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Planetary Burger in Vancouver on Main Street

For those classic burgers and shakes, look no further! They got cute sliders, too, for a little taste of all the flava’s!

Planetary Burger is located at 3088 Main St, Vancouver, BC

I got to taste all four of their burgers a couple of weeks ago, and my favorite was the mushroom burger. I am an avid believer that variety is the spice of life, so I was excited to try each burger. The current burger line up offered is the Beet, Cauliflower, Mushroom, and the Classic Cheese.

The Strawberry shake was good, but a little tart for my liking. I think they mentioned they use real strawberry, so that’s probably why.

I’m diggin’ the paper straws. Down with plastic!

I’m used to that artificial flavor? (Hopefully no beaver butt!). I also got to taste my friend’s vanilla shake, and did I ever wish I ordered that one! – Next time! It was sweet creamy heaven. I felt the price for these small milkshakes was a little on the hefty side at $8 somethin’, but if you’re hankerin’ for a vegan milkshake, it could be just what you need.

I like my cheese curds a bit chewier, but it was aiighte.

The poutine wasn’t anything special. The fries weren’t crispy golden-brown and fluffy on the inside. The gravy was savoury with a nice smooth texture. I felt the cheese though was particularly disappointing as it was just too… soft. Yep, I want some cheese that bites back! My friend liked it though, so go try it for yourself if you’re into poutines 🙂

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Paliotti’s Westside Italian Restaurant in Maple Ridge

It was such a treat sharing all of these vegan options from Paliottis over the weekend with friends.

SooOO many vegan options!

My recommendation is to eat here (or order takeout like we did) with friends. You can order a bunch and try a little of everything, because these guys have a lot to choose from!

Oh, and don’t you just LOVE it when menus have vegan food clearly labeled? Paliotti’s has a whole 3-page section labeled “Vegan Menu” (and they have an extra “Chinese Food Menu” with “V” clearly indicating vegan options. Before trying their food, I already knew I would love them! Find their full menu here or on their Facebook page.

Paliotti’s Westside Pizza Rolls stuffed with roasted red peppers, spinach, artichoke, vegan cheese and mushrooms.

Tasty AF.

Next time you’re in (passing by) Maple Ridge, try out Paliotti’s Westside (not to be confused with their other Paliott’s locations that don’t have a plethora of amazing vegan options).

Paliottis Westside at 20757 Lougheed Hwy., Maple Ridge, BC V2X 2R2.

Buon Appetito!

Vegan Taco Night for Relationship-Building

Vegan taco night at home for team & relationship building 🙂

Vegan Taco Night with friends & fam

With a few friends, we decided to have a vegan taco night the following week because we felt like it would be a great way to improve our communication and effectiveness as a team.

Each person volunteered to bring some ingredients. Together in the kitchen, we would work on different tasks (prep, chop, season and cook the meat, make sauce, squash up guac, etc.)

Plus, tacos and guac are delicious af. Super summer friendly. I hope you guys enjoy the fresh colorful ingredients and taco wrap ideas.

Try putting the hard shell inside of the soft shell for a nice crunch but with the secure feeling of a soft wrap holding everything together.

Chef Will created a delicious plant-based ground meat using a mix of three different plantbased meat alternatives that we had in our freezers. Without giving away his secrets, he built up layers of base flavours with caramelized onions, garlic, and loads of seasonings. Great job, chef!

By the way, have you ever heard what a tortilla sounds like on a record player?

Buen Provecho!

Salty Peppery Vegan Chikin Veggies and Rice

This tasty dish uses the mock chicken from Happy Veggie World in Richmond, which I’ve blogged about before. I love the chewy meaty texture of the mock chicken, which I just deep fried, seasoned with garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, salt, mushroom seasoning powder, and chili powder. Topped it all off with fresh chopped cilantro and had it with a bowl rice (with sesame seeds and hemp hearts for extra health!).

The cabbage, potato, carrot stir fry is super simple. Just pan-fry them with some oil and garlic, season with mushroom seasoning powder, and salt and pepper to taste. I like to go light when paired with other salty dishes. It’s a nice contrast and way to balance out the saltiness of the salty peppery chikin’.

Hope that gave you some great ideas and you come up with your own recipe, because I cooked from the heart on this one (read: there ain’t no recipe). Enjoy!

