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January Veg Guide Updates

Happy New Year! We’re starting the year off right with a bunch of new restaurants, new places serving vegan food, and candy. Welcome! First, just a plug; have you signed up for Veganuary yet?  Even if you’re already vegan, you’ll get a month of helpful emails with recipes, health tips and more! Share the link with that friend who always says going vegan is “too hard.” They’ll thank you for it! Now, onto the news! AM Bagel 53 Roncesvalles Avenue If bagels are your thing (and let’s be honest, they’re delish), AM Bagel on Roncesvalles features great bagels with about half their menu being vegan offerings. Make it a sandwich with vegan lox, hummus and avocado, vegan egg, or even a vegan “macca”–featuring a burger patty, special sauce, lettuce, onion, and pickle. Finish up with a coffee, and you’re set!    Bistro Vie 105 King Street West, Dundas, ON Made from scratch comfort food is the focus here, at this new vegan restaurant and cafe. Bistro Vie also has meals to go, fresh coffee and vegan hot chocolate as well as vegan wines. Check… Read More


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Discount Profile: bloomer’s

With so many new restaurants to try every month in Toronto, sometimes I can forget to go back to the old favourites. It had been a while since I’d sat down for a meal at bloomer’s and as soon as I did, I instantly regretted not coming by every week! I’m glad I was there with three others (two of them not veg!) so we could share a couple of appetizers, because the selection was too much to bare. I knew from the past how good the kimchi fries were, but we settled on the tempeh wings which were so perfectly battered and fried, crispy but not overly greasy, and the avocado wedges which were crunchy while also being bright and fresh, thanks to the lime juice in the pico de gallo it came with. For my main I had the biscuits and gravy, which were perfect and hearty for the day of Toronto’s first major snowstorm. But the real treat was the end of the meal: my partner and I shared two donuts that I afterward claimed were the best vegan donuts in the city. They’re huge! They’re fluffy! And there were so many unique flavours… Read More


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January Social Group Events

TVA Reads Join us on Wednesday, January 15th at 6:30 pm to discuss The Reality Bubble, by Ziya Tong, and to enjoy a vegan potluck. Please bring a vegan dish to share, your own cutlery and plate, and drink if you wish. We meet at the Centre for Social Innovation on Bathurst in June’s room on the 1st floor. Please RSVP to tvareads@veg.ca. Social Dinner Group Join us for delicious food and lively conversation on Thursday, January 16th at 7:00 pm at Golden Thai (105 Church Street). Please RSVP by January 14th to tvadinner@veg.ca. Veggies of Hamilton-Burlington We’ll meet on Saturday, February 1st at 5pm at the Lotus & the Bee, 304 Barton St. East, in Hamilton. This completely vegan restaurant opened in December 2018. Menu items are healthy, made from scratch using local, organic ingredients. Please RSVP to hamiltonburlington@veg.ca. Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Vegetable Barley Soup

Care of Andrea Howe of glowingongreens.com  As the cold winter months progress, choosing hearty dishes is essential to stay warm. Barley is an impressive grain due its vast health benefits, and its ability to keep us feeling full for a long time. Barley, like other whole grains, is rich in B vitamins which aid in brain health, red blood cell development, and increasing energy levels. Additionally, barley is rich in soluble fibre, particularly beta-glucan which causes us to feel full for longer thus reducing appetite and aiding in weight loss. This fibre can also reduce blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and cholesterol, lowering the risk for cardiac diseases. Beta-glucans also produce short-chain fatty acids which reduce inflammation and reduce the risk of cancer cell formation. Not only do these powerful grains have amazing health benefits, they are also delicious and easy to cook. This chewy and nutty grain can be served is many dishes like soups, stews, salads, or on its own. Check out this Vegetable Barley Soup recipe to gain these amazing benefits. Ingredients – 1 tbsp olive oil – 1 yellow onion, diced – 3 carrots, peeled and diced – 3 stalks of celery,… Read More


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The Veg Guide Christmas Post!

No matter what you celebrate this time of year, we can all agree that treats are welcome everywhere! Pick some of these great offers up from our Veg Guide businesses this season.  There are some terrific offers in here, get them while they’re available, or you’ll have to wait a whole year! All the best from us here are the TVA, we hope to see you at our Holiday Party next week at the 519, but if we don’t, we’ll see you in 2020! Yoga Meditation “We would like to invite everyone to join us for our annual Free Christmas Vegan Feast at our Enchanting Evening event from 6-8pm on Sunday, December 15 at St. Paul’s United Church, 427 Bloor Street West (W of Spadina/South side of Bloor). The evening will consist of enlivening meditation and a delicious vegan feast. Think roast root veggies, greens, vegan stuffing, baked tofu and vegan gravy followed by apple crisp. Make new friends, experience meditation, and eat wonderful food. It’s a free evening but donations are gratefully accepted. An evening not to be missed.”   Whole Foods Whole Foods Market Ontario stores have a delicious vegan… Read More


