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Podcast 268: Get Your Bake-Off Plates!

Today John and Veronica (the newbie) get excited for the upcoming “5th Annual Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off” which is just two weeks away, and talk a little bit about the bake-off back when it was in its infancy. Tickets go on sale Monday January 21st so get ’em while they’re hot! If you’ve got any approximation of a sweet tooth, you’ll want to make your way to the JCC at 2pm on February 2nd. Veronica talks her about her gastronomic plans for the weekend with her sister in town. Dinner at Famoso , tomorrow’s brunch at Sadie’s Diner, and a very neat tea-making workshop at Herbal Infusions Tea Co.. John discusses his latest culinary adventures from “Let Them Eat Vegan! ” by  Dreena Burton (smoothies, and curry, oh my!). Hungry? Try Akram’s in Kensington. Their hummus, baba ganoush and falafel sandwiches are being sold for $1.99 right now. Wednesday February 6th from 6-8pm the Resource Centre is hosting a Pizza Night for TVA’s awesome volunteers in celebration of the fact that PIzzaiolo is now serving pizza made with Daiya cheese. Both Daiya-covered and vegan cheeseless slices will be on offer. This totally rad podcast is a delightful 25 minutes. Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – January 2013

New Vegetarian Restaurant Madras Restaurant (2280 Bovaird Dr. E, E. of Professors Lake Pkwy, Brampton, 905-789-6600) is “traditionally South Indian & deliciously vegetarian.” East of Hwy 410 and only a few blocks past the new Brampton Civic Hospital is this friendly, family restaurant. “Madras Restaurant is an authentic South Indian restaurant owned and operated by individuals from the city of Madras, India. Madras is well known for its aromatic spices and curries. Madras Restaurant brings back the same great taste of Madras to Canada. Our food is prepared by experienced chefs from Madras. Our recipes are over 200 years old and passed on within the family. We will never compromise on quality and freshness.”  Enjoy all vegetarian (and very vegan friendly) dosas, uttapams, chapatis, biryani and idly. They also serve salads, fries, veggie burgers and have a Kids Corner with mini dosas. New Natural Food Store Heart Beets Natural Market (3087 Winston Churchill Blvd., Mississauga, 905-997-1302) “is a natural, organic and specialty products store located in Western Mississauga. The creation of this store is in response to the growing demand in the community for a local natural food store. Today’s consumer is becoming more… Read More


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Pig abuse exposed in MFA Canada investigation

This Saturday, CTV investigative current affairs program W5 broadcast disturbing undercover footage from inside a pig farm in Manitoba that supplies pork to Soebeys, Loblaws, Metro, and Walmart Canada. The footage, released by Mercy for Animals Canada shows pregnant sows crammed into small metal gestation crates without room to turn around, and documents pigs bleeding from open wounds, sows with distended, inflamed bellies, and piglets being slammed on the floor by staff. If you’re interested in moving to a cruelty-free plant-based diet this season, please sign up to try our 7-Day Veggie Challenge – we offer great tips, helpful information about nutrition and vegetarian and vegan meal ideas. For more information about the Mercy for Animals invesigation, including how to take action, please visit pigcruelty.ca. Read More


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Where to find veggie holiday fare & gifts in 2012

Jump to: Restaurants Serving Special Meals Gift Packs & Gift Cards Eco-Friendly Gifts Bakery Goods Savory Goods Catering Restaurants Serving Special Meals The Hogtown Vegan is having a New Year’s Eve Prix Fixe celebration! Roasted Butternut Bisque with Sunflower Creme Roasted Tur-duck-en Maple-braised Brussel Sprouts Whipped Potatoes, Baby Carrots Mushroom-Wine Reduction Classic New York-Style Cheesecake with Fresh Strawberry Reduction $30 (plus tax) per person, gluten-free option available. Two seatings: 6:30pm and 8:30pm. 416 901 9779 for reservations! Also, they will be closed December 24-26th. Bombay Palace “would like to wish you compliments of the season and has some fabulous offers for you this Christmas. (Poster here) Catering – Our Christmas special menus range from all budgets and “We deliver”. We can also customize menus to suit your requirements. Xmas Parties at Bombay Palace – A beautiful venue, mouth watering Indian delicacies and great service is what we have to offer for your parties. We will be more than happy to work with you in organizing this. We can dedicate an entire room or the entire restaurant or a section. Gift… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – December 2012

New Fresh Produce and Appliances Organic Food Delivery’s mission is to “provide our customers with affordable, nutrient rich organic foods that support living a life of optimal health. Our aim is to support farming practices and community activities that contribute to a healthier planet. We are an online service with the largest distribution area in the GTA. Use your Veg.ca promo code “VEG” and receive 10% off your 1st order, and $10 in free groceries on your 2nd. No membership/ customization fees, just great customer service.” NutriGreen Sproutz is a “start-up grower and distributor of hydroponically grown sprouts for restaurants, retail establishments, and individual customers. We are located in Seguin, Ontario (near Muskoka) and distribute our products to local consumers, neighboring towns, and the Greater Toronto Area. Contact us today for best prices on the freshest sprouts in town! All naturally grown, by passionate people, for conscious foodies, with integrity! Gluten-free. Vegan. Available ALL year round.” Juicerville is where “Canadians shop for high quality juicers at guaranteed rock bottom prices. Bonus gift & free shipping throughout Canada included with most juicers. Juicerville supports a cruelty-free lifestyle by promoting a vegetarian diet… Read More


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2012 Holiday Sale & Gingerbread House Contest

