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Discount Profile: Boon Burger

Care of Danielle Kirshenbaum A day in downtown Barrie is always a must-do for my husband and I while staying at my in-laws nearby cottage over the summer. We love walking along the gorgeous waterfront, wandering along the famous Dunlop street where you’re always sure to see a variety of quaint coffee shops, casual and more upscale restaurants, juice bars, groups of people enjoying cold beers on patios – and now – my new favourite reason to venture to this bopping downtown mainstreet: Boon Burger Cafe is here! For those of you who have never been to this little piece of vegan heaven, the menu for this burger joint is entirely plant-based and most of the ingredients are prepared in-house. The atmosphere is quaint with picnic benches and adorable pics of animals adorning the walls. Gems from the menu include the Surf’n turf burger with bbq sauce, vegan cheese, bacon, veggies and sriracha, peach chutney & tartar sauce – surprisingly spicy but delightful; and of course my personal favourite, the Greek Almighty on the chick’n patty with Boon’s out-of-this world olive tapenade. The poutines are delicious too – as my non-vegan poutine-loving friends have… Read More


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Discount Profile: Boon Burger Burlington

Care of Sherry Bowman On a nice crisp day, we can walk around downtown Burlington and and enjoy the hustle and bustle of activity near the Lakeshore. Due to their long hours, we can visit Boon Burger for lunch or dinner any day of the week. This is a good, casual place to relax with friends, enjoy some music, sign in for free WiFi, and delight in any food items on the menu. The community/family table is busy and there are a couple of high chairs still available. One of the bathrooms is wheelchair accessible, while the other is a good size for those with mobility issues to maneuver. A couple of concrete support columns have been painted black and have been chalked on by staff. There are panoramic black & white photos of farm animals hanging on the walls. My favourite is the photo of a cow that takes up most of the back wall – truly a noble creature. We order at the counter, and are given an animal figure to take back to the table. Although the word vegan is not used anywhere is the restaurant, you can be assured that… Read More


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Day-Tripping Around Toronto: Take 2!

Care of Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator A couple years back, we gave you some tips on vegetarian and veg-friendly restaurants you could find in small towns around the GTA. We all know that plant-based dining options have been exploding since then, and it’s definitely time for an update. Some of the GTA’s best, most delicious vegetarian and vegan restaurants may seem a bit out of the way. But they are well worth the trip, and as it turns out, you don’t need to feel like you’re making the drive just for a quick bite to eat. Here I present to you some of my favourite summer (or fall) pairings of lovely hikes and suburban dining options. Lion’s Valley Park and Vegebitez: If you haven’t yet been to Vegebitez in Oakville, you are in for a mighty surprise. You’ll find things on the menu at this fully vegan joint that you just haven’t seen anywhere else, I promise. Like a build-your-own mac and cheese that starts with a smoked gouda sauce and ends with whatever your heart desires and can include BBQ or Buffalo soy curls, sour cream, crushed tortilla… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – March 2016

  New Locations!   Grasshopper (310 College St., 647-340-3666, www.grasshopperrestaurant.ca) is opening a second location in the Junction! The new location is at 3080 Dundas St. W., (just steps away from Bunner’s!) and will feature the same delicious dishes that the original College St. location is known for, such as bahn mi sandwiches and quinoa mac ‘n cheese, but will have quite a few new features as well. “We will be serving breakfast and brunch in the new location, and we will have a whole lot more green bowls and customizable dishes- salad bowls, grain bowls, wraps, soups- Yes, you’ll be able to customize the soup too- customers can choose vegetables to put in their soup! The drink menu will be bigger with more choices of cocktails and customizable juices and smoothies.” There will also be more options for coffee and espresso drinks. The new space is currently being transformed, and is set to open sometime in mid-April. Stay tuned to the Grasshopper Facebook and Twitter pages for updates and more details on the opening day. Toronto Veg Card holders save 5%* at Grasshopper!    … Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – July 2015

