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Discount Profile: Rooster’s Inn

If you’re looking for somewhere to get away for a day or two, look no further than the Rooster’s Inn B and B and Farm Sanctuary. The Rooster’s Inn, located just outside of Port Perry, offers the perfect opportunity to blend a vacation for yourself with supporting the rescue of farm animals. Your stay in one of the Rooster’s Inn’s beautiful guest rooms includes a gourmet vegetarian or vegan breakfast, plus a chance to unwind in their pool, and to meet their rescued animals including goats, chinchillas, guinea pigs and of course roosters and chickens. Recently featured in TVA’s documentary about local farm animal rescue, the Rooster’s Inn offers a 10% discount when you present your Toronto Veg Card. Where else can you relax in comfort, eat delicious vegetarian food, support a good cause and save a few dollars while you’re at it? Where? Located on the north side of Highway 7A, a few minutes east of Port Perry Veg Status? Vegetarian, although they have just as much expertise preparing vegan meals and easily do so upon request Savings with Toronto Veg Card: 10% off… Read More


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Discount Profile: Baldwin Naturals

Photo care of blogto.com   There’s a common misconception that to be vegetarian you need to spend a lot of money on specialty grocery items – but not if you shop at Baldwin Naturals! This great little health food store is jam packed with everything you could need to stock your kitchen, at affordable prices. Located right across the street from the TVA office, Baldwin Naturals sells fresh, organic produce, bulk grains and legumes, dried fruits and nuts, along with a wide variety of processed food products such as frozen meals, vegan and gluten free baked goods, mock meats such as Tofurky products, and more. They also have a large selection of natural cleaning and personal care products, not to mention friendly, knowledgeable staff! You’ll find their great prices a nice surprise, but you’ll be even happier if you’ve got a Toronto Veg Card since you’ll receive an additional 5% off your purchases! Where? 16 Baldwin Street Veg Status? Vegetarian and vegan options Savings with Toronto Veg Card: 5% off… Read More


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Discount Profile: Loving Hut

When I walked into Loving Hut’s Queen and Spadina location, I was pleasantly surprised with the decor. It’s a larger restaurant than I was imagining and was brightly decorated with cozy, white booths and lots of sunlight. The menu was tricky to navigate, only because there were so many fabulous options! My mouth watered looking at the pictures and descriptions of wonton soup, sweet and sour fireball, savoury crisp and singapore star. But it wasn’t all mock versions of typical Chinese dishes.There was an array of luring drinks including mango and avocado smoothies. It took a while, but finally my friend and I narrowed it down to an avocado smoothie, the spicy cha cha and the sweet and sour fireball. The smoothie was thick and rich. The spicy cha cha had a nice crispy batter and was surrounded by plenty of onions and celery. The sweet ‘n sour fireball had a lovely, gooey sauce and the mushroom filling was quite tasty. We of course topped it all off with some cheesecake for dessert. Check out their website to see photos of their menu for yourself, and get ready to plan your visit! Don’t forget your Toronto Veg Card to give… Read More


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Discount Profile: Live Organic Food Bar

  Raw Vegan French Toast, care of vegancookbookcritic.blogspot.com With spring finally starting to show her face, many people are yearning to indulge in fresh produce and are ready to turn aside the winter’s soups and stews for something a little more refreshing. It’s the perfect time to check out Live Organic Food Bar. Lisa Pitman recently ventured there for a scrumptious brunch that was nothing short of extraordinary. Click here to read all about her fantastic dining experience, and to see mouthwatering photos of the delicious food! Veg Status? Vegan Savings with Toronto Veg Card: 10% off Mondays to Wednesdays, after 4 pm Location: 264 Dupont Street… Read More


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Discount Profile” Shop ‘Til You Drop at Panacea

  Go Max Go Bars at Pancea, photo care of weblocal.ca Yes, it’s true that we’ve spoken about Panacea before, but a recent trip to this vegan wonderland meant we couldn’t resist telling you about our most recent visit. Every time you go to Panacea it’s like stepping into a new store – they are constantly stocking new products and moving things around to make space for more and more plant-based products. Panacea is more than just a natural food store – it’s Toronto’s first and only all vegan grocery store. For anyone that opts for a plant-based diet, there’s no way to describe the burden lifted off your shoulders when you walk into a store and can freely pick whatever your heart desires from the shelves, without having to read any labels. And although that might sound dangerous to anyone watching their spending, there is of course the bonus that with your Toronto Veg Card you’ll get 5% off your purhcases! So what were some of the latest surprises we found on our last trip to Panacea? A wide selection of those decadent Go Max Go Bars (yes, the chocolate bars that replicate name brands like Mars and… Read More


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Discount Profile: Loving Hut

