Fressen

A Fond Farwell to Grasslands

This may seem like old news now to some, but to anyone who ever experienced the amazing food and fine dining experience at longtime Toronto staple Grasslands (formerly Fressen), you will understand why we are still mourning the loss! By Diane Burgin, President of Toronto Vegetarian Association It was 2001 when I discovered Fressen, one year after its opening. It was love at first bite. I took so much food home the first time. Then I decided the easiest way to enjoy the food was to keep going back! I remember the very first item I ate there. It was a Swiss chard salad with miso dressing, a border of long strips of cucumber, and topped with sesame seeds. I also remember the side dish of button mushrooms served in a mini cast iron skillet. By week two, my favourite item was locked in – the polenta appetizer on a bed of garlic-spinach, surrounded by tomato sauce. With all the menu changes to follow, the polenta dish managed to be represented on all menus. Even with my love of polenta, the veggies were the star attraction when the main dishes were served. Do you remember the zucchini shaped like a… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – April 2013

New Vegan Restaurants and Eatery As we reported back in December, Fressen, a long time vegan restaurant was closing, but we kept hearing about a new concept restaurant that was in the works. Welcome Grasslands (478 Queen St. W., 416-504-5127)  same location, new decor, brand new menu!  Meshell blogs her experience here: “We went on Day Two (03/28/2013) with a troupe of hungry vegans, and ready to try new and exciting things. On first glance it looked a lot like the old menu, but then there were several delightful differences. As promised there was a much more substantial cocktail menu, and a different dessert (though our server assured us more options were coming – as this was just the beginning.)” This is an edit. Rawlicious writes: “We are happy to announce the opening of the newest Rawlicious in Guelph! It will be located in a delightful spot in downtown Guelph at 60 Carden Street (across from City Hall) and construction is under way. We will be open May/early June.” superfood eateries (268 Adelaide St. W., 647-827-9656) “is the world’s first gourmet, handcrafted, chef-inspired takeout to serve completely organic, plant-strong,… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – December 2012

New Fresh Produce and Appliances Organic Food Delivery’s mission is to “provide our customers with affordable, nutrient rich organic foods that support living a life of optimal health. Our aim is to support farming practices and community activities that contribute to a healthier planet. We are an online service with the largest distribution area in the GTA. Use your Veg.ca promo code “VEG” and receive 10% off your 1st order, and $10 in free groceries on your 2nd. No membership/ customization fees, just great customer service.” NutriGreen Sproutz is a “start-up grower and distributor of hydroponically grown sprouts for restaurants, retail establishments, and individual customers. We are located in Seguin, Ontario (near Muskoka) and distribute our products to local consumers, neighboring towns, and the Greater Toronto Area. Contact us today for best prices on the freshest sprouts in town! All naturally grown, by passionate people, for conscious foodies, with integrity! Gluten-free. Vegan. Available ALL year round.” Juicerville is where “Canadians shop for high quality juicers at guaranteed rock bottom prices. Bonus gift & free shipping throughout Canada included with most juicers. Juicerville supports a cruelty-free lifestyle by promoting a vegetarian diet… Read More


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