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Veg Out 500: Going Planetarian with PlasticFree TO

Wondering how to live a more sustainable lifestyle but stuck on those pesky single-use plastics that many of our favourite products come in? We’re here for you with tips and inspiration from Lin and Toni Sappong, founders of local initiatives like PlasticFree TO and Leslieville Reduces – and self-professed Planetarians. These sisters are leading the way in low-waste living in Toronto while being real about the structural challenges we face in doing so. Tune in to hear about the crossover between veganism, and social and environmental justice, and how we can tap into community care during this second “pandemic spring”. https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/VegOut20210531-PlasticFreeTO.mp3 Download Episode Links A Plastic Ocean documentary PlasticFree TO on: Instagram, and TikTok The Sustainability Sisters article TVA Lunch Club Toronto Veg Fitness HITT Workouts Credits Hosts: Sarah, Sweta and Steve Editing: Sweta Write Up: Sarah Bradley Theme Music: Matt Judge… Read More


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Veg Out 499: Spring Cookbook Club

Barbi, Ana and Jeanette call of a meeting of the Veg Out Cookbook Club to talk about some recently published cookbooks and new discoveries. If you are in a cooking rut, this episode is for you. https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Veg-Out-Cookbook-Club-with-Ana-and-Barbi.mp3 Download the episode! Cookbooks recommended in this episode: The Plant Based Cookbook by Ashely Madden Simply Delicious Vegan by Caitlin Shoemaker Oh She Glows for Dinner by Angela Liddon Baked with Love by Brittany Berlin Good Housekeeping’s Everyday Vegan by Susan Westmoreland… Read More


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We’re hiring: Impact and Giving Coordinator!

Job Opportunity: Impact and Giving Coordinator, Toronto Vegetarian Association POSITION OVERVIEW  The Toronto Vegetarian Association (TVA) is a very inclusive, pro-vegan, non-profit organization that inspires people to choose a healthier, greener, more compassionate plant-based lifestyle. As we continue to evolve and grow, our goal is to be as innovative and ahead of the curve in 2021 as we were in 1945 when we were founded. To support our mission and vision we are growing our team to include an Impact & Giving Coordinator (IGC), who will be responsible for revenue generation and fundraising efforts in the areas of impact and giving for the TVA. We are seeking an engaging individual who thrives in a dynamic role, can collaborate effectively and can build and deepen relationships and community. The successful candidate will have their finger on the pulse of the vegan movement, informing our programs and keeping our work current and relevant. To thrive in this role, the IGC must be social media savvy and act as a TVA brand champion. We need an individual who is as comfortable writing a blog post as they are writing a petition or speaking to the value and… Read More


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Veg Out 498: Vegan Armenian Cuisine with Lena Tashjian

Veg Out is back with an episode celebrating international flavours in vegan cooking. Our guest Lena Tashjian recently released a stunning cookbook called The Vegan Armenian Kitchen and we chatted with her about her vegan journey, recipe development process (cookbook author perk: eating dessert for dinner multiple days in a row!), and translating cherished family recipes into a modern cookbook. You’ll gain a new appreciation for plant-based staples and learn creative tips for meal prep for those times when you just can’t eat the same leftovers for an entire week. You can order her cookbook directly from the Vegan Armenian Kitchen website or in store (see below). https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/VegOut20210401-LenaArmenianKitchen.mp3 Download Episode LINKS The Vegan Armenian Kitchen website Buy The Vegan Armenian Kitchen Cookbook, Online Purchasing Options From Vegan Armenian Kitchen Amazon Buy in store, in Canada Hamazkayin Bookstore: 45 Hallcrown Place, Toronto, Ontario YamChops: 705 College Street, Toronto, Ontario Mamajoun: 209 Ellesmere Rd, Unit #6, Scarborough, Ontario Antikka: 960 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario 57 Végane: 5475 Royalmount Ave #107, Mount Royal, Quebec… Read More


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Veg Out 497: TMRW Foods with Dean Blignaut

Dean Blignaut is the Co-Founder and President of TMRW Foods, a plant-based food company on a mission to bring better food to more people. Ana and Jeanette talk to Dean about his experience at Virtuous Pie, how he started TMRW Foods after participating in a vegan burger competition, and how he plans to grow the brand and make plant based protein affordable, healthy and widely available. https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Veg-Out-TMRW-Foods.mp3 Download the episode. Read More


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Veg Out 496: Sam Turnbull Returns! Fast Easy Cheap Vegan Book Talk

