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Valentine’s Day specials from the Veg Guide!

It’s nearly Valentine’s Day, and you know what that means: Lots and lots of treats for everyone! Share with someone special, or treat yourself; it’s the middle of winter, you deserve it!    Better Cookies Celebrate Love this Valentine’s Day with a gift delivery of gourmet cookies. BetterCookies.ca delivers beautifully packaged gifts to homes and offices across Toronto and Halton. Every gift we make is different and personalized with your message of love. It is truly a special way to show you care. To see the gifts we have available for Valentine’s Day, please visit: https://www.bettercookies.ca/special-gifts/10-celebrate-love     Big Carrot In addition to yummy chocolate cakes and other Valentine’s goodies, the Big Carrot is having a beauty event on the 14th at the Danforth location: “This Valentines Day we want to pamper you with some of our amazing natural beauty products! Whether you’re looking to spruce up before a hot date or exercising that self-care muscle this new year, we’ve got you covered. Sign up for a makeover with one of our awesome… Read More


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February Veg Guide Updates

Happy February! Every day it’s getting a little bit lighter, and if that’s not enough to bring you a little joy, hopefully, this lovely list full of new veg things to eat will help! Read on! New Vegan and Veg friendly spots Bloomers pops up in Momo coffee! 20 Bay Street, Waterpark Place If you work near Waterpark Place on Bay Street and are craving donuts, you’re in luck! Bloomers now offers their awesome donuts at a popup inside Mos Mos Coffee! Pickup a treat with your morning coffee, or buy a bunch and treat your office!   Bo Tree Plant-Based Cuisine 4568 Highway 7 East, Unit 3, Unionville While this new cafe in Unionville calls itself plant-based, be aware that they DO serve eggs and cheese! However, there are still plenty of vegan-friendly options of all kinds, from avocado toast to pizza, pasta, and casseroles, in addition to more Asian-inspired dishes.   Indian Spice Room 717 Queen Street East This cozy new Indian restaurant is now open at Queen and Broadview! There’s an extensive, all-vegetarian menu, with lots of vegan options! We can’t wait to try it.  … 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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January Veg Guide Updates

Happy New Year! We’re starting the year off right with a bunch of new restaurants, new places serving vegan food, and candy. Welcome! First, just a plug; have you signed up for Veganuary yet?  Even if you’re already vegan, you’ll get a month of helpful emails with recipes, health tips and more! Share the link with that friend who always says going vegan is “too hard.” They’ll thank you for it! Now, onto the news! AM Bagel 53 Roncesvalles Avenue If bagels are your thing (and let’s be honest, they’re delish), AM Bagel on Roncesvalles features great bagels with about half their menu being vegan offerings. Make it a sandwich with vegan lox, hummus and avocado, vegan egg, or even a vegan “macca”–featuring a burger patty, special sauce, lettuce, onion, and pickle. Finish up with a coffee, and you’re set!    Bistro Vie 105 King Street West, Dundas, ON Made from scratch comfort food is the focus here, at this new vegan restaurant and cafe. Bistro Vie also has meals to go, fresh coffee and vegan hot chocolate as well as vegan wines. Check… Read More


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The Veg Guide Christmas Post!

No matter what you celebrate this time of year, we can all agree that treats are welcome everywhere! Pick some of these great offers up from our Veg Guide businesses this season.  There are some terrific offers in here, get them while they’re available, or you’ll have to wait a whole year! All the best from us here are the TVA, we hope to see you at our Holiday Party next week at the 519, but if we don’t, we’ll see you in 2020! Yoga Meditation “We would like to invite everyone to join us for our annual Free Christmas Vegan Feast at our Enchanting Evening event from 6-8pm on Sunday, December 15 at St. Paul’s United Church, 427 Bloor Street West (W of Spadina/South side of Bloor). The evening will consist of enlivening meditation and a delicious vegan feast. Think roast root veggies, greens, vegan stuffing, baked tofu and vegan gravy followed by apple crisp. Make new friends, experience meditation, and eat wonderful food. It’s a free evening but donations are gratefully accepted. An evening not to be missed.”   Whole Foods Whole Foods Market Ontario stores have a delicious vegan… Read More


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December Veg Guide Updates

Wow, December already! As we welcome the shorter days and the holidays, we’re here to being you the first of two Veg Guide updates this month! This edition highlights all the new places to go in TO. The next edition, coming to you Dec 10th will show off all the specials, holiday treats, and more that Veg Guide businesses have to offer. Check out all these new businesses! The Bar Cafe 2 Brock St. W., Uxbridge This popular cafe in Uxbridge has recently gone 100% vegan! This is the second month in a row we’re reporting that a restaurant has made this change, and it’s just such a great result. Stop by The Bar the next time you’re in Uxbridge for their delish smoothies, juice and fresh food!    Crave Doughnuts 102 Lupin Dr., Whitby We’ve heard that this new doughnut place in Whitby has long lines every day! This is a good sign, and if their doughnuts are as good as the line suggests, you’re in for a treat the next time you’re in Whitby. Crave Doughnuts has three vegan flavours of doughnuts daily, and are a… Read More


