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Toronto’s Veg Village

By Moreen Murray, TVA member and volunteer At Barbi’s request and in the spirit of her guide to Vegan Alley about Bloor West, I am following up with my own little guide to what my husband and I call the Veg Village…Kensington Market. A popular spot for tourists and locals alike, we consider it our “supermarket” – where we go to get fresh fruits and vegetables and everything we need to make delicious vegan meals. After working up an appetite shopping, it’s great to have somewhere to stop and let someone else do the cooking. When we travel it’s not often you have the convenience of many veg restaurants in such a small area without having to travel partway across the city. The only example I am able to come up with is perhaps on the Upper West Side of New York City, on Columbus and Broadway avenues. Approaching the market from our home base of King and Bathurst we usually enter off Dundas at Denison and one of our favourite spots on the corner is… GREENS VEGETARIAN – 638 Dundas Street West. **Greens gives TVA members 10% off We started going here during previous ownership and now… Read More


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TVA Featured Business Members – September 2014

  Grasshopper Restaurant 310 College St., www.grasshopperrestaurant.ca, info@grasshopperrestaurant.ca, 647-340-3666 Grasshopper offers a variety of carefully prepared and beautifully plated vegan and vegetarian spins on classic comfort food. Open for lunch and dinner, as well as take-out and catering. Try their new cocktail menu! Toronto Veg Card holders save 5%*. “At Grasshopper, flavour comes first. The fact that our menu is meat-free is just a bonus. Our menu offers a broad selection of meatless meals, snacks, sides and fresh juices. We draw inspiration from across the globe and from our own diverse and vibrant city. Our debut menu is set to feature cross-cultural comfort foods like quinoa mac ‘n’ cheese, burgers, bahn mi and soups. Join us for lunch or dinner in our casual and cozy setting, walk in for take-away or call ahead for catering.” Green Zebra Kitchen www.greenzebrakitchen.com Green Zebra Kitchen provides healthy, nutritious meals inspired by cuisine from around the world delivered to your door weekly. The weekly changing menu is prepared using whole, nutritious ingredients that boost energy and promote all around health. Find Green Zebra Kitchen on Facebook and Twitter. “Delicious,… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – August 2014

Now Open Bloomer’s (873 Bloor St. W., 416-551-0532, www.bloomersto.com) is now open! As of July 24th, the long-awaited storefront location is open and ready to serve up delicious vegan treats like muffins, tarts, bagels with vegan cream cheese, and much more. And it gets even better- “We’ll be expanding to a full service, licensed restaurant and extending our hours! Whether you feel like a late night donut, or tempeh wings and a beer, we’ll be here for you.” Vegan donuts, wings, and beer…  has there ever been a better combination of things in one place? Follow bloomer’s on Facebook and Twitter for updates. Current hours are Monday – Saturday 8-6, Sunday 10-5, located on the south side of Bloor, just east of Ossington. New Locations Magic Oven (6 locations across Toronto, www.MagicOven.com, 416-868-OVEN) is opening another new location! Uptown residents can soon enjoy Magic Oven’s signature pizzas, pastas, wraps, and salads, made with organic, local, and fresh ingredients. The 7th location will be at 302 Eglinton Ave. W., (at Avenue Rd.), and will be opening this September. Stay tuned to Directory Updates, and Magic Oven… Read More


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Discount Profile: Grasshopper Restaurant

Care of Christina Vani I first heard of Grasshopper when I saw various postings on social media that a “brand new vegan restaurant” was hiring servers. A loved one was looking for work in this area and subsequently applied, so my first impression of the place was through his eyes: the restaurant was cozy, bright, and positively bustling with people during the weekday lunch hour—and the restaurant had only just opened its doors. This definitely bodes well. For a U of T student, I am painfully ignorant of the wallet-friendly but high-quality establishments that surround campus, since I typically eat at home before heading to the university. Grasshopper’s relatively recent opening has changed that, though. Just minutes from campus, on College between Bathurst and Spadina, Grasshopper, which qualifies itself as a “vegetarian restaurant with a focus on taste,” offers a delicious vegetarian spin on Vietnamese banh-mi (“chick-un” as well as pulled-pork) in addition to decadent vegan comfort foods that have begun cropping up on restaurant menus, vegan and non-vegan alike, across Toronto. These include chick-un nuggets (served with creamy barbecue or peanut sauces) as an appetizer, chili, quinoa mac ’n’ cheese, and a burger platter. Finally,… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – April 2014

New Veg & Vegan Locations Bello Bio (511 Mt. Pleasant Rd., 416-587-4432, www.bellobio.ca), Toronto’s only Italian vegan eatery and source for Italian vegan imported foods is moving! Currently located in mid-town on Mt. Pleasant Rd., those of you who live downtown will be happy to hear the new location will be centrally located in Kensington Market. “Bello Bio will be relocating to Kensington Market, at 280 Augusta Avenue. We are beyond grateful for your patronage here on Mount Pleasant, and we hope to see you all again soon at our downtown location!” The big move happens very soon on April 8th, so mark your calendars and drop by for the grand re-opening! Follow Bello Bio on Twitter and Facebook for details and updates. Kupfert & Kim (100 King St. W., 416-504-1233, www.kupfertandkim.com), the vegan, gluten-free breakfast and lunch spot currently located in First Canadian Place is opening an additional location, also in the Financial District in Brookfield Place at 181 Bay St. Opening in July, downtown dwellers can soon enjoy the convenience of a second location for healthy Vegan breakfast, lunch, smoothies and coffee. And don’t… Read More


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A hoppin’ new vegetarian restaurant in Toronto

By Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator Just when I thought Toronto really had it all in terms of vegetarian options, yet another restaurant has opened up. This one brings unique menu items you might be more likely to find on a food truck, and since Toronto has been slow to catch up with other North American destinations in terms of the food truck craze, this is surely exciting news! You may not have heard about Grasshopper just yet because they’re currently in their “soft-launch” phase. In fact, they’re still testing out their menu and adding or subtracting items, so if you want to give them some feedback and help shape their menu before the official opening date on February 13th, head over soon! That’s exactly what the Toronto Vegetarian Association staff did earlier this week, and my mouth is still watering from the fantastic items we tried. Allow me to share: Pulled Pork Bahn Mi Sandwich: This soy-based pulled “pork” sandwich comes on a perfectly toasted sub bun and has such a wonderfully sweet, gooey sauce. It comes with your choice of side, of which I chose the fries. They were classic fast-food style skinny fries… Read More


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