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Discount Profile: Boon Burger

Care of Danielle Kirshenbaum A day in downtown Barrie is always a must-do for my husband and I while staying at my in-laws nearby cottage over the summer. We love walking along the gorgeous waterfront, wandering along the famous Dunlop street where you’re always sure to see a variety of quaint coffee shops, casual and more upscale restaurants, juice bars, groups of people enjoying cold beers on patios – and now – my new favourite reason to venture to this bopping downtown mainstreet: Boon Burger Cafe is here! For those of you who have never been to this little piece of vegan heaven, the menu for this burger joint is entirely plant-based and most of the ingredients are prepared in-house. The atmosphere is quaint with picnic benches and adorable pics of animals adorning the walls. Gems from the menu include the Surf’n turf burger with bbq sauce, vegan cheese, bacon, veggies and sriracha, peach chutney & tartar sauce – surprisingly spicy but delightful; and of course my personal favourite, the Greek Almighty on the chick’n patty with Boon’s out-of-this world olive tapenade. The poutines are delicious too – as my non-vegan poutine-loving friends have… Read More


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Veg Guide Updates: Thanksgiving Specials!

Thanksgiving is nearly here! And we’ve got some great specials here from our Veg Guide advertisers. If you’re a new vegan looking to bring a meal for yourself to your family’s all meat dinner, or you’re looking to make a full vegan feast, we’ve got options for you here!   Away   Look for this yummy Thanksgiving plate available from Thursday, Oct 4 to Monday, Oct 8. It has marinated portobello mushroom, roasted sourdough stuffing, fingerling potatoes and veggies, with mushroom gravy and cranberry sauce for just $15! If that doesn’t fill you up, you can add a slice of pumpkin or apple pie, for just $5! Alternity   This harvest holiday Alternity wants to warm your tummy with a cozy vegan meal, The Harvest Gratitude Special. the special includes a hearty homemade Pumpkin Soup, Half Falafel Wrap, and a Spicy Golden Chai Latte for $15.55 + tax ($19 value).   Better Cookies.ca   Better Cookies.ca is offering our Veg family a private 10% off special for Thanksgiving for any Toronto cookie delivery. This discount is good until October 15, 2018. Please enter GIVINGTHANKS in… Read More


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July Veg Guide Update!

It’s summer! And we have some great new places for you to check out! New Vegan / Vegetarian Restaurants: Blossom Vegetarian It’s finally happened! There is an all you can eat vegetarian buffet in Toronto! Blossom is a newly opened restaurant on Leslie in Richmond Hill that is entirely vegetarian. Vegan options (of which there are plenty!) are marked clearly throughout. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with takeaway and dim sum and tea offerings, Blossom looks like an awesome addition to the GTA!       FGF Vegan This newly opened vegan restaurant in Oshawa looks like a great addition to Durham! “We have an amazing selection of popular traditional foods made vegan including vegan fish and chips, Yorkshire puddings, seitan sausages, burgers, ribs and pepperoni pizzawith cassava cheese. A good selection of desserts and many GF options. We are aiming to serve vegans, vegetarians and others who are curious and skeptic about this fantastic diet.”     Veggie Friendly Businesses:   The Big Carrot — New Location! This longtime East end mainstay has opened up a second location at Danforth and Kingston Road!   Bark & Meow Pet Supplies This pet… Read More


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Discount Profile: Away Kitchen and Cafe

Care of Barbi Lazarus Walking into Away Kitchen and Cafe in Little Italy is like walking into a garden, with living walls and a bright, airy decor. But before sitting down we wandered up to the counter to place our order and see what pastries were on hand that day. From the menu, my partner and I ordered the sweet potato empanada, and two sandwiches: lemongrass seitan and a pulled “pork” style sandwich made from king oyster mushrooms. The filling of the empanada was just sweet enough with a delicious, warm crust. The sandwiches were both delightful yet totally different from one another! The lemongrass seitan sandwich was light and refreshing, with cold, chopped carrot and daikon, while the pulled mushroom sandwich had a delicious BBQ sauce and was warm and hearty. We couldn’t resist grabbing a couple of items from the case. First up was a quiche, whose pastry was so perfect, flaky and light. And to top it all off was dessert: a beet cake which was incredibly moist and soft, without being overly sweet. With a new patio, and YamChops pretty much right across the street, do yourself a favour and make an afternoon to Little Italy your next weekend jaunt. Read More


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Vegan Catering Addresses Veganism Boom In Canada

Guest post care of Jackie Edwards Delicious and nutritious plant-based meals are taking Canada by storm and to respond to the boom, there are now 232 restaurants that serve vegan-friendly cuisine in Ottawa alone. To keep up with what restaurateurs are calling a food renaissance, many of the 5,041 restaurants and caterers in Canada have embraced the trend, too. In 2015, approximately 12% of young Canadian consumers said that they are vegetarian or mostly vegetarian but this is just the tip of the iceberg, according to CityNews because more meat eaters are now transitioning to a plant-based diet. An upward trend Dalhousie University professor Dr. Sylvain Charlebois found that 2.3% of the country’s population are vegan while 7.1% are vegetarians. According to Charlebois, the 3.4 million vegan and vegetarian population will see stable growth in the coming decades as Canadians become more health conscious. Cities such as Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver have been seeing an upward trend when it comes to new vegan restaurants and catering services.  However, what truly signifies the shift is the fact that major restaurant brands such as Panera Bread, Olive Garden, and Chipotle now offer vegan catering. As… Read More