Vegan Mapo Tofu following Will Yeung’s Easy Recipe

This tasty comfort food is a piece of cake to make! William Yeung from YouTube has a 9-minute video demonstrating how to make this savoury, spicy, and zingy tofu dish. The dish has that soft tofu mouth-feel and a satisfying sauce covered over white jasmine rice. It’s all topped off with some aromatic chopped green onions.

We thought the recipe instructions were really easy to follow along and totally worth it. Why not give it a try yourself. Here’s the link to Will’s mapo tofu recipe. Enjoy!

Crispy Chik’n Nuggets from Happy Veggie World

Plant based Chikin Nuggets from Happy Veggie World supplier in Richmond, British Columbia Canada

These delicious little nuggets are super crispy and remind me a lot of Yves chick’n nuggets, but at a fraction of the price! You can buy them bulk from Happy Veggie World in Richmond.

They are imported from Taiwan, and in my experience, that means darn good quality! Taiwanese culture tends to be pretty health conscious. We air-fried these bad boys and made a nice honey mustard (vegan, of course) using mayo, maple syrup, and mustard.

Check out the store in Richmond and enjoy these crispy tender little nuggets for yourself!

Homemade Spicy Lemongrass Chick’n Noodle Soup

Spicy Lemongrass Chick’n Noodle Soup

On the weekend, I juiced up some jumbo carrots in my Breville juicer to make delicious creamy carrot juice (I find the jumbo carrots are much sweeter than regular carrots). With the leftover carrot pulp, I decided to make a soup stock out of it. It was really simple, just add it to a pot of water with sea salt, add onions and mushroom seasoning powder (umami), and lemongrass chili oil, pineapple juice for sweetness and tanginess.

Spicy vegan lemongrass chick’n noodle soup

I added loads of veggies as well as vegan lemongrass chick’n and “ham” purchased from Happy Veggie World in Richmond. I made a post last year about this awesome faux meat supplier. I used rice noodles, but I’m sure you can use whatever you want. I imagine a vermicelli or udon would go nicely as well.

For dessert, I made sticky rice with mango. It was made of some sticky rice, with a simple sweet and salty coconut cream sauce, frozen coconut flakes, topped with yellow mung beans toasted in the pan. For a trial, it turned out pretty well. After watching some YouTube videos, I realized that I needed to steam the rice, not cook it in the rice cooker. There will be a round 2!

O’love Greek Kitchen on Hastings & Warwick: the Vegan-friendly Goddess Bowl!

Olove Greek Kitchen, 5931 Hastings St., Burnaby, B.C. Canada

I was SkipDashing (doing SkipTheDishes and DoorDash deliveries) when I had a spur of the moment decision to take a lunch break and see what yummy food I could get into my belly (my little motivation hack is to reward myself with delicious food when doing food deliveries!).

Initially, I was going to check out Pho101 next door to see if they had any vegan-friendly options. However, O’love had menus displayed on their windows. And what made me really want to give them a try was the fact that they clearly labeled dishes as vegetarian or vegan-friendly (vegans of the world, don’t you LOVE when they do that?!). At the time, I was thinking “I don’t even really like Greek food, it’s usually dry or not that flavourful, but what the heck, let’s give them a try whilst supporting the vegan movement and local businesses during this Covid-19 era”.

Goddess Bowl at O’love Greek Kitchen

Boy o’ boy was I glad I decided to give this place a try. I had the Goddess bowl. It had a ton of variety, which I love. If I recall, it had four salads with some sweet and savoury dressings, hummus, sweet and bright red beets, crisp red onions, cool cucumbers, and crumbly yet moist falafels. I also love that the falafels came out piping hot! They had a very very satisfying bite with a tender moist inside. Very good mouth feel, indeed.

For me, the only nuisance was that they were so super crumbly that they would fall apart when trying to pick them up with the fork. The forking challenge was worth the work though, transporting them from the plate to my mouth.

Sorry (not sorry) for so many pictures of this one bowl, but with so much going on, it’s like a new work of art from every angle. Isn’t she a beaut?!

This dish is aptly named the Goddess Bowl because it has everything you could ask for: fresh and vibrant aesthetics, depth of flavour, and hearty ingredients.

I also feel really grateful to have had the opportunity to chat a bit with the Chef and owner Irene. She helped me realize that my notions of what “Greek food” was wasn’t traditional Greek food at all. Yenno, the typical meat-heavy souvlaki dishes with sides of Greek salad and potatoes. Traditional Greek food is full of fresh seasonal vegetables. Souv is typically a street food. It’s akin to comparing American or Canadian style Chinese food to traditional food you would find in China. HUGE difference!

