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Sunday is hockey day at my house. I always feel like the Kid needs a slightly heartier breakfast when he is going to be skating his little tush off for 45 minutes and I am trying to stay away from the same old same old. He asked for pancakes last weekend and I was wondering if I could find something more creative than just regular pancakes. I had some walnuts left over from an awesome beet salad from earlier that week and a few apples in the fridge. Apple pie pancakes! Yes. Yes.

vegan spelt apple pie pancakes

They were even more amazingly delicious than they look in this photo. Something about the combination of the warm, soft, cinnamon scented apples with the crunchy and toasty walnuts over the soft and fluffy pancakes. Yup. Kitchen win over here. I needed a basic vegan pancake recipe so I modified this one.

Here’s what you need:

1 cup spelt flour
1 tablespoon coconut sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder  ( I know this sounds ridiculous but trust me, have faith)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup almond milk or other milk alternative
2 tablespoons avocado oil
2 apples, sliced thin
1/2 cup walnuts
Earth Balance
Cinnamon to taste
Here’s what you do:
Apples and Walnuts:
Add some Earth Balance (1-2 Tbsp) to a hot pan. Once melted, add the walnuts and cook for a minute or two. Add the apple slices and cinnamon (approx 1 tsp or more if you love cinnamon) and saute over med-high heat until the apples are slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
Mix the try ingredients. Mix the wet. Add the wet to the dry and mix. It will get super airy and puff up a ton. Just mix it again right before you pour it. If it starts to puff up again (think bread proofing and rising) just mix it again and it will fall. Scoop 1/2 to 1 cup of mix into a hot pan (I oil the pan with earth balance but you could use oil too I think) and cook as you would any pancake. You need a hot-ish pan and you have to wait until the pancakes bubble towards the middle before you turn them. Pancakes can be fickle little buggers and I think everybody has burned a few in their days. Don’t get too annoyed. This recipe will make at least 6 decent sized pancakes.
Serve the pancakes with the apple and walnut mixture on top and a heavy drizzle of Pure Maple Syrup. Please god to not think that Aunt Jemima is an acceptable substitute. Sacrilege!!!!

 

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If you live in the Vancouver area and are on the look out for a restaurant where everybody and ever diet can be accommodated but actually has awesome food, look no further. Nuba has a lengthy menu that literally has something for everyone. Vegan? No problem. Gluten fee? Sure thing. Meatatarian? Yup, got you covered too.

Nuba offers a wide array of middle eastern dishes. As always I indulged in the Najib’s Special. A slightly crispy, slightly lemony cauliflower dish that is served with tahini and their own version of hot sauce (it’s green….but tasty!). I could just order this dish. Or four. It is the perfect side dish for the meatatarians in the crowd but honestly, it is so delish you could have it as your entree too.

najibs special

This time I also wanted to try something different so I also ordered the Mjadra lentil stew which came with a small slice of avocado and crispy onions. It was also amazing and I would have it again in a heart beat. The flavour of the lentils was amazing developed and the crispy onions and creamy avocado were the perfect accompaniment.

nuba lentil stew

 

If I could find one or two faults with Nuba it would be the pita. I really feel very strongly that pita should be served warm. Maybe it’s just me. But I really do think it would make these dishes better. So there’s that. I also enjoy their falafel but need tomato and cucumber with my falafel and theirs is served on it’s own which is not for me. All that being said, if you live in the Vancouver area or are going to be visiting some time soon add Nuba to your list of must visit restaurants. You won’t be disappointed.


So to cap off our family vacation in southern California we spent a weekend at my sister’s house near Burbank. One of her favorite places for brunch is Bea Bea’s. I had been there once before with her and the Kid and remembered it being pretty great, plus they had vegan pancakes. Don’t have to ask me twice.

The awesome thing about the menu is that any of the dishes (pancakes) could be made with the vegan pancake batter! There are like a trillion to choose from (okay, like a dozen) and they all looked SO good. Now I didn’t ask, but I am going to make an educated guess that the ones with super heavy dairy based toppings don’t actually work as vegan dishes. But there were so many that would work that it wasn’t really a big deal.

I decided on the apple cobbler vegan pancakes and they were ginormous and really tasty!!!

beabeas vegan pancakes

The Kid got the french toast (bigger than his head!) and the Hubs got some meaty thing with a side of french toast and everybody was pretty pleased with their dishes. They were also super kid friendly with colouring available and very reasonably priced options for the wee ones.

I do find that this is a major problem in Canada. Very few restaurants have kid’s menus and or kid’s sized portions available. My son is four. He is not a big enough eater to justify ordering him is own entree, however, he is big enough that I don’t want to share with him.

Canadian restauranteurs? If you’re listening, please add a kids menu. PLEASE.

Anyways, it was a super busy spot but it was worth the wait. Will go back to try the pumpkin pancakes. Yum…


Where have I been? Well funny you should ask!

It was family and friend vaca time for us and we took the Kid down to San Diego, Disney and Los Angeles for a week.

If you live in the southern Cali area, well, I hate you. Sorry…but I really kinda do.

I had so many amazingly fabulous meals that I can really only highlight the super crazy good ones. But if you live in, are going to be visiting, or need a great vegan foodie road trip, this blog’s for you! I will be adding a review every few days for the next few weeks. Stay tuned. There are some gems!

