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Picnic in a Park

By Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator The TVA office can be a hectic and stressful place leading up to the Veg Food Fest, no doubt. Some days the office is abuzz with the chatter of meetings and volunteers helping out, and some days we are each zeroed in on our computers not uttering a word as we try to block out all distractions, forgetting to even eat lunch or go to the bathroom (well ok…we all know it’s a bit of a stretch that I would forget to eat lunch, but others do). But no matter what unexpected twists and turns come our way or how much work piles up, I always feel fortunate to have the opportunity to work at TVA and enjoy all the pleasures it brings. Like this week, when our manager Lucas and President Diane surprised us all with a staff appreciation picnic at Christie Pits Park! Can you guess based on the location what amazing culinary delights we were treated to? None other than Apiecalypse Now’s incredible pizza, mozzarella sticks and donuts. It was the perfect destination for a relaxing afternoon as we got ready to say goodbye to our Directory Assistant… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – August 2015

  New Veg-Friendly Market   Urban Acorn (1 Wiltshire Ave., Unit S, www.urbanacorn.ca, 647-454-0600) is opening a new market this fall with a ton of veg and vegan options. “We’re excited to be opening a Flexitarian Market this fall featuring organic & small-batch, local Vegan, Gluten-Free and Flexitarian staples. We are looking forward to meeting our neighbours and supporting local food artisans and community events right from the Junction Triangle.” The market will be located at 1565 Dupont St. (east of Symington). The Urban Acorn Market is set to open on September 19th, so mark your calendar and drop by for some delicious, locally made, sustainable foods. Visit the website for more information, and stay tuned to Facebook and Twitter for more details on the grand opening. Toronto Veg Card holders save 10% at the Urban Acorn Market!   New Veg & Vegan Options   Abokichi (258 Dupont St., www.abokichi.com, 416-513-1333) is a new restaurant that has taken over the Annex Hodgepodge on Dupont and Spadina. Some may remember the excellent veg and vegan options at Annex Hodgepodge, well Abokichi has carried this on… Read More


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Vegetarian Holiday Specials 2013

  Whether you’re looking for that perfect gift, or some delicious Vegetarian holiday fare, we’ve got all the holiday specials offered by your favourite Vegetarian Directory businesses. Happy Holidays! Holiday Meal Specials Bello Bio (511 Mt. Pleasant Rd., 416-587-4432, www.bellobio.ca) has a 5 course Italian Holiday sampler menu until December 30 from Wed-Sun, 5:30-8pm for $35 plus tax. “Hey folks – check out one of our entrees for our Holiday Sampler menu! This dish includes a potato and cauliflower bechamel sformato, seitan roast, and almond, chestnut, and thyme stuffing, topped with a roasted onion and garlic sauce. Delicious!” Brar’s – Food Culture of India (199 Advance Blvd., Brampton, 905-799-1625, www.brars.ca) offers an extended holiday menu and extended hours from Dec. 13-Jan. 1 just for you! “Happy Holidays from Brampton BRAR’S.” Fresh Restaurants (4 locations, 416-599-4442, www.freshrestaurants.ca) has an amazing New Year’s Eve deal. Get customer appreciation discounts from 6-9pm on December 31: from 6-7pm- 30% off, from 7-8pm- 40% off, from 8-9pm- 50% off! Visit any of the four locations: – FRESH ON CRAWFORD 894 Queen Street West – FRESH ON… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – December 2013

New Vegan Cupcakes! Carnivorous Cupcakes (647-242-0232, thecarnivorouscupcake@gmail.com) is the city’s newest vegan cupcakery! “We are a catering and delivery company working within the GTA with many varieties of cupcakes, all 100% vegan.” You can order an array of mouth-watering flavours by phone or email (website coming soon), and there are eventual plans to expand to a storefront bakery (we’ll keep you posted on the location!). Try classic flavours such as Red Velvet, to the not so classic Key Lime, Chocolate Cheesecake, and just in time for the holidays- Peppermint Candy Cane! Check out the always-growing menu on Facebook. Contact Carnivorous Cupcakes for orders and pricing information, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter for specials, new flavours, and plenty of beautiful photos of these edible works of art. New Vegetarian Food Truck The Portobello Burger (www.theportobelloburger.com) “is a vegetarian/vegan food truck that caters to people who are interested in eating healthy, tasty, but hearty food.” This mobile veg eatery has been on the scene for almost 5 years now, catering concerts, festivals, wineries, backyard parties, weddings, and many other types of events all over Ontario. Now, with the… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – October 2013

New Vegan Online Store The Vegan Aisle (www.veganaisle.ca) is a new online source for vegan, ethically-made (fair-trade), and environmentally-sustainable goods based right here in Toronto. “We’re committed to selling products that are not only good for non-human animals and you, but also good for the human animals who make them and the environment. That’s why, not only is all our stuff vegan, we try to carry merch that puts an effort into being fairly-traded and environmentally-sustainable as well!” No time for pouring over labels and ingredients wondering if they’re natural, cruelty-free, and ethically sourced? No worries! Everything from food, cleaners, and body care- it’s all here! “We read the labels for you so you don’t have to!” Check out The Vegan Aisle on Facebook and Twitter for feature items, specials, and new products! New Vegan Cooking Classes The Real Meal (www.therealmealclasses.com) “emphasizes vegan cooking in a way that’s accessible and balanced – with an understanding that balance sometimes involves comfort food.” Based in Toronto, Chef Allysia cooks, teaches and blogs with her partner, Mike Van Betuw and offers fully plant-based cooking classes and personal chef services. Both public and private classes… Read More


