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2013 Toronto Veg Awards

In August, 2013, the Toronto Vegetarian Association members nominated their favourite vegetarian and veg-friendly businesses in the first ever Toronto Veg Awards. The general public, including members, then voted to select the winners! Over 2000 people cast their votes. We congratulate all the winning as well as the nominated businesses, and also celebrate the wonderful contributions of ALL vegetarian and veg-friendly businesses in Toronto. For a list of more great vegetarian businesses, visit veg.ca/directory. Favourite Veg Restaurant, City of Toronto WINNER: Fresh Camros Organic Eatery Grasslands Green Earth Hibiscus Hogtown Vegan Hot Beans Jean’s Vegetarian Kitchen King’s Cafe Live Organic Rawlicious Udupi Palace Vegetarian Haven Favourite Veg Restaurant Outside Toronto, Ontario only WINNER: Kindfood, Burlington Brar’s, Brampton Cornerstone Cafe, Guelph Gourmet Vegetarian Restaurant, Markham Pure Food Bar, Collingwood Raw Aura, Port Credit Rise Above, St Catharines The Green Door, Ottawa The Jasmine Garden, Whitby The Naked Sprout, Burlington Thrive Juice Bar, Waterloo Veg Out, London Favourite Veg-Friendly Restaurant, City of Toronto WINNER: Magic Oven Disgraceland Freshii Khao San Road Lick’s Nazareth Restaurant Rancho Relaxo Sneaky Dee’s Tabule The Beet Windsor Arms Hotel Favourite Vegan Pizza WINNER: Magic Oven Amato Pizza Famoso Neapolitan Pizzaria Khalsa Pizza Mamma’s Pizza… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – September 2013

New Vegan Online Shopping & Delivery The Vegan Artisan (5915 Atlantic Dr., Unit 1, 905-362-2388, www.theveganartisan.com) is a brand new online retail store where vegan/gluten-free products can be ordered and shipped right to your door! The new sister company of Veggie Paradise, “The Vegan Artisan is all about making it simple. We are committed to your making vegan lifestyle as simplistic and delicious as possible.”  In addition to the complete line of Veggie Paradise products such as fresh salads and vegan comfort food (such as vegan “chickenless” pot pie), The Vegan Artisan carries the finest quality TVP products, soy products, seitan & tofu, and amazing vegan “chicken”, “ham”, and even “seafood”! And for dessert there’s also a selection of gluten-free sweets.  Orders of fresh, dry, or frozen vegan cuisine is overnight shipped right to your door, or for a significant discount, orders can also be picked up at their warehouse. Become a Vegan Artisan member and enjoy even bigger savings! Check out their website for details and a full list of products, and follow The Vegan Artisan on Twitter and Facebook. Toronto Veg Card holders save 10%… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – August 2013

Bigger and Even Better! The Naked Sprout (4040 Palladium Way, Burlington, 905-319-2293) has announced that they are expanding! ”Thanks to our beautiful community and our dedicated & hard-working staff and our mission to change lives for a healthy tomorrow, we will be offering a bigger restaurant space, a new retail area, a new juice bar, & so much more!!!” Chrysalis Yoga, which has been part of the Naked Sprout space, will become a much larger presence with three studio spaces. Now you’ll be able to do some yoga, some shopping, and have a delicious, healthy meal, all in one stop! Check out The Naked Sprout on Facebook, where you can watch a video sneak preview of what’s to come! New Ice Cream Options! Tori’s Bakeshop (2188 Queen St. E., 647-350-6500) is excited to introduce ice cream! Made with love from scratch, available in scoops, on a cone, or nestled between two gluten free cookies, Tori’s ice cream is vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and sugar free (it’s sweetened by the power of dates!) It’s the sheer pleasure of ice-cream without the post-ice cream remorse! Follow Tori’s Bake Shop on Facebook and… Read More


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Discount Profile: Superfood Eateries

Care of Karin Thomas What’s the perfect food for summer in Toronto? Superfood! Superfood Eateries, that is. When you don’t want to spend your days slaving over a hot stove, run down to Superfood Eateries to savour the delicious raw, vegan, gluten free, organic, non-GMO gastronomic delights from Luciano Losiggio and Amy DeWolfe. Who says healthy can’t be gourmet quality? Don’t worry about placing your order and waiting anxiously for your food to be prepared (while checking your watch every 30 seconds). Superfood knows you’re in a hurry. Simply walk over to the cooler, grab whatever tickles your fancy, and go! Or, if you’ve got some time, pull up an ottoman in the cozy eating area, kick back, and enjoy your meal in house. Choose from a wide menu of decadent smoothies, nourishing juices, superstar salads, and mouthwatering mains like zucchini manicotti, tacos, Pad Thai, nachos, and pizza! Just because this food is healthy, doesn’t mean you have to skip dessert. With remineralizing chocolate cake, mood-elevating hemp balls, and their daily cheesecake, Superfood has your sweet tooth fix (without the nasty sugar crash an hour later)! These desserts are totally decadent, yet overflowing… Read More


