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Discount Profile: Boon Burger Burlington

Care of Sherry Bowman On a nice crisp day, we can walk around downtown Burlington and and enjoy the hustle and bustle of activity near the Lakeshore. Due to their long hours, we can visit Boon Burger for lunch or dinner any day of the week. This is a good, casual place to relax with friends, enjoy some music, sign in for free WiFi, and delight in any food items on the menu. The community/family table is busy and there are a couple of high chairs still available. One of the bathrooms is wheelchair accessible, while the other is a good size for those with mobility issues to maneuver. A couple of concrete support columns have been painted black and have been chalked on by staff. There are panoramic black & white photos of farm animals hanging on the walls. My favourite is the photo of a cow that takes up most of the back wall – truly a noble creature. We order at the counter, and are given an animal figure to take back to the table. Although the word vegan is not used anywhere is the restaurant, you can be assured that… Read More


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Discount Profile: The Social Gardener Cafe

Care of Jeanette Cabral The east end of Toronto doesn’t always get the spotlight when it comes to vegan options, but if you venture east of the DVP, you’ll find gems like The Social Gardener Cafe ready to feed you. Located on Gerrard east of Greenwood, The Social Gardener sits between two changing neighbourhoods – Riverdale to the west, and the Gerrard India Bazaar to the east. This is truly a community space that is not just concerned about their bottom line. The cafe itself is part of the Riverdale Hub, a social enterprise that also boasts an art gallery, a rooftop garden, meeting and work spaces, environmental initiatives and serves as a  training ground for marginalized women and youth. The Social Gardener also supports the Riverdale Immigrant Women’s Centre, which shares the building with the cafe. When you visit, you know you are supporting a business that is doing good work. The first thing you’ll notice in the cafe is the space. Large wooden tables, an exposed brick wall, textiles, a cozy couch, books, and lantern style lighting fixtures give the cafe a “welcome home” feel. The surroundings… Read More


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Discount Profile: Tori's Bakeshop in the Canary District

Care of Florence McCambridge I’ve been waiting for the new Tori’s Bakeshop location to open for what seems like forever, but now vegans in Toronto’s east end have something to celebrate, because everyone’s favourite organic bakery is now open! While I’m more than happy to hop on my bike and ride over to Tori’s lovely shop in the Beaches, their new location in the Canary District is within walking distance from my house, so you can understand my excitement. Just like the original location, Tori’s Bakeshop in the Canary District is bright and charming with that recognizable green and white colour scheme we all know and love. And with plenty of greenery lining the open shelving and the abundant sunshine coming in from outside, this location is sure to be busy in the summer months ahead. One thing I’ve always loved about Tori’s is that they have such an amazing selection of savoury items to go along with the sweets that make them famous. If you’ve ever enjoyed their focaccia at the Veg Food Fest, you know what I’m talking about. I decided on a Veggie Pâté Sandwich, made with mushrooms and sunflower seed pâté,… Read More


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Discount Profile: Upbeet Foods

Care of Barbi Lazarus and Emily Thompson Sometimes you just need to leave the cooking to someone else so you can have a bit more time to yourself for a quiet afternoon on the couch with the cats, or an evening yoga class. Recently, we did just that thanks to delicious meals from Upbeet Foods, a local, vegan meal delivery service that launched in September of 2016. We started off the day with a hearty tofu vegetable scramble with seasoned mini potatoes. The scramble had great flavour with just a bit of kick, and the potatoes were cooked perfectly: crispy on the outside and soft on the inside! For lunch, there was a kale, beet and chickpea salad. It was the perfect combination of fresh and crunchy, topped off with a delicious tahini dressing. It left us feeling satiated thanks to the mixture of greens, and the proteins, to fuel a productive afternoon! To finish off the day, we enjoyed a delicious pumpkin pasta that came with a side of green beans. Not only did we get to enjoy delicious food for a day, it was also great to feel like we were eating… Read More


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Discount Profile: Disgraceland

Toronto’s vegan restaurant scene is booming, with new places opening all the time. No longer is it surprising to find vegan comfort food or bakeries in all parts of the city. You would think with such a plethora of options in this city it would be hard to find something unique, but Disgraceland, now an all-vegan bar and restaurant near on Bloor between Dufferin and Ossington, continues to surprise me with food that literally can not be found anywhere else. When I sat down to look at the menu my mind was swirling a bit trying to decide what to order. Should I go with the Indian poutine, or something even wilder like the perogies topped with poutine? Or should I try their vegan rib dinner that comes with smoky baked beans and coleslaw? Once I saw what was on the dessert menu – fruit perogies! – I decided I would forgo the perogies as part of my main dish and decided to order the popcorn tofu: KFC-style battered tofu that came with a delicious vegan gravy and a side of coleslaw too. It was incredible: the breading was crispy and flavourful and the tofu was chunky… Read More


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Discount Profile: Suup Health Bar