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December Veg Guide Updates

Wow, December already! As we welcome the shorter days and the holidays, we’re here to being you the first of two Veg Guide updates this month! This edition highlights all the new places to go in TO. The next edition, coming to you Dec 10th will show off all the specials, holiday treats, and more that Veg Guide businesses have to offer. Check out all these new businesses! The Bar Cafe 2 Brock St. W., Uxbridge This popular cafe in Uxbridge has recently gone 100% vegan! This is the second month in a row we’re reporting that a restaurant has made this change, and it’s just such a great result. Stop by The Bar the next time you’re in Uxbridge for their delish smoothies, juice and fresh food!    Crave Doughnuts 102 Lupin Dr., Whitby We’ve heard that this new doughnut place in Whitby has long lines every day! This is a good sign, and if their doughnuts are as good as the line suggests, you’re in for a treat the next time you’re in Whitby. Crave Doughnuts has three vegan flavours of doughnuts daily, and are a… Read More


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Veg Out 461: Year in Review

On today’s episode we have past temporary Executive Director of the TVA, Lucas, discussing his personal and business life and his evolution of becoming vegetarian and vegan. AND as a “year in review” we will be talking about the openings and closings of new and old GTA Veg restaurants during this past year! VEG OUT, from the offices of the TVA is also brought to you today by Nicole and Steve. Listen to Veg Out Year Review Here MORE LINKS La Bartola Taco Shop! Visit veg.ca for a ton more! P.S. TVA members are invited to our Annual General Meeting on December 1st, 1-4 p.m. at CSI Annex (720 Bathurst St.) 🙂 … Read More


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Candidates for the 2019-2020 TVA Board of Directors

On Sunday, December 1st, members will meet for the Toronto Vegetarian Association’s 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM). At the AGM, members will review our work over the past 12 months,  and ratify the 2019-2020 board of directors. If you’re a member, please join us starting at 1:00 pm at CSI Annex (720 Bathurst Street, south of Bloor) in the “Garage” room. (Meet ‘n greet from 1:00 to 1:30, meeting called to order at 1:30 pm). Non-members can also attend if they become a TVA member when they arrive. Only those who have been members for at least 30 days prior to the meeting will be eligible to vote. Light refreshments will be provided. Current Board Members with Two Year Terms: Serving until 2020 – Daniel Donato, Fraser Gibson, Peter McQueen, Krista Schwab 2019-2020 Candidates Thomas Appleyard Thomas Appleyard knows the important role that the Toronto Vegetarian Association can play in supporting people moving towards healthier, greener, more compassionate living. Well over 25 years ago, Thomas became vegetarian. He remembers well that the TVA newsletters brought into sharp focus the personal changes he wanted to make, and how to make them well. Since then, Thomas has become vegan and TVA programs –… Read More


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December Social Group Events

Vegetarians of High Park Celebrate the holidays with a vegan potluck at Bloor and Jane (exact address to be given to RSVPs) on Friday, December 6th from 6 to 8:30 pm. Bring a vegan dish to share (don’t worry if you’re not confident in your cooking skills, you can always bring a drink or store-bought hummus and crackers!), along with any serving utensils required for your dish. RSVP to highpark@veg.ca by December 3rd. Vegan Baking Group The annual vegan cookie exchange is back! Mark your calendar for Sunday, December 22nd from 10 am to 12:30 pm at a condo in the Fort York area (exact address will be given to those who RSVP). Email baking@veg.ca or visit their Facebook group for more details and to send in your RSVP.    … Read More


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Veg Guide Updates: November

Who says November is a dreary month? Not us! Not with all these delicious new restaurants to try! Big Poppa’s Burgers 454 Bloor Street W, inside Eva’s Original Chimneys Now open inside the Bloor Street W location of Eva’s Original Chimneys is this all-vegan, all Beyond Meat, burger pop-up. Featuring six different burgers, such as the Big Pun: with chilli, avocado sour cream, sautéed mushrooms, provolone, and Poppa’s Sauce. We can’t wait to try all of them, and you can too! It’s open daily after 6 pm. Pick up an ice cream when you’re done too! Heart Clean Eats 13 Fort York Blvd Dishes are vegan by default at this new cafe at Citiplace, though you can choose to add veg or non-veg proteins to many of the bowls, sandwiches, salads and wraps.   Kupfert & Kim Bistro 100 Bloor St. W While it’s been open for awhile, the K&K in Yorkville has gotten a makeover and is now offering a bistro menu, with new offerings and old favourites. Along with table service, you can now also have a beer, wine, or cocktail with your bowl!   LosCo Vegan 111 Richmond St. Read More


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