vidya’s veggie gourmet

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: Vidya’s Veggie Gourmet

You may think good vegetarian options are few and far between in small towns north of the city, but Vidya’s Veggie Gourmet proves that simply isn’t the case. Situated in an historical old home on the main street of Thornton (near Barrie), I’ve had the pleasure of visiting this fantastic restaurant more than once. If you live in or near Barrie, it’s great to have a place to go when you want a nice meal out on the town. And if you live in Toronto, trust me when I say it’s worth the drive! The menu is wide and varied, offering dishes with Asian, Italian, American and Indian influence. There is truly something for everyone! On a recent trip with my mom we shared the kale salad, which came topped with sweet apple, tart pomegranate seeds, and a delicious, creamy maple and tahini dressing. The combination of flavours was divine. They are not lying when they say they are bountiful salads! The portion was nice and hefty enough for us to share as an appetizer. My mom enjoyed a hearty serving of chana masala which was beautifully plated atop a heaping portion of brown basmati… Read More


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Featured Business Members – April 2015

  Urban Acorn LTD 1 Wiltshire Avenue, Unit S, 647-454-0600, info@urbanacorn.ca, www.urbanacorn.ca Urban Acorn is a Toronto Flexitarian catering company, specializing in plant-based food. We offer full service catering, monthly Vegan Supper Clubs and create custom wholesale goods for coffee shops via our Snack Lab. Our ultimate goal is to bring sustainable scratch-made food to your table and encourage individuals to break bread with diverse types of people in their community. Flexitarian menus allow us to provide great food to both omnivores and vegans…. We believe food should unite, not divide people! Visit their website to learn more about their services and Vegan Supper Club, and follow Urban Acorn on Facebook and Twitter for updates.   Pleasantville Creamery 647-693-0697, www.pxvxc.com, hello@pxvxc.com With a bit of whimsical magic & nostalgia in every pint, Pleasantville Creamery is a vegan owned & consciously operated company. Founded by a holistic chef & nutritionist, PXVXC offers the best of ice cream & dairy—only better: 100% organic & vegan, raw, allergy-conscious + more. Handcrafted in small batches to ensure taste is out of this… 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 – 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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