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Discount Profile: Fresh

  Care of Carly Ingram Picture this: it’s a gloriously sunny day and your body is craving some nutrients while your tongue wants flavour. As the last days and weeks of summer roll by, it’s all the more important to soak up some rays. The answer: grab some take-out from Fresh and hit the nearest park for a picnic! My cousin was recently visiting from California and her sister and I, avid Fresh-goers, soon realized she had never been! We walked to the nearest location (Fresh on Crawford) and surveyed the menu. Some of the old classics were there, but it also seemed as though new creations had been added. The newest Fresh-goer decided on and greatly enjoyed the Green Goddess on brown rice, while I was uber-satisfied with the Ace of Kales salad. We also each tried a different Green Smoothie and had trouble deciding which we liked best. The ginger in the Electrolyte Green makes for some awesome flavour. If it’s an especially hot day I would also recommend the Grapefruit Glow; an incredibly delicious and refreshing drink. With our biodegradable containers and cups in tow, we headed to Trinity Bellwoods, the glorious park that Fresh backs… Read More


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Discount Profile: Superfood Eateries

Care of Karin Thomas What’s the perfect food for summer in Toronto? Superfood! Superfood Eateries, that is. When you don’t want to spend your days slaving over a hot stove, run down to Superfood Eateries to savour the delicious raw, vegan, gluten free, organic, non-GMO gastronomic delights from Luciano Losiggio and Amy DeWolfe. Who says healthy can’t be gourmet quality? Don’t worry about placing your order and waiting anxiously for your food to be prepared (while checking your watch every 30 seconds). Superfood knows you’re in a hurry. Simply walk over to the cooler, grab whatever tickles your fancy, and go! Or, if you’ve got some time, pull up an ottoman in the cozy eating area, kick back, and enjoy your meal in house. Choose from a wide menu of decadent smoothies, nourishing juices, superstar salads, and mouthwatering mains like zucchini manicotti, tacos, Pad Thai, nachos, and pizza! Just because this food is healthy, doesn’t mean you have to skip dessert. With remineralizing chocolate cake, mood-elevating hemp balls, and their daily cheesecake, Superfood has your sweet tooth fix (without the nasty sugar crash an hour later)! These desserts are totally decadent, yet overflowing… Read More


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Discount Profile: Tori’s Bake Shop

Care of Luke Albert The beaches has a lot to offer, especially in the summertime when it seems that all we want to do is go “to the beach”. Before a day of fun in the sun, you need to stop by Tori’s Bakeshop on Queen St. East between Woodbine and Victoria Park. Tori’s has been open since 2012 and has grown quite the following, bringing in plenty of curious community members as well as vegetarians and vegans from around the city. It is one of Toronto’s most decadent destinations with plenty of gluten-free options for those in need, as well as a breadth of espresso, tea, and baked goods. This is not just any vegan bakery, it’s a really beautiful one too. Tori’s Bakeshop is a welcoming, meticulously designed space that’s bright white and grey with plenty of emerald green, wood, and glass accents throughout. Think vintage-style Edison lightbulbs fixed in hand-made whisk enclosures alongside mason jars that hold everything from tea to… more lightbulbs. Even if it weren’t for the delicious treats, I’d still visit Tori’s for how stunning it looks. For drinks, the Muskoka (whirled organic watermelon, mint, and lime over ice with soda water finish) will keep… Read More


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Discount Profile: Dukem Restaurant

Care of Karin Tomas Located on the Danforth, just steps from Donlands subway stop, Dukem Restaurant offers a casual, relaxed setting to enjoy all the rich flavours of Ethiopia. As you enter the restaurant through a thick set of curtains, you’re met with the wonderful aroma of spices, the sounds of African and Reggae music, and a warm, friendly greeting from the owner. Start your meal off with a delicious bowl of lentil soup or one of two salad options. The best way to experience Ethiopian cuisine is with a communal combination platter. A portion for two people (which would easily serve three) features a large variety of vegan dishes and a plate of neatly folded crepe-like bread (Injira) served alongside your platter. As is tradition, your meal is eaten by hand using the Injira to scoop up the delicious, perfectly spiced offerings. The vegetarian combo platter offers a huge selection. You’ll get chickpeas in a spicy garlic berbere sauce (Shuro Wat), a mild lentil stew (Misir Alichah), yellow split peas in a mild turmeric sauce (Yekik Alichah), beets and potatoes (Keyser and Dinitch), collard greens (Gomen Wat), lentils in a spicy hot berbere sauce (Yemiser… Read More


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Discount Profile: Evergreen Natural Foods

Photo care of roncesvallesvillage.ca Roncesvalles Avenue is known for its collection of independent grocers with fresh produce. But did you know you can also stock up on all the convenience vegetarian products you could ever need at Evergreen Natural Foods? When you walk into the front of the store, at first you may think it’s mostly natural beauty products and supplements. But quickly venture in further and you’ll find it’s a fully stocked health food store carrying an enticing array of vegan products. I was surprised to find a really extensive frozen and refrigerated section, with a lot of vegan products I don’t find as commonly around Toronto. Things like Tofutti pizzas, a really, really large assortment of Tofurky variations, and vegetarian taco rolls. But Evergreen Natural Foods is not all about the packaged convenience foods. Evergreen Natural Foods also sells numerous items in bulk, like flours and legumes. And I was even able to pick up a bundle of fair trade bananas too! If the diversity of food wasn’t enough to lure me back, the fact that I can save 5% with the Toronto Veg Card certainly seals the deal. Discount: 5% off Veg Status? Not… Read More


