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Discount Profile: Valiant’s Modern Plant-Based Eatery

If you are ever in the Barrie area, or even relatively close by, a great place to stop by for a wonderful meal and some special treats is Valiant’s Modern Plant-Based Eatery. My partner and I were on our way back to Toronto from Muskoka one afternoon and had been looking forward to this stopover for quite some time. Valiant’s certainly did not disappoint! Being in the downtown area, near the waterfront and Heritage Park, makes it the perfect location for an after-meal stroll. The interior space is relaxing, casual, and inviting. They had some great music playing in the background which really created a genuine ambience of friendliness and community. The menu itself was very large and in fact a bit overwhelming! Of course, this is a good thing, since there are so many awesome options to choose from. It all sounded and looked so good, gluten-free and non-gluten free alike! Although the pizza was tempting, we decided to go for the burgers including the bacun cheeze burger…. doubled! This, as it sounds, included 2 patties, 2 bacun strips and 2 cheeze slices. As you can imagine it was extremely filling and tasted… Read More


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Discount Profile: Parka Food Co.

After a brief closure during COVID-19, Parka is back open again, and even has two cute tables set up on the sidewalk so you have somewhere to sit and enjoy their delicious take-out! At first, I found the menu overwhelming. I wanted all the different items they have that involve potatoes and vegan tartar sauce, but I figured I might as well choose just one potato dish so that I could try a variety of other foods too. I decided to go with the potato burger, which, in addition to the crispy potatoes and tartar sauce I’ve mentioned, also comes with pickles and guacamole on a light and airy bun. No burger would be complete without a side, but since I was already having some potatoes, instead of fries or poutine (which, believe me, were very tempting) I ordered the cauliflower fritters. I loved the crispy, crunchy batter contrasting with the soft cauliflower centre. The portion size was just perfect to go along with the burger, and the creamy dipping sauce was cooling and refreshing. Of course, Parka is famous for its variety of unique mac and cheeses, so how could I leave without trying at least one? I decided… Read More


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Discount Profile: Veggie Planet

The GTA is fortunate to have an abundance of vegan-friendly authentic Indian restaurants. But Veggie Planet stands apart for its unique fusion dishes. Now with two locations (Mississauga and Vaughan), this place has landed a spot on my top favourite restaurant list, surprising me even more every time with how delicious and flavourful everything is. It’s not every day you find pizza on the menu at an Indian restaurant, but imagine having a whole section of the menu full of pizzas! It was almost too much to bear to try and narrow it down to just one to order, but eventually my partner and I settled on the chaat Pizza, which had a sauce flavoured with Indian spices, vegan cheese, and plenty of crunchy pieces of sev. It was a close competition with the Indian masala pizza, we’ll have to try that next time! But first, we started with “appetizers”. I say that in quotations because the portions were very generous, even for someone like me, who has a huge appetite! This was our third time eating at Veggie Planet, and at first I resisted my partner’s suggestion we get the poutine for the third time, arguing that we… Read More


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Discount Profile: 852 Curbside Collective

Discount Profile: 852 Curbside Collective TVA members receive 10% off all prepared food The pandemic has made for some challenging times for small businesses. But we’re also seeing some cool, innovative new ways to get things from these businesses. A great example of this is 852 Curbside Collective— a new business comprised of the lovely ladies from Sausage Party, Chau, and Phancy Food. They now offer pickup and delivery services of their prepared meals, as well as a selection of grocery items and products made by other local veg businesses. One of their signature items is their new “stay home” box, a variety of meals packaged together from the three businesses that you can reheat and eat at home. If you want delivery, they offer it weekly in the GTA, with a Friday afternoon cut-off for Sunday delivery; though there’s been other options as well! The first thing I ordered from the collective was their first Stay Home box. This was $150, and was delivered to me on a Sunday by Em and Meagan, two of the owners. They called ahead, and I met them just outside the lobby, where I got a contactless delivery. Once… Read More


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Discount Profile: Sweets from the Earth

Sweets from the Earth is one of the longest standing vegan bakeries in the GTA and is famous for its delicious, well, sweets of course! Since social distancing became the norm in the GTA, they’ve added some savoury and bread items to their online store, and I couldn’t wait to take advantage of the opportunity to try them out! If the incredibly delicious quality of their caramel pecan bars or apple pie squares, that I’ve become accustomed to, was a sign of what to expect from their breads, I knew I was in for a treat. I ordered a sandwich loaf, dinner rolls, hamburger buns, and mini bagels, all of them in whole wheat. The sandwich loaf was surprisingly large, more slices than a typical loaf you’d buy in the grocery store. It had a nice slightly crunchy crust, but the bread itself was very light, soft, and fluffy. The mini bagels were nice and dense and chewy, just like you want a bagel to be. Next time I might give the apple cinnamon version a try! The hamburger buns were also very fresh and soft. In addition to using them as a hamburger bun, I absolutely loved simply toasting… Read More


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Discount Profile: Vegan Danish Bakery

