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Vegan Summer Footwear

Posted on May 26, 2016 by The VRG Blog Editor

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Are you looking for new vegan footwear for the summer?

The Vegetarian Resource Group’s Guide to Leather Alternatives lists numerous vegan stores and online businesses that sell summer footwear including sandals, clogs, and sneakers. Here are a few options:

Sandals from Alternative Outfitters

http://www.alternativeoutfitters.com/collections/womens-sandals

Sandals from Blowfish Malibu
http://www.blowfishshoes.com/ItemServlet?navOp=category1&op=SEL&cat=67&subcat=355

Kid’s and Adult’s Sneakers from Keep
https://keepcompany.com/collections/kids-shoes
https://keepcompany.com/collections/shoes

Clogs and Sandals for Men and Women from Kind Walking
http://www.kindwalking.com/

Sandals, Sneakers, and More for Men and Women from MooShoes
http://www.mooshoes.com

Rope Sandals from Nomadic State of Mind
http://www.nomadicstateofmind.com/

Running Shoes and More from Pangea
http://www.veganstore.com/category/mens-vegan-shoes
http://www.veganstore.com/category/womens-vegan-shoes

Kid’s and Adult’s Shoes and Sandals from Vegan Chic
http://www.veganchic.com/kids/vegan+shoes/search.aspx
http://www.veganchic.com/women/flip+flops/search.aspx
http://www.veganchic.com/men/vegan+sandals/search.aspx

Sneakers, Hiking Boots, Running Shoes, and More from Vegan Essential
https://store.veganessentials.com/footwear-c3.aspx

Men’s and Women’s Shoes and Sandals from TheVegetarianSite
http://www.thevegetariansite.com

To see the entire Guide to Leather Alternatives, visit:
http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/leather.php

WHY DO PEOPLE EAT VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN MEALS WHEN EATING OUT?

Posted on May 25, 2016 by The VRG Blog Editor

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The Vegetarian Resource Group Asks in a 2016 National Poll Conducted by Harris Poll

The Vegetarian Resource Group commissioned Harris Poll to conduct a nationally representative online poll of 2,015 adults aged 18 and over. We asked: Which of the following, if any, best describes your eating behavior?

1. I never eat meat, fish, seafood, poultry, dairy, or eggs.
2. I never eat meat, fish, seafood, or poultry.
3. I never eat meat, fish, seafood, poultry, dairy, or eggs when eating out or getting takeout, but eat one or more of these foods at home.
4. I never eat meat, fish, seafood, or poultry when eating out or getting takeout, but eat one or more of these foods at home.
5. When eating out or getting takeout, I sometimes eat meals without meat, fish, poultry, dairy, or eggs.
6. When eating out or getting takeout, I sometimes eat meals without meat, fish, or poultry.
7. None of these.

We considered those that never eat meat, fish, seafood or poultry; plus those that never eat meat, fish, seafood, poultry, dairy, or eggs, as vegetarian. We classified that second category of vegetarians who don’t eat dairy or eggs also as vegan.

Thirty seven percent of the population always or sometimes eats vegetarian meals when eating out. About three percent of the population is vegetarian (including vegans) all the time, and about five percent always eat vegetarian or vegan meals when eating out.

To read the rest of this article, visit: http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/Polls/2016_eating_out.htm

To see previous VRG poll information, see:
http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/faq.htm#poll

TEEN Frequently Asked Questions

Posted on May 24, 2016 by The VRG Blog Editor

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Teen FAQ section on www.vrg.org

If you are a veggie teen or know one that is thinking of becoming vegan, you may want to look at The Vegetarian Resource Group’s Teen FAQ section on our website. This information is written by veggie teens for other veggie teens and is quite useful. Some of the topics include:

Activism
Athletes
Camps
College
Eating Out
Forming a Student Group
Nutrition
School Food
Social – Dealing with Family
Social – Dealing with Friends and Others
Travel
Veganism

The Teen FAQ section can be found here:
http://www.vrg.org/teen/

RELAY FOODS GROCERY DELIVERY COUPON FOR VIRGINIA, MARYLAND, DC, AND NORTH CAROLINA

Posted on May 23, 2016 by The VRG Blog Editor

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RelayFoods.com, an online grocery store with a mission to make eating quality, healthy, sustainable food simple is offering an exclusive discount for you. Shop their extensive catalog of 1300+ vegan products and recipes, by going to www.relayfoods.com/deals/vrg15 to save $15 off your first $75+ order through 12/31/2016. Offering easy online ordering for local, organic, and everyday groceries, an integrated meal planning service, and convenient home delivery or free pick up.

