NEW DISCOUNT! Peter’s Palace

Peter’s Palace will now offer a 10% discount on walk-in purchases for VegOttawa Association members! 

Peters Palace & Catering is a newly opened vegan-focused restaurant located in Orleans. They offer healthy home cooked comfort food, and simple, healthy make-at-home meal kits. Owner and chef, Chantal Peters offers individuals and families in Ottawa with freshly prepared, diet-conscious, ve*gan foods and to promote healthy living. We’ve tried a few of their dishes, and trust me – the hype is real!

Their menu boasts vegan goodness like chickpea & sundried tomato bruschetta, chili maple tofu skewers, and greek couscous salad with red wine oregano dressing. They even sell their house-made dressing in bottles you can take home.

*Peter’s Palace does serve a small selection of vegetarian options, please make sure you’re checking the menu and inquiring with your server when ordering.

Follow them on Facebook and Instagram to get all the updates on their incredible menu options!

Making Trash Panda @ The Merry Dairy

This week I got to live out a life-long dream I never knew I had until it happened: I got to help a local ice cream shop create a vegan ice cream flavour. But not just any flavour. The ultimate flavour. A flavour named after one of my favourite animals. TRASH PANDA.

What, you might be asking yourself, is Trash Panda? It’s a delicious concoction created by The Merry Dairy featuring a chocolate coconut base with drool-worthy chocolate covered pretzels, Oreo bits, and in-house fudge & raspberry drizzle. It’s a kitchen sink kind of flavour that is like a raccoon’s buffet. And I got to try it. It is INCREDIBLE.

I met up with Amelia, head ice cream maker, who has worked at The Merry Dairy for five years. She walked me through the process of creating their delicious flavours and I got to learn all about what led them to their newest vegan flavour.

The Merry Dairy is a local ice cream shop that started their plant-based journey by creating a vegan coffee coconut flavour. They got their name because of the happy, merry-like and joyful experience that comes along with enjoying a good ol’ scoop. Since then, they’ve created over 30 ingenious flavours like Sugar Plumped Fig and Earl Grey or the wildly popular Radler Sorbet. We joked that one day, they might even become the Merry Non-Dairy, because their vegan flavours fly off the shelves. So much so, they had to create a dedicated scooping freezer in the front of their store. (Way to go vegans!)

Back to Trash Panda, though. I’m a sucker for their vegan coffee flavour, but after today I might be a convert. Seriously, it took everything in me to not to ask for a funnel so I could just down the whole batch. As Amelia says, their vegan flavours are created with the coconut base top-of mind. They choose ingredients that will enhance and work with their plant-based option – a dance of flavours. It’s truly an art to watch them work their magic. Everything is made in house, with the exception of the oreo crumble mixed in. They create their own vegan base,  fudge and raspberry drizzle. All the way down to drizzling chocolate on the pretzels and chopping them up. Are you drooling yet?

Well, I’m happy to announce that Vegan Trash Panda is now available in store at The Merry Dairy. Head on over to 102 Fairmont (or order online for delivery!) and try it for yourself!

GIVEAWAY: Want to try the Trash Panda Flavour? Share our Instagram or Facebook post and tag us at @vegottawa. Every post that tags us will be entered to win a tub of their incredible new flavour!

NEW DISCOUNT! Jacquie K Cosmetics

Jacquie K cosmetics will now offer a 15% discount for VegOttawa Association members on all purchases from the Jacquie K Cosmetics online store!

Jacquie K. cosmetics is a Ottawa-based makeup brand created with ethics in mind. Created in 2018, the brand has grown from lipsticks and translucent powders to all kinds of makeup products. They offer lipsticks and lip tints, skincare products, blush, bronzer, concealer, powder and eyeshadows in a variety of shades and colours. Plus, they sell adorable stickers and apparel.

Jacquie K cosmetics sources locally in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint of every step in their supply chain. Their sourcing model also ensures that the employees involved in making our products are safe & treated fairly. All of their products are vegan, cruelty-free, made in Canada and Leaping Bunny certified. Plus, $1 from the purchase of every lipstick goes to Penny Lane Farm Sanctuary.

NEW DISCOUNT! Strawberry Blonde Bakery

Strawberry Blonde Bakery will now offer a 10% discount on walk-in purchases for VegOttawa Association members!

Strawberry Blonde’s mission is to create a place where people with alternative diets and food allergies can buy a treat without having to worry about cross contamination, while also not having to compromise on taste or aesthetics. Their goodies taste just as good (nay, better!) than their conventional counterparts. Absolutely everything they do is vegan, gluten-free, nut free, and kosher! 