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Discount Profile: Jean’s Vegetarian Kitchen

Care of Karin Thomas Get ready for the best Thai-Malaysian food in Toronto! As the name suggests, Jean’s Vegetarian Kitchen’s entire menu is vegetarian and if you hold the egg on a few dishes, you’ve got a completely vegan experience (no fear of fish sauce in these dishes). You’ll be hard pressed to choose a favourite from Jean’s extensive menu. Starting with the appetizers, the Crispy Spring Rolls are deliciously crunchy, stuffed with glass noodles and fresh vegetables, served with a perfectly balanced sweet and sour dipping sauce. Don’t skip the soup course! Jean’s Pumpkin Soup is velvety perfection. Coconut cream, pumpkin puree, and curry spices blended together and served with toasted onions for topping. It is heaven in a bowl. Hot & Sour Soup lovers rejoice! This tangy bowl is so good you’ll want seconds. The Mango Salad is so fresh and flavourful you’d be happy to eat just that for dinner… long slivers of juicy mango, red onion, red peppers, cashews, cilantro, and a wonderfully tangy dressing, all topped off with fresh shredded coconut. A fantastic twist on a traditional Thai salad. Jean offers several Curry dishes, all with your choice of mixed vegetables &… Read More


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Discount Profile: Udupi Palace

Care of Karin Thomas Known for their annual spicy dosa-eating contest, Udupi Palace can be found just west of Coxwell and Gerrard, a few steps below ground level, in Little India. Udupi Palace is a South Indian vegetarian hot spot, specializing in vegan, fusion, and Jain cuisine. From the moment you open the door and are hit with the intoxicating smell of curry spices and basmati rice, you know you’re in for a treat. The servers are friendly, welcoming, and attentive; more than happy to answer any menu questions you may have or to recommend a dish. You’ll find all the standard Indian favourites here, including pakoras, samosas, curries, and naan (Sat & Sun only), but the specialty at Udupi Palace are their dosas. The “Special Rava Masala Dosa” is not to be missed. A tender, chewy, spiced dosa (similar to a crepe) is filled with a spiced potato and onion mixture… reminiscent of samosa filling. This dosa is served with Sambhar (a thin vegetable stew) and the most amazing coconut chutney you will ever eat. Ask for extra chutney when placing your order; you’ll be glad you did. Another favourite is the Poori Bhaji. Read More


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Discount Profile: Udupi Palace

Care of Karin Thomas Photo care of MSN Travel Known for their annual spicy dosa-eating contest, Udupi Palace can be found just west of Coxwell and Gerrard, a few steps below ground level, in Little India. Udupi Palace is a South Indian vegetarian hot spot, specializing in vegan, fusion, and Jain cuisine. From the moment you open the door and are hit with the intoxicating smell of curry spices and basmati rice, you know you’re in for a treat. The servers are friendly, welcoming, and attentive; more than happy to answer any menu questions you may have or to recommend a dish. You’ll find all the standard Indian favourites here, including pakoras, samosas, curries, and naan (Sat & Sun only), but the specialty at Udupi Palace are their dosas. The “Special Rava Masala Dosa” is not to be missed. A tender, chewy, spiced dosa (similar to a crepe) is filled with a spiced potato and onion mixture… reminiscent of samosa filling. This dosa is served with Sambhar (a thin vegetable stew) and the most amazing coconut chutney you will ever eat. Ask for extra chutney when placing your order; you’ll be glad you did. Another favourite… Read More


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Discount Profile: King’s Cafe

Delicious box special at the newly renovated King’s Cafe. Just when people were starting to worry that King’s Cafe was closed for good, they re-opened after a long but impressive renovation. King’s Cafe has long been a vegetarian favourite in Kensington Market, offering a large menu of Chinese dishes including dim sum, soups, and plenty of mock meat dishes. They also offer a small store where you can purchase frozen mock meats, even faux tuna and other “seafood”! With the renovations came some new menu items, including a whole page of speciality teas. But don’t worry, the Toronto Veg Card has not been lost! Show your card and receive 10% off your meal. Where? 192 Augusta Ave (s. of Baldwin) Veg Status? Entirely vegetarian Savings with Toronto Veg Card: 10%… Read More


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Discount Profile: Green Earth Cuisine

A tempting dish at Green Earth Cuisine With something to please everybody, the five-page menu at Green Earth Vegetarian Cuisine serves up international cuisine (think Asian, Italian, Mexican and burgers); and it’s all vegetarian -and mostly vegan!  NOW Magazine gave it 3 N’s out of 5 (see the review here), and the review is enough to get your mouth watering; but just wait until you’re there. Our TVA insider tip: the vegan chocolate cake is unbeatable! Vietnamese spring rolls and mock chicken balls have also gotten rave reviews. Be sure to visit Green Earth in the Lakeside Terrace Tent at the Food Fair! But in the meantime, stop in at the restaurant and present your Toronto Veg Card to receive a 10% discount. Where? 385 Broadview Ave (n. of Gerrard) Veg Status? Entirely vegetarian. Most dishes vegan, and those not vegan are clearly marked. Savings with Toronto Veg Card: 10%… Read More


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