During our chat, she let me know that she cooks at the restaurant like she would at home. It can take more time, but it’s worth it. It all started to make sense as to why the dish was so good! For instance (and I won’t divulge her possibly secret methods), it’s no coincidence that the olives aren’t overly salty or hard. The pita bread, oh my god… It’s so soft and fluffy (not the usual dry and tough bread I despise). It reminded me of the qualities I love in Indian naan bread.

And, in addition to quinoa and lentils, Irene adds hemp hearts for health– for health! I mean, who does that these days? …Somebody who is putting love into their cooking and cares deeply for whom they’re cooking for I believe.

Simply, it’s good food that’s also good for you. It’s all about quality ingredients that truly makes good food she told me. Her father was visiting her at the restaurant, and she told me about the plentiful gardens he had when she was growing up, growing their own ingredients, and making olive oil and wine from scratch. It was an amazing experience.

Oh, and I also ordered the Olove Hummus and pita bread. If going the vegan/plant-based route (which I hope you are ;P), ask for the pita to be pan-fried with olive oil instead of butter. At the end of the meal, I was pretty stuffed! I was going into food coma actually, but I resisted the temptation to just call it a day for food deliveries. Good job, me! I can’t wait to go back and treat myself and loves ones. And as if this place weren’t already divine enough, they also serve wine, too. Whaaattt?! Stop it…

Nope. They can’t stop, won’t stop. They also have some kick-ass-looking light bulbs! Check them out and let us know what YOU think! I give them a 5/5, and upon a quick Google search, I’m seeing 4 to 5 stars across the board, including Facebook, Google reviews, Yelp, and Trip Advisor. So, I’m fairly confident that y’all will love this place as I and many others have, too! Efharisto!

Olove Greek Restaurant’s lunch menu (they have a dinner menu, too): http://www.olovegreek.ca/lunch-menu

Feel free to follow Olove on Insta: https://www.instagram.com/olovegreek/

Chettinad Dosa Palace Vegan-friendly Option

Chettinad Dosa Palace, 5081 Canada Way, Burnaby, Canada

Aloo Gobi Dosa at Chettinad Dosa Palace, Burnaby

During my break from doing SkipTheDishes and DoorDash, I tried the Aloo Gobi dosa (potato cauliflower). I asked the staff to ensure there’s no yogurt, milk or butter and the chef assured me that it was vegan.

Morsel of aloo gobi dosa on a fork

The outter shell was really crispy and airy. It reminded me of a crepe-like texture and mouth feel! The filling was savoury with little visits of tart from diced tomatoes.

It also came with two dipping sauce and a rich soup that was more like a stew. The dish felt really light and refreshing. Quite splendid for a beautiful sunny summer day! Very enjoyable, so I’ll be back again! Give them a try. Others seem to love Chettinad as well. At the time of this writing, they have a 4.5/5 star rating on DoorDash, out of a total 785 ratings. Not too shabbay!

Hyack Sushi

Photo deep-fried agedashi tofu. Hyack Sushi at 55 8th St, New Westminster, BC V3M 3N9

Delicious deep fried tofu and avocado mango rolls. The agedashi was nice and crispy with a sweet and savoury soy glaze on top, all over a bed of mixed veggies (broccoli, cabbage, bean sprouts, and carrots.

They have a lot of vegan options. So, next time you’re in New West, you may want to give them a try. They are located in New West at 55 8th Street.

Check out Hyack Sushi for some good vegan sushi rolls and deep fried tofu!

TACO DEL MAR

Taco Del Mar in New West. They serve Mexican Baja-style burritos and tacos. Address: 805 Boyd St, New Westminster, BC V3M 5G7

It was great to find that Taco Del Mar has plant based meat options now. However, I found the Beyond Meat crumble very tough and dryyy. I would not want to eat it again. I hope that Beyond improves their formula, because I do love their burger patties. I have yet to try their breakfast sausage links, but I’ve heard a lot of really good things.

If you need some good filling mexican burritos or tacos, head over to Taco Del Mar for your fix. They’re located in New West at 805 Boyd St, New Westminster, BC V3M 5G7.

Check out TACO DEL MAR for some good Mexican Baha style tacos and burritos!