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Host a Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale for TVA

  It’s simple! Hold a vegan bake sale Raise money for your cause of choice (we’re hoping that’ll be us!) Promote delicious, cruelty-free food Be part of a fun, global event that helps people, animals and the planet! Sign up today to host your own vegan bake sale during the week of April 20th to 28th! 3 Easy Steps to Holding Your Bake Sale Step 1 – Pick a date and a venue We’ve got tips to help you find a venue! This will give us all the info we need to help promote your bake sale to our networks, and will give you the option to order any free literature you might want to hand out like vegetarian directories or vegan recipe booklets We’ve also got tips to help you promote the sale in your neighbourhood Don’t forget to ask friends and family to help you bake if you need a hand! Step 2 – Register and promote your bake sale Step 3 – Bake and have fun! Click here to send us a quick email saying you’d like to hold a bake sale and we’ll send you tips and other helpful… Read More


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Podcast 269: Sweet Potato, Muffins or Pancakes?

Today John and Sarah recapped the Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off which took place last Saturday, Sarah attended and had the opportunity to try baked goods from 6 different categories. John was volunteering and had the chance to meet 12 year old food blogger Ryan Storm, who came in just before the event. You can find him on twitter at ry_storm. Valentine’s Day is next week, and to celebrate Hogtown Vegan, Sadie’s Dine, Rawlicious and Vegetarian Haven are offering prix fixe menus on the 14th. Directory updates were also mentioned including new Vegan options in Kensington Market at Samadhi Tea and Thomas Lavers Cannery and Deli. There is also a new vegan and gluten free lunch and breakfast spot in the concourse beneath First Canadian Place, Kupfert and Kim: Meatless and Wheatless. To make it easier for those who are on the go to access good vegan food, Veggie Paradise is offering vegan and gluten free meals to go at various natural food stores around the city; and Mama Earth Organics offers a delivery service for organic fruits and vegetables to be delivered right to your door. More good news for those looking for a quick vegan meal, Pizzaiolo is now offering Daiya cheese on their vegan pizzas. Read More


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Gingered Sweet Potato Dal with Coconut Leeks

Care of Laura Wright Serves: 4 Notes: Every recipe I’ve read for dal tells you to add the salt at a different time (to avoid toughness or the lentils breaking down too soon etc). I add a solid pinch at the beginning when I pour the water and then adjust it at the end to my liking. Dal ingredients: 1 tsp ground turmeric 1 tsp ground coriander pinch of chili flakes 1 cup red lentils 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced small 1 two inch piece of ginger, sliced 4 cups water + extra 1.5 tsp garam masala salt to taste Leeks Ingredients: 2 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil pinch of yellow mustard seeds 1 leek, white and light green part julienned pinch of salt   To serve: cooked, warm rice 1 apple, cored + thinly sliced chopped parsley, cilantro or mint (or a combination) black sesame seeds (very optional) Place a large pot over medium heat. Toast the turmeric, coriander and chili flakes in the dry pan until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the lentils, diced sweet potato, ginger slices, a pinch of salt and 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil and simmer… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – February 2013

New Vegan Food To Go! Kupfert & Kim: wheatless & meatless (100 King St. W., Concourse level) has just opened, to the delight of downtown workers. Angeline writes; “It is with jumping up and down excitement that I am pleased to announce a beautiful, delicious and nutritious new vegan take-out company in the concourse level of First Canadian Place (King & Bay, connected to the Path).  Everything is vegan and gluten free.  I just finished devouring a big box full of Oaxaca – fabulous quinoa, black beans, beets, guacamole, cilantro, arugula, daikon radish, lime wedge and corn chips.  It cost under $10 with tax.” Join them for breakfast from 8-10:30 for granola, quinoa and steel cut oats with your choice of toppings and 4 kinds of vegan milks. Lunch is served from 11-3:30 where you can enjoy salads, brown rice dishes and soup. Just looking for a pick me up? They serve Te Aro roasted coffees, energy balls and cookies from Bunner’s. Veggie Paradise writes: “Through our Meals-2-Go line, we provide fellow vegans with animal-free and gluten-free meals that can be picked up at local natural food grocers for those on-the-run. Veggie Paradise also specializes in dry… Read More


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5th Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off Recap!

A Delicious Time Had By All On Saturday, February 2nd, 2013, 500 people came out to share in the tasting of 5000 samples of cupcakes, cookies, pies, tarts and more at the 5th Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off. Dozens of local vegetarian businesses donated an incredible array of fantastic prizes to award to our winners, which were chosen by attendees as well as two head judges: Ruth Tal of Fresh Restaurants and Lesia Kohut of LPK’s Culinary Groove. We would like to thank the amazing team of more than 50 volunteers who made this event possible, as well as all the bakers who put so much effort into making their fabulous treats. Congratulations to the winners! Best Pro in Show: Black Magic Squares by APieCalypse Now! Best Home Baker in Show: One Drop Macaroons by Reuben Jong Best Presentation: Tropical Coquito Pineapple Paradise by Drew Silverthorn Best Presentation Runner Up: Lemon Donuts by Lisa Le Best Baking Out of the Box: Barking Mad by PinkHart Diner Decadent Raw Desserts 1st Place: Tijana’s Tropical Treat by Tijana Cosovic Runner Up: Raw Banana Cream Pie by Natasha Fraynak Delicious Donuts and Pastries 1st Place: Marvelous Mini Cake Donuts by… Read More


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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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