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Veg Guide Updates: November

Who says November is a dreary month? Not us! Not with all these delicious new restaurants to try! Big Poppa’s Burgers 454 Bloor Street W, inside Eva’s Original Chimneys Now open inside the Bloor Street W location of Eva’s Original Chimneys is this all-vegan, all Beyond Meat, burger pop-up. Featuring six different burgers, such as the Big Pun: with chilli, avocado sour cream, sautéed mushrooms, provolone, and Poppa’s Sauce. We can’t wait to try all of them, and you can too! It’s open daily after 6 pm. Pick up an ice cream when you’re done too! Heart Clean Eats 13 Fort York Blvd Dishes are vegan by default at this new cafe at Citiplace, though you can choose to add veg or non-veg proteins to many of the bowls, sandwiches, salads and wraps.   Kupfert & Kim Bistro 100 Bloor St. W While it’s been open for awhile, the K&K in Yorkville has gotten a makeover and is now offering a bistro menu, with new offerings and old favourites. Along with table service, you can now also have a beer, wine, or cocktail with your bowl!   LosCo Vegan 111 Richmond St. Read More


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Discount Profile: Flower Lantern Vegetarian Restaurant

For those who still think all the good veg options are only in the downtown core, you obviously have not yet been to Flower Lantern Vegetarian Restaurant at Finch and Islington! I recently visited for the first time and was blown away by how flavourful and delicious everything was, not to mention the generous portions at a very affordable price! We started with two appetizers. The fried wontons came with a delicious, soft filling to contrast with the crispy, fried shell. We also delighted in the shredded mock meat rolls. The shredded mock meat was wrapped in a soft, rice paper roll and stuffed with plenty of lettuce too, which meant that even though it was a “meaty” dish, it tasted fresh and light. My partner and I almost laughed when the two main dishes we ordered came to the table because they were so huge! How were we going to finish so much food? Well, it turns out it was just so tasty we couldn’t stop ourselves and finished every last bite. The Huey-Style Vermicelli Bowl is actually a spicy soup with a wide assortment of veggie meats, vegetables and noodles too. It had a nice,… Read More


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Discount Profile: Veggie Planet

Veggie Planet takes the idea of fusion cuisine to a whole new level. I knew they put an Indian twist on the American pizza and burger, but I was absolutely blown away by the number of options to choose from on their enormous, unique menu. First we had to choose a pizza, which was no easy task. Would it be the Indian Masala Pizza, the Kawa Topped Pizza, or the Chaat Pizza? We decided to go with the Pav Bhaji, which featured spicy vegetables, chilis, garlic, and vegan cheese, all atop a perfectly thin yet crispy crust. Next we chose a burger, of which we narrowed down to choices like the noodle burger, vada burger, or samosa burger. We decided on the Timi Burger, which had a vegan fish patty topped with more veggies and vegan cheese. But there were too many enticing dishes to stop there. We also ordered the Planet Special Poutine which was out of this world! Imagine warm fries topped with not just the usual vegan cheese and gravy but also masala flavours, crispy onions, olives, and kawa. They were not light on any of the toppings. This was a luscious, gooey mess. Everything we ate was incredibly… Read More


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April Veg Guide Updates!

Happy Spring! We are bringing you two Veg Guide posts this month–there’s so many great new places to check out, I didn’t want to wait until after Easter to let you know about them! Look for my Easter post coming up a little later in the month! Without further ado, here’s the new places to look out for this month. Animal Liberation Kitchen 717 1/2 Queen Street East In addition to having the cutest logo ever, Animal Liberation Kitchen also serves up smoothies, sandwiches, mac and cheese, desserts and more from their new storefront at Queen and Broadview. You might have had their yummy food at one of the vegan festivals around the GTA, but now you can have it anytime! “At Animal Liberation Kitchen, our goal is not to pressure people into feeling guilty about eating meat. We simply intend to offer a healthy and tasty alternative. We are trying to prove that meat is not necessary for a delicious and wholly nutritious meal.” Chawpati Indian Cuisine 950 Wyandotte St. W., Windsor  If you’re in Windsor looking for some veg food, the newly opened Chawpati Indian Cuisine can definitely help you out! Everything… Read More


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