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Veg Guide – Valentine’s Day Specials 2018

Nothing says love like delicious vegan food! Whether you’re looking to take that special someone out to dinner, or surprise them with delicious sweet treats or the perfect gift, you’ve come to the right place. Here you’ll find some great options for your sweetheart from our favourite Veg Guide businesses. Note: Visit individual websites or call business for complete details on specials, and to ensure availability. Also be sure to check out www.veg.ca/directory for complete listings of vegan and veg-friendly restaurants, bakeries, food stores, and more near you.   Valentine’s Day Dinner Specials   Awai 2277 Bloor St. W., 647-643-3132, www.awai.ca Now taking reservations for Valentine’s Day! Seatings at 5:30pm and 8:00pm. 6 courses, prix fixe of $100. Pictured, Dusk til Dawn: Bourbon, Amaro & house brewed Kombucha with Rose Ice and a touch of ginger and citrus. Also available in a non alcohol version.   Lettuce Love Cafe 399 John St, Burlington, 905-637-2700, www.lettucelovecafe.com “Join us on the 14th with your loved one for a feast of oven roasted marinated tofu on a bed of creamy cauliflower garlic mash topped with our fresh… Read More


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Veg Guide Updates – February 2018

New Vegan Restaurants   Rosalinda (133 Richmond St. W., 416-368-8382, www.instagram.com/rosalindarestaurant/) is a huge vegan Mexican restaurant coming to the Financial District this spring! The 136-seat Mexican joint is the project of Max Rimaldi, Jamie Cook and Grant van Gameren — a trio of Toronto restaurateurs known for the massively successful Pizzeria Libretto and Enoteca Sociale, as well as Bar Isabel, Bar Raval and Tennessee Tavern. Rosalinda’s entirely plant-based menu will focus on Mexican and Baja flavours and will feature dishes like jackfruit pibil, Tijuana-style broccoli, spicy carrots in mole, and Japanese eggplant marinated in salsa macha. “The Toronto dining scene has evolved so much since we first started talking about this concept,” said Cook in the press release. “We’re excited to be opening Rosalinda at a time when people are more open than ever to incorporating meatless dining into their lives.” Follow Rosalinda on Instagram to stay up to date on the grand opening!   Planted (225 John St. S., Unit 1, Hamilton, 289-389-6676, www.plantedin.ca) is a… Read More


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2017 Veg Guide Holiday Specials

The Holiday season is upon us! You’ve probably already started the search for Holiday dinner ideas, baked goods and treats to bring to parties, and the perfect gift ideas… well these holiday specials from your favourite Veg Guide businesses should make your search a lot easier! *Note: Please contact companies for details, and to confirm availability of Holiday items and dinner reservations. Holiday Dinner Specials & Events   Cosmic Treats 207 Augusta Ave, 647-352-2207, www.cosmictreats.ca Cosmic Treats holiday events: • Gingerbrunch! December 10th and December 16th, 9:30 AM A delicious and fun morning of brunch followed by decorating gingerbread people and sugar cookies. Children are welcome! Order tickets online at http://cosmictreats.ca/shop • Cosmic New Year’s Eve! Stay tuned to our website for ticket information and details about our special set menu.   Doug McNish’s Public Kitchen 561 Marlee Ave, 647-341-1736, www.dougmcnish.com As always, Doug has a Holiday Dinner special available for pre-order! Details: Pick-up times include: Friday, December 22nd from 11-6pm, Saturday, December 23rd from 10-5pm, Sunday, December 24th from 10-3pm. Order by contacting the Public… Read More


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Winners of the 2017 Toronto Veg Awards

The winners of the 2017 Toronto Veg Awards were announced over the weekend of the 33rd Veg Food Fest: September 8th to 10th at the Harbourfront Centre. Congratulations to all of the winners! Please note: The nominations were selected by Toronto Vegetarian Association’s members, and then voted on by the general public. The Toronto Vegetarian Association did not select winners or influence the voting process, and does not endorse particular businesses. We love ALL the great vegetarian and veg-friendly businesses Toronto is so fortunate to have. Favourite Veg Restaurant, City of Toronto: Fresh Favourite Veg Restaurant, GTA Outside City of Toronto: Lettuce Love Cafe, Burlington Favourite Veg Restaurant Outside Toronto, Ontario only: Rise Above, St Catharines Favourite Veg-Friendly Restaurant, City of Toronto: Freshii Favourite Vegan Pizza:  Apiecalypse Now Pizza & Snack Bar Favourite Vegan Brunch Place: Fresh Favourite Vegan Bakery: Kelly’s Bake Shoppe, Burlington Favourite Fresh Juice Bar or Brand: Fresh Favourite Vegan Caterer: YamChops Favourite Vegan Meal Delivery: Green Zebra Kitchen, Toronto Favourite Veg-Friendly Food Truck/Cart: Rescue Dogs Favourite Store with Best Selection of Veg Groceries: Goodness Me!, Mississauga, Burlington, Hamilton, Guelph, Waterloo, Waterdown, Brantford, and… Read More


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Holiday Coleslaw with Orange Vinaigrette

Care of Amy Symington of ameliaeats.com Makes 5 servings, serving size: 1 cup (250ml) Ingredients Salad: 1 medium Bartlett pear, julienned 1 medium golden (or red) beet, julienned ½ small green cabbage, thinly sliced, approximately 3 cups ½ red onion, thinly sliced Dressing: 1 medium orange zested and juiced, approximately ¼ cup juice and 1 tbsp zest 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp djion mustard 1 tsp maple syrup ¼ tsp salt Garnish: ½ cup toasted hazelnuts, chopped 1/3 cup unsweetened cranberries 3 tbsp chopped parsley Directions In a large salad bowl, add all of the salad ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients. Pour over salad and toss. Top with hazelnuts, cranberries, and parsley. Read More


