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The Gift of Support

Musings from Carly: Veg Directory Assistant 2013 One rainy Monday morning I was working away in the office of TVA when a long-time member phoned in with a unique request. She wanted to purchase a membership to give a friend’s granddaughter who had recently become vegetarian. Routine, I thought, and grabbed the form to fill out. However, this wasn’t just any gift membership (or maybe no gift membership ever is), this was much more. She explained that her friend was concerned over the belief that her granddaughter was “eating nothing but beans.” With a chuckle about the bean-centred meal she had been eating that day and the well-intentioned yet misinformed concern, she explained to me that she wanted to provide the new vegetarian with information to help her eat healthy, delicious, and varying meals while surrounded by meat-eating family members. She emphasized that she did not want to send anything that may be received as pushy, but rather offer help to someone with a genuine interest in and desire to live a vegetarian lifestyle. She wanted to purchase a cookbook or two and requested that helpful information be added to the package. As I spoke with her and gathered… Read More


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12 Short Listed Veg Summerlicious Hotspots – One Week Left!

Musings from Carly: Veg Directory Assistant 2013 Ok folks, there’s only a week left! Time to get yourself out there and sample Toronto’s finest vegetarian and vegan creations! Here’s a last minute look at some veg-friendly fare that’s likely been delighting Summerlicious explorers so far. Short Listed Vegetarian Fare: Kultura (169 King St. E. 416-363-9000) offers mushroom orecchiette with a range of delicious mushrooms, pinot noir pear chutney, and old cheddar cheese, for both lunch and dinner. Tundra at the Hilton Toronto (145 Richmond St. W. 416-860-6800) is featuring a creamy vegetarian summer pea risotto with kale chips, smoked paprika, and asparagus! Célestin (623 Mount Pleasant Rd. 416-544-9035) has created a baby herb tomato salad with white chocolate and sorrel ice cream – for an appetizer! There’s no vegetarian main unfortunately, but perhaps you could have this twice? Jaipur Grille (2066 Yonge St. 416-322-5678) has a selection of delicious vegetarian items including onions bhajias, samosa chaat, and chana masala. Definitely lots of amazing spices used in the making of this cuisine. Linda Modern Thai (11 Karl Fraser Rd. 416-642-3866) has made a vegetarian version of their popular hot & sour soup, Vegetarian Tom Yum! They also offer… Read More


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Podcast 280: Another Lisa

Today Lisa L. and John talk about Lisa’s food blog, Je suis alimentageuse, and her vegetarian background story.  There are plenty of upcoming events.  Also, Shawn writes in with news of vegan tattooing: Sal’s Tattoo and Barbershop on Spadina (may have artist with vegan ink), Archive on Dundas, and a vegan tattoo shop in BC. Listen Now!… Read More


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Podcast 279: Kate’s flying (kind of) solo!

Today, Lisa O. is under the weather, so Kate guides you through the latest TVA news and events. She discusses Toronto Pig Save (read Barbi’s opinion piece here!), the Humane Education section on the TVA website, a recipe for Tropical Avocado Popsicles, vegan tattoo artist in Toronto (are there any? Let us know!), and more. Listen now!… Read More


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Top 5 Vegan Options for a Delicious Veg Summerlicious

Musings from Carly: Veg Directory Assistant 2013. As the 2013 Summerlicious season begins, vegetarians, vegans, gluten-freegans, and others will begin surveying menus for delicious dishes that meet their dietary needs. Even a quick glance at the selection and we realize that the days of a variety of creative and delicious omnivore options alongside bland and mundane vegetarian salads and pastas are over, not that we don’t love a good salad or pasta. Today’s vegetarian and vegan options are vast, innovative, and mouth-watering. And Summerlicious has brought some of the best creations together in countless three course prix-fixe menus. TVA is here to help make your Summerlicious decisions easier by narrowing in on the best options, or harder by pointing to more and more delicious veg meals. Here’s our top 5 restaurants that feature 3 courses of tempting and original vegan options. It is exciting to see a Vegan category on the Summerlicious website to narrow the options. The one and only restaurant listed: Prime at the Windsor Arms Hotel (18 St. Thomas St. 416-971-9666). The lunch menu features a tabbouleh salad, corn tempeh steak with sweet potato mash, and vegan truffles to finish off a likely impressive meal. The… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – July 2013

