Recipe: Cauliflower and Banana Skin Curry!

Eat a lot of bananas? Throwing out your banana skins? Why not make a curry instead! Cooking with banana skins? Why not? Banana skins add a tangy sweetness to any dish that is unique and irresistible. If cooking with banana skin is a bit too adventurous for you, you can use eggplant instead. Time: 1 hour Serves: 6 Author: Una Rose (adapted from a recipe by Nigella Lawson) Ingredients 3 large banana peels, stems removed 1 small cauliflower, cut into bite-size florets (about 5 cups) 1 1/4 teaspoons ground turmeric 1/4 pound red onion, peeled and roughly chopped 1 (1 1/2-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into thick circles 1 fresh red chile, quartered 4 large garlic cloves 1 small bunch cilantro, stems and leaves separated and chopped 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 tablespoon canola oil 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 (13-ounce) can coconut milk 2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar 2 teaspoons salt free seasoning or seasoning of your choice plus more to taste  Cooked basmati rice Naan flatbread, optional… Read More

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June Veg Guide Updates!

Happy June! Happy Pride! As we hopefully start to ease out of our thousand months of lockdown we have a quick Veg Guide update for all of you with new places for you to check out, read on!    Blissful Bird 489 College St. This vegan chick’n place running out of Snakes and Lattes on College has been getting a lot of press for its vegan fried chicken sandwiches and bowls. We have it on good authority that it’s delish! Make sure to order yours before showing up, they’re so popular they’ve been selling out!    Fresh Hamilton 151 York Boulevard, Hamilton Hamilton has a new vegan resto! (I feel like we say that every month!) Hamilton folks are super lucky to have another choice of vegan eats; Fresh has opened up a location for delivery and takeout! Who’s up for packing up and moving to Hamilton for eats full-time?    Joughnuts 5915 Atlantic Dr. Unit #1 Mississauga Joughnuts is a new doughnut shop in Mississauga. They offer weekly tasters boxes with six different flavours available for pickup on Saturday afternoons. The offerings… Read More

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Come work with us: Three Canada Summer Jobs opportunities!

  We’re hiring! Are you under 30 and a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident? Interested in helping us work on some great upcoming projects? Apply for one of our three Canada Summer Jobs positions! Click on the links below to read the full job descriptions as well as details for how to apply. The Community Outreach Assistant will be primarily responsible for engaging with the local plant-based community by assisting with the planning and execution of the Veg Guide to optimize the number of businesses willing to list their vegetarian and vegan options to serve the community. Secondly, they will be responsible for assisting with outreach, mainly through some digital support for the virtual veg food fest and other administrative tasks in support of these programs. The Veg Food Fest Assistant will be responsible for assisting the Toronto Vegetarian Association Team during the preparation and execution of the 37th annual Veg Food Fest (VFF). Due to the effects of COVID-19, this year’s VFF will look and feel very different to what it has in previous years and the individual in this role will play a significant part in helping the TVA… Read More

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We’re hiring: Impact and Giving Coordinator!

Job Opportunity: Impact and Giving Coordinator, Toronto Vegetarian Association POSITION OVERVIEW  The Toronto Vegetarian Association (TVA) is a very inclusive, pro-vegan, non-profit organization that inspires people to choose a healthier, greener, more compassionate plant-based lifestyle. As we continue to evolve and grow, our goal is to be as innovative and ahead of the curve in 2021 as we were in 1945 when we were founded. To support our mission and vision we are growing our team to include an Impact & Giving Coordinator (IGC), who will be responsible for revenue generation and fundraising efforts in the areas of impact and giving for the TVA. We are seeking an engaging individual who thrives in a dynamic role, can collaborate effectively and can build and deepen relationships and community. The successful candidate will have their finger on the pulse of the vegan movement, informing our programs and keeping our work current and relevant. To thrive in this role, the IGC must be social media savvy and act as a TVA brand champion. We need an individual who is as comfortable writing a blog post as they are writing a petition or speaking to the value and… Read More

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Spoil your Mom this Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is coming up fast, can you believe it? It’s next Sunday May 9th, and we’ve got some great treats for your Mom, surrogate Mom, Dad, Moms, or any other special person in your life! Bloomers Bloomers has lots of donuts and baked goods for mother’s day! Orders can be placed with at least 48 hours notice at Bloomers Mother’s Day specials are: 1) box of donuts (with 6, 12 or 18 donuts): flavours include key lime pie, carrot cake, strawberry Nutella, rose pistachio, lemon poppyseed and raspberry lime 2) mother’s day small box: 6 donuts, 6 butter cups, 8 bagels and spreads 3) mother’s day large box: 6″ baby cake, 6 donuts, 6 butter cups, 8 bagels, 1 bread loaf, spreads, and 1 coffee or hot chocolate bag 4) mother’s day gluten free box: 6 cupcakes, 6 butter cups, 3 mini loaves, and 4 muffins Don’t forget, Bloomers has THREE locations including their newest one at Bayview Village!   Cinnaholic Cinnaholic is offering these awesome specials for Mom: Chocolate Covered Strawberries: fresh strawberries hand dipped in dark chocolate. Half or full dozen. Signature Gift Box: two customized… Read More

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Welcome to Kimberly D’Oliveira, TVA’s new ED!

