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Veg Out 484: Octogenarian Vegetarian Part 2

Thursday October 1st, 2020 was World Vegetarian Day. It was also the 80th birthday of our podcast host and volunteer Steve Beiko! In this second part of a two part interview, we learn about Steve’s athleticism, activism, and what veg life was like in the 1980’s and 1990’s. You can contribute to the TVA through our Steppin’ the Beet campaign, or support the future of Veg Food Fest here, and consider donating 80 dollars on behalf of Steve’s 80th birthday! You can write that in under “additional comments.” https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Veg-Out-Octo-Veg-Part-2.mp3  … Read More


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November 2020 Social Group Events

Veggies of Hamilton-Burlington are hiking on the Bruce Trail to Mount Nemo Leaving from Walkers Line in November. If you’re interested, email hamiltonburlington@veg.ca for details! Toronto Starch Solution is holding a Zoom chat on the first Friday of each month, which includes Friday, November 6th at 7 pm. If you would like to learn more about whole foods and plant-based eating, bring your questions, struggles, and success stories to share. Email starch.tva@gmail.com to RSVP. TVA Reads is holding their next Zoom book club on November 18th at 6:30 pm. Email tvareads@veg.ca for more info and to RSVP.  Vegetarians in Their Twenties have bi-weekly Zoom meetings. Join the Facebook Group to find details for the next one!… Read More


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Veg Out 483: Octogenarian Vegetarian

Thursday October 1st, 2020 was World Vegetarian Day. It was also the 80th birthday of our podcast host and volunteer Steve Beiko! In this first part of a two part interview, we learn how Steve celebrated his birthday, and we chat about his early life as a vegetarian in the 60’s, and how he transitioned into veganism in the early 80’s. You can contribute to the TVA through our Steppin’ the Beet campaign, or support the future of Veg Food Fest here, and consider donating 80 dollars on behalf of Steve’s 80th birthday! You can write that in under “additional comments.” https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Veg-Out-Oct-3.mp3 Also mentioned: The 10th Annual Lisa Grill Compassion for Animals Award Ceremony  … Read More


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Thanksgiving Veg Guide Updates!

It’s officially October. Time for pumpkin spice, tofurkey, halloween, warm scarves, and colourful leaves. It’s also time to give you a preview of what our Veg Guide businesses are offering up; plenty of pies, roasts, soups, and hearty veggies. Read on to discover your Thanksgiving dinner plans!    Basil Box Basil Box has some awesome new vegan dishes, including Tofu Pad Thai, Thai Cold Noodles, and Vegan Noodle Soup (This one is currently testing at Ryerson location, and will be available Ontario wide come November)!    Bean House If you’re looking for something a little different for dessert, Bean House in Don Mills is offering 20% off their vegan, gluten-free, and nut-free bean cakes! They’re available in the following flavours: Adzuki bean cake with Sakura rose flavoured, Cinnamon green lentil cake, Ginger black turtle bean cake,  Coconut romano bean cake, Vanilla white kidney bean cake, and Original chickpea cake.                                                 Bettercookies.ca Send a beautiful Happy Thanksgiving Homemade Cookie Jar to celebrate someone you want to thank this year. BetterCookies.ca delivers cookie jars in Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Mississauga, Milton,… Read More


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Butternut Squash Ravioli

Care of Andrea Howe of Glowingongreens.com Autumn is a time that brings warmth into your life through hearty meals, family gatherings, and cozy sweaters. When I think of autumn foods, butternut squash recipes are without a doubt my go-to. Butternut squash is not only good for comforting and warm recipes, but it is packed full of nutrients. Squash is a category of many vegetables, including zucchini, pumpkin, or butternut squash. Their bright orange colour comes from the same nutrient that gives carrots their colouring– carotene! In the body, carotene is converted into Vitamin A, which is essential for eye health, bone health, and immune function. Butternut squash is also packed with vitamin C which aids in immune health, as well as skin and tissue repair. Both vitamin A and C are important to have in the colder months to help keep your immunity strong. Butternut squash contains many antioxidants, which help fight free radicals that can lead to cancer and disease development, one reason consuming at least one green and orange vegetable every day is recommended. Eating a diet rich in orange vegetables, including butternut squash can lower your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, metabolic… Read More


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Discount Profile: Valiant’s Modern Plant-Based Eatery

