For one reason or another, we rarely seem to complete a Vanfoodster challenge (living in Aldergrove is part of the reason) but this time, we did it! It was the perfect challenge for the month of October 2020 as it has been Vegetarian Awareness Month (as you may or may not have been aware) and generally, cinnamon buns tend to be meat-free! As we often say, our worst day cinnamon bunning is better than our best day fishing (is that the saying?). What I'm trying to say is that there are no losers! These were all great and other than the calories and extra working out thus required, we enjoyed this challenge immensely!
In reality, we were not drawn to Covert Cafe by promises of vegetarian food but by Vanfoodster's Cinnamon Bun Challange (a summary of which will be our next posting before the end of the month).
We've been to Solly's Bagelry once before in the spring of 2019. At that time we had heard that Solly's was preparing hamantasch for the Feast of Purim. We don't celebrate the feast but celebrate anything that we have never tasted before (more on hamantasch later). This time it was Vanfoodster's Cinnamon Bun Challenge that brought us to Solly's.
There are vegetarian restaurants that just don't have meat on the menu and serve cheese quesadillas instead and then there are vegetarian restaurants that use some real creativity and provide an experience where nothing feels like it is missing. The Arbour is one of quite a few Vancouver examples of the latter. We chose to use transit to reach their location on Main near 23rd but there is street parking available.
For anyone who is wondering, yes the word 'and' does have an 'n' in it as in, Bells and Whistles... Ramen Bella has no 'and' in its name so there is no worry (this is all a reference to the uploading of my previous post with a spelling error in the title that had me questioning my fitness to be posting at all). Bella Ramen is a relatively new ramen joint in Langley, the land of few ramen joints. My brother was in town briefly and we decided to check the place out.
Sometimes the trick to Vegetarian Awareness Month is finding places with vegetarian choices but being able to keep your carnivore friends happy as well (and making them aware!). I've wanted to visit Bells and Whistles for a long time but I pictured having one of their famous burgers and not a veggie burger.
Located just of Kingsway on Fraser Street, parking was easy and we arrived just before noon on Sunday and were seated right away. They have a weekend brunch menu but serve some items off their regular menu including the Veggie Burger which I ordered with onion rings.
Some time ago, we discovered a guy who has been on Scoutmagazine.ca's "Never heard of it" list, upstairs at Robson Public Market. He is a bit of an unheard-of legend around here having run a little place on Kingsway where people went for Szechuan type snacks and beer. Then he ran Nine Fishes in Richmond, famous in its own right.
So when we saw Nine Dumplings, something rang a bell and there was the man. I showed him the picture from Scout Magazine and he confirmed that this is his latest venture. It is another successful one as you can tell by the accolades posted on the wall near their food stall counter. This is kind of an artisanal undertaking as their dumplings are handmade and colour-coded for your convenience!
We don't eat a lot of doughnuts so when we do, it seems like it's OK to splurge a little bit. Mello is a bit of a splurge but they serve something well beyond the ordinary.
As part of Vegetarian Awareness Month, I thought it would be appropriate to draw attention to the grandfather/mother of all Vancouver area vegetarian restaurants, The Naam near 4th and MacDonald. It has been around for 50 years now and to my eye has changed little at least since I was first there maybe 30 years ago.
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