Veg Directory Updates

July Veg Guide Update!

It’s summer! And we have some great new places for you to check out! New Vegan / Vegetarian Restaurants: Blossom Vegetarian It’s finally happened! There is an all you can eat vegetarian buffet in Toronto! Blossom is a newly opened restaurant on Leslie in Richmond Hill that is entirely vegetarian. Vegan options (of which there are plenty!) are marked clearly throughout. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with takeaway and dim sum and tea offerings, Blossom looks like an awesome addition to the GTA!       FGF Vegan This newly opened vegan restaurant in Oshawa looks like a great addition to Durham! “We have an amazing selection of popular traditional foods made vegan including vegan fish and chips, Yorkshire puddings, seitan sausages, burgers, ribs and pepperoni pizzawith cassava cheese. A good selection of desserts and many GF options. We are aiming to serve vegans, vegetarians and others who are curious and skeptic about this fantastic diet.”     Veggie Friendly Businesses:   The Big Carrot — New Location! This longtime East end mainstay has opened up a second location at Danforth and Kingston Road!   Bark & Meow Pet Supplies This pet… Read More


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Veg Guide Updates — June 2018!

New Vegan Restaurants! Away Kitchen + Cafe (TVA Members get a 10% discount!) From the great minds that brought you Awai, comes its more casual sibling Away; a plant based cafe and kitchen located in Little Italy! Away offers soups, salads, sandwiches, light meals and desserts as well as house made kombucha and cold brew! And as if that wasn’t enough, it also offers Steambox Dumplings, which started out as a vegan pop-up! The space is cozy and green and the food is delicious and all vegan! The perfect cafe for wiling away an afternoon! Check out this profile BlogTO wrote on Away Kitchen + Cafe!     Dar Nabati This cafe and marketplace is now open in Oakville! Entirely plant based and eco-conscious, this Mediterranean inspired eatery serves classic veganized sandwiches like halloumi, eggless egg, and chick’un shawarma, as well as flatbreads and beautifully prepared lattes. Their market includes prepared foods to go, pantry items and plant based deli classics like cheeze and bacon. They also stock personal care and cleaning items. Next time you’re in Oakville, stop by Dar Nabati for a croissant and some lunch!   The… Read More


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Veg Guide — Mother’s Day Specials!

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 13th!  If you’re looking for a place to take Mom to eat, or somewhere to buy her a nice treat to bring along for your day, you’re in the right place! Here are some great ideas from our awesome Veg Guide businesses!   Mother’s Day Meal Specials   Yoga Meditation 416-539-0234 www.yogameditation.ca Meditation Toronto is having their weekly Enchanted Evening on Mother’s Day. Group meditation. Breathing meditation plus chanting of sacred mantras to live music. Vegetarian meal. 6-8 pm. Free or by donation. Trinity-St. Paul’s Church, 427 Bloor W. at Spadina. meditationtoronto.com 416-539-0234.     Rawlicious Toronto location: 785 Bathurst St., 416-519-7150, www.rawlicious.ca Other locations in Kitchener, Hamilton, Markham, and Whitby. Rawlicious is having a Mother’s Day Pancake Brunch! From 10am ’till 2pm for $18.00 per person, you will get coffee or tea, Pancake stacks with mixed berries, bananas & fruit compote.         Thrive Organic Kitchen & Cafe 3473 Lake Shore Blvd. W, Etobicoke 416-252-7700 www.thriveorganic.ca   Thrive will be offering new menu items for Mother’s Day:… Read More


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Veg Guide – Easter Specials 2018

