News from the Toronto Vegetarian Association

Veg Out 463: Animal Law with Camille Labchuk

On today’s episode Steve and Sweta speak with Camille Labchuk of Animal Justice. We discuss Camille’s experience as an animal rights lawyer in Canada, the changing landscape of the Canadian animal rights movement and bill 156, Ontario’s “ag-gag bill.” Listen to Veg Out 463 – Animal Justice now! Links Send a letter: Ask Ontario Legislators to Reject Bill 156 Listen to the Paw and Order podcast… Read More


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Discount Profile: Virtuous Pie

Virtuous Pie has recently added some new items to their menu, along with special deals on certain nights of the week, so we couldn’t resist going back! My partner and I arrived on a cold winter night, so we were very happy when the garlic knots arrived super warm and soft. These were beyond any garlic knots I’ve had in the past! Not simply dusted in a garlic spread, they were so full of fresh herbs and chili flakes that they were actually colourful. We also enjoyed the skillet mac and cheese, which once again was generously topped with extras including veggie bacon, extra parm, and parsley. It was so difficult to decide which pizzas to order. Thank goodness there were two of us so we could pick two and share! We contemplated the Superfunghi, which comes not only with mushrooms but also a potato cream and truffle almond ricotta, and the Stranger Wings, which is topped with spicy buffalo cauliflower, scallions, crispy shallots, and more! But we ultimately settled on two different options. The Street Corn was such a unique twist on pizza. Rather than layered with tomato sauce, it’s crust was topped with a garlic butter sauce and cilantro lime… Read More


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Discount Profile: bloomer’s

With so many new restaurants to try every month in Toronto, sometimes I can forget to go back to the old favourites. It had been a while since I’d sat down for a meal at bloomer’s and as soon as I did, I instantly regretted not coming by every week! I’m glad I was there with three others (two of them not veg!) so we could share a couple of appetizers, because the selection was too much to bare. I knew from the past how good the kimchi fries were, but we settled on the tempeh wings which were so perfectly battered and fried, crispy but not overly greasy, and the avocado wedges which were crunchy while also being bright and fresh, thanks to the lime juice in the pico de gallo it came with. For my main I had the biscuits and gravy, which were perfect and hearty for the day of Toronto’s first major snowstorm. But the real treat was the end of the meal: my partner and I shared two donuts that I afterward claimed were the best vegan donuts in the city. They’re huge! They’re fluffy! And there were so many unique flavours… Read More


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January Social Group Events

TVA Reads Join us on Wednesday, January 15th at 6:30 pm to discuss The Reality Bubble, by Ziya Tong, 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. Social Dinner Group Join us for delicious food and lively conversation on Thursday, January 16th at 7:00 pm at Golden Thai (105 Church Street). Please RSVP by January 14th to tvadinner@veg.ca. Veggies of Hamilton-Burlington We’ll meet on Saturday, February 1st at 5pm at the Lotus & the Bee, 304 Barton St. East, in Hamilton. This completely vegan restaurant opened in December 2018. Menu items are healthy, made from scratch using local, organic ingredients. Please RSVP to hamiltonburlington@veg.ca. Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Vegetable Barley Soup

Care of Andrea Howe of glowingongreens.com  As the cold winter months progress, choosing hearty dishes is essential to stay warm. Barley is an impressive grain due its vast health benefits, and its ability to keep us feeling full for a long time. Barley, like other whole grains, is rich in B vitamins which aid in brain health, red blood cell development, and increasing energy levels. Additionally, barley is rich in soluble fibre, particularly beta-glucan which causes us to feel full for longer thus reducing appetite and aiding in weight loss. This fibre can also reduce blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and cholesterol, lowering the risk for cardiac diseases. Beta-glucans also produce short-chain fatty acids which reduce inflammation and reduce the risk of cancer cell formation. Not only do these powerful grains have amazing health benefits, they are also delicious and easy to cook. This chewy and nutty grain can be served is many dishes like soups, stews, salads, or on its own. Check out this Vegetable Barley Soup recipe to gain these amazing benefits. Ingredients – 1 tbsp olive oil – 1 yellow onion, diced – 3 carrots, peeled and diced – 3 stalks of celery,… Read More


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December Veg Guide Updates

Wow, December already! As we welcome the shorter days and the holidays, we’re here to being you the first of two Veg Guide updates this month! This edition highlights all the new places to go in TO. The next edition, coming to you Dec 10th will show off all the specials, holiday treats, and more that Veg Guide businesses have to offer. Check out all these new businesses! The Bar Cafe 2 Brock St. W., Uxbridge This popular cafe in Uxbridge has recently gone 100% vegan! This is the second month in a row we’re reporting that a restaurant has made this change, and it’s just such a great result. Stop by The Bar the next time you’re in Uxbridge for their delish smoothies, juice and fresh food!    Crave Doughnuts 102 Lupin Dr., Whitby We’ve heard that this new doughnut place in Whitby has long lines every day! This is a good sign, and if their doughnuts are as good as the line suggests, you’re in for a treat the next time you’re in Whitby. Crave Doughnuts has three vegan flavours of doughnuts daily, and are a… Read More


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Veg Out 461: Year in Review

On today’s episode we have past temporary Executive Director of the TVA, Lucas, discussing his personal and business life and his evolution of becoming vegetarian and vegan. AND as a “year in review” we will be talking about the openings and closings of new and old GTA Veg restaurants during this past year! VEG OUT, from the offices of the TVA is also brought to you today by Nicole and Steve. Listen to Veg Out Year Review Here MORE LINKS La Bartola Taco Shop! Visit veg.ca for a ton more! P.S. TVA members are invited to our Annual General Meeting on December 1st, 1-4 p.m. at CSI Annex (720 Bathurst St.) 🙂 … Read More


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Candidates for the 2019-2020 TVA Board of Directors

On Sunday, December 1st, members will meet for the Toronto Vegetarian Association’s 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM). At the AGM, members will review our work over the past 12 months,  and ratify the 2019-2020 board of directors. If you’re a member, please join us starting at 1:00 pm at CSI Annex (720 Bathurst Street, south of Bloor) in the “Garage” room. (Meet ‘n greet from 1:00 to 1:30, meeting called to order at 1:30 pm). Non-members can also attend if they become a TVA member when they arrive. Only those who have been members for at least 30 days prior to the meeting will be eligible to vote. Light refreshments will be provided. Current Board Members with Two Year Terms: Serving until 2020 – Daniel Donato, Fraser Gibson, Peter McQueen, Krista Schwab 2019-2020 Candidates Thomas Appleyard Thomas Appleyard knows the important role that the Toronto Vegetarian Association can play in supporting people moving towards healthier, greener, more compassionate living. Well over 25 years ago, Thomas became vegetarian. He remembers well that the TVA newsletters brought into sharp focus the personal changes he wanted to make, and how to make them well. Since then, Thomas has become vegan and TVA programs –… Read More


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Veg Out 460: New Cookbook, New Office and More!

On today’s episode Steve and Jeanette review Ally’s Kitchen: Comfort Food cookbook now available in the TVA library. We also share the news that the TVA is moving to 360 College Street, Suite 301 in December. We do an extra preview of the Veg Holiday Market and the AGM. And we welcome new volunteer Yinci! Listen now to Veg Out!… Read More


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