Vegetarian Directory Updates – November 2013
New Vegan Take-Out & Delivery
Zara’s Gourmet Kitchen (111 Finchdene Sq., Unit #4, 416-335-8383) is a commercial kitchen and catering business that now offers a menu for pick-up and delivery through their website! Zara’s has been catering healthy and nutritious Vegan Indian food to Toronto’s Health Food Stores across the GTA since 1988. “With a focus on dietary nutrition and taste, all of our Vegan foods are cooked with all natural ingredients, are cholesterol free, trans fat free, and preservative free. As a family business, we are committed to a tradition of using the finest ingredients with methods of production that practice slow cooking and loving attention to the art of Indian Cuisine. Through the years, our menu has grown to over 30 dishes made with 100% Vegan ingredients.” The extensive menu includes Samosas, Pakoras, Vegan Curries and Wraps, Veggie Burgers, Salads, and Roti. Because Zara’s is a commercial kitchen, all orders must be placed ahead of time. Don’t live near Scarborough? Don’t worry! Zara’s delivers all over the GTA free of charge, and beyond for a small fee. Go to their website for a full menu and delivery conditions, and to place your order. “As friends and supporters of the Toronto Vegetarian Association, we are offering TVA members 10% off all food orders made online. Please use the promo code “vegan” as you checkout from our online store to claim your discount. Thank you for choosing Zara’s Gourmet Kitchen, we look forward to serving you.“
New Veg-Friendly Locations
Fuel + (471 Church St., 647-352-8807) is a brand new café and boutique grocery store that focuses on providing organic, gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options. “We believe eating healthy should not cost more, and taste just as good.” Try their organic, fair-trade, locally roasted coffee, fresh salads, and gluten-free baked goods. For an energy inducing snack, start your day (or your workout) with their protein-packed “fuel balls”- there’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Cinnamon, or Mango Coconut. Also, Fuel Magazine, a digital publication focused on living healthy, is launching soon but you can subscribe now on their website. It will automatically enter you into a $50 Gift Card draw! Follow Fuel + on Facebook & Twitter, and check out their website for a complete history and full menu.
Bolt Fresh Bar (1170 Queen St. W., 416-588-8103) will be opening any time now in the Queen West neighbourhood, and will specialize in pressed juice, smoothies, salads, and grain bowls. For up to date info on the official opening day and more, find Bolt on Facebook and Twitter. See you there soon!
The Steady Café & Bar (1051 Bloor St. W., 416-536-4162) is a recent and welcome vegan-friendly addition to the Bloorcourt village. “The Steady is Toronto’s newest west end queer Café & Bar. Eat, Drink, Dance.” Come in during the day for delicious locally roasted coffee, vegan baked goods, and lunch, and in the evening for a ton of vegan dinner options, including the Chorizo Taco Salad (yup, vegan Chorizo!), and the Sloppy Vegan with molasses smoked BBQ tofu… in other words, drop everything and just go. And if you’re looking for something to do at night, The Steady also offers a full bar, dancing, and regular events. “We’re BRAND NEW and soon plan to be serving up brunch and more lunch options. Stay tuned and say hello often!” Check out The Steady on their website, and on Facebook.
Udupi Palace (1460 Gerrard St. E., 416-405-8189), Little India’s gem for Vegetarian Indian cuisine, has announced the upcoming opening of Curry Leaf (815 Leslie St., Cobourg, 905-377-0397), an Indian catering location in Cobourg. Curry Leaf will serve the Clarington, Cobourg, Port Hope, and Brighton area. This is great news for people living in this area of smaller towns who don’t always have access to the same authentic and delicious food that bigger cities enjoy. For more information on Curry Leaf, check out their website and Facebook page.
Rawlicious is sprouting yet another new location north of Toronto in Newmarket! The rapid growth of a raw vegan restaurant is a good sign that the trend towards a healthy, clean diet is alive and well. The grand opening is planned for late December/early January and will have a lovely patio for those warmer months. Congratulations to all those at Rawlicious for your continued success! Follow on Facebook and Twitter for updates on an opening date.
Simply Yummy Ice Cream Shoppe & Creperie (2323 Bloor St. W. (at Windemere), 416-766-4233) in Bloor West Village now serves soups from Soup n’ Such! In addition to ice cream (including several gluten-free flavours), crepes, and smoothies, you can now enjoy some of the best soup in the city- perfect for chilly weather. All soups are made locally from scratch, and are Vegetarian & gluten-free. The ever-changing menu includes Tasty Vegetable Lentil, Flavourful Tomato Basil & Feta, and a Quinoa Chilli. Check out Simply Yummy on their website and on Facebook.
Magic Oven (www.magicoven.com, 416-868-OVEN) now offers a new app for Android and iPhone that allows you to order directly from your smartphone! The app provides full location listings and easy ordering from their extensive, deliciously healthy menu. It even remembers your info so you don’t have to enter it every time… which means food comes faster. And there’s so many options to try! Of course the pizza is amazing, but there’s also try the choice of 15 vegetarian small plates, Kale-hummus wrap, BBQ Tofu sandwich, or a warm bowl of pasta to chase the winter blues- like the spelt rotini with a ton of veggies in a creamy-tomato sauce.
All Vegetarian Daycare
Did you know that the Campus Community Cooperative Day Care Centre (370 Huron St., 416-946-0875) on the U of T campus is all-vegetarian? Operating for 44 years, they are the first childcare centre on campus. While priority is given to U of T families, they do keep a Community waiting list. This cooperative, non-profit centre accepts children from the age of 3 months to 6 years, and have a dedicated staff (majority have been here for 20 plus years. “We have a full time cook who prepares vegetarian snacks and meals for the children. Our menus vary by season, everything is cooked fresh daily and we have been vegetarian right from the start!” For more information, visit their website.
We are sad to announce that Sadie’s Juice Bar & Ice Creem (148 Baldwin St.) has closed its doors. We will miss this long time Kensington neighbourhood and Toronto favourite. “You can still get your Sadie’s fix at Sadie’s Diner & Juice Bar at 504 Adelaide St. W. (east of Bathurst). Thank-you to all of our customers who visited us over the years.”
The all Vegan Ethiopian restaurant M&B Yummy in Parkdale has closed. There is a sign on the window that implies it may reopen, but for now you may want to call ahead before making the trip.
Wasabi (1265 Queen St. W.), the vegetarian sushi restaurant (also in Parkdale), has closed its doors.