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Summer Jobs Postings: Food Fest Assistant & Community Outreach and Office Assistant

The Toronto Vegetarian Association is hiring for two summer positions. Important note: These positions are funded by Canada Summer Jobs and are therefore only open to those who are between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment; and are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Veg Food Fest Assistant: Logistics and Vendor Management The Veg Food Fest Assistant will be responsible for assisting and reporting to the Festival and Events Coordinator during the overall curation of the 35th annual Veg Food Fest. The Veg Food Fest Assistant will be the point of contact for vendors.  They will be responsible for clearly communicating information to vendors, answering vendor questions, and managing vendor logistics. Under the guidance and alongside the Festival and Events Coordinator, the Veg Food Fest Assistant will be responsible for the delivery and execution of the vendor logistics management plan for the 35th annual Veg Food Fest. The successful candidate must be available for a start date of Monday, June 10th, 2019, and available from September 6th to 8th, 2019. This… Read More


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Treat your Mom to something awesome from our Veg Guide!

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching (May 12th this year!) and I know you’re all busy trying to plan a great day for all the Moms out there. Well, we’re here to help! Here’s a list of great special menus, treats, and more to help Mom have a great day!   Alternity   From May 1st until Mother’s Day, Alternity is honouring Mothers by offering them a much needed cacao and coffee break for just $6. This includes our Americano made with Organic fair trade coffee beans and our signature Cacao dipped Peanut Butter Oat bar.     Away   Take Mom for brunch at Away Kitchen on Queen! Away is launching a new Sunday Brunch, featuring poutine with cashew hollandaise, brunch pizza, and waffles! Starting May 5, the week before Mother’s Day.     Better Cookies   Send a personalized gift to mom on Mother’s Day online with BetterCookies.ca. We have gift baskets, gift boxes, cookie bouquets and cookie jars to make her day extra sweet. Each gourmet cookie we make is hand shaped, baked fresh and made with care. We even add extra chocolate chips on top of every chocolate… Read More


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Hop up to these Easter Specials from Veg Guide businesses!

  Happy Easter! Happy Spring! Happy Passover!   It’s my favourite holiday of year (so many bunnies!) and it’s time to get a sneak peek of what our Veg Guide Businesses are cooking (and baking!) up for the holidays! Hope you’re hungry, let’s dive in!   Better Cookies.ca Send a personalized cookie delivery for Easter and to celebrate Spring. We deliver Easter cookie bouquets, baskets, boxes and jars across Toronto and the the GTA including Hamilton and Burlington. Each gift is baked fresh and made with care. We shape each one by hand and add extra chocolate chips on top to make our chocolate cookies awesome. Please see our Easter gifts page to order online here: https://www.bettercookies.ca/special-gifts/11-easter     Bliss Kitchen Bliss Kitchen has an Easter menu that looks so good! Plus, selected items purchased with the Mealshare symbol next to it, give a meal to a child in need through the Hamilton Boys and Girls Club. Choose from buffalo bites, stuffed spuds, a strawberry rose smoothie, a rose glow latte, a raspberry lemon nice cream sandwich, carrot cake bites, or a rainbow chocolate Easter egg. Or, don’t choose and order… Read More


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April Veg Guide Updates!

Happy Spring! We are bringing you two Veg Guide posts this month–there’s so many great new places to check out, I didn’t want to wait until after Easter to let you know about them! Look for my Easter post coming up a little later in the month! Without further ado, here’s the new places to look out for this month. Animal Liberation Kitchen 717 1/2 Queen Street East In addition to having the cutest logo ever, Animal Liberation Kitchen also serves up smoothies, sandwiches, mac and cheese, desserts and more from their new storefront at Queen and Broadview. You might have had their yummy food at one of the vegan festivals around the GTA, but now you can have it anytime! “At Animal Liberation Kitchen, our goal is not to pressure people into feeling guilty about eating meat. We simply intend to offer a healthy and tasty alternative. We are trying to prove that meat is not necessary for a delicious and wholly nutritious meal.” Chawpati Indian Cuisine 950 Wyandotte St. W., Windsor  If you’re in Windsor looking for some veg food, the newly opened Chawpati Indian Cuisine can definitely help you out! Everything… Read More


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Veg Guide Updates: Valentine’s Day Specials!

Valentine’s Day is almost here! And love it or hate it, it’s definitely time to indulge those you love (or hey, love yourself!), by getting some good food, and nice vegan gifts! And our Veg Guide businesses have not disappointed in that regard! Read on for some amazing specials! Alternity Alternity has this great promo for only $7! You get a Heart Beet Truffle and a Cardamon Rose Tea Latte: “Awaken your senses with this match made in heaven. Our fully raw, plant based heart beet truffle is sure to make you fall in love, and our cardamon rose tea latte will have you forever in swoon.”   Away Kitchen Visit Away Kitchen for their Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe menu! Available at both locations, but there’s no pizza at College St. Just $30.00 Appetizer: Olives and almonds / Beet salad / Garlic knots Main: 9″ pizza / Oyster mushroom pot pie / Lasagna Dessert: Dark chocolate lava cake / Apple tartin   Baldwin Naturals Located in Kensington, Baldwin Naturals has all your… Read More


