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Veg Out 522: Ally Lazare – The Vegan Baked Donut Cookbook

Edit April 2, 2022 Join Marni and Barbi as they chat with Ally Lazare about her brand new cookbook, and all their favourite vegan donut spots! Links Other Places to Listen Veg Out on Spotify Veg Out on Google Podcasts Credits Hosts: Barbi and Marni Guest: Ally Lazare Editing: Sweta Write Up: Marni Theme Music: Matt Judge Filed under: News News from…

Veg Out 521: Vegan Travel

Edit March 19, 2022 Is it time? Is it safe? Can we start thinking about taking big trips again? For this episode we’re joined by Brighde Reed, co-founder of B.C.-based World Vegan Travel, a group-travel company with a mission to take vegans to some of the world’s most exciting destinations in Europe, Africa and Asia without sacrificing great culinary…

Friend or Faux? Why Having Vegan Meat Alternatives Is Good For The Vegan Movement

Several months ago I was having dinner with my close friend and his family when a conversation about Beyond Meat burgers came up. I was surprised by how strong an opinion his mother had on the subject, considering she wasn’t plant-based herself. “All those fake burgers are so bad for you!” she exclaimed. “I thought being vegan was supposed to…

Veg Out 520: Wholly Veggie with David Gaucher

Edit March 5, 2022 David Gaucher is the co-CEO of Wholly Veggie, a company that makes plant based meals and snacks with a focus on vegetables. Their products are vegan, non-GMO project verified, gluten free, soy free with no sugar added and made with simple ingredients – and also taste delicious! David joins Jeanette and Sweta to talk about transitioning…

Veg Out 519: Family Day

Edit February 19, 2022 Do you have a vegan kid? Do you know a vegan kid? Were you a vegan kid? In honour of Family Day Weekend, we invited two vegan mamas, Fine Levan and Angela Shintani-Sandrowicz, to join us for a chat about the joys and challenges of raising vegan children, and to give us some tips about how to find other vegan kids for your little…

Intersectionality and Veganism: Let’s Talk About It

In the US, black people are 3x more likely to be vegan or vegetarian than any other racial group. A recent study also found that 31% of people of color (POC) have reduced their meat consumption in the US, compared to only 19% of white Americans.  So why is there a lack of representation in a movement that black vegans are clearly such a big part of…

Veg Out 518: Navigating the Vegan Life

Edit February 5, 2022 We’re cruising from Veganuary to … whatever February has in store and your hosts are here to help you stay happy and healthy with nutrition tips, navigating not-so-vegan friendly chain restaurants, and vegan pet care. Whether you’re a long-time vegan or newer and seeking support, this episode will give you something to chew…

Veganuary 2022 – Veg Influencer Roundup!

During Veganuary, we posted vegan and veg-friendly influencers every week who we think you should definitely be following (that is, if you aren’t already!) In case you missed these posts or aren’t on social media, here is our Veganuary Influencer Roundup. All of these influencers are also either Toronto locals or Canadian! TORONTO Vegan Yums: Always…

Veg Out 517: Veganuary Go to Meals

We’re three weeks into Veganuary and realize some newer vegans, or those just experimenting with a vegan diet, may be running out of meal ideas. So, we thought it was the perfect time to ask three of our veteran veg-heads — Sweta, Jeanette and Marni — to share a few of their go-to meals. You know, those dishes that are tried and true and relatively…

Veg Out 516: The Burger Episode

Edit January 8, 2022 Vegan burgers continue their meteoric rise in the GTA, both in the fast food sector and sit-down restaurants. Barbi, Steve and Jeanette talk a bit about their favourite burgers in the city, plus we share TVA member’s top spots. And we welcome Darryl Neate, the founder of Mavericks Burger Co., to chat about his journey to developing…

Veganuary Book Bundles!

