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Top 6 Vegan Eats in Toronto

As the vegan trend proliferates in Toronto and beyond, with even McDonald’s looking to cash in with McVegan, options are ever increasing, and really good taste filled options too!

But which Toronto vegans eats are worth venturing to? And which ones can satisfy the cravings of a non-vegan?

Top 6 Vegan Eats in Toronto:

  6. Quinoa Onion Rings.

Fresh Onion Ring Quinoa

Hand coated with breadcrumbs and puffed quinoa, their crispy exterior and fresh interior will hook you at first bite. $7 at Fresh, various locations.

  5. Savoury Buckwheat Crepe.

Best Vegan Crepes Toronto

Fill your appetite with vibrantly flavoured fresh tomato, basil, spinach, mushroom and vegan mozzerlla at this tiny Kensington Market eatery. For total triumph,  add cucumber and avocado. $15 at Hibiscus Café, 238 Augusta Avenue.

  4. The Planta Burger.

Best Vegan Burger Toronto

Non-vegans won’t know the difference to their usual beef burger! This one holds perfectly together as you bite down into a savoury mix of queso, mushroom bacon, pickles, onion and garlic aioli. It comes with a side of paprika dusted crispy fries at a Yorkville price point. $19 at Planta, 1221 Bay Street.

  3. Tempeh Reuben.

Best Vegan Sandwiches Toronto

Marinated and grilled tempeh with avocado, pickles, sauerkraut, secret sauce in between fresh home-made bread. You’ll be wondering how this vegan creation tastes so good. $9 at Bloomers, 873 Bloor Street West.

  2. No-Butter Tart.

Best vegan dessert Toronto

Bite into the flakey exterior and golden gooey interior with or without guilt! This sweet treat is made with agave oil, palm oil, corn syrup and raisins. $3.50 at Bunner’s, 244 Augusta Ave.

  1. Muay Thai Box.

Best Salad Toronto

20 ingredients blend together to offer your taste buds a unique flavor combination at each bite: Yam noodle, mint, basil, pea shoot, chili, peanuts, spinach, tofu, bean sprout, cucumber, beets, zucchini, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, napa cabbage, cabbage, cilantro and ginger-tamarind dressing. $8 at Veghed, 1199 Dundas Street West.

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6 Bucket List Toronto Cocktails

You had some Toronto cocktail adventures this past summer.

Each one was a fun new experience, but you’re craving more. Keep your adventure going at these Toronto bars.

6 bucket list cocktails in Toronto:

1. Better Beer at The Lockhart Bar, 1479 Dundas Street West – $11.25.

 Lockhart cocktails

This mix of advocaat, house ginger beer, ginger ale and cinnamon infused sauza is topped with whipped cream and toasted marshmallow to complete your muggle (non-wizard) adventure!

2. Netflix and Chill at Spirit House, 487 Adelaide Street West – $14.

Popcorn Cocktail toronto

Start you weekend with a cocktail and snack all in one: Brown butter and popcorn infused bourbon, amaro, fresh lemon, orange reduction, apple cider, egg white and black walnut bitters topped with popcorn for the win!

3. The Aubrey Palmer at Fring’s, 455 King Street West – $18.

 Fring's Cocktail

Set this sweet sipper up with truffle fries or boa chicken sliders. Drake’s Virginia Black Whiskey gets mixed with sweetened peach tea, mango lemonade and rosemary.

4. Volcano Bowl at The Shameful Tiki Room – $40.

Volcano Bowl at Shameful Tiki

Get pumped up for this order, because your crew sure will! Flashes of mezcal, overproofed rum and house made six spice syrup. Sharable for four or more.

5. Sour Key at El Furniture Warehouse, 410 Bloor Street – $6.50.

 El Furniture Warehouse Cocktail

Your favourite sour treat sitting a top raspberry vodka, sprite, soda, fresh lemon, simple syrup and peach schnapps for $6.50? Win!

6. Her Royal Highness at Bar Reyna, 158 Cumberland Street – $30.

Bar Reyna Yorkville Cocktails

All hail! Princess status is achieved with a $30  mix of Elyx vodka, Mount Gay XO, saffron, cardamom, rosewater and orgeat served in a copper pineapple chalice.

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Massive Drinks Garden on Toronto’s Waterfront this Weekend

Summer is coming to a close and you’re looking to enjoy its final weekend.

Watch the Jays?  Shop for fall clothes? Try a new charcoal dessert? Catch a TIFF movie?

What about a drinks garden right on the lake?

September 2017 Toronto events

Sherbourne Garden will be turned into a drinks garden and food festival this weekend.

As part of Food Truck Festival Ontario, there will be a lake front drinks garden this weekend only, complete with culinary cocktails, complimentary wine and cider sampling, as well as fresh craft beer from Amsterdam Brewery.

For a retro experience, the nostalgic Pop Shoppe is making a return… with vodka!

Vodka Pop Shoppe

Eat, drink and play giant jenga on the lake

Enjoy one last day out with your summer crew at Sherbourne Common (beside Sugar Beach). There will also be an evening fire pit (Saturday only). The fun starts at 1pm Saturday and Sunday. The best part? It’s free admission.

The Fastlane to Summer’s Final Food Festival

A free Toronto waterfront foodie celebration awaits you on summer’s final weekend.

Sherbourne Common will host Toronto’s final summer festival

Free is awesome, but…

An inexpensive day out by the water is the way to enjoy summer’s final weekend, however free food festivals have been known to attract hordes of hangries wanting to satisfy their cravings, making for long lines to your new favourite bites.

Expect lines at this year’s Food Truck Festival Ontario as General Admission is now free

Your stomach growls and your mouth dries as you smell deliciousness waiting for that first satisfying bite.

Get your bites minus the lines

Score a limited “Foodstar pass” to Food Truck Festival Ontario and your foodie adventure will get a 90 minute head start, and will be documented with a Foodstar photoshoot!

Foodstar VIP pass Toronto food festival

A photo shoot is included with a “Foodstar Pass”

A foodie adventure to remember

You’ll be in the fastlane to exclusive $6 FTFO menu items like crispy avocado fries, deep fried riceballs and butter chicken burritos.

Exclusive $6 items like this Chicken Tikka Burrito from The Kathi Roll Express will be available at Food Truck Festival Ontario September 16 and 17, 2017

With the time you’ve saved and a Chimney Cone in hand, you can continue your foodie adventure enjoying the sands of Sugar Beach, the lush grass of Sherbourne Common or… go for thirds and fourths!

Eva’s Original Chimney Cones will be available during summer’s final festival

With your team foodie fun in tow and exclusive $6 menu items you can keep going until you’ve tried every taste!

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Foodstars have more fun

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Free foodie festival in Toronto