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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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Treat your Mom to something awesome from our Veg Guide!

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching (May 12th this year!) and I know you’re all busy trying to plan a great day for all the Moms out there. Well, we’re here to help! Here’s a list of great special menus, treats, and more to help Mom have a great day!   Alternity   From May 1st until Mother’s Day, Alternity is honouring Mothers by offering them a much needed cacao and coffee break for just $6. This includes our Americano made with Organic fair trade coffee beans and our signature Cacao dipped Peanut Butter Oat bar.     Away   Take Mom for brunch at Away Kitchen on Queen! Away is launching a new Sunday Brunch, featuring poutine with cashew hollandaise, brunch pizza, and waffles! Starting May 5, the week before Mother’s Day.     Better Cookies   Send a personalized gift to mom on Mother’s Day online with BetterCookies.ca. We have gift baskets, gift boxes, cookie bouquets and cookie jars to make her day extra sweet. Each gourmet cookie we make is hand shaped, baked fresh and made with care. We even add extra chocolate chips on top of every chocolate… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Parsley and Mushroom Cauliflower Risotto

Care of Andrea Howe of Glowing on Greens Parsley is often an underrated ingredient used as simple garnish for added colour. However, it is worth much more credit due to it being packed full of vitamins, minerals, and with many health benefits. Parsley contains special antioxidants that fight free radical damage which can lead to the development of cancers and inflammation. This can benefit those with arthritis, chronic inflammation, or injured muscles. Parsley is also an excellent source of vitamin C which is key in fighting disease and cancers. As well, its high potassium content leads it to be a natural diuretic helping relief from bloating, edema, or water retention. Parsley can be incorporated into a variety of dishes like tabbouleh, smoothies or juices, risotto, and more! Check out this savoury mushroom cauliflower risotto recipe with fresh parsley. Ingredients (makes 2 servings):  1 cup vegetable broth  1 tbsp olive oil  1 tbsp vegan butter  1lb white mushrooms, sliced  1/2 white onion, diced  4 cloves garlic, minced  1/2 head of cauliflower  1/4 tsp red pepper flakes  1/2 tsp dried thyme  1/2… Read More


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Discount Profile: Veggie Planet

Veggie Planet takes the idea of fusion cuisine to a whole new level. I knew they put an Indian twist on the American pizza and burger, but I was absolutely blown away by the number of options to choose from on their enormous, unique menu. First we had to choose a pizza, which was no easy task. Would it be the Indian Masala Pizza, the Kawa Topped Pizza, or the Chaat Pizza? We decided to go with the Pav Bhaji, which featured spicy vegetables, chilis, garlic, and vegan cheese, all atop a perfectly thin yet crispy crust. Next we chose a burger, of which we narrowed down to choices like the noodle burger, vada burger, or samosa burger. We decided on the Timi Burger, which had a vegan fish patty topped with more veggies and vegan cheese. But there were too many enticing dishes to stop there. We also ordered the Planet Special Poutine which was out of this world! Imagine warm fries topped with not just the usual vegan cheese and gravy but also masala flavours, crispy onions, olives, and kawa. They were not light on any of the toppings. This was a luscious, gooey mess. Everything we ate was incredibly… Read More


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May Social Group Events

Toronto Veg Fitness On Saturday, May 25th, enjoy a group bike ride leaving from Corktown Commons at 10 am. For more details and to RSVP check out the Facebook event or email fitness@veg.ca TVA Reads On May 15th at 6:30 pm TVA Reads will get together at CSI Annex (on Bathurst, south of Bloor) to discuss Protest Kitchen by Carol J. Adams. As always, this event is also a vegan potluck so please bring a dish to share as well as your own plate and cutlery.  Click here for more details on Facebook or email tvareads@veg.ca. Social Dinner Group Enjoy good food and conversation on Thursday, May 16th at 7:00 pm at Cosmic Treats (207 Augusta Avenue). RSVP to tvadinner@veg.ca by May 15th. Read More


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April Veg Guide Updates!

Happy Spring! We are bringing you two Veg Guide posts this month–there’s so many great new places to check out, I didn’t want to wait until after Easter to let you know about them! Look for my Easter post coming up a little later in the month! Without further ado, here’s the new places to look out for this month. Animal Liberation Kitchen 717 1/2 Queen Street East In addition to having the cutest logo ever, Animal Liberation Kitchen also serves up smoothies, sandwiches, mac and cheese, desserts and more from their new storefront at Queen and Broadview. You might have had their yummy food at one of the vegan festivals around the GTA, but now you can have it anytime! “At Animal Liberation Kitchen, our goal is not to pressure people into feeling guilty about eating meat. We simply intend to offer a healthy and tasty alternative. We are trying to prove that meat is not necessary for a delicious and wholly nutritious meal.” Chawpati Indian Cuisine 950 Wyandotte St. W., Windsor  If you’re in Windsor looking for some veg food, the newly opened Chawpati Indian Cuisine can definitely help you out! Everything… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Cultured Veggies and Cabbage

Care of Amy Symington at ameliaeats.com  Cabbage is an often overlooked winter vegetable that gets very little culinary love. However, its versatility and impressive nutrition profile will surprise even your sauerkraut-loving grandmother. It is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family including arugula, broccoli, collard greens, horseradish, and kale. Cruciferous vegetables contain high levels of health-promoting phytochemicals, specifically antioxidant-rich polyphenols and disease-preventing fibre. They contain high levels of anti-bacterial organosulphur compounds that have been shown to reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Cabbage is also rich in vitamins C and K, as well as manganese, all of which help to support good bone and teeth health. Use it in spring or winter rolls, slaws, salads, soups, tacos, braised with tofu, and/or fermented in sauerkraut or cultured veggies. Cultured Veggies Makes 1 500ml jar Ingredients: (Prep a few days in advance or just use veggies as toppings and omit water, garlic and salt) 1 large carrot, grated 1 small beet, grated ½ cup cabbage, thinly sliced 1 cup water 1 clove garlic ½ tsp sea salt 16 oz mason jar Directions: 1. In a large bowl… Read More


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Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale

Join us for the Toronto location of the Annual Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale at the TVA Resource Centre! There will be cupcakes, cookies, confections, and more. And you’ll support a great cause: inspiring people to choose a healthier, greener, more compassionate lifestyle through plant-based eating. All proceeds support the TVA. You may want to bring a takeaway container to carry away extra treats! When? Saturday April 27th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Where? TVA Resource Centre (17 Baldwin Street, 2nd floor). We regret our location is not wheelchair accessible, although weather permitting, we may set up on our patio downstairs. This year’s sale will also feature goodies from our past Vegan Bake Off contestants!… Read More


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