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Discount Profile: Flower Lantern Vegetarian Restaurant

For those who still think all the good veg options are only in the downtown core, you obviously have not yet been to Flower Lantern Vegetarian Restaurant at Finch and Islington! I recently visited for the first time and was blown away by how flavourful and delicious everything was, not to mention the generous portions at a very affordable price! We started with two appetizers. The fried wontons came with a delicious, soft filling to contrast with the crispy, fried shell. We also delighted in the shredded mock meat rolls. The shredded mock meat was wrapped in a soft, rice paper roll and stuffed with plenty of lettuce too, which meant that even though it was a “meaty” dish, it tasted fresh and light. My partner and I almost laughed when the two main dishes we ordered came to the table because they were so huge! How were we going to finish so much food? Well, it turns out it was just so tasty we couldn’t stop ourselves and finished every last bite. The Huey-Style Vermicelli Bowl is actually a spicy soup with a wide assortment of veggie meats, vegetables and noodles too. It had a nice,… Read More


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July Veg Guide Updates

Happy summer! There is lots to talk about this month in the Veg Guide updates, so we’ll get right to it! New Vegan Businesses mugi 739 Bathurst Street. This entirely plant-based Thai restaurant at Bathurst and Bloor makes traditional Thai dishes from scratch with wholesome ingredients. They make their own tempeh, kimchi, and fish sauce alternatives and their meals are fresh and flavourful! Mugi is mostly takeaway, with a small counter for eating in the restaurant. New Locations of Popular Favourites Almond Butterfly 792 Dundas Street West Almond Butterfly makes awesome gluten-free baked goods, with plenty of vegan options and at their new location on Dundas you can also enjoy brunch in addition to their usual grab and go options! Choose from vegan tacos, banana crepes, or caesar salad, order a mimosa and stay awhile! Places with Great Vegan Options These places aren’t all necessarily new options, but they are good options we’ve been made aware of recently! It’s great how many places are now offering delicious vegan food! Bagel Nash 81 Gerry Fitzgerald Dr. In addition to regularly offering vegan soups, Bagel Nash now has vegan cream cheese and Beyond… Read More


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July 2019 Social Groups

Dinner Social Group Meet with like-minded people for good food and conversation at Udupi Palace (1460 Gerrard Street East) on Thursday, July 18th at 7 pm. RSVP to tvadinner@veg.ca by July 16th. Toronto Veg Fitness Enjoy an outdoor yoga session in Dufferin Grove Park on Saturday, July 20th at 10 am. The yoga will cater to all skill levels, so no prior experience is necessary. All you need to do is show up at the park with your own yoga mat or towel, ready to try it out! Afterwards, they will head out for a short cool-down walk to Bloomers for some drinks/treats – or if you’re feeling ready for lunch, they have a fantastic lunch menu. For more details and to RSVP check out the Facebook event or email fitness@veg.ca. Toronto Starch Solution The Starch Solution way of eating is designed to prevent, improve, and even reverse many of the chronic diseases people experience. It is based on Dr John McDougall’s book by the same name, focusing on whole foods, plant-based, prepared without added fats or oils. If you would like to learn more about this way of protecting and improving your health, join them at 18 Wynford Drive on July… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Peaches

Care of Andrea Howe at glowingongreens.com  Summer weather calls for peachy moods, and peach-filled recipes. This bright fruit is packed full of flavour and nutrients, and a perfect addition to your plate. Peaches are known for their abundance of antioxidants. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that aids in cell repair from free-radical damage, protecting your body from aging and disease. Additionally, they contain fibre, that key nutrient for improved overall health. Fibre reduces inflammation and can improve symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders such as IBS. It also reduces LDL cholesterol, and blood sugar levels, thus reducing risk of Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease. This juicy fruit can be enjoyed in a variety of ways like baked in a tart, sliced in a salad, or grilled as a decadent accompaniment. Peaches are an Ontario grown summer fruit and can be found at local farmers markets and grocery stores. Try this rich grilled peach pancake recipe at your next family brunch. Blueberry and Grilled Peach Pancakes Ingredients – 1 cup oat flour – 1 tbsp flax seed – 1 tbsp baking powder – 1 tsp cinnamon – ½ tsp salt – 1 cup… Read More


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Veg Out 453: Restaurant Closings and Openings

Steve and Jeanette reminisce about Vegetarian Haven, a favourite restaurant of the veg community that is sadly set to close on July 13th. But when one places closes, there’s always another one opening up, so we chat about the new locations for Bunners and Copper Branch, and new Thai veggie spot called Mugi. Steve also gives a shout out to the pop up spot Fat Choi. Listen now to Veg Out! Closings: Vegetarian Haven Awai Through Being Cool Openings: Bunners Copper Branch Mugi  … Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Strawberry Hazelnut Chia Pudding Parfait

