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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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Toronto Has it All

By Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator If you’re vegetarian, follow social media, and like to eat, by now you’ve certainly heard about the newest vegan bakery to open up, Through Being Cool. Blog posts and instagram shots galore have been spreading like wildfire, so I won’t go into too many details that others have already described oh-so-well about how fantastic their goodies are (you can just do a quick google search for Through Being Cool Vegan if you want the drool-worthy details). I had the pleasure of stopping by on my day off a couple weeks ago. As I sat on the subway home just staring at my bag of food in anticipation, I was suddenly overcome with a sense of awe, wonderment and excitement about where Toronto’s veg scene is at, and the fact that certainly this must represent a growing demand for vegetarian options. For those who think that vegans live with any sort of deprivation, let me just summarize where we stand here in Toronto: Donuts, apple fritters, pretzels and ooey gooey pizza buns? Check. (That would be the delicious spread from Through Being Cool you see on the right). Read More


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Giving Thanks for Delicious Food

By Autumn Ladouceur – Past TVA Communications Intern Thanksgiving at the Ladouceur family home was a big hit! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the cornucopia of festive vegetables brought to the table. To name a few we had squash, yams, brussel sprouts, turnip and mashed potatoes, all made with vegan margarine. My aunt Donna even brought a vegan version of her famous coleslaw, made with oil and vinegar. The Tofurkey I made went over particularly well. Everyone who had some said that it was the best one we’d ever had at Thanksgiving. They asked me to continue making it that way every year. My meat-loving brother even tried it and said he liked its mushroomy taste. Unfortunately, because everyone enjoyed the Tofurkey so much it meant that there were no leftovers. Usually my left over Tofurkey makes for a couple days worth of hot Tofurkey sandwiches with veggie gravy. Fortunately, I had enough left over vegetables to fill a swimming pool and dive in with joy and excitement. In other news, I think I ate a whole pumpkin pie this week. I was in a pumpkin pie coma. All in all this was a very successful Thanksgiving feast. I hope all… Read More


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