Vegetarian Valentine’s Specials 2014
Looking for a memorable way to spend Valentine’s Day with your special man or lady friend? Well look no further! We’ve got all the best Vegan, Vegetarian, and Veg-Friendly Valentine’s Day Meal specials, beautiful bakery treats, and romantic gift ideas from your favourite Veg Directory businesses that will make this the best Valentine’s Day ever. No date this year? We won’t tell if you order a box of cupcakes to your house anyways.
Valentine’s Meal Specials
Bello Bio (511 Mt. Pleasant Rd., 416-587-4432, www.bellobio.ca) “Cari Amici! Join us for a wonderful Valentine’s Day (festa dell Amore) celebration at Bello Bio. We have a fabulous 5 course meal planned that will feature a special Valentine’s Day dessert, all in a beautiful candlelit atmosphere.” Visit www.bellobio.ca and click the Valentine’s link for all of the details and the full menu. Book your reservation today and join us for Valentine’s Day Vegan Italian style. “That’s Amore!”
Dinner includes: Antipasto, soup, pasta, entree, and dessert… among which includes a vegan roast served with stuffed potato and organic roasted vegetables, and Red Velvet Tirimisu… need we say more?
Cost: $45.00 per person.
Bombay Express (471 Church St., Lower Level, 647-748-5544, www.bombayexpresstoronto.com) “Check out some super duper friendly versatile options at the Bombay Express this Valentine’s Day! Curry in a hurry, offering super value for your buck. Offering many vegan, gluten-free-(celiac), nut free options such as Cauliflower and Potatoes (Aloo Gobhi), Eggplant, Chickpeas Masala, Cottage Cheese and Green Peas, Mango Chutney, and gluten-free Pappadums.”
Bombay Palace (71 Jarvis St., 416-368-8048, www.bombaypalacetoronto.com) “We will be having a Special Valentine’s Lunch Buffet and a Gala Dinner Buffet for Valentines Day!”
Buffet includes: A variety of Indian Dishes in our popular buffet we will be featuring an array of Traditional and Signature Dishes. Menu will feature gluten free, nut free and Vegan dishes and will include some all time popular fares such as Cottage Cheese and Spinach, Chickpeas masala, Sweet n’ Sour Eggplant, Bombay Aloo, Daal Makhni, Mixed Vegetable Korma or Curry or Jalfrezi, Stir Fried Okra etc., and specialty Desserts. Call for reservations.
Hours: Lunch Buffet – 11:30am – 2:15pm and Dinner Buffet – 5pm- 9:15pm.
Cost: Lunch Buffet – $15.99 per guest, Dinner Buffet – Single – $21.99, Couple – $35.99
Castro’s Lounge (2116 Queen St. E., 416-699-8272, www.castroslounge.com)
“We will be featuring a special Valentine’s Day Prix-Fixe menu from Friday, February 14 to Sunday, February 16, starting at 8pm.”
Dinner includes: 3 course meal with Sweet Onion and Marsala Soup with an Herbed Gruyere Crouton; followed with Quinoa, Toasted Pine nut and Roasted Tomato Stuffed Pepper with Potato Rosti and Pumpkin Seed Pesto; and to finish, Mini Chocolate Fondue with Selected Fresh Fruit. Vegan Options available upon request.
Cost: $25 per person
Doug’s Public Kitchen (561 Marlee Ave. (near Glencairn subway stn.), dougmcnish.com) Vegan chef Doug McNish is offering a special Valentine’s dinner menu. “I was inspired creating the below menu, and hope it will make your dinner on Friday, February 14 one to remember.” To make your reservation for between 5:30 and 10pm, please call 647-341-1736.
Menu features: A sharing platter, starters, mains, and desserts, including Red Beet Ravioli (Raw, GF), Seitan Chimichurri, Chocolate Trio for 2 (Raw, GF), a Chocolate Walnut Brownie with a Banana Coconut Frosting, Avocado Truffle over a Warm Cacao Fondue, Mini Berry Trifle with Vanilla Coconut Maca Caramel and Cacao Nibs. And much more! Also serving superfood elixirs made with Kombucha (like the Fresh Pear and Ginger Super Food Elixir, made with Fresh Pear, Lime, Ginger and House Made Jasmine Green Tea Kombucha, Orange Scented Coconut Sugar, Kefir Lime Leaf, Crushed Ice) and a full fresh juice, coffee and tea menu.
