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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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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 bloomersto.com/online-ordering 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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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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Job Posting: Executive Director

Job Opportunity: Executive Director of an Inclusive, Pro-Vegan Non-Profit POSITION OVERVIEW The Toronto Vegetarian Association (TVA) is an inclusive, pro-vegan non-profit organization that inspires people to choose a healthier, greener, more compassionate lifestyle through plant-based eating. The Executive Director (ED) of the organization will have overall operational responsibility for TVA’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission, including updating the organization’s name and branding. The ED reports to the Board of Directors and will work with the Board to develop and implement the organization’s strategic plan. We are seeking someone who is a charismatic leader, a strategic thinker and passionate about the vegan movement. The ED must be highly collaborative, innovative, and have strong relationship building and partnership skills. They must also be committed to continuous growth and improvement, for themselves, for TVA, and for the vegan movement. In addition, the ED should be acutely aware of not only the challenges, but also the opportunities for innovation during these uncertain pandemic times. The ED should have at least three years of demonstrated leadership experience, as well as experience in: strategic planning; program planning and implementation; public relations; team-building and financial management. Special consideration will be given… Read More


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January Veg Guide Updates!

Happy New Year! It’s 2021, and we’re starting off with some great new additions to the veg scene in the GTA. There’s lots to get excited about, so let’s dig in!  Bloom Sushi 620 King St. W. (inside LOV) This popular Montreal vegan sushi restaurant now has a take-out & delivery counter inside Lov on King West! Check them out from 4:30 every day!    Boon Brampton 60 West Drive, Brampton Brampton, you now have a new source for vegan burgers, poutines, and pizzas, and it’s Boon Burger! Get your stacked burger at this new location, and don’t forget the napkins!    Fresh on Hurontario and Leslieville 5031 Hurontario St., Mississauga 461 Carlaw Ave.  Fresh has not one, but TWO new locations now open in the GTA! Firstly, Fresh Hurontario is a huge standalone restaurant, that has pizza–something unique to this Fresh location! Fresh Leslieville is inside a food kitchen with other restaurants, and is open for take-out and delivery. This is great news for the East, and West end!    Globally Local Broadview and… Read More


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September Veg Guide Updates

Hi Everyone! Welcome to September, time for back to school, Veg Food Fest, sweaters, pumpkin spice, and open windows. It’s not exactly the same as normal, but like any other month, there’s a few great new vegan restaurants to check out! Abu hummus 199 Baldwin Street.  Kensington Market has a new hummus restaurant, and it looks great! Abu Hummus serves up hummus as a meal, loaded with toppings like cauliflower, falafel, fries, or mushrooms. Vegan options are clearly marked, and there’s a bunch of them, as you’d expect from a hummus restaurant.    Chay Viet Vegetarian Ghost Kitchen (delivery or pickup only from 380 Dundas W.)  This new Vietnamese spot is a ghost kitchen–a restaurant that operates on delivery platforms only inside another restaurant. But they make great Vietnamese food, if you live near Dundas and McCaul, or you want to have a picnic in Grange Park.    localEats.to Pizzeria Du, Parka, Mugi, and others have banded together to form their own food delivery service! Order from these businesses from localEats to help businesses keep a bigger cut… Read More


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August Veg Guide Updates!

Happy August everybody! A short but very sweet update this month, featuring lots of Mexican food, ice cream and savoury pies! How amazing is it that we continue to have great vegan restaurants open, even during a pandemic? Give these places a try, they all sound amazing!    La Bartola Taco Shop 588 College St If you were lucky enough to try La Bartola’s awesome Mexican food at the World Cafe during last year’s Veg Food Fest, you know this new spot in Little Italy is not to be missed! Check out their awesome brunch, or go for dinner and cocktails, there’s an outdoor patio, and indoor seating available!    M1lk Gelato 536 Queen St. W. Operating out of the front of Pizzeria Du, Queen West’s newest vegan pizza joint, M1lk Gelato offers 100% vegan gelato in scoops and cones. Flavours like black & white sesame, hazelnut, coffee, pistachio, and even stout beer are all creamy and delicious!    Mexhico Restaurant 37 Dunlop Street West, Barrie Opening August 28th, this Mexican restaurant in Barrie… Read More


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Media Release: The 36th Veg Food Fest!

  Canada’s Largest Vegan Festival Returns for 36th Year Headline Speakers, Cooking Demos from top chefs, Vegan Vendors and More, all in one space at the first virtual edition of Veg Food Fest, September 11-13, 2020   TORONTO – Canada’s largest vegan festival, Veg Food Fest, is back for its 36th year from September 11-13, 2020. Despite the impact of COVID-19, we are excited to host our usual suspects of hungry and excited attendees accustomed to shopping and learning during the Veg Food Fest weekend. We will use our customized and interactive platform to feature recorded and live speakers, cooking demos and vegan books for a 100% vegan online experience.   The festival will again be free to access to vendors, speakers and cooking demos. You can expect many of your favourite Veg Food Fest vendors to be there including the widely popular Apiecalypse Now, as well as great speakers such as Dr. Michael Greger, Hallie Thomas, MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith and the Black Vegans of Toronto, and more.   A full list of vendors and speakers will be released in the coming weeks.    While the festival will not be… Read More


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July Veg Guide Updates

Hello everyone! Welcome to the strangest July on record. We’re happy to announce that despite the weirdness and uncertainty we’ve been experiencing, there are a lot of new restaurants for you to check out in this months update! Read on to see what’s new!   Dolled Up Desserts 142 James St N, in Hamilton Dolled Up Desserts now has a storefront location in Hamilton! Find all your gluten-free favourites from veg fests, including their amazing potato chip rice krispies, as well as soft-serve ice cream, savouries, and more! We can’t wait to visit.   Eat Nabati 160 Baldwin St. Torontonians have long wished that Dar Nabati in Oakville was closer. And now it is… sort of! Eat Nabati is the Toronto location of this great Middle-Eastern food spot. Expect to find great pita wraps and platters, as well as desserts in this takeout spot. Take your food to Bellevue Square Park and enjoy great food in the sun!    La Dolce Vita gelato 22 Lakeshore Rd. W, Oakville Gelato shops usually have a few flavours that are vegan friendly. But this gelato… Read More


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