News from the Toronto Vegetarian Association

Discount Profile: Sweets from the Earth

Sweets from the Earth is one of the longest standing vegan bakeries in the GTA and is famous for its delicious, well, sweets of course! Since social distancing became the norm in the GTA, they’ve added some savoury and bread items to their online store, and I couldn’t wait to take advantage of the opportunity to try them out! If the incredibly delicious quality of their caramel pecan bars or apple pie squares, that I’ve become accustomed to, was a sign of what to expect from their breads, I knew I was in for a treat. I ordered a sandwich loaf, dinner rolls, hamburger buns, and mini bagels, all of them in whole wheat. The sandwich loaf was surprisingly large, more slices than a typical loaf you’d buy in the grocery store. It had a nice slightly crunchy crust, but the bread itself was very light, soft, and fluffy. The mini bagels were nice and dense and chewy, just like you want a bagel to be. Next time I might give the apple cinnamon version a try! The hamburger buns were also very fresh and soft. In addition to using them as a hamburger bun, I absolutely loved simply toasting… Read More


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Veg Out 470: Red Meat Republic: Indigenous Land Grabs and Working Conditions

On this episode of Veg Out, Sweta, Sarah, and Steve discuss Red Meat Republic, a hard-hitting and informative book that illuminates the troubling practices of America’s cattle ranching industry. From the complexities of land ownership to the blunt power of the assembly line to workers’ rights, there is so much to consider when it comes to ‘big meat’. A lot of the issues we see with modern industrial agriculture have entrenched histories, and it’s important to understand these histories as we continue to advocate for healthier, more environmentally sustainable, and more just food systems. Plus: get essential updates on some of our fave vegan businesses and find out how you can support them over the coming weeks. Listen Now to Veg Out 470 Links Red Meat Republic the book Red Meat Republic: A Hoof-to-Table History of How Beef Changed America, Joshua Specht Article, Excerpt of Red Meat Republic Chickens: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) Worker Trauma in the Slaughterhouse Additional Resources Seven Fallen Feathers… Read More


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Veg Out 469: Animal Liberation Kitchen

On this episode of Veg Out Sarah, Steve and Sweta speak with Tanya from the restaurant Animal Liberation Kitchen. We get into how it all started and how they’re dealing with the struggles of maintaining a restaurant in these times. Listen Now to Veg Out 469 Links Animal Liberation Kitchen Find out updates about the Animal Liberation Kitchen on their Instagram or Twitter page. Read More


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Vegan Meal Ideas for People Who Can’t (or just don’t want to) Cook

A lot of people have been talking about how the extra time at home in social isolation due to the Coronavirus has given them an opportunity to cook and bake. There has been no shortage of exchanges of recipes or online cooking classes going on. But what if you truly don’t know how to cook, or you just plain hate it, and suddenly you are cut off from the world of vegan restaurants and coffee shops you usually frequent? We’re here to help with some ideas for meals you can throw together right now without having to learn any new skills. Breakfast cereal with soy, almond, or oat milk toast with peanut butter (or your favourite other nut or seed butter), topped with some sliced bananas and hemp seeds for extra nutrition giant fruit salad: slice up oranges and apples and sprinkle with some nuts and/or seeds, and cinnamon already flavoured instant oats can be bought so that all you need to do is add boiling water or, if you don’t even know how to use your kettle, there are usually instructions for microwaving too! Thaw some frozen berries and mix those in for added nutrition, and/or add in some peanut or… Read More


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Veg Out 468: Taste Tests with Samita Sarkar

On this episode of Veg Out, Barbi and Sweta speak with Samita Sarkar about the science of baking. Samita is the daughter of two chemistry PhDs and is quite knowledgeable about science herself. She shares her expertise and offers advice about how to make good desserts. At the end of the podcast, Barbi shares some online events that TVA has for all of us staying at home. Listen Now to Veg Out 468! Links: Purchase Taste Tests: The Science of Simple Healthier desserts. Samita Sarkar’s Website… Read More


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Veg Out 467: Buy Good, Feel Good with Vegan Cosmetics

