Squeeky Jandals at the Farmers Market

Jandals are what crazy New Zealanders call flip flops.  And squeeky is what my jandals got when i walked to the West End Farmers Market today in the rain.  It was TOTALLY worth it though as not only did i get some nummy fresh, local, organic fruits and veg i also got:

A dairy free latte from the Bean Buggy.  These guys rule because not only do they have a dairy alternative…they have 3!

Not sure if you can see this but Bean Buggy carries unsweetened almond milk, rice milk, and soy milk.  Wow.  They should talk to the stupid effing Flamingo hotel in Vegas who don’t even carry any soy milk (the Venetian does :)) Also their hazelnut flavor is sugar free.  Whoot.

Banana loaf and a lemon cookie that were vegan, gluten free, and sugar free.  Everyone except me is like…dude, that is sick.  But it wasn’t sick!  At all!!!  It was yummy and good for me.  So eff off and try one for yourself, edible flours delivers!  For being so rad edible flours has taken the title in the category of KICK ASS!

And last but not least i got Earthlings the movie.  Narrated by Joaquin Pheonix while we was still a hottie.  I have never seen this film, have wanted to, and was able to help out Liberation BC by buying a copy from their booth at the market.  So that was nice.  of me.

Now if only i could have also taken home a BF.  A hot, rad, earth loving, tattoo’d, hottie who also is vegan and shops at the farmers market.  Le sigh….perhaps next week!

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Vancouver has the most sushi restaurants per capita…probably…

Or maybe the most lattes, or yoga studios…..

Do you also want Van to be the greenest city in the world?  Well, what are you going to do about it?!?  The City of Vancouver is looking for your ideas on how to make the city green, join up and leave your thoughts!  My idea?  Make bus tickets optional instead of automatic.  Smart eh?!?

Big Ups and Mad Props! My Favorite Vegan(friendly) Restaurants in Van (and 1 in Portland)

*Update: July 29th 2010*

Ok, so there aren’t really that many totally vegan places in Van but there are many great options that are vegan friendly.  Much better than being vegan unfriendly.

Nuba – authentic Lebanese cuisine. Nuba has a flavorizer in the kitchen.  This is a top secret device that takes already nummy food and kicks it up 10 notches.  It looks similar to The Machine from The Princess Bride but inflicts yummy instead of pain.  I made that up but how else can they create such insanely flavorful morsels of delight!??!  I have loved everything i have ever had but i especially dig the Najib’s Special (crispy cauliflower tossed with lemon and sea salt) and i have finally started pronouncing it properly, NaJib with a hard J.  To make Nuba even awesomer they have updated their menu.  Instead of noting the vegan dishes they state that everything is vegan unless noted with an M for meat or a V for vegetarian.  Love that!  Also love the hottie cook i noticed in the kitchen today.

The Wallflower Modern Diner.  So far i have had the Portobello Burger, the Tofu Peanut Wrap, the Vegan-Gluten Free Pizza and bites of the Mac and Cheesy.  Mmmmm…….everything has been super-duper delish!  The Tofu Peanut Wrap is saucy and flavorful and filling and the Vegan-Gluten Free Pizza is AMAZING!  They make their own crust which has to be fresh and so the pizza is only available on Tuesday’s but it is worth the wait.  Light, tasty, not crumbly crust topped with your choice of veg and fake meat and of course, ooey gooey Daiya cheese to top it all off.  My non vegan, gluten eating friend said “this is sick you loser” JUST KIDDING!  She loved it and said she would def** be back for more.  Also the drinks are cool and fresh and creative, and the staff is friendly, fun, and well dressed.  Thanks Wallflower!  Also thanks for calling yourself a Modern Diner (which you are) instead of an Urban Diner.  Much less douchey.

Grub.  As with the Wallflower Grub has an option for everyone.  Like to eat duck?  there’s an entree for you!  Like to eat lamb?  Come on in!  Like to leave cute animals in the wild and off your plate?  You kick ass and can eat at Grub too!  Not only does Grub serve up the cruelty free gourmet they also have a drinks menu that includes punch.  In a punch bowl.  With little punch cups.  And a ladle.  Seriously!  It’s just too rad to describe, you’ll have to go check it out for yourself.

Planet Veg. Today was my first time and i will be going back for more fo sho.  Tomorrow maybe.  Awesome Indian vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.  I had the Bombay roll which was so great i went back on my way home to pick up some pakoras to go.  I am always amazed by restaurants that seem to have a magic flavor machine in back and wish i could come close to making my food taste the way they do.  Alas, that’s what going out to eat is all about i spose.  That and pretending you have slaves for an hour or so.

**October 6th:  WTF?!?  Why would i want to pretend i have slaves?!?  i meant servants.  Happy servants who are paid well and love serving.  They may or may not be unicorns.

