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Discount Profile: M and B Yummy

Care of Chris Ekbatani A group of vegans chose M & B Yummy as our spot for a meetup back in January. That Friday night was a delightful experience. I must say that this restaurant is one of Toronto’s best kept veggie secrets! The authentic African cuisine is bound to turn one’s palate on, and if your experience with the hostess and wait staff is anything like mine, then you will be sure to enjoy every moment of your interaction in that space. When I arrived it was a chilly winter evening, the resto was warm with pleasant lighting, comfy seating, and a nice hot tea served fresh for me. There are so many savoury dishes to try, but we were lucky to have several already prepared, and soon after getting there, dinner was served. The atmosphere of the place was just vibrant, and even those not so keen on spicy foods can appreciate the genuine Ethiopian tastes with every bite. It was my first time there but most certainly not the last! Check out this piping hot spot on Queen West and you’ll be sure to take pleasure in their plant-based menu, desserts to die for, and… Read More


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Discount Profile: Cruda Cafe

Care of Angela Del Buono If you’ve never been to the St. Lawrence Market, it can be a bustling and often overwhelming place. Vegetarians are advised to stick to the lower level and forgo the sight of carcasses. But once you reach the lower level you can enjoy organic produce and bulk foods at Dominos, beans and rice at Rubes, and organic, hand-made tofu at Ying Ying, but don’t head home yet.. the best is still to come. In the North-East corner you’ll find Cruda Cafe, an all vegan & raw cafe that will dazzle your palate. They offer juices & smoothies, Rawraps  (my favourite of which is the Sundried Tomato Wrap; seasonal veggies, organic raw pate, avocado and sunflower sprouts), salads and entrees like Sweet Potato Mesquite Sandwich (slices of their dehydrated bread, homemade guacamole, seasonal veggies, homemade vegan kombucha cheese.) Don’t forget dessert! So many treats, my favourite of which is the pictured Mint Nainamo Bar. Head down Saturday morning for brunch items. Seating is food-court style with lots of great people watching. Use your Toronto Veg Card for 10% off everything, including their Un-Cooking Classes. Discount: 10% off with the Toronto… Read More


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Discount Profile: Tenon Vegetarian Cuisine

Care of Marilyn Lazarus A short 20 minute drive up the Don Valley from downtown Toronto, you will find Tenon Vegetarian Cuisine, a Japanese and Thai restaurant. The air-conditioned restaurant is decorated in the typical Japanese style. Very clean and modern, with a few tatami rooms along one wall. There is also a sushi bar where you can watch your sushi being prepared. Upon entering, we were seated immediately, and hot green tea was served while we studied the menu. Now for the food. First, we had a very nicely presented plate of six california rolls and an order of salmon sushi. The fake “salmon” slices looked just like real salmon and the texture and taste was almost identical. I actually had to ask to be sure that is wasn’t real fish. All their “seafood” is vegetarian. Next, came the Veggie “Chicken” Teriyaki ($13.99). Tender, juicy morsels of “chicken” served on a sizzling hot plate, steaming and absolutely delicious. Then, for a nice change, we ordered a Thai Basil “Chicken” dish. This is a must try: a beautiful presentation with just the right amount of spiciness (we asked for medium spicy) which… Read More


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Discount Profile: Sweets from the Earth

Care of Angela Del Buono Sweets From The Earth has been doing delicious, beautiful work consistently for many years. You may have noticed their goodies in big chains ilke Metro, Sobeys and Rexall, in natural food stores like The Big Carrot and Baldwin Naturals, and at restaurants like Fresh and Loving Hut. BUT did you know you can put together a custom order and pick it up at their bakery in the Junction? Loaves, cheesecakes, 7” & 10” cakes, cake pans, cookies, essentially all products listed on the website… you can get it super fresh. The discount also applies to special orders. I called in the morning and spoke with Lisa O (also a famed TVA volunteer), and asked her to put together a sample pack of cupcakes for pick up late in the afternoon. When I came by, Lisa headed into the bakery and I was so pleased to get three of the August monthly special cupcakes, including a S’mores cupcake! That’s right! Vegan marshmallow, spelt graham crumbs and chocolate. Also in my pack were the chocolate-raspberry, coconut, strawberry filled, lavender chocolate and reliable vanilla. It’s so great to get a variety… Read More


