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 year-round, but they had a couple of special dishes for Veggielicious on the go as well, so we picked the specials – planning to return again in the future for some of their regular menu items. The Southern Accent Veggielicious Menu (Prix-fixe $25 per person) First Course: Soup of the…

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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 success – so we had to find out for ourselves. Would they make vegan food with the same passion as their other creations? Sadly, I wish I could show you better pictures, but as luck would have it, my favourite food camera lense (yes, I have one) broke a few days…

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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 Driftwood a collectible piece rather than a disposable magazine.” Why am I into it? I think we are ready for a non-intro-to-vegan lifestyle & travel magazine, and that’s what I see Driftwood as. It’s a life and travel magazine, that just happens to be vegan. And I dig that. A…

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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, and discover new businesses that I hadn’t heard of before. Also the weather was gorgeous. So here is the Magic Square, and it was amazing as usual. Eventually, we also picked up a pumpkin pie, a piece of peach pie, one of those famous s’mores pies, a Free Shrugs t-shirt,…

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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 Thimble 8. Belmonte Raw’s Strength Juice 9. The Beet’s Grilled Cheese with Apple Butter (with Daiya) 10. The Beet‘s Vegan Mac n’ Cheese 11. The Bickford Flexitarian’s Fried Vegg Sandwich 12. Boreal Gelato‘s Strawberry Sorbetto (as an aside, do try the vegan salted caramel gelato from these folks) 13. Buddha’s Vegetarian‘s General Tao’s Chicken 14. Bunner’s Cinnamon Buns…

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Vegan Pop Up, Lunch, Health, & other Things I Love Thursday

There are a few things I’m grateful for this week. Supportive friends, sunshine, a really good batch of cold brew coffee, that all three of my cats are getting along (sort of), the house is covered in lush green ivy, and the garden JC and I have worked on has turned our first growing season in our new home into a really nice verdant and cozy space. The most incredible thing for me is that I took a picture of the house before I left for Edmonton a couple of weeks ago, and when I arrived back in Toronto I was surprised by the beautiful wall of green outside. 100 in 1 Day Toronto Tomorrow is 100 in 1 Toronto, which is an incredible event where people gather together, decide to make something happen, and take up space doing it. Click the above image to find out more about 100 in 1 Day Toronto Vegan Pop Up There is a Vegan Pop Up coming up on June 15th, and I’m happy to be involved in it. There is this incredible amount of excitement at having everything come together, and it’s only just under ten days away. We’ve got a really fabulous combination of little vegan businesses and some more well known folks – there will be a couple of vegan and/or animal focused local organizations attending, and proceeds from admission tickets are going to support a farm sanctuary (Cedar Row). We’ll have an animal care item donation box for All Creatures Rescue and a…

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Food Not Bombs – Food Prep & Serving

Food prep starts at 12:30 on Sunday at APieCalypse Now! (589 Markham, lower level) Serving will start at Bloor & Bathurst around 2:30pm Join the group on facebook for up to date info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FNBToronto/ What is Food Not Bombs? Food Not Bombs recovers and shares free food with the public without restriction in over 1,000 cities around the world to protest war, poverty and the destruction of the environment. Each group is independent and invites everyone to participate in making decisions for their local chapter using a consensus process. Food Not Bombs is dedicated to engaging in direct action to change society so that no one is forced to stand in line to eat at a soup kitchen.

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Food Not Bombs – Food Prep & Serving

Food prep starts at 12:30 on Sunday at APieCalypse Now! (589 Markham, lower level) Serving will start at Bloor & Bathurst around 2:30pm Join the group on facebook for up to date info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FNBToronto/ What is Food Not Bombs? Food Not Bombs recovers and shares free food with the public without restriction in over 1,000 cities around the world to protest war, poverty and the destruction of the environment. Each group is independent and invites everyone to participate in making decisions for their local chapter using a consensus process. Food Not Bombs is dedicated to engaging in direct action to change society so that no one is forced to stand in line to eat at a soup kitchen.

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Food Not Bombs – Food Prep & Serving

Food prep starts at 12:30 on Sunday at APieCalypse Now! (589 Markham, lower level) Serving will start at Bloor & Bathurst around 2:30pm Join the group on facebook for up to date info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FNBToronto/ What is Food Not Bombs? Food Not Bombs recovers and shares free food with the public without restriction in over 1,000 cities around the world to protest war, poverty and the destruction of the environment. Each group is independent and invites everyone to participate in making decisions for their local chapter using a consensus process. Food Not Bombs is dedicated to engaging in direct action to change society so that no one is forced to stand in line to eat at a soup kitchen.

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Food Not Bombs – Food Prep & Serving

Food prep starts at 12:30 on Sunday at APieCalypse Now! (589 Markham, lower level) Serving will start at Bloor & Bathurst around 2:30pm Join the group on facebook for up to date info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FNBToronto/ What is Food Not Bombs? Food Not Bombs recovers and shares free food with the public without restriction in over 1,000 cities around the world to protest war, poverty and the destruction of the environment. Each group is independent and invites everyone to participate in making decisions for their local chapter using a consensus process. Food Not Bombs is dedicated to engaging in direct action to change society so that no one is forced to stand in line to eat at a soup kitchen.

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