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Veg Guide – Easter Specials 2018

Easter is just over a week away! If you’re in need of some vegan goodies for Easter weekend, you’ve come to the right place. Whether it’s a sweet treat, a savoury addition to Easter dinner, or candies for the Easter egg hunt, you’ll find what you’re looking for from our awesome Veg Guide businesses!     Special Easter Baked Goods & Prepared Foods   Alter Foods 758 Bathurst St. (Inside Alternative Thinking), 647-932-8311, www.alter8.com Alter Foods has ‘Spring Equinox Cake Pops’ for Easter! “They are raw, vegan, organic & gluten free cake pops and come in two flavours: -Raspberry Rose -Peach Jasmine Moist, fruity, floral treats to kick start us into the spring and Easter holidays!” They are only $5/pop!   Better Cookies.ca 416-477-1401, giftorders@bettercookies.ca, www.bettercookies.ca Better Cookies.ca, Canada’s vegan cookie delivery service, has created a few vegan Easter gifts this year with some special hand made sugar cookies. “Each of these cookie gifts includes a hand crafted sugar cookie. We deliver the gift boxes of gourmet cookies all across Canada. The Easter Bunny is going to be hopping… Read More


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Welcome to Toronto’s Vegan Alley

By Barbi Lazarus, Donor & Volunteer Resources Coordinator When my partner and I are planning a visit to a new city, it usually goes a little bit like this: Create a Google earth map of all the vegetarian restaurants we want to go to, then look up hotels near the biggest concentration. More often than not, this is relatively easy, with several must-visit restaurants clustered in one neighbourhood. I imagine this would be somewhat difficult for people visiting Toronto. It seems that the largest concentration of vegetarian and veg-friendly restaurants, bakeries and cafes is emerging not in any sort of tourist hot spot with hotels and attractions nearby, but instead it’s happening off the beaten path in the west end of the city, where accommodations are few and far between (or maybe non-existent?). Well, move over Kensington Market! Someone recently referred to the stretch of Bloor Street between Christie and Lansdowne as “Vegan Alley”, and I’ve made it my mission to make this phrase catch on. When I imagine myself as a newbie tourist in Toronto, I envision being overwhelmed by the vegan options in this neck of the woods and wishing there were a nice Hampton Inn & Suites nearby… Read More


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Picnic in a Park

By Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator The TVA office can be a hectic and stressful place leading up to the Veg Food Fest, no doubt. Some days the office is abuzz with the chatter of meetings and volunteers helping out, and some days we are each zeroed in on our computers not uttering a word as we try to block out all distractions, forgetting to even eat lunch or go to the bathroom (well ok…we all know it’s a bit of a stretch that I would forget to eat lunch, but others do). But no matter what unexpected twists and turns come our way or how much work piles up, I always feel fortunate to have the opportunity to work at TVA and enjoy all the pleasures it brings. Like this week, when our manager Lucas and President Diane surprised us all with a staff appreciation picnic at Christie Pits Park! Can you guess based on the location what amazing culinary delights we were treated to? None other than Apiecalypse Now’s incredible pizza, mozzarella sticks and donuts. It was the perfect destination for a relaxing afternoon as we got ready to say goodbye to our Directory Assistant… Read More


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Valentine’s Day Specials – 2015

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us, and your favourite Vegetarian Directory businesses have just what you need to make that special someone feel loved! We can’t guarantee these amazing dinner menus and decadent treats will win over a crush or reignite the passion in your relationship, but they definitely won’t hurt. (Single or just not into Valentine’s Day? You could always order a doughnut-gram or a bouquet of chocolate covered strawberries to your home or office anyways. We won’t judge). Happy Valentine’s Day!   Dinner Specials   Doug McNish’s Public Kitchen 561 Marlee Ave, Toronto, 647-341-1736, chef@dougmcnish.com, www.dougmcnish.com “What better way to celebrate real love than with real food? On Friday February 13th and Saturday February 14th, I look forward to serving  a special Valentine’s Dinner menu – organic, wholesome, and 100% plant-based, as you have come to expect from my Public Kitchen.” On the menu: Favourites such as Red Beet Ravioli and a selection of savoury and sweet sharing platters and desserts for two. View the full menu here: http://dougmcnish.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Valentines-Menu-2015-2.pdf Details: “Seating is limited in my Public Kitchen, reservations are now accepted – reservations@dougmcnish.com or call (647) 341-1736 come as early at 5:30pm with… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – December 2014

New Vegetarian Takeout Veghed (1199 Dundas St. W., 416-841-6673) is Toronto’s newest all-vegetarian takeout! Located on Dundas St. W., just west of Ossington (where until now, not many vegetarian options existed), Veghed offers “the very best, chef crafted non GMO and Organic foods!” Veghed is a vegetarian fresh bar run by chef Ren Mercer, who has over 20 years’ experience cooking at high-end restaurants and hotels including the King Edward and the Windsor Arms. He now puts his years of experience towards offering beautiful and sophisticated vegetarian meals such as penne carbonara with lobster mushrooms, and pad thai with hemp, chia seeds and organic herb salad. Only open for a couple of weeks now, Veghed is already getting some amazing reviews. Stop by for fresh soups and meals prepared fresh every day, as well as a new organic juice line. Find Veghed on Twitter and Facebook to stay connected! Opening Soon The Vegan Duchess (2354 Yonge St., 416-519-4229, www.theveganduchess.ca) is a new “raw, organic quickserve” opening in the Yonge and Eglinton area. The Vegan Duchess will offer take-away raw, vegan, organic and gluten-free meals and snacks, as well as… Read More


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A Guide to Toronto’s Vegan Bakery Storefronts

By Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator If you asked me what I like best about my job, it would probably be a tie between working with so many amazing people dedicated to a cause I’m passionate about, and being the first to know about every bit of vegetarian-related news. Last week I was giddy to find out that there are two new vegan storefronts opening in Toronto. One of them is a commercial kitchen space from local chef Doug McNish at Marlee and Glencairn, that will sell ready-made meals for pick up, as well as eventually serving occasional sit down brunch and dinners. The second is a long-anticipated storefront for aPieCalypse Now!, a bakery that’s been selling goods at farmers’ markets and the Vegetarian Food Festival for a few years, but now has a little shop that’s opened at Bloor and Bathurst. I sound a bit like a broken record from when I squealed about the opening of Through Being Cool, another vegan bakery,  a couple of months ago, but hearing this news made me reflect on just how amazing the vegan options are in this city. It now stands that no matter where you live,… Read More


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