Toronto, I love you. I admit this love dwindles in the winter when the streets look like a giant spilled his root-beer slushie, or in the summer when the humidity overwhelms an oil spill’s worth of product to turn my hair into a perfect sphere. But they say the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, and this city knows how to keep me fed.
Toronto kind of gets a bad rap. Okay, so we compete with Vancouver over who can have the most expensive rent, and maybe we can’t touch Montreal’s sense of style or their efficient subway system. I’m not even going to bring our mayor into this, although I realize I just did by saying I wasn’t going to. But you know what? Toronto is maybe the most veg-friendly city in all of Canada. At the very least, Toronto is the most veg-friendly city that I have ever lived in.
As the saying goes: the devil is in the details. In this case, the details are the difference between a relatively painless (and often delicious) existence and the alternative: all the iceberg lettuce you can eat at the restaurant of your choice. But in Toronto, most waiters are versed in the vegan options on their menu because there actually are vegan options. Better yet, there are some restaurants where you can sit down, pick anything on the menu, and be sure that the only animal products you’re eating is the cat hair slowly making it’s way to your plate from your sweater.
Toronto has even expanded its food options beyond the standard veg fare (read: kale salad) to include things like vegan ice cream, vegan pizza-by-the-slice, and vegan pretty-much-any-kind-of-comfort-food. Gone are the days where your friends find you more difficult to hang out with than someone who is allergic to sunlight. Imagine never hearing, “Oh, I don’t think there is anything you can eat here” again because there is, more often than not, a tonne of variety for you to choose from.
Don’t believe me? Check out the Vegetarian Directory, full of evidence of what makes this city so great. Still skeptical? Just wait until 40,000+ visitors flood Harbourfront Centre in September for the Vegetarian Food Festival. There are over 200 exhibitors that are all there to help make your life cruelty-free; unlike plant-based diets of yesteryear, I mean even free of cruelty to you.