So we take my Mother to get her groceries on Saturday morning and I noted a new fast food joint that was opening soon across the parking lot. A quick search revealed that Boardwalks Fries, Burger and Shakes offered a couple of veggie burgers (which I assumed would be veganizable in some way). So when it opened, we decided to give it a try.
According to their home page, the Polly Fox is "all gluten-free (but not completely vegan)". That's funny because I am exactly the opposite! We again grabbed our Plant Curious Plant-Based coupon book and headed for Abbotsford.
Tasty Indian Bistro is definitely a place where you should make a reservation and dine in as it is a beautiful restaurant and should be experienced. Unfortunately, we were babysitting and only takeout would work for us under the circumstances, so we went with that!
While, I'm guessing, most of the vegans from Metro Vancouver headed north to Squamish for the vegan festival there, we chose to head east to the first Vegan Foodie Festival in Chilliwack! I wouldn't really have pegged Chilliwack as a hotbed of veganism but it is the one year anniversary of The Veganist, a decent vegan supply store in the downtown area. They are the ones who organized this small festival in the hopes of drawing more people to a better way of life for themselves, the animals and the planet.
I'm a little shocked that I forgot to post something about our visit to Earnest Ice Cream on the North Shore back at the beginning of April. Ice cream is one of those things that you have to plan a little more carefully for if you prefer to eat cruelty-free. Oh, sure, you can eat sorbet or sherbet all day but it's really not the same thing. Fortunately, Earnest Ice Cream is one of those places where they are highly creative and make brilliant vegan ice cream flavours and treats.
Pizza again! Plant-based cheese has become an affordable and really delicious and melty commodity. I currently have a fridge full of Violite shreds as Save-On had it on sale for a couple of weeks and it is so good! There is no excuse for a pizza joint not to have at least a couple of vegan options but it is up to customers to ask for it. In the meantime, I will continue to let you know what I find!
We tend to shy away from places where there is a suggestion that they are "wellness" focused. Not that wellness is terrible, but it so often leads to woo and talk of superfoods and prebiotics and probiotics and GMO-free and gluten-free and OMG it is all so unnecessary! Unless you have a specific condition and are under a doctor's care and are instructed to eat or avoid certain things, then balance is the key to health and wellness. Stop reading prevention magazines! I worry that the whole vegan thing tends to attract the crazies and I don't want to be associated with that. Happily, we came with the Plant-Based Coupon Book but left knowing that Wela is not overly woo-leaning (despite the plaques about superfoods on the wall) and actually provides some pretty good plant-based eats (healthy food despite my rant!). Admittedly, it is the name "Wela" that threw me but I didn't even ask where it really came from. This is not even a fully vegan place but just has some good vegan options.
I'll bet that's a blog post title that you just could not resist! A few weeks ago, I saw a recipe that someone had posted on Instagram that looked so good that I had to try it.
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