New Vegan Pizza! As of Tuesday, July 2, the popular chain Mamma’s Pizza (310-MAMMA, www.mammaspizza.com), will be introducing 3 vegan pizzas to their menu using Daiya cheese! These delicious sounding pizzas include The Spicy Vegan (tomato sauce, vegan pepper jack cheese, bruschetta mix, green & black olives, sprinkled with chili flakes), Vegan Primavera (Tomato sauce, vegan mozzarella, spinach, sundried tomatoes, and marinated artichokes) and the Vegan Olive Press (olive oil, roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes, roasted red peppers, eggplant, broccoli, garlic and oregano).  “We also offer a variety of vegetarian pizzas and veggie toppings, as well as vegetarian pastas.” Order by phone, or online. Find Mamma’s on Facebook, and look for the Mamma’s listing in the upcoming edition of the Vegetarian Directory 2014! New Vegan Frozen Yogurt! Tutti Frutti (1500 Elgin Mills Rd. E., Unit 106, Richmond Hill, 647-693-3135), the world’s largest specialty frozen yogurt chain, is proud to present a new soy bean frozen yogurt! For those of you who love the idea of the self-serve frozen yogurt but were restrained by the dairy aspect, you’re in luck! “This great addition to our frozen yogurt products will not only be… Read More


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Vegan Summer Appetizer Workshop

Join Chef Liz Murray as she teaches you to prepare a delightlful array of vegan summer appetizers. The menu will include: Gaspacho Shooters with Chipotle Cashew cream Quinoa Tabouli Endive Cups with Lemon Tahini Sauce Smoky Tofu “Cheeze Ball” with Crudite Raw Vegan Brownies Spicy Fruit Kebobs Refreshing Fruity Spritzer Where? Harvest Noon Cafe (16 Bancroft Avenue, in the GSU Building on the 2nd floor) When? Wednesday, July 24th at 6:30 pm How much? Only $10 for TVA members and students, $15 for general public (includes samples of dishes prepared). (Not a TVA member but want to join to get discounts at this class and other events? Visit veg.ca/join) Seating is limited to 30 and tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets may be purchased by phoning the TVA office at 416-544-9800 or dropping by our resource centre at 17 Baldwin Street, second floor (open Wednesdays 6 to 9 pm or Saturdays 1 to 4 pm, excluding Saturday, June 29th). Read More


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A Tribute to Anne Dozell

In honour of her birthday on June 24th, we take time today to remember former Toronto Vegetarian Association board member Anne Dozell, who sadly passed away at Markham Stouffville Hospital on June 7, 2012 at the age of 71. In addition to serving on the TVA board, Anne co-founded the DurhamVeg Group, co-authored TVA’s popular “Tastes of Toronto” cookbook and wrote for several other TVA publications, including frequent articles in Lifelines. Anne worked tirelessly to serve the GTA’s vegetarian community as one of TVA’s chief social event organizers during the 1980s and early 1990s. She is most remembered for her “Getting Started” tutorials, her “Ask Letty” advice column in Lifelines [“Letty” being short for “Lettuce”], her outreach visits and her supermarket scrutiny. Her friends at the Toronto Vegetarian Association fondly recall her energy and her infectious laugh. She was always seeking ways to make veganism more attractive to the common omnivore. While the TVA misses Anne greatly, her memory and activism live on through the growing list of social groups which exist today, and we thank her for planting that seed at the Toronto Vegetarian Association. Read More


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Where to Find Vegetarian Breakfast & Brunch

It is always a treat to wake up and go out on the town for a satisfying breakfast or brunch. If you find yourself tired of mainstream brunch spots that rely heavily on eggs and bacon, you have come to the right place! Fortunately, there are delicious and creative vegetarian and vegan menu options in restaurants and cafés all over Toronto and area. Whether you’re in the mood for a light, fresh and healthy start to your day, or are in need of a good old fashioned classic breakfast with all the fixins, you’ll find this and more in our 2013 Vegetarian Brunch and Breakfast Guide. The guide includes a complete list of Toronto and area veg-friendly spots that serve brunch or breakfast. The guide includes locations, phone numbers, menu items and hours.   Don’t want to go out? Make your own! – See our breakfast and brunch page for recipes and tips. Read More


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Cupcakes for Critters

A common reason people wind up giving up pets to shelters is because they can no longer afford to care for them, and being able to get pet food at food banks can be a big help. That’s why the Vegetarian Resource Centre is collecting donations of pet food for food banks in exchange for cupcakes on Saturday, July 20th. That’s right: we’re offering a free cupcake for every donation of pet food you bring in! When? Saturday, July 20th from 1 to 4 pm Where? Vegetarian Resource Centre (17 Baldwin Street, second floor) We regret our location is not wheelchair accessible, however volunteers in the Resource Centre will happily meet you downstairs for the exchange. 416-544-9800 What? Get a free cupcake for each donation of pet food you bring in! While supplies last. Questions? Email admin@veg.ca. If you prefer to purchase only vegan dog food, in Toronto you can find it at Timmie Dog Outfitters or have a Global Pet Foods order some for you. Read More


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