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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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Vegetarian Valentine’s Specials 2014

Looking for a memorable way to spend Valentine’s Day with your special man or lady friend? Well look no further! We’ve got all the best Vegan, Vegetarian, and Veg-Friendly Valentine’s Day Meal specials, beautiful bakery treats, and romantic gift ideas from your favourite Veg Directory businesses that will make this the best Valentine’s Day ever. No date this year? We won’t tell if you order a box of cupcakes to your house anyways. Valentine’s Meal Specials Bello Bio (511 Mt. Pleasant Rd., 416-587-4432, www.bellobio.ca) “Cari Amici! Join us for a wonderful Valentine’s Day (festa dell Amore) celebration at Bello Bio. We have a fabulous 5 course meal planned that will feature a special Valentine’s Day dessert, all in a beautiful candlelit atmosphere.” Visit www.bellobio.ca and click the Valentine’s link for all of the details and the full menu. Book your reservation today and join us for Valentine’s Day Vegan Italian style. “That’s Amore!” Dinner includes: Antipasto, soup, pasta, entree, and dessert… among which includes a vegan roast served with stuffed potato and organic roasted vegetables, and Red Velvet Tirimisu… need we say more? Cost: $45.00 per person. Bombay Express (471… Read More


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Vegetarian Delivery Guide 2014

It’s that time of year… when it’s cold and dark and all you really want to do is curl up on the couch with a delicious meal that you didn’t have to make yourself. Welcome to the first ever Toronto Vegetarian Delivery Guide! This is the place to peruse all of the Toronto Vegetarian Directory favourites that offer a delivery service. Find out locations, hours, delivery fees/zones, and more. Find yourself looking for a good vegetarian brunch/breakfast? Also check out our Vegetarian Brunch and Breakfast Guide 2013 while you’re at it! Click on the company’s name for a full listing. v Belmonte Raw 1022 Queen St. E., 647-213-4990, www.belmonteraw.com Everything from full month Cleanses, meals, individual juices, full Raw Menu, and even Chocolate! How to order: directly from website. Must sign up to order. Minimum order/Delivery charge: $70 purchase required. Cleanses are delivered between 5 and 9:30am and are subject to a location-specific delivery charge (to be calculated on checkout). Click here to view cleanses, juices, raw menu, and chocolate options. Read More


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Board nominees for 2013 AGM

On Sunday, December 1st members will meet for the Toronto Vegetarian Association Annual General Meeting (AGM). At the AGM,  members will review our work in 2013, discuss our new strategic plan, and elect our 2014 board of directors. If you’re a member, please join us starting at 3:30pm at the Miles Nadal JCC located at 750 Spadina Ave. Here are the candidates for this year’s TVA Board of Directors: Michael Abramson Diane Burgin Maria Filifer Fraser Gibson Sara Harrel Alan Jaffee Sangeeta Kumar Dominic Wong Serving until 2014 – Peter McQueen & Marcella Tomas Michael Abramson What I believe I bring to the TVA Board is a duo of skills and experience gained through 27 years of owning and running a Toronto marketing and advertising agency (theadlibgroup) along with an in-depth knowledge of the vegetarian food world gained through Natural Foods Culinary Certification and a Professional Chef Diploma in Vegetarian Cuisine (Cordon Vert Academy). When it comes to marketing and advertising my experience covers the gamut from business-to-business and business-to-consumer along with a healthy dose of marketing for charitable and non-profit associations. When it… Read More


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Join Us at the Annual General Meeting

The Toronto Vegetarian Association’s Annual General Meeting is Sunday, December 1st at 3:30 pm. This is your chance to hear what the organization has accomplished in the past year, give suggestions for future growth and help set the direction in the years moving forward by electing our 2013-2015 Board of Directors. Light snacks will be served from Bunner’s Bake Shop. Please note: The Toronto Vegetarian Association’s Annual General Meeting is a private function open to TVA members only. Non-members who wish to attend will be required to join as members of the TVA, and only members in good standing 30 days prior to the election are eligible to vote. When? Sunday, December 1st from 3:30 to 6:30 pm. (Meet ‘n greet from 3:30 to 4, meeting called to order at 4 pm) Where? Miles Nadal JCC at 750 Spadina Avenue, room 300. Read More


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