I am a different kind of nerd. I don't care for video games or tech or the stock market. I am a bit of a science and skepticism nerd but weirdly, a grocery store for people with a different cuisine or culture is totally absorbing to me (food nerd?). I will often purchase food because I just don't know what it is, just to taste it and figure out what to do with it.
The all-in vegan joints are few and far between compared to places that provide a few vegan options. Don't get me wrong; I appreciate that whoever is in charge is at least thinking about people who choose to eat plant-based for the planet's sake and because they have decided not to have their dinner murdered. When though, someone has the morals to choose not to serve animal products at all, I admire them greatly.
After soaking up some sunshine quayside while enjoying coffee from Shipyards Coffee and some surprisingly good apricot bread from Cobbs (vegan btw), we got ourselves ready for dinner. It still being winter we had planned for ramen and stuck to the plan despite the beautiful weather because really, ramen can be wonderful at any time!
So we decided to spend the weekend in North Vancouver. There we experienced something that we had forgotten was even a thing, namely sunshine. I'm not sure if it was the only place in the valley that was sunny but I will always remember it that way. We stayed overnight at the Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier and so spend quite a bit of time loitering around The Shipyards and the Quay soaking up the sun like a couple of lizards. It was wonderful. We were also able to enjoy some plant-based eats on the North Shore including tacos at Cornelia Fine Tacos.
Line-ups are the norm at Ramen Danbo and we have wandered down Robson Street and felt sorry for the folks out in the rain. This is our first visit to RD on W Broadway and they have a new and better system for getting a table which might now be in place on Robson as well. At the front door is a tablet to enter your name, the number in your party and your phone number. It will tell you wait times, update you and call you when the table is ready. The only confusing thing was that the phone call letting us know our table was ready, originated in Ohio. Some clever person suggested that this was a Yelp hub as the system seemed to be a Yelp platform thing. Anyway, we hung out in Mark's and looked at jeans and t-shirts for a while until our table was ready (sooner than we expected).
Plant-based pizza can be challenging. As a food that is essentially cheese-centric, just deleting the animal products sort of effs up the experience and should be called something other than pizza. On the other hand, many cheese knock-offs (sometimes referred to as cheez) are acceptable and bring the same experience to the eater without bringing suffering to the supplier (i.e.cows). Uncle Faith's Pizza has vegetarian pizzas on their menu which, when you opt for vegan cheese become...vegan.We tried 3 and were quite impressed.
I am more than a little excited about Sweet Revenge Bakery! The only downside is that tasty and calorie-rich wonderful pastries that are plant-based are now within 20 minutes of home and will be a constant source of temptation. Located at 64th and 196 in Langley SRBC is open 7 am to 8 pm,7 days a week. Parking is a problem however and you should be prepared to walk a few steps from whatever street parking you can find. I had already read some Google reviews and assumed that there was a Filipino element at the bakery as I saw ube (purple yam) mentioned. I was fortunate enough to meet the head chef on Sunday morning who is not only Filipino but has head chefed at Meet and Kind Cafe. Having developed recipes for both of those vegan restaurants, he has the experience and has more plans for vegan items at SRBC!
There are vegan eateries that emphasize healthy eating and vegan eateries that have deep fryers and both have their place. Veganism is not a healthy eating lifestyle. It is a lifestyle that avoids the exploitation of animals and cruelty. That being said, avoiding the Oreos and deep-fried vegan nuggets (as well as meat obviously) can be a pretty healthy way to live. Kokomo has healthy items on its menu but that taste good as well! We went to Kokomo in Chinatown several years ago but they have been successful and expanded to 4 locations in the meantime. We made it to the Port Coquitlam location last weekend.
Metro Vancouver vegan YouTubers, Vegan Twosome recently visited and reviewed Wild Oat Bakery and Cafe in Bellingham. While I was intrigued, I always want to review other places just to get the word out on as many vegan eateries as possible. So we set our sites on Go Natural Foods, a Latin American cafe with a vegan/vegetarian menu. Google told us it was open until 6pm and led us to the front door! Oops! Not there anymore! I never follow my own advice to phone ahead. Good thing we had a backup plan!
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