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Discount Profile: Brunch at Vegan Danish Bakery

Care of Barbi Lazarus This isn’t the first time we’ve raved about the beautiful and delicious offerings at the Vegan Danish Bakery in Thornhill, but just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, they’ve launched a brand new brunch menu available Sundays from 10:30 am to 5 pm. The first thing you notice when you walk into the Vegan Danish Bakery may not be the spectacular case of classically decorated treats, but the gorgeous and calming decor. The Vegan Danish Bakery is a bright, fancy, meticulous space with comfortable, spacious seating. Glancing at the menu, we were overwhelmed by the mix of sweet and savoury offerings, such as the ham and cheese quiche, apple cinnamon toast, and the giant viking plate that comes with sausage, scrambled “eggs”, waffles, a biscuit, and potatoes. I was intrigued by the numerous Danish waffles I had not heard of before. With three flavour options to choose from, I was lucky that my mom wanted to share and split two different kinds! We had the Jordbærgrød (Danish strawberry dessert) and the Æblegrød (Danish apple dessert), and words simply can not describe how decadent, sweet and delicious they were. The portions were extremely… Read More


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Summer Job Posting: Community Outreach and Office Assistant

A Canada Summer Jobs opportunity with the Toronto Vegetarian Association CANADA SUMMER JOBS POSTING – Community Outreach and Office Assistant (Toronto Vegetarian Association) Position Type:    Current and returning Student under the Canada Summer Jobs Program Duration:  8 weeks (30 hours a week) Location:  17 Baldwin Street, 2nd Flr Toronto (downtown) We regret the office is not wheelchair accessible                                                                     Application Deadline:  Wednesday May 23rd, 2018   POSITION OVERVIEW – The Community Outreach and Office Assistant will engage with the local vegetarian and veg-friendly community by assisting with the planning and execution of the Toronto Vegetarian Association’s (TVA) outreach program and Veg Guide, as well as assisting with day to day administrative tasks in the TVA office. S/he will be the front-line person for all in person and phone inquiries, including those about adopting a plant-based diet. S/he will assist with coordination of outreach events including packing for events, drafting communications for volunteers, reporting on events, and researching future… Read More


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Welcome to Sarah Fay: TVA’s New Veg Guide Coordinator

Please join the Toronto Vegetarian Association to welcome Sarah Fay to the team as the new Veg Guide Coordinator. Sarah brings almost twenty years of experience designing print and web campaigns, and has also worked soliciting sponsors and advertisers, and acting as a sales rep. She has all sorts of tricks up her sleeve, including training in photography, and an MA in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management, with a keen attention to detail. Of course, Sarah fits right in with the team as a long-time vegan who is also mama to a cat and bunny. She is excited to work for an organization that aligns so well with her personal ethics, and we’re equally excited to work with her and see how the Veg Guide will continue to grow and evolve under her wing. Read More


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Food & Recipe of the Month: Oil-Free Onion Rings

Care of Andrea Howe, of glowingongreens.com  Onions may not be something to cry over after all! A member of the allium family, these vegetables have been consumed for centuries due to their rich flavours and medicinal properties. Onions can be incorporated into almost every savoury dish for a boost of flavour, colour, and health benefits. They have been linked to cancer prevention, especially stomach and colorectal due to being rich in organosulfur compounds. Additionally, they contain vitamin C which is an antioxidant that prevents free radical damage. Studies show that men with the highest intake of allium vegetables had a lower risk of prostate cancer, potentially due to its high antioxidant and fibre levels. Along with these amazing benefits, onions contain folate which may help reduce depression. It aids in blood and nutrients to flow to the brain and release of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. So, onions will not only taste delicious, but they’ll make you feel amazing! Oil-Free Onion Rings Ingredients: – 2 large yellow onions – ½ cup flour – 2/3 cup non-dairy milk – ½ tsp paprika – ½ tsp garlic powder – ½ tsp salt – 1 cup bread crumbs… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Garlic Chives

Care of Amy Symington at ameliaeats.com  As the Spring weather approaches so does our excitement for fresh produce. Spring herbs like garlic chives are not only a nice fresh and flavourful treat after a long, cold, root vegetable-laden winter, but they are also beneficial to us health wise. Garlic chives are abundant in folate, riboflavin, calcium, potassium, iron, and the antioxidant rich vitamins A and C. Aside from being nutrient dense, they are also a good source of dietary fibre, helping to regulate blood sugar levels, maintain a healthy body weight, and keep chronic diseases at bay. It is the perfect time of year to clear out the proverbial old cobwebs and that goes for our eating habits as well. Introduce more flavourful plant-based ingredients into your regular diet in lieu of added fat, salt, and sugar, and you will be certain to put a little more spring into your step this Spring. Chive and macadamia nut pesto Makes 6 servings (2 tsp/serving) Preparation Time: 10 minutes Ingredients: 1 bunch chives (approximately 30g) ½ cup macadamia nuts 2 tbsp nutritional yeast… Read More