Organic Lives. Totally vegan and raw gourmet restaurant and store.  If you like the idea of raw but don’t know if it can be effing amazing then check in here and check your head.  You will be blown away by what someone who knows their shit can do without cooking.  I recommend the lasagna and the pizza.  All i can say is WOWZERS.

Radha. Vegan gourmet.  When i am in here i don’t know what to do with myself and i order 4 or 5 things…having options as a vegan is overwhelming as it does not happen often.  Also it’s not as hippy dippy as it sounds.

Banditas Taqueria.  THE BEST VEGETARIAN BREAKFAST IN THE CITY!  Totally vegetarian with lots of vegan options – they carry non dairy milk, cheese, and sour creme!  Also the peeps is coooool.  You either know what i mean or you will when you go.  I seem to recall that i once went when it wasn’t breakfast and the food was great.  Oh, and one of the hottest boy spottings of my career (yes, my career as a hot boy spotter) was here.

The Naam.  But of course.  What would a veg in Van post be without a shout out to the Naam.  It is good.  And wholesome.  And yes, the fake looking grapes on the rafters outside are real.

And the one in Portland?  The Bye and Bye of course!  AN ALL VEGAN PUB!  PUB!!!  With “meat”ball subs, and grilled “cheese” and hot boys who work there and hot boys and girls who eat there and drinks in mason jars and an outside patio where you sit with strangers on picnic tables…..Breathe…And they let you smoke at the picnic tables which last year was rad but this year will be sad.  Oh well.  They have VEGAN CHILLI DOGS!  Oh my.

Did i miss a kick ass awesome vegan place in Van you love?!?  Let me know yo.

**it is A-OK to not spell a whole word because it takes away from your creative flow (read: lazy) on your blog.  It is A-NOT OK to not spell a whole word in order to cheat at Scrabble.  Thought you should know.

The hotties of the Bye and Bye.  Told you so.  Anyone up for a road trip?!?

Why Today is Wicked Awesome…..

1. I am on day #3 of being free from smoking!  Had a follow up laser treatment and it’s really helping.  Although i don’t feel like dancing in the street i also don’t feel like ripping anyone’s face off.  I’d say i am in a pretty tolerable middle ground.

2. I love my city!  How the eff have Maude and i lived downtown for years without riding over the Burrard St bridge?!?!?  Today was the day and it was lovely.  Rode over, grabbed a bite to go at Planet Veg (how the eff have i been vegan for a year and 8 months and not eaten there?!?!) and then carried on to Kits beach to sit and eat and read in the sunshine.  As i said, lovely.

3. The weather is **skip to the next one if you are Josie** perfect.  After a seriously shitty start the summer is shaping up nicely (and so are my alliteration skills).  Here’s to hoping it extends late into September because OMG it’s ALMOST AUGUST!!  Wow.

4. I got a kickin deal from Rogers.  After an hour on the phone, threatening to cancel and go to Wind i came away with a super deal on my plan.  It’s still way to much money but at least i am saving a bit…..thanks Kyle of customer relations!

5.  A Complicated Kindness by Canadian Miriam Toews (us canadians should know how to pronounce that after the Olympics). That’s the book i am reading and it is radtastic.  If you are a fan of kind of dark and twisty, unconventional literature i highly recommend this book (as well as The Flying Troutmans by the same author).  I would say that if you dig Chuck Palahniuk, or Nick Hornby, or Christopher Moore or Kurt Vonnegut you would also dig Miriam Toews.  If you dig all of those authors you are the official winner of this weeks KICK ASS award! Congratulations!!  I’d like to link to all of the authors above but i am too lazy.  Please copy and paste into Amazon or the like.

Things that made me go hmm….

Everything is a balance and for the 5 things that were rad today there were 2 that made me say wuh?

1. High waisted jean shorts.  Saw some at Kits beach.  Barf.  There are many reasons they went away and camel toe was only one of them.

2. There was a guy in Planet Veg wearing a ZeroFootprint.net T-Shirt ordering a yogurt cone.  Not to be a dick but supporting the dairy industry does not result in a zero footprint.  Of course, no one is perfect, and we can only do what we can do, and anything we do is better than doing nothing at all…..

I just think it would be like if i was wearing my Jesus I’m Drunk shirt at a straight edge satanist conference.  That’s all.

Awesome? And Crazy?!? Yup Sounds Like Me.

I am so proud of myself this week!  And I may have been poisoned.  First off i ate only super awesome, scrumptios-ly good for me homemade meals for almost every lunch and dinner this week.  There was 1 lunch trip to Subway and tonite i had Wok Box…both of which aren’t all that bad.

