Food and Restaurant News

Weekly Link Roundup – Vegan Pizza is Its Own Reward

by Barbi Lazarus Some of our favourite stories from around the web. Pizza Is a Virtue – The internet exploded when word got out that Vancouver-based Virtuous Pie will be opening a location in Little Italy early next year (Veg News). In addition to offering a wide array of unique vegan pizzas, something that makes this place special is it’s sheer size – expect it to be two stories with enough seating for 166 guests! Apiecalypse, Wha?! Of course, Toronto is no stranger to fantastic and creative vegan pizzas, being home to Apiecalypse Now and it’s new upstairs bar FuBar. They have us on the edge of our seats again by announcing a secret surprise to be revealed at this year’s Veg Food Fest. They’ve created a special Facebook group just to tease you all summer long. Daiya’s Sticky Situation – Feedback has been mixed as to whether the selling of Daiya Foods (VegNews) to an international pharmaceutical company that tests on animals is good or bad. Some feel it’s unfortunate they sold to a company that doesn’t align with their values, while others tout the possibility of vegan cheese becoming more accessible and affordable due… Read More


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Weekly Link Roundup – Vegan Ice Cream Is Not a Myth

Some of our favourite stories from around the web.   Humane Milk Is a Myth – Big news from the UK (BBC) where an ad with the headline “Humane milk is a myth” was cleared by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), despite complaints from the dairy industry. Beauty Lovers Rejoice – As more consumers look to plant-based personal care products, the market for cruelty-free cosmetics has increased around the world (Digital Journal), and it’s continuing to grow. Vegan Ice Cream Is Not a Myth – Vegan ice cream has never been better says the New York Times, and we couldn’t agree more. Keep an eye out for our roundup on where to get vegan ice cream in Toronto coming soon to veg.ca! Pork Is History – Pig news: while writing a book on the history of pork, archaeologist Dr. Pía Spry-Marqués decided to go vegan “I love Iberico ham. I love chorizo. But it’s just not worth it.” (The Independent) Wild for Veggie Burgers – Farming is the top threat to wildlife (Salon.com) and nearly one-third of tropical animal species face extinction if we don’t do something about it. Read More


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Vegan Round-Up in Thornhill

Care of Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator Updated June 2018 They say we all want what we can’t have. My parents complain that all the great vegetarian restaurants are downtown, but lately I’ve been finding that there are so many great vegan hot spots in the area where I grew up that when I’m home for a visit, I don’t have time to fit it all in. Places outside of the downtown core like Thornhill, Burlington, and Oakville, now have a large enough collection of their own vegan restaurants that more and more I’m finding myself planning day-trips (see my post on great hike ‘n dine day trip ideas here) instead of hopping on the subway or my bike to get to some of my favourite places. If you’re in Thornhill or Richmond Hill anytime soon, your problem won’t be finding a place to eat, but instead narrowing down your options to pick just one or two. Vegan Danish Bakery: No matter what part of the GTA you are from, the Vegan Danish Bakery is well worth the trip to the corner of Yonge and John Streets in old Thornhill. Read More


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Discount Profile: Tori's Bakeshop in the Canary District

Care of Florence McCambridge I’ve been waiting for the new Tori’s Bakeshop location to open for what seems like forever, but now vegans in Toronto’s east end have something to celebrate, because everyone’s favourite organic bakery is now open! While I’m more than happy to hop on my bike and ride over to Tori’s lovely shop in the Beaches, their new location in the Canary District is within walking distance from my house, so you can understand my excitement. Just like the original location, Tori’s Bakeshop in the Canary District is bright and charming with that recognizable green and white colour scheme we all know and love. And with plenty of greenery lining the open shelving and the abundant sunshine coming in from outside, this location is sure to be busy in the summer months ahead. One thing I’ve always loved about Tori’s is that they have such an amazing selection of savoury items to go along with the sweets that make them famous. If you’ve ever enjoyed their focaccia at the Veg Food Fest, you know what I’m talking about. I decided on a Veggie Pâté Sandwich, made with mushrooms and sunflower seed pâté,… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – June 2017

New Vegan Locations   Copper Branch (199 Bay St., 416-792-2982, www.copperbranch.ca) is opening a location this month downtown in Commerce Court! Copper Branch is a plant-based, fast food restaurant based out of Montreal. They opened their first Ontario location a couple of years ago in Brooklin (just north of Whitby), and word is quickly spreading about their delicious vegan menu. Loaded with healthy and colourful power bowls, sandwiches, soups & sides, as well as grab ‘n go items, Copper Branch offers generous servings of healthy fast-food. “We’re getting back to basics; serving healthy and wholesome foods and offering real food energy with the focus of promoting health and vitality, great taste, convenience, and responsibility. These are power food meals you can trust and feel great about eating.” Try the Aztec Bowl (pictured) with basil olive oil dressing, sweet potato, corn and mango salsa, black beans, pumpkin seeds, guacamole, vegan sour cream, broccoli, beets, carrot, lettuce, organic sprouted mung beans, the Copper Burger with beets, organic brown rice, pea protein, sesame seeds, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, lemon juice, dijon and maple vegenaise, caramelized onions, alfalfa sprouts, lettuce, or one of their many grab ‘n go items,… Read More


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Vegetarian Breakfast & Brunch Guide 2017

Looking for vegan & veg-friendly options for breakfast and brunch? You’ve come to the right place! Here you will find complete listings of the best breakfast & brunch offerings from your favourite Vegetarian Directory businesses. From healthy, energy-packed granolas to decadent scrambles with “sausage” and “bacon”, this Brunch Guide’s got something for everyone.      Belmonte Raw 1022 Queen St. E., 647-340-1218 130 King St. W. (The Exchange Tower), 647-343-6169, www.belmonteraw.com “It’s the most important meal of the day. From our trend-setting chia seed puddings to filling and hearty overnight oats, start your morning with the right fuel to take on the day.” Find options like chia pudding and overnight oats for a healthy, energy-inducing start to your day. When: Monday – Friday from 7:30am, Sat-Sun 10am (Queen St. location), Monday – Friday from 7am (Exchange Tower location) Menu: https://belmonteraw.com/collections/breakfast/breakfast      Berkeley North 31 King William St, Hamilton, 905-522-5858, www.berkeleynorth.ca Find awesome veg & vegan brunch options at Berkeley North, including the  Veg Taco with a Tumeric & Coconut Taco, Pickled Veg,… Read More


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Discount Profile: Upbeet Foods

Care of Barbi Lazarus and Emily Thompson Sometimes you just need to leave the cooking to someone else so you can have a bit more time to yourself for a quiet afternoon on the couch with the cats, or an evening yoga class. Recently, we did just that thanks to delicious meals from Upbeet Foods, a local, vegan meal delivery service that launched in September of 2016. We started off the day with a hearty tofu vegetable scramble with seasoned mini potatoes. The scramble had great flavour with just a bit of kick, and the potatoes were cooked perfectly: crispy on the outside and soft on the inside! For lunch, there was a kale, beet and chickpea salad. It was the perfect combination of fresh and crunchy, topped off with a delicious tahini dressing. It left us feeling satiated thanks to the mixture of greens, and the proteins, to fuel a productive afternoon! To finish off the day, we enjoyed a delicious pumpkin pasta that came with a side of green beans. Not only did we get to enjoy delicious food for a day, it was also great to feel like we were eating… Read More


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