Planet Veg cooks up vegan butter chicken in Vancouver

Soy butter chicken

The soy butter chicken is gluten-free at Planet Veg. (Stephen Hui)

Since I live nearby, I’ve eaten at Planet Veg (1941 Cornwall Avenue) in Vancouver many times. This vegetarian restaurant, in the Kitsilano Point neighbourhood, has served Indian-style fast food for years.

My favourite thing to order is the Kathmandu roll ($8). The savoury vegan wrap features cabbage, tomato, cucumber, crispy noodles, jalapeño cilantro chutney, herbs, and spices inside a 12-inch spinach roti. For $4, you can make it combo (do it), which adds rice or soup, and a potato samosa.

Recently, I decided to try something new, and got the soy butter chicken ($9) to go. The menu describes this gluten-free dish as “Butter chicken for those who can’t do chicken.” 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

Vegan Cuts snack box delivers the goodies

Vegan Cuts snack box

Most of the products in Vegan Cuts snack boxes are gluten-free. (Stephen Hui)

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if a package of vegan goodies arrived in your mailbox every month? Well, the online store Vegan Cuts has such a service.

Each Vegan Cuts snack box comes with seven to 10 items, which are mostly gluten-free and don’t contain palm oil. A subscription costs $19.95 US per month. Shipping is free in the United States, but there’s an extra charge of $8 US for Canadian orders and $15 US for deliveries to the rest of the world. Continue reading

The Vegg: Cracking open the vegan egg yolk

Vegg French toast

Vegg French toast. (Stephen Hui)

Last weekend, I made French toast for breakfast. No eggs or bananas were involved. I used the Vegg.

Recently, I received a sample of the Vegg from its creator, Rocky Shepheard of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. The plant-based egg-yolk replacer can be used to make vegan versions of everything from fried eggs and hard-boiled eggs to carbonara and egg nog. Containing fortified nutritional yeast, sodium alginate, black salt, and beta carotene, the powder is gluten-free, soy-free, and GMO-free. Continue reading

Best vegan street food in Vancouver

Hip pie

Aussie Pie Guy’s vegan and gluten-free option made our top 10 list. (Stephen Hui)

Since city hall opened the floodgates in 2010, the street-food scene in Vancouver has grown by leaps and bounds. Now, there are more than 130 food trucks and carts selling everything from bibimbap to waffles.

Two of Vancouver’s food trucks are fully vegan. As well, a number of other vendors serve delicious vegan-friendly eats (free of meat, fish, eggs, dairy, and honey) alongside omnivore and vegetarian offerings.

Here’s the Veg Coast list of the top 10 vegan options from food trucks in Vancouver. Five of these flavorsome items are gluten-free too. Continue reading

Krokodile Pear puts organic juice and vegan food on tap in Kitsilano

Cypress

The Cypress contains cucumber, carrot, beet, and other juices. (Stephen Hui)

Is it just me, or are there a lot of juice bars in Vancouver? Karmavore even has a pop-up in New West’s River Market, there’s the Juice Truck in Gastown, and so on.

Krokodile Pear (1867 West 1st Avenue) is the newest such establishment in Kitsilano. Opened on August 9, it serves cold-pressed, organic juices and smoothies. Of course, what’s most interesting to us about Krokodile Pear is that all of the food and beverages it sells are vegan. Continue reading

Thrive Forward Kitchen Edition recipe: Quinoa bean burger

Quinoa bean burger

If you’re into clean eating, this burger is for you. (Courtesy Vega)

Have you heard of Thrive Forward? It’s a free online program designed by Vega formulator and former Ironman triathlete Brendan Brazier—who hails from North Vancouver—to help people get healthier through plant-based nutrition. Continue reading

Loving Hut Express veganizes Philly cheesesteak in Vancouver

Philly's Dream

Vegan dreams do come true. (Stephen Hui)

If you like Loving Hut Express as much as I do, then you’ve probably devoured their Crispy Chick’n, bacon cheese, and grilled mushroom cheese burgers on many occasions. But have you tried their vegan version of the Philadelphia cheesesteak?

Philly’s Dream ($9) is a newer addition to the menu of the first vegan food cart in Vancouver. This juicy sandwich features grilled marinated beefless strips, mushrooms, onions, cheese sauce, tomato, lettuce, and mayo on a submarine-style wheat bun. Holy shiitake, it’s that good. Continue reading