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Discount Profile: Brunch at Vegan Danish Bakery

Care of Barbi Lazarus This isn’t the first time we’ve raved about the beautiful and delicious offerings at the Vegan Danish Bakery in Thornhill, but just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, they’ve launched a brand new brunch menu available Sundays from 10:30 am to 5 pm. The first thing you notice when you walk into the Vegan Danish Bakery may not be the spectacular case of classically decorated treats, but the gorgeous and calming decor. The Vegan Danish Bakery is a bright, fancy, meticulous space with comfortable, spacious seating. Glancing at the menu, we were overwhelmed by the mix of sweet and savoury offerings, such as the ham and cheese quiche, apple cinnamon toast, and the giant viking plate that comes with sausage, scrambled “eggs”, waffles, a biscuit, and potatoes. I was intrigued by the numerous Danish waffles I had not heard of before. With three flavour options to choose from, I was lucky that my mom wanted to share and split two different kinds! We had the Jordbærgrød (Danish strawberry dessert) and the Æblegrød (Danish apple dessert), and words simply can not describe how decadent, sweet and delicious they were. The portions were extremely… Read More


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Veg Guide — Mother’s Day Specials!

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 13th!  If you’re looking for a place to take Mom to eat, or somewhere to buy her a nice treat to bring along for your day, you’re in the right place! Here are some great ideas from our awesome Veg Guide businesses!   Mother’s Day Meal Specials   Yoga Meditation 416-539-0234 www.yogameditation.ca Meditation Toronto is having their weekly Enchanted Evening on Mother’s Day. Group meditation. Breathing meditation plus chanting of sacred mantras to live music. Vegetarian meal. 6-8 pm. Free or by donation. Trinity-St. Paul’s Church, 427 Bloor W. at Spadina. meditationtoronto.com 416-539-0234.     Rawlicious Toronto location: 785 Bathurst St., 416-519-7150, www.rawlicious.ca Other locations in Kitchener, Hamilton, Markham, and Whitby. Rawlicious is having a Mother’s Day Pancake Brunch! From 10am ’till 2pm for $18.00 per person, you will get coffee or tea, Pancake stacks with mixed berries, bananas & fruit compote.         Thrive Organic Kitchen & Cafe 3473 Lake Shore Blvd. W, Etobicoke 416-252-7700 www.thriveorganic.ca   Thrive will be offering new menu items for Mother’s Day:… Read More


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Veg Guide Updates – March 2018

New Vegan Location!   Boon Burger (multiple locations, www.boonburger.ca) has a brand new location in Oakville! The new location is located at 497 Dundas St. W., and is Boon Burger’s fifth Ontario location (a fourth opened in Hamilton in early December). It’s no surprise that the 100% plant-based burger chain, which started in Winnipeg, is rapidly spreading across Ontario. Boon offers unbelievably scrumptious burgers and sides, all made in house from healthy, wholesome ingredients. There are over 20 varieties of burgers, as well as baked fries, poutine, pizza, soups and chili, and daily flavours of dairy-free soft serve ice cream. “Boon continues to sprout and we are so excited to spread the vegan goodness. Together, with the help of our existing partners as well as future partners, it is our hope to continue to offer food that eliminates needless animal suffering. We would like to set the bar for future establishments to realize that it IS possible to run a great business that reduces the footprint on the planet.” Visit Boon in Oakville or one of the other Ontario locations in Barrie, Guelph, Burlington, Hamilton, and visit… Read More


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Veg Guide Updates – January 2018

Happy New Year! 2018 is off to a great start with so many new and upcoming veg-friendly places and options to try. Check out the GTA’s newest openings and offerings!   New Restaurants   Hello 123 (1122 Queen St. W., 416-532-3555, www.hello123forever.com) is a new vegan restaurant along the Queen West strip. Brought to you by the same vegan food pros behind Kupfert & Kim, Hello 123 is a full service, licensed restaurant with an amazing, vibrant menu. While some dishes have been taken from the Kupfert & Kim menus, there are many new additions, including a smashed avocado burger, a pulled pineapple slider (pictured), and a loaded sweet potato with chili sin carne, chimichurri, cashew cream, scallions, radish, arugula and coconut. There is also a beer list and unique cocktails like the Kombucha Thyme with tequila, amaro montenegro, and kombucha. Hello 123 is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and has a special weekend brunch menu. Check out the full menu on their website.   Parka Food Co. (424 Queen St. W., 416-603-3363, www.parkafoodco.com) is a new vegan comfort food spot that recently opened on Queen,… Read More


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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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