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

OrganicLives closes raw vegan café in downtown Vancouver

OrganicLives on Granville Street

The Chopra Yoga Center housed OrganicLives’ take-out café. (Stephen Hui)

Once upon a time, OrganicLives operated two raw vegan eateries in Vancouver.

In 2009, the original restaurant opened at 1829 Quebec Street in Mount Pleasant. Two years later, OrganicLives expanded with a take-out café inside the Chopra Yoga Center at 451 Granville Street in the downtown core. Continue reading

Eat this, vegans: Lua’s Luscious Lime at Golden Aura in Vancouver

Lua's Luscious Lime

Lua’s Luscious Lime is a lovely raw vegan pie. (Stephen Hui)

However you feel about raw food, we can probably agree on one thing: the desserts rule. At Golden Aura (2680 West Broadway) in Vancouver, four raw vegan cakes and pies are on the menu.

During a recent visit, I enjoyed a slice of Lua’s Luscious Lime ($7). This lovely lime-flavoured avocado-coconut pie is sweetened with date and coconut nectar. The crust is made from macadamia nuts and pumpkin seeds.

Like everything at Golden Aura, Lua’s Luscious Lime is gluten-free and made from organic ingredients. Most of the Kitsilano eatery’s menu is vegan, with just a couple of items labelled with a B for beegan (meaning they contain bee products and, therefore, are vegetarian). Continue reading

Rawk the Planet raw vegetarian café closes in Richmond

Rawk the Planet

Steveston’s Rawk the Planet has shut its doors. (Rawk the Planet on Facebook)

Perhaps Richmond just wasn’t ready to “rawk”.

Rawk the Planet (240-12240 2nd Avenue), a raw vegetarian café in Steveston, has shut down after less than four months in business. Continue reading

Indigo Food Café to celebrate second anniversary with ice cream

Cake trio

Cake trio at Indigo Food Café. (Stephen Hui)

If there’s one area of vegan cuisine in which Vancouver truly excels, it’s raw food. Noted for its high tea and fondue, Indigo Food Café (2589 West 16th Avenue) in Kitsilano definitely deserves some of the credit for this.

Opened in 2011, Indigo Food is owned by chef Lovena Galyide and her daughter Kate Galaida. On July 12 and 13, they are planning to host parties to celebrate their vegan restaurant’s second anniversary. Continue reading

Rawk the Planet raw vegetarian café opens in Richmond

Rawk the Planet smoothie

Smoothies are on Rawk the Planet’s menu. (Rawk the Planet on Facebook)

After months of permitting delays, Richmond’s newest raw vegetarian café has served its first customers. Located in Steveston, Rawk the Planet (240-12240 2nd Avenue) had its soft opening earlier this week. Continue reading

Sylvia’s Vegan Kitchen rolls out the raw donut holes

A month ago, I wrote about Sylvia’s Vegan Kitchen, a new web series hosted by Sylvia Oakley. I concluded my post by suggesting that the Vancouver nutritionist and musician do an episode on raw donuts.

Well, Oakley has definitely risen to the challenge. Her latest frenetic episode—guest starring Cartems Donuterie co-owner Rajesh Narine—tackles raw vegan donut holes, made with cashews, almonds, flax seeds, dates, and agave nectar. Three toppings are featured: cacao powder, coconut sugar, and cinnamon; shredded coconut; and almond butter with dried fruit. Continue reading

Eat this, vegans: Raw cheesecake from Tao Organics

Mesquite cheesecake

The mesquite cheesecake is quite coconutty. (Stephen Hui)

Last month, I dropped by the newly renovated Eternal Abundance (1025 Commercial Drive) to interview general manager Alexandra Brigham. While I was at the organic, vegan café and grocery store in East Vancouver, I picked up a couple of slices of raw cheesecake to take home for dessert.

Made by North Vancouver’s Tao Organics, the açaí and mesquite cheesecakes were topped with cashew cream and had a texture resembling that of pumpkin pie. The mesquite was more coconutty, while the açaí had a stronger banana flavour. We liked both slices, but enjoyed the mesquite most. Continue reading