Vegan in British Columbia: Memorable Eats
Dining with differing dietary preferences can sometimes be a bit tricky, however, my experience travelling in British Columbia last week proved to be quite effortless. I was equipped with LARABARS and trail mix for snacks, and kept Urbanspoon and HappyCow bookmarked for easily searching nearby vegan-friendly dining options. I was always able to find something to fill me up, however, a few meals really stood out and writing about it is making my mouth water all over again!
I arrived in Vancouver around 3pm, but my Ontarian stomach was grumbling for dinner. Completely unaware of where I was, I whipped out my trusty iPhone to find some nearby noms, and 3G Vegetarian Restaurant. I experienced some major nostalgia as I mowed down some vegan Shu Mai dumplings. Yum!
Monday I spent all the entire day biking around in the beautiful west coast sunshine, so come dinner I was famished. After getting lost approximately 74 times on my way there I finally made it to The Foundation. I devoured the Spicy Peanut on rice in approximately 74 seconds (kidding!). So I could make it on time to see Legally Blonde the Musical. Priorities people!
Whistler was the most difficult for finding exciting vegan dishes, but the servers at la bocca were more than happy to switch out toppings on my salad. Honestly it could have been the worst salad in the world and I could have cared less. After climbing the Cheakamus trail that afternoon, all Jenn and I wanted was sangria and sweet potato fries. Craving satisfied!
Rebar was on the top of my to-try list, so I was slightly disappointed by their condensed menu due to kitchen renovations. Regardless I enjoyed this delicious Monk’s Curry with brown jasmine rice, accompanied by the second best focaccia I’ve ever had. The tablecloth was really cute too!
Picture this: dim lighting gives the restaurant a sultry, exotic feel. Waiters rush around to serve the packed restaurant of hungry Vancouverites delicious Lebanese cuisine. I sit at the bar (alone. Holla!), enjoying a delicious plate of perfectly crisp falafel, fried cauliflower with tahini sauce, and sip on a glass carrot orange ginger juice. It tasted just as good as it sounds. The lighting made my pictures look atrocious, so I won’t let them ruin the description of Nuba‘s deliciousness for you. As a grand finale, my happy tummy enjoyed three pieces of vegan Lebanese pastries. The service was also outstanding!
An honourable mention goes to Air Canada for the fruit plate option offered to Business Class flyers. I also brought along my own chia pudding since I expected the food at 30,000 feet to be less than stellar. I think my fruit was yummier than the questionable omelet that was otherwise served. Just saying
Do you have any memorable dining experiences on the west coast?
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