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Celebrate the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale at TVA

Come out to the Toronto Vegetarian Association’s annual Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale. There will be marble cupcakes, macaroons, donuts and more, including treats from Through Being Cool Bakery! 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. When? Saturday, April 27th from 1 to 4 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. Read More


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Discount Profile: Udupi Palace

Care of Karin Thomas Known for their annual spicy dosa-eating contest, Udupi Palace can be found just west of Coxwell and Gerrard, a few steps below ground level, in Little India. Udupi Palace is a South Indian vegetarian hot spot, specializing in vegan, fusion, and Jain cuisine. From the moment you open the door and are hit with the intoxicating smell of curry spices and basmati rice, you know you’re in for a treat. The servers are friendly, welcoming, and attentive; more than happy to answer any menu questions you may have or to recommend a dish. You’ll find all the standard Indian favourites here, including pakoras, samosas, curries, and naan (Sat & Sun only), but the specialty at Udupi Palace are their dosas. The “Special Rava Masala Dosa” is not to be missed. A tender, chewy, spiced dosa (similar to a crepe) is filled with a spiced potato and onion mixture… reminiscent of samosa filling. This dosa is served with Sambhar (a thin vegetable stew) and the most amazing coconut chutney you will ever eat. Ask for extra chutney when placing your order; you’ll be glad you did. Another favourite is the Poori Bhaji. Read More


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Discount Profile: Udupi Palace

Care of Karin Thomas Photo care of MSN Travel Known for their annual spicy dosa-eating contest, Udupi Palace can be found just west of Coxwell and Gerrard, a few steps below ground level, in Little India. Udupi Palace is a South Indian vegetarian hot spot, specializing in vegan, fusion, and Jain cuisine. From the moment you open the door and are hit with the intoxicating smell of curry spices and basmati rice, you know you’re in for a treat. The servers are friendly, welcoming, and attentive; more than happy to answer any menu questions you may have or to recommend a dish. You’ll find all the standard Indian favourites here, including pakoras, samosas, curries, and naan (Sat & Sun only), but the specialty at Udupi Palace are their dosas. The “Special Rava Masala Dosa” is not to be missed. A tender, chewy, spiced dosa (similar to a crepe) is filled with a spiced potato and onion mixture… reminiscent of samosa filling. This dosa is served with Sambhar (a thin vegetable stew) and the most amazing coconut chutney you will ever eat. Ask for extra chutney when placing your order; you’ll be glad you did. Another favourite… Read More


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Why I’m Veg Contest Winners 2013

We received an amazing collection of creative videos for the Why I’m Veg video contest. All the videos were inspirational and told their story about why they went vegetarian and what keeps them committed to a vegetarian diet. It was a difficult decision to select only three winners, but here they are! Grand Prize Winner Lisa Blonder-Ohlenkamp will win a Sweets from the Earth gift basket, a free workshop at Fresh City Farms, a week of meals from Green Zebra Kitchen, a dozen cupcakes from Kupcakes Bake Shop and a copy of Doug McNish’s Eat Raw, Eat Well. Runner Up Carlos Garcia will win gift certificates for Lick’s Nature Burgers, Sadie’s Diner, as well as a free workshop from Fresh City Farms and a copy of Tal Ronnen’s Conscious Cook. Second Runner Up Mark Young will win gift certificates for Gardein and Yoso products, as well as a free pair of vegan shoes from Nice Shoes! Watch all the wonderful videos here! You’re sure to be inspired. Make sure to “like” them, re-tweet them, and share them on Facebook! Thanks again to our fabulous sponsors.                       … Read More


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January 2012: eLifelines

Happy new year! We can’t wait to get things rolling in 2012. There’s already so much to get excited about. The 4th Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off will be here in less than one month, closely followed by Vegan Rock, a fundraising concert and bake sale, so we hope you’ve got your sweet tooths polished! It may seem odd to be reporting on a delicious stop to Sadie’s Juice Bar and Ice Creem Parlour in January, but they’ve got some new items to keep you warm through winter, just like our recipe featuring garlic, a great immune booster if you’re prone to colds and flus. As usual, there is always some good news to report and we’re happy to see 2012 is off to a good start, with a local councillor in Markham pushing for a ban on shark fin and a law school in Oregon announcing a program specifically focused on animal law. Don’t Miss These Upcoming Events! The 4th Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off is happening Saturday, February 4th from 2:00 to 4:30 pm at 918 Bathurst. Find out more in the TVA in Action section or on Facebook. This Month…… Read More


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Executive Summary of TVA’s 2011-13 Strategic Plan

The Toronto Vegetarian Association was founded in 1945 by a small group of individuals who banded together to find common cause organizing social gatherings, lectures and letter-writing campaigns. Today’s Toronto Vegetarian Association is a professional charitable organization delivering information and resources through a variety of programs including websites, a print directory and workshop events. Our flagship event, the Annual Vegetarian Food Fair, is attended by more than 20,000 people each year. At the start of 2011 the Toronto Vegetarian Association is supported by more than a thousand members, hundreds of volunteers including dozens of program leaders, and committee and board members, and two full-time staff supported by part-time and contract positions. Throughout its 65-year history, the leaders of the Toronto Vegetarian Association have worked to support Toronto’s vegetarian and vegan communities and to inspire people to choose a healthier, greener, more peaceful lifestyle. This document seeks to strengthen the organization so we can increase the impact of our efforts to support vegetarians and inspire others. The new plan is the result of 12 months spent soliciting input from members and volunteers, working with key individuals to prioritize our goals, and developing action plans with those responsible for carrying out the… Read More


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