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Day-Tripping Around Toronto: Take 2!

Care of Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator A couple years back, we gave you some tips on vegetarian and veg-friendly restaurants you could find in small towns around the GTA. We all know that plant-based dining options have been exploding since then, and it’s definitely time for an update. Some of the GTA’s best, most delicious vegetarian and vegan restaurants may seem a bit out of the way. But they are well worth the trip, and as it turns out, you don’t need to feel like you’re making the drive just for a quick bite to eat. Here I present to you some of my favourite summer (or fall) pairings of lovely hikes and suburban dining options. Lion’s Valley Park and Vegebitez: If you haven’t yet been to Vegebitez in Oakville, you are in for a mighty surprise. You’ll find things on the menu at this fully vegan joint that you just haven’t seen anywhere else, I promise. Like a build-your-own mac and cheese that starts with a smoked gouda sauce and ends with whatever your heart desires and can include BBQ or Buffalo soy curls, sour cream, crushed tortilla… Read More


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Discount Profile: Vegebitez

Care of Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator When my dad and I made plans to visit Vegebitez after a spring hike in Oakville (fun day trip tip: the beautiful Lion’s Valley Park is literally around the corner), I knew deciding what to order from their large and unique menu would be difficult. I didn’t realize it would take us almost 15 minutes to finally make a decision and that doing so would require seeking input from our server. After looking through their burgers, sandwiches, bowls, salads and “outside the bun” section (items that don’t fit into any of the other categories), I had narrowed it down to a few options. Would it be the Roma Burger, an Italian twist on your typical veggie burger, topped with marinara sauce, pesto, mushrooms & eggplant? Or, should I go for the Lumberjack, sweet corn fritter waffles topped with chili, vegan cheese & sour cream, and “bac’un” bits? After much hemming and hawing, I decided to go with the Build Your Own Mac. It starts with their super saucy smoked gouda mac and cheeze, and gives you the option to add however many toppings you want from a selection of 24 choices. Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – April 2016

  New Vegan Ice Cream Parlour   Nanashake (4750 Yonge St., Unit 134, 416-226-NANA (6262), www.nanashake.com) is Toronto’s first all vegan frozen dessert parlour! “We serve a unique and original range of vegan soft-serve and popsicle treats. All of our desserts are made using frozen bananas as a base and then depending on the flavour, we add a unique combination of nuts, fruits and other plant-based ingredients.” Some of these flavours include Rosey Pistachio, Minty Chocolate, Spiced Date, as well as classics such as Chocolate, Strawberry and Original. You can also load these flavours with toppings such as black bean brownies (from YamChops!), double chocolate ginger cookies, coconut shavings, raw almonds, crunchy cereal, and Oreos. Each flavour is also available in a frozen pop form, called NanaPops. Located at Yonge and Sheppard, Nanashake is a trek north of downtown, but for vegan and non-vegan dessert lovers alike, it’s worth the trip! Check out the website for more details on our flavours and their story, and find Nanashake on Facebook and Twitter.   New Vegan Baked Goods   Vegebitez (9-2460 Neyagawa… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – February 2016

  New Vegetarian Indian Restaurant   The Veggie Thali (1410 Victoria Park Ave. Unit 10, 416-285- 8344, www.theveggiethali.com) is a brand new Indian restaurant in Scarborough. “Bringing our old age traditions of homemade Indian food, we, at The Veggie Thali, are all about fresh, great tasting, wholesome, and healthy food! We offer 100% vegetarian cuisine, without sacrificing our high standards and quality in the least. The idea behind a thali is to offer all the 6 different flavours of sweet, salt, bitter, sour, astringent and spicy on one single plate. According to Indian food serving customs, a proper meal should be a perfect balance of all these 6 flavours.” A thali comes with rice, salad, 2 rotis and a choice of 3 hot table items, which includes options like Channa Masala (chickpeas cooked in roasted spices), Bhindi (okra pan fried with onions, and authentic Indian spices), Aloo Gobi (spiced cauliflower and potatoes) and many more. Extras like Samosas and the Veggie Kebob Roti Wrap are also available. Click here to view the full menu, and visit The Veggie Thali’s website and Facebook page for updates and more information.   New Vegetarian… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – December 2015

New Vegan Brunch Options   D-Beatstro (1292 Bloor St. W, Toronto, www.facebook.com/dbeatstro/) has recently begun offering vegan brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-3pm! Choose from classic breakfasts such as the Deluxe with housemade sausage, tofu scramble, home fries and fresh fruit, to the less than classic red velvet waffle sticks with frosting and maple syrup, and many more. Gluten-free options also available. See D-Beatstro’s Facebook page for a full menu, and visit their location at 1292 Bloor St. W. this weekend to try it out! Don’t forget to show your Toronto Veg Card to save 10% on baked goods.     Live Organic Food Bar (264 Dupont St, 416-515-2002, www.livefoodbar.com) has launched a brand new brunch and dinner menu as of mid-November. Along with exciting new brunch options and menu items at the Food Bar, Live Market (134 Atlantic Ave. (at King), 647-748-5483, www.livefoodbar.com) in Liberty Village is launching a new “Playtime” menu as of December 1st. This menu features a Thai Noodle Salad with Crispy tofu, carrots, daikon, kale, spinach, mint, cilantro, basil, spicy almonds, cashew, pea shoots, green onions, beet,… Read More


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Vegetarian Directory Updates – September 2015

New Vegan Café & Bar   Grey Tiger (1190 Bloor St. W., 416-838-5730), a new vegetarian café and bar, is now open in Bloordale Village! At 1190 Bloor St., just west of Dufferin, Grey Tiger celebrated their grand opening on August 21st. “By day we are a cozy refuge from the daily grind, providing coffee, loose-leaf tea, vegan brick toast and other house-made snacks. By night we amplify the cozy with a little bit of romance to set the scene for delicious cocktails, craft beer, fine spirits and other libations alongside tasty vegan bar snacks. “ If you’re wondering what “brick toast” is, it’s a vegan version of Hokkaido Milk Bread- a delicious, sweet and fluffy thick-sliced bread. In this case, it’s served with delicious toppings such as peanut butter, bananas, and coconut bacon, or a savoury mushroom spread, with a variety of toppings to come. The menu is still being developed, so stop by Grey Tiger to see what’s new, and find Grey Tiger on Facebook and Twitter for more updates. “This is a labour of love. We truly care about the details – and we want you to really enjoy yourself. Read More


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