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Vegetarian Directory Updates – September 2014

New Gluten & Dairy-free Bakery Tia’s Bakery (761 Pape Ave., 416-462-9777, www.tiasbakery.ca) originally started in Guelph several years ago, and has now opened a new Toronto location for their gluten and dairy-free bakery. Just steps from Pape subway station north of the Danforth, Tia’s is a family-run business specializing in catering to those with food intolerances and allergies. Orders can also be made egg, nut, and corn free. There is seating as well as a small patio, coffee (with soy milk, soy cream, or coconut milk), and a counter that is full of delicious cakes, cookies, warm, sugared, pumpkin doughnuts, as well as gluten-free breads. Custom cake orders are also available. “Tia has spent years perfecting her recipes, and prides herself in making tasty treats to satisfy any customer.” To top it off, Tia’s also has a Saturday brunch menu, which includes gluten-free Belgian Waffles! Find Tia’s on Facebook, and go to their website for more information. Now Open Rawlicious (718 Belmont Ave. W., Kitchener, 519-603-8281, www.rawlicious.ca) is now open in Kitchener! The eighth and newest location of the growing raw food restaurant opened its doors… Read More


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The Great Toronto Pizza Roundup

By Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator For a lot of people making the journey from omnivore to vegan, the last animal product they stop eating is cheese. Numerous people have written about it’s addictive qualities and whether you believe that’s true or not, for whatever reason many people love the taste of cow’s cheese and keep eating it long after they’ve stopped eating meat or eggs. Fortunately in today’s world, or at least in today’s Toronto, if giving up cheese pizza is your only obstacle to going vegan it’s a piece of cake (or a slice of pizza). This Saturday has apparently been declared Vegan Pizza Day (join the Facebook event here) and there is absolutely no shortage of places to go or order in from if you want to join in the fun and celebrate. That’s because vegan pizza options have been growing in Toronto for years, and have especially exploded in the last 18 months. It all started over a decade ago when Amato’s began selling vegan slices. Well before the days of Daiya Cheese, they simply omitted the cheese but not the flavour, and to this day they sell their… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – March 2014

New Vegetarian Locations Grasshopper Restaurant (310 College St., 647-340-3666, www.grasshopperrestaurant.ca) is Toronto’s newest all-veg restaurant and is “passionate about making vegetarian food taste great above all else”. Open as of mid-February, Grasshopper’s debut menu features “cross-cultural comfort foods”, such as Quinoa Mac n’ Cheeze, “Pulled Pork” Banh Mi, a Tempeh Sloppy Joe, and incredibly crispy and delicious “Chick-un Nuggets”, all made from scratch in-house. In addition to craving-satisfying comfort food, Grasshopper also features a nutrient-packed Kale’N Cabbage salad, rice bowls and soups. “Join us for lunch or dinner in our casual and cozy contemporary setting, walk in for convenient take-away or call ahead for catering.” Grasshopper is located just around the corner from Kensington Market, but don’t wait until the next time you’re in the area, make a special trip- it’s that good. And Toronto Veg Cardholders save 5% on orders over $15! Follow Grasshopper on Facebook and Twitter for updates and to read the glowing reviews. YamChops (705 College St., www.yamchops.com) has a storefront location and will be opening soon! The new shop, located at College and Montrose (a few blocks east of Ossington), is a Vegetarian… Read More


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Pizza with a Twist

By Autumn Ladoucer, Past Communications Intern Compared with other pizza restaurants, Pizza Rustica was one of the best I’ve ever eaten at when it comes to vegan fare. Barbi and I experienced Pizza Rustica for the first time this past Monday. The menu was very impressive. There are tons of options for vegans, including a whole vegetarian pizza menu where Daiya cheese can be used instead of cow cheese. The pizza we found most intriguing was the “Mexicana”, which Pizza Rustica describes as, “Chipotle pesto sauce, vegan ground “meat”, Daiya mozzarella and pepper jack cheddar, corn, hot peppers, organic back beans and green onions. Topped with fresh avocados and cilantro.” It was a thin-crust pizza, loaded with toppings, perfect for one.  The hot peppers added a great bite to the meal, although this tasted more like Mexican food than pizza and fresh toppings gave the pizza more of a cold feel. If you are looking to bite into a warm, hearty slice of traditional pizza I would suggest trying one of their other offerings. We also ordered the “Vegan Bolognese” pasta. Pizza Rustica describes it as, “Seasoned organic vegan ground”meat” & tomato sauce.  Tossed with gluten free quinoa &… 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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