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.
I was shopping in one of my favourite places the other day, and I had a sudden thought.
Would my readers judge me if they knew I shopped here?
I was at Sunrise Market. I got introduced to Sunrise many, many years ago while dating an amazing-but-usually-pretty-broke artist who lived in a nearby building. If you’ve never been to Sunrise, you have to check it out. It’s an experience. It’s on the border between Chinatown and Railtown, so it’s in a neighbourhood that could be classified as “sketchy,” and the store itself is a crazy labyrinth and I’m always half afraid something will fall on me and kill me, but it’s awesome.
I live in the West End, and in the summer, I often go to the Farmer’s Market. Recently, all the little mom-and-pop Asian produce markets in my neighbourhood have shut down, so I’ve been forced to go a little further for my vegetables. A Kin’s just opened up by Michael’s school, which is great, but it’s a tiny one. So these days, I often end up at Sunrise.
That got me to thinking. Where are the other “hidden gem” type places to shop for food in Vancouver? I put it out to my Facebook, and got lots of suggestions, most of which I had shopped at and agree with.
So… here you go.
Sunrise Market: 300 Powell St
The produce selection is off the hook. Kind of like T&T, but dirtier, and cheaper. If you’re a juicer, and you don’t mind buying stuff that’s a little “off,” you’ll get it cheap here. They have tons of great vegetarian/vegan products here, as well, like 40 different kinds of tofu, hummus, Tofurky products, and Gardein.
Donald’s Markets: River Market, Hastings Sunrise & Commercial Dr, newly in Coquitlam
I love Donald’s. I often drive to Hastings & Nanaimo to shop there. Great produce, tons of organic options, and loads of other “healthy” stuff too, like Bob’s Red Mill. This is also one of the few places where they stock Field Roast products, and you’ll also find lots of Yves and Tofurky options.
Kitsilano Natural Foods: 2696 W Broadway
This place used to be called “Dan-d-Mart” because they sold Dan-d-Pack bulk foods. They still do, despite the name change. It’s an amazing location to pick up bulk foods–nuts, seeds, grains, lentils, and any “weird” ingredients you might require. They also have a great selection of vegan/veg food products, and maybe some of the cheapest brie and goat cheese I’ve seen in the city at this teeny tiny cheese counter in the back. They have produce as well, and as a bonus, down the street is a very nice wine store.
Another exceptional place to buy bulk. They have tons of different flours and grains, lots of gluten-free options. This is one of my go-to places for out-of-the-way ingredients, and their spice selection is great, too.
Triple A Market & Red Apple Markets: Burnaby
Both of these small chains are great. Tons of fresh produce, good prices, lots of selection.
The East End Co-op specializes in organic, fair-trade and local products, and you don’t have to have a membership to shop there! Santa Barbara is one of my fave places to shop in the city. They have the best pasta selection in the city, as well as bulk beans. You can’t beat the cheese selection, and they also sell bulk olives and wonderful produce.
Those are some of my favourite places to shop for vegetarian/vegan foods in the city, what are yours? Did I miss some hidden gems?