My first stop was The Mission Restaurant in San Diego. It was a pick that my cousin made. He lives down in that area with his wife and this is one of their favorite go-to brunch spots. I totally understand why. It was SO good. There was something for everyone and they were very accommodating with my veganization request to my order. I got the soy chorizo burrito and subbed out the egg and subbed in avocado. No crema for me and extra salsa because it was really yummy.

Mission burrito

The Kid got a monster order of strawberry banana pancakes that looked really good and the Hubs got some meaty hash. Meh. No accounting for taste right? But at least everybody was happy with their meal. They had a pretty good selection of coffee drinks and I was able to get a lovely soy latte prepared just the way I like it. Overall this place was a solid A.

Check them out! They have a number of locations in the San Diego area. I am adding to the list of “must go again” as soon as possible. If you live in the area. Lucky you. Send me some???


Let me first say that after this weekend, the Hubs and I have decided it’s time for a little South Beach Diet action. I do the version where I just stop eating processed carbs and sugar. Which is really the way I should just eat. Alas, since that is CLEARLY not the case, let me explain how amazing the food was in Seattle. There are no words. It’s really foodie heaven. And even vegan foodie heaven! My last posts from Seattle highlighted my favorite go to restaurant Cafe Flora. Naturally we ate there and this time went for brunch and since the Hubs was ALL over it, I thought I would share again! Let me begin with the vegan cinnamon bun. Oh yes. I said vegan cinnamon bun. The Kid kept opening his mouth and saying “ahhh” hoping I would feed him some of mine.

cafe flora vegan cinnamon bun

The frosting tasted like that stuff you get out of a tub at the grocery store. I would have eaten that stuff with a spoon back in the day. I am not going to lie, I would have eaten this stuff with a spoon too. I think my whole family would have. It was sooooo good. Notice how there is already a bite taken out. I couldn’t get the shot in fast enough!

I had the southern style tofu hash and the Kid had the kid’s version. The Hubs proceeded in eating half of it! He doesn’t even like tofu. So he claimed! Luckily I have the Cafe Flora cook book and will be making it for breakfast this weekend.

cafe flora tofu hash

The Hubs got the biscuits and gravy with a sunny side up egg. He was happy. I stole some of the biscuit and gravy just to taste and it was pretty good!

cafe flora biscuits and gravy

Overall, another fantastic meal at Cafe Flora. I think if I lived in Seattle I would just buy into this place and eat here every day. No…really….


As a little thank you to the BFF for babysitting the beast for us (the dog, not the Kid) I took her to a new vegetarian place here in Van city that was vegan and gf friendly. Perfect for our picky food demands. The Parker opened a little while ago and we have been meaning to give it a try so we headed out and we were very pleasantly surprised!

It was a tiny room but lucky for us, we did not have to wait for a table on a Wednesday evening.

They brought us a little amuse bouche of shaved beets and something else I can’t recall and it was lovely to look at and a perfect little bite.

Here’s what else we had and loved.

vegan gf bbq mushroom tacos vegan gf chickpea frites vegan gf dukka with taro chips vegan gf raw chocolate brownie

Bbq mushroom tacos, chickpea fries, Dukka with taro root chips and a raw chocolate brownie. All vegan and all gluten free!!!

My BFF loved the Dukka so much she had her own version a week or so ago. Check it out here. (Full disclosure, neither of us even knew what Dukka was! An amazing nut based middle eastern dip/spread as it turns out). We also had the kim chi which I quite enjoyed but she did not. To each their own right?

Give The Parker a try! Even your favorite carnivore will enjoy these dishes.

 


This was our 3rd trip to Maui and our 3rd visit to The Gazebo. We discovered this little gem in a book by a local about Maui. The first time we visited I think we waited about ten minutes for a table. Last year we waited about an hour. Maybe longer. We were a table of seven mind you. This year we ended up going at lunch time even though it really is more well known as a breakfast join (but does have a full lunch menu) and we were gobsmacked when there was NO LINE. Holy moly. Lesson learned!!! Apparently it slows down quite a bit after noon and they close around two. We still got breakfast. Well me and the Kid got breakfast. The Hubs got both breakfast and lunch. You see, the Hubs is of the mind that if there are two really awesome things on a menu, you owe it to yourself to order both and take one with you for later. Makes sense…in a gluttonous way.

We shared the pineapple. Mostly because when you are in Maui it is a city bylaw that you eat as much fresh pineapple as humanly possible. Plus, look how cute it is!

Gazebo fresh pineapple

The number one item in our opinion is the pancakes. They are just nice big fluffy pancakes but we get the banana, pineapple, macnut ones and they are covered in a special topping. This my friends is the key. The topping looks like some type of whip cream but it’s actually dream whip (cool whip for my Canadian brethren) with butterscotch and maple syrup. OMG. So good. Not vegan, but so so good!

The Hubs also gets the Hawaiian fried rice with eggs on top. Somewhat of a traditional breakfast dish over there and without the meat and eggs it wouldn’t be too bad. He lives for that stuff. He wanted to go back and get other order for take out to eat on the plane. No. Seriously.

gazebo feast rice and pancakes

You might notice that his also had white chocolate chips. Ya…

Anyways, if you are in Maui, check out the Gazebo. You won’t be disappointed.