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Backyard Adventures: Langley

Well, here we are, nine months into this pandemic, and it doesn’t look like we’re going to be able to travel anywhere soon. Any adventures you may have will be limited to your back yard.

Langley is just under an hour’s drive from my house, and it has a surprising amount of fun things to do, see and eat, so let me outline a few of my adventures I’ve had in the past few months in the valley.

Fort Langley

Fort Langley Historical Site: Built in the late 1800s, Fort Langley was a trading outpost. Here trappers and indigenous people would trade for goods provided by the Hudson’s Bay Company. It’s a fun trip back in time to visit the Fort and see how things were a century ago. The last time I was there, none of the actual buildings were open, so there wasn’t much you could do that was interactive, other than walk around and look at things. I think they are open in a more normal capacity now.

Fort Langley: When you leave the Fort, don’t leave the town, there’s loads of great stuff there. Wander around the charming streets and up the block to take a gander at the town hall, and try to remember all the movies and TV shows you’ve seen that have used it as a location. They are shooting there pretty much all the time.

blacksmith bakery

What to eat: I love Blacksmith Bakery for coffee or light snack/lunch. The food is beautiful, homemade, and so, so good. If you’re a bit more hungry, hit up Little Donkey for a big ol’ burrito. They have loads of vegan/vegetarian options. Fort Langley is also home to Veggie Bob’s kitchen, where the serve up plant-based comfort foods. And because I am a girl who cannot resist a good book store, I love to drop by Wendel’s Books. They have a great cafe as well.

Farms and Pies, Oh My!

It’s always so amazing to me that just a short drive from the big city takes you to the most wonderful farmland. There are loads of farms in the Fraser Valley, obviously, but Langley is home to a couple great ones.

Driediger’s Farm: in season, you can U-pick berries here; if you’re lazy, like me, you can just buy them from the farmstand. They also have a little farm market here, with locally-grown and produced goods.

Krause Berry Farm: a much bigger operation than Driedger’s, Krause includes not just a farm stand, but a winery and a drive-in waffle stand. Yeah, that’s right, I said waffles. By the way, they sell the most epic, legendary pies here. The winery is one of the most original I’ve been to; the tasting bar seats are made of saddles.

Aldor Acres

Aldor Acres: a fun spot to come with the kiddos, they have a petting zoo, pumpkins during pumpkin season, and Christmas trees later in the year. They also have a “Farmacy” where the sell local goods.

Wine Down Time

You don’t have to go to the Okanagan to visit a winery! There are quite a few in Langley. My favourite is Backyard Wines. They have an indoor tasting room, but also an outdoor picnic area where you can buy a glass or a bottle of wine, and a little charcuterie and hang out.

backyard wines

There’s also Township 7, Chamberton Estate Winery, and Vista D’Oro, where they make and sell the most delicious port, as well as preserves.

Vegan Tastiness

Vegan Poutine

I just recently discovered Down 2 Earth Plant Parlour. This entirely plant-based cafe  (which is super cute by the way) focuses on vegan comfort food. Try the poutine. Seriously.

Live your Top Chef Dream

You wanna be a gourmet? You gotta hit up Well Seasoned before you leave town. They not only have everything you need to make the perfect risotto, but they have loads of frozen gourmet treats you could bring home, defrost, cook and then proceed to take credit for. They also offer cooking classes in the back. The owner, Angie Quaale, literally wrote the book on where to eat in the Fraser Valley.

backyard winery

Down 2 Earth Plant Parlour

Well, I don’t know how brave you guys have been, but I haven’t been doing a lot of eating out lately.

Yeah, I logged some hours on some patios this summer, but for the most part, any restaurant food I’ve eaten has been mostly takeout.

That’s going to be hard to keep doing now that the weather is changing. It’s Hygge season, folks!

D2E Matcha Latte

Given that we can’t really travel right now, I’ve spent a bit of time these last seven months exploring a few local destinations. I spent quite a bit of time in Langely this summer, and I’ll have more about that in next week’s post. But I’m sure you, like me, are looking for safe activities to do, and Langley has lots.

We spend the morning hanging out at Aldor Acres Pumpkin Patch, and then, cold and wet, we headed to the nearby D2E Plant Parlour for lunch.

Down 2 Earth Plant Parlour is a new one to me, probably because it’s a bit of a drive from downtown, but I was pretty happy to discover it.

It’s an all-vegan restaurant/cafe in Langley, and they’ve only been open just a year.

First of all, let me just say how dang cute this place is. It’s like your Instagram dream location. There’s loads of light, natural wood, greens and plants. It’s cozy and inviting.

 Smoothie

D2E is the dreamchild of Alysa Ferguson, and is named for the two most important women in her life: her mom, Eileen (the “L”) and her daughter, Daylana.

D2E Plant Parlour is the kind of vegan eatery I like the best: accessible.

Now, don’t get me wrong: I love The Naam and all those other “rabbit food” type vegan restaurants. They’re great. And they have a place in the world. But if we’re ever going to convince meat-eaters to eat less meat, we have to show them that it’s possible to do that without sacrificing taste.

Vegan Poutine

Vegan Poutine

And Down 2 Earth Plant Parlour does that. Yes, everything is vegan, but it’s also recognizable. It’s comfort food. It’s seasonal. It’s everything, in other words, that any good restaurant–vegan or not–should be.

Let’s start with drinks. All the regular stuff is here; coffee, tea, lattes made with your choice of oat, almond or coconut milk. I tried the matcha latte and it rocked hard. There are also boozy offerings: a caesar and some fun things with bubbles. Michael had the smoothie and it was very good (I know this because I made him give me a sip).

The daily special was a poutine, and there is no universe in which my child and I do not order the poutine. This is a hard-and-fast rule.

Pulled Pork Jackfruit

“Pulled Pork” BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich

The poutine was completely legit. The fries were perfectly cooked, crispy and salted out of the fryer, and the gravy had loads of depth and flavour and salt. Alysa uses Violife cheese, which melts more like a cream cheese in terms of texture, but who cares? It was delicious, and I’m no fan of Daiya.

The lunch menu spans the gamut from traditional vegan fare like bowls and salads to a hefty burger (homemade patty, no Beyond/Impossible/Lightlife here). There are also a variety of 5-napkin sandwiches available: a meatball sub, a seitan “beef dip,” a “pulled pork” (jackfruit) and a Veitnamese Tofu Bahn Mi.

They also do a full brunch on the weekends, and there’s a kid’s menu. You can zip in for coffee or a chai latte, and they have some grab and go homemade goodies, as well as It’s to Die For treats. You can also do takeout if you’re still too anxious to eat in a restaurant (no judgement).

Vegan Bahn Mi

Vegan Bahn Mi

So this is me, happy. Excited to have discovered a new place with yummy options and no need to go without my favourite comfort foods. Heart-based businesses are my favourite kinds of businesses, I hope you’ll make them yours too.

Down 2 Earth Plant Parlour

100 – 8912 202 Street in Langley, B.C.

Open hours:

Wednesday – Friday

11AM – 6PM Eat-In or Take-Out

Saturday – Sunday

10AM – 4PM Eat-In or Take-Out