This week, Barbi and Jeanette are joined by our guest Sam Turnbull. You may know Sam from her super popular blog and youtube channel  It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken. She released her first cookbook Fuss Free Vegan in 2017, which quickly became Jeanette’s favourite cookbook. Sam has also been a past guest at the Veg Food Fest, both in person and during our virtual festival, so we thank her for her continued work with the TVA.  Her brand new cookbook Fast, Easy, Cheap Vegan was just released, and joins us to tell us more about it! https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Veg-Out-Sam-Turnbull.mp3 Download the episode. TVA Events: Join us for a physically distanced, in person Veg Spring Market! The Toronto Veg Fitness Group does a weekly virtual HIIT workout. Check out their facebook page for further details.  … Read More


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Veg Out 495: Globally Local with James McInnes

You may know Globally Local for their Famous Burger, or their BacUN Breakfast Sandwich, but did you know they started out selling produce? Or did you know about their charitable work, or plans for expansion? James McInnes, the CEO of Globally Local, joins the show to talk about their approach to fast food and veganism, and shares the many exciting things you may not about Canada’s first fast food chain. https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Veg-Out-Globally-Local.mp3 Download the episode.   Listings:  Sausage Party Burfdae Party  Join or renew your TVA membership before March 31st to get 15% off Fauxmagerie Zengarry’s Online Shop Register for the March 30th online cooking demo with Sam Turnbull      … Read More


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Veg Out 494 – Updates and Economics with Nital Jethalal

Join Ana and Sweta for an information-packed episode. Catch up on what the TVA has been up to and learn about the economics of plant-based eating with our guest Nital Jethalal. Nital is the President of the Board of Directors for the TVA and founder of Plant-Based Economics (PBE), a NGO focused on evaluating plant-based nutrition economics and policy in Canada. As a long-time vegan and TVA member, Nital shares some fascinating insights on behaviour changes that can support shifting to a plant-based diet. https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/VegOut20210306.mp3 Download Episode Links Plant Based Economics C40 Grilled: Turning Adversaries into Allies to Change the Chicken Industry Meat the Future documentary Chicken Farmers on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Vegan Dad on the Old Canadian Food Guide Plant Based Data Dr. Nicholas Carter on Instagram Loaded Queso Dip and Q&A with Sam Turnbull! TVA Lunch Club Toronto Veg Fitness HITT Workouts Credits Hosts: Ana & Sweta Guest: Nital Jethalal Editing: Sweta Theme Music: Matt Judge… Read More


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Veg Out 493: Companion Animal Nutrition with Dr. Sarah Dodd

Steve and Ana are thrilled to be joined by Dr. Sarah Dodd on this episode of Veg Out! Sarah is a veterinarian with a special focus on companion animal nutrition.  Her studies have taken her around the world:  She has lived in England, Scotland, New Zealand, Australia, the US and she is back to Canada where she lives with her happy rescue dogs. She graduated from veterinary school in 2016. Since then she has pursued her passion in nutrition with a clinical nutrition internship and a Master’s degree at the Ontario Veterinary College. She is currently completing her nutrition residency with the European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition And enrolled in a PhD, studying plant-based diets for pets. Today, Sarah shares her vegan journey with us, talks to us about her research and her practice and she shares the results of both as it relates to supporting companion animals transition to a plant-based diet. This is an insightful and educational discussion. https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/VegOut20210220_withDrSarahDodd.mp3 Download the episode TVA Events! Online lunch club is still going and has been fun! Thursdays at noon you can bring your lunch to a Zoom call with other… Read More


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Discount Profile: Vegan Danish Bakery

Discount: 10% off  Veg Status: All vegan Where: 2 locations! 7718 Yonge Street in Thornhill, and 1312 Queen Street West in Parkdale I’m no stranger to Vegan Danish Bakery, and have probably written several profiles about them before. But every time I go, they seem to have new surprises that I just had to share with you! This beautiful, rather fancy bakery, will wow you with their huge selection of decorative cakes, cupcakes, and of course danishes. But having had the pleasure of enjoying those items in the past, on my recent two visits I opted to try all new items! On the first visit, I had an apple turnover that was topped with giant crystals of sugar and a vanilla glaze, and a classic chocolate croissant. That may sound like enough but how could I possibly resist the gigantic, gooey pecan caramel sticky bun staring back at me from the case? We were getting our items to go, and the owner kindly let us know we should warm the items in the oven before eating them. Was she ever right! That sticky bun fresh out of the oven was the perfect way to cozy up on… Read More


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