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I made this meal for a friend as a thank-you for her hospitality a while back. I felt a hearty grilled vegetable sandwich was the perfect display of gratitude for such a lovely girl. The recipe is simple really: grill some vegetables, pile ’em on some good bread, add a dollop of hummus and a handful of leafy greens and you’re good to go!

Grilled vegetable sandwich
Makes 2

4 slices bread (whole wheat, spelt or sourdough would all work)
2 tbsp hummus (add hot sauce if you dare!)
1 handful of arugula (or spinach)
1 red onion, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
2 portobello mushroom caps
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
1 tbsp chopped fresh oregano (or 1 tsp dried)
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 clove garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste

Begin by heating 1 tbsp of the oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the sliced onions and season with salt and pepper. Cook over medium to low heat until soft and caramelized, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, toss the bell pepper and portobello caps in the remaining oil, basil, oregano, garlic, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Grill over medium heat (ideally on a grill pan) until soft and slightly charred, about 10 minutes, turning often.

Grill the slices of bread until heated through and slightly crispy. Apply a generous layer of hummus (and hot sauce if desired) to one slice per sandwich. Top with the caramelized onions, grilled vegetables and fresh arugula.

Enjoy the sandwich while it’s still warm and eat outside if the weather allows it!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I will be busy hosting a dinner party, celebrating a friend’s birthday and doing some much anticipated back to school shopping! Hey, if I’m going to be law student, I have to look the part, right?

xo Robin

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B.C. food diary pt. 2

Hello and happy Sunday!

First off, I apologize about the lack of posts lately but hey, better late than never right? Here are the rest of my food shots from our trip to British-Columbia back in July.

Nuba, Vancouver

We went here for my birthday dinner and it was IN-credible! Nuba’s menu is mostly Middle Eastern and they have plenty of vegan choices. Everything we ordered was delicious but these crispy falafel balls drizzled with tahini and accompanied by a spicy parsley dip were the best thing by far. Mmm, I wish I could go back right now… too bad it’s on the other side of the country…

Panz, Vancouver

I actually heard about Panz from one of my readers (thank you!). It’s a lovely little Chinese place with an entirely vegan menu. The vegetable soup I started with was so simple but the flavours were spot on. I got the lunch special which came with brown rice, some stir-fried veggies and a curious little dessert item. I’ll admit the food was a tad greasy for my taste, but all-in-all Panz was very yummy. Plus, upon paying the bill, our waiter bid us goodbye by saying “I hope you all had a peaceful meal”. It was indeed peaceful, and what a great way to feel when enjoying good food.

Edible Flours, Vancouver

So, it happened to be my birthday while we were in Vancouver and what would a birthday be without a vegan maple chocolate cupcake? I mean, really! Edible Flours is an entirely vegan bakery and everything I tried (including homemade donuts and cinnamon buns) was fantastic. This little beauty of a cupcake was moist and rich with a sweet maple icing. My only regret is not getting more of them while I had the chance.

Splitz Grill, Whistler

We took a day trip to Whistler and since it was too cloudy to even see the mountain, lunch became the focus of the day. Splitz Grill looks like your ordinary burger chain, but ordinary it was not! The spicy lentil burger was so good and even came topped with homemade hummus (a no-brainer for me). And those fries! I swear they were fried twice because the crispiness was off the charts. There’s nothing like a burger and fries to brighten an overcast day, eh eh?

Mole, Victoria

We spent a weekend visiting family in the lovely city of Victoria. Home-cooked meals took precedence but we managed to sneak away for a late lunch at Mole. I ordered a tofu scramble with bell peppers, spicy beans and homemade salsa. It was great- and so filling! Can you believe this was the half order? I’d recommend Mole to anyone with a massive appetite who is willing to wait in line for a table (this place was jam packed). Mo-lay is right!

Happy eating everyone xo

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B.C. food diary

It’s Tuesday. Let’s talk food.

As you may know, Paul and I recently embarked on a cross-Canada road trip culminating in a week in Vancouver and a weekend in Victoria. We had some good, some not so good, and some outstanding meals while we were there. I managed to photograph nearly everything I ate, so here goes!

The Naam, Vancouver

Revered as one of Vancouver’s best vegetarian restaurants, the Naam was the first place we went upon our arrival. Although the outdoor patio was beautiful and the service was nice, I was more than a little disappointed with my meal. Sure, I may have not ordered the best thing on the menu, but you’d think a well-known veggie place could master the art of crispy tofu! My asian salad was mediocre and my tofu was soggy. Boo. Onto better meals…

Perch, Vancouver

Having read that Perch offered delicious vegan pizza, Paul and I decided to venture there one evening to try it out. We didn’t quite realize the walk would take two and a half hours, but we journeyed forth with the prospect of pizza and beer motivating us. We started with the vegan nachos, which were pretty yummy. The chips were nestled on a layer of homemade garlicky hummus, a pleasant surprise if you ask me. The pizzas were good, although not what we’d expected. The crusts were gluten free and almost had the texture of a dense bread. I know, not ideal. However, they came complete with a variety of delicious toppings, like pesto, caramelized onions, artichokes and Daiya cheese. Plus, our waitress was awesome and the playlist included Animal Collective and songs from Grease. All in all, totally worth the hike!

Foundation, Vancouver

The Foundation is pretty damn cool. So cool, in fact, they don’t even need a website. The place was packed with Vancouver’s hippest hipsters but remained totally unpretentious. We had a to wait in line to get a table but it was so worth it- the portions were big, the prices were low, and the wall was covered in John Lennon quotes. I ordered a spicy peanut pasta with tofu and spinach and it was absolutely delicious! Bonus: the beers are served in mason jars, such a cute idea.

Local beer, B.C.

Local beer (like this and this) is just so good, what’s not to love?

Well that’s all the time I have for today but there’s so much more to come, including vegan desserts, a divine b-day dinner and a summer recipe all my own!

xo Robin Katherine

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