Veggielicious 2017 – Southern Accent

Once upon a time Southern Accent used to be in Mirvish Village, and we’d walk by and always plan to go in. They had a lovely and inviting patio outside, but we never got our act together and Mirvish Village is turning into a condo complex. We were worried we wouldn’t get to try the food at Southern Accent, but thankfully they’ve moved over to College and Ossington(ish.) I have a real fondness for New Orleans and Creole cuisine. JC and I went on a tiny south-western US roadtrip a few years ago – and it was incredible driving through Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and then ending up in New Orleans, Louisiana for New Years Eve way back when. We ate well. We had a great time. There were so many vegan options right on the menu in the French Quarter and around the city, you’d be pleasantly surprised if you’ve never been before. So I was missing that flavour, that ambiance, that music, the colours, the sounds. Well, lucky us – we’ve got a taste of N’awlins right here in Toronto. And double lucky us, Southern Accent was participating in Veggielicious this year. They have a few vegan options on their menu…

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Alo Restaurant – Anniversaries with a Vegan Tasting Menu

Last week JC and I went to Alo Restaurant to celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary and the other exciting things going on in our lives: a promotion, a new and growing business, my growing belly (p.s. I’m pregnant), and so many wonderful little things that have added up over the last couple of years. It’s nice to be here in this place in life, and that seems like something worth celebrating. I like tasting menus because they tend to be indulgent, not in quantity, but in terms of showcasing a chef’s pride and work. Plus it’s fun to splurge on a fun meal and experience (Oh and The Process, The Process!), and I’m woefully indecisive so it’s perfect for me to have a variety of thoughtfully prepared dishes come out one by one (as long as they’re vegan). JC had had read a review in the Globe and Mail earlier this month that mentioned “vegan tasting menu available with 24hrs notice,” so he sprang into action, and thoughtfully made reservations for our anniversary while I was still wondering if we should do anything at all. Alo Restaurant has been open since sometime in July, and from the reviews I read before heading in, has been a wonderful and spectacular…

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2 Vegan Kickstarters – April 2015

Every week the folks at Vegucated post about This Week in Vegan Crowdfunding –  which is cool and useful, and I enjoy that they do a regular roundup of some of the vegan projects happening. Demetrius, one of the producers of Vegucated, also put together a great collection of tips on how to “Crowdfund Your Vegan Business” recently (on a new vegan business focused website.) So, that ground is covered. I suggest checking them out weekly, and supporting what you can. As for me, I wanted to highlight two crowdfunding campaigns that I was particularly keen on, and if you follow me on facebook or twitter, you’ve probably heard about these a bunch already. Driftwood Magazine Here is their kickstarter What is Driftwood Magazine? “Driftwood is a celebration of what is possible in a vegan world. It’s a place to see other vegans and celebrate our world with and through each other. Every issue will be filled with stories of vegan travel adventures, profiles on people, the arts, and advancements and issues in the global vegan community. Unlike most vegan magazines, Driftwood concentrates on people through culture and the arts. This is reflected in high-quality, visually stunning images. Our print publication is on quality paper, making…

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1st Annual Barnacle Ball – Sea Shepherd

From Facebook (Subject to Change as we move closer to keep you all up to date of our brilliantly informative enjoyable evening) TICKETS Available Online & at our upcoming events! www.seashepherd.org/barnacleball If you cannot make it, but want to support Sea Shepherd through the event please follow this link and help make our night a huge success for the Ocean! Prices the same for all ages: Single $60 2 or more $50ea Table of Eight $380 Sea Shepherd Conservation Society runs on donation to help protect the ocean from many illegal action. This fundraiser is in complete support of this organization. An evening with soft live music while you view our fabulous items at our Silent Auction. Then you will sit for a 4 course Vegan dinner while enjoying two free bottles of wine per table of 8 and listening to our incredible line up of speakers from local supporters to guest from afar. We are almost 100% sure we will have Paul Watson speaking as well. This evening is in the works right now to ensure a once in a lifetime event for all attendees! We are setting the starting age at awesomely mature 12yrs old since we have so…

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Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival – 2014

This was my fourth Vegetarian Food Festival, and my fourth year in Toronto, it’s one of my favourite yearly events, and not just because it also coincides with one of my second favourite events – the Toronto International Film festival. This was also the first time I didn’t have a camera with me, so I just enjoyed the festivities and food, and didn’t take many photos. Maybe there is something to just experiencing things without photos to prove it, but I do miss my camera (it’s being repaired right now after I fell on our last day of travelling.) I went on Friday evening and being there reminded me very much of the feeling I got when I arrived in Toronto way back in the summer of 2010. As I sat in the sun, eating an APieCalypse Now magic square, and drinking a cup of my new favourite local kombucha (Pekoe Kombucha) I was just enveloped in a wonderful feeling of these are my people. I am home. We may have our differences (a lot of them), but there is still a feeling of connection at these events that I really love. It was so nice to catch up with friends,…

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Toronto Vegetarian Food Fair

