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Veganism on mainstream TV in Israel

Israel’s at it again! Chan­nel 1 TV shows a piece on the vegan lifestyle. Check it out!


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Earth Day: Eat Animal-Free!

Let’s face it, Earth Day really should be every­day. We need to take bet­ter care of our planet.

You may be sur­prised to find out that eat­ing meat is not earth-friendly in the least. Check out the info­graphic below to get a bet­ter idea of the impact the meat and dairy indus­tries have on CO2 emissions.


Not to men­tion, farm­ing this many ani­mals cre­ates a lot of S&^%…


The good news is, we can eas­ily reduce our eco­log­i­cal foot­print by reduc­ing our meat and dairy con­sump­tion. Weekly events such as Meat­less Mon­days can make a huge difference!

Here are some lovely animal-free recipes that will sat­isfy your tummy and taste­buds from Ellen’s per­sonal chef, Roberto Mar­tin and Oy Vegan fav, Chef Chloe Coscarelli.

I will say that I have made the dou­ble dou­ble drive-thru Burger and it’s REALLY tasty!

What are your favourite earth-friendly recipes? Share them with us in the com­ments sec­tion below!

Happy Earth Day!

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Justin Timberlake — SNL– Bring it on down to Veganville

Amaz­ing sketch on SNL last night fea­tur­ing Justin Tim­ber­lake as a singing block of tofu. You have to watch this! Cudos to SNL writ­ers and JT for a hilar­i­ous sketch.

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VeJEWtarian Winter Meet-up

In the Toronto area?

Come nosh on Chi­nese food at King’s Café in Kens­ing­ton Mar­ket with us!

Tues­day Feb­ru­ary 26th at 7pm. RSVP

See you there!!

Designed by Sasha Arfin.

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A very vegan Valentine’s

Tomor­row is the day of love, hearts, candy and friend­ship. If you came by the  Sun­day Antique Mar­ket at St. Lawrence North Mar­ket this past Sun­day, you might have seen me sell­ing turn of the cen­tury Valentine’s in prepa­ra­tion for the big day.

Vin­tage Valen­tines at the Sun­day Antique Market

For all you love­birds out there who are won­der­ing where to have an ani­mal friendly meal, check out these Toronto estab­lish­ments fea­tur­ing vegan price fixe menus.

Source for list of restau­rants: Toronto Veg­e­tar­ian Association

Hog­town Vegan

Sadie’s Diner


Check out their V-day menu here.

Veg­e­tar­ian Haven

Check out their V-day menu here.

Of course you can always make your own Valentine’s din­ner! Here’s a recipe for tasty baked vegan dough­nuts that are easy to make!

Raz­zle Daz­zle Valen­tine Doughnuts

Makes 6 doughnuts.

Needed: dough­nut pan


1 cup flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 tea­spoons bak­ing powder

pinch of salt

dash of nutmeg

dash of cinnamon

1/2 cup almond milk (any non-dairy milk is fine)

1/2 tea­spoon apple cider vinegar

1/2 tea­spoon vanilla

Egg replacer (equiv­a­lent of 1 egg)

1/4 cup vegan mar­garine (melted– then cooled. Mustn’t be too hot when added to mixture!)

Choco­late Glaze:

1/2 –3/4 cup of vegan choco­late chips

1 table­spoon coconut oil

red sparkling sprinkles


1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F

2. In a large bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients.

3. In another bowl, whisk together wet ingredients.

4. Add wet mix­ture to dry mix­ture and mix together until just combined.

5. Scoop out your mix­ture into a pre­pared dough­nut pan. Don’t put too much mix­ture in! Make sure it is level or below the sides of the pan so it doesn’t bal­loon up in the bak­ing process.

6. Bake for 12 min­utes or until a tooth­pick inserted comes out dry. Let cool a few min­utes before turn­ing the dough­nuts out of the pan to cool completely.