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Discount Profile: Away Kitchen

If you’re looking for either a sunny, stylish cafe to dine in for lunch, or a nice place to go for date night, Away Kitchen’s new Queen Street location will fit perfectly for either. The first thing I noticed when I walked in was the beautiful artwork and living gardens on the walls, and how big the space was with a full dining room. But of course, a restaurant needs to not only look good but serve delicious food, and this place certainly blew me away. I had been to Away’s College Street location before and enjoyed the refreshing sandwiches and soups. I had come to Queen Street to try something unique at this location: their pizza. It was some of the best pizza I’ve had in the city (or ever?!). The crust was light yet crispy, and held up well considering the fact that the pizzas were loaded with their unique toppings. This ain’t your Italian grandma’s pizza. My partner and I shared the Mediterranean which was topped with their own homemade cashew mozarella cheese, a balsamic reduction, and artichokes. The Romana was a burst of different flavours and textures, including a cauliflower… Read More


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They can run, but they can't hide from veganism

Care of Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Coordinator If your New Year’s resolution is to encourage more people to go vegan, it seems you’re not alone. Saturday, January the 5th, the first weekend of 2019, witnessed a thrilling exhibition of vegan-related stories from mainstream media outlets. It seems everyone and anyone can’t stop talking about the fact that veganism is here to stay and is going to be a dominant force in society and economics in 2019 and beyond. CBC dedicated 10 minutes to the plant-based revolution. As ‘meat-eater’ Elmer Kim states: “I’ve got to tell you… This is absolutely going to revolutionize the food industry. The beef industry, if they don’t get this right, they’re going to be like the taxi industry. They’re going to look like Blockbuster because this is coming down like a tidal wave.” Click here to watch this clip which is sure to excite you about the progress we are making! This was accompanied by both an online article and a clip on CBC Radio promoting Veganuary, that included comments from me about the 7-Day Veggie Challenge and how it can support people doing… Read More


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Veg Guide Updates — January 2019!

Happy New Year! We’re pleased to report that we’re starting 2019 off with a bunch of new vegan businesses to tell you about!   Cinnaholic Danforth — TVA Members save 15%  319 Danforth Ave. The third Toronto location of this delicious vegan dessert chain is now open on Danforth near Broadview (and conveniently close to Big Carrot)! Stop by for gourmet vegan cinnamon buns, cookies, brownies and more! And, if that’s not enough to lure you, all Cinnaholic locations now offer TVA members a 15% discount!         Flower Lantern Vegetarian Restaurant 2437 Finch Ave. W, Unit 1 This new restaurant near Weston Road and Finch serves a variety of mock meat dishes, soups, stir fries and noodle bowls which are almost all vegan, and are all vegetarian! And they deliver via Skip the Dishes too! We can’t wait to try them out when we’re in the neighbourhood.       Gemaro Bakery 149 Main St. This vegan, gluten free and allergen free bakery just opened up a retail location… Read More


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Veg Guide Updates – November!

Welcome to November! It might be getting colder out, but that’s just a good reason to try out some of the warm and cozy restaurants we have in our Veg Guide updates this month! Grasshopper 2252 Queen St. East. One of our west end favourites is opening a new location in the Beach! Look for this third location; called Grasshopper Salon will serve a more upscale cuisine than the other two locations. We can’t wait to try!           Green Earth 804 Danforth Ave. We were very excited to hear that Green Earth has reopened! Now at a new location near Pape Station, this vegan restaurant is a great addition to the east end!         Lettuce Love Cafe 326 Kerr St., Oakville. Burlington’s yummy vegan and gluten free restaurant has opened its second location! Check out Lettuce Love in Oakville to satisfy your cravings for breakfast, bowls, smoothies and more!       Mad Radish  A new restaurant from the founder of David’s… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Tomatoes

Care of Andrea Howe, of glowingongreens.com  Tomato Tamato! These vegetables (or fruit to be correct) are nutrition powerhouses. They can be found in different varieties from small cherry tomatoes, to large hot house tomatoes, as well as many different colours. Tomatoes are known for their lycopene content which is what gives them their bright red colour. Lycopene is an antioxidant that protects the body from harmful free radicals, which can prevent heart disease, many cancers, as well as accelerated aging. An interesting concept with lycopene is that the amount of it in processed tomato products is often much higher than in fresh tomatoes. So pizza may be a healthy option after all! However, it is still recommended to consume fresh tomatoes more often, to get the other benefits such as fibre and vitamin C which is destroyed with heat. Eating tomatoes raw or cooked has amazing health benefits. Adding them to sandwiches, salads, salsas, or soups will increase your fibre, vitamin C, and antioxidant intake. Try this easy homemade tomato sauce recipe to have over vegetables, pasta, or on pizza! Tomato Basil Sauce Ingredients: – 1 head of garlic, roasted – 2 tbsp olive oil –… Read More


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