***Please note that the Buy Good, Feel Good has been postponed until the fall.  Please refer to their website for updates.*** On this edition of Veg Out, Jeanette welcomes the founders of three indie beauty and cosmetic brands that will be exhibiting at the upcoming Buy Good, Feel Good Expo. We welcome: Jenn Harper, founder of Cheekbone Beauty Alicia Sharp, founder of Upfront Cosmetics Jillian Baker, founder of TAMA Cosmetics  Listen now to Veg Out! The Toronto Vegetarian Association is pleased to be a friend of the Buy Good, Feel Good Expo. As a bonus for our podcast listeners, you can use the discount code VEGLOVE for 50% off tickets for the opening night reception.  … Read More


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Veg Out 466: Debbie Fong, RD

On today’s podcast Steve, Sweta and Karen speak to Debbie Fong. Debbie is a clinically-trained registered dietitian through the College of Dietitians of Ontario. She provides nutrition counselling and support to patients with weight issues and various chronic diseases. Veg Out – Debbie Fong, RD Debbie Fong’s Website Debbie Fong’s LinkedIn Profile… Read More


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Veg Out 465: Culinary Confections

On today’s edition of Veg Out, we welcome Sigourney Bailey from Culinary Confections. We talk about running a vegan business, how to bake the perfect vegan cupcake, and how people can get delicious vegan treats delivered to their door! We also preview the Annex Valentine’s Market, where Sigourney will be selling her cupcakes, as well as the Vegan Baking Group’s VEGANtine’s Day Potluck. And if you are looking for more Valentine’s Day specials, veg.ca has a roundup for you. Listen now to Veg Out! Sigourney Bailey is a city-living vegan with a love for delicious food and all things animals. She is the head baker and owner of Culinary Confections, an online cupcake company right here in Toronto that delivers cupcakes straight to your door. They offer scheduled delivery services within Toronto along with custom delivery services outside our delivery range.  Culinary Confections is an all vegan bakery born from a love of baking and a passion for creating vegan desserts all can enjoy! We aim to produce not only the tastiest cupcakes, but also place a focus on our environmental… Read More


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February Social Groups

Veggies of Halton-Peel This group will meet on Saturday, February 8th at 1 pm at the Beertown Public House (271 Cornwall Road in Oakville). This pub offers a number of plant-based items on their menu featuring tacos, wraps and bowls, plus a vegan brunch on Saturdays. Please RSVP to haltonpeel@veg.ca. Vegetarians of High Park This group is getting together to check out the new location of South Indian Dosa Mahal (9 Roncesvalles Avenue) on Thursday, February 13th from 6 to 8 pm. RSVP required by February 8th to highpark@veg.ca. TVA Reads Join us on Wednesday, February 19th at 6:30 pm to discuss The Cheese Trap, by Dr. Neal Barnard, and to enjoy a vegan potluck. Please bring a vegan dish to share, your own cutlery and plate, and drink if you wish. We meet at the Centre for Social Innovation on Bathurst in June’s room on the 1st floor. Please RSVP to tvareads@veg.ca. Vegan Baking Group Are you someone who LOVES baking, LOVES animals, and LOVES sharing your homemade treats with like-minded pals!? If so, this event on Sunday, February 16th from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm is for you! Please bring a (vegan, of course) baked item of your choice (sweet or savory) to share with the… Read More


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Veg Out 464: The Earth is On Fire with Dr. Tushar Mehta

On today’s episode Sweta is joined by special guest host Nital Jethalal. Together they speak to the very knowledgeable Dr. Tushar Mehta about animal agriculture and its environmental impact. Join us as we discuss over-population, deforestation, biodiversity loss, food security and the large scale impact of animal use in our food. Listen Now! Veg Out 464 – Dr Tushar Mehta Links Videos The Earth is on Fire: Animal Agriculture and the Global Ecological Impact Dr. Tushar Mehta’s Vegan Red Apple Talk Hydroponic drowning Crop – Dr Greger Grazed and Confused Video Books The World Without Us Becoming Vegan Guardian Article on Farming Comprehensive Farming Study Grazed and Confused Websites Nutrition Facts The Plantrician Project PCRM – Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine Food Empowerment Project – Ethical Chocolate List… Read More


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