Four or so years ago, I walked into Cartem’s Donuterie on Pender St. I was there to interview the owner, Jordan Cash, about his newly-opened donut shop and write an article about them.
Today, Cartem’s now has three locations in the lower mainland, but I still visit the Pender St location often, because it’s right around the corner from BCIT, where I teach classes twice a week. Whenever we have some kind of a celebration in our house, it usually involves a trip to Cartem’s.
I love their unique flavors, their monthly specials, and the fact that there are always vegan donuts on hand. And not just vegan donuts, but really, really good vegan donuts.
I recently interviewed Executive Chef, Rags Rajesh Narine, about what it’s like to make nothing but donuts, and why Cartem’s is still successful 5 years in.
The tour included 4 stops, 2 of which were already my favorites, and 2 that were new to me.
Here’s my Vegan Vancouver vlog:
The four stops were:
Meet in Gastown for Cauliflower Wings. Cauliflower wings are the veg equivallent of chicken wings. They make an excellent bar snack, and I love Meet’s. They are beer-battered, then tossed in a sweet-and-spicy sauce. Great with a beer.
Virtuous Pie for pizza. I go to Virtuous Pie already way too much. Speaking of cauliflower wings, they put theirs on a pizza–and call it “Stranger Wings.” It’s my fave.
Hey Kokomo for the Coastal Macro Bowl. This is more traditional vegan food: filling, nutrient-rich, with lots of veggies and rice. Healthy and dense.
Umaluma for Vegan Gelato. This was the first time I’d tried Umaluma, and the flavors were a knockout! Lots of the gelato has booze in it (I heartily support this), beautiful bright colours and explosive flavors. You would never know it was vegan.
Check out Vancouver Food Tours for their Vegan Vancouver Food Tour or one of their other local food tours which explore Vancouver’s hot culinary scene.