I've been Vegan for a few months now but am wanting to go a lil further and try eating like a superhero, however, I'm having troubles finding allot of the ingredients at grocery stores! Ive even gone to places like Choices and Capers and can't seem to find things like Daikon and dried Hijiki. Anyone know of some markets or store in the Vancouver area that would sell them? OR something to subsitute for them?? One guy told me Daikon isn't in season? Is that true? Any tips would be helpful! ALSO if anyone knows of some great Vegan restaurants in the area I'd love to hear them!
I am nowhere near Canada, but probably asian markets would be the way to go. You don't have to get that exotic to go superhero though. Just stick to low fat, steamed or gently stewed veggies with brown rice, wheat berries, barley and the like. Follow the principles of 'macrobiotic' with what you can find locally and you will be good.
Hi Kayla! I'm in Vancouver too. Due to importing restrictions, it is very hard to get Hijiki here. The health food shop in the Granville Island Market (the one with lots of exotic-looking produce, across from the tea shop) said that they sometimes have hijiki in the fall.
However, I've been able to find almost everything else from the Kind Life book at Fujiya, a Japanese food store. There is one in Richmond and one on Clark and Venables. The employees are super helpful even if you don't speak Japanese. Sometimes their deli section even has kinpira burdock root ready made!
Daikon is not in season locally but is available at Fujiya and quite often at Kin's Market.
Hope this helps! It's nice to see someone from Vancouver on the forum!
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