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Valentine’s Day specials from the Veg Guide!

It’s nearly Valentine’s Day, and you know what that means: Lots and lots of treats for everyone! Share with someone special, or treat yourself; it’s the middle of winter, you deserve it!    Better Cookies Celebrate Love this Valentine’s Day with a gift delivery of gourmet cookies. BetterCookies.ca delivers beautifully packaged gifts to homes and offices across Toronto and Halton. Every gift we make is different and personalized with your message of love. It is truly a special way to show you care. To see the gifts we have available for Valentine’s Day, please visit: https://www.bettercookies.ca/special-gifts/10-celebrate-love     Big Carrot In addition to yummy chocolate cakes and other Valentine’s goodies, the Big Carrot is having a beauty event on the 14th at the Danforth location: “This Valentines Day we want to pamper you with some of our amazing natural beauty products! Whether you’re looking to spruce up before a hot date or exercising that self-care muscle this new year, we’ve got you covered. Sign up for a makeover with one of our awesome… Read More


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February Veg Guide Updates

Happy February! Every day it’s getting a little bit lighter, and if that’s not enough to bring you a little joy, hopefully, this lovely list full of new veg things to eat will help! Read on! New Vegan and Veg friendly spots Bloomers pops up in Momo coffee! 20 Bay Street, Waterpark Place If you work near Waterpark Place on Bay Street and are craving donuts, you’re in luck! Bloomers now offers their awesome donuts at a popup inside Mos Mos Coffee! Pickup a treat with your morning coffee, or buy a bunch and treat your office!   Bo Tree Plant-Based Cuisine 4568 Highway 7 East, Unit 3, Unionville While this new cafe in Unionville calls itself plant-based, be aware that they DO serve eggs and cheese! However, there are still plenty of vegan-friendly options of all kinds, from avocado toast to pizza, pasta, and casseroles, in addition to more Asian-inspired dishes.   Indian Spice Room 717 Queen Street East This cozy new Indian restaurant is now open at Queen and Broadview! There’s an extensive, all-vegetarian menu, with lots of vegan options! We can’t wait to try it.  … Read More


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January Veg Guide Updates

Happy New Year! We’re starting the year off right with a bunch of new restaurants, new places serving vegan food, and candy. Welcome! First, just a plug; have you signed up for Veganuary yet?  Even if you’re already vegan, you’ll get a month of helpful emails with recipes, health tips and more! Share the link with that friend who always says going vegan is “too hard.” They’ll thank you for it! Now, onto the news! AM Bagel 53 Roncesvalles Avenue If bagels are your thing (and let’s be honest, they’re delish), AM Bagel on Roncesvalles features great bagels with about half their menu being vegan offerings. Make it a sandwich with vegan lox, hummus and avocado, vegan egg, or even a vegan “macca”–featuring a burger patty, special sauce, lettuce, onion, and pickle. Finish up with a coffee, and you’re set!    Bistro Vie 105 King Street West, Dundas, ON Made from scratch comfort food is the focus here, at this new vegan restaurant and cafe. Bistro Vie also has meals to go, fresh coffee and vegan hot chocolate as well as vegan wines. Check… Read More


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The Veg Guide Christmas Post!

No matter what you celebrate this time of year, we can all agree that treats are welcome everywhere! Pick some of these great offers up from our Veg Guide businesses this season.  There are some terrific offers in here, get them while they’re available, or you’ll have to wait a whole year! All the best from us here are the TVA, we hope to see you at our Holiday Party next week at the 519, but if we don’t, we’ll see you in 2020! Yoga Meditation “We would like to invite everyone to join us for our annual Free Christmas Vegan Feast at our Enchanting Evening event from 6-8pm on Sunday, December 15 at St. Paul’s United Church, 427 Bloor Street West (W of Spadina/South side of Bloor). The evening will consist of enlivening meditation and a delicious vegan feast. Think roast root veggies, greens, vegan stuffing, baked tofu and vegan gravy followed by apple crisp. Make new friends, experience meditation, and eat wonderful food. It’s a free evening but donations are gratefully accepted. An evening not to be missed.”   Whole Foods Whole Foods Market Ontario stores have a delicious vegan… Read More


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Candidates for the 2019-2020 TVA Board of Directors

On Sunday, December 1st, members will meet for the Toronto Vegetarian Association’s 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM). At the AGM, members will review our work over the past 12 months,  and ratify the 2019-2020 board of directors. If you’re a member, please join us starting at 1:00 pm at CSI Annex (720 Bathurst Street, south of Bloor) in the “Garage” room. (Meet ‘n greet from 1:00 to 1:30, meeting called to order at 1:30 pm). Non-members can also attend if they become a TVA member when they arrive. Only those who have been members for at least 30 days prior to the meeting will be eligible to vote. Light refreshments will be provided. Current Board Members with Two Year Terms: Serving until 2020 – Daniel Donato, Fraser Gibson, Peter McQueen, Krista Schwab 2019-2020 Candidates Thomas Appleyard Thomas Appleyard knows the important role that the Toronto Vegetarian Association can play in supporting people moving towards healthier, greener, more compassionate living. Well over 25 years ago, Thomas became vegetarian. He remembers well that the TVA newsletters brought into sharp focus the personal changes he wanted to make, and how to make them well. Since then, Thomas has become vegan and TVA programs –… Read More


