Here is something interesting to try! Zero in on an area on Google Maps where you would like to eat a meal (say, Steveston). Then in the search bar, enter "vegan". You will probably be surprised by the number of restaurants whose names pop up on your screen. Of course, some are not vegan at all other than offering a green salad or having a previous review which said, "not a place for vegans!" but some may actually have some plant based options on their menus. We discovered John's Pan Pizza in Steveston this way. We had intended to check out the new Garry Point Grill and thought we could visit John's as well.
Was it about a year ago that Pajo's at Garry Point Park closed? At any rate, it was replaced by Garry Point Grill and Fish & Chips and I happened to notice that they had some menu choices that Pajo's didn't have namely vegan items. We happen to love Steveston and arrived Saturday in the middle of the Steveston Grand Prix of Art which we certainly could have spent more time absorbing had we anticipated it. Even with an event ongoing and it being a beautiful summer day, Steveston is still accessible with plenty of parking and places to eat.
Ogenki Sushi Fusion has been on our list for a long time but the temptation of using another coupon from our Plant Curious Plant Based Deals Book is what finally got us here. Located in another vegan restaurant nest on Main Street, near E. 28th (Chickpea adjacent) we arrived just after opening time and had our choice of seats.
We last visited My Shanti in March of 2018 (so many restaurants, so little time) in our pre fully vegan days. You can read about it by searching on the web version of this blog. Vikram Vij is one of the heroes of the Vancouver restaurant scene and specifically an amazing promoter of excellent Indian food (and this is one of his restaurants; that is the point). I am not sure if My Shanti had vegan options on the menu 5 years ago or if they have evolved as all restaurants should to the point of making plant-based cuisine available.
I recently read a review by a blogger about Thailiscious on East Hastings at Nanaimo. Sharing a website and menu somehow Thailiscious is part of the Thai Away Home group as is the Granville Street location which we visited. What jumped out at me from the review was a photo of the front counter with a handwritten sign that said "vegan menu." I was disappointed that the vegan menu was never mentioned in said review. As BC burns again this summer, a more plant-based diet is one of the things that can help mitigate climate change in general. I feel like food bloggers and restaurant review bloggers can bring some meaning beyond eating to their posts by drawing attention to it. That is our goal anyway.
It feels like it's been too long since we last went for South Indian food. I saw on the Daily Hive that House of Dosas was opening up in South Surrey which is a relatively easy Sunday morning jaunt for us compared to driving all the way to Vancouver to their original restaurant. The new location is near the corner of 16th and 152nd in White Rock, so there is no dealing with the insane summer Marine Drive traffic..
Back in my omnivorous days, I used to go to Memphis Blues Barbeque once in a while. At the time, some of the staff wore T-shirts that said "Vegetarian" inside a circle with a line through it. I thought that was pretty funny at the time! Slim's BBQ seems to have created a barbeque restaurant space where both vegans and non-vegans are catered to! "A cozy joint for vegan and carnivores to enjoy homemade BBQ together." We had to see for ourselves if this was really possible... And is anyone actually still vegetarian these days?
Just a hole in the wall on Richards near Hastings, Vegan Pudding has (not surprisingly) vegan pudding and vegan ice cream to go. It is one of the featured places in our Plant Curious Plant-Based Coupon Book that we had never visited.
We showed up on a Saturday and got some puddings to go (that is your only options) and a cup of their vegan ice cream.According to their Instagram page, Secret Ice Cream was born as a secret menu item at Vegan Pudding! Sort of like animal style at In n' Out but cruelty-free here. Anyway, the ice cream was not cheap but it was delicious. We ended up eating it on our skytrain ride home (I wonder if you are actually allowed to eat on skytrain) as the melting factor came into play.
We got 6 puddings altogether and they all made it home to Aldergrove, As near as I can tell, there are 8 pudding flavours and 5 more soy pudding flavours. We tried Mango Vanilla, Green Tea Matcha, and Chocolate and enjoyed them all. Each pudding comes with a separate sauce packet which you add at time of consumption! They were all silky and tasty! The main ingredients are Kabocha squash, coconut milk and maple syrup which is really interesting.
We also tried their Creme Caramel in what flavours, I do not remember. We watched them torch the topping before our eyes which was not as dramatic as it sounds. Unfortunately, that crispy topping was a little soft by the time we got home but still sweet and pleasant. You can get Vegan Pudding products at quite a few local grocery stores and even few restaurants. You should try them for a cruelty-free treat.
Food 4 out of 5
Vegan Options 5 out of 5
Service 4 out of 5
Value 4 out of 5
This was not our first visit to Manoush'eh, nor were we using a coupon from our Plant Curious Plant-Based Coupon Book but it was our first visit to specifically scope out the vegan options at the small Davie Street eatery. With a gas-fired pizza oven, Manoush'eh cranks out some pretty special flatbread and that's what we were craving.
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