Eat Right While On-the-Go at These Healthy Fast Food Places in Downtown Vancouver

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Whether you’re going to English Bay for a beach day, exploring the city, or getting some air before your next convention seminar, you’ll need something to eat that’s grab and go, and ideally on the good-for-you side. The beauty of being in Downtown Vancouver is that we have so many healthy (and affordable) places for fast food. So you can get your five-a-day, even when away from home!

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Eat Right While On-the-Go at These Healthy Fast Food Places in Downtown Vancouver

Vegetarian and Vegan Dishes to Enjoy in 2018

Vegan wild mushroom pizza at Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co.; Photo Credit: Tara Lee

With the New Year, many of us resolve to shift the way we eat. I, for example, am endeavouring to incorporate more plant-based cooking into my daily routine. Fortunately, unlike other resolutions, this one will be fairly easy to keep!

Vancouver has many exclusively vegetarian/vegan restaurants, such as The Acorn (3995 Main Street) and The Naam (2724 West 4th Avenue). In addition, numerous restaurants in the city are also working to shift their menus to include vegetarian and vegan options for diners. I recently tried dishes at two establishments that are well worth recommending for delicious plant-based eating in 2018.

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Vegetarian and Vegan Dishes to Enjoy in 2018

Hungry? Free Indian Feast (for 20,000 people) in Vancouver for Chariot Day

Photo sourced from vanchariotfestival.com

Photo sourced from vanchariotfestival.com

Does free, authentic Indian food in a waterfront park in downtown Vancouver sound like your idea of a fun Sunday afternoon?

The Chariot Fest of India returns to Vancouver on Sunday, Aug. 10, with a parade of colourful, over-the-top floats and costumed Indian dancers followed by a free festival (and free lunch for about 20,000 people) at Stanley Park’s Second Beach.

Now in its 41st year, the Chariot Fest – also known as the Jagannath Rath Yatra – is a Hindu celebration that involves transporting massive deities on chariots. According to the authorities at Wikipedia: “The rath (chariot) is carrying Lord Jaggannath and due to its massive size and weight and sometimes seemingly unstoppable nature, has led to the English word juggernaut … ”  

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Hungry? Free Indian Feast (for 20,000 people) in Vancouver for Chariot Day

5 Ways to Celebrate Meatless Monday in Vancouver

Granville Island Market Tour. Photo credit: Edible Canada

Granville Island Market Tour. Photo credit: Edible Canada

If June was a colour it would be green. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that the annual global celebration of all things vegetarian – Meatless Monday – occurs in June.

According to the box gardens in my apartment building’s communal courtyard, all sorts of green veggies are ripe for harvest this month. Whether you love the crunch of rainbow chard or gentle spice of chives or the cruciferous, omnipresent kale, leafy greens mark the ripples of summer harvest to come: delicious fruits and vegetables like blackberries, strawberries, beets and carrots.

This year the City of Vancouver is joining the global call to give up meat one day a week.  According to the Vancouver Food Policy Council, a group of volunteer food advisors to the city, Vancouver will proclaim June 10, 2013 as Meatless Monday for our health-conscious city. We will be the first Canadian municipality to make such a proclamation. 

The city of Ghent, Belgium was the first city to participate in Meatless Monday as a city in 2009. Then, thanks to Sir Paul McCartney, various cities in the United Kingdom followed soon after. Stars and foodies such as Oprah, Giada De Laurentiis, Russel Simons and Michael Pollan have all signed on to go meatless on Mondays.  

So if you want to make like Oprah and worship earthy rouge beets or sugar sweet strawberries, look no further. Here’s a few ways to celebrate Meatless Monday in Vancouver on June 10 and beyond.

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5 Ways to Celebrate Meatless Monday in Vancouver

Vancouver Voted Top Veg-Friendly City in Canada

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PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has released their top vegetarian-friendly cities in North America, and Vancouver has topped the list in Canada, and we also landed sixth place  in North America, coming in behind Washington, D.C. (1st), Portland, Oregon (2nd), Albuquerque, New Mexico (3rd), Atlanta, Georgia (4th) and Seattle, Washington (5th). You can view the entire list of winners here.

Here is what PETA had to say about Vancouver:

While we had our differences with the recent Olympic Games held there, we can’t hold that against this beautiful city. Especially not while they’re serving up almond masala cakes at Organic Lives, spicy falafel wraps at Gorilla Food, and a golden rice bowl with marinated Gardein strips, mock shrimp, and sautéed tofu at Loving Hut.”

What are your favourite vegetarian restaurants in the city? Or your favourite vegetarian dish at any restaurant for that matter?