Cost: Click here to view full menu and pricing.
Lettuce Love Café (399 John St., Burlington, 905-637-2700, www.lettucelovecafe.com) Friday February 14th and Saturday 15th, Lettuce Love Café will be featuring a “deliciously romantic” Valentine’s prix fixe menu.
Menu features: Choice of appetizer, entree, and dessert, including Carrot Apple Ginger Soup with cashew cream drizzle; Pecan & Corn Meal Crusted Tempeh with creamy sweet potato cashew chipotle mashed, braised kale and beurre blanc sauce; and Cake for Two from Kelly’s Bake Shoppe- a 2 layer Chocolate Brownie cake with chocolate and caramel drizzle and scoop of coconut milk ice cream on the side. Click here to view full menu.
Cost: $35 per person, Glass of Prosecco $8, Glass Tawse Wine $7, all Tawse Wine by the Bottle $35.
Magic Oven (6 locations- click here for listings, 416-868-6836) is featuring two special menus! For Valentine’s Day, enjoy the “Celebrate Love” menu with the Tri Dosha Salad of lentils, beans and grain in sweet curry, garlic beets in lemon, young soybean with hemp hearts, the Ruby Kiss, a rice flour penne with beets and sweet potatoes in a zesty tomato sauce garnished with hemp hearts, and for dessert, the Decadent Chocolate Cake for Two.
Also see February’s feature prix fixe menu, the “Family Feast” menu, also perfect for Valentine’s dinner, which includes a 16″ 3 topping pizza, a choice of two sides, and two servings of dessert! Click here for locations, and make your reservation today!
Cost: Click here to view full menus and pricing.
Mamma’s Pizza (18 locations in the GTA- click here for listings, 310-MAMMA (6266)) is offering a romantic delivery special for a cozy night in. “Order a 12″ round vegan pizza in a heart-shaped box and receive a $5 gift certificate towards your next delivery!” Who wouldn’t be impressed by pizza in a heart-shaped box? Try one of Mamma’s 3 delicious Vegan pizzas. Call to order!
The Naked Sprout (4040 Palladium Way, Unit 11, Burlington, 905-319-2293, www.thenakedsprout.com) offers a romantic setting to enjoy delicious, nutritious food that is 100% Vegan and gluten-free! “Thinking of a spot to take a special someone for Valentines Day? Well, we have a night for you! Join us for some smooth live jazz by Landen Vieira and some LOVELY specials created by our talented Chef, Jane De Castro!” Call for reservations. Also, if you’re in need of a gift, check out The Naked Sprout’s retail section for something sweet!
Rawlicious (7 locations- click here for listings) is offering a 3 Course Valentine’s Dinner on Februrary 14th. By reservation: 2 seatings at 6:30pm and 8pm. Call for your reservation! And look for the newest Whitby location, now open, and the Newmarket location opening February 8th!
Menu includes: Mediterranean Crostini, Ravioli with Arugula & Walnut Salad, & a Chocolate Raspberry Tart
Cost: $25 per person
Sadie’s Diner and Juice Bar (504 Adelaide St. W., 416-777-2343, www.sadiesdiner.com) “Presenting this years Valentine’s Prix Fixe Dinner menu!” Cost includes a 5 course meal, and a glass of sparkling wine. All courses are vegan, with the option of gluten-free. Call for reservations. see pic on desktop
Menu features: Choice of 2 soups, apps, entrees, and desserts, including Toasted Hazelnut & Pumpkin Soup, Roasted Portobello Steak with sweet potato, onion rings, and gravy, and Key Lime Pie with coconut whipped cream.
Click here to view full menu.
Cost: $34.99 per person.
Urban Acorn Catering (647-454-0600, urbanacorn.ca) presents the Gluten Break-Up Vegan Supper Club, Feb. 15 at 7pm. “Space is limited to 20 seats so make sure to snatch up your tickets early before they sell out. As always this is a private event so you may bring your own wine at no additional cost.”
Location: Bento Miso- 862 Richmond Street West, Suite 300.
