Jodi - yes, we finally tried the Noodle House about a month ago. We attempted once last year after New Years, but they were closed down for holidays for a couple of weeks. :-( We definitely plan to go again. Yes, we stocked up while the Daiya sale was going on too. ;-) I have to say that I'm a bit disappointed in Vancouver's vegan scene. Yes, I know there are som restaurants, several I totally plan on trying, but it's no where near Portland, Oregon or even Seattle for that matter.
For freezer food ideas, soup is a really good option. I have a fantastic recipe for Borscht and one for vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup. I don't have the scrambled tofu on up, but I will put all them up on my profile.
I've heard of Gorilla Food, haven't tried it yet; actually haven't tried a raw place yet at all.
Good for you Anne! It's hard when you've got the opinions of and pressure of family. You shoulda hear my family when I was pregnant with my first child. ;-) The whole protein and/or calcium 'worries' really drive me up the wall.
From Abbotsford here - does that count? Hahahahaha
Love Gorilla Foods. Such a cozy atmosphere......and fun yummy raw food!
I've been vegan since I first read TKD in Nov 2009. I went straight to Superhero. I have never looked back and totally love it. Went from size 10 to size 2. Anyone want tips on weight loss - just go Superhero!
There are no vegan restaurants in the Valley that I have come across - just Taco del Mar and their vegan burritos. But - really - that doesn't count if you are superhero. But if you are in a pinch and need fast food, it works.
I'm Sonja, and live in Coquitlam. I've been a lactose-intolerant vegetarian since Sept. 2005, and am slowing becoming vegan. I checked out Karmavore a few weeks back and loved it. I'm going to the fundraiser they are having on Jan. 23rd.
I have a bunch of different cookbooks (I try to hide them from my mom when I buy a new one because I have so many) and I love trying out new recipes. I love the new Gardein stuff like the chicken strips, beefless beef tips, buffalo wings, and the scallopinis. I love the cheesecake from Alicia's book (I've tried it twice so far...didn't work too well the first time).
I'm just wondering how everyone's family is with you being vegetarian/vegan. My family supports me to a degree, but when I bought 'vegan laundry detergent', I got questioned and my sister used to give me such a hard time about my shampoo(I have since changed shampoos).
I'd love to learn some new recipes and new ways of how everyonen has a balanced vegan diet.
I'm moving to Vancouver in May - my boyfriend is already out there - and I've been mostly vegan since the end of August. My boyfriend is highly lactose-intolerant, which is one of the things that got us started on this. He's still not entirely vegan, but we've both come a long way! When I read these posts last night I called him up and told him that Daiya was on sale at Karmavore. He went and bought five pounds of it! I can't wait to check out that store when I'm out there in May. The website looks great. When I was visiting the city at Thanksgiving we discovered a couple places at the Commercial/Broadway Skytrain stop - Cafe Deux Soleils and Banditas. They're not completely vegan but have great vegan options! We went to Banditas for brunch and wow! Right now I'm in the GTA and none of my friends are vegan so I'm pretty much the black sheep. I get really excited when I meet other people who are interested in or practising this lifestyle. It would be great to meet other vegan in Vancouver!
Racquelle, I printed your recipes to try this week... can't wait to make the pancakes for my niece and nephew!
Anne, thanks for the info on Gorilla Foods. I'll be sure to check it out when I'm down there!
Sonya, I was raised vegetarian so on the family front I have been very supported but I can understand the questions and comments from others, All you can do is use what you feel comfortable with and just answer their questions with info about why you believe in this lifestyle.
Karen, 5 pounds of daiya, wow! It freezes great! Give a shout when you move here!
Hi Vickie! Thanks for the superhero tip, way to go!
Hey I'm in Port Moody but work in Vancouver and frequent Gorilla Food about once a week. I'm not strictly vegetarian at this point (but mostly) and often vegan and exploring a lot about raw food. I'm so excited that so many people in the lower mainland are on this site! It would be great to get a "meetup" started. Thanks for starting this up Jodi-lynn!
Sonja & Cdub, I think a meetup at either Gorilla Food or the noodle house is a great idea!!
Everyone who is interested, let me know...I think the easiest thing is to pick 2 or 3 dates and everyone who wants to join in can let me know which date works best for them. We'll pick the one date that everyone can make it to. Weekends are probably best, right? I'm looking forward to this!!