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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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Discount Profile: 852 Curbside Collective

Discount Profile: 852 Curbside Collective TVA members receive 10% off all prepared food The pandemic has made for some challenging times for small businesses. But we’re also seeing some cool, innovative new ways to get things from these businesses. A great example of this is 852 Curbside Collective— a new business comprised of the lovely ladies from Sausage Party, Chau, and Phancy Food. They now offer pickup and delivery services of their prepared meals, as well as a selection of grocery items and products made by other local veg businesses. One of their signature items is their new “stay home” box, a variety of meals packaged together from the three businesses that you can reheat and eat at home. If you want delivery, they offer it weekly in the GTA, with a Friday afternoon cut-off for Sunday delivery; though there’s been other options as well! The first thing I ordered from the collective was their first Stay Home box. This was $150, and was delivered to me on a Sunday by Em and Meagan, two of the owners. They called ahead, and I met them just outside the lobby, where I got a contactless delivery. Once… Read More


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Veg Guide Updates, COVID-19 Edition!

  Hello everyone! We’re here to bring you a special Veg Guide Update; this special COVID-19 post brings you updates on which businesses are open, what they’re offering, how you can get things delivered, where and when you can pick up, and more! Read on to hear about all the great offerings, and what you can to support these awesome local businesses. 852 Curbside Collective https://852cc.square.site 852 Curbside Collective is group of independent female-owned food companies that have collaborated to reinvent their businesses during the COVID-19 crisis, which has had a profound effect on each of their companies.  The collective is fronted by Jane Tran of Chau, Meagan Bowden of Phancy Food & Catering,  and Emily De Beus of Sausage Party Toronto, who have created a physical and virtual store offering grocery products, their signature dishes for customers to re-heat at home, and  “Stay at Home Meal Boxes” that include a curated selection of meals and snacks. The purpose of the collective is to keep small businesses thriving while offering the community a safe alternative to large grocery stores. The store features over 10 products from local… Read More


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Something for Mom from Veg Guide businesses!

It’s time to celebrate our Moms, Cat Moms, Dog Moms, Honourary Moms, and Grandmoms! We might not be able to hug them, or hang out with them, but with the treats in this blog post, at least we can brighten their day with something delicious! Most of these businesses offer delivery, so even if you don’t live with your Mom, you can order something delivered to her home!   852 Curbside Collective This awesome group of female-run businesses has an awesome menu lineup for Mothers Day including flowers, brunch, and dinner combos and delivery. Treat your mother to a fabulous Mothers’ Day Brunch Feast! Choose from our a la carte options and our Mother’s Day Bundles https://852cc.square.site/  https://852cc.square.site/product/mothers-day-brunch-delivered-to-your-door-order-by-thursday-may-7-6pm-for-saturday-delivery-/126?cs=true    Bunners Moms do love to be pampered on Mother’s Day and delicious treats are a very big part of that. Bunners is offering a Peaches and Cream mini cake, as well as macarons, available for pickup and delivery. “DELIVERY: We deliver to the GTA! With the addition of our new in-house delivery service you can now send your wonderful mom a delicious treat on her… Read More


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Veg Guide Easter Specials

Happy Easter everyone! This Easter might not look the same to us as most Easters, as there won’t be any gatherings with families, or going out to events. But there’s no reason why that means that you can’t treat yourself to something nice! Now more than ever, it’s important to support veg businesses, and there’s some great opportunities to do so within this post!    Better Cookies Order gourmet Easter gifts online at BetterCookies.ca. We have many different delicious chocolate cookies available. Each gift basket, box, and bouquet we make is beautifully packaged and delivered safely. To see the cookie gifts we have available, please visit: https://www.bettercookies.ca/special-gifts/11-easter   Big Carrot We might be celebrating from a distance but we are celebrating together! The Big Carrot has Organic, family friendly meals ready to Grab & Go. Local, fair trade and organic chocolates and of course Carrot Kitchen desserts! Why not get creative this year and deliver a special treat to someone you love? Reminder, Beach and Danforth stores will be closed April 10 and April 12th. Be… Read More


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Vegan Meal Ideas for People Who Can’t (or just don’t want to) Cook

A lot of people have been talking about how the extra time at home in social isolation due to the Coronavirus has given them an opportunity to cook and bake. There has been no shortage of exchanges of recipes or online cooking classes going on. But what if you truly don’t know how to cook, or you just plain hate it, and suddenly you are cut off from the world of vegan restaurants and coffee shops you usually frequent? We’re here to help with some ideas for meals you can throw together right now without having to learn any new skills. Breakfast cereal with soy, almond, or oat milk toast with peanut butter (or your favourite other nut or seed butter), topped with some sliced bananas and hemp seeds for extra nutrition giant fruit salad: slice up oranges and apples and sprinkle with some nuts and/or seeds, and cinnamon already flavoured instant oats can be bought so that all you need to do is add boiling water or, if you don’t even know how to use your kettle, there are usually instructions for microwaving too! Thaw some frozen berries and mix those in for added nutrition, and/or add in some peanut or… Read More


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Discount Profile: Saigon Lotus

Saigon Lotus is an all-vegetarian (non-vegan options are clearly marked) restaurant in Kensington Market, just west of Spadina. The restaurant is cozy with nice booths, tables, and even a little waterfall. When you are seated, you get a sheet of paper to write your order on, as well as the menu.  The day we visited was cold and windy; perfect soup weather! We received a (complimentary) hot pot of tea to drink while we contemplated our orders, which were written down and collected promptly.  I ordered spring rolls to start, which were crispy and delicious, served with plum sauce. Barbi–my dining companion for the evening–ordered the cold rolls, which were also delicious. There are four different types of cold rolls, and they all come with peanut sauce.  Then the soups arrived! They were giant. Saigon Lotus offers a regular size soup, and a large for $1 more. We both got the large Spicy Hue soup, and they were served with a plate of bean sprouts, cabbage, lime, and mint to garnish them with.  What can I say? They were hot, spicy (but not TOO spicy), and… Read More


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