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April Social Group Events

Veggies of Hamilton-Burlington and Veggies of Halton-Peel This joint meetup on Saturday, April 13th at 5:30 pm will be at Earl’s Burlington (900 Maple Avenue), which launched a 100% vegan plant-based menu in October 2018. If you’d like, following dinner you can join the group at Coffee House @8-11pm (Advance tickets $14, Door Tickets: $18 or Two for $35). RSVP or get more info from hamiltonburlington@veg.ca. Toronto Veg Fitness On Tuesday, April 16th, enjoy a group run/walk from 6:30 to 7:30 pm along the waterfront trail. For more details and to RSVP check out the Facebook event or email fitness@veg.ca TVA Reads On April 17th at 6:30 pm TVA Reads will get together at CSI Annex (on Bathurst, south of Bloor) to discuss How to be a Good Creature. 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. Vegetarians of High Park On Friday, April 26th at 6:00 pm come check out the all-vegan restaurant The Goods (279 Roncesvalles). They have delicious bowls, smoothies, and salads. RSVP required by Wednesday, April 24th. RSVP to highpark@veg.ca. Read More


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March 2019 Social Group Events

Veggies of Hamilton-Burlington This donut shop in Hamilton closed last year and then re-opened as a vegetarian/vegan bakery and cafe! In addition to plenty of vegan donuts, they now also serve other sweets, soups, chili, and sandwiches. This group will meet at Doughboy Bakery (635 Greenhill Avenue) in Hamilton on Sunday, March 17th at 12:30 pm. RSVP to hamiltonburlington@veg.ca by March 16th at noon. Dinner Social Group The Dinner Social Group will meet at Saigon Lotus (6 St. Andrew Street in Kensington Market) on Thursday, March 21st at 7 pm. RSVP to tvadinner@veg.ca by March 19th. Toronto Veg Fitness On Saturday, March 23rd, enjoy a walk at the Evergreen Brickworks. Hit the trails, enjoy the outdoors, and finish with a bit of shopping at the Saturday market. For more details and to RSVP check out the Facebook event or email fitness@veg.ca Vegan Baking Group On Saturday, March 23rd the Vegan Baking Group is hosting a special event: Welcome the Spring! Are you a vegan cake lover? Celebrate the arrival of spring with amazing cakes, food, live music and dancing! Bring a vegan cake, RSVP on the web app … Read More


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Veg Guide Updates: Valentine’s Day Specials!

Valentine’s Day is almost here! And love it or hate it, it’s definitely time to indulge those you love (or hey, love yourself!), by getting some good food, and nice vegan gifts! And our Veg Guide businesses have not disappointed in that regard! Read on for some amazing specials! Alternity Alternity has this great promo for only $7! You get a Heart Beet Truffle and a Cardamon Rose Tea Latte: “Awaken your senses with this match made in heaven. Our fully raw, plant based heart beet truffle is sure to make you fall in love, and our cardamon rose tea latte will have you forever in swoon.”   Away Kitchen Visit Away Kitchen for their Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe menu! Available at both locations, but there’s no pizza at College St. Just $30.00 Appetizer: Olives and almonds / Beet salad / Garlic knots Main: 9″ pizza / Oyster mushroom pot pie / Lasagna Dessert: Dark chocolate lava cake / Apple tartin   Baldwin Naturals Located in Kensington, Baldwin Naturals has all your… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Creamy Cashews

Care of Amy Symington of Ameliaeats.com Creamy, dreamy cashews are a plant based diet’s best friend and for good reason. They help to easily replace a cornucopia of otherwise dairy based products like milk, cheese, cheesecake, and cream toppings, fillings, sauces, and spreads. They are also delicious all on their own or try them dry roasted with a sprinkle of salt. No matter how you like your cashews though, know that they also contain many vital nutrients that our bodies require for optimal health. They contain high levels of fibre, protein, magnesium, copper, and healthy mono- and poly-unsaturated fats. Studies have shown that consuming 1.5 oz of nuts per day helps to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and help to maintain a healthy body weight due to their satiating effect. The magnesium and copper present helps with maintaining strong and healthy bones in conjunction with calcium and vitamin D keeping osteoporosis at bay. To up your cashew consumption and eliminate that dairy, try the recipes below on your favourite whole grain bagel with mounds of sprouts, red onions, and capers! Recipe: Cashew Cheese Spread with Carrot Lox Cashew Cheese Spread Makes 6… Read More


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Discount Profile: Away Kitchen

If you’re looking for either a sunny, stylish cafe to dine in for lunch, or a nice place to go for date night, Away Kitchen’s new Queen Street location will fit perfectly for either. The first thing I noticed when I walked in was the beautiful artwork and living gardens on the walls, and how big the space was with a full dining room. But of course, a restaurant needs to not only look good but serve delicious food, and this place certainly blew me away. I had been to Away’s College Street location before and enjoyed the refreshing sandwiches and soups. I had come to Queen Street to try something unique at this location: their pizza. It was some of the best pizza I’ve had in the city (or ever?!). The crust was light yet crispy, and held up well considering the fact that the pizzas were loaded with their unique toppings. This ain’t your Italian grandma’s pizza. My partner and I shared the Mediterranean which was topped with their own homemade cashew mozarella cheese, a balsamic reduction, and artichokes. The Romana was a burst of different flavours and textures, including a cauliflower… Read More


