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Discount Profile: the lovemuffin bakery

Care of Kristine Parrish (the eggplant collective) Being in an industry that values client service very highly, it is important for our company to provide breakfast and snack foods that can cater to a wide variety of tastes and dietary requirements.  That’s what is so wonderful about thelovemuffin bakery; it provides those who are vegan, celiac, or simply conscious of what they put into their body with a delicious alternative to conventional baked goods. The biggest crowd pleasers in our office are definitely the banana chocolate chip muffins, so moist and flavourful, and the mouth-watering peanut butter squares.  Leave them unattended for ten minutes on the kitchen counter and one will return to a plate of crumbs and some very satisfied co-workers! While to some it may seem like both a blessing and a curse to have so much temptation so close at hand, that is the beauty of Lesley’s vegan creations.  By keeping the portions to a respectable size (read: no cookies the size of your face!) and using largely organic and natural ingredients like maple syrup, agave nectar, and unsweetened applesauce, you can snack while keeping that pesky guilty feeling at bay. It should… Read More


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Discount Profile: Free Times Cafe

  How silly that I work so close to Free Times Cafe yet hadn’t in all these years taken the time to check out the amazing vegetarian food they have to offer. I suppose that is what Veggielicious is all about – inspiring people to try new restaurants that serve great vegetarian options. During Veggielicious I made it out to Free Times Cafe twice and both times I was absolutely floored by how delicious the food was. On day one, I had a delicious vegan shepard’s pie that came with soft, whole grain bread and a salad filled with tomatoes and red onions and a nice balsamic vinaigrette. The shepard’s pie was filled with bulgar, corn and carrots and was comfort food at it’s best. On day two, I had a mediterranean wrap packed with eggplant, hummus and other veggies, along with a side of ginger and sweet potato soup. It was perfect for one of the first cold days of winter. When it’s not Veggielicious, there’s still plenty of vegetarian options on Free Times Cafe’s menu, (including their house made veggie burger and a great falafel plate) that TVA members can take 15% off of with the Toronto… Read More


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Discount Profile: Magic Oven

When I set the October Vegetarians of High Park dinner for the new Junction location of Magic Oven, I told the group to look forward to a wonderful array of vegetarian pizza options, including both cheeseless vegan pizzas and ones topped with dairy-free cheese. I had already made up my mind I was probably going to order their delicious Tandoori Potato Magic pizza I had ordered before, topped with sweet potatoes and delicious Indian spices. But when we arrived at this more upscale-in-decor location, my fellow group members pointed out to me that as yummy as their pizza is, there is so much more to their menu! In addition to the wide range of vegetarian and vegan pizzas (either pre-set items or build-your-own from their endless list of toppings), there are pastas full of fresh veggies, kale-hummus wraps and numerous salads. I was tempted to order a number of different appetizers when I saw the many vegetarian options such as samosas, chickpea power soup and rosemary sweet potatoes. However after a very convincing recommendation, I opted for the stir-fry napa cabbage with chillis (which was served warm and super spicy) and the BBQ tofu sandwich. Read More


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Discount Profile: Hibiscus

Care of Carly Ingram Hibiscus is a cute and cozy cafe in the Kensington Market with a vegan and gluten-free emphasis, including dairy-free ice cream and gluten-free crepes. I’d passed it many times on my way home from class and finally stopped in for lunch. I couldn’t resist the salad after reading about its healthy status and array of colours in the Toronto Star (click here to read the great review!). This rainbow salad includes marinated tofu, broccoli, carrots, kale, beans, quinoa, red beets and lentils, among other delicious flavours. And my was it delicious! The soup and salad combo is served with a delicious and crispy raw vegan cracker and a mug of super-hot squash soup. I loved that the soup came in a mug; I felt as though I was sipping a decadent and savory drink. During dinnertime, Hibiscus also offers a new and exciting soup of the day. The entire meal was extremely filling and delicious, and I couldn’t resist the fudgey brownie for dessert. I felt justified in my decision since it is made with chickpea flour. “This was great!” my dad exclaimed, after enjoying his buckwheat crepe with tomatoes, basil, and cheese. Read More


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Discount Profile: Fresh

  Care of Carly Ingram Picture this: it’s a gloriously sunny day and your body is craving some nutrients while your tongue wants flavour. As the last days and weeks of summer roll by, it’s all the more important to soak up some rays. The answer: grab some take-out from Fresh and hit the nearest park for a picnic! My cousin was recently visiting from California and her sister and I, avid Fresh-goers, soon realized she had never been! We walked to the nearest location (Fresh on Crawford) and surveyed the menu. Some of the old classics were there, but it also seemed as though new creations had been added. The newest Fresh-goer decided on and greatly enjoyed the Green Goddess on brown rice, while I was uber-satisfied with the Ace of Kales salad. We also each tried a different Green Smoothie and had trouble deciding which we liked best. The ginger in the Electrolyte Green makes for some awesome flavour. If it’s an especially hot day I would also recommend the Grapefruit Glow; an incredibly delicious and refreshing drink. With our biodegradable containers and cups in tow, we headed to Trinity Bellwoods, the glorious park that Fresh backs… Read More


