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

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

Eat this, vegans: Ital roti at the Reef Runner in Vancouver

Vegan roti

The ital roti is best eaten with a view of Coal Harbour. (Stephen Hui)

One of the best lunches I’ve had this summer came from the Reef Runner in Vancouver. An offshoot of the Reef restaurants, this food truck dishes out Caribbean cuisine.

Admittedly, it took a few tries to get my hands on the ital roti ($8). The elusive vegan option was crossed off the menu on my first two visits. Nevertheless, I returned a third time, and my taste buds were very happy.

The Trinidadian-style wrap features a curry stew of carrot, chickpeas, potato, spinach, yam, and coconut milk wrapped inside a white-flour roti skin. With its creamy filling and chewy flatbread, plus a great hot sauce, the ital roti was pretty much the perfect meal. 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

Chipotle Mexican Grill’s vegan Sofritas come to Vancouver

Chipotle braised tofu Sofritas

Holy tofu, Chipotle actually has a decent vegan burrito. (Stephen Hui)

You don’t normally see the vegan symbol on the menu boards of fast-food restaurants. But that’s what you’ll find at Chipotle Mexican Grill—at least at the chain’s West Coast locations, including the one in Vancouver.

This week, Chipotle introduced its braised tofu Sofritas to the Pacific Northwest, after rolling out the vegan option in California earlier this year. Made with organic tofu, chipotle chilis, roasted poblanos, and spices, this filling can be ordered with burritos, tacos, bowls, and salads.

Naturally, I headed to Chipotle’s only location in Vancouver to check it out. Located at 818 Howe Street, the joint appears to be popular with the suit-wearing business crowd. Continue reading

Aussie Pie Guy food truck bakes a hip vegan and gluten-free option

Hip pie from Aussie Pie Guy

The Hip pie is filled with lentil curry. (Stephen Hui)

My favourite food cart in Portland is Whiffies Fried Pies. It serves up a variety of deep-fried pie pockets, with vegan options that include tofu pot pie and mixed berry. Mmm.

Finally, a food truck has brought hand pies to the streets of Vancouver. Aussie Pie Guy (Hamilton Street and West Georgia Street) opened in June.

One of the truck’s Australian-style pies is both vegan and gluten-free. The Hip pie ($8)—hardy har har—features lentil curry with cauliflower and tomato inside a crust made from rice, tapioca, and quinoa flour. Continue reading

Culver City Salads plants vegan food truck in downtown Vancouver

Grain-free salad

The grain-free salad comes in compostable packaging. (Stephen Hui)

If you like salad, you’ll love Culver City Salads. Vancouver’s newest vegan food truck gives you the chance to make friends with three entrée salads and four dressings.

Culver City Salads’ green truck opened on June 27. It hangs out at Hamilton Street and West Georgia Street, as part of the new food-cart pod outside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in the downtown core. Continue reading

Eat this, vegans: Mixed veg sabji at Soho Road Naan Kebab

Mixed veg sabji

The mixed veg sabji is a satisfying wrap. (Stephen Hui)

Everybody loves naan, right? Seriously, I’d eat every meal with this Indian flatbread if I could.

A recent visit to Soho Road Naan Kebab took care of one lunch. The Vancouver food cart serves naan wraps, including a delicious mixed veg sabji ($6 for small, $10 for large).

Although this item is vegetarian by default, it can be made vegan for a surcharge ($1 for small, $2 for large). I was told the only difference between the vegan and vegetarian versions is the naan. The chef even offered to change his gloves (previously used for chicken and lamb wraps) while making my order. Continue reading