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Vegetarian Holiday Specials 2013

  Whether you’re looking for that perfect gift, or some delicious Vegetarian holiday fare, we’ve got all the holiday specials offered by your favourite Vegetarian Directory businesses. Happy Holidays! Holiday Meal Specials Bello Bio (511 Mt. Pleasant Rd., 416-587-4432, www.bellobio.ca) has a 5 course Italian Holiday sampler menu until December 30 from Wed-Sun, 5:30-8pm for $35 plus tax. “Hey folks – check out one of our entrees for our Holiday Sampler menu! This dish includes a potato and cauliflower bechamel sformato, seitan roast, and almond, chestnut, and thyme stuffing, topped with a roasted onion and garlic sauce. Delicious!” Brar’s – Food Culture of India (199 Advance Blvd., Brampton, 905-799-1625, www.brars.ca) offers an extended holiday menu and extended hours from Dec. 13-Jan. 1 just for you! “Happy Holidays from Brampton BRAR’S.” Fresh Restaurants (4 locations, 416-599-4442, www.freshrestaurants.ca) has an amazing New Year’s Eve deal. Get customer appreciation discounts from 6-9pm on December 31: from 6-7pm- 30% off, from 7-8pm- 40% off, from 8-9pm- 50% off! Visit any of the four locations: – FRESH ON CRAWFORD 894 Queen Street West – FRESH ON… Read More


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Discount Profile: Tenon Vegetarian Cuisine

We have profiled Tenon Vegetarian Cuisine in the past, shortly after they first opened, but with the new all-you-can-eat menu there is so much tasty news to share! The price for the all-you-can-eat menu is $20.99, but you will pay less with your Toronto Veg Card, which gets you 10% off. That price tag gets you unlimited orders of a wide variety of amazing dishes not found on their regular menu. My father and I each ordered the all-you-can-eat special so we were able to share and enjoy a wide range of dishes including sesame “chicken” (that was our favourite!) and orange “chicken”, seaweed salad, tofu with peanut sauce and mango salad. We also sampled a few different sushi dishes which were just as beautiful in presentation as they were in taste. Our favourite was the King Dragon sushi you see pictured here: it was coated with avocado and stuffed with sweet potato, cucumber and something crispy too! It was a difficult decision because Tenon’s regular menu also offers so many enticing Thai and Japanese dishes, including vegetarian shrimp in red curry and coconut milk, won tons with peanut sauce, thai basil “beef” and Bento boxes… Read More


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Breakfast each day keeps the nightmares away

By Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator We’ve all heard many reasons why it’s important to start your day with a hearty breakfast: it gets your metabolism moving, keeps you feeling full so you avoid snacking on junk before lunchtime, yada yada yada. That’s all true, but there’s another reason why I start every single day with a delicious breakfast: it guarantees that I have something to smile about each and every day. I enjoy so many different breakfast foods I often find it difficult to decide what I’ll have for breakfast, and usually spend way too much time before bed deciding what I’ll eat the next morning. Of course, there are pancakes, glorious pancakes! This is probably my favourite breakfast food, and there are so many different kinds I adore. You may recall the Hot Chocolate Pancakes from an old issue of eLifelines. Jae steele is the pancake master with banana pancakes in her first book and lemon poppy seed pancakes in her second, both which turn out perfect every time and which I make almost weekly. I’m also a huge fan of Chocolate Covered Katie’s… Read More


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Discount Profile: Free Times Cafe

  How silly that I work so close to Free Times Cafe yet hadn’t in all these years taken the time to check out the amazing vegetarian food they have to offer. I suppose that is what Veggielicious is all about – inspiring people to try new restaurants that serve great vegetarian options. During Veggielicious I made it out to Free Times Cafe twice and both times I was absolutely floored by how delicious the food was. On day one, I had a delicious vegan shepard’s pie that came with soft, whole grain bread and a salad filled with tomatoes and red onions and a nice balsamic vinaigrette. The shepard’s pie was filled with bulgar, corn and carrots and was comfort food at it’s best. On day two, I had a mediterranean wrap packed with eggplant, hummus and other veggies, along with a side of ginger and sweet potato soup. It was perfect for one of the first cold days of winter. When it’s not Veggielicious, there’s still plenty of vegetarian options on Free Times Cafe’s menu, (including their house made veggie burger and a great falafel plate) that TVA members can take 15% off of with the Toronto… Read More


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December Social Group Events

  Vegetarians of High Park The Vegetarians of High Park invite you to a vegan potluck holiday dinner in the Jane/Bloor area on Tuesday, December 10th at 6:30 pm. Exact address and directions will be given only to those who RSVP. Please RSVP by Thursday, December 5th to highpark@veg.ca and let them know what kind of dish you plan to bring (appetizer, dessert, main course, salad, etc.). Vegan Baking Group The next bakeluck will take place at 3pm on Sunday, December 15 at Metro Hall. Sweet and savoury welcome! Contact tvabaking-owner@yahoogroups.com if you’re interested in attending or joining the group. TVA Reads TVA reads will meet on December 18th at 6:30 so save the date! Contact Shân at tvareads@veg.ca to RSVP or to join the group. York Region Vegetarian Families The York Region Vegetarian Families group is getting together for a veggie lunch in Markham! Great company and delicious food await for all ages of family members and for those who are vegan, vegetarian and transitioning. Where: Tenon Vegetarian Restaurant Unit 2  8362 Kennedy Rd, Markham, ON When: Saturday February 1st, 2014, 11:30am   Please RSVP with Taunya at tvayorkvegfamilies@yahoo.ca or 647 238 0519. Learn more about the more… Read More


