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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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East to West

Hello friends!

I’ve uploaded some of my favourite pictures from our cross-Canada road trip (scroll over for my attempt at captions). Most of the credit goes to Paul on these ones and- believe it or not- a bunch of the shots were taken from the back seat of the car! Not too shabby, eh? If you want to check out more of his awesome work, click here.

Aaaand since I did my fair share of eating on this trip (hey, what are holidays for if not indulging?), I’ve decided to save my food pics for a drool-worthy post all their own!

Till next time lovely readers…

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Tutti fruitti

Photos by me

I couldn’t resist snapping these photos from the Granville Island Market in Vancouver, B.C. The fruit this time of year is so stunning and full of flavour. Here’s to our local farmers for producing the best of the best!

Robin xo

P.S. Today we fly back to Toronto since our wonderful West Coast adventure has drawn to a close. It has been a truly amazing experience and I can’t wait to share stories and photos with everyone when I get home!

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photos by pwisenberg & i

Hi all!

Today I am one happy birdie and here’s why: Tonight, two of my very best girlfriends are coming to visit. There will be vodka spritzers, tear-inducing fits of laughter (there always are) and late-night whispering/giggling. Tomorrow, I get to enjoy dinner with my parents (it’s been ages) and on Saturday, Paul and I leave with a friend for an epic cross-Canada road trip! We will be driving west for about 5 days until we end up in Vancouver where I hope to enjoy the scenery and scope-out some good vegan eats. Early next week, we’re visiting family in Victoria, B.C. and then heading to Ottawa to hopefully find an apartment for the fall when I’ll be starting law school (eek!). It’s going to be a whirlwind but I cannot wait!

When we decided to do the road trip, I immediately wondered what the heck I would eat for 5 days in car, travelling through a lot of rural countryside, no less. So, I did what I always end up doing- I packed my own food! I made scrumptious “cheesy” Daiya bites, two types of quinoa salad, and an incredibly addictive trail mix. Hummus and veggies will also be along for the ride as will peanut butter (perhaps my biggest weakness), jam, whole grain bread, plenty of fresh fruit and, duh, potato chips!

I apologize in advance for the upcoming lack of posts and I hope you’re all having a wonderful summer!

Robin xo

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City lights

Hello lovely readers!

I feel like it’s been ages since I’ve posted. I’ll blame it on the gorgeous summer weather and recent New York road trip. Speaking of which, I thought I’d share some of my favourite photos from our latest NYC adventure, where I tried my first ever New York bagel, ate lunch here again (how could I not?) and devoured the tastiest ever vegan caesar salad here. Yum! Aside from eating, which we did a lot of, we checked out the Gugenheim where I fell in love with Seurat’s Farmers at Work, did a little shopping at the Brooklyn Flea, and enjoyed a debaucherous night out in the East Village (at fine New York institutions such as this).

Anyway, check out the pictures if you so desire. And I promise I’ll be back in no time with some birdie-friendly recipes!

xo Robin

P.S. HAPPY CANADA DAY!

photos by pwisenberg

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photos by pwisenberg

Okay, so it may not be New York City, but Ottawa sure has its perks. Highlights of the weekend include touring the University of Ottawa Law School, having one of the best meals of my life at Zen Kitchen and taking shelter in the rain by cozying up in our hotel room with Netflix and a bottle of wine. We even did the good old Parliament tour which, go figure, was not as boring as I remembered it being in seventh grade. On our way out of town, we stopped for lunch at The Green Door Restaurant where we piled our plates with vegan goodies like spanakopita, fresh rolls and smashed yams. Clearly, we couldn’t leave without grabbing dessert, so we tried a peanut butter cookie, a slice of the mint chocolate tofu “cheesecake” and the most rich and delicious orange chocolate layer cake. Lastly, on the long drive home we were blessed with the most breathtaking sunset that seemed to go on forever. I’ve been spoiled with all the road trips we’ve been taking lately, I could sure get used to this!

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