Currently, Relay is a grocery delivery service for the Charlottesville, VA; Richmond, VA; Washington DC; Baltimore, MD; and the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, NC areas only (including surrounding areas). We are not, as yet, equipped to ship food items, but by all means, let us know if you’d like your area to be the next place Relay expands to!

Are you looking to stay at a Veg-Friendly Bed and Breakfast this Summer?

Posted on May 20, 2016 by The VRG Blog Editor

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The Vegetarian Resource Group website has a long list of veg-friendly Bed And Breakfast establishments throughout the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, and elsewhere. Support these businesses!

For a full list of Veggie-Friendly B&Bs and Retreats visit: http://www.vrg.org/links/vacation.htm#main

To support the upkeep of information on VRG’s extensive website, please donate here:
http://www.vrg.org/donate

Plan a Trip to Ontario, Canada and Dine in these Vegan Establishments!

Posted on May 19, 2016 by The VRG Blog Editor

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If you plan on visiting Ontario, Canada (including Toronto), here are some vegan restaurants/bakeries you can dine at:

Boon Burger Café
114 Dunlop St. E., Barrie, ON L4M 1A4
(705) 718-4193
Vegan/organic/fast food. Boon Burger Café offers a fresh take on fast food. Using organic and local ingredients whenever possible, the menu is all-vegan. One of their most popular items is the Thanksgiving Burger (grilled potato-crusted ‘turkey’ patty, cranberry sauce & maple-glazed yams). In addition to an extensive selection of yummy burgers, Boon also offer soups, salads, and sesame-potato fries.
Open daily for lunch and dinner
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, delivery, smoothies, special beverages
VISA/MC, $$

Rawlicious
50 Dunlop St. E., Barrie, ON L4M 6J9
(705) 739-1001
Vegan/raw foods. At Rawlicious you will find raw dishes to please any pallet! On the lighter side they offer fresh juices, smoothies and salads, including a taco salad with walnut refried beans. For those interested in something more, they offer a variety of entrées including Pad Thai made with zucchini and kelp noodles and a veggie burger with all the classic fixings.
Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Full service
vegan options
fresh juices, smoothies, take-out, catering
VISA/MC/DISC, $$
Note: There are many other Rawlicious locations throughout Ontario, Canada.

Lettuce Love Café
399 John St., Burlington, ON L7R 2K3
(905) 637-2700
Vegan/natural foods/café/bakery/juice bar. Lettuce Love pretty much has it all! In addition to a vegan café, they have a gluten-free bakery, natural foods store, and organic juice bar. They also host cooking classes. Enjoy sandwiches, salads, wraps, bowls, soups, and more! Save room for dessert including maybe a Caramel Chocolate Brownie or Red Velvet Cupcake — all vegan and gluten-free! Lettuce Loves cares about its impact on the environment; they use organic, locally-sourced ingredients whenever possible, as well as biodegradable food containers. Outdoor seating is available on their patio, decorated in pink and lime green. The café is located in downtown Burlington, only a few blocks from the lakefront of Lake Ontario.
Open Wednesday through Sunday for lunch. Closed Monday and Tuesday
Limited service
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, soymilk
VISA/MC, $$

Café Pyrus
16 Charles St., Kitchener, ON N2G 1H2
(519) 954-7705
Vegan/café/organic/coffeehouse. This fun and eclectic café is a great place to not only grab a bite, but it is also a great little place to hang out with friends or have some quiet time alone. Besides offering organic ingredients on their completely vegan menu, enjoy coffee, tea, and other specialty drinks, including hot and cold varieties, as well. Café Pyrus also provides magazines and board games to keep you entertained. All of this is served up in an inviting atmosphere with high ceilings, comfy couches and chairs, and local art. Check their website for more information on special events like movie nights and music shows! Cash only.
Open Monday through Saturday for three meals. Open Sunday for lunch and dinner
Counter service
take-out, espresso/cappuccino, soymilk, special beverages
$

Nourished on the Go
6 Simcoe St. South, Oshawa, ON L1H 4G2
(289) 923-3622
Vegan/café/eclectic. Located right down the street from Memorial Park. Nourished on the Go focuses on serving up health-conscious vegan food. The diverse menu has a selection of soups, salads, and wraps. Be sure to check out the desserts and smoothies as well. Many gluten free options available.
Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Open for lunch Saturday. Closed Sunday.
Full service
vegan options
fresh juices, smoothies, take-out, delivery
VISA/MC/DISC, $-$$