For most people transitioning to a vegan diet, one of the first things you do is research and gather resources to help you on your journey. That’s why we’re offering an unbelievable promotion on some fantastic vegan books: $31 bundles to celebrate the 31 days of Veganuary! Each bundle includes 5 books, with retail values of up to $145. Bundles…

Veg Out 515: Holidays 2021

Edit December 20, 2021 Today, we are sharing with you some highlights from past episodes of Veg Out where we talk all things holidays and how it relates to veganism. You’ll hear about goal setting for January, what to do if you are gifted a non-vegan presents, and a favourite topic on this show, vegan baking! Episodes mentioned: Vegan Holiday Baking…

Local Holiday Gift Guide 2021

If you’ve been following our socials over the last few weeks, you’ll have seen the amazing local veg businesses we’ve been featuring for your holiday gifting inspiration. We’re putting them all here in one place for your perusal! Want your chance to bid on these great vendors? Check out our silent auction. But hurry; the auction ends December…

Veg Out 514: Liver Health with Amy Symington

Edit December 11, 2021 Today Barbi and Ana chat about liver health with Amy Symington.  Amy is a long time vegan and volunteer with the TVA. Amy is a nutrition professor, researcher and plant-based chef at George Brown College.  In addition to working on her PhD at the University of Toronto, she runs the culinary nutrition programming at Gilda’s…

TVA’s Vegan Holiday Shopping List

Whether you’re shopping for the other vegans in your life, or for omnivores but want to make sure your shopping list stays in line with your values, we’ve got you covered with our top picks for anyone in your circle. When you buy from this list you are also supporting our vegan non-profit, to help create a kinder, greener, more compassionate future…

Veg Out 513: Ethical Investing with Anup & Justin

Have some cash you’d like to invest in a company that aligns with your plant-based values? All of a sudden there are lots of publicly traded businesses that tap into the growing sector. But picking and choosing individual stocks can be risky, not to mention intimidating if you’re not an experienced investor. Meet today’s guests, financial advisors…

Veg Out 512: Best of 2021

With the end of 2021 fast approaching, the Veg Out team was in the mood to look back at some of the amazing episodes created this year. Welcome to our best of show! We look back at some interviews, topics, and tips from the archives, including some clips from past episodes. We were also inspired to look back because our host station CJRU is just about…

Veg Out 511: Anna Pippus talks about The Vegan Family Cookbook

Edit October 30, 2021 Today Sweta and Ana talk to Anna Pippus about her recently released book The Vegan Family Cookbook.  Anna Pippus’ passion for making delicious vegan food easy and fun led her to share her stories on Instagram and now she shares all her tips and tricks and delicious creations with us through her book.  Learn more about Anna’s…

Veg Out 509: Youtube!

Barbi, Ana and Jeanette love watching Youtube, and with some new content recently released on the TVA’s channel, we thought it would be a good time to share with you our favourite creators making vegan content. Barbi is self described as “notorious” for watching non-vegan videos, and so is Jeanette, so we do share some shows and channels that…

Veg Out 508: Gia and Stefano’s with Jennifer Coburn

Edit September 19, 2021 The TVA podcast crew is joined by Jennifer Coburn the genius behind the popular Toronto casual fine dining restaurant Uffico from which Stefano’s and now Gia was born.  Jennifer shares her personal journey alongside the journey of Stefano’s and Gia.  Along the way she shares stories of her experiences sharing vegan menu…

Veg Out 508: Gia and Stephano’s with Jennifer Coburn

Edit September 19, 2021 The TVA podcast crew are joined by Jennifer Coburn the genius behind the popular Toronto casual fine dining restaurant Uffico from which Stephano’s and now Gia was born.  Jennifer shares her personal journey alongside the journey of Stephanos and Gia.  Along the way she shares stories of her experiences sharing vegan menu…

Help us host our 2021 Veg Food Fest Popup!

