Veg Directory Updates

Vegetarian Directory Updates – June 2017

New Vegan Locations   Copper Branch (199 Bay St., 416-792-2982, www.copperbranch.ca) is opening a location this month downtown in Commerce Court! Copper Branch is a plant-based, fast food restaurant based out of Montreal. They opened their first Ontario location a couple of years ago in Brooklin (just north of Whitby), and word is quickly spreading about their delicious vegan menu. Loaded with healthy and colourful power bowls, sandwiches, soups & sides, as well as grab ‘n go items, Copper Branch offers generous servings of healthy fast-food. “We’re getting back to basics; serving healthy and wholesome foods and offering real food energy with the focus of promoting health and vitality, great taste, convenience, and responsibility. These are power food meals you can trust and feel great about eating.” Try the Aztec Bowl (pictured) with basil olive oil dressing, sweet potato, corn and mango salsa, black beans, pumpkin seeds, guacamole, vegan sour cream, broccoli, beets, carrot, lettuce, organic sprouted mung beans, the Copper Burger with beets, organic brown rice, pea protein, sesame seeds, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, lemon juice, dijon and maple vegenaise, caramelized onions, alfalfa sprouts, lettuce, or one of their many grab ‘n go items,… Read More


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Vegetarian Breakfast & Brunch Guide 2017

Looking for vegan & veg-friendly options for breakfast and brunch? You’ve come to the right place! Here you will find complete listings of the best breakfast & brunch offerings from your favourite Vegetarian Directory businesses. From healthy, energy-packed granolas to decadent scrambles with “sausage” and “bacon”, this Brunch Guide’s got something for everyone.      Belmonte Raw 1022 Queen St. E., 647-340-1218 130 King St. W. (The Exchange Tower), 647-343-6169, www.belmonteraw.com “It’s the most important meal of the day. From our trend-setting chia seed puddings to filling and hearty overnight oats, start your morning with the right fuel to take on the day.” Find options like chia pudding and overnight oats for a healthy, energy-inducing start to your day. When: Monday – Friday from 7:30am, Sat-Sun 10am (Queen St. location), Monday – Friday from 7am (Exchange Tower location) Menu: https://belmonteraw.com/collections/breakfast/breakfast      Berkeley North 31 King William St, Hamilton, 905-522-5858, www.berkeleynorth.ca Find awesome veg & vegan brunch options at Berkeley North, including the  Veg Taco with a Tumeric & Coconut Taco, Pickled Veg,… Read More


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Toronto Vegetarian Association Launches Mobile App: The Veg Guide

Over the past few months TVA has been building something new, to help people discover veg-friendly businesses and events. Through the support of donors, members, and passionate volunteers, we’ve built a new Mobile App, called the Veg Guide.    Here are a few details on the App: When you launch the App, you’ll enter the restaurant directory. It will always sort by proximity, with businesses supporting TVA featuring photos and more detailed descriptions. If you pull down the Directory, you will get a search bar that will allow you to search for specific businesses. Unfortunately partial searches don’t work at this time. Only the closest 25 businesses will be listed and mapped. You can expand the list by refreshing from the bottom. Please help us expand the list by submitting any businesses that are missing through the App. It is built on a platform that does have some limitations, which we are trying to work around. In the coming months, we’ll be exploring additional features, so stay tuned for that and other exciting activities from TVA. Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – April 2017

New Vegan Locations   Sweet Hart Kitchen (68 Wales Ave., hello@sweethartkitchen.com, www.sweethartkitchen.com) was featured in our March Directory Updates as an upcoming Toronto vegan eatery, creating fine treats and tasty eats that are 100% plant-based, using natural sweeteners and healthy ingredients. Sweethart Kitchen has since announced that the grand opening of their Kensington Market location will be on Friday, April 14th! Join them in the celebration with specially made treats, as well as delicious regular menu items. “Just in time for Easter weekend! We have some special holiday treats available for you to choose from on opening day, including these raw carrot cake squares (pictured)! Shoot us an email if preordering is what you fancy. Click here to view menu for pre-ordered items. “Sweet Hart offers a wide variety of plant-based, gluten-free, raw/no-bake treats that are incredibly healthy and beautifully crafted. Everything from bite-sized treats (like cookie dough bites and macaroons), to the new and improved versions of snacks you already know and love (like our “snickers” bars), to fun little cake cups, to full-sized cakes that are perfect for any occasion.” Visit Sweethart Kitchen on Facebook, Twitter, and… Read More


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Latest Deals & Features – Spring 2017

Spring is finally here! It’s time to come out of hibernation and enjoy the outdoors. Get out there and enjoy these incredible Latest Deals & Features from TVA’s Business Members! Click here for a full list of TVA’s Business Members.   Cosmic Treats 207 Augusta Ave., 647-352-2207, www.cosmictreats.ca Cosmic Treats is a vegan restaurant, dessert bar, ice cream shop and candy store in the heart of Kensington Market. We provide unique sweet and savory fare that promise not to scare away omnivores.   Now you have even more time to enjoy savoury eats & decadent treats with extended hours for the spring and summer.     Cosmic Treats 207 Augusta Ave., 647-352-2207, www.cosmictreats.ca New Eggless Salad Sandwich & Coleslaw Special, ready in 10 minutes! Also Waffle Sundae with Blueberry Sauce and ice cream & sangria are back! Softserve (and us) getting turned on Thursday evening!      … Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – March 2017

