Toronto Veg Blog

Where to find vegan winter coats in Toronto

That was certainly a wonderful tease we got last week with warm, sunny days that made us think summer might have returned for a few more weeks. But temperatures dipped again, sending us out shopping for winter coats. In case you’ve never visited the Toronto Vegetarian Association Facebook group, let me enlighten you that it is made up of an extremely knowledgeable, resourceful group of people that always seem to have answers to every and any question that is asked about where you can find “xyz” in Toronto. So from here on in, we’ll try to share the wonderful information on the Facebook group so you have it ready at your fingertips! Starting with, where to find a vegan winter coat in Toronto. Here are some of the places or brands that we learned sell parkas without down lining or fur trim. Note: This does not mean these stores do not also sell coats with animal products, so be sure to check the labels. Stores at which vegan coat options are available: Arcteryx Atmosphere Aritzia The Bay (you can search their online page using the term vegan) Costco Mark’s Work Wearhouse Mountain Equipment Co-Op The Hemp Company on Yonge… Read More

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The 30 Best Veget-eriotypes

Care of Autumn Ladouceur – Past TVA Communications Intern One of my favourite stereotypes that I’ve faced during my time as a vegetarian is that we are all members of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and that just because I’m a vegetarian, I want to parade around town in a bikini made of lettuce leaves. But alas, this is untrue! My bikini is made of hemp! So today, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Vegetarian Food Festival which recently passed, I give you a blog post that will hopefully debunk 30 popular vegetarian stereotypes. When you consider vegetarian stereotypes, the first ones to come to mind are the ones surrounding nutrition. What’s funny is they seem to contradict themselves often. All vegetarians eat healthy and are skinny. Wait! No! Actually, they’re malnourished. Or, no! They take tons of supplements to make up for their lack of meat. And if they don’t, they must all work out and drink quinoa smoothies, or whatever the new health craze is! In fact, like all people, vegetarians vary from the hyper-health food junky, work-out type, to the marathon the latest HBO series and eat 100 doughnuts from… Read More

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Daytripping Around Toronto: Easy as 1-2-Pea

By Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator There’s definitely a stereotype that when travelling to small towns, there won’t be any veg-friendly restaurants on offer and that when taking a day trip or overnight weekend getaway, it’s best to pack your own food. We must have reached some sort of turning point, because I’ve had the pleasure of going on an overnight jaunt or day trip the last three weekends in a row, and all three times, have found vegan-friendly offerings just like I would in downtown Toronto. Crunchy thai salad at the Annex Room in Stratford Here are some tips on where to grab a tasty bite or an elaborate dinner if you’re headed to one of these nearby destinations this summer. Week 1: Stratford. Much thanks is owed to my mom for discovering The Annex Room in downtown Stratford, which happily states at the bottom of the menu “Ask us about our vegan options.” In fact, it wasn’t even necessary to ask because they’ve got a wide selection of clear vegan options right on their menu. There were three different stir fries/noodle dishes to choose from, a delicious tempura avocado stack or a… Read More

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A 3-Day Pizza Diet

Our celebration of Vegan Pizza Day continues… By Izzy Arhbeck, Directory Assistant If you are like me and cannot live a day without thinking about pizza, you will appreciate this post. I don’t think I have ever eaten so much pizza in my life than I did in the past three days. It might have been coincidental, but over the weekend, I cooked, bought and had pizza delivered. Our medium pizza from Panago Pizza topped with veg pepperoni and a tropical sauce My pizza diet began on Friday when a volunteer dropped off three massive pizza crusts (if you are reading this, yes, we do encourage everyone to bring us veg foods). I was the lucky member of staff who got to bring them home. I didn’t think I could eat all three pizzas in one day, so I got my roommates together and we each contributed two or three ingredients. By 6:30 pm we were playing Master Chef and eagerly tried to create the best pizza. I’m biased, but I think my pizza was the best. I sautéed mushrooms, onions, cherry tomatoes and zucchini and put them on top of a pesto primed pizza crust with some arugula. Read More

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The Great Toronto Pizza Roundup

By Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator For a lot of people making the journey from omnivore to vegan, the last animal product they stop eating is cheese. Numerous people have written about it’s addictive qualities and whether you believe that’s true or not, for whatever reason many people love the taste of cow’s cheese and keep eating it long after they’ve stopped eating meat or eggs. Fortunately in today’s world, or at least in today’s Toronto, if giving up cheese pizza is your only obstacle to going vegan it’s a piece of cake (or a slice of pizza). This Saturday has apparently been declared Vegan Pizza Day (join the Facebook event here) and there is absolutely no shortage of places to go or order in from if you want to join in the fun and celebrate. That’s because vegan pizza options have been growing in Toronto for years, and have especially exploded in the last 18 months. It all started over a decade ago when Amato’s began selling vegan slices. Well before the days of Daiya Cheese, they simply omitted the cheese but not the flavour, and to this day they sell their… Read More