Who doesn’t crave a hot, cozy soup in the winter in Toronto? Well isn’t it perfect timing that Suup Health Bar happens to be Toronto’s newest vegan lunch spot and that they’re giving a free soup to members of the Toronto Vegetarian Association! The first time I went I was overwhelmed with the options. The Enchilada, Bankok Curry and Un-Lobster Bisque were all calling my name. But I decided to give my meal a theme, so I ordered the Thai Butternut Squash Soup and the Thai Crunch Salad. The salad was a real treat: in addition to what you’d expect in a salad like fresh greens, carrots and cabbage, there were little packets of crunchy ramen noodles and almonds to sprinkle on top, and perfectly cooked vegetarian “chicken” strips. The bits of crunch were a perfect match with the creamy peanut dressing. I enjoyed my meal so much that I insisted the whole TVA staff team go back the next week to give it a try, and everyone was just as impressed as I. My colleagues raved about the Bahn-Mi Vietnamese Burrito, while I delighted in the Atomic Sushi Bowl: rice, their signature veggie chicken strips once again,… Read More


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Discount Profile: Thrive Organic Kitchen and Cafe

Care of Kharen In the very south west corner of Etobicoke lives Thrive, a fabulous vegetarian/vegan restaurant. This is especially exciting since vegetarian and vegan restaurants are virtually non-existent in Etobicoke. But even more exciting than the location is the food itself! I have been there about four times now and haven’t had anything I didn’t like. From Mexican, to Thai to Latin inspired dishes, there is something for everyone at Thrive. I brought my family to this restaurant to celebrate my birthday, which was met with plenty of moans and grumbling since I am the only vegetarian in the family – they believe the only thing better than meat is more meat (especially my teen-aged nephews). To my surprise everyone raved about their meal! My Mom wanted to come back and my nephews tried to complain about how gross their vegetarian pizza was but without much success – their plates were empty. On the menu you will find items like squash quesadillas, sprouted burgers, wraps, four kinds of pizza and Thrive Bowls. They even serve brunch: quinoa pancakes, french toast and entrees including eggs, vegan sausages and tempeh bacon. Anything can be made vegan. They have many… Read More


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Discount Profile: Abokichi

Care of Vinyse Barber Abokichi is a sweet little cafe on Dupont, right by Dupont subway station. They’re very vegetarian- and vegan-friendly, offering sandwiches, soups, salads, sweets, and one of my favourite snack foods, Onigiri. Onigiri originated in Japan, and consists of half-milled rice and a filling, formed into a triangle and wrapped in a piece of toasted seaweed. When I went to Japan on vacation I snacked on Onigiri often, as you can find them in convenience stores, train stations and department stores, and they are easy to eat on the run. Abokichi offers many different types of fillings for their onigri, the majority of which are vegan. By far my favourite is their chili and kelp flavour, but you can’t go wrong with any of them. Being a tiny cafe with only a few seats, I’ve often brought the Onigiri home, and their separation of the toasted seaweed from the rice keeps the seaweed wrapping crispy until you’re ready to eat it. They also sell jars of their chili oil called Ozaku – it’s just mildly spicy and super flavourful – and I put it on rice, noodles…anything, really! Onigiri is also very affordable. They are… Read More


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Discount Profile: Vegebitez

Care of Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator When my dad and I made plans to visit Vegebitez after a spring hike in Oakville (fun day trip tip: the beautiful Lion’s Valley Park is literally around the corner), I knew deciding what to order from their large and unique menu would be difficult. I didn’t realize it would take us almost 15 minutes to finally make a decision and that doing so would require seeking input from our server. After looking through their burgers, sandwiches, bowls, salads and “outside the bun” section (items that don’t fit into any of the other categories), I had narrowed it down to a few options. Would it be the Roma Burger, an Italian twist on your typical veggie burger, topped with marinara sauce, pesto, mushrooms & eggplant? Or, should I go for the Lumberjack, sweet corn fritter waffles topped with chili, vegan cheese & sour cream, and “bac’un” bits? After much hemming and hawing, I decided to go with the Build Your Own Mac. It starts with their super saucy smoked gouda mac and cheeze, and gives you the option to add however many toppings you want from a selection of 24 choices. Read More


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Discount Profile: Vidya’s Veggie Gourmet

You may think good vegetarian options are few and far between in small towns north of the city, but Vidya’s Veggie Gourmet proves that simply isn’t the case. Situated in an historical old home on the main street of Thornton (near Barrie), I’ve had the pleasure of visiting this fantastic restaurant more than once. If you live in or near Barrie, it’s great to have a place to go when you want a nice meal out on the town. And if you live in Toronto, trust me when I say it’s worth the drive! The menu is wide and varied, offering dishes with Asian, Italian, American and Indian influence. There is truly something for everyone! On a recent trip with my mom we shared the kale salad, which came topped with sweet apple, tart pomegranate seeds, and a delicious, creamy maple and tahini dressing. The combination of flavours was divine. They are not lying when they say they are bountiful salads! The portion was nice and hefty enough for us to share as an appetizer. My mom enjoyed a hearty serving of chana masala which was beautifully plated atop a heaping portion of brown basmati… Read More


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