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February Social Group Events

Veggies of Hamilton-Burlington Check out the new location of Hearty Hooligan on Sunday, February 10th at noon. Located at 292 Ottawa Street in Hamilton. RSVP to hamiltonburlington@veg.ca. TVA Reads On February 20th, join the TVA Reads for a special event where they will not only discuss Eat for the Planet: Saving the World One Bit at a Time by Nil Zacharias, but also Sam Turnbull’s cookbook Fuss Free Vegan. Make sure to read the book before the potluck so you’re ready to discuss it! Bring a vegan dish to share along with any required utensils for serving. RSVP is required to tvareads@veg.ca. You can also search for the group on Facebook to learn more. Vegetarians of High Park Also on Wednesday, February 20th, Vegetarians of High Park will meet for dinner at 6 pm at North of Bombay (on Dundas Street West in the Junction). This Indian restaurant has many clearly labelled vegan options. RSVP to highpark@veg.ca by Friday, February 15th. Dinner Social Group On Thursday, February 21st at 7:00 pm, join this group to try the new location of Green Earth Cuisine (now at 804 Danforth Avenue). RSVP to tvadinner@veg.ca by February 19th. Toronto Veg Fitness… Read More


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They can run, but they can't hide from veganism

Care of Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Coordinator If your New Year’s resolution is to encourage more people to go vegan, it seems you’re not alone. Saturday, January the 5th, the first weekend of 2019, witnessed a thrilling exhibition of vegan-related stories from mainstream media outlets. It seems everyone and anyone can’t stop talking about the fact that veganism is here to stay and is going to be a dominant force in society and economics in 2019 and beyond. CBC dedicated 10 minutes to the plant-based revolution. As ‘meat-eater’ Elmer Kim states: “I’ve got to tell you… This is absolutely going to revolutionize the food industry. The beef industry, if they don’t get this right, they’re going to be like the taxi industry. They’re going to look like Blockbuster because this is coming down like a tidal wave.” Click here to watch this clip which is sure to excite you about the progress we are making! This was accompanied by both an online article and a clip on CBC Radio promoting Veganuary, that included comments from me about the 7-Day Veggie Challenge and how it can support people doing… Read More


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Tips For Getting Your Kids to Eat More Vegetables

Care of Emily Wood, RD Emily Wood is a plant based Registered Dietitian, wife and mom of 2 young, energetic boys that are thriving on a plant based diet. She operates her own coaching business, where she helps people transition to the plant based lifestyle to revitalize their energy and vitality, so they can reach the level of ultimate health and happiness in their lives. She holds a Plant Based Certificate from the T Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. Join her Plant Based Lifestyle for Busy Moms Facebook Group to connect with other inspiring, health-bound moms. Let’s face it, most kids don’t LOVE their veggies. When my kids first started eating solid food, I always offered a wide variety of vegetables, which they usually gobbled up! But as they grew and started developing a taste for other things, it got more challenging. The good news with kids is that they need a lot of calories to meet the demand of their rapidly growing bodies. But with that said, you still don’t want to be feeding them fat, sugar, and refined foods all day. I have found a few ways that have really helped me to… Read More


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January 2019 Social Group Events

TVA Reads On January 16th, join the TVA Reads to discuss Happily Ever Esther. Make sure to read the book before the potluck so you’re ready to discuss it! RSVP is required to tvareads@veg.ca. You can also search for the group on Facebook to learn more. Dinner Social Group On Thursday, January 17th at 7:00 pm, join this group to try a new veg-friendly discovery, Khau Gully. It is located at 1991 Yonge Street. RSVP to tvadinner@veg.ca by January 15th.  … Read More


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The Tipping Point is Here

Care of Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator I’m starting to feel like a broken record, but I just can’t stop sharing my excitement about all the signs that we’ve reached a tipping point with the popularity and awareness of vegan food in Toronto. Earlier this year, popular local Italian chain Il Fornello launched their huge, plant-based menu complete with arancini balls and agnolotti in “butter” sauce, and not long ago we learned that famous local chef David Lee decided to close his popular omnivorous restaurant Nota Bene to replace it with a second location of the vegan restaurant Planta. But make sure you are sitting down because you won’t believe the news I’m about to share with you. You may have already heard from us that the Toronto Vegetarian Association won Best Food Activist Group in this year’s Now Readers’ Choice Awards. We are so humbled, grateful, and excited about this incredible achievement! (Thanks so much if you voted for us!). But we weren’t the only vegan establishment that went home with an award this year. Check out this list of plant-based businesses that won in a dozen categories! And again, we’re not just talking about winning in a vegan category. These businesses won best… Read More


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