Strawberry Blonde sells all sorts of sweet treats, including cookies, cakes, brownies, special seasonal treats and more. They also sell refreshing and comforting drinks when you visit their stores in-person.

Follow them on Facebook and Instagram to get all the updates on their delicious treats!

Having My Vegan Cake…And Eating it Too!

This year marks my 31st birthday, and I have to say that 30 was pretty great. It was the year of many accomplishments. My passion project turned into a registered non-profit called Secondhand Stories, which then joined VegOttawa as a business partner, and then two months ago I joined the VegOttawa board as the new 2022 President. Life is pretty good, so I’m going to celebrate! I can’t imagine all the exciting things to come, but I know one thing’s for sure – I’m going to have my vegan cake… and eat it too.

Did you know that there are 12+ options for vegan cakes in Ottawa?! I had no idea there were so many places that offered delicious, mouth-watering, spongy goodness. It was so hard to decide which one to get. If you’re like me, you might consider having a birthday week just to get more cake. So, without further ado, I’m breaking down our incredible vegan cake options in Ottawa for you all:

Little Jo Berry’s
Sizing: 6’’ or 8’’ cakes
Price: $42.55 – $53.85
Flavours: 6 Flavours (including Dunk-a-roos)
Bonus: Can be made GF!

Pastel & Coco
Sizing: 5’’to 11’’ (4 – 18 servings)
Price: $36 – $145
Flavours: 12 Flavours
Bonus: 4 Cheesecake flavours!

Serendipity Cakes by Olivia
Sizing: Feeds 15-20 people
Price: Starting at $120
Flavours: Over 13 flavours and fillings.
Bonus: They make wedding cakes, too.

ThimbleCakes
Sizing: Varies
Price: $63 – $150
Flavours: Varies – See website for details.
Bonus: Mini Cakes, Smash Cakes and GF Cakes, too!

Strawberry Blonde
Sizing: 4” – 10” (2 – 30 servings)
Price: $40 – $95
Flavours: Over 19 flavours!
Bonus: Solo party? Get a cake tin for only $8.50! Walk in cake tin purchases get 10% off with a VegOttawa membership.

Naturally Vero
Sizing: 6 to 10 people
Price:  $42- $75
Flavours: 13 Flavours Available

The Green Door
Sizing: Not Listed
Price: $18 – $52
Flavours: Vegan Orange Blueberry Cake and 12 Cheesecakes and Pie Flavours

Thyme & Again
Sizing: Small & Large (6 to 12 people)
Price: $30 – 50
Flavours: Pink Lemonade
Bonus: They also have a vegan raspberry tart!

The Merry Dairy 
Sizing: 6” – 9” (6 to 14 people)
Price:  $40 – $50
Flavours: Vegan Mint Chip Ice Cream Cake

Cinnaholic
Sizing: Small, Medium or Large (4-15 people)
Price: Inquire for pricing.
Flavours: Cinnacake with 1 Frosting Flavour and up to 5 Toppings
Bonus: VegOttawa Members Save 10%!

Keepin’ It Vegan
Inquire on the website.

Special Mentions
Grow Your Roots Double Rainbow Cake Mix
Whole Foods (for when you’re in a pinch)

So, you’re probably wondering which one I chose? Well, you’ll have to follow us on Instagram for the cake reveal on our stories on May 25th. 

 Ps: A bonus birthday hack for you all – look on Facebook marketplace for balloons right before your celebration instead of buying new. Balloons aren’t all that great for the environment, but if you can find some new-to-you air filled ones, you can reuse them again and again!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Liz Wheeler is the current President of VegOttawa Association. She is passionate animal advocate who is dedicated to improving the lives of animals in our community. She has completed a certificate in Animal Welfare from Thompson Rivers University and a certification in Anthrozoology at the University of Windsor. Liz is a philanthropy officer for a national animal protection organization, the founder of Secondhand Stories, and creator of Ottawa For The Animals. She is a cat mom and dedicated feline enthusiast. When she’s not busy advocating for animals, she enjoys snacking on delicious vegan food.

Vegan Ice Cream Bingo

Is there anything better than a good vegan scoop? We don’t think so. That’s why we’ve curated a list of the best vegan ice cream options in Ottawa, but made it BINGO! Make sure you check out the incredible options below, and scroll all the way down to read about our giveaway!