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Discount Profile: Gourmet Vegetarian Restaurant

With their prices already low in exchange for massive portions, it’s hard to imagine that vegetarian discount card holders now get an additional 10% off their meal! Even if you live downtown, it’s worth making the trip to Richmond Hill/Markham for a meal out at Gourmet Vegetarian Restaurant. Our first dish, rice and mixed vegetables, may not sound like anything fancy, but the variety of mushrooms and leafy greens was excellent and the flavor was delicious. The “seafood” and bean curd on hot plate came to the table sizzling and was fantastic and unique! I always get a plate of mixed gluten when I dine here and this meal was no exception. It comes with a variety of flavours: sweet ‘n sour, curry, mock duck, BBQ and more. Some varieties are soft and gooey, while others are more chewy, but each one is mouthwatering and I can never get enough. But whatever you do, don’t miss out on the veggie lemon chicken dish! The gooey, sugary coating surrounding the soft gluten-based “chicken” will melt in your mouth and bring you back for more. Discount: 10% (not on holidays or on 1st and 13th of each… Read More


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Discount Profile: Hibiscus

It’s always sad when one of our student interns leave TVA. But, this is also an excuse to go out for a celebratory meal! TVA staff did just that back in April and it was delicious, satisfying and affordable. Close to the TVA office in Kensington Market, Hibiscus is a small and quaint café, complete with park benches for seats at some tables! It was difficult for me to decide which of the many sweet and savoury crepes to order, but I decided to turn down the classic apple and cinnamon and opt for a tomato, basil and mushroom crepe with daiya cheese. I was pleasantly surprised when it arrived and turned out to be huge! The crepe was warm, the cheese melted and overall it was simply delicious. My three colleagues all ordered the soup and salad combo, which vegetarian discount card holders get 10% off! Autumn says of her dish “The soup and salad combo at Hibiscus is always a delicious surprise. I enjoyed a mix of vegetables, beans, tofu, nuts and grains with a warm bowl of squash soup. Nutritious and delicious!” Of course, no meal is complete without dessert and when it comes… Read More


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Discount Profile: Veda Healthy Indian Cuisine

If you’re looking for an affordable but hearty and filling lunch, look no further than Veda Healthy Indian Cuisine (and I mean that literally, you no longer need to look far because they now have 4 locations!). This Indian fast food take out place is not only very vegan-friendly, but the vegan options are clearly labelled making ordering quick and easy. Unless of course you are indecisive like me and can’t decide what to order! They carry “curritos” (vegetable curry and rice wrapped up a buritto), stuffed naan (yes!), and even a veggie burger. After much debate, I decided to go for the $5 small curry bowl (you can get a large for $8), which gave me my choice of regular or vegetable basmati rice, and 2 curries. There were 2 lacto-vegetarian and 3 vegan curries to choose for. I went for the mixed vegetable curry and channa masala and both were delicious, with just the perfect amount of spicyness for a bit of a kick. I topped it off with a baked veggie samosa, and after using my Toronto Veg Card for 10% off, the total including tax came to only $5.87! Discount: 10% off… Read More


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Discount Profile: Tori’s Bake Shop

Anyone who thinks non-vegans have it better than vegans when it comes to options for eating out in Toronto have clearly never been to Tori’s Bake Shop. Really, could anything be more idyllic than picking up an iced tea and chocolate croissant and taking it with you to the sandy beach just a few blocks away? Although I had heard about Tori’s before and knew there would be lots of delicious options, I was still floored by what I saw when I arrived. “Bacon” scones with daiya cheese, a colourful array of donuts, butter tarts, fancy chocolates, muffins and of course the famous croissants. The decision of what to get was so difficult, I almost wished they had less to offer! Fortunately, they give 10% off with the Toronto Veg Card, meaning I was able to try out a savoury scone, bright pink donut and the not-to-be-missed croissant. Then it was off to savour it all down by the beach, watching the waves crash. This is the life. Discount: 10% off Veg Status? Vegan, with plenty of gluten-free options too Where? 2188 Queen St. E. Read More


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