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Discount Profile: Loving Hut

When I walked into Loving Hut’s Queen and Spadina location, I was pleasantly surprised with the decor. It’s a larger restaurant than I was imagining and was brightly decorated with cozy, white booths and lots of sunlight. The menu was tricky to navigate, only because there were so many fabulous options! My mouth watered looking at the pictures and descriptions of wonton soup, sweet and sour fireball, savoury crisp and singapore star. But it wasn’t all mock versions of typical Chinese dishes.There was an array of luring drinks including mango and avocado smoothies. It took a while, but finally my friend and I narrowed it down to an avocado smoothie, the spicy cha cha and the sweet and sour fireball. The smoothie was thick and rich. The spicy cha cha had a nice crispy batter and was surrounded by plenty of onions and celery. The sweet ‘n sour fireball had a lovely, gooey sauce and the mushroom filling was quite tasty. We of course topped it all off with some cheesecake for dessert. Check out their website to see photos of their menu for yourself, and get ready to plan your visit! Don’t forget your Toronto Veg Card to give… Read More


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Discount Profile: Live Organic Food Bar

  Raw Vegan French Toast, care of vegancookbookcritic.blogspot.com With spring finally starting to show her face, many people are yearning to indulge in fresh produce and are ready to turn aside the winter’s soups and stews for something a little more refreshing. It’s the perfect time to check out Live Organic Food Bar. Lisa Pitman recently ventured there for a scrumptious brunch that was nothing short of extraordinary. Click here to read all about her fantastic dining experience, and to see mouthwatering photos of the delicious food! Veg Status? Vegan Savings with Toronto Veg Card: 10% off Mondays to Wednesdays, after 4 pm Location: 264 Dupont Street… Read More


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Discount Profile” Shop ‘Til You Drop at Panacea

  Go Max Go Bars at Pancea, photo care of weblocal.ca Yes, it’s true that we’ve spoken about Panacea before, but a recent trip to this vegan wonderland meant we couldn’t resist telling you about our most recent visit. Every time you go to Panacea it’s like stepping into a new store – they are constantly stocking new products and moving things around to make space for more and more plant-based products. Panacea is more than just a natural food store – it’s Toronto’s first and only all vegan grocery store. For anyone that opts for a plant-based diet, there’s no way to describe the burden lifted off your shoulders when you walk into a store and can freely pick whatever your heart desires from the shelves, without having to read any labels. And although that might sound dangerous to anyone watching their spending, there is of course the bonus that with your Toronto Veg Card you’ll get 5% off your purhcases! So what were some of the latest surprises we found on our last trip to Panacea? A wide selection of those decadent Go Max Go Bars (yes, the chocolate bars that replicate name brands like Mars and… Read More


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Discount Profile: Loving Hut

Care of Jason Doucette   Fried wontons from Loving Hut Those of you who have seen the cover of the 2011 Vegetarian Directory might be interested to know that several of the photos are of food from Loving Hut, thanks to the photography skills of Jennifer from SweetOnVeg.com. They’re actually from a British Columbia location, and until recently your stalwart Vegetarian Directory team hadn’t had a chance to try out the Toronto restaurant at 953 Eglinton Ave W. That was recently remedied! The lunch featured nugget dumplings, crispy noodles with TVP and veggies, and classic tofu and eggplant in black bean sauce, while the two babies in attendance enjoyed yummy maki rolls in their high chairs (we found the Eglinton location to be very baby friendly!) The meal came to about $25 per adult with tip, thanks to the 10% discount available through the Toronto Veg Card. For those afraid to venture North of Bloor, Loving Hut has just opened a new location at Spadina and Richmond, which also accepts the Toronto Veg Card! Veg Status? Vegetarian Savings with Toronto Veg Card: 10% off Location: 953 Eglinton Avenue West… Read More


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Discount Profile: Kensington Natural Bakery

After the 2010 TVA annual general meeting a few of us decided to grab a bite to eat, so we went old school on Bloor and reconnected with Kensington Natural Bakery & Café (460 Bloor Street West, 416-534-1294). Maybe one of our readers can correct us, but this might just be the oldest vegetarian eatery in Toronto, and while it can feel a little like you’re stepping in a time machine when you enter, the good news is that this includes the prices. KNB (as the cool kids call it) features a meal special in the back where you can choose three items from a wide range of vegan and vegetarian options, which with soup comes to only $5.99. And of course, your Toronto Veg Card gives you an additional 10% savings. While they are not in Kensington, they are a bakery! You can buy whole pies or just a slice, as well as cookies, date squares, cupcakes, and a wide range of other breads and baked goods. One quick warning, though with their prices this shouldn’t be an issue: while Kensington Natural Bakery accepts the Toronto Veg Card, they… Read More