Moo Shu Ice Cream – Scoops, Bars & Pints. Vegan Chocolate, Vegan Dalgona & Coffee & Others on Rotation

Lois N’ Frimas – Scoops. Mint chip, espresso/peanut butter, salty caramel, pistachio, and cookie dough

Dairy Queen – Non Dairy Dilly Bars

Beachconers – Scoops & Pints. Varies with flavours like vegan maple walnut or  vegan chocolate orange.

Menchies – Scoops. All sorbet options (up to 15) are vegan.

The Merry Dairy – Scoops & Pints. Flavours like Coffee or Hibiscus Passionfruit.

La Diperie – Scoops & Bars. Raspberry Soft Serve, Cookie Dough. Vegan Bars: Vanila, Chocolate, Mango, and Raspberry.  

Cinnaholic – Pineapple Dole Whip

Carp Custom Creamery – Scoops & Pints. Flavours like chocolate mint oreo, peanut butter chocolate, vanilla, strawberry sorbet, peach sorbet and more.

La Cigale (Chelsea, QC) – Scoops & Pints. Banana Oreo or Chai Almond flavours. 

Oat & Mill – Scoops & Pints. Scoops available at Little Jo Berrys & Jojo’s Cremeria.

Chocolat Favoris – Scoops. Vanilla or Raspberry Soft Serve. Chocolate dip and topping varieties.

Marble Slab Creamery – Scoops & Pints. Chocolate, Coconut milk, Strawberry Banana or Pina Colada.

Ikea – Strawberry Softserve

Pascales – Scoops, Bars & Pints. Scoops available at Carlington Coffee House pop-ups. Flavours like Vanilla Coconut, Dark Chocolate Cashew and Tahini Caramel.

Strawberry Blonde – Coming soon! Pints. Flavours like vanilla, chocolate, brownie fudge.

Baskin Robbins – Scoops & Pints. Strawberry Streusel.

Thimble Cakes – Coconut Scoops. Flavours like cherry mint chip, cookie dough, and more.

Chris’ Ice Cream –  Pints available upon request. Flavours like maple oat milk, oat milk latte, strawberry coconut milk and roasted peach sorbet.

Mantovani 1946 – Gelato & Sorbetto Scoops. Flavours like Vegan Hazelnut, Tropical Sorbetto and dark chocolate gelato.

Heritage Hemp (PlantX Market) – Vegan Vanilla Hemp Iced Pints.

Farinella – Gelato Scoops. Flavours include Dark Chocolate, Mango, Pear, Strawberry, Raspberry, Dark Chocolate Mint, Dark Chocolate Cookies & Cream & Grapefruit.

Honey -Various gelato scoops.

Piccolo Grande – Sorbet Scoops. Flavours include Lemon, Lime, Mango, Passion andFruit. Grapefruit and Cherry available seasonally.

GIVEAWAY!
Share your ice cream posts with us on Instagram and Facebook by tagging us at @vegottawa and your next cone might be on us!  Every post that tags us and uses #vegottawa will be entered to win a $10 gift card to Cinnaholic to try their delicious dole whip!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Liz Wheeler is the current President of VegOttawa Association. She is passionate animal advocate who is dedicated to improving the lives of animals in our community. She has completed a certificate in Animal Welfare from Thompson Rivers University and a certification in Anthrozoology at the University of Windsor. Liz is a philanthropy officer for a national animal protection organization, the founder of Secondhand Stories, and creator of Ottawa For The Animals. She is a cat mom and dedicated feline enthusiast. When she’s not busy advocating for animals, she enjoys snacking on delicious vegan food.

NEW DISCOUNT! Secondhand Stories

Secondhand Stories will now offer a 20% discount off all book orders for VegOttawa Association members!
Check them out on facebook or their website. Get your discount code from your Cardskipper discount app.

Secondhand Stories is a registered non-profit online book shop based out of the Carlington neighbourhood of Ottawa that donates all profits to local farm animal rescue, The Sweet Sanctuary. They accept donations of gently used books and post them for sale here, always for only FIVE ($5) dollars each! Since being established in November 2020 Secondhand Stories has donated over $17,000 #fortheanimals.

NEW BOOKS ADDED EVERY SATURDAY


In 2019 my partner and I had the opportunity to visit the sweet sanctuary and meet the animals. It was life changing. We immediately fell in love with Pippa, Ellen (in the picture to the left) and all the animals and knew we wanted to support this sanctuary.

We learned that piggies like belly rubs, chickens are soft and, most importantly, that the owners of the sanctuary are the most caring, selfless and compassionate people we’ve ever met. Over the years we’ve seen how their compassion has known no limits.T hey’ve taken in new animals and provided them safe refuge.They’ve done everything they can to improve the lives of the animals in their care – like finding new and better feed for the piggies – like constantly expanding the meadows and pig forests for their animals. 