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Vegan Summer Appetizer Workshop

Join Chef Liz Murray as she teaches you to prepare a delightlful array of vegan summer appetizers. The menu will include: Gaspacho Shooters with Chipotle Cashew cream Quinoa Tabouli Endive Cups with Lemon Tahini Sauce Smoky Tofu “Cheeze Ball” with Crudite Raw Vegan Brownies Spicy Fruit Kebobs Refreshing Fruity Spritzer Where? Harvest Noon Cafe (16 Bancroft Avenue, in the GSU Building on the 2nd floor) When? Wednesday, July 24th at 6:30 pm How much? Only $10 for TVA members and students, $15 for general public (includes samples of dishes prepared). (Not a TVA member but want to join to get discounts at this class and other events? Visit veg.ca/join) Seating is limited to 30 and tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets may be purchased by phoning the TVA office at 416-544-9800 or dropping by our resource centre at 17 Baldwin Street, second floor (open Wednesdays 6 to 9 pm or Saturdays 1 to 4 pm, excluding Saturday, June 29th). Read More


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A Tribute to Anne Dozell

In honour of her birthday on June 24th, we take time today to remember former Toronto Vegetarian Association board member Anne Dozell, who sadly passed away at Markham Stouffville Hospital on June 7, 2012 at the age of 71. In addition to serving on the TVA board, Anne co-founded the DurhamVeg Group, co-authored TVA’s popular “Tastes of Toronto” cookbook and wrote for several other TVA publications, including frequent articles in Lifelines. Anne worked tirelessly to serve the GTA’s vegetarian community as one of TVA’s chief social event organizers during the 1980s and early 1990s. She is most remembered for her “Getting Started” tutorials, her “Ask Letty” advice column in Lifelines [“Letty” being short for “Lettuce”], her outreach visits and her supermarket scrutiny. Her friends at the Toronto Vegetarian Association fondly recall her energy and her infectious laugh. She was always seeking ways to make veganism more attractive to the common omnivore. While the TVA misses Anne greatly, her memory and activism live on through the growing list of social groups which exist today, and we thank her for planting that seed at the Toronto Vegetarian Association. Read More


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Cupcakes for Critters

A common reason people wind up giving up pets to shelters is because they can no longer afford to care for them, and being able to get pet food at food banks can be a big help. That’s why the Vegetarian Resource Centre is collecting donations of pet food for food banks in exchange for cupcakes on Saturday, July 20th. That’s right: we’re offering a free cupcake for every donation of pet food you bring in! When? Saturday, July 20th from 1 to 4 pm Where? Vegetarian Resource Centre (17 Baldwin Street, second floor) We regret our location is not wheelchair accessible, however volunteers in the Resource Centre will happily meet you downstairs for the exchange. 416-544-9800 What? Get a free cupcake for each donation of pet food you bring in! While supplies last. Questions? Email admin@veg.ca. If you prefer to purchase only vegan dog food, in Toronto you can find it at Timmie Dog Outfitters or have a Global Pet Foods order some for you. Read More


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Spring Fresh – Garden Peas

  Care of Laura Wright The humble garden pea shows up in heaps of pods at farmer’s markets in the thick of springtime. Its arrival seems to signify the abundant start of Ontario’s growing season. Sure, there were local edibles popping out of the dirt before, but these little babies are something special. Their sweetness is so fresh, the colour so beautifully emerald, and they’re everywhere–perfectly accessible to all. The simple goodness of them eaten fresh from the pod, sauteed with a bit of herbs or whipped into a luscious spread with mint is pretty hard to beat. Wild Roots:  The earliest archaeological finds of peas date from the neolithic era of Syria, Turkey and Jordan. In Egypt, early records of the plant date from 3800–3600 BC in the upper regions of the country. Botanically speaking, pea pods are a fruit since they contain seeds developed from the ovary of the pea plant’s flower. Generally speaking, the pods and inner peas are considered to be a vegetable in cooking practices. Green peas were introduced from Genoa to the court of Louis XIV of France in January 1660, and not without fanfare. An allotment of them was presented before… Read More


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Walk or Run on the Toronto Vegetarian Team

Click here to see the Toronto Vegetarian Team’s page and sponsor a runner on the team! Are you a plant-powered runner? Or do you just love to go out for a long walk on a beautiful autumn morning? Want to spread the word that vegetarians are strong and healthy? Then join the Toronto Vegetarian Team at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday, October 20th! You can sign up to walk or run the 5k, 1/2 marathon or full marathon to raise funds to support TVA. Everyone on the team receives a special discounted charity registration rate. But that’s not all! Thanks to our generous sponsors Vega, Fresh Restaurants, Marni Wasserman, VegNews Magazine, Know Thy Food, Chef Mary Hulbert, Monarch Park Stadium and Whole Foods, team members this year will get: FREE fitness talk from Marni Wasserman at her brand new Delicious Knowledge studio FREE yoga for runners class from Vega rep and FlipSwitch Studios FREE raw cooking demonstration from chef Mary Hulbert Tree-free subscription to VegNews magazine… Read More


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