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These are a few of my favourite things

By Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator If you know me at all, you know that I like to eat. Food is never far from my mind and I’m usually daydreaming about my next meal. By 10 am, I’m starting to countdown to lunch. I don’t consider this something to be ashamed of. We’re taught to eat three meals a day but many dietitians and nutritionists now say that having 1-2 snacks throughout the day is healthy and that you should eat as soon as you begin to feel hungry rather than have big gaps where you work up a huge appetite. It keeps your metabolism moving throughout the day and prevents binge eating at meal times. Banana Oat Date Cookies, photo from Also, while we vegetarians like to give off the impression that a plant-based diet is far superior to an omnivorous one in every way, authors and dietitians like Ginny Messina have taught me that there is nothing wrong with admitting that some vegetarians and vegans may in fact need to eat more in order to feel full and satiated. Plant-based food is naturally lower in fat than animal products and this is a good thing! But, eating a… Read More

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Party Time at the Office

By Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator It’s been a pretty joyful week at the TVA office. Why you ask? It’s that time of the year where the staff team expands with the summer Directory and Festival assistants joining us in the office. Working at TVA is always great as it is, but there is always a change in the air when the Directory and Festival assistants begin and there are more people around. It means there’s enough bodies to warrant a weekly staff meeting, something I look forward to that can involve themed potlucks and usually pie (note: see photo of our first meeting this year!). It means there are more people to have lunch with in the park. It means there’s an excuse to bring in a teapot and make shared pots of tea. It means there’s more people to share in cleaning the washroom! It means there’s more people to lean on when your workload becomes too intense and you need a bit of help. And of course, it means there are more people to share viral dog and cat videos with when you need a break. So, without further ado, I’d like to introduce you… Read More

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All in the family

I know that many people who go vegetarian struggle with maintaining happy relationships with their families. Some face outright resistance and anger from family members, and some just feel left out (and hungry) at family gatherings. So I hope you’ll excuse me for bragging, but I feel like I’ve had it pretty good. When I first went vegan, I was still at a stage where my mom was preparing all of my food. She quickly picked up on Yves and Zoglos, pretty much the only two brands of faux meat products around at the time, and would send me to school with veggie salami sandwiches and sometimes make spaghetti and meatsauce using Yves ground round. Shortly after, we discovered that the Kosher Sobey’s in our neighbourhood had a freezer full of Tofutti vegan ice cream products so there was always a good supply of dessert in the house too. Towards the end of high school I had found out about TVA and my mom joined me at my first trip to the Annual Vegetarian Food Festival. My dad got into the habit of ordering veggie burgers whenever the option was available and never made a fuss about going to vegetarian restaurants on… Read More

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A Tale of 2 Vegan Cities: Toronto vs. New York

By Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator New York City, so I’ve heard, is famous for it’s cornucopia of vegetarian restaurants. So, when my partner suggested he’d like to take a vacation there with one purpose in mind, to eat, I was up for it (although it doesn’t take much to convince me to go on vacation anywhere). Veggie Cajun chicken at Red Bamboo I found planning our 5 night trip quite overwhelming at first. With literally over 400 listings coming up for New York City on Happy Cow, in a city so vast and huge, I had no idea where to start in terms of narrowing down restaurant options and selecting a neighbourhood to stay in. Enter the beloved Toronto Vegetarian Association Facebook group community. Suddenly I had reliable sources of people with like-minded food preferences making recommendations for their favourite places and even sharing their personal google maps to help me get a sense for where the hot spots were. Despite everyone telling me 5 nights is a long time to spend in New York and plenty of time to get in the best restaurants and popular tourist attractions, I STILL felt overwhelmed and quickly came… Read More

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Walking in a Veggie Wonderland

By Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator Reuben sandwiches at Thomas Lavers Yes, I’m going to say it again. It’s really clear and obvious that vegetarianism has hit some sort of tipping point and Toronto is one the best examples of the increasing visibility and popularity of vegetarian options in the dining world. Want proof? Savour Toronto, a local company that does walking food tours of Toronto’s best restaurants, approached us last year for assistance creating the first vegetarian walking tour in the city. Savour Toronto has now run three of their popular Vegecursion tours which takes attendees to five vegetarian hot-spots (including the TVA Resource Centre!), and I was giddy as can be when they invited me along for a complimentary tour at the end of April. It was, of course, delicious. What else would you expect from Toronto which we all know has no shortage of supply of incredible vegetarian restaurants? I was expecting a little bite size sample at each of the stops and was surprised by the wide and large variety of different items we got to try! The first stop was Thomas Lavers. There was a spread of fresh baguettes to… Read More

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