Easter is just over a week away! If you’re in need of some vegan goodies for Easter weekend, you’ve come to the right place. Whether it’s a sweet treat, a savoury addition to Easter dinner, or candies for the Easter egg hunt, you’ll find what you’re looking for from our awesome Veg Guide businesses!     Special Easter Baked Goods & Prepared Foods   Alter Foods 758 Bathurst St. (Inside Alternative Thinking), 647-932-8311, www.alter8.com Alter Foods has ‘Spring Equinox Cake Pops’ for Easter! “They are raw, vegan, organic & gluten free cake pops and come in two flavours: -Raspberry Rose -Peach Jasmine Moist, fruity, floral treats to kick start us into the spring and Easter holidays!” They are only $5/pop!   Better Cookies.ca 416-477-1401, giftorders@bettercookies.ca, www.bettercookies.ca Better Cookies.ca, Canada’s vegan cookie delivery service, has created a few vegan Easter gifts this year with some special hand made sugar cookies. “Each of these cookie gifts includes a hand crafted sugar cookie. We deliver the gift boxes of gourmet cookies all across Canada. The Easter Bunny is going to be hopping… Read More


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Veg Guide Updates – March 2018

New Vegan Location!   Boon Burger (multiple locations, www.boonburger.ca) has a brand new location in Oakville! The new location is located at 497 Dundas St. W., and is Boon Burger’s fifth Ontario location (a fourth opened in Hamilton in early December). It’s no surprise that the 100% plant-based burger chain, which started in Winnipeg, is rapidly spreading across Ontario. Boon offers unbelievably scrumptious burgers and sides, all made in house from healthy, wholesome ingredients. There are over 20 varieties of burgers, as well as baked fries, poutine, pizza, soups and chili, and daily flavours of dairy-free soft serve ice cream. “Boon continues to sprout and we are so excited to spread the vegan goodness. Together, with the help of our existing partners as well as future partners, it is our hope to continue to offer food that eliminates needless animal suffering. We would like to set the bar for future establishments to realize that it IS possible to run a great business that reduces the footprint on the planet.” Visit Boon in Oakville or one of the other Ontario locations in Barrie, Guelph, Burlington, Hamilton, and visit… Read More


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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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Veg Guide Updates – January 2018

Happy New Year! 2018 is off to a great start with so many new and upcoming veg-friendly places and options to try. Check out the GTA’s newest openings and offerings!   New Restaurants   Hello 123 (1122 Queen St. W., 416-532-3555, www.hello123forever.com) is a new vegan restaurant along the Queen West strip. Brought to you by the same vegan food pros behind Kupfert & Kim, Hello 123 is a full service, licensed restaurant with an amazing, vibrant menu. While some dishes have been taken from the Kupfert & Kim menus, there are many new additions, including a smashed avocado burger, a pulled pineapple slider (pictured), and a loaded sweet potato with chili sin carne, chimichurri, cashew cream, scallions, radish, arugula and coconut. There is also a beer list and unique cocktails like the Kombucha Thyme with tequila, amaro montenegro, and kombucha. Hello 123 is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and has a special weekend brunch menu. Check out the full menu on their website.   Parka Food Co. (424 Queen St. W., 416-603-3363, www.parkafoodco.com) is a new vegan comfort food spot that recently opened on Queen,… 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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Veg Guide Updates – October 2017

Now Open!   Palm Lane (87 Avenue Rd., Upper Level, Unit 226, 647-349-1085, www.palmlane.ca) is yet another restaurant from the creators of Planta that has recently opened in Yorkville. Located at 87 Avenue Rd, Palm Lane features salads and bowls especially designed to go above and beyond conventional healthy food. “We’re taking everything we’ve learned from years of innovative menu and putting the flavour, technique and excitement into Palm Lane’s salads and bowls.” Try salads like the Thai Crunch (pictured) with romaine, coconut, mango, pickled carrots & kohlrabi, grapefruit, mint, Thai basil, scallions, peanuts, crispy rice noodles, crispy shallots, tofu, and a Thai chili vinaigrette, or the Azteca bowl with brown rice, black beans, romaine, pickled vegetables, avocado, sweet corn, pepitas, cilantro, tortilla crisps, pico de gallo, chipotle cashew crema, with a cumin lime vinaigrette. Or you can create your own from 90 different ingredients! There’s also a menu of delicious smoothies. Go to their website to view the full menu, and follow Palm Lane on Facebook and Instagram, and don’t forget to visit Planta’s other newest venture- Planta Burger at 4 Temperence… Read More


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