New Locations   Cosmic Treats (207 Augusta Ave., 647-352-2207, www.cosmictreats.ca), a brand new vegan restaurant, dessert bar, ice cream shop and candy store opening in the heart of Kensington Market! This space-themed restaurant will be opening at the end of July, and will provide “unique sweet and savory fare that promises not to scare away omnivores”. Be sure and try their homemade, cashew based ice cream in flavours like Cookies & Cream, Turkish Coffee, Cookie Dough, and the classics Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry. It’s “smooth, creamy, delicious!” Cosmic Treats is designed to be a fun place to hang out for all ages. “Bring your kids, your family, your sweetheart or yourself to our fun filled space-themed restaurant or have a seat on our patio with a glass of wine or a banana split and watch the market go by!” Follow Cosmic Treats on Facebook and Twitter for opening details.   Sweet Olenka’s (4 Toronto locations, www.sweetolenkas.ca) has recently opened a Kensington location at 225A Augusta Ave. (416-521-7444) to add to their 3 other locations on Lakeshore West, Queen West (Parkdale), and in Etobicoke. Sweet Olenka’s is… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – February 2015

  New Locations Boon Burger (114 Dunlop St. E, Barrie, 705-718-4193, www.boonburger.ca), Canada’s very first all vegan burger café, will be opening a Toronto location! Although it is but a whispering at the moment, the word is out that the Winnipeg based vegan burger joint is staking out Toronto neighbourhoods for their next location. Boon opened their second location in Barrie last year, and their delicious, fresh menu of burgers, salads, soups and chili dogs has been a hit north of the city. “We are very proud to offer a 100% animal-free, plant based menu. With your support, it is our goal to make every ingredient sustainable. A large part of our menu is organic, local or fair-trade, with new ingredients being added regularly.” Your days of choosing from one meager veggie burger on a menu are over. In addition to 4 kinds of vegan patties to choose from and 14 varieties of burger, Boon also offers shakes and coconut based vegan soft serve. Needless to say, news of this new location is a very, very good thing for Toronto vegans. Follow Boon Burger Barrie on Facebook and Twitter for ongoing… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – December 2014

New Vegetarian Takeout Veghed (1199 Dundas St. W., 416-841-6673) is Toronto’s newest all-vegetarian takeout! Located on Dundas St. W., just west of Ossington (where until now, not many vegetarian options existed), Veghed offers “the very best, chef crafted non GMO and Organic foods!” Veghed is a vegetarian fresh bar run by chef Ren Mercer, who has over 20 years’ experience cooking at high-end restaurants and hotels including the King Edward and the Windsor Arms. He now puts his years of experience towards offering beautiful and sophisticated vegetarian meals such as penne carbonara with lobster mushrooms, and pad thai with hemp, chia seeds and organic herb salad. Only open for a couple of weeks now, Veghed is already getting some amazing reviews. Stop by for fresh soups and meals prepared fresh every day, as well as a new organic juice line. Find Veghed on Twitter and Facebook to stay connected! Opening Soon The Vegan Duchess (2354 Yonge St., 416-519-4229, www.theveganduchess.ca) is a new “raw, organic quickserve” opening in the Yonge and Eglinton area. The Vegan Duchess will offer take-away raw, vegan, organic and gluten-free meals and snacks, as well as… Read More


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Daytripping Around Toronto: Easy as 1-2-Pea

By Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator There’s definitely a stereotype that when travelling to small towns, there won’t be any veg-friendly restaurants on offer and that when taking a day trip or overnight weekend getaway, it’s best to pack your own food. We must have reached some sort of turning point, because I’ve had the pleasure of going on an overnight jaunt or day trip the last three weekends in a row, and all three times, have found vegan-friendly offerings just like I would in downtown Toronto. Crunchy thai salad at the Annex Room in Stratford Here are some tips on where to grab a tasty bite or an elaborate dinner if you’re headed to one of these nearby destinations this summer. Week 1: Stratford. http://www.annexroom.com/menus.html Much thanks is owed to my mom for discovering The Annex Room in downtown Stratford, which happily states at the bottom of the menu “Ask us about our vegan options.” In fact, it wasn’t even necessary to ask because they’ve got a wide selection of clear vegan options right on their menu. There were three different stir fries/noodle dishes to choose from, a delicious tempura avocado stack or a… Read More


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