If you are ever in the Barrie area, or even relatively close by, a great place to stop by for a wonderful meal and some special treats is Valiant’s Modern Plant-Based Eatery. My partner and I were on our way back to Toronto from Muskoka one afternoon and had been looking forward to this stopover for quite some time. Valiant’s certainly did not disappoint! Being in the downtown area, near the waterfront and Heritage Park, makes it the perfect location for an after-meal stroll. The interior space is relaxing, casual, and inviting. They had some great music playing in the background which really created a genuine ambience of friendliness and community. The menu itself was very large and in fact a bit overwhelming! Of course, this is a good thing, since there are so many awesome options to choose from. It all sounded and looked so good, gluten-free and non-gluten free alike! Although the pizza was tempting, we decided to go for the burgers including the bacun cheeze burger…. doubled! This, as it sounds, included 2 patties, 2 bacun strips and 2 cheeze slices. As you can imagine it was extremely filling and tasted… Read More


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Veg Out 482: Virtual Veg Food Fest

https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/VegOut20200919.mp3 This year Veg Food Fest went virtual! Your friendly Veg Out hosts collectively watched nearly all of the online programming and have lots to share (in case you missed it, don’t worry: you can still catch all the online talks and panels at vegfoodfest.com for one more week). From the positive health impacts of a plant-based diet to building community through vegan social groups to youth activism, there are more possibilities than ever to bring veganism from the personal to the political and from your home to the broader community – whether that is virtual or in-person. Want to share your impressions, inspirations, and questions about Veg Food Fest programming? Did you host a Zoom viewing party with friends, fuelled by all your favourite vegan snacks? Tag us on Twitter or Instagram @TorontoVeg – we’d love to hear from you. Links Vegan Idioms TVA on Instagram TVA on Twitter Watch Veg Food Fest Content Credits Hosts: Steve, Sarah and Sweta Show Summary: Sarah Bradley Editing: Sweta Theme Music: Matt Judge… Read More


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October 2020 Social Group Events

Veggies of Halton-Peel are hosting a hike and picnic in Erindale Park in Mississauga on Sunday, October 4th at 10 am. All attendees must practice Covid-19 protocols of social distancing and bring your own food and water, hat, sunglasses and comfortable shoes. Click here for more details on Facebook, and please make sure to RSVP to haltonpeel@veg.ca. Veggies of Hamilton-Burlington are also hosting a hike and picnic on Monday, October 12th (a stat holiday), at 10:45 am. They’ll meet at Dundas Driving Park and hike to Tews Falls, then pre-order take-out lunch from Bistro Vie to eat in a park after the hike. You must email your food order, and your full name and email address and RSVP by Saturday, October 11th at 10 am to hamiltonburlington@veg.ca. TVA Reads is celebrating their ten-year anniversary this month! They will be reading and discussing How to Survive a Pandemic by Michael Greger on Octobee 21st at 6:30 pm on Zoom. Email tvareads@veg.ca for more info and to RSVP. … Read More


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Veg Out 481: Fast Food

https://veg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/VegOut20200905.mp3 We’re just a week away from Veg Food Fest! Whet your appetite with this episode all about fast food from a vegan point of view. We are lucky to have a bevy of delicious (and sometimes nutritious) vegan fast food options in the GTA, but it’s not always easy to find them elsewhere, especially on road trips or in more rural communities (“cheese isn’t vegan?”). Hosts Sweta and Steve and special guest Barbi also share their thoughts on cross-contamination in restaurants, which is an interesting topic as more omnivore restaurants start to offer plant-centred meals. Plus, get a preview of what to expect at the virtual edition of Veg Food Fest, happening September 11-13. While it may not be quite the same as roaming around the Harbourfront Centre, we’ve planned quite the lineup of interactive events. Links Veg Fast Food Listing Animalkind, Ingrid Newkirk’s new book Veg Food Fest is coming soon – with a virtual twist. Mark your calendars for September 11 to 13 and get all the details on this year’s event! Credits Hosts: Steve, Sweta and Barbi Show Summary: Sarah Bradley Editing: Sweta Theme Music: Matt Judge… Read More


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September Veg Guide Updates

Hi Everyone! Welcome to September, time for back to school, Veg Food Fest, sweaters, pumpkin spice, and open windows. It’s not exactly the same as normal, but like any other month, there’s a few great new vegan restaurants to check out! Abu hummus 199 Baldwin Street.  Kensington Market has a new hummus restaurant, and it looks great! Abu Hummus serves up hummus as a meal, loaded with toppings like cauliflower, falafel, fries, or mushrooms. Vegan options are clearly marked, and there’s a bunch of them, as you’d expect from a hummus restaurant.    Chay Viet Vegetarian Ghost Kitchen (delivery or pickup only from 380 Dundas W.)  This new Vietnamese spot is a ghost kitchen–a restaurant that operates on delivery platforms only inside another restaurant. But they make great Vietnamese food, if you live near Dundas and McCaul, or you want to have a picnic in Grange Park.    localEats.to Pizzeria Du, Parka, Mugi, and others have banded together to form their own food delivery service! Order from these businesses from localEats to help businesses keep a bigger cut… Read More


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