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The Winners of the 2013 Toronto Veg Awards Are…

Congratulations to the winners of the very first Toronto Veg Awards! Toronto Vegetarian Association members nominated their favourite vegetarian and veg-friendly businesses, and then the general public including members, voted to select the winners! Over 2000 people cast their votes. We congratulate all the winning as well as the nominated businesses, and also celebrate the wonderful contributions of ALL vegetarian and veg-friendly businesses in Toronto. For a full list of nominations click here, and for a list of more great vegetarian businesses, visit veg.ca/directory Favourite Vegetarian Restaurant in Toronto Fresh link   Favourite Vegetarian Restaurant Outside of Toronto Kindfood (Burlington) listing    Favourite Veg-Friendly Restaurant in Toronto Magic Oven listing   Favourite Vegan Pizza Magic Oven listing   Favourite Vegan Bakery Kelly’s Bake Shoppe (Burlington) listing   Favourite Vegan Dessert Mile High Brownie from Kelly’s Bake Shoppe (Burlington)   Favourite Raw Menu Item Pad Thai from Rawlicious listing   Favourite Menu Item The Beach Bowl from Fresh   Favourite New Grocery Item Frozen Cookie Dough from Sweets from the Earth listing   Favourite Vegan Caterer Live Organic Food Bar   Favourite Cookbook of the Year Eat Raw, Eat Well by Doug McNish… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – September 2013

New Vegan Online Shopping & Delivery The Vegan Artisan (5915 Atlantic Dr., Unit 1, 905-362-2388, www.theveganartisan.com) is a brand new online retail store where vegan/gluten-free products can be ordered and shipped right to your door! The new sister company of Veggie Paradise, “The Vegan Artisan is all about making it simple. We are committed to your making vegan lifestyle as simplistic and delicious as possible.”  In addition to the complete line of Veggie Paradise products such as fresh salads and vegan comfort food (such as vegan “chickenless” pot pie), The Vegan Artisan carries the finest quality TVP products, soy products, seitan & tofu, and amazing vegan “chicken”, “ham”, and even “seafood”! And for dessert there’s also a selection of gluten-free sweets.  Orders of fresh, dry, or frozen vegan cuisine is overnight shipped right to your door, or for a significant discount, orders can also be picked up at their warehouse. Become a Vegan Artisan member and enjoy even bigger savings! Check out their website for details and a full list of products, and follow The Vegan Artisan on Twitter and Facebook. Toronto Veg Card holders save 10%… Read More


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Discount Profile: Fresh

  Care of Carly Ingram Picture this: it’s a gloriously sunny day and your body is craving some nutrients while your tongue wants flavour. As the last days and weeks of summer roll by, it’s all the more important to soak up some rays. The answer: grab some take-out from Fresh and hit the nearest park for a picnic! My cousin was recently visiting from California and her sister and I, avid Fresh-goers, soon realized she had never been! We walked to the nearest location (Fresh on Crawford) and surveyed the menu. Some of the old classics were there, but it also seemed as though new creations had been added. The newest Fresh-goer decided on and greatly enjoyed the Green Goddess on brown rice, while I was uber-satisfied with the Ace of Kales salad. We also each tried a different Green Smoothie and had trouble deciding which we liked best. The ginger in the Electrolyte Green makes for some awesome flavour. If it’s an especially hot day I would also recommend the Grapefruit Glow; an incredibly delicious and refreshing drink. With our biodegradable containers and cups in tow, we headed to Trinity Bellwoods, the glorious park that Fresh backs… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – January 2013

New Vegetarian Restaurant Madras Restaurant (2280 Bovaird Dr. E, E. of Professors Lake Pkwy, Brampton, 905-789-6600) is “traditionally South Indian & deliciously vegetarian.” East of Hwy 410 and only a few blocks past the new Brampton Civic Hospital is this friendly, family restaurant. “Madras Restaurant is an authentic South Indian restaurant owned and operated by individuals from the city of Madras, India. Madras is well known for its aromatic spices and curries. Madras Restaurant brings back the same great taste of Madras to Canada. Our food is prepared by experienced chefs from Madras. Our recipes are over 200 years old and passed on within the family. We will never compromise on quality and freshness.”  Enjoy all vegetarian (and very vegan friendly) dosas, uttapams, chapatis, biryani and idly. They also serve salads, fries, veggie burgers and have a Kids Corner with mini dosas. New Natural Food Store Heart Beets Natural Market (3087 Winston Churchill Blvd., Mississauga, 905-997-1302) “is a natural, organic and specialty products store located in Western Mississauga. The creation of this store is in response to the growing demand in the community for a local natural food store. Today’s consumer is becoming more… Read More


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Discount Profile: Fresh

  Fresh is well known in Toronto not only amongst vegetarians, but among omnivores as well. Through its trendy, delicious food it’s been able to reach a wide dining audience across all diets. In fact, it recently won out in a competition in the Toronto Star against the non-vegetarian Freshii. With three locations, you’re sure to find a Fresh that’s convenient for you to dine on spectacular salads, wraps, sandwiches, juices or its famous rice bowls. But don’t forget, this place is popular, so arrive early! Or, opt for takeout so that you can use the Toronto Veg Card to enjoy 15% off take-out. Where? Three locations (Crawford and Queen, Bloor and Spadina, Queen and Spadina) Veg Status? Vegan Savings with Toronto Veg Card: 15% off takeout (excluding baked goods)… Read More


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