Simply Raw Express
989 Wellington St., W, Ottawa, ON K1Y 2Y1
(613) 234-0806
Vegan/raw foods/organic/juice bar. SimplyRaw Express is an all-vegan, organic, gluten-free, and mostly raw foods eatery. Although some seating is available, the focus here is on take-out (using all compostable, biodegradable, and recyclable containers). Made fresh daily in their kitchen, menu items include salads, wraps, quinoa bowls, raw macaroons, cheezecakes, fudge, and raw products. SimplyRaw also offers healthy lifestyles coaching and workshops.
Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and early dinner. Closed Monday
Counter service
take-out, fresh juices, smoothies
VISA/MC, $

Rise Above Bakery
120 St. Paul St., St. Catharines, ON L2R 3M2
(289) 362-2636
Vegan/bakery/café. Rise Above Bakery, located in the heart of downtown St. Catharines, Ontario, is a small and eclectic bakery and café with a specialty for artisan vegan doughnuts. The café offers various soups, salads, and entrées that emphasize vegetables and legumes. Their motto is “Life’s too short to make others’ shorter,” and if you think this is witty, check out their webpage where they have shirts with the logo and motto available for purchase. Reservations are accepted.
Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Open Sunday for brunch. Closed Monday
Full service
take-out, catering, espresso, special beverages
VISA/MC, $-$$

Vegan Danish Bakery
7718 Yonge St., Thornhill, ON L4J 1W2
(905) 882-1331
Vegan/bakery. As its name implies, Vegan Danish Bakery is an all-vegan bakery! Specialties include a Danish-style vegan burger, breads, and patés as well as cakes, pastries, and marzipan.
Open Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday
Counter service
take-out, soymilk
VISA/MC, $$

Apiecalypse
735 Bloor St., Toronto, ON M6G 1L5
(416) 516-4555
Vegan/pizzeria. Apiecalypse Now, an award winning bakery located in West Toronto, has opened this vegan pizzeria and snack bar. In addition to pizza they offer vegan fast food, junk food, and comfort food such as corn dogs and doughnuts.
Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday.
Take-out
vegan options
take-out
VISA/MC/DISC, $$

Apiecalypse Now! Bakery
589 Markham St., Toronto, ON M6G 2L7
(416) 532-7575
Vegan/bakery/café. This completely vegan bakery is run by an impassioned vegan activist who donates part of the profits to a variety of organizations which are also promoted with stickers throughout the store. She bakes sweets such as cookie sandwiches and fruit pies. The owner also cooks up savory dishes like vegan sausage roles and shepherd pies. Customers can buy different flavors of refrigerated homemade vegan butter, ricotta cheese, and other spreads. Make sure to look for the raccoon on the door to find your way into this delicious bakery! Homemade frozen meals gluten free soy free Non-GMO. Apiecalypse is located on the lower level and in the neighborhood of Mirvish Village.
Open Thursday through Saturday. Closed Sunday through Wednesday
Take-out
delivery, catering
VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $$

Cosmic Treats
207 Augusta Ave., Toronto, ON M5T 2L4
(647) 352-2207
Vegan. Located in Kensington Market, Cosmic Treats offers an out of this world dining experience! Items offered on their menu are truly unique and range from sweet to savory. Start with barbecued tofu encrusted with sweet chili heat Doritos, and cool off those taste buds with banana split made with homemade cashew ice cream. Yum!
Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday.
Full service
vegan options
beer/wine/alcohol, take-out
VISA/MC, $$

Cruda Café
93 Front St. East, Toronto, ON M5E 1C4
(647) 919-5721
Vegan/raw foods/organic. Cruda Café is a vibrant place that offers raw vegan food! There are a variety of refreshing dishes such as salads, soups, wraps, and desserts. Just imagine all the endless types of delicious vegetables in all the various types of wraps! Cruda is located in St. Lawrence Market, in the lower level northwest corner.
Open Tuesday through Saturday for breakfast, brunch and lunch. Closed Sunday and Monday
Limited service
take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies
$-$$

Doug’s Public Kitchen
561 Marlee Ave, Toronto, ON M6B 3J6
(647) 341-1736
Vegan/organic. Doug’s Public Kitchen offers a variety of creative and colorful vegan dishes with a clear emphasis on the quality and nutritional value of each ingredient. Dive into “huevos” rancheros with crisp sprouted corn tortillas, black bean hummus and cashew sour cream or the scramble platter with soft cheesy tofu and caramelized onions. Public Kitchen is located a one minute walk away from Glencairn Subway Station and has free parking.
Open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Serves brunch on Sunday.
Full service
vegan options
take-out
VISA/MC/DISC, $$$