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Annual Holiday Sale and Open House

  Don’t wait until the last minute to get your holiday gifts – score some sweet savings at TVA’s annual Holiday Sale and Open House! Come & meet members of the Toronto Vegetarian Association’s Board of Directors and indulge in treats at our vegan bake sale. Door prize! Every person who makes a purchase will be entered into a draw to win a copy of the brand new cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowtiz Isa Does It! Vegetarian food drive! We’re collecting vegetarian, non-perishable food items to donate to the Daily Bread Food Bank this holiday season. Book Sale! Books on sale include the following: SWEET DEAL: Forks Over Knives Cookbook: $15 (regular $24) Books for $20: Eat Raw Eat Well (reg:$27), Sistah Vegan (reg:$26), Ani’s Raw Food Essentials (reg:$25), How it All Vegan Anniversary Edition (reg:$25), Viva Vegan (reg:$24), Colour me Vegan (reg:$22) Books for $15: Engine 2 Diet (reg:$20), Georges Laraque Memoirs (reg:$20), Finding Ultra (reg:$18), Farm Sanctuary (reg:$18) Holiday Gift Packs: $50 gets you or a friend a TVA membership, TVA button, one of five books to choose from (Chloe’s Kitchen, Caribbean Vegan, Great Gluten-Free Eats, Raw Quick and Delicious, the Lucky Ones), and a gluten-free… Read More


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Pizza with a Twist

By Autumn Ladoucer, Past Communications Intern Compared with other pizza restaurants, Pizza Rustica was one of the best I’ve ever eaten at when it comes to vegan fare. Barbi and I experienced Pizza Rustica for the first time this past Monday. The menu was very impressive. There are tons of options for vegans, including a whole vegetarian pizza menu where Daiya cheese can be used instead of cow cheese. The pizza we found most intriguing was the “Mexicana”, which Pizza Rustica describes as, “Chipotle pesto sauce, vegan ground “meat”, Daiya mozzarella and pepper jack cheddar, corn, hot peppers, organic back beans and green onions. Topped with fresh avocados and cilantro.” It was a thin-crust pizza, loaded with toppings, perfect for one.  The hot peppers added a great bite to the meal, although this tasted more like Mexican food than pizza and fresh toppings gave the pizza more of a cold feel. If you are looking to bite into a warm, hearty slice of traditional pizza I would suggest trying one of their other offerings. We also ordered the “Vegan Bolognese” pasta. Pizza Rustica describes it as, “Seasoned organic vegan ground”meat” & tomato sauce.  Tossed with gluten free quinoa &… Read More


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Savoury Meals That Are Oh-So Sweet

By Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator Asian tacos and sandwich, and sweet potato balls from Gainesville’s Lunchbox I recently returned from a week of indulgence in Tampa and Gainesville, Florida. We had some really delicious food in Tampa, but I must say Gainesville is such a surprising mecca for vegan food it is a city worth taking a vacation to for that reason alone. My week consisted of custom cupcakes from Sakara Sweets (pick your cake, frosting, filling and topping), vegan soft serve from a corner convenience store, a full-out feast of Jamaican goodness from Reggae Shack, tempeh burritos from El Indio (a drive-in Mexican place), raspberry-basil-lemon soda and Asian tacos from the outdoor walk-up Lunchbox, fried brussel sprouts and sweet corn balls from a food truck, and yes, an ice cream sundae for breakfast topped with vegan whipped cream, hot fudge sauce and Fudgeeo cookies from Karma Cream. It was all rather delicious but needless to say when I returned home, I needed a serious cleanse (and maybe a few new pairs of pants). To quote a friend as we waited for our flights to depart home, “I have such a craving for steamed broccoli!” would… Read More


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Embrace Your Inner Hippy Granola Veggie

By Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator As a form of vegetarian outreach and in an attempt to convert meat-eaters to plant-eaters, us veggies are eager to dispel myths about bland, vegetarian food. We’ve probably all said more than once in our lives “vegetarians don’t just eat granola and salad!”. The last Toronto Veg Blog post shows that plant-based food knows no limits and that certainly, granola and salad are no longer required fare for vegetarians. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not shy about indulging in all the vegan versions of classic comfort food and sweet desserts that are abundant these days. But I’ll let you in on a little secret. I’m vegan and yes, I love granola. It’s quick to whip up in a bowl and pop in the oven, ready to bring along wherever and whenever the next day. It’s a great snack, or if you make one filled with enough nuts and seeds, it can even be filling enough for lunch with a side of fruit and veggies. It’s the perfect food to bring along on vacation, to snack on the plane, or to bring on hikes or other day trips where there… Read More


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Podcast 287: Immunize Yourself!

Today John and Sarah welcomed Selene to the podcast.  Selene was able to offer some practical tips about how to prevent colds and flus.  The trio also got involved in a conversation about some new restaurants of note thanks to an email from Shawn C.  Also discussed:  Veggielicious and the AGM are just around the corner,  a Vega recall, the TVA team at Toronto Waterfront Marathon, and Diwali. Listen Now!… Read More


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