Veg-Friendly Resorts

A common question that repeatedly comes up in the Toronto Vegetarian Association Facebook group is: do you have any recommendations for a veg-friendly vacation resort? Many thanks to members of the group who have responded! Check out these options below. More to come soon! If you have any other suggestions to add please email Ylang Ylang in Costa Rica Lands in Love in Costa Rica Sandos Caracol EcoResort in Mexico (one on site restaurant is vegetarian) El Dorado Seaside in Mexico (clearly labelled vegan options on menus) Anse Chastanet in St. Lucia offers an all-vegan restaurant called Emeralds Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita in Mexico was recommended in VegNews Magazine, noting that plant-based chef Leslie Durso has many dishes at the resort’s three restaurants.      … 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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Veg Out 386: Restaurants

Today John, Ana and Steve give a brief update of some of the fabulous restaurants in Toronto.  John also discusses his vegan restaurant extravaganza while visiting New York City.  Ana also provides an update of all of the wonderful TVA groups that are ongoing.    Also, check-out the latest info about the Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-off!   Listen Now! Veg Out 386: Restaurants… Read More

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Five Great Vegan Eats for Your Next American Vacation

By Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator Disclaimer: This is not another vegan fast food post. While those articles are important (and we even have a whole fast food section here at!), they’re often meant to highlight what you can find if no other options exist. They’re often about settling for whatever cruelty-free food you can find, assuming you need to throw out any rules you might normally live by in terms of the ethics of supporting chains that profit from animal cruelty or in terms of your own personal health and well-being. But for me, the following four chains aren’t places I settle for when on vacation; they’re places I seek out. Even when travelling to a vegan mecca like Las Vegas or a relatively veg-friendly place like Tampa, I’m looking for a Tropical Smoothie to grab breakfast or a Whole Foods to stock the room with dessert. Next time you’re travelling to a city without a whole lot of explicitly vegetarian restaurants, fear not. Just do a quick search online to find out if the city or town you’re in has these four chains nearby and I promise you won’t be settling. Read More

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Vegan Camping: It’s All About the Food

By Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator Camping season arrived weeks ago, but there’s still a couple of months to go. Perhaps for you camping is all about quiet, peaceful days and nights, swimming, sitting around a fire or taking scenic hikes. And those are all good reasons for a weekend away. But camping doesn’t mean you have to give up delicious and decadent food. With each passing year, the ideas and choices for what to bring camping continue to grow to the point that I now find myself having to cut things out because there simply aren’t enough meals and snacks available over a weekend to eat it all! Here are some of our go-to camping meals and snacks to keep you fueled for a weekend of hikes and swims, and to keep you company aside a warm fire in the evening. Note: Items in italics assume you bring along a Coleman stove and frying pan. Breakfast bread and peanut butter fruit (see fruit suggestions) tofu scramble (we bring a scramble flavour mix from a recipe already mixed up in a tupperware or ziplock bag and then the tofu is ready to be fried up) home fries (same… Read More

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Vegetarian Options at Ski Resorts

After a day on the slopes, you’re bound to work up an appetite. Luckily, vegetarian options aren’t just becoming more frequent at ski resorts these days, but sometimes they’re even the star of the show. Below is a list of vegetarian options to be found at some of Canada’s biggest ski resorts. Please note this list is a work in progress and we welcome any updates, additions or subtractions you have. Please email updates to Raven’s Nest at Whistler Blackbomb. Photo care of Vancouver Sun Ontario Blue Mountain Mile High Poutine has a vegan poutine Thonburi Thai Food is reported to have a vegetarian owner and they are adaptable to make most of their menu vegan if you ask! Mount St Louis Moonstone We’ve been told they have a black bean burger, chilli and fries that are vegan. Quebec Mt. Tremblant The Lodge at the top has a vegan soup and a vegan chili with tofu British Columbia Big White near Kelowna The Woods Restaurant no longer has a vegetarian menu but does have two vegan dishes: tomato basil penne and gnocci. Gunbarrel Grill has veggie samosas, a ginger soy stir-fry, and green coconut curry. The… Read More

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A Very Veggie Time in Costa Rica

By Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator Before I went to Costa Rica, I was told vegan food might be relatively easy to come by but that it would be bland and repetitive. I was expecting to subsist on rice and beans and fruit for breakfast, and a standard pasta dish at our hotel restaurant for dinner. So I did a bit of research on potential restaurants before we went away, but not nearly to the extent that I normally do when planning a vacation. I had just accepted this fate and reminded myself, this trip isn’t about the food. So imagine my surprise and delight to find vegan options around every corner and right in my face, without any effort at all. Here are some of the places vegan food just showed up on our doorstep. I encourage you to take notes and make them part of your Costa Rican itinerary when you venture to this spectacular country! P.S If you want to skip the small talk, scroll to the end of this post for a quick list of vegetarian options in Arenal, Manuel Antonio and Alajuela. Day 1: We arrive at our… Read More

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It’s Easy Being Vegan in Italy

By Lauren Yakiwchuk I returned recently from a trip overseas to Italy for three weeks and it was incredibly simple to maintain a vegan diet during my travels. With a little preparation, you’ll find that eating a plant-based diet abroad is not only easy, but also very delicious. Here are some helpful tips to assist you on your journey! Before you go, do some research Be sure to look up restaurants ahead of time in the places that you will be visiting. You can find lots of amazing vegan, vegetarian, and veg-friendly restaurants using Happy Cow, Yelp, and Tripadvisor. There are also tons of vegan travel blogs online that you can find by searching for vegan food in Italy on Google. I’ve also compiled a list of vegan travel blogs on my vegan travel site, so be sure to check those out if you’re taking any upcoming vacations. It’s best to be armed with a list of places to eat ahead of time, if possible. Learn some phrases We were able to use English the entire time we were in Italy and didn’t have any difficulty ordering food in English. However, you might want to have… Read More

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