Porter House
1321 Dundas St. West, Toronto, ON M6J 1X8
(647) 346-3000
Vegan/pub. Located in Little Portugal. Porter House features a wide variety of vegan beer, wine, and pub food. Be sure to try a plate of the Beer Battered Potato Dumplings (with beer gravy). Or go for some of the main dishes like the Quinoa Polenta or the BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich. Note that the kitchen closes at 11 pm, but drinks are available until 2 am. Outdoor seating available.
Open Wednesday through Monday for dinner. Closed Tuesday.
Full service
vegan options
beer/wine/alcohol, take-out
VISA/MC/DISC, $$

The Goods
1255 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M6J 1X6
(647) 340-GOOD
Vegan. The Goods is a mostly raw, organic, vegan restaurant located in Toronto. It is the perfect stop on a busy day when you need a quick refuel. They offer many different smoothies, juices, and salads, including a Chuck Norris bowl that has quinoa, rice, arugula, sprouts, a sesame dressing, and much more! Most of their dishes are free of gluten, nuts, and refined ingredients as well, and they are perfect for take-out or delivery. Their menu varies daily and they also offer catering services and classes.
Open Monday through Thursday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open Friday through Sunday for brunch and dinner.
Limited service
vegan options
take-out, delivery
VISA/MC, $

The Hogtown Vegan
1056 Bloor St., W., Toronto, ON M6H 1M3
(416) 901-9779
Vegan/diner. The casual atmosphere and delicious food at The Hogtown Vegan provide a great setting for vegans and non-vegans alike. The Hogtown Wings (crispy fried tofu “wings” served with hot sauce and creamy dill dip) are a flavorful favorite. The restaurant also serves up tasty gluten-free, soy-free, and nut-free options. Cash only.
Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner
Full service
take-out

The Vegan Duchess
354 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4P 2E6
(416) 519-4229
Vegan/raw foods. The Vegan Duchess is a raw quick-serve restaurant with many snacks, meals, and desserts to go. Try the Falafel Wrap or the Raw Pesto Pineapple Pizza. For dessert try the Cashew Berry Cheesecake or the Apple Crumble. Be sure to check out the fresh juices and smoothies too. Limited seating available.
Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday.
Take-out
vegan options
fresh juices, take-out
VISA/MC/DISC, $$

Urban Herbivore
64 Oxford St., Toronto, ON M5T 1P1
(416) 927-1231
Vegan café/organic. Urban Herbivore is located on the first floor of a beautifully converted Victorian house in Kensington Market. They serve lots of sandwiches (barbecued tofu is a favorite) on grilled wheat multi-grain bread made at the restaurant, as well as soups (like cumin Mexican black bean) and customized salads. You can eat in, but most people elect to take out (the soups come in returnable Mason jars). The restaurant also offers muffins, cookies and brownies, as well as hot chocolate and lemonade with wild raspberries or cucumber.
Open daily for lunch and dinner
Limited service
take-out, catering, fresh juices
VISA/MC, $$

Vegetarian Haven
17 Baldwin St., Toronto, ON M5T 1L1
(416) 621-3636
Vegan/Asian Fusion. Vegetarian Haven serves Asian-inspired vegan cuisine. Enjoy dishes like Sizzling Eggplant Tempeh in Spicy Coconut Curry, Mushroom Tofu in Clay Pot, or Singapore Seitan. Vegetarian Haven is located at the Baldwin Village Inn in the heart of Toronto. The restaurant is closed between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
Open Tuesday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Open Saturday and Sunday for dinner. Closed Monday
Full service
take-out, fresh juices, smoothies, soymilk
VISA/MC, $$

Vital Life Vegan Restaurant
14 St. Andrew St., Toronto, ON M5T1K5
(416) 977-0640
Vegan/Caribbean. Located in Kensington Market, this vegan Caribbean restaurant serves dishes such as spinach and kale salad, mac & cheese, TVP curry, barbecued soy, stews, and more. Also enjoy their fresh beverages.
Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Counter service
vegan options
fresh juices, take-out
$-$$

For a complete list of veggie restaurants in the USA and Canada see:
http://www.vrg.org/restaurant/index.php

To support the upkeep of this extensive guide, please donate to The Vegetarian Resource Group at:
www.vrg.org/donate

ARE BATHROOM BREAKS ALLOWED FOR POULTRY WORKERS?

Posted on May 18, 2016 by The VRG Blog Editor

According to CBS,

“Beyond the low wages and high injury rates, the nation’s roughly 250,000 poultry workers are routinely denied bathroom breaks, leading some to wear diapers and others to not drink liquids. That’s according to a report released by Oxfam America, which details conditions that violate U.S. workplace safety laws.”