Being from Thornhill, I’ve been a patron of the Vegan Danish Bakery’s Yonge Street location since they opened, and have many fond memories of swinging by to pick up the most delicious pastries, birthday cakes, and of going for a gigantic plate of waffles for brunch. Last weekend I went for my first visit to their Parkdale location on Queen Street West, and was delighted to walk in and find the same beautiful, elegant atmosphere, with plenty of seating under crystal chandeliers. The case was stocked full of a wide variety of vegan pastries I have never seen anywhere else in Toronto, ones that I have never even heard of! The name is now escaping me, but I was mesmerized as the server described to me some kind of treat that was filled with layers of marzipan and marshmallow and coated in chocolate. I tried something labelled Weinerbread, but no, it wasn’t a veggie piggie in a blanket. It was a pastry stuffed with an almond flavoured custard and topped with a bit of melted chocolate. Continuing with the pastry and chocolate theme, I also opted for a chocolate croissant. The layers of flaky pastry were perfectly buttery and slightly… Read More


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Discount Profile: Saigon Lotus

Saigon Lotus is an all-vegetarian (non-vegan options are clearly marked) restaurant in Kensington Market, just west of Spadina. The restaurant is cozy with nice booths, tables, and even a little waterfall. When you are seated, you get a sheet of paper to write your order on, as well as the menu.  The day we visited was cold and windy; perfect soup weather! We received a (complimentary) hot pot of tea to drink while we contemplated our orders, which were written down and collected promptly.  I ordered spring rolls to start, which were crispy and delicious, served with plum sauce. Barbi–my dining companion for the evening–ordered the cold rolls, which were also delicious. There are four different types of cold rolls, and they all come with peanut sauce.  Then the soups arrived! They were giant. Saigon Lotus offers a regular size soup, and a large for $1 more. We both got the large Spicy Hue soup, and they were served with a plate of bean sprouts, cabbage, lime, and mint to garnish them with.  What can I say? They were hot, spicy (but not TOO spicy), and… Read More


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Discount Profile: Virtuous Pie

Virtuous Pie has recently added some new items to their menu, along with special deals on certain nights of the week, so we couldn’t resist going back! My partner and I arrived on a cold winter night, so we were very happy when the garlic knots arrived super warm and soft. These were beyond any garlic knots I’ve had in the past! Not simply dusted in a garlic spread, they were so full of fresh herbs and chili flakes that they were actually colourful. We also enjoyed the skillet mac and cheese, which once again was generously topped with extras including veggie bacon, extra parm, and parsley. It was so difficult to decide which pizzas to order. Thank goodness there were two of us so we could pick two and share! We contemplated the Superfunghi, which comes not only with mushrooms but also a potato cream and truffle almond ricotta, and the Stranger Wings, which is topped with spicy buffalo cauliflower, scallions, crispy shallots, and more! But we ultimately settled on two different options. The Street Corn was such a unique twist on pizza. Rather than layered with tomato sauce, it’s crust was topped with a garlic butter sauce and cilantro lime… Read More


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Discount Profile: bloomer’s

With so many new restaurants to try every month in Toronto, sometimes I can forget to go back to the old favourites. It had been a while since I’d sat down for a meal at bloomer’s and as soon as I did, I instantly regretted not coming by every week! I’m glad I was there with three others (two of them not veg!) so we could share a couple of appetizers, because the selection was too much to bare. I knew from the past how good the kimchi fries were, but we settled on the tempeh wings which were so perfectly battered and fried, crispy but not overly greasy, and the avocado wedges which were crunchy while also being bright and fresh, thanks to the lime juice in the pico de gallo it came with. For my main I had the biscuits and gravy, which were perfect and hearty for the day of Toronto’s first major snowstorm. But the real treat was the end of the meal: my partner and I shared two donuts that I afterward claimed were the best vegan donuts in the city. They’re huge! They’re fluffy! And there were so many unique flavours… Read More


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Discount Profile: Hibiscus Restaurant

Hibiscus is a cozy restaurant tucked into Augusta Street in Kensington Market. While they offer delicious crepes (sweet and savoury!) and house-made ice cream; the item that members get for a discount is the soup and salad combo. The soup arrives in a mug, and it’s super cute! The flavour changes daily and seasonally. The day we visited it was sweet potato coconut. I’m not usually a fan of sweet potato, but I really enjoyed this soup, the coconut gave it a nice creaminess and it was pleasantly thick. The salad comes with a raw cracker, which is delicious on its own, but I also liked dipping it in the soup. Speaking of the salad–it’s gigantic! Hibiscus says that there are 42 ingredients in the salad, and I can definitely say that it’s not an everyday salad. Mine came with no kelp — I don’t like it– but the salad was flavourful, packed, and really more like a bowl than a salad with all the different ingredients. My favourite was the tofu, and the berries–they were so sweet!   We followed up this healthy plant-based lunch with a scoop of their house-made ice cream; the flavour… Read More


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