Choco­late Glaze:

1. Melt 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of vegan choco­late chips and coconut oil in the microwave for inter­vals of 30 sec­onds. Stir­ring in between until melted completely.

2. Dip cooled dough­nuts half way in the choco­late glaze turn­ing as you pull them out to avoid drip­ping down the sides.

3. Dip the glazed dough­nuts into another bowl of sparkling red sprinkles.

4. Serve and enjoy!


Wish­ing all you lovers and friends out there a Happy Valentine’s Day from Oy Vegan!


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MOOC about food!

Good news! There’s a MOOC (Mas­sive Open Online Course) about the foods we eat and how they affect the envi­ron­ment being taught via John Hop­kins University.

Read the course descrip­tion on Meat­less Monday’s web­siteThe course focuses mostly on Amer­i­can food pol­icy but is very inter­est­ing nonetheless.

The course is free. Learn more and sign up here.

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Israel is going Vegan!

As I gear up for another trip to the holy land, I am excited to hear about the vegan fever that has been sweep­ing the country.


Pic­tured above: Gary Yourof­sky and friend

Con­tro­ver­sial ani­mal activist famous for his talk, “The best speech you will ever hear” Gary Yourof­sky and his team of sup­port­ers in Israel seem to be at the heart of this move­ment. Whether or not you agree with his approach, many Israelis are mak­ing the change to veg­an­ism includ­ing food critic, Ori Shavit, who has cre­ated an Eng­lish vegan din­ing guide for Israel. Music to this lady’s ears!

Read more about Israeli vegan-mania in Dana Kessler’s arti­cle.

Pic­tured above: Ori Shavit (Photo Credit: Lenny Ben Basat)

I’m excited to hear that the pop­u­lar chain Aroma Espresso Bar has added more vegan options to their menu. I’m also excited to try vegan shawarma while in Tel Aviv.

Pic­tured above: Vegan shawarma

Look out for updates with Israeli restau­rant reviews com­ing later in Decem­ber and early in the new year!

Here’s Vegan Style once more, just because it’s Israeli and awesome!

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Vegan Style!

Amaz­ing Gang­nam Style Par­ody from Israel. LOVE IT!

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Non-Vegan Banana Rant

What is going on peo­ple? Why can’t we eat bananas when they are ready to be eaten? Must we arti­fi­cially extend their shelf-life using ani­mal prod­ucts? Now, a fruit that we’ve already genet­i­cally mod­i­fied beyond belief is going to be the cause of yet another severe allergy. What are we doing to our food?!?! Why are we deplet­ing our oceans? Have we all gone bananas?

That’s my banana rant.

To read more about the impend­ing non-vegan banana, check out  Shape Magazine’s arti­cle or one green planet’s arti­cle on this issue.

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Special Alert: Save the Animals of Marineland!

Eight for­mer staff mem­bers at Marineland are speak­ing out about the suf­fer­ing of the ani­mals and the dis­gust­ing con­di­tions at this Cana­dian theme park. Read  National Affairs writer, Linda Diebel’s  Toronto Star expose.

“Larry, the har­bour seal with “an amaz­ing lit­tle per­son­al­ity” who arrived at Marineland about eight years ago is now a shadow of his for­mer self. After repeated expo­sure to unhealthy water, he has gone blind.” –The Toronto Star

“Sea lion Baker was trained to open his eyes so Marineland staff could per­form rou­tine checks. Baker lives in Marineland’s Aquar­ium pool, often swim­ming in cir­cles and scratch­ing him­self on the tank walls.” — The Toronto Star
Sign this peti­tion to Pre­mier Dal­ton McGuinty to save the ani­mals of Marineland.
“Many are call­ing for Marineland to be closed, how­ever what most don’t know is that Ontario has no laws con­trol­ling aquar­i­ums and zoos, or pro­tect­ing the ani­mals inside. With­out those laws no one will be able to save the ani­mals of Marineland.” - Phil Demers, for­mer Marineland trainer
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