Last night’s dinner was especially good because it was prepared with the help of friends and was the center of an evening of wine and So You Think You Can Dance.  What did we have?  BIG salad and Ginger Carrot soup from How it all Vegan.  What’s in a BIG salad you ask?  Well last night it was: mixed greens, baby carrots, perfect avocado’s, artichoke hearts, Gardein chicken, red and yellow bell peppers, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and walnuts!  All drizzled with the best salad dressing ever, Spicy Strawberry from Little Creek. Yumtastic!

The second reason i kicked ass this week is because i barely used any takeout containers!  As you may have read, i failed epically the “Great No Container Challenge of 2010” but at least it put the idea of trying to go container free at the top of my mind.  At Subway i not only said no thanks to the plastic bag, but i guilted my boss into forgoing the bag as well.  At Wok Box i used all my own containers, for the stir fry, the spring rolls, and the drink!  The only container i took was the one for plum sauce and i will save it for salad dressing for my next BIG salad.

Reason why i think i’ve been poisoned?  While walking home from work today i was stopped at an intersection when a woman carrying a loaded starbucks tray said “i know this is weird but do you like soy chai latte’s?”  i said yes and so she gave me one, on ice.  She said it was an extra and she wouldn’t drink it.  I took it, she said happy Friday, and we parted.  I took 2 sips and my inner paranoia kicked in.  You know those warnings that circulate?  The ones about not smelling perfume from strangers at the gas station and such?  That thought bounced around my head until i chucked the drink in the nearest trash can.

Reason’s To Believe I Was Not In Fact Poisoned:

1. The lady in question was a young, well dressed, business type lady, not a freak show at the gas station.

2.  We were not at a gas station, or some dark alley, but just outside of a Starbucks.  With lots of people walking past.

3.  She didn’t follow me, so what reason would i have to believe she wanted me poisoned?

4. My google searches for “Starbucks Soy Chai Latte Poisoning Scam” have turned up nada.

5. I am sometimes crazy in the head.  And according to Snopes the above perfume scam is false anyway!

Reason’s Why I May Have been Poisoned:

1. Crazier things have happened?

Anyway, to the peeps who i will see at the event i’m attending tomorrow: if i don’t show come check on me! 🙂

The Great “No Container” Challenge of 2010 – Have I Lost Already?!?!

It’s up to Josie but I want you vote!

Here are the facts:

Yesterday Jenn txt’d to say she was going to go get takeout, did i want to join?

I was at home when the text came through

When we got to the restaurant (Noodle Box….mmmmm) and i realized what was about to happen i made Jenn pay so i wasn’t to blame

I thought about adding vegan potstickers to the order but didn’t, because it would be another container

I wore the takeout box as a hat the rest of the evening so that it wouldn’t have been used in vain

The hat thing was not true.

Again, Josie will make the final call, but maybe you could sway her…….

The Great “No Container” Challenge of 2010 – Robyn Takes On Josie!

***UPDATE BELOW***

After a scrumptious sushi feast that used no less than 8 foam and plastic containers (not including the plastic bags to carry it all in) Josie and I looked upon our pile of trash and with happy full sushi tummies declared….WTF!  We use too many takeout containers as a nation, and so Josie and I are going to do our part to put an end to the madness.  Did you know that in Germany you have to PAY for takeout containers and then you have to PAY again to recycle them?  This is unconfirmed as someone told Josie and so far my Googling has turned up nothing.  Even if it’s a myth it’s a good idea and i hope that it’s true.  Let’s all do our part to say NO to filling our landfills with useless waste.  Bring your own cup to Starbucks (or at least make and use your own sleeve, fun!), bring a few empty containers when you know you’re going to have takeout.  Say NO to the plastic bag Subway forces upon you even if you are only carrying your sandwich a few feet away to a table in the food court.  Try a tiffin!  That’s fun to say and environmentally conscious!

If you MUST use a takeout container think about getting all your food in one box, instead of many, and when you’re done re-use…

DIY gift basket <– ok, i am not a fan of this particular finished product but i’m sure one could come up with something similar and a bit more stellar.

So, the challenge is on, first to use a takeout container or cup LOSES and is the LOSER.  Game on!

UPDATE:  Did I Lose Already?

It’s up to Josie but I want you vote!

Here are the facts:

Yesterday Jenn txt’d to say she was going to go get takeout, did i want to join?

I was at home when the text came through

When we got to the restaurant (Noodle Box….mmmmm) and i realized what was about to happen i made Jenn pay so i wasn’t to blame

I thought about adding vegan potstickers to the order but didn’t, because it would be another container

I wore the takeout box as a hat the rest of the evening so that it wouldn’t have been used in vain

The hat thing was not true.

Again, Josie will make the final call, but maybe you could sway her…….