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Candidates for the 2017-2018 Board of Directors

On Sunday, December 3rd, members will meet for the Toronto Vegetarian Association’s 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM). At the AGM, members will review our work over the past 12 months, discuss progress made on our 2014-18 strategic plan, and ratify the 2018 board of directors. If you’re a member, please join us starting at 4:00 pm at Friends House located at 60 Lowther Ave. You can also join as a new member at the door and attend. Catering will be provided by YamChops and Sweets from the Earth. Although there will be no election, the membership will be required to ratify the slate of six board members who are either returning after serving a one-year term, or joining as a new board member. It is important that we have enough people present for quorum to do, plus it is a great opportunity to come out and meet your fellow TVA members! Serving until 2018 –Ariane Bobiash, Kevin Downing, Fraser Gibson, Peter McQueen, Annette Wiegand 2017-18 Candidates Thomas Appleyard Thomas Appleyard knows the important role that the Toronto Vegetarian Association can play in supporting people moving towards healthier, greener and more compassionate living. Over 25 years ago, Thomas became vegetarian. He remembers well… Read More


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Annual Holiday Book and Bake Sale

Don’t wait until the last minute to get your holiday gifts – score some sweet savings at TVA’s annual Holiday Sale and Open House! Come & meet members of the Toronto Vegetarian Association’s Board of Directors, indulge in treats at our vegan bake sale and pick up holiday gifts from our Vegetarian Bookstore. We will also be accepting donations of non-perishable vegan food items to be donated to a local food bank, and encourage you to bring along an item or two! Special Deals! Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s two most recent, giant cookbooks (The Superfun Times Holiday Cookbook and Isa Does It!) on sale for only $30 including tax! (Reduced from $42 and $39) New $10 book section (and yes, that also includes tax) featuring: The Lucky Ones Pillars of Health Becoming Raw Gene Baur’s original Farm Sanctuary Raw Food for Dummies The Engine Food Diet Will Travel for Vegan Food The Complete Book of Raw Foods Where? TVA Resource Centre (17 Baldwin Street, 2nd floor). We regret that our resource centre is not wheelchair accessible. If you wish to purchase items from the bookstore and can not ascend the stairs,… Read More


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The Edgy Veg

  If you’re one of The Edgy Veg’s 200,000 YouTube subscribers, chances are you probably already have a copy of the new cookbook. And if you’re not familiar with Candice Hutchings and her approachable, indulgent, and delicious vegan recipes, then The Edgy Veg cookbook is the perfect introduction. With over one hundred recipes, The Edgy Veg has something for everyone, whether you’re cooking for vegans, vegetarians, or omnivores. In fact, Candice created this collection of recipes and techniques for her husband, James, on his journey to becoming a vegan. “Living a vegan lifestyle does not have to be isolating and every recipe can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of their diet-preference,” said Candice. While you’ll still find recipes for salads and smoothies, you’ll also find vegan versions of General Tso’s chicken and crispy Buffalo wings, not to mention samosas, Jamaican patties, and kimchi fries. I also love that this book features recipes for some vegan staples like pesto, gravy, hollandaise, and aioli. “Many vegan cookbooks focus on eating healthy, while we focus on entertaining and indulging your taste buds, inspiring new experiences, and helping you to vividly remember past ones.”  … Read More


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Find Vegan Ice Cream Shops in the GTA

Care of Carla Williams Updated July 2018 Is vegan “ice cream” even ice cream? Arguably (and by that we mean technically), it is not! The important thing is we’ve got a list of local spots where you’ll find the good stuff: delicious, dairy-free concoctions that will satisfy any ice cream lover’s craving for cool. Top Picks Bunner’s Bakeshop 244 Augusta Ave. 647-350 2975  bunners.ca This all-vegan and gluten-free bake shop has two locations in Toronto but their soft serve ice cream is only available at their Kensington Market location – 244 Augusta Ave, during summer months. Enjoy the classics: Vanilla, Chocolate, and Swirl in a cone or paired with a baked treat. See their complete listing on veg.ca Cosmic Treats 207 Augusta Avenue 647-352-2207 cosmictreats.ca Toronto’s kid-friendly vegan restaurant, dessert bar, ice cream parlour and candy shop is located in the heart of Kensington Market. They feature a rotating selection of over 40 flavours of silky smooth made-in-house, small batch, premium artisanal ice cream made using… Read More


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2017 Veg Food Fest Bookstore Preview

We know you’ll be really busy eating all the delicious things at Veg Food Fest (just take a look at this year’s vendors!), but when you’re ready for a break make sure to check out the festival bookstore. It will be packed with a selection of veg books, including bestselling cookbooks and the latest non-fiction releases. Here are some titles to look out for at Veg Food Fest this year. Captive by Jo-Anne McArthur We are thrilled to have award-winning photojournalist, educator and animal activist Jo-Anne McArthur with us at the festival this year. She is the author of 2014’s We Animals, and her new book, Captive, is receiving attention and accolades from around the world. Whether you’ve seen her thought-provoking photography already, through her website or her Instagram, or whether you’re completely new to her work, you won’t want to miss Jo-Anne McArthur’s photo exhibit happening all weekend long at this year’s Veg Food Fest. You’ll also be able to purchase copies of Jo-Anne’s books at the festival. The Sexual Politics of Meat by Carol J.Adams Join us at this year’s Veg Food Fest as we welcome Carol J.Adams for a… Read More


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