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

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

Dietitian Ginny Messina to speak at Victoria Vegan Festival 2013

Victoria Vegan Festival

The Victoria Vegan Festival is returning to Market Square. (Sarah Kramer on Instagram)

Got plans for Canada Day (July 1)? If not—and you’re willing to take a long-weekend ferry ride—the second annual Victoria Vegan Festival may be your best bet.

Like last year’s inaugural fest, the 2013 edition will take place in downtown Victoria’s Market Square (560 Johnson Street). The historic shopping mall is home to Green Cuisine, a vegan buffet restaurant. (Sarah’s Place, a vegan curio shop in the square, closed on June 1.)

This year’s speakers will include dietitian and Vegan for Her coauthor Ginny Messina, vegan bodybuilder Robert Cheeke, Lesley Fox of the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals, and Dave Shishkoff of Friends of Animals and The Victoria Vegan. There will also be cooking demonstrations featuring local chefs, such as Danielle Arsenault of Pachavega. Continue reading

Sarah Kramer to close her vegan shop in Victoria

Sarah's Place

Sarah’s Place will close on June 1. (Sarah Kramer on Instagram)

As many of you know, Sarah Kramer has been dealing with breast cancer since her diagnosis earlier this year. Since then, the vegan cookbook author and entrepreneur has faced many challenges, including keeping her curio shop open in downtown Victoria.

In April, Sarah’s Place (106-560 Johnson Street) temporarily closed while Kramer underwent and recovered from surgery. Now, Kramer says she’s made the tough decision to shut down her brick-and-mortar store for good on June 1. Continue reading

Vegan shoe store Vshoen Boutique closing in Victoria

Vshoen Boutique

Vshoen Boutique opened in 2011. (Vshoen on Facebook)

After almost two years in business, the first vegan shoe store on Vancouver Island is holding its final clearance sale. Located in downtown Victoria, Vshoen Boutique (620 Broughton Street) is set to close on April 29. Continue reading

Should Vancouver take a pint from the Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival?

Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival

The fourth Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival is set for May 4. (veganbakesale on Flickr)

As you may know, the Vancouver Vegan Prom, which will party at the WISE Hall for a second time on Saturday (March 9), was inspired by an event in Portland. As part of Try Vegan PDX’s Try Vegan Week, the first edition of the Portland prom took place in 2008.

Here’s another stateside event that Vancouver might wish to emulate. The Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival is now in its fourth year. Continue reading

10 amazing vegan eats in Portland

Voodoo Doughnut

You can’t go wrong with the vegan version of the Loop at Voodoo Doughnut. (Stephen Hui)

Sure, Portland’s not actually Utopia. But it certainly seems like paradise when you’re browsing at Powell’s City of Books, strolling across the Hawthorne Bridge, hiking the Wildwood Trail in Forest Park, and—most importantly—sampling the vegan eats at restaurants, food carts, and bakeries around the city.

During the past year, I was lucky enough to spend two weekends in the vegan capital of North America. Here’s a quick look back at 10 memorable meals in PDX (host city for the upcoming Vida Vegan Con 2013), complete with grainy Instagram pics. Continue reading

B.C. bloggers to speak at Vida Vegan Con 2013 in Portland


The incomparable SloSmoMoFo at Homegrown Smoker in Portland. (Stephen Hui)

Comic-book, anime, science-fiction, and fantasy fans have Comic-Con. For vegan bloggers, there’s Vida Vegan Con.

In August 2011, the first edition of the vegan lifestyle blogger conference took place in the vegan paradise known as Portland. From May 24 to 26, the second Vida Vegan Con is expected to draw more than 300 people to the Portland Art Museum. Tickets are $280 US, and two-thirds of them have already been snatched up.

The long list of presenters, unveiled this week, features well-known cookbook authors Nava AtlasIsa Chandra MoskowitzHannah Kaminsky, and Terry Hope Romero. It also includes a couple of speakers from British Columbia—Dreena Burton and Gabrielle Pope. Continue reading