In January, we began the search for an Executive Director (ED) who would help our organization not only pivot, but thrive during the pandemic and beyond. Fifty applications and multiple interviews later, we are excited to announce that TVA’s new ED is Kimberly D’Oliveira! Beyond simply being a committed, intersectional vegan, Kimberly has a deep understanding of and passion for the vegan movement. She is also filled with innovative ideas related to outreach, community building and organizational growth. We are very excited to have her on board and are confident that she has the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm needed to help both our organization and the vegan movement to flourish; but rather than just take our word for it, we thought it is only fitting that you hear from Kimberly herself: Hi Everyone!  I’m so excited to serve you as Executive Director and look forward to connecting with as many of you as possible in the coming weeks and months. My vegan journey began over six years ago, but in hindsight, I’ve been on this path for the better part of 20 years. I’m passionate about this lifestyle and have… Read More

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March / April Veg Guide Updates!

Happy (almost) April! If you’re near Dundas West, you’re in luck; there are THREE new vegan places nearby! But there’s lots this month for everyone, including a new big chain offering vegan burgers, and some great places east of the city. Read on!   Fig Kitchen and Market 29 Toronto Street South, Uxbridge Fig Kitchen and Market features a market with all vegan goodies, produce, cheeses and so much more, plus a restaurant (with an awesome patio to come). This is brought to you by the owner of the Bar Cafe which closed recently to make way for this larger location. This is your place north-east of the city to get Vego bars, all the vegan cheeses, Loon kombucha, and so many more hard-to-find goodies. We can’t wait to try their patio out this summer! The cafe offers espresso drinks, smoothies, pizza, bowls, salads, sandwiches and more!    Harlem Bodega 1307 Dundas Street West Harlem Bodega makes amazing Harlem style Puerto-Rican food, and it’s delicious. We love their chopped cheeze and their fried pastelillos. And now west enders can enjoy their food, because they’ve… Read More

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Black & Caribbean Owned Veg Restaurants!

UPDATED February 2021! There are so many great Black & Caribbean owned restaurants and businesses in Toronto! Carolyn, Patty Queen at Choose Life Foods has put this list together for us, be sure to check all these great businesses out! Who is your fave? V’s Caribbean Restaurant 1221 Weston Rd, York, ON M6M 4P7   One Love 854 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5R 3G2   Ital Vital 741 Pharmacy Ave, Scarborough, ON M1L 3J4   Veggie D’light 160 Baldwin St #1, Toronto, ON M5T 3K7   Celebrity Pure Vegetarian Address: 1474 Eglinton Ave W, York, ON M6E 2G5   Irie Veggie Takeout Address: 2593 Eglinton Ave W, York, ON M6M 1T3   Vegan Jerk The Pickering Markets 1400 Squires Beach Rd, Pickering, ON L1W 4B9   Shola Vegan I Thali 2768 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C 1L7              … Read More

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Valentine’s Specials Galore!

It’s that time of year again! Time for all things pink and love filled! If you’re pro-vday, or anti-vday, you can still appreciate a post full of delicious specials! Plus, this year there’s no fighting for a reservation at the restaurant, you can enjoy all these meals from the comfort of your own home, BYOC (bring your own candle-light!) Read on! Community has a great Valentine’s menu up for grabs! A three course meal for two with an optional wine paring, it looks delish to us! Pickup on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Enjoy a delicious vegan date night in with Eva’s Original Chimney’s meal deal specials! 2x Burgers or tacos 2x Drinks 1x Sharable side 1x Eva’s ice cream pint 1x We love you surprise 😉 Available through Eva’s Original, Guerrilla Burger or Happy Taco for takeaway or delivery!   Speaking of ice cream… Hotel Gelato is offering up a special Blood Orange Sorbet!    Chocosol has a great chocolate gift pack; because who doesn’t love chocolate?!… Read More

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February Veg Guide Updates!

Happy February! We made it through a cold, locked-down January, and think that is deserving of a treat! Here’s some great places you can check out, enjoy!   Khau Gully 1991 Yonge Street This omnivore Indian restaurant at Yonge and Davisville has an amazing vegan menu, including vegan butter chicken, vegan naan, and much more! They offer takeout and delivery, and did we mention VEGAN NAAN? We’re excited!    Plant Lyfe 998 Queen St. E. This spot on Queen E. in Leslieville offers all vegan hot + cold drinks and foods (including smoothie bowls, toasts, baked goods and specials). Plus, when spaces open up again they have a beautiful lounge and meditation studio, offering classes as well! We can’t wait to take a class and have a juice after!    Tapi Go! 835 Bloor St. W. Tapioca Crepes are a staple Brazillian street food, and Tapi Go!, a new spot in the Annex offers vegan options in their sweet, and their savoury crepes, and they’re seriously tasty! We like the Vegan Rainbow Tapioca: Traditional white base… Read More

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