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The Inner Life of Animals

  When Peter Wohlleben released his book The Hidden Life of Trees, it changed what many of us see during a walk in the woods. And in much the same way, his new book, The Inner Life of Animals, will likely change the way many of us look at animals. The Inner Life of Animals is a science book that doesn’t read like a science book, likely due to Wohlleben’s personal anecdotes. And while animal lovers might already know some of the facts presented in this book, there is still much for us to to learn. Did you know, for example, that horses feel shame, rats regret bad choices, and butterflies choose the best places to raise their kids? But make no mistake: The Inner Life of Animals isn’t about giving animals human characteristics or personalities. As the author says: “The goal is not to anthropomorphize animals but to help us understand them better. More importantly, these comparisons serve to point out that animals are not dimwitted creatures clearly stuck a level below us on the evolutionary scale, creatures that experience only pale imitations of our rich range of sensations for pain and other such… Read More


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The Edgy Veg

  If you’re one of The Edgy Veg’s 200,000 YouTube subscribers, chances are you probably already have a copy of the new cookbook. And if you’re not familiar with Candice Hutchings and her approachable, indulgent, and delicious vegan recipes, then The Edgy Veg cookbook is the perfect introduction. With over one hundred recipes, The Edgy Veg has something for everyone, whether you’re cooking for vegans, vegetarians, or omnivores. In fact, Candice created this collection of recipes and techniques for her husband, James, on his journey to becoming a vegan. “Living a vegan lifestyle does not have to be isolating and every recipe can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of their diet-preference,” said Candice. While you’ll still find recipes for salads and smoothies, you’ll also find vegan versions of General Tso’s chicken and crispy Buffalo wings, not to mention samosas, Jamaican patties, and kimchi fries. I also love that this book features recipes for some vegan staples like pesto, gravy, hollandaise, and aioli. “Many vegan cookbooks focus on eating healthy, while we focus on entertaining and indulging your taste buds, inspiring new experiences, and helping you to vividly remember past ones.”  … 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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Arthur: The Dog Who Crossed the Jungle to Find a Home

Care of Florence McCambridge   Adventure racer Mikael Lindnord never had a dog in his life. In fact, he never even wanted one. But in 2014, during the Adventure Racing World Championship, he met the dog who would become his best friend. About four days into the race that takes participants through some of the world’s most unwelcoming terrains, Mikael and his team were on very little sleep and about to conquer the next leg. They warmed up some meatballs and pasta and as they sat down to eat they noticed a muddy dog standing perfectly still. “He was big, and underneath the mud and dirt I thought he was probably a golden colour. Even at a distance I could see that some of the mud was blood; he had bad wounds as well as dirt on him.” Mikael sensed right away that there was something special about this dog. He was stoic, just calmly observing what was going on around him. Mikael gave the dog some of his meatballs, and when the dog finished eating he went back to join his group, hoping the dog would be okay but still focused on… Read More


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Our Favourite Photos from Veg Food Fest 2017: Savoury Edition!

Care of Katie Elliott After a successful Veg Food Fest, there’s nothing better than looking back on all the food we sampled, devoured, or didn’t get a chance to try (the FOMO is real). Keep reading to see pictures of the food offerings that make Veg Food Fest our favourite culinary event of the year, taken by festival-goers that make every year’s fest better than the last! These unique hot dogs that contribute to an amazing cause. View this post on Instagram Ooooh these were so good!!! @rescuedogsvegan BBQ pulled jackfruit dog x chili cheeze dog ???????? : : : #vegfest #fwis #torontovegan #bbq #jackfruit #chilidog #vegancheese #vegansofig #vegfoodfest #streetfood #veganhotdog #streetmeat #vegansofinstagram #whatveganseat #vegetalien #vegansk #vegana #plantbased #veganeats #vegannoms #veganfoodshare #veganshare #bestofvegan #tastethe6ix #torontoeats #torontofood #igerstoronto #harbourfront… Read More


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How to Create a Vegan World

  You may have already heard of the book How to Create a Vegan World by Tobias Leenaert. It’s getting a lot of press these days, not to mention social media attention. If you’re one of Kat Von D’s six million Instagram followers, you would have seen her recent pic of this book, along with a pretty glowing recommendation. The author of How to Create a Vegan World is Tobias Leenaert, a blogger at The Vegan Strategist as well as the co-founder of the Center for Effective Vegan Advocacy (CEVA) and ProVeg International, a pro-vegan food awareness organization. In his book, Tobias takes a pragmatic approach to veganism, rather than an idealistic one. As he puts it, it’s “about reality rather than rules.” I can see how some folks in the vegan community might have a problem with this book, mostly because of the focus on reducing meat consumption rather than trying to get people to “go vegan”. The idea is that many meat reducers together may change the system faster than a few vegans, and that reducers are actually responsible for fewer animals being killed than vegetarians… 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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2017 Veg Food Fest Bookstore Preview

We know you’ll be really busy eating all the delicious things at Veg Food Fest (just take a look at this year’s vendors!), but when you’re ready for a break make sure to check out the festival bookstore. It will be packed with a selection of veg books, including bestselling cookbooks and the latest non-fiction releases. Here are some titles to look out for at Veg Food Fest this year. Captive by Jo-Anne McArthur We are thrilled to have award-winning photojournalist, educator and animal activist Jo-Anne McArthur with us at the festival this year. She is the author of 2014’s We Animals, and her new book, Captive, is receiving attention and accolades from around the world. Whether you’ve seen her thought-provoking photography already, through her website or her Instagram, or whether you’re completely new to her work, you won’t want to miss Jo-Anne McArthur’s photo exhibit happening all weekend long at this year’s Veg Food Fest. You’ll also be able to purchase copies of Jo-Anne’s books at the festival. The Sexual Politics of Meat by Carol J.Adams Join us at this year’s Veg Food Fest as we welcome Carol J.Adams for a… 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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Muskoka Round-Up

Planning a trip to Muskoka? Here are some veg-friendly spots to check out on your next cottage-country adventure. Affogato Cafe This gelato shop and bakery is teeming with vegan options that are clearly labelled! They’re located right in downtown Huntsville on the water so you can enjoy a refreshing gelato while you stroll the waterfront. Bala Falls Pub This pub with a waterfront (and pet-friendly!) patio has a separate vegetarian menu, and the staff are familiar with veganism so can easily guide you on any dishes that might need small tweaks or substitutions to be made vegan (i.e. just hold the mayo!). The Frying Dutchman Co. Keep an eye out for the bright red vegan food truck in Huntsville because you don’t want to miss out on The Frying Dutchman! They serve traditional and modern chip truck food prepared without any animal products. Don’s Bakery of Bala Don’s Bakery has been serving customers in Muskoka fresh baked goods since 1947. The staff can help point out the vegan offerings, which include cinnamon buns, scones, Chelsea buns, and Parker house rolls, or just take a look… Read More


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