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Vegan High Tea at Neverland Tea Salon

I love my city. I really do. And I especially love how the veg scene is really taking off here. Earlier this week, I brought you some news about our first dairy-free cheese shop opening up in Mt Pleasant, and today I have another story for you about a new veg-friendly experience.

I’ve been a fan of Neverland Tea Salon since it opened in 2012. My friend Renee is one of the owners, along with Terri Tatchell (you may know her as the writer of District 9). Neverland is, in a word, charming. The furniture is an eclectic mix of vintage finds, as is all of the china. Sparkling chandeliers mix with natural wood touches. The overall effect is warm, fun and welcoming.

neverland tea salon vegan gluten free menu

Just before Christmas, Neverland launched what I think is Vancouver’s first Vegan, Gluten-free high tea.

As you can imagine, there are challenges associated with going both vegan and gluten-free, and I interview Jess, the pastry chef in this video and we discuss just that.

Here are some of my highlights from the experience:

neverland tea salon vegan gluten free tea sandwiches

Tea: Neverland has a fantastic variety of different kinds of teas that they have had blended for them. My favourite is always the London Fog, which is a latte made with their Earl Grey (which is one of the best in the city, IMHO). But I also love their Neverland blend, which is a chocolate mint.

neverland tea salon vegan gluten free high tea

Savoury: on the bottom tier of the high tea are the savory bites. Here, you’ll find tea sandwiches that include some more traditional type bites (hummus and cucumber) as well as some more inventive one (I particularly enjoyed the carrot lox and the harvest scone, which tasted like thanksgiving in one bite, with butternut squash, sage and cranberry).

Neverland tea salon vegan high tea

Sweet: moving up to the second tier, you’ll find sweet bites like a coconut panna cotta with tea-poached pears, and an incredibly moist chocolate cake.

neverland tea salon vegan gluten free scones

Scones: the final tier includes adorable little scones with vegan cream and jam, just like a proper high tea should have.

Here’s my video of the experience. Pinkies up!

 

New Vegan Menu at Rocky Mountain Flatbread

If you’ve been a reader of this blog for even a short amount of time, you’ll know that there are things that really resonate with me when I go to a restaurant.

I love places that focus on fresh, sustainable, local and seasonal ingredients. I love it when they have plant-based options on the menu. And I love it when the food is made with care.

It’s for all these reasons that I’ve been a big fan of Rocky Mountain Flatbread for quite some time. They serve up really yummy food, but they also make it organic and locally sourced as much as they possibly can.

Rocky Mountain Flatbread Antipasto Platter

The owners are really involved with the community; teaching classes in schools to kids about how to grow their own vegetables, and they also host weekly pizza-making classes and classes for moms with babies at their restaurants.

They also recently introduced fully vegan menu options. Now, they’ve always been a vegan-friendly place (their pizza dough, for example, has always been vegan), but they wanted to create a special all-vegan menu for the plant-based folks in the house.

One of the things they struggled with was coming up with a plant-based cheese. As a nut-free restaurant, they had to get creative and come up with something not cashew-based. We believe they are the first restaurant to serve a cauliflower-based cheese on their dishes.

vegan pizza rocky mountain flatbread

The other thing I love so much about this place is they have their own greenhouse out back, growing microgreens which they use for garnish and in salads. It doesn’t get much fresher or more local than that!

Here’s my interview with the owner, Suzanne, and a rundown of what you can expect to find on their delicious new all vegan menu:

FYI, the vegan menu is available at both their Kits and Main St locations.