Care of Jason Doucette   Fried wontons from Loving Hut Those of you who have seen the cover of the 2011 Vegetarian Directory might be interested to know that several of the photos are of food from Loving Hut, thanks to the photography skills of Jennifer from SweetOnVeg.com. They’re actually from a British Columbia location, and until recently your stalwart Vegetarian Directory team hadn’t had a chance to try out the Toronto restaurant at 953 Eglinton Ave W. That was recently remedied! The lunch featured nugget dumplings, crispy noodles with TVP and veggies, and classic tofu and eggplant in black bean sauce, while the two babies in attendance enjoyed yummy maki rolls in their high chairs (we found the Eglinton location to be very baby friendly!) The meal came to about $25 per adult with tip, thanks to the 10% discount available through the Toronto Veg Card. For those afraid to venture North of Bloor, Loving Hut has just opened a new location at Spadina and Richmond, which also accepts the Toronto Veg Card! Veg Status? Vegetarian Savings with Toronto Veg Card: 10% off Location: 953 Eglinton Avenue West… Read More


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Discount Profile: Kensington Natural Bakery

After the 2010 TVA annual general meeting a few of us decided to grab a bite to eat, so we went old school on Bloor and reconnected with Kensington Natural Bakery & Café (460 Bloor Street West, 416-534-1294). Maybe one of our readers can correct us, but this might just be the oldest vegetarian eatery in Toronto, and while it can feel a little like you’re stepping in a time machine when you enter, the good news is that this includes the prices. KNB (as the cool kids call it) features a meal special in the back where you can choose three items from a wide range of vegan and vegetarian options, which with soup comes to only $5.99. And of course, your Toronto Veg Card gives you an additional 10% savings. While they are not in Kensington, they are a bakery! You can buy whole pies or just a slice, as well as cookies, date squares, cupcakes, and a wide range of other breads and baked goods. One quick warning, though with their prices this shouldn’t be an issue: while Kensington Natural Bakery accepts the Toronto Veg Card, they… Read More


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Discount Profile: Moonbean Coffee Company

Care of Terri Coles It’s hard to overstate the value of a great coffee shop — it’s a source for caffeine, clearly, but also for delicious treats and perhaps more importantly, relaxation and chatting with friends. Moonbean in Kensington Market has all this covered. It’s not as fancy, inside or out, as some coffee shops in the city, but it more than makes up for that by being cozy and welcoming. The drink menu at Moonbean is huge and offers classic hot choices along with options like smoothies. You can have the drinks made with soy milk or almond milk — I love the hot chocolate with almond milk, myself. Moonbean also has a great selection of treats, including vegan and gluten-free options; it’s nice to know that you can go there for a quick snack as well as a beverage. And if you really enjoy Moonbean’s coffee, you can buy some beans to go (Toronto Veg Card holders get a discount on their coffee beans!). It may have gotten a bit too cool for the front patio, but there’s still plenty of seating inside. Discount: 10% off coffee beans with the Toronto… Read More


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Discount Profile: Fresh

Care of Terri Coles Fresh is a Toronto landmark at this point. They were on the vegetarian train before a lot of other restaurants caught on, and their concept has been copied endless times. It’s still worth coming to the original source though; I’ve yet to have a juice or smoothie in the city that beats the ones you can get at Fresh. My favourite is Singing Grasshopper, and that’s the one I got with my meal on my most recent visit to Fresh for a friend’s birthday. We arrived at 5:30 pm on a Friday and had no trouble getting a table for four, but be prepared to wait if you go during peak times. Fresh on Bloor provides a great atmosphere for a relaxed dinner with friends, with a nice amount of light coming in from the big window facing Bloor Street. The spot is busy but not cramped, and you can still hold a conversation without any difficulty. We really dug in for the birthday meal — each of us got one of Fresh’s signature bowls, including Buddha, Beach and Warrior. And then there were the smoothies, of course. I love that Fresh is now offering two vegan… Read More


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Discount Profile: Greens Vegetarian Restaurant

Photo care of Prairie Vegan We often think we need to choose between affordable prices and a luxurious atmosphere when it comes to dining. But not at Greens Vegetarian Restaurant. Walking into Greens for the first time, I was pleasantly surprised at the very nice decor: padded white booths, a beautiful stone wall and dark tables. But the next surprise was even greater! The prices at this place are incredibly low for the portions you get: a big bowl of soup for only $2.99, and main dishes in the $7-$10 range (but again, we’re talking generous portions sizes!). If you’re a member of the Toronto Vegetarian Association and have a Toronto Veg Card your bill will be even more of a shocker, as card holders get an additional 10% off. But that doesn’t mean they are skimping on quality. We ordered a new dish on the menu, sweet n’ spicy “chicken”, which came coated in a sticky, sweet and perfectly spiced sauce. We also thoroughly enjoyed a generous bowl of wonton soup and an enormous noodle dish dazzled with various faux meat pieces and some veggies too. All dishes were delicious and we got to leave with leftovers. Discount:… Read More


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