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Vegan Options at Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival 2019

Well, it’s the end of January and boy to we need a pick-me-up. Chocolate seems like it just might do the trick! 

The 9th annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival is here to help us feel a little warmer, a little cozier, and a little more chocolaty. The festival runs from January 19 to February 14. 

The good news is, if you are lactose-intolerant or vegan, there are tons and tons of great options for you to indulge in. 

Koko Monk Altered Soul

“Altered Soul” from Koko Monk

For sure your best bet if you want to be dairy-free is to hit up Koko Monk. This is where they have the best selection, and some of the most interesting and creative hot chocolates in the city. The owner, Paul, is a mad genius, pairing thing together that seem like they shouldn’t work, but then they totally do. The bonus? Each hot chocolate comes with a delicious, homemade vegan chocolate. Win! They have a new location on Broadway, and they are serving up different drinks at both locations. 

Cartem’s will always be number one in my heart when it comes to donuts, and they are always very vegan-friendly. Their vegan hot chocolate entry comes paired with a vegan donut, so you cannot lose. 

I’m interested in the Mink Chocolates option, as well. It’s a boozy version made with vegan Baileys. 

Uno Gelato‘s entry is raw, and comes with a scoop of ice cream. 

Here’s the list of all the vegan entries in this year’s Hot Chocolate Festival. Please refer to the website for more details, as not all of the locations offer all of the hot chocolates all the time. 

Comment below and tell me which one is your fave! 

Parallel 49 Hot Chocolate fest

49th Parallel

Vegan almond or vegan hazelnut milk hot chocolate.
Paired with a Vegan Chocolate Doughnut. (This the first time Lucky’s has made a vegan doughnut – especially for the Hot Chocolate Festival! Yay!

Cadeaux Bakery

#17 – “COCOANUT” 

A dairy-free, vegan-friendly coconut dark hot chocolate.
Paired with a Vegan Coconut Cookie (V)

Cartem's Vegan Hot Chocolate

“Midnight Spice”

Cartem’s Donuts

#19 – “Midnight Spice” 
Dark chocolate married with almond milk, organic cayenne, cinnamon and garnished with spices and slivered almonds.
Paired with any donut in the display case. 

Eternal Abundance

Decadent hot chocolate with caramel and fair trade cacao – 100% organic and vegan.
Comes with a house-made Maple Shortbread.

Using local raspberries and fair trade premium cacao, this hot chocolate is 100% vegan, organic and irresistibly delicious.
Served with a house-made Raspberry Cheesecake.

Koko Monk Hot Chocolate flightKoko Monk (1849 W 1st Ave)

Vegan maple water dark hot chocolate with coconut milk.
Served with Passion Fruit Praline.

Vegan coconut milk matcha tea white chocolate with Turkish coffee.
Served with a vegan Eggnog and Rum Praline.

#42 – ”THE LIGHT SYLLABLES” (vegan option)
Spicy ginger and chai tea dark hot chocolate with cardamom.
Paired with a Rum Truffle.

#43 – “BLACK MOON” (vegan option)
Rich, dark drinking hot chocolate made with 74% Venezuelan Trinitario.
Paired with Tea and Cardamom Praline.

Koko Monk Hot chocolate Festival

Koko Monk 2883 W Broadway

#44 – “LOVE IS A BITCH” (vegan option)
Mango/tequila white hot chocolate with chilli.
Paired with a Rosemary Dark Chocolate Praline with olive oil.

#45 – “ALTERED SOUL” Dedicated to the Memory of David Bowie 
Vegan cashew milk dark hot chocolate with cardamom and chilli.
Paired with a Salted Rose Caramel Praline. (V)

#46 – ”THE SHAPE OF A PARTICULAR BLISS” (vegan option)
Watermelon white hot chocolate with parsley and spices.
Paired with a Rum Truffle.

Vegan smoked curry dark hot chocolate with coconut milk .
Paired with Lemongrass and Mango Praline.

Mink Chocolates

Entirely vegan coconut cream ganache hot chocolate with Baileys Almond Milk liqueur.
Paired with a Mini Dark Chocolate Bar.

Chez Christophe hot chocolate fest

Uno Gelato

RAW coconut water and made in-house RAW coconut milk with Michel Cluziel 85% chocolate and a touch of Rice Powder from Pakistan.
Served with a scoop of Uno’s Organic Avalon Dairy Gelato or Vegan Gelato.

Earnest Ice Cream

#28 – “NUTTY & NICE ”
Indulge in a creamy and luscious hazelnut hot chocolate.
Paired with a sugar cookie.


Christmas Gifts for Foodies (2018 Edition)

Read through to the end of the post for the chance to win a $50 Fresh Prep gift card! 

Well, here we are in December, and Christmas is just around the corner.

