Again we seem to be landing often at the pizza/fast food vegan joints this Veganuary but really, Vegan Pizza House has a lot of choices and not just pizza! We ordered and picked up from their location close to Scott Road Station but there is a location on Kingsway in Vancouver as well. I'm guessing that they don't get a lot of walk-in business at this location being located in Bridgeview behind the old Turf Hotel in an area you wouldn't want to walk alone at night. I apologize to the residents of Bridgeview if that is an unfair representation of the area. There are a few tables (I was not expecting that) both inside and out.
Google "vegan restaurants in Vancouver" and you will find "Vegan Fried Chickun" at 2961 West Broadway. On Google Maps, 2961 West Broadway lands you on "Tera V Burger". So I wasn't entirely sure what we were going to find there but we threw caution to the winds and headed there on Saturday morning.
We felt right at home as soon as we walked into Ofra's Kitchen. It is not chic and fancy but nicely mismatched with a bit of the feeling that you have walked into a vegetarian restaurant from the 1970s.
In India, 400 million people identify as vegetarian and the country has the lowest rate of meat consumption in the world. That being said, the step from vegetarian to vegan can be a little trickier than you would think. Those vegetarians use a lot of butter and dairy products in their meals and to eliminate them requires some ingenuity. Fortunately, Pizza Castle and Indian Curry Vegan Restaurant on Commercial drive seem to do a pretty good job!
As I often say, don't trust Google for restaurant info and opening times. Call and confirm! This is what I did not do when we planned to try Chamcham, a relatively new vegan joint near Granville Island. It turned out they were closed for the holidays. They also do not do dine-in but take-out only. Sigh. So we wandered back to Granville Island and found out that there is a Beet Box and a Chau Veggie Express in the market! The only thing is that I am trying to find vegan food at places we have not been before. We have been wanting to try Alimentaria Mexicana so we perused the menu and found out that there are several vegan choices! So off we went!
One of the last notable vegetarian / vegan restaurants, that we have not visited during my previous vegan forays is Heirloom. Almost 10 years old now, Heirloom is located just off Granville on 12th Ave. Their website says that they do not take reservations but I did not read that until after I had made one. No worries as there was plenty of room when we arrived on a stormy Sunday evening when all the sensible people were staying at home.
This is the fourth time that I have gone vegan for a month (Veganuary, World Vegan Month, etc.) and each time, I come closer to taking it on as a full-time lifestyle. It would certainly be the right thing to do as far as the future of the planet and future generations is concerned. At the very least, I feel like I might be on the cusp of becoming a full-time vegetarian and not the just weekday version that I claim to be now. To get some context, I encourage everyone to peruse our posts for the months of November 2018 and 2020 and January 2021. I feel like I made some good sense in a couple of those posts but you can also read about the places that we have been (i.e. Metro Vancouver restaurants) and things we have cooked and learned that show how possible and delicious a vegan lifestyle can be.
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