Archive for Vegan

Vegan Chicken in Vancouver

When I look back over 2019 and the food trends of this past year, there are a couple that really stick out. Straws became persona non grata in Vancouver this year, and wow did Beyond Meat get popular! In the non-vegan world, it feels like Fried Chicken was the biggest food trend in VanCity this year. It all started with Juke a couple years back, but people went bonkers for the Down Low Chicken Shack and other fried chicken joints that seem to be popping up all over the city recently. 

In the veg world, there tends to be two different types of folks: one has zero interest in “fake meat” and the other is down with it, even if it’s just on an “every once in a while” basis. I mean, let’s face it, veggie or no, eating fried chicken (or fake fried chicken) every day isn’t good for you. 

But for vegetarians, it’s about having options. As a vegetarian, I have few choices at many convenience or fast food restaurants. My son loves to go to Jack in the Box whenever we’re in the States, and the veg choices there are almost nil, and the vegan choices are pretty much zero. 

Over the past year, many fast-food chains have gotten hip to the veg movement. It’s a win-win. The eatery gets more customers, and the customers are happy because they have more choices. 

A&W lead this charge this year by introducing the Beyond Burger (which they immediately sold out of, it was so popular), quickly followed by Tim Hortons and others. 

A&W is also at the front of the pack when it comes to vegan chicken, which I think is going to be the next big trend. 

I’m excited for it. I’m not the hugest fan of the Beyond Burger. I know it sounds weird, but it’s a little too much like meat for me. My thesis is that these “fake meat” products are actually more of an alternative for meat eaters than they are for vegetarians, but I’m all for it. In general, the less meat we eat the better. 

But vegan chicken! Yes please! Bring it. 

So, let’s talk about where you can get vegan chicken in Vancouver. 

KFC Vegetarian chicken

KFC. It’s probably been 10 years or so since I ate at Kentucky Fried Chicken, but when they rolled out a vegetarian chicken burger, I needed to check it out. The weird thing about this sandwich is that it’s basically a secret menu item of one. I can’t find it on the website, and when we went into the store, it wasn’t on the menu. I had to ask for it. Also, please note, it’s fried in the same frier as the chicken, so that may be enough to exclude some of you from trying it. Order it in a wrap, without mayo, and it’s vegan, or just order it regularly if you are vegetarian. 

A&W Plant based Chicken nuggets

A&W. As of the beginning of this month, A&W launched a plant-based chicken nugget. It comes with your choice of BBQ or Sweet & Sour sauces (pick BBQ, trust me). Again, I’m pretty sure they are fried in the same frier as the meat is, but it seems like that’s par for the course these days… 

BeetBox Vegan Chicken

BeetBox: Juke Fried Chicken opened up this little joint on Davie St, and it’s completely plant-based. The menu is exclusively comfort food; burgers, a Taco-Bell type gordita wrap, onion rings, fries… and yeah, they have salads, too. The salads look great, by the way, but I was there for the deep fried goodness. The Chick-Un Sandwich patty is made of seitan and soy, and comes with a miso-based dressing and lettuce. Also worthy to note this is the most expensive (though you are supporting a local biz, not a big chain) of the three options. 

Okay, so now I’m going to weigh in with my opinion. 

Of these three, (and it kind of shames me to say this) KFC is my fave. It’s the most authentic and chicken-like. It’s really quite shockingly delicious. I was frankly disappointed at the A&W nuggets. My feeling is, the Beyond Burger was such a big hit for them, they were rushing to get on the meatless train and roll out something different. But there’s nothing great about these nuggets. They remind me of the boring ones you can buy in the grocery store. They were pretty bland and boring, I don’t think I’d order them again. Beetbox was good, but the texture and colour of the burger reminded me more of a falafel than actual chicken. Also the dressing made the lettuce quite soggy, and I like the textural element of a crisp lettuce on my burger. 

Okay, over to you. Where have you had vegan chicken in Vancouver? Where am I missing and need to go? And have you tried any of the above vegan chicken? I’d love to hear your thoughts. 

Vegan and Sustainable at the Vancouver Christmas Market

I know it’s officially the holiday season when the fencing goes up at Jack Poole Plaza, and behind it, a carousel, a village, and lots and lots of twinkly lights. The Vancouver Christmas Market has opened its doors, y’all! 

Vancouver Christmas Market

For me, the Christmas Market has been a holiday tradition for many, many years. I could go back through my archives and pull the photos, and someday I probably will, but today is not that day. 

As with any event I go to that includes food (and lets be fair, why would I even go to an event if it didn’t include food??), I’m always on the lookout for the vegan and vegetarian options. 

Here’s a quick rundown of some of my favourite vegan options at the Vancouver Christmas Market this year: 

Das Gulasch Haus: a hearty stew of carrots and potatoes, spiced with paprika, this stew comes served in a bread bowl, which is both so comfort food-y and sustainable all at the same time! 

Das Kartoffelhaus Hurricane Potatoes: those crazy spiral potatoes on a stick! 

gluhwein vancouver christmas market

Taste the Wild: these guys have a delicious vegan mushroom soup. Soup is what you need when you’re outdoors at night in December. Also, wine. You need warm, mulled wine. They have that, too (but not at Taste the Wild). 

JJ’s Fresh Roasted Chestnuts: I mean, does it get more Christmas than freshly roasted chestnuts? I think not. 

Mr. Hotcakes: they serve a pancake filled with melty brown sugar… it’s reminiscent of your childhood and will make you very happy. 

Vegan Churros Vancouver Christmas Market

Traditional Spanish Churros: I know, I know, it seems weird to have Spanish food at a German Christmas Market, but really, who cares? They are my favourite thing every year, and the market just wouldn’t be the same without them. 

Candy Meister: don’t forget that they have tons of vegan candy options here. 


One thing I thought was interesting about this year’s market were the vendors selling sustainable goods. One major reason I don’t eat meat is because I believe a vegetarian diet to be more sustainable and environmentally-friendly, so to me, sustainability and being meat-free go hand-in-hand. 

So I wanted to highlight a few vendors at the market that weren’t selling food, but were selling products that can help to reduce waste and have a lower impact on the environment. 

Amezing Lights Vancouver Christmas Market

Amezing Lights are made from recycled milk cartons. They come in a kit, so part of the fun is building the light. They are kind of like Lego; you can follow the formula, or you can branch out and create your own. 

sustainable vancouver christmas market

Clockwise from top left: Life UNPacked, The Straw Hut, Ru Supply and MysGreen

Single-use plastics are one thing I am trying to cut out of my life. But in order to do so, you need to replace your ziploc bags and your plastic wrap with sustainable options. At the market, you’ll find Rü Supply, who sells sustainable lunch bags, The Straw Hut, who is providing an alternative to single use plastic straws, MysGreen who is selling beeswax wraps (to sub out for your plastic wrap) and reusable pouches (to sub out for your ziploc bags), as well as Life UNPacked, who’s got environmentally-friendly grooming supplies, like toothpaste, bar soaps and shampoos, cotton swabs and floss. All of which are vegan! 

What’s your favourite part of the Vancouver Christmas Market? Comment below and let me know! 

« Older Entries Recent Entries »