Veg Out 508: Gia and Stefano’s with Jennifer Coburn

The TVA podcast crew is joined by Jennifer Coburn the genius behind the popular Toronto casual fine dining restaurant Uffico from which Stefano’s and now Gia was born.  Jennifer shares her personal journey alongside the journey of Stefano’s and Gia.  Along the way she shares stories of her experiences sharing vegan menu items with guests and how they usher people into eating delish vegan foods. You can find out more about what is offered at Gia and Stefano’s on their websites.  And, if you are lucky, you might be able to reserve yourself at spot at this ever so popular location. Listen Now to Veg Out 510! https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/VegOut-20210905-with-Jennifer.mp3… Read More


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Veg Out 507: Veg Food Fest Popup

This year’s Veg Food Fest will look a little bit different.  Because of COVID-19 restrictions, it’ll be staged as a pop-up event at the Steam Whistle Brewery rather than its usual home, the sprawling Harbourfront complex. There will be 30 vendors instead of the usual 150+. Instead of three days, it’s just one – Saturday, September 11th. And, you have to sign up in advance. But there will be food. Glorious food! And shoes and purses and jewellery. All 100 percent plant-based, of course. As always, the event will be hosted by the Toronto Vegetarian Association, so we spoke with the TVA’s Executive Director Kimberley D’Oliveira about what to expect on that day, and also about the series of live Q&As the TVA is hosting on Facebook and Instagram in the week leading up to the event. Sign up for your free ticket here. Listen to Veg Out! https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Veg-Out-Veg-Food-Fest-Pop-Up-2021.mp3… Read More


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Veg Out 506: Accidentally Vegan Products

Cookies, chips, and crackers, oh my! There are many mainstream products in grocery stores that are “accidentally vegan.” Everything from puff pasty to pancake mix. The term refers to items that are not necessarily marketed to vegans, and are not produced specifically to be vegan, but they just happen to not have any animal derived ingredients on the label. Think of it as a happy accident that vegans and non-vegans can benefit from. Barbi, Sweta and Jeanette share their favourite accidentally vegan items, offer tips on when and where you can use them, and the best places to find plant based convenience foods. https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Veg-Out-Accidentally-Vegan.mp3 What are your go-to “accidentally vegan” items? Email us at tva@veg.ca and we might share your item on an upcoming episode! Download Veg Out!… Read More


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Veg Out 505: Vegan Camping

Let’s Go Camping! Ugh. It’s August and we’re still not supposed to travel outside of Canada unless necessary. If you’re lucky, and rich, you might have had the foresight to book a cottage somewhere up north months ago. If not, hey, there’s still camping! Our three vegan camping enthusiasts — Marni, Barbi and Steve — discuss how to have a successful plant-based camping experience that goes beyond the Beyond Burgers. We’ve got tips, tricks, recipes and even some suggestions about where to camp if you’re having a tough time finding a spot at a provincial park. https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/VegOut20210807-Camping.mp3 Download Episode Links https://www.facebook.com/WishingWellSanctuary/ See June 14, 2021 post for information on glamping at the sanctuary https://www.blackriverwildernesspark.ca/ https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/cookie-dough-baked-oatmeal/ https://www.vegvisits.com/ https://www.hipcamp.com/ Credits Hosts: Marni Weisz, Barbi and Steve Editing: Sweta Write Up: Marni Weisz Theme Music: Matt Judge Image: Wikimedia… Read More


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Veg Out 504: Vegan Celebrities

Vegan celebrities, boon or bane? Join us for an informal chat about some of our favourite vegan celebs and the contributions they’ve made to the community, some famous folk we thought were vegan but upon closer inspection probably aren’t, as well as some who were at some point, but now, not so much. How much influence do famous veg-heads have? How much should they have? Does it really matter? https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/VegOut20210724-VegCelebrities.mp3 Download Episode Links Mic the Vegan’s Brain Fog Video Earthling Ed’s Miley Cyrus Quits Veganism Video Kidney Stones and Spinach, Chard, and Beet Greens: Don’t Eat Too Much Save Ralph – A short film with Taika Waititi & Ricky Gervais Aamir Khan Talks about His Veganism (in Hindi)   Credits Hosts: Marni Weisz, Jeanette and Sweta Editing: Sweta Write Up: Marni Weisz Theme Music: Matt Judge Images: Wikimedia… Read More


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Veg Out 503: The Portuguese Vegan