Care of Amy Symington of ameliaeats.com Strawberry season is an exciting time of year because it means longer, warmer and sunnier days in addition to eating these sweet, sun-warmed berries! Aside from being almost everyone’s favourite tasty treat in spring they are also something to feel good about including in your daily diet! Berries, in general, contain anthocyanins, which are dark colour pigments found in fruits and vegetables and also a powerful antioxidant, which has been shown to help with the prevention and management of chronic diseases such as heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes and cancer. They are also an important component of an anti-inflammatory diet aiding in the reduction of chronic inflammation which has also been linked to an increase in chronic disease. Moreover, they contain high levels of vitamin C, another powerful antioxidant which helps to neutralize damage-causing free radicals in the body. Enjoy them in smoothies, your granola, a chia pudding parfait or baked in pies, tarts, muffins, cakes and scones or simply eat them out of a bowl straight up! Strawberry Hazelnut Chia Pudding Parfait Makes 2 servings Ingredients 1 cup unsweetened almond milk ½ cup chia seeds 1 tbsp maple syrup… Read More


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June 2019 Social Group Events

East End Veggie Social Group Join in for a fun night of bowling on Wednesday, June 5th at 7 pm. Click here for more details on Facebook and to RSVP. Vegan Baking Group It’s a vegan cinnabon bar! Bring a batch of cinnamon buns, and a couple of your favourite toppings or icing, and enjoy icing, topping, and eating your creative concoctions in a park on a summer day! This event is happening Saturday, June 15th from 12 to 3 pm at Christie Pits Park. Click here for more details and to RSVP or email baking@veg.ca if you have questions or want to RSVP. Toronto Veg Fitness There are two chances to meet up in June with fellow plant-based athletes! On Wednesday, June 5th, Copper Branch at Bathurst and Dundas will be giving the group 10% off at a dinner from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Click here for details and to RSVP. On Tuesday, June 18th, enjoy a group workout in the park at Riverdale Park from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. For more details and to RSVP check out the Facebook event or email fitness@veg.ca Vegetarians of High Park On Friday, June… Read More


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Discount Profile: Copper Branch Thornhill and Brooklin Locations

Copper Branch seems to be taking over the world! Originally from Montreal (with several locations there), they started with one location in downtown Toronto and are now invading all the suburbs throughout the GTA so you can get your plant-based fix wherever you are! I had tried their burgers before at various veg fests but when I went for my first sit down meal at their Thornhill location, my jaw dropped. My mom and I started by splitting the spicy buffalo wings. They had a delicious, slightly crispy skin and the aioli to dip them in was so creamy and flavourful. Even the little side of purple coleslaw was a refreshing, crunchy treat (spiced with sriracha! Yes please!). It was too difficult to choose just one entree so we also split two bowls: The General Copper and the Aztec. Both blew our minds when they arrived at the table. The portions were so generous, and the bowls were so colourful with so many different components. In addition to their famous ooey, gooey general tao chicken (made from shitake mushrooms), the General Copper had a bright purple coleslaw, fresh and bright green broccoli, and cubes of creamy avocado. The Aztec was… Read More


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Summer Jobs Postings: Food Fest Assistant & Community Outreach and Office Assistant

The Toronto Vegetarian Association is hiring for two summer positions. Important note: These positions are funded by Canada Summer Jobs and are therefore only open to those who are between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment; and are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Veg Food Fest Assistant: Logistics and Vendor Management The Veg Food Fest Assistant will be responsible for assisting and reporting to the Festival and Events Coordinator during the overall curation of the 35th annual Veg Food Fest. The Veg Food Fest Assistant will be the point of contact for vendors.  They will be responsible for clearly communicating information to vendors, answering vendor questions, and managing vendor logistics. Under the guidance and alongside the Festival and Events Coordinator, the Veg Food Fest Assistant will be responsible for the delivery and execution of the vendor logistics management plan for the 35th annual Veg Food Fest. The successful candidate must be available for a start date of Monday, June 10th, 2019, and available from September 6th to 8th, 2019. This… Read More


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Members’ Tour of Farmhouse Garden Animal Home May 19th — sold out!

We’re happy to announce the upcoming Members’ trip to Farmhouse Garden Animal Home!   This event is now sold out, but look for another bus trip for members in late summer / early fall!    Spend the day with the animals of Farmhouse Garden, where you’ll have the opportunity to take in a guided tour of the grounds, hear the story of how this Sanctuary came to be, and even have the opportunity to feed the animal residents! Bring your own lunch and a water bottle, as well as a pair of boots–it’s going to be muddy at this working farm! After the tour, we will stop at Copper Branch in Brooklin for your choice of three meals, with kombucha and dessert samples donated by Copper Branch. We will return you to Wilson Station around 5pm after a full day of compassion and community. The cost for this event is $60.00 and that covers everything; the bus, supper at Copper Branch, as well as a donation to Farmhouse Garden. TVA staff will be along on the tour to take care of all the details. You must be a member of the TVA to join this event,… Read More


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