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Vegetarian Directory Updates – October 2014

New Vegan Restaurant Nourished On The Go (16 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa, www.nourishedonthego.ca, 289-923-3622) has been providing delicious, healthy vegan fast food for delivery and take-out in the Durham region since 2012. As of October 25th, Nourished On The Go will open its doors as a dine-in restaurant! Offering delicious soups, stews, salads, sandwiches, and wraps and desserts (with more menu items to come!) Nourished On The Go’s chef and founder, Gabriella Budani, is “dedicated to helping the food movement by opening a fast-food style healthy vegan restaurant chain to help Canadians stay healthy conveniently.” Stay tuned to Facebook and Twitter for more information on opening day, and visit the Nourished On The Go website for more details on Chef Gabriella and her vegan fast food revolution! Delivery and Takeout services will be temporarily suspended until opening day. New Juice Bar Fueled (739 Ossington Ave., www.fueledcafe.ca, 647-849-0078) is a brand new espresso and fresh food bar that opened up directly across from Ossington Station in early September. In addition to delicious, aromatic espresso drinks, Fueled serves up fresh juice, smoothies and meal “boxes” choc… Read More


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The Winners of the 2014 Toronto Veg Awards Are…

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Toronto Veg Awards! Toronto Vegetarian Association members nominated their favourite vegetarian and veg-friendly businesses, and then the general public including members, voted to select the winners! We congratulate all the winning businesses and also celebrate the wonderful contributions of ALL vegetarian and veg-friendly businesses in Toronto. Click here to see the full list of nominations that were submitted by TVA members. (Want to become a member so you too can be invited for special activities like this? Click here). Favourite Vegetarian Restaurant in Toronto Fresh Favourite Vegetarian Restaurant Outside of Toronto Lettuce Love Cafe (Burlington)  Favourite Veg-Friendly Restaurant in Toronto Magic Oven Favourite New Vegetarian Restaurant in Toronto YamChops Favourite Vegan Bakery Kelly’s Bake Shoppe (Burlington) Favourite Vegan Dessert Mile High Brownie from Kelly’s Bake Shoppe (Burlington) Favourite Raw Menu Item Pad Thai from Rawlicious Favourite Menu Item Unchicken and Waffles from Hogtown Vegan Favourite Vegan Pizza… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – September 2014

New Gluten & Dairy-free Bakery Tia’s Bakery (761 Pape Ave., 416-462-9777, www.tiasbakery.ca) originally started in Guelph several years ago, and has now opened a new Toronto location for their gluten and dairy-free bakery. Just steps from Pape subway station north of the Danforth, Tia’s is a family-run business specializing in catering to those with food intolerances and allergies. Orders can also be made egg, nut, and corn free. There is seating as well as a small patio, coffee (with soy milk, soy cream, or coconut milk), and a counter that is full of delicious cakes, cookies, warm, sugared, pumpkin doughnuts, as well as gluten-free breads. Custom cake orders are also available. “Tia has spent years perfecting her recipes, and prides herself in making tasty treats to satisfy any customer.” To top it off, Tia’s also has a Saturday brunch menu, which includes gluten-free Belgian Waffles! Find Tia’s on Facebook, and go to their website for more information. Now Open Rawlicious (718 Belmont Ave. W., Kitchener, 519-603-8281, www.rawlicious.ca) is now open in Kitchener! The eighth and newest location of the growing raw food restaurant opened its doors… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – August 2014

Now Open Bloomer’s (873 Bloor St. W., 416-551-0532, www.bloomersto.com) is now open! As of July 24th, the long-awaited storefront location is open and ready to serve up delicious vegan treats like muffins, tarts, bagels with vegan cream cheese, and much more. And it gets even better- “We’ll be expanding to a full service, licensed restaurant and extending our hours! Whether you feel like a late night donut, or tempeh wings and a beer, we’ll be here for you.” Vegan donuts, wings, and beer…  has there ever been a better combination of things in one place? Follow bloomer’s on Facebook and Twitter for updates. Current hours are Monday – Saturday 8-6, Sunday 10-5, located on the south side of Bloor, just east of Ossington. New Locations Magic Oven (6 locations across Toronto, www.MagicOven.com, 416-868-OVEN) is opening another new location! Uptown residents can soon enjoy Magic Oven’s signature pizzas, pastas, wraps, and salads, made with organic, local, and fresh ingredients. The 7th location will be at 302 Eglinton Ave. W., (at Avenue Rd.), and will be opening this September. Stay tuned to Directory Updates, and Magic Oven… Read More


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Episode 305: Volunteering with TVA, Veg outreach and sharing your story

Today Sarah, Angeline and Kirti were joined by King,  a TVA outreach volunteer who shared his experiences as a TVA volunteer.  We  mentioned restaurants and products that can help make living a healthy lifestyle just a little bit easier. Like FreshCity Farms , and Vegan Cuts . We also talked about the importance of social support when transitioning to vegetarianism, or becoming vegan and how working at the events like those coming up this summer can lead to new friendships and opportunities. You can join us at the Live Green Festival, Coconut Festival and our 30th Veg Food Fest.   Listen Now!… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – June 2014

