I live in the Lower mainland in beautiful British Columbia and I am always on the look out for new Vegan or Vegan friendly joints that will actually appeal to the Hubs and I and huge bonus marks if the Kid can eat there too. Here’s a secret, there sadly really aren’t that many. However, this one falls into the “doh!!” category because I have walked by and heard about a newer take out place in the Kitsilano area called The Noodlebox but had never bothered to go in. Last weekend I was fortunate enough to attend a fan-freaking-tastic yoga conference on Vancouver Island (Victoria Yoga Conference to be exact) and on one of our lunch breaks my friend suggested we just grab something from “The Noodlebox”. Of course, I had to ask, is it the same as the one in Kitsilano and she said yes. (Duh…). So off we went!
Sigh. It was amazing!!!! Veggie options galore! Add Tofu to anything!! Pick your spiciness level!! Noodle or rice?? White or Brown!? OMG!??! Why haven’t we eaten here before!??! They even had a kids menu!!!! I have to say that this is quite rare in Canada in any restaurant you actually want your child to eat in. They also offered Ocean Wise seafood and plenty of meat and egg add-ons for those who are so inclined. Plus the portions were HUGE. A plus when you’ve just completed two, one hour power yoga classes.
I picked the Spicy Peanut Noodle Box but added Tofu and got brown rice instead of noodles (they have Gluten Free options as well if that is an issue for diners). It was PACKED with tofu, veggies, spicy peanut sauce, crushed peanuts, chopped fresh herbs, some green onions and some sprouts. It was the perfect meal and I’m not going to lie, I freaking LOVE the old school Chinese food take out boxes. I’m cheesy like that.
I literally can’t wait to go back. And next time I’m taking the Hubs and Kid. They also have locations in Calgary and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them enter the East Coast market some time soon too. Keep an eye out people!!
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.
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.
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 let me first say that I’m not a huge fan of donuts. I would pretty much choose any pastry over a donut. There are good vegan donuts, great ones even. I like Mighty-O’s but then I have to drive all the way to Seattle and no donut is worth a two hour drive. Actually, I would like to restate that, there is now a donut that is worth a two hour drive. Cartems Donuterie in Vancouver is beyond words. Let me instead show you some photos and then try to do them justice with a short spiel about how amazing they are and why
Okay so that little beauty up there. With the flowers on it. That was the vegan one. I’m not going to lie, all the other ones were not, but honestly, who cares. Look. At. That. Donut. I believe it was a Earl Grey and it was ridiculous. Unlike most vegan donuts, it was light and fluffy and had a sweet but not cloyingly sweetness to it. The rose petals (which I hate) did not lend any rose-y flavours thank goodness and it was just perfect. They also had Gluten Free AND Vegan ones but since I don’t have a gluten intolerance I didn’t go that route, but there is something for everyone. The Kid that the chocolate one with the little balls (Triple Chocolate Threat) and HOOVERED it in about two minutes flat and the Hubs pretty much ate all the other ones. No seriously. He had three. I took a tiny bite of the powered sugar one that was stuffed with real blueberries and was amazing as well. The salted caramel one was also pretty sick and he was all over the bacon one. Barf. Whatever.
What I also loved and appreciated was the locally sourced and mainly organic ingredients. LOVE. I think we will be weekly visitors now. Might have to start biking there to negate the calories of course…..
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.
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.
A very talented friend of mine is a professional photographer. She’s amazing. Her son also goes to preschool with the Kid so I invited her and her kids over for lunch one day after school recently. The deal was, I would make us lunch and she would give me a super quick lesson on how to use my fancy dancy new SLR! I figured 3 kids under 4 couldn’t really complain about pancakes and fruit salad so I went in that direction. I saw this recipe and thought, perfect! I even had enough forethought to roast the sweet potato the night before. Amazing right?? Go me. Sweet potato? Good! Whole wheat? Good! Fruit Salad? Good.
Look how beautiful this photo is. She took this one of course.
Make these. They aren’t super sweet so I needed some good ol’ maple syrup with them, but I’m from Ontario. It’s sacrilege to eat pancakes without maple syrup. What can I say.
I wish I was able to make the compote, because it looks and sounds amazing. Make them with or without. Just make them! I made a few tweaks to make them a teeeeny tiny bit healthier. I like my changes, but I’m sure the original are just as yummy!
- 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour or white whole wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons coconut sugar (maple sugar would also work well here)
- 3/4 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (I used almond)
- 1 cup mashed sweet potato
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup sparkling water (all I had was club soda)
Whisk the dry ingredients together until well combined. In a small bowl, mix together the milk, sugar, sweet potato, vanilla and oil, whisk until smooth then pour over the dry ingredients. Pour the sparkling water over the mixture and mix everything together gently until it all just comes together. Do not overmix, little lumps are ok, over mixing will give you tough rubbery pancakes.
Lightly oil a pan or griddle and preheat to medium-low, when hot pour 1/3 or 1/2 cup scoop of the batter. After 3 to 4 minutes, when they start to bubble on top, flip over and cook for another 5 to 6 minutes. You may need to cook them longer due to the thick batter, check underneath before you remove them from the heat. Make them small. They are a lot of pancake even when small if you know what I mean!
I needed to get the kid a booster seat for the Hubs car since I’m sick of taking him everywhere. No…okay not really. Okay maybe a little….Anyways, so since we were venturing into Vancouver from the burbs I knew I wanted to hit up Tera V Burger. Vancouver’s answer to The Veggie Grill (my vegan happy place). I had been before with the Kid and my BFF but got one of those daily deals and figured it was time to use it! I got the BBQ tempeh burger on a gluten free bun and the baked sweet potato fries. I got the kid his own garden burger with “cheese” (it was an American slice of cheese, what we call a Kraft single slice, and may have in fact been a vegan one, but I hate them. Vegan or not. He was happy. Whatever) and regular fries. I should say that they make baked fries that taste deep fried. I have NO idea how they do it, but I should would like to know. Maybe one of those TFal deep fryers that only uses a tablespoon of oil???
Ya I took a few bites before it occurred to me that I should snap a photo! I was hungry!! And it was really yummy!!!
My only criticism are that I like my food hotter than the surface of the sun and my fries were just warm. Perfect for the Kid but had I not been so hungry I would have asked for them to be reheated. It also takes an extraordinarily long time for the food to come out given the quick counter service style of restaurant. Hopefully it gets busier and that changes. Over all a BIG hit and I can’t wait to go back!!! Check them out if you are in the Vancouver area.
The best friend and I took the kid to Heirloom for brunch this week. They are open everyday for brunch and we went a bit on the early side so it was pretty quiet. Best time to go with the kid of course! I got him a basic egg and whole grain baguette and he hoovered it. I got the vegan/gluten free pancakes that had bananas baked right in. It was served with a cashew creme, lavender fruit compote and maple syrup with some pom seeds. I was a bit hesitant to order this for fear it was going to be super heavy but was psyched when they arrived. Just sweet enough and fluffy! SO delicious! The best friend got the a hash that was full of quinoa, spinach pesto, spicyish red sauce, pumpkin seeds, zucchini, carrots and squash and eggs (that could be subbed for black beans) with a side salad. She loved it and I had a little taste and it was awesome.
Thanks Heirloom for another amazing meal. Never leave us. XOXO