This is one of the biggest vegetarian food festivals around. Friday – 4pm – 9pm Saturday – 12pm – 9pm Sunday 12pm – 7pm Harbourfront Centre – 235 Queen’s Quay West Toronto They are a food festival first, so we pride ourselves in bringing you the best from both local and international chefs. They bring together a marketplace full of vendors who make it their business to change what you think is possible for vegan food.  That means a weekend full of cooking demonstrations, free samples, new products, cookbook launches, and eating.  Lots of eating. Bring an appetite. Between all the fabulous food, there is a weekend full of workshops, lectures, fitness classes, music, panel discussions, and other special events. Check out what some past years looked like for me: 2010 – Recap 2011 – Day one – Day two  Find out more information about the event by following on facebook, twitter, or checking the website: http://festival.veg.ca/

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Japan Dolphins Day 2014 – Toronto

From Facebook & Japan Dophins Day listing. Liberate, then Celebrate: A New Era for Dolphin Compassion! HERE ARE THE MAIN TALKING POINTS FOR #JDD2014: We are honoring the dolphins of Japan which have been, and will be, killed in the slaughter that takes place from Sept. to about March every year, as well as the dolphins who are currently in captivity around the world. The Japan Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA) and the Taiji Whale Museum, where Angel the albino dolphin and others that are captured during the drive hunts are confined, actively condone, exploit and subsidize the drive hunting in Taiji. We demand that the World Association for Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) expel JAZA and take action against the killing rather than just giving lip service to opposing the dolphin slaughter. Captivity is never humane for cetaceans! Do not buy a ticket to a dolphinarium or captive swim-with-dolphin excursion. The dolphin drive hunts in Taiji are NOT traditional. They exist only for making big profits for the fishermen and the companies that buy live dolphins for their facilities. The hunts began in 1969, and several other Japanese towns (Iki Island and Futo) have given up their drive hunts.…

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Vegan Professional Bootcamp – Toronto

Find out more: http://veganprofessionalbootcamps.com/ Vegan Professional Bootcamps are designed with the busy vegan professional in mind. They are a series of stand-alone multi-city events that pack a power-load of information into each 5-hour session. Every bootcamp will feature exciting and experienced speakers from the local veg community – people who have successes, tips, tools and tricks to share that will help your business to succeed. There will be information pertinent for everyone from the newbie to the experienced business owner. Average event size is 40-60 participants. These events are not just about listening – they are all about the interaction! There will be plenty of time to participate in round-table discussions, Q&As, and networking opportunities. We won’t just spout about theory, we will put theory into practice and conduct hands-on sessions on topics such as building your brand, online marketing and putting trends into action. We encourage you to bring your laptop, iPad, iPhone and gadgets, so you will leave the day not only with ideas, but with an actionable plan to implement for your business tomorrow. And when you go back out onto the street? We don’t just toss you to the crowds…all paid attendees will receive access to online…

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The Toronto Vegan 100 – My Grand Total: 80(so far)

Toronto’s Vegan 100 is a curated list of some of the unbelievable vegan dishes suggested by discerning local vegans who shared their favourite dishes, memorable meals and unforgettable finds put together by Lisa from Vegan Culinary Crusade While I might not agree with absolutely all of these items as the best that Toronto has to offer, I think it’s a great list and a great way to start your vegan explorations in the city. I remember doing the Portland Vegan 100 a few years ago, and I really liked it, so I asked Lisa if she’d be cool with the same kind of repost. Here’s how the PDX Vegan 100 worked: 1) Copy this list into your own blog, facebook or website, including these instructions. 2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten. (Like this) 3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating (or wouldn’t eat again). (Like This) 4) Link your post back to the original. 5) Pass it on! Here it goes. Toronto’s Vegan 100 1. Apiecalypse Now’s Chili Mac n’ Cheese 2. Apiecalypse Now’s Dunkeroos 3. Apiecalypse Now’s Pulled Not Pork 4. The Atlantic Vegan Tasting Menu 5. Bahn Mi Boys’ Tofu Tacos 6. Bello Bio’s Tiramisu 7. Belmonte Raw’s Peanut Butter Chocolate…

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Toronto Raw/Vegan Festival

http://www.torontorawveganfestival.com/ The Toronto Raw/Vegan Festival offers all you need for healthy, cruelty-free, eco-friendly green living. You don`t have to be vegan to attend! Come and see why people are increasingly adopting a raw/vegan lifestyle. The festival features. FREE Admission Featuring Tim Van Orden, the Running Raw Man Natasha Kyssa from SimplyRaw in Ottawa, and author of “The SimplyRaw Kitchen”, will speak on the Raw Lifestyle All day raw/vegan food demo’s and sampling by Toronto’s leading raw/vegan chefs All day speakers on health and food topics of interest Delicious food vendors Superfoods, Raw Chocolate and Medicinal Mushrooms Ethical clothing Cruelty-free cosmetics, toiletries and healthcare products ATM onsite 918 Bathurst Street (north of Bloor Street) , Toronto, Ontario When: Saturday, June 7, 2014 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, June 8, 2014 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Workshops after 4:30 p.m. Saturday June 7th Stage Food Demo Room Speakers Room Sunday June 8th Food Demo Room Stage Speakers Room Workshops 4:30 pm Movie screening (Room L5)

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