Eat this, vegans: Earl Grey donut at Cartems Donuterie in Vancouver

Vegan Earl Grey donut

Yes, those are rose petals. (Stephen Hui)

Word has it that Cartems Donuterie (534 West Pender Street) is working on a fried vegan donut. Until such time as it appears, their baked Earl Grey is our favourite vegan donut in Vancouver.

This heavenly cake donut is infused with organic Earl Grey tea and covered with an Earl Grey glaze. Rose petals are sprinkled on top. Continue reading

Glutenull bakes vegan, gluten-free products in Coquitlam

Glutenull products

Gluten-free bars, cookies, and muffins from Glutenull. (Stephen Hui)

If gluten-free products catch your eye, you may have noticed Glutenull baked goods in stores around Vancouver. Made in Coquitlam, Glutenull products are not only certified gluten-free; they’re vegan, non-GMO, and free of refined sugar.

Recently, Glutenull owner Otari Kobalia sent us samples of several of his bakery’s products. We tried the Agave Quartet muffins, amaranth zest bread, buckwheat granola bars, Choco Moko cookies, Coko Moko cookies, fruit and nut breakfast bars, muffin tops, quinoa bread, and quinoa granola. Continue reading

10 things for vegans to do in Vancouver

Loving Hut Express

Grilled mushroom cheese burger at Loving Hut Express. (Stephen Hui)

Are you planning a vegan trip to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada? If not, perhaps you’re a local resident looking to discover more of the vegan food and activities in your own Pacific Northwest city.

Either way, the Vancouver area offers plenty of possibilities for vegans—locals and tourists alike. Here’s the Veg Coast list of 10 things for vegans to do in Vancouver. Continue reading

Karmavore launches vegan dessert lounge, opens pop-up juice bar

Karmavore Café + Dessert Lounge

Karmavore Café + Dessert Lounge has lemon meringue pie. (Karmavore on Facebook)

The first vegan shop in Metro Vancouver is no more. But New Westminster’s Karmavore isn’t going anywhere. Owner Salim Jamal has just morphed his vegan business from a retailer into an eatery.

This week, Karmavore launched a dessert lounge at its space in downtown New West. Back in February, Karmavore celebrated the grand opening of its café at the same location. According to an August 7 press release, the rebranded Karmavore Café + Dessert Lounge (610 Columbia Street) still has a deli—which is now on the main floor rather than downstairs—and serves everything from vegan poutine and chick’n gyros to tiramisu and ice cream cake.

(Update: After this post was published, a reader let us know that Karmavore has put its business in downtown New West up for sale. We’ve confirmed this is indeed the case. According to listings dated July 25, the asking price is $149,000.) Continue reading

11 awesome vegan eats in the Pacific Northwest

Raw high tea at Indigo Food Café

The raw high tea at Vancouver’s Indigo Food Café is something special. (Stephen Hui)

When you think of Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco, what comes to mind? If it’s incredible vegan food, you’ve come to the right place.

Over the past few years, I’ve enjoyed amazing vegan meals at restaurants, bakeries, and food carts in all four West Coast cities. Fortunately, I remembered to take pictures of some of them.

Here’s a look back at 11 memorable vegan eats in the Pacific Northwest. We’ll start in the San Francisco Bay Area and work our way north to British Columbia. Continue reading

Veg Fest Vancouver 2013 to occupy three blocks on July 27

Veg Fest Vancouver 2012

Now in its third year, Veg Fest Vancouver continues to grow. (Stephen Hui)

Dozens of businesses and organizations are set to participate in the third edition of Vancouver’s outdoor vegan festival. On July 27, Veg Fest Vancouver 2013 will take over three blocks of Granville Street (between Dunsmuir Street and Smithe Street) in the downtown core.

This year’s vendors include the restaurants Eternal AbundanceChomp Vegan EateryIndigo Food Café, and Sargam House (which opened in May at Saravanaa Bhavan’s former location on West Broadway); the bakeries Edible Flours and Fairy Cakes; the Loving Hut Express food truck; and Caramels by In the OvenGardeinGranola GirlKi Health & FitnessLifeBitesNice ShoesVarinicey PakorasVegan Yarn, and Zimt Artisan Chocolates. Earthsave Canada, Liberation B.C., Mercy for Animals CanadaStop UBC Animal ResearchVancouver Rabbit Rescue and Advocacy, and Veganville will be among the organizations present. Continue reading

The saddest vegan cookie in Vancouver?

Vegan tofu chocolate chew

There’s nothing fine about Laurelle’s tofu chocolate chews. (Stephen Hui)

We tend to highlight the worthy vegan options around Vancouver, but some culinary disasters are too hard to ignore. This one is found at Laurelle’s Fine Foods (148-1689 Johnston Street) in Granville Island Public Market. While the touristy bakery/deli carries a few vegan items, such as brownies and soya sage tofu rolls, it’s these cookies that take the cake.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the vegan tofu chocolate chews with cranberry icing ($1.75) are just a one-time kitchen accident. Actually, Laurelle’s has sold them for years—on purpose—so people must be buying them. Continue reading

Caramels by In the Oven launches in five vegan and gluten-free flavours

Caramels by In the Oven

Maple pecan is one of the flavours available. (In the Oven on Facebook)

As I’ve mentioned before, Erica Van Driel and Sami Rix make some great vegan cookies. For the last little while, the folks behind Vancouver’s In the Oven bakery have been hard at work perfecting their newest product line.

This weekend, they launched Caramels by In the Oven at the Baker’s Market and the Hawkers Market. On The Vegan Project, the bakers note the caramels are vegan, gluten-free, and GMO-free. The main ingredients are organic cane sugar, coconut milk, agave syrup, and coconut oil.

There are five flavours so far: coconut, dark chocolate coffee, lime, maple pecan, and smoked salt. Since they’re taking suggestions, I’m just going to put the idea of coconut bacon caramels out there. Continue reading