I’m going through my annual struggle; what do I buy people? What cookies do I make to give away? When will I have time to even bake cookies??

The good news is, I have very few people to buy presents for. I usually make lots of cookies and give those out to family and friends, but the main person I buy presents for is Michael. As he gets older, though, it becomes a bit more of a challenge to buy stuff for him. When he was younger, there were always cool toys and games, but now that stuff no longer applies.

So this year, I’ve decided to go in a different direction. This year is going to be more about experiences rather than stuff.

As time goes on, I become more concerned about the state of the environment, and more aware of what I’m doing and how it’s affecting the world. So I’m trying to be more conscious of gifts that don’t create waste, are more sustainable choices and are better for the environment, ideally support local businesses, and/or are more about the experience and creating memories rather than stuff (that may or may not be wanted). Think presence rather than presents. Of course you can always take your special person out for a meal at your/their/a new favourite restaurant. But I’m trying to think of alternatives to that experience.

Having said all of that, I humbly put forth my ideas for Christmas Gifts for Foodies for this year.

Cooking Classes. A cooking class for you and your friend/S.O. or family member is a great gift. You get to first of all spend time together, you get to learn something, and then you get to eat it at the end! It’s a win/win/win. Check out Dirty Apron or PICA. Maybe learn to make cheese with Paula? Or if you’re vegan, take one of Karen McAthy’s.

Fresh Prep Spicy Red Pepper Tofu

Prep-at-home meal kits. If you can’t get out to a cooking class, home-delivered meal kits are a great alternative. I really like Fresh Prep. They are committed to sustainability, and creating less waste, which I love. They deliver the meal kits by bicycle courier! They have vegetarian options, and they are suitable for all levels of cooking experience. If you’re just learning, they’re great, and if you’re a more experienced cook like me, they offer something new and interesting. And making a meal with a loved one is a great way to spend time together. Add a bottle of wine, and voila! instant date night. I also buy gift certificates for friends who are recently married, who have just had a baby…

Want to try it for yourself?? Just use the code INFCOLEMAN18 when you sign up here, and you’ll get $33 off your first order!

Food Experiences. In this category, I’m thinking wine tastings, beer flights, charcuterie. You can, for example, put together a selection of 3 wines to pair alongside different types of chocolates or cheeses, and then make a night of it. Or visit a local winery for a tour and a tasting. I like Backyard’s wine and charcuterie experience.

Homemade goodies. I’m a big proponent of homemade goodies to gift. For me, it often takes the form of cookies or preserves. However, an alternative I’m excited about this year is the mason-jar option. You can make a cookie or brownie mix and gift it in a pretty mason jar. You can do the same with Instant Pot options. Another option? Homemade vanilla (but you’d better start it now).


Cookbooks. I named this blog Cooking by Laptop because I found that I was cooking more and more from google and the internet than I was from my cookbooks. But I still love cookbooks deeply, and perhaps even more so since writing one myself. There’s always a selection on my coffee table. Some of my recent favourites include Cooking in Color, Bottom of the Pot, and Eating Local in the Fraser Valley (Angie lists agendas in the back of her book for foodie adventures).

Staub La Coquette

Legacy Kitchen Gear. Okay, these are the pricier gifts, but they are also gifts that last a lifetime. A dutch oven from Staub or Le Cruset is incredibly versatile–I use mine to make soups and stews, to braise in the oven, and I even make bread in it! Plus they are so pretty. Mine lives on my stove year-round, even when I’m not using it. A good chef’s knife will last a lifetime, or a really good blender like a Vitamix or a Blendtec is basically forever.

SingleTree Wine Jellies

Specialty ingredients. There are things that many foodies lust for, but tend to be more expensive, and if you don’t have a reason to buy them, you might not. I’m talking about really good quality olive oils or balsamics, flavored sea salts (I love Amola and Vancouver Island Sea Salt. Specialty coffee is always wonderful, as is truffle oil. I also love to gift locally-made preserves, like Vista D’oro’s or Salt Spring Kitchen Co, or wine jellies to serve with your charcuterie. I am also IN LOVE with this local goat milk caramel.

Blue Grouse Wine Candles

Candles. I like food-scented candles a lot. My go-to are the vanilla ones from Ikea, but there are some locally-made versions that rock. Cartems, my #1 all time favourite donuts, have just launched a line of donut scented candles. Let me say that again: donut scented candles!!!! You can also buy wine-scented candles from Blue Grouse, that come in an upcycled wine bottle.


Tis the season for gift-giving, so I have one for you. Fresh Prep has kindly offered one of my readers a $50 Gift Card for their service, so you can try it for free, or you can gift it to someone for Christmas!

To enter, just comment below and tell me what’s on your Christmas wish list this year.

I’ll choose one lucky winner at random on Friday, December 14.

Good luck!


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