Introduction Course: “Shucks to be You” Oyster (Mushroom) Rockefeller, Sautéed Swiss Chard and Arugula, topped with Salted Cashew Crumble
Second Course: “I am not Crying… it’s the Onion Soup” with Gluten-Free Crostini and Homemade Rosemary “Cheese”
Main Course: “Leave me Alone Lasagna” made with Homemade Chickpea Pasta, Stewed Cherry Tomato & Cauliflower “Bolognaise” Sauce
Dessert: “Cupid’s Duo(ver)” Mini Red Velvet Cake garnished with Chocolate Covered Strawberries accompanied with Raw Chocolate Mousse topped with Goji Berry Salsa
Cost: Tickets are $45 for a 4-course dinner + Coffee/Tea service.
Vegetarian Haven (17 Baldwin St., 416-621-3636, www.vegetarianhaven.com) is offering a 5 course prix fixe menu of mouth-watering specials. Many gluten-free options. Call to make a reservation!
Menu Features: Butternut Squash Soup with Apple & Walnuts, Curry Coconut Seitan in puff pastry blanket with Warm Kale Salad, and a Warm Fruit Crepe with Chocolate Ice Cream (crepe with filled with banana, strawberries, blueberries, orange & pear served with chocolate ice cream and shredded coconut).
Click here to view full menu.
Cost: 5 course dinner $59.99 per person
Bakery/Baked Goods Specials
Bunner’s Bake Shop (3054 Dundas St. W., 647-352-2975, www.bunners.ca) “It’s that time of year again! Time to give us a call and have a giant Valentine cookie-gram delivered to your sweetest sweetheart, your babe, your little lamb, etc. *Only* available on Feb 14th for pick up or delivery. Chocolate chip cookie + message of your choice = brownie points! Give us a call to order yours!”
Also, Valentine’s goodies are now available in store! Shown here: our big sugar cookie conversation hearts AND these crazy raspberry pop hearts!
Karine’s All Day Breakfast (109 McCaul St., 416-591-0863, www.karines.ca) Now available: Vegan and gluten-free Double chocolate Sprinkle hearts, Pumpkin Hearts, Embroidered *heart* cookies for just $4.00! For big orders 24 hours notice please. Stop by to pick up these many more Valentine’s treats!!! Check out lots of pics on Facebook.
Kelly’s Bake Shoppe (401 Brant St., Burlington, 905-333-1400, www.kellysxo.com) Special Valentine’s Menu Available February 11th-14th. Call to order amazing varieties of Cupcakes- Assorted dozen $45 & Mini Dozen $21. Cakes also available. And don’t forget- Kelly’s Bake Shoppe delivers! Click here for delivery details.
Here’s a hint of just a few of the goodies available: “Le Chambord Avec Amour- Our classic vanilla base, infused with chambord liquor, topped with a raspberry frosting, and a heart, Black Magic- Our rich and deep chocolate cupcake, made with black cocoa, filled with homemade ganache, and topped with our rich dark chocolate frosting and a pink heart, or The Deep Romance Cake (pictured)- This is the perfect Valentine’s Night dessert. Our dark chocolate cake, filled with a homemade ganache, topped with pink rosette frosting. Serves Two.”
Click here to view a PDF of the full menu.
Kupfert & Kim (100 King St. W., 416-504-1233, www.kupfertandkim.com) Show your love with beautifully handmade chocolates! “Our handcrafted vegan truffles and raw vegan chocolate hearts (pictured) make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift!” Available for a limited time only. Come by the Marketplace on the concourse level of First Canadian Place (next to the LCBO and the tunnel to TD Centre) to pick up.
the lovemuffin bakery (www.thelovemuffinbakery.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 416-428-3828) “This year for Valentine’s day our special is Dark Chocolate Cranberry muffins – 20$/dozen or 12$/ half-dozen!” Call to order yours in time for the 14th!
Sweets From The Earth (43 Mulock Ave., 647-436-2004, www.sweetsfromtheearth.com) We are baking lots of true sweetness for the sweeties in your life! Valentine’s Day cupcakes and custom cookies are available now. Please contact us directly to place your special order today!
1. STRAWBERRY MARSHMALLOW CUPCAKES. Order a box of heart-adorned Strawberry Marshmallow Cupcakes for you and your loved one to share, for your family, for those you work with, or for anyone who you want to share a little love with – the strawberry filling with make them extra happy! Don’t worry – if you fall in love with these cupcakes, they are available throughout February, as they are proudly our cupcake of the month.