Veg Food Fest is now officially one week away! We are SO excited to be back in person this year hosting our iconic festival. Like many other small organizations, and particularly as a non-profit, we were hit hard by COIVD19, and were unable to host any in-person fundraising events last year. We were only able to stay active thanks to the generous support…

Veg Out 507: Veg Food Fest Popup

Edit September 4, 2021 This year’s Veg Food Fest will look a little bit different.  Because of COVID-19 restrictions, it’ll be staged as a pop-up event at the Steam Whistle Brewery rather than its usual home, the sprawling Harbourfront complex. There will be 30 vendors instead of the usual 150+. Instead of three days, it’s just one – Saturday…

Veg Out 506: Accidentally Vegan Products

Edit August 21, 2021 Cookies, chips, and crackers, oh my! There are many mainstream products in grocery stores that are “accidentally vegan.” Everything from puff pasty to pancake mix. The term refers to items that are not necessarily marketed to vegans, and are not produced specifically to be vegan, but they just happen to not have any animal derived…

Veg Out 505: Vegan Camping

Inspiring people to choose a healthier, greener, more compassionate lifestyle through plant-based eating. Contact Us Media Inquiries Donate About the Toronto Vegetarian Association FAQ Sitemap The Toronto Vegetarian Association is on the traditional territory of many nations, including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the…

Veg Out 504: Vegan Celebrities

Edit July 24, 2021 Vegan celebrities, boon or bane? Join us for an informal chat about some of our favourite vegan celebs and the contributions they’ve made to the community, some famous folk we thought were vegan but upon closer inspection probably aren’t, as well as some who were at some point, but now, not so much. How much influence do famous…

Recipe: Cauliflower and Banana Skin Curry!

Eat a lot of bananas? Throwing out your banana skins? Why not make a curry instead! Cooking with banana skins? Why not? Banana skins add a tangy sweetness to any dish that is unique and irresistible. If cooking with banana skin is a bit too adventurous for you, you can use eggplant instead. Time: 1 hour Serves: 6 Author: Una Rose (adapted from a recipe…

Veg Out 503: The Portuguese Vegan

Connie Oliveira is the creator of the food blog The Portuguese Vegan, which you can find on Instagram and Facebook. She joins fellow Portuguese Vegans Ana and Jeanette on this episode of Veg Out to talk about her journey to create a cookbook that honours her mother’s heritage by preserving family recipes, and veganizing them so they can be enjoyed…

Veg Out 502: Real Fur Documentary with Taimoor Choudhry

Taimoor Choudhry is a fashionable guy. In fact, he used to be the General Manager and Creative Director of a jewellery line called Damas. He also used to wear fur. No more! A few years ago, Choudhry had an epiphany when he started to see that fur trim on his parka as more than just a piece of raw material. It had, of course, been a living, breathing…

Veg Out 501: Talking Veg with TVA’s ED Kimberly D’Oliveira

Edit June 12, 2021 Do you want to get to know TVA’s new Executive Director Kimberly D’Olivera?  Today, Steve and Ana share a virtual meet ‘n greet with Kimberly.  During this episode, Kimberly shares her vegan journey, the story of how she came to know the TVA, and some of her favourite foods.  We invite you to join us in getting to know Kimberly…

June Veg Guide Updates!

Happy June! Happy Pride! As we hopefully start to ease out of our thousand months of lockdown we have a quick Veg Guide update for all of you with new places for you to check out, read on!  Blissful Bird 489 College St. This vegan chick’n place running out of Snakes and Lattes on College has been getting a lot of press for its vegan fried chicken…

Veg Out 500: Going Planetarian with PlasticFree TO

Edit May 29, 2021 Wondering how to live a more sustainable lifestyle but stuck on those pesky single-use plastics that many of our favourite products come in? We’re here for you with tips and inspiration from Lin and Toni Sappong, founders of local initiatives like PlasticFree TO and Leslieville Reduces – and self-professed Planetarians. These sisters…

Come work with us: Three Canada Summer Jobs opportunities!

We’re hiring! Are you under 30 and a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident? Interested in helping us work on some great upcoming projects? Apply for one of our three Canada Summer Jobs positions! Click on the links below to read the full job descriptions as well as details for how to apply. The Community Outreach Assistant will be primarily responsible…

Veg Out 499: Spring Cookbook Club

Inspiring people to choose a healthier, greener, more compassionate lifestyle through plant-based eating. Contact Us Media Inquiries Donate About the Toronto Vegetarian Association FAQ Sitemap The Toronto Vegetarian Association is on the traditional territory of many nations, including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the…



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