Now’s Best of Toronto – Veganed

It’s that time of year again, well, between now and September – to vote in NOW Magazine’s Best of Toronto Reader’s Choice. I was looking through some of the categories and I noticed something – more and more vegan businesses are cropping up in categories beyond the usual “vegan” or “vegetarian”, so I wanted to highlight the ones I’ve found. I have been posting about at least one business everyday on Facebook, complete with my case for why they should win, but I decided I should just wrap it up into one post anyway. I’m not telling you who to vote for. All I’m saying is that it’s worth checking out categories beyond “vegan” or “vegetarian” because so many fantastic vegan places are all over this year’s list. Voting closes September 12th, and winners will be announced in Now’s Best of Toronto Reader’s Choice issue out November 6th. I’m sure this goes without saying, but this list has not been endorsed by Now Toronto, and I’ve put it together without any biases beyond being vegan and liking tasty food. Table of Contents Best Bakery Best Bar Best Dessert Best Breakfast Best Brunch Best Caribbean Best Jamaican Best Caterer Best Cheap Eats Best Chocolate Best Cupcake Best Dessert Best Donut Best Vegan Best Vegetarian Best Pho Best Patisserie Best Korean Best Other Stuff

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Bento Miso – Urban Acorn – Beatles Themed Dinner Party

Why has it taken me so long to talk about this? I don’t know, but my wedding based excuses are going to run out soon. Many many Thursday’s ago I went to Bento Miso for Urban Acorn’s Beatles themed supper club. It was a great opportunity to talk to other people interested in food and meet the people behind Urban Acorn, and learn a little more about their approach. They bill themselves as “flexitarian” which is one of my least favourite words in the dictionary, but other than that I’ve really enjoyed their approach and style towards vegan-friendly foods. (And making connections online, and social media in general, and visual presentation, etc etc) Our gracious hosts were welcoming, friendly, and kept the food and conversation going. Dinner was casual and inviting, the usually desk and laptop filled coworking space of Bento Miso on Richmond Street was transformed into a dining area with one long table, and several participants sitting around and chatting. I was late, but it didn’t matter, appetizers were being passed around, and the stage was set for a relaxed several course meal. I liked that Urban Acorn had sourced local and vegan friendly alcohol for the event (thanks Barnivore) – I helped myself to a bottle of Mill Street Organic and waited for the food to arrive. The appetizers were all interesting and perfectly sized to stuff in ones face. My favourite was easily the potato pancake topped with sweet onion chutney, but it’s hard to really…

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