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Raio: A Life Lived in the Moment

“Raio was graceful, full of peace and love right to the end. As she lay dying, I wept, and she comforted and consoled me, assuring me that it was alright. Then she was gone.” Many people will recognize Raio and her sister Maia as longtime mascots of Veg Food Fest and ambassadors for compassion and veganism. This is her story. Article care of Kenneth Butland It’s a sunny summer day in Nova Scotia, and Emre Uzun is enjoying a drive in the countryside with his new best friend, a one-year-old Golden Retriever named Raio. The year is 2005, and his heavy fog of depression—after many years of struggle and with Raio’s help—has finally lifted. A song by Nellie McKay comes on the radio: Yeah, it’s just me and my dog Catchin some sun We can’t go wrong “Raio looked out the window, soaking it all in, totally in the moment,” Emre recalls. His eyes well up as he recounts what happened next: “As the song played, I was filled with a profound sense of peace. I felt so alive and connected. It’s difficult to explain.” Emre also credits Raio with inspiring his decision to go vegan and become an animal… Read More


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Discount Profile: Hibiscus Restaurant

Hibiscus is a cozy restaurant tucked into Augusta Street in Kensington Market. While they offer delicious crepes (sweet and savoury!) and house-made ice cream; the item that members get for a discount is the soup and salad combo. The soup arrives in a mug, and it’s super cute! The flavour changes daily and seasonally. The day we visited it was sweet potato coconut. I’m not usually a fan of sweet potato, but I really enjoyed this soup, the coconut gave it a nice creaminess and it was pleasantly thick. The salad comes with a raw cracker, which is delicious on its own, but I also liked dipping it in the soup. Speaking of the salad–it’s gigantic! Hibiscus says that there are 42 ingredients in the salad, and I can definitely say that it’s not an everyday salad. Mine came with no kelp — I don’t like it– but the salad was flavourful, packed, and really more like a bowl than a salad with all the different ingredients. My favourite was the tofu, and the berries–they were so sweet!   We followed up this healthy plant-based lunch with a scoop of their house-made ice cream; the flavour… Read More


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Thanksgiving and Autumn goodies from the Veg Guide!

It would be hard to believe that it’s October already if it wasn’t for that chill in the air, and the leaves beginning to change. If you’ve got a craving for some nice autumny specials, you’re in the right place, as we’ve got plenty of great things to talk about in this month’s update! Read on for all the Thanksgiving and Autumn specials from Veg Guide businesses, and make sure you place your orders for the big meal! Better Cookies.ca “BetterCookies.ca has many personalized thank-you gifts available for ordering on-line. For Thanksgiving this year, we are offering the Giving Thanks Edible Cookie Arrangement. This gift comes with 12-24 freshly baked and very delicious gourmet cookies. This giving thanks cookie bouquet is carefully packaged in a flower box with tissue paper, cellophane and tied with a ribbon. Each gift order includes your own free personal inscription message, photo/logo and other special touches. To order online please see https://www.bettercookies.ca/gift/601-giving-thanks-edible-cookie-arrangement”   Big Carrot The Big Carrot is giving thanks this season with the classic vegan holiday special: Tofurkey! They’re all on sale at the following prices: Roast SAVE $5 NOW $13.99. Feast SAVE $10 NOW $29.99. Gravy SAVE $2 NOW $4.99… Read More


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September Veg Guide Updates!

Welcome to September! You know what that means; Veg Food Fest is a week away! We can’t wait to see you all at the Harbourfront Centre from Sept 6-8th to eat all your favourite things, but if you can’t wait for that, here’s what’s new and vegan in Toronto this month! Arvinda’s Square One, The Food District, 100 City Centre Drive, Mississauga. Square One mall in Mississauga has a fancy new food district, and in it you can find Arvinda’s spice blends, and a chai bar. Make your curries and other cooking even better with one of their blends! 2-4-1 Pizza Various GTA locations 2-4-1 Pizza is the newest pizza chain to introduce plant based meats and cheese. They have pre-made options, but here at the TVA office we’re fans of their Detroit-Style deep dish pizzas with vegan cheese and meat! Give it a try next time you’re looking for pizza and aren’t in the neighbourhood of one of the vegan faves. Starbucks Various GTA locations After what seems like forever, Starbucks is starting to roll out vegan foods. They now have a yogurt parfait available with fruit on the bottom, and granola… Read More


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August Veg Guide Updates!

It’s August! We’re one month out from Veg Food Fest, but have some great new things being served up in Toronto to hold you over until then! JUST Egg The most exciting thing that I have to report on this month is the launch of JUST Egg in Canada! We know that right now it’s available at most Tim Horton’s in Kitchener/Waterloo, Richmond Hill, and Vaughan and we hope that this is a sign of more locations to come. Order a “plant-based omelette” with no cheese, and enjoy!   Avelo 51 St Nicholas St. This new venture from the great minds that brought you Awai, and Away Kitchen & Cafe will be open soon in a cozy converted home just a short walk from either Yonge and Bloor or Yorkville. We can’t wait to see what they offer up!   Bloomers 715 Queen St. W. Bloomers recently opened a second location on Queen W! This is great because this area doesn’t have a lot of vegan sweet treats. Visit for some of their amazing donuts and baked goods, and a latté next time you’re in that neighbourhood.   by… Read More


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