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Discount Profile: Superfood Eateries

Care of Karin Thomas What’s the perfect food for summer in Toronto? Superfood! Superfood Eateries, that is. When you don’t want to spend your days slaving over a hot stove, run down to Superfood Eateries to savour the delicious raw, vegan, gluten free, organic, non-GMO gastronomic delights from Luciano Losiggio and Amy DeWolfe. Who says healthy can’t be gourmet quality? Don’t worry about placing your order and waiting anxiously for your food to be prepared (while checking your watch every 30 seconds). Superfood knows you’re in a hurry. Simply walk over to the cooler, grab whatever tickles your fancy, and go! Or, if you’ve got some time, pull up an ottoman in the cozy eating area, kick back, and enjoy your meal in house. Choose from a wide menu of decadent smoothies, nourishing juices, superstar salads, and mouthwatering mains like zucchini manicotti, tacos, Pad Thai, nachos, and pizza! Just because this food is healthy, doesn’t mean you have to skip dessert. With remineralizing chocolate cake, mood-elevating hemp balls, and their daily cheesecake, Superfood has your sweet tooth fix (without the nasty sugar crash an hour later)! These desserts are totally decadent, yet overflowing… Read More


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Discount Profile: Tori’s Bake Shop

Care of Luke Albert The beaches has a lot to offer, especially in the summertime when it seems that all we want to do is go “to the beach”. Before a day of fun in the sun, you need to stop by Tori’s Bakeshop on Queen St. East between Woodbine and Victoria Park. Tori’s has been open since 2012 and has grown quite the following, bringing in plenty of curious community members as well as vegetarians and vegans from around the city. It is one of Toronto’s most decadent destinations with plenty of gluten-free options for those in need, as well as a breadth of espresso, tea, and baked goods. This is not just any vegan bakery, it’s a really beautiful one too. Tori’s Bakeshop is a welcoming, meticulously designed space that’s bright white and grey with plenty of emerald green, wood, and glass accents throughout. Think vintage-style Edison lightbulbs fixed in hand-made whisk enclosures alongside mason jars that hold everything from tea to… more lightbulbs. Even if it weren’t for the delicious treats, I’d still visit Tori’s for how stunning it looks. For drinks, the Muskoka (whirled organic watermelon, mint, and lime over ice with soda water finish) will keep… Read More


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Discount Profile: Dukem Restaurant

Care of Karin Tomas Located on the Danforth, just steps from Donlands subway stop, Dukem Restaurant offers a casual, relaxed setting to enjoy all the rich flavours of Ethiopia. As you enter the restaurant through a thick set of curtains, you’re met with the wonderful aroma of spices, the sounds of African and Reggae music, and a warm, friendly greeting from the owner. Start your meal off with a delicious bowl of lentil soup or one of two salad options. The best way to experience Ethiopian cuisine is with a communal combination platter. A portion for two people (which would easily serve three) features a large variety of vegan dishes and a plate of neatly folded crepe-like bread (Injira) served alongside your platter. As is tradition, your meal is eaten by hand using the Injira to scoop up the delicious, perfectly spiced offerings. The vegetarian combo platter offers a huge selection. You’ll get chickpeas in a spicy garlic berbere sauce (Shuro Wat), a mild lentil stew (Misir Alichah), yellow split peas in a mild turmeric sauce (Yekik Alichah), beets and potatoes (Keyser and Dinitch), collard greens (Gomen Wat), lentils in a spicy hot berbere sauce (Yemiser… Read More


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Discount Profile: Evergreen Natural Foods

Photo care of roncesvallesvillage.ca Roncesvalles Avenue is known for its collection of independent grocers with fresh produce. But did you know you can also stock up on all the convenience vegetarian products you could ever need at Evergreen Natural Foods? When you walk into the front of the store, at first you may think it’s mostly natural beauty products and supplements. But quickly venture in further and you’ll find it’s a fully stocked health food store carrying an enticing array of vegan products. I was surprised to find a really extensive frozen and refrigerated section, with a lot of vegan products I don’t find as commonly around Toronto. Things like Tofutti pizzas, a really, really large assortment of Tofurky variations, and vegetarian taco rolls. But Evergreen Natural Foods is not all about the packaged convenience foods. Evergreen Natural Foods also sells numerous items in bulk, like flours and legumes. And I was even able to pick up a bundle of fair trade bananas too! If the diversity of food wasn’t enough to lure me back, the fact that I can save 5% with the Toronto Veg Card certainly seals the deal. Discount: 5% off Veg Status? Not… 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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