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Celebrate the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale

Join us for the Toronto location of the Annual Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale at the TVA Resource Centre! There will be cupcakes, cookies, confections, and more. 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. You may want to bring a take away container to carry away extra treats! When? Saturday April 28th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 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. SPECIAL DEALS! All baking books will be 15% off! Toronto Vegetarian Association members get an additional 10% off books (become a member at veg.ca/join). Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Maple Syrup

Care of Andrea Howe at www.glowingongreens.com As the weather begin to warm, maple syrup season begins! This Canadian staple has been an ingredient used for centuries. Along with its rich taste, it comes with many health benefits. Compared to other sweeteners, maple syrup contains numerous antioxidants and can be beneficial for reducing free radical damage that contributes to the formation of various diseases. Although all sugars should be consumed in moderation, maple syrup may be a better alternative to refined sugars as it is lower on the glycemic index. It also contains zinc which is known to strengthen your immune system, perfect for the cold Canadian winters! Maple syrup has such a decadent flavour, it can be enjoyed on its own over pancakes or waffles, or added as a replacement to refined sugars. The rich flavour also allows for less amounts of it to be used in recipes. Try these raw energy bites sweetened with dates and maple syrup! Raw Energy Bites Makes 20 bites Ingredients: ½ cup almonds, raw ½ cup walnuts, raw 1 cup packed dates 2 tbsp sweetened shredded coconut 1 tbsp maple syrup 1 tsp vanilla warm water Directions: 1. In a food processor, blend all… Read More


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Contract Posting – Veg Guide Coordinator

Position Type: One year contract with deliverables focused on Summer 2018 Compensation: $11,700 spread over 12-months paid according to deliverables Application Deadline: Wednesday February 28th, 2018 Founded in 1945, the Toronto Vegetarian Association (TVA) located at 17 Baldwin Street, Toronto, is the largest vegetarian/vegan organization in Canada. We are a registered charity; our mission is to inspire people to choose a healthier, greener, more compassionate lifestyle through plant-based eating. Our Veg Guide is a free publication that advertises over 100 veg-friendly restaurants, stores, cooking classes, and other businesses in the GTA. The Veg Guide is updated annually and distributed citywide. We also offer online listings on our website, veg.ca, as well as through our mobile app, which are both available throughout the year. CONTRACT SUMMARY The Veg Guide Coordinator will lead the planning and production of the 2018-2019 Veg Guide. S/he will be required to communicate with customers, stakeholders and the general public about the program. S/he will work under the direction of TVA’s Executive Director, or designate, to contact prospective advertisers, coordinate ad sales, and collect copy from advertisers. A custom contact management database is used to coordinate/monitor mailings, follow-ups, and ad bookings. S/he will write communications for TVA newsletters and… Read More


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Vegan Personal Trainers in Toronto

Maximum Booty Is your veg lifestyle too intimidating for personal trainers in Toronto? Are you tired of hearing that you need more protein, vegans can’t build muscle. But bacon! Thankfully, Jonathan Hodgson has been a vegan personal trainer for years and has clocked thousands of hours helping clients build muscle and strengthen their joints through weightlifting, body weight training, and a body positive environment with feminist ideals at the forefront. He has studied under world-renown teachers from Ido Portal, Dr. Andreo Spina, and the Poliquin Group, and has certifications up the wazoo to have the tools to meet the needs of his diverse clients (from young athletes to seniors with knee and shoulder replacements). Jonathan is also a Main Street Vegan Alumni and a Gold Medal Bodies trainer! Get in touch and see how he can help you move better and live longer! 647-537-9382 or jonathan.m.hodgson@gmail.com Paul Landini Paul Landini is a fitness columnist for the Globe and Mail, who also offers training services out of the YMCA on College Street in Toronto. He has mentioned in past Globe and Mail articles that he is vegan! http://paullandini.com Fred Aubin Fred Aubin is a vegan… Read More


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The Veginner’s Cookbook

Care of Florence McCambridge If you’re like me and have come across Elephantastic Vegan recipes on Pinterest and Instagram, then you’re going to want to pay a visit to your local bookstore sometime soon, because the creators of that site (aka Bianca and Sascha) have a new book out. It’s called The Veginner’s Cookbook: The Ultimate Starter Guide for New Vegans and the Veg-Curious, and much like the blog, it’s full of simple recipes that you actually want to make. This book is perfect for anyone transitioning to a vegan diet or even for those of us always on the lookout for new vegan recipes to try. The Veginner’s Cookbook has over 75 recipes from categories like basics, breakfast, soups, main meals, breads, snacks and party foods, sauces and dressings, and of course, desserts. My favourite section is breads because it has a multi-purpose bread recipe that can be used to make a loaf, buns, English muffins, breadsticks, and pizza. Genius. Also, I’ve made the cilantro flatbread several times and it’s my new go-to accompaniment to curries. This section also has recipes for tortillas and a sunflower flaxseed loaf. There are plenty of… Read More


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