Mharie and I have been challenged by the idea of getting to the Workshop Vegetarian in North Vancouver for a long time. It is not that it is so far away from us or too hard to find but the fact that they are only ever open Monday to Friday from 10-4 and then close on statutory holidays. My wife and I both work Monday to Friday so getting to this destination has been nearly impossible. However, thanks to my recent knee replacement surgery, I have been off work for 4 weeks and finally gathered enough mobility that I decided to make the pilgrimage to WV during the week.
Located at 3rd and Pemberton, WV is in reality a vegan restaurant and I'm not even sure why they call themselves Vegetarian. They have a very good selection of baked goods, soups, noodles and more, not to mention items ready for takeout and frozen items as well. WV was started with the idea of making Asian foods available without animal products (and healthier).
We haven't been to a Moxies (or Earls, or Cactus Club or any similar chains) in years. I happened to notice that some of them have evolved their menus ever so slightly and now have some viable vegan options (though most of these places still think that vegetarian is somehow good enough). So we decided to give Moxies a try.
I have been limping on 2 effed up knees for well over a decade due to increasingly severe osteoarthritis. Well, I finally got myself on a list to get them replaced by getting a referral to the Diamond Health Care Centre at VGH. Admittedly, being a runner over the course of many years, and even working my way up to running a few marathons was probably a contributing factor but I know of lots of runners who continue into old age unabated. I would never discourage someone from taking up this form of fitness regimen just because my particular knees crapped out. Genetics and other factors have to be contributors here also. In the weeks leading up to this first surgery (they will do the other knee in a few months) I realized that the medical team were leaving nothing to chance as I had telephone and in person interviews with every person/department involved. It inspired confidence!
We finally made it to Wild Flour Pizza which has been on our list since we got our current copy of the Plant Curious Plant Based Coupon Book. This is a pizza joint started by 2 experienced and creative food people and one of their claims to fame is sourdough crust. Very nice!
It would actually be easy to get there by transit which we did not do in this case. I am 2 weeks out from having a total knee replacement and although I am hobbling around pretty well at this point (more on this in a future posting), I am not quite ready for transit.
It always seems like too long since we have had dosa mostly as I would happily eat it everyday of my life. As a healthy, naturally vegan and so tasty crepe that can be filled with whatever you want, why would we want to eat anything else? Anyway, I stumbled across Dosa Delight in Langley on Google Maps and we decided to give them a try.
I noticed that the Chopped Leaf was opening soon near where I work in Aldergrove, and got quite excited! Little did I know that waiting for the soon opening would be a supreme test of patience. It was at least months and I would not be surprised if you told me we had waited a year. I'm an electrician so I know how long the construction part of a new business fit up should take and it is not this long. Is the problem then at the Township of Langley? Do they not have enough employees at the Township or is their process so much of a problem? Is there a way to make it easier and more likely successful to start a business by reducing the wait or at least keeping this most unproductive step to a minimum? I am only speculating of course and really know what the hold up was. I am also not in a position to propose a solution. It just felt like a good day to rant about something.
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