2. CHOCOLATE SHORTBREAD COOKIES or SUGAR COOKIES. Your sweet one(s) will adore these decadent, heart-shaped Chocolate Shortbread Cookies or Sugar Cookies dusted with pink sugar. We’ll even inscribe a custom Valentine’s Day message on one of the cookies for you! Cookie orders must be placed by February 10th. Call us or visit the SFTE blog for more information on ordering these goodies, and other specials! As always, Toronto Veg Card holders receive a 10% discount!”
Cost: The Chocolate Shortbread Cookies come in a box of 6 for $10, and the Sugar Cookies come in a box of 10 for $10 (including inscription). Cupcakes are available in a box of four for $15.82, or a pack of 6 for $21.
Through Being Cool Bakery (1277 Bloor St. W.,www.throughbeingcoolvegan.com, 416-998-3321) will be doing a doughnutgram on Valentines Day! “For 25$ a set box of half dozen doughnuts can be delivered on Friday the 14th. The delivery zone is Jane to Spadina and Dupont to Queen. Pre-order will begin next Tuesday January 28th and the last day to place an order will be Wednesday, February 11.” Guys- wanting to impress a lady? Send her a doughnutgram, seriously. Call to order now for the 14th!
Tori’s Bake Shop (2188 Queen St. E., 647-350-6500, www.torisbakeshop.ca) “A preview of one of our Valentine’s Day cupcakes: Pears for Pairs! A caramelized pear reduction is the molten center of the pear cake, topped with cinnamon stick-stirred stovetop caramel-covered cream cheese frosting and a candied pear tiara. Can be made gluten-free!” Call to find out about more Valentine’s flavours. Come by, or call for orders (48 hrs. needed).
Valentines Gift Specials & Ideas
Wanting to impress by creating a special homemade gift? Check out this book, available as an ebook: http://veganculinarycrusade.com/ebook/
Edible Gifts by Lisa Pitman and Nicole Axworthy! In case you haven’t heard, the second e-book from this duo that have brought you Tiny Treats, cooking demonstrations at the Food Festival, and certainly not the least important, The Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off, is a collection of vegan, gluten-free recipes that you can pack up and give to that special someone this Valentine’s Day. Try recipes like chai spiced popcorn, chocolate-pecan maple brittle, and salted caramel cups!
Bonus: 33% of proceeds will be donated to TVA so it’s a holiday gift to us too!
The Big Carrot (348 Danforth Ave. (Chester subway), Toronto, 416-466-2129) “You are invited to join us on Thursday, February 13th for The Big Carrot body care department Beauty Day! On this day only, receive 10% off all body care products. There will be guest make-up artists, estheticians, and a chance to have your skin assessed with the MyChelle Reveal Imager Machine!” Don’t miss it!
Celestial Beauty (408 John St., Burlington, www.celestialbeauty.ca) “For that special man in your life on Valentine’s Day: Why not gift him with products that are great for his skin. We have a cruelty-free, organic & vegan gift set that includes an amazing moisturizer for his face, lip balm & shower gel all by eScential Wellness. Order yours before they’re gone! We also have Necklaces by Creation Twinne make great gifts for Valentine’s Day. Great pieces for a special outfit. Available in different colours from reds, turquoise, green, white and more!” Come by the shop to see these any more gift ideas. Find Celestial Beauty on Facebook for more details.
Chocosol is offering up some delicious new flavours at special prices for Valentine’s Day, including their new Forest Garden Trinity Chocolate. They are also holding a chocolate making workshop on Friday, February 14th! Click here for details.
Pure + Simple (3 locations- click here for listings, www.pureandsimple.ca) “We have some pretty incredible specials this month…just in time for Valentine’s Day! Check out some of our luscious deals! Including facials, hair removal, and body care products!” Click here to see these and other monthly specials.
Raw Juice Guru (3324 Dundas St. W., 1-800-831-9025, email@example.com, www.rawjuiceguru.com) “We have a Valentines Juice Cleanse promotion! Purchase a 3-day Juice cleanse and receive the 2nd for half price. You and your loved one can enjoy the benefits of a tailored, organic, cold-pressed, non-gmo Juice cleanse together. Let cupid hit you with the juice cleanse Love!” Call or email for more info and to place an order.