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Discount Profile: Fresh

Care of Terri Coles Fresh is a Toronto landmark at this point. They were on the vegetarian train before a lot of other restaurants caught on, and their concept has been copied endless times. It’s still worth coming to the original source though; I’ve yet to have a juice or smoothie in the city that beats the ones you can get at Fresh. My favourite is Singing Grasshopper, and that’s the one I got with my meal on my most recent visit to Fresh for a friend’s birthday. We arrived at 5:30 pm on a Friday and had no trouble getting a table for four, but be prepared to wait if you go during peak times. Fresh on Bloor provides a great atmosphere for a relaxed dinner with friends, with a nice amount of light coming in from the big window facing Bloor Street. The spot is busy but not cramped, and you can still hold a conversation without any difficulty. We really dug in for the birthday meal — each of us got one of Fresh’s signature bowls, including Buddha, Beach and Warrior. And then there were the smoothies, of course. I love that Fresh is now offering two vegan… Read More


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Discount Profile: Greens Vegetarian Restaurant

Photo care of Prairie Vegan We often think we need to choose between affordable prices and a luxurious atmosphere when it comes to dining. But not at Greens Vegetarian Restaurant. Walking into Greens for the first time, I was pleasantly surprised at the very nice decor: padded white booths, a beautiful stone wall and dark tables. But the next surprise was even greater! The prices at this place are incredibly low for the portions you get: a big bowl of soup for only $2.99, and main dishes in the $7-$10 range (but again, we’re talking generous portions sizes!). If you’re a member of the Toronto Vegetarian Association and have a Toronto Veg Card your bill will be even more of a shocker, as card holders get an additional 10% off. But that doesn’t mean they are skimping on quality. We ordered a new dish on the menu, sweet n’ spicy “chicken”, which came coated in a sticky, sweet and perfectly spiced sauce. We also thoroughly enjoyed a generous bowl of wonton soup and an enormous noodle dish dazzled with various faux meat pieces and some veggies too. All dishes were delicious and we got to leave with leftovers. Discount:… Read More


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Discount Profile: Vegetarian Haven

Care of Terri Coles This review almost didn’t happen. My friend and I stopped by Vegetarian Haven on a Saturday evening. Baldwin Street is an unassuming side street with surprisingly cool options for food and shopping, and apparently Vegetarian Haven is something of a hidden treasure. We managed to snag a table for two, but everyone who came in after us was informed there would be a wait — and they all opted to get in line rather than go elsewhere. This restaurant offers plenty of reasons to put your name on the list for a table. The atmosphere is cozy and welcoming, but also elegant — it’s a great spot for a date. But the portions are generous and the prices are great, and most importantly the food is top notch. I got the Morrocan pad Thai, a nice twist on a favourite Toronto dish, and my friend enjoyed his spicy Bali stir-fry noodles. The noodles are made fresh in Toronto every day. I particularly appreciated that the menu indicates which dishes are wheat-free, and which others can be made that way. The fresh mint and ginger teas were definitely nice on a cold evening, and the… Read More


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Discount Profile: M and B Yummy

Care of Chris Ekbatani A group of vegans chose M & B Yummy as our spot for a meetup back in January. That Friday night was a delightful experience. I must say that this restaurant is one of Toronto’s best kept veggie secrets! The authentic African cuisine is bound to turn one’s palate on, and if your experience with the hostess and wait staff is anything like mine, then you will be sure to enjoy every moment of your interaction in that space. When I arrived it was a chilly winter evening, the resto was warm with pleasant lighting, comfy seating, and a nice hot tea served fresh for me. There are so many savoury dishes to try, but we were lucky to have several already prepared, and soon after getting there, dinner was served. The atmosphere of the place was just vibrant, and even those not so keen on spicy foods can appreciate the genuine Ethiopian tastes with every bite. It was my first time there but most certainly not the last! Check out this piping hot spot on Queen West and you’ll be sure to take pleasure in their plant-based menu, desserts to die for, and… Read More


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Discount Profile: Cruda Cafe

Care of Angela Del Buono If you’ve never been to the St. Lawrence Market, it can be a bustling and often overwhelming place. Vegetarians are advised to stick to the lower level and forgo the sight of carcasses. But once you reach the lower level you can enjoy organic produce and bulk foods at Dominos, beans and rice at Rubes, and organic, hand-made tofu at Ying Ying, but don’t head home yet.. the best is still to come. In the North-East corner you’ll find Cruda Cafe, an all vegan & raw cafe that will dazzle your palate. They offer juices & smoothies, Rawraps  (my favourite of which is the Sundried Tomato Wrap; seasonal veggies, organic raw pate, avocado and sunflower sprouts), salads and entrees like Sweet Potato Mesquite Sandwich (slices of their dehydrated bread, homemade guacamole, seasonal veggies, homemade vegan kombucha cheese.) Don’t forget dessert! So many treats, my favourite of which is the pictured Mint Nainamo Bar. Head down Saturday morning for brunch items. Seating is food-court style with lots of great people watching. Use your Toronto Veg Card for 10% off everything, including their Un-Cooking Classes. Discount: 10% off with the Toronto… Read More


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