New Cat Café Kitty Cat Café (www.kittycatcafe.ca), Toronto’s very first cat café, is opening this fall! As if enjoying the company of cats while sipping on coffee isn’t wonderful enough, all food served at the café will be 100% vegetarian! “Kitty Cat Café will be a space where animal lovers can get their caffeine and kitty fix all at once. You can hang out with friends (two legs or four), work, study, enjoy free WiFi, or just relax…all in the company of furry felines.” All cats at the café will be from TEAM Cat Rescue, a Toronto-based non-profit, volunteer and foster based cat rescue organization. The goal of the café is not only to provide cat-lovers with the perfect hang out spot, but to also be another route to adoption for Toronto’s cats in need of a loving home. “Our city is also overflowing with kind, generous people who would love nothing more than to spend time enjoying the company of some sweet cats. Kitty Cat Café wants to bring them together, in what will be one of the most exciting new ventures to hit Toronto’s already-vibrant café culture.” Kitty Cat Café will offer special events “like Cat’s… Read More


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Vegetarian Patio Guide 2014

  Lettuce Love Café After a brutal and seemingly endless winter, it’s finally time for what we’ve all been fantasizing about for months… patio season! Here you’ll find all of your favourite Vegetarian Directory businesses that have outdoor seating. Bask in the glorious warmth of summer while enjoying some of the finest vegetarian and vegan fare the GTA has to offer! Click on the business name for a full listing. -d = offers a discount to Toronto Veg Card holders. Don’t have the card? Click here to get one! The Annex HodgePodge – d 258 Dupont St., 416-513-1333, www.theannexhodgepodge.com This mom and pop style café offers gourmet vegan soups, innovative salads, freshly squeezed juices, vegan wraps, desserts and grilled sandwiches. Small street side patio with seats for 4. The Beet Organic Café – d 2945 Dundas St. W., 416-916-2368, www.thebeet.ca Eco-friendly restaurant serving up sustainable fare with many delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes to choose from. There is also a patio, weekend brunch, take-out deli counter and seasonal organic produce. Butler’s Pantry Café… Read More


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Mother’s Day Specials 2014

  Looking for something special for Mother’s Day this year? Thank your Mom for all she’s done over the years by taking her for a delicious Vegetarian Mother’s Day brunch! If you’re looking for gift ideas, how about cupcakes, all natural beauty products, or a makeover? Check out these Vegetarian Directory businesses for some solid ideas. Don’t see what you’re looking for here? See the complete Vegetarian Directory listings for more ideas for places to shop and eat, and view our Brunch & Breakfast Guide for listings of places that serve brunch every weekend throughout the year. Restaurants Offering Mother’s Day Specials and Brunch Bombay Palace (71 Jarvis St., 416-368-8048, www.bombaypalacetoronto.com) is offering an all you can eat Mothers Day Buffet Sunday, May 11 only. Details: Lunch Buffet: 11:30am-2:15pm, $19.99++ per person, Couples – $35.99++ per couple (Includes a complimentary pop for Mom) Dinner Buffet- 5pm – 9pm, $21.99 per person, Couples – $ 39.99 ++ per couple (Includes a complimentary pop for Mom) Click here for full details. Call for reservations! Doug’s Public Kitchen (561 Marlee Ave., 647-341-1736, www.dougmcnish.com) is taking reservations for Mother’s… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – May 2014

New Vegan Location Boon Burger Café (114 Dunlop St. E., Barrie, www.boonburger.ca,) is opening in Barrie! Canada’s first exclusive Vegan Burger Café currently has two successful locations in Winnipeg, and will be making their Ontario debut this July. Boon features traditional burger joint classics made vegan and entirely from scratch from quality, sustainable ingredients. “We are very proud to offer a 100% animal-free, plant based menu… We compost and recycle most of our waste. We use NO deep fryers and NO microwaves. A large part of our menu is organic, local or fair-trade, with new ingredients being added regularly.” There are four varieties of patties that make up the whopping 13 burgers on the menu, which include favourites like the Boon, the Thanksgiving, and the Buddha. Also enjoy Poutine, Softserve, and their House salad (apparently the dressing is to die for). See their website for a complete menu with mouthwatering descriptions, and follow Boon Burger Café on Facebook and Twitter. New Storefront Location Bloomer’s Bakery (416-414-6144, bloomersbakery.ca) is opening a storefront location! A Toronto favourite for nearly three years, this… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – March 2014

New Vegetarian Locations Grasshopper Restaurant (310 College St., 647-340-3666, www.grasshopperrestaurant.ca) is Toronto’s newest all-veg restaurant and is “passionate about making vegetarian food taste great above all else”. Open as of mid-February, Grasshopper’s debut menu features “cross-cultural comfort foods”, such as Quinoa Mac n’ Cheeze, “Pulled Pork” Banh Mi, a Tempeh Sloppy Joe, and incredibly crispy and delicious “Chick-un Nuggets”, all made from scratch in-house. In addition to craving-satisfying comfort food, Grasshopper also features a nutrient-packed Kale’N Cabbage salad, rice bowls and soups. “Join us for lunch or dinner in our casual and cozy contemporary setting, walk in for convenient take-away or call ahead for catering.” Grasshopper is located just around the corner from Kensington Market, but don’t wait until the next time you’re in the area, make a special trip- it’s that good. And Toronto Veg Cardholders save 5% on orders over $15! Follow Grasshopper on Facebook and Twitter for updates and to read the glowing reviews. YamChops (705 College St., www.yamchops.com) has a storefront location and will be opening soon! The new shop, located at College and Montrose (a few blocks east of Ossington), is a Vegetarian… Read More


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