Don’t wait until the last minute to get your holiday gifts – score some sweet savings at TVA’s annual Holiday Sale and Open House. This is your chance to grab some great vegetarian cookbooks for yourself or the loved ones in your life. We’ll also be giving away FREE back issues of Vegetarian Times that are great for stocking stuffers! But wait – there’s more! This year, we’re holding the first ever Toronto Vegetarian Association Vegan Gingerbread House contest. You can enter with your most creative, elaborate and compassionate gingerbread scene, or come by to see the creations and vote for your favourite. The winner will receive a decadent jar of cookies and a gift certificate from the lovemuffin bakery. When? Saturday, December 15th. Sale and open house runs from 1 to 4 pm. Gingerbread viewing and voting from 1 to 2:30 pm. Where? Sale and open house at the TVA Resource Centre (17 Baldwin Street, 2nd floor). We regret that our resource centre is not accessible. Gingerbread viewing and voting inside Vegetarian Haven (17 Baldwin Street, first floor, and wheelchair accessible). Want to enter the contest? Please email Barbi at blazarus@veg.ca to register your… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – November 2012

New to Toronto Veg Card Program We are extremely pleased to announce that Tori’s Bakeshop (2188 Queen St. E., 647-350-6500) has joined our program for 10% off! Not only can you get delicacies like all vegan croissants, donuts, and chocolate bar bits… you can also get savoury goods like all vegan cheese-ham-broccoli scones. Plus, they are selling their hickory smoked coconut (the “b” in their “b”lt): “sprinkle it over a baked potato or salad…or eat it straight from the jar…” Pull out your card and head over to the Beach! Vegetarian Restaurant find in Etobicoke Tom writes to us about an Indian restaurant in Etobicoke serving Gujarati style fare called Govardhan Thal.(1530 Albion Road, Etobicoke. 416-749-5400) “I happened to be at the Albion Mall, and outside the mall, right next to The Beer Store is a restaurant with a sign saying ‘Full Vegetarian.’ “It is a Gujarati place, selling something like a Thali for only $4. They also have buffet meals with a greater selection for $7.99. And, of course, there is take-out by different sized styrofoam containers. As I’m getting back into being a raw-foodist, I took out some mint sauce, made with uncooked fresh mint leaves… Read More


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Veggie Halloween: Healthy treats and tips for parents

Happy Halloween! We have gathered some healthy treat suggestions, tips for parents and links to several delicious recipes. Candy alert Halloween candy is often not vegan and sometimes not even vegetarian. Read the labels. Here are some ingredients to look out for: Gelatin: Jelling agent made by boiling cows’ and pigs’ skin, tendons, ligaments and bones. Often used as an ingredient in gummy candies. Carmine: a red food dye prepared by boiling dried cochineal insects. Also known as cochineal, carminic acid, natural red 4, or as additive E number 120. Lard (fat from hogs). E number 542 (bone phosphate, an anti-caking agent) Check out PetaKids.com’s Vegan Candy is Dandy article for a list of vegan candies and snacks. Trick them with healthy treats Vegetarian or not, most Halloween candies are over-packaged, chemical laden, and high in refined sweeteners. Avoid the junk by trying some of these alternatives. Many kids will appreciate some healthy variety. The best approach is to give them some choice. Seaweed strips. Natural food stores and Asian markets carry snack sized seaweed packs that many kids love, once they try them. Peanuts in the shell. Fruit cups or applesauce cups. These come in cases of individually wrapped cups. Mini boxes of raisins. Fruit… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – October 2012

Vegan Dog Food Don’t want to feed your animal-companion something that you wouldn’t eat? V-Dog Vegan dog food is now shipping to Canada. “100% complete & balanced nutrition. V-dog proudly meets or exceeds AAFCO adult dog food nutritional standards and is veterinarian approved. V-Dog food is family owned and manufactured in small batches in California, USA. V-Dog food is 100% plant-based and contains zero animal products and never comes in contact with any animal products before, during or after production. We are as concerned as you are about what goes into our final product and you can rest assured that V-Dog food is 100% vegan and cruelty free. People can order on our website www.v-dog.com or call 888-280-8364.” New All-Vegan Businesses Missing Panacea? AMAZING NEWS! Di Martino Organic Imports have opened up an all-vegan store in the Beaches! “Bello Bio is the only Food Shoppe in Toronto exclusively offering Certified Organic, 100% Vegan products from Italy.Cheeses, pasta, meat alternative,cold cuts, beverages, sweets, specialty foods, Gluten free foods and a made fresh daily array of prepared foods that you can have for lunch, dinner or special occasions. Bello Bio is located at 2308 Queen St. E. Read More


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Vegetarian Thanksgiving 2012

Illustration by PJ Chimiel, printed by permission. See www.pjchmiel.com for more art, and food photos. This Canadian Thanksgiving enjoy a vegetarian feast. We have tips on what to serve and links to the best recipes. Thanksgiving is also about celebrating the harvest. Farmers’ markets are the best places to find fresh seasonal produce such as squash, pumpkins, corn, tomatoes, green beans, potatoes, peppers, arugula, kale, broccoli, etc. Avoid stress when vegetarians and meat eaters will be at the same meal. See our Surviving a holiday dinner page for suggestions on: Catering to vegetarians (when you aren’t one yourself) Being invited to a home where meat is being served Inviting non-vegetarians to your home Sections below: Time saving tips Holiday recipes Celebrating in Toronto  Time saving tips Call a vegetarian-friendly restaurant [Toronto, World Links] and order an entrée or side dish that you can pick up. Bring your own containers. Le Commensal (several locations in Quebec and one in Toronto) has an excellent selection in their buffet. They also carry pre-packaged savoury pies, pâtés, fancy desserts, etc. Larger natural food stores [Toronto,… Read More


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