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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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Find Vegan Ice Cream Shops in the GTA

Care of Carla Williams Updated November 2019 Is vegan “ice cream” even ice cream? Arguably (and by that we mean technically), it is not! The important thing is we’ve got a list of local spots where you’ll find the good stuff: delicious, dairy-free concoctions that will satisfy any ice cream lover’s craving for cool. Top Picks Bunner’s Bakeshop 244 Augusta Ave. 647-350 2975  bunners.ca This all-vegan and gluten-free bake shop has two locations in Toronto but their soft serve ice cream is only available at their Kensington Market location – 244 Augusta Ave, during summer months. Enjoy the classics: Vanilla, Chocolate, and Swirl in a cone or paired with a baked treat. See their complete listing on veg.ca Eva’s Original Chimneys 3 GTA locations:  454 Bloor Street W. 100 City Centre Dr. (Square One), Mississauga 53 Lakeshore Rd E, Mississauga originalchimneys.com Eva’s is famous for their delicious, soft-serve ice cream-filled Chimney Cones™, which are vegan by default, and can be filled with vegan soft-serve! Many of the menu flavours are vegan, or… Read More


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Discount Profile: The Social Gardener Cafe

Care of Jeanette Cabral The east end of Toronto doesn’t always get the spotlight when it comes to vegan options, but if you venture east of the DVP, you’ll find gems like The Social Gardener Cafe ready to feed you. Located on Gerrard east of Greenwood, The Social Gardener sits between two changing neighbourhoods – Riverdale to the west, and the Gerrard India Bazaar to the east. This is truly a community space that is not just concerned about their bottom line. The cafe itself is part of the Riverdale Hub, a social enterprise that also boasts an art gallery, a rooftop garden, meeting and work spaces, environmental initiatives and serves as a  training ground for marginalized women and youth. The Social Gardener also supports the Riverdale Immigrant Women’s Centre, which shares the building with the cafe. When you visit, you know you are supporting a business that is doing good work. The first thing you’ll notice in the cafe is the space. Large wooden tables, an exposed brick wall, textiles, a cozy couch, books, and lantern style lighting fixtures give the cafe a “welcome home” feel. The surroundings… Read More


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Weekly Link Roundup: Branson, Beauty, and Vegan Nachos from the CBC

by Katie Elliott Check out some veg news that caught our eye this week! Billionaire Richard Branson stated in an email to Bloomberg that he believes “we will no longer need to kill any animals and that all meat will either be clean or plant-based, taste the same and also be much healthier for everyone” in the next 30 years. Sounds good to us! Read the full article for more about the billionaire-backed startup Cargill Inc. Boon Burger Bonifides If you haven’t been to Boon Burger yet, this review will definitely convince you that it’s worth the trip. Bring a non-vegan friend, as the review says: “Boon is the land of plenty for vegans and non-vegans alike”. (Hamilton Spectator) Helping Animals Displaced by Harvey Want to help animals affected by Hurricane Harvey? Here are some concrete ways to help displaced pets in Texas. (One Green Planet) Vegan Beauty on the Rise! This Guardian article sheds light on the role that conscious consumers have played in the growing vegan segment of the beauty industry. Find out more about the strides high- and low-end makeup… Read More


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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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