Now Open!   The Hearty Hooligan (368 Main St. W., Hamilton, 905-807-0577, www.theheartyhooligan.com) is now open! You may remember we reported on the upcoming opening of this vegan, comfort food location back in October last year… Well it’s finally open as of this February! The Hearty Hooligan is a punk-themed take-out spot serving up hot and ready to go vegan comfort food. “We have all kinds of wild flavours of pizza pockets, like Mac n’ Cheese, Poutine, Butter Chicken (pictured), Philly Cheesesteak, and more. We do nostalgic treats like Dunkaroos (called Punkaroos) and S’mores pop tarts. We really try to capture all the snack foods we loved as kids!” The Hearty Hooligan has also teamed up with Rescue Dogs in St. Catharines and uses their seitan. There are also events in support of animal-friendly charities which will happen throughout the year, like the recent Valentine’s Day promotion where all the proceeds from their Valentine’s Day chocolate boxes went to Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary. And as if it couldn’t get any better, there is also an in-store section of vegan grocery items! “Our shop is only 550 square feet but we have a wall of vegan goodies like GoMaxGo chocolate bars, vegan magic, soy curls,… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – January 2017

New Vegan Locations   SÜÜP Health Bar (382 Yonge Street, Unit 1, 416-977-1312, www.suuphealthbar.com) is a new healthy vegan eatery located downtown at Yonge and Gerrard. SüüP features… you guessed it- soup! If you’re not blown away by the idea of vegan soup for lunch, think again. There is a daily selection of eight different incredible soups, from Smokin’ Black Bean Chipotle to Un-Lobster Bisque, and these unique, flavourful soups will have you lining up day after day to get another bowl. There is also a great selection of salads and fusion burritos to pair with your soup. Again, while this doesn’t sound like groundbreaking vegan fare, the taste will change your mind. The Pad Ped Gai Thai Burrito with seasoned brown rice, marinated soy protein, sweet red pepper, carrots, green onion, Chinese eggplant, sugar snap peas, and a spicy Thai peanut sauce (pictured) is a blend of healthy ingredients in a filling and flavourful wrap. The salads are nutrient-packed, like the Supergrains Power Salad, a mixture of curly and baby kale and quinoa, loaded with red onion, carrots, sweet red pepper, toasted pecans, fresh blueberries, hemp hearts, sweet Asian dressing. The staff is also friendly and inviting, and are happy to… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – November 2016

New Veg-Friendly Restaurants in the GTA   Berkeley North (31 King William St, Hamilton, 905-522-5858, www.berkeleynorth.ca) is a brand new West Coast inspired restaurant located on historic King William Street in the heart of downtown Hamilton. Berkeley North serves up unique, modern fare, including many vegetarian and vegan options. “Serving up dishes that are creative and approachable, Berkeley North’s sharable style of dining resonates with our vision of combining delicious food with empowered service, allowing us to go above and beyond to create an exceptional culinary experience for our guests.” The lunch and dinner menus includes options such as a Falafel bowl with pearl couscous, fried eggplant and garlic sauce, and Squash Salad with roasted pear and squash vinaigrette. Plus, there are always exciting specials that include vegan options, daily soups, as well as unique house cocktails and a wide craft beer selection. Open for lunch Mon – Fri, 12 – 3 pm, and for dinner Mon – Wed, 5 pm – 9 pm, Thurs – Sat, 5pm – 12am. Find Berkeley North in the Vegetarian Directory, and follow the links to their website and social media pages for more details.   Copper Branch (66 Baldwin St., Brooklin, 905-425-1066,… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – October 2016

Now Open Pure Love Smoothie Bar (399 John St., Burlington, 905-637-2700, www.lettucelovecafe.com) is a new smoothie bar brought to you by Lettuce Love Café in Burlington! Located right next door to Lettuce Love (how convenient!), Pure Love features freshly made smoothies, plus tons of superfood loaded treats. “We sell Superfood Smoothies and Bowls, and have a section for Grab n Go foods, like Chia Puddings, Soaked Oats, Raw Chocolates, Energy Bar and Balls, Salads, Dressings and more!” The Yoga Bliss smoothie with orange, banana, pineapple, coconut water, and shredded coconut, and the Wake Up smoothie with Almond milk, cold coffee, banana, dates, cocoa powder and almond butter. Plus you can add additional ingredients like goji berries too. Open from 8am-7pm daily, except Mondays. Visit the Lettuce Love Café Facebook page for more updates.     Planta (1221 Bay St., 647-348-7000, www.plantatoronto.com) is now open! The highly anticipated plant-based eatery is open as of mid-September for brunch, lunch and dinner. The menu features unique vegan cuisine, such as coconut ceviche (coconut is marinated in lime juice, chilis, and onion, topped with sliced avocado and smashed organic corn nuts, and date puree), cauliflower tots (cauliflower and potato topped with… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – August 2016

New Vegan & Vegan-friendly Locations   Planta (1221 Bay St.) is opening soon in Yorkville! In case you haven’t heard yet, Planta is a new vegan restaurant set to open this September in the old location of Pangea. While another vegan restaurant in Toronto may not be surprising news, this one will offer something unique. Planta will be an impressive 165-seat restaurant that will offer an internationally inspired cuisine, organic wines, and cocktails made from fresh-pressed juice, and the menus will be the creation of award-winning Chef David Lee of Nota Bene on Queen West. Chef David Lee and Chase Hospitality Group (the group behind four other popular Toronto restaurants) are partners in the opening of Planta, and say that Planta will offer daily lunch, dinner, possibly grab and go breakfast, as well as takeout. The word is that Planta will be open in time for TIFF (Sept. 8-18), which isn’t long to wait! Follow Planta on Instagram and Twitter for updates on the opening day.   The V Spot (12 Millers Lane, Dundas, 905-628-4545, www.thevspotdundas.com) is a new vegan restaurant that recently opened in Dundas, Ontario, just west of Hamilton. Read More


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