup, stew or chowder or have them caramelized and on a salad, sandwich or pizza. Or of course, in this delicious sandwich! BLTA – coconut bacon, caramelized leeks and roasted tomato with avocado on cornbread Makes 6 sandwiches Preparation Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 1.5 hours Sandwich ingredients: 2 tsp grapeseed oil or canola, divided 4 cups whole grape tomatoes… Read More


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October Social Group Events

Social Dinner Group The next dinner is on Thursday, October 18th at 7 pm at Magic Oven (Danforth location). RSVP to tvadinner@veg.ca by October 16th. Vegetarians of High Park Join them for dinner on Wednesday, October 10th at 6:00 pm at Isaan Thai (on Dundas Street in the Junction, just east of Pacific Avenue). RSVP required by Friday, October 6th, no exceptions to highpark@veg.ca. Find out more about the group at highparkveg.wordpress.com. TVA Reads At the October meeting, TVA Reads will be discussing Not Wanted on the Voyage by Timothy Findley, on October 17th. RSVP to tvareads@veg.ca or ask to join their Facebook group. Save the date for future events! Nov. 21st, Dec. 12th, Jan. 16th, Feb. 20th, March 20th, April 17th, May 15th and June 19th. Veggies of Halton-Peel Meet up for dinner with like-minded individuals at Zen Gardens (6980 Maritz Drive, in Mississauga) on Saturday, October 20th at 6 pm. Click here for more info on Facebook and make sure to RSVP to haltonpeel@veg.ca by October 19th.    … Read More


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September Veg Guide Update Special: Veg Food Fest Preview!

Veg Food Fest is this weekend! We’re stoked, and bet that you are too! Here’s a preview of what some of our Veg Guide businesses will be bringing to the show!   Cosmic Treats Cosmic Treats is debuting a new ice cream flavour, Space Junk! Orange and blue sprinkles, chocolate chip asteroids, chunks of cookies, cupcakes, brownies, cookie dough and other edible space junk that is floating around!  Every bite is a supernova of different flavours.       Fauxmagerie Zengarry Zengarry will be launching their newest cashew cheese: An ale aged cheddar flavour which is fermented with Beau’s beer!  They’ll have all of their seven flavours on special for $10 each or 3 for $25 at Veg Food Fest this year.       Importations Lou Importations Lou will be at Veg Food Fest (booth GB05), and will be offering 20% off on all their stylish and ethical vegan and eco-friendly backpacks during the event!       Nice Shoes Nice Shoes will be handing out 15% off coupons for their online store. In addition, customers will get free shipping (both ways!) on orders over $100. Read More


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