We are so proud to support The Sweet Sanctuary and every penny of profit we earn will always be raised #fortheanimals 

-Secondhand Stories Founder & Director

THANK YOU TO ALL FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT! MORE DISCOUNTS ON THE WAY!

If you are not a VOA member yet or need to renew your membership, click here.

NEW DISCOUNT! Soungui Fitness

Soungui Fitness will now offer a 15% discount off of new gym memberships, personal and partner training, virtual classes, and their awesome Soungui Fitness apparel to VegOttawa Association members!
Check them out on facebook, instagram or their website for information on services offered. Sign up or add a hoodie to your cart, enter the VegOttawa discount code and save!

Soungui Fitness is a medium focused on getting people from where they are to where they would like to be or have the potential to be.


At Soungui Fitness we aim to motivate you to maintain an active lifestyle through personalized training and the development of long-lasting, healthy habits. Whether you’re just starting your fitness journey, or you’re a disciplined athlete, you’re in capable hands with Soungui Fitness’ holistic approach to wellness. Healthy living doesn’t just mean fitness, it also means promoting mental and spiritual wellbeing. Our fitness philosophy is centred around vigorous activity, a careful diet, mindfulness and promoting mental health.

THANK YOU TO ALL FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT! MORE DISCOUNTS ON THE WAY!

If you are not a VOA member yet or need to renew your membership, click here.

UPDATED DISCOUNT! | saaboon 15% Off!

From saaboon.com,

SAABOON is an all-natural, vegan soap boutique based in Ottawa, Canada. 

Using the traditional cold-process soap-making method, our handcrafted soaps are made from scratch in small batches to ensure consistent quality. We use only the best natural oils and do not use synthetic chemicals or foaming agents, artificial fragrance oils, artificial colourings, or any preservatives. And we are 100% against animal testing!

saaboon will now offer a 15% discount off all their beautiful soaps, balms, face oils, deodorants, bath salts,… to VegOttawa Association members! (This replaces the previous discount of 10%)

Why buy handmade soap vs. commercial soap? The answer is very simple, with handmade soap, you get exactly that – soap. Commercial soap are not always true forms of soap – they are often detergents. Detergents are petroleum-based products, filled with synthetic, harsh chemicals that will leave your skin feeling dry, itchy, and irritated. Most manufacturers also remove a large percentage of the glycerin from their soap because glycerin contains a high resale value. The glycerin is sold to other companies to make lotions and creams. Glycerin is the natural by-product in the soap-making process. It is a humectant (helps moisturize your skin). With handmade soap, all the glycerin is retained. Whereas with commercial soap the ingredients consists of animal fats and other chemicals that will often leave your skin irritated, our handmade soap are made with all-natural vegetable and fruit oils that not only cleanse but leave your skin nourished and moisturized.

We use only the best oils and butters to make our products — these include olive oil, coconut oil, argan oil, rosehip oil, jojoba oil, castor oil, cocoa butter, and avocado Oil.

Your satisfaction is extremely important to us. Our mission is to provide great quality products and excellent service.

Come visit our brick and mortar shop at 595 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa, Canada.

FOR DAILY UPDATES, NEWS AND FUN BEHIND-THE-SCENES PHOTOS, FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK :: @SAABOON

ON BEHALF OF THE ORGANIZATION, THANK YOU TO ALL FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT! MORE DISCOUNTS ON THE WAY!

If you are not a VOA member yet or need to renew your membership, click here.

NEW DISCOUNT! PlantEd Project

PlantEd Project will now offer a 15% discount off of their Community and Private plant-based cooking workshops to VegOttawa Association members!
Check out their beautiful website (linked above) for more info. about PlantEd Project, their workshops, recipes, blog posts and more!

PlantEd Project is a women-run small business in Ottawa. Co-founders Jackie and Georgia are dedicated to making vegan cooking fun, easy, and accessible.

PlantEd Project provides the tools and resources to help you incorporate plant-based cooking, eating, and living into your daily life.

We offer Virtual Cooking Workshops where you can learn new plant-based recipes, pick up some vegan cooking tips and tricks, and spend time with like-minded people – all from the comfort of your own home.

Join us for a bi-weekly community session or book your very own private session with a group of friends, family, or colleagues. Join us in our journey and discover just how easy it can be to make sustainable choices three times a day.

THANK YOU TO ALL FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT! MORE DISCOUNTS ON THE WAY!

If you are not a VOA member yet or need to renew your membership, click here.