Connie Oliveira is the creator of the food blog The Portuguese Vegan, which you can find on Instagram and Facebook. She joins fellow Portuguese Vegans Ana and Jeanette on this episode of Veg Out to talk about her journey to create a cookbook that honours her mother’s heritage by preserving family recipes, and veganizing them so they can be enjoyed without the use of animal products. https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Veg-Out-Portuguese-Vegan.mp3 Download Veg Out! Connie has generously shared her recipe for custard tarts Custard Tarts – Pastéis de Nata Copyright of The Portuguese Vegan©. You cannot visit a Portuguese bakery without seeing these all famous desserts.  They are the royalty of all desserts in Portugal.  Normally made with eggs, butter, and milk I have updated the recipe to be vegan.  These were not a dessert made available when my mother was growing up because they originated from Lisbon.  If you are looking to take a shortcut and reduce preparation time see the notes below on suggestions to purchase an already made product for the pastry portion. Pastry Cup Ingredients: 1½ cups all-purpose flour ¼ teaspoon salt ½ cups vegan butter… Read More


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Veg Out 502: Real Fur Documentary with Taimoor Choudhry

Taimoor Choudhry is a fashionable guy. In fact, he used to be the General Manager and Creative Director of a jewellery line called Damas. He also used to wear fur. No more! A few years ago, Choudhry had an epiphany when he started to see that fur trim on his parka as more than just a piece of raw material. It had, of course, been a living, breathing, feeling being no different than his own beloved pooch. Now Choudhry is doing everything he can to help others see fur for what it is, including making Real Fur, a documentary about his journey from oblivious to educated, from fur fan to animal-rights activist. And guess what? Shortly after we recorded this episode, one of our country’s biggest fur offenders, Canada Goose, announced it will be fur-free by the end of 2022. Now, if only we can get them to do something about the down… https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/VegOut20210626.mp3 Download Episode Links Real Fur Documentary Website Trailer for Film Credits Hosts: Marni Weisz and Sweta Guest: Taimoor Choudhry Editing: Sweta Write Up: Marni Weisz Theme Music: Matt Judge… Read More


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Veg Out 501: Talking Veg with TVA’s ED Kimberly D’Oliveira

Do you want to get to know TVA’s new Executive Director Kimberly D’Olivera?  Today, Steve and Ana share a virtual meet ‘n greet with Kimberly.  During this episode, Kimberly shares her vegan journey, the story of how she came to know the TVA, and some of her favourite foods.  We invite you to join us in getting to know Kimberly! https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/VegOut20210612-with-Kimberly-DOliveira.mp3 Download the Episode Links Some of the fun things you will hear about during this session: The Most Important Speech You Will Ever Hear by Gary Yourofsky Raw.Vegan. Not Gross by Laura Miller Green Goddess Cheese Miyoko’s Cheese DIY Vegan by Nicole Axworthy and Lisa Pitman TVA Lunch Club Join the TVA on: Instagram, Facebook and as a member Credits Hosts: Ana and Steve Theme Music: Matt Judge… Read More


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Veg Out 500: Going Planetarian with PlasticFree TO

Wondering how to live a more sustainable lifestyle but stuck on those pesky single-use plastics that many of our favourite products come in? We’re here for you with tips and inspiration from Lin and Toni Sappong, founders of local initiatives like PlasticFree TO and Leslieville Reduces – and self-professed Planetarians. These sisters are leading the way in low-waste living in Toronto while being real about the structural challenges we face in doing so. Tune in to hear about the crossover between veganism, and social and environmental justice, and how we can tap into community care during this second “pandemic spring”. https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/VegOut20210531-PlasticFreeTO.mp3 Download Episode Links A Plastic Ocean documentary PlasticFree TO on: Instagram, and TikTok The Sustainability Sisters article TVA Lunch Club Toronto Veg Fitness HITT Workouts Credits Hosts: Sarah, Sweta and Steve Editing: Sweta Write Up: Sarah Bradley Theme Music: Matt Judge… Read More


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Veg Out 499: Spring Cookbook Club

Barbi, Ana and Jeanette call of a meeting of the Veg Out Cookbook Club to talk about some recently published cookbooks and new discoveries. If you are in a cooking rut, this episode is for you. https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Veg-Out-Cookbook-Club-with-Ana-and-Barbi.mp3 Download the episode! Cookbooks recommended in this episode: The Plant Based Cookbook by Ashely Madden Simply Delicious Vegan by Caitlin Shoemaker Oh She Glows for Dinner by Angela Liddon Baked with Love by Brittany Berlin Good Housekeeping’s Everyday Vegan by Susan Westmoreland… Read More


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