See http://www.cbsnews.com/news/denied-bathroom-breaks-these-workers-must-resort-to-diapers/

Another reason to go veggie!

VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP INTERNSHIP

Posted on May 17, 2016 by The VRG Blog Editor

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VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP INTERNSHIP
By Hana Takemoto

My time at The Vegetarian Resource Group has been life-changing. Coming from a Japanese family in which little thought was given towards meat and fish-centric meals and where my views on animal rights and eating habits have been grudgingly permitted, an environment like VRG where people, including fellow interns, spend their days working towards educating and helping people maintain a vegan lifestyle has been incredibly refreshing, unique, and educational. Before coming to VRG, I had never met another vegan, and now, I have a long list of contacts to get in touch with after my internship if I am in need of any advice about veganism.

I’ve been a high school intern for VRG since the beginning of the school year, and as part of Atholton High School’s Gifted and Talented Intern/Mentor class, I’ve spent an average of four hours a week as an intern for VRG. Since starting, I’ve been lucky to try and review all sorts of different vegan foods, from seaweed and seitan to Ben & Jerry’s non-dairy ice cream. I’ve also added updates to VRG’s online restaurant guide and reviewed restaurants that I’ve visited, such as Blind Faith Cafe in Evanston, Illinois. Along the way, I’ve attended events including the Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore and the Benefit Day at Great Sage in Clarksville, Maryland, places that have offered me opportunities to meet other people interested in veganism and to explore new areas of interest. In addition, with the help of everyone at VRG, I’ve been working on investigating the benefits and feasibility of offering vegan food options on Atholton High School’s lunch menu, a project that has involved learning about Federal guidelines, interviewing food service staff, and distributing surveys. More recently, I’ve also had the opportunity to read essays that high school students submitted for VRG’s High School Senior Scholarship Contest, an inspiring and uplifting task that I hope I can continue for the years following the end of my internship here at VRG.
Since coming to this internship, I can always appreciate the efforts VRG co-directors Charles and Debra have taken to assign me projects that are engaging and suitable to my interests, an accommodation that is unique for internships. Sure, it would be easy to search “how to be vegan” into an internet search bar, but nothing can come close to spending a school year at an internship where I am surrounded by people who have given me a great experience by doing what they do best: helping through education. As my time at VRG is nearing a close, I can say with confidence that VRG has imparted to me lasting lessons about hard work, dedication, and passion in the name of veganism.

For information about internships, see http://www.vrg.org/student/index.php

To support VRG’s youth outreach and internships, join at http://www.vrg.org/member/2013sv.php

Or donate at https://www.givedirectcharity.org/donate/?cid=1565

WHICH U.S. STATE DO YOU THINK HAS THE MOST NUMBER OF ALL VEGAN RESTAURANTS?

Posted on May 16, 2016 by The VRG Blog Editor

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WHICH U.S. STATE DO YOU THINK HAS THE MOST NUMBER OF ALL VEGAN RESTAURANTS?

Check out https://www.healthiq.com/blog/vegan-restaurants-by-state/

Plan a Trip to British Columbia, Canada and Dine in a Vegan Establishment!

Posted on May 12, 2016 by The VRG Blog Editor

If you plan on visiting British Columbia, Canada, here are some vegan restaurants/bakeries you can try out:

Paradise Vegetarian Noodle House
8681 10th Ave., Burnaby, BC V3N 2S9
(604) 527-8138
Vegan/Vietnamese. Paradise Vegetarian Noodle House specializes in Vietnamese noodle soup. Enjoy such soups as Spicy Noodle, Vegetable Wheat Noodle, Wonton, Veggie Beef Rice Noodle, Veggie Chicken Rice Noodle, and Spinach Tofu. Everything is vegan and no MSG is used. They also offer salads, chow Mein, vermicelli, rice dishes, entrées, clay pots, and more. Paradise is closed on weekdays between lunch and dinner, so please call ahead for hours.
Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday
Full service
take-out, soymilk, special beverages
VISA/MC/AMEX, $$

Buddha-Full
106 W. 1st St., Ste. 101, North Vancouver, BC V7M 1A9
(604) 973-0231
Vegan/raw foods/organic/juice bar. Buddha-Full specializes in vegan, gluten-free, and raw foods. Menu items include raw nut burgers, raw nut cheesecake, pumpkin curried soup, and more. Try one of the many smoothies. Check out upcoming events on their website!
Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and early dinner. Closed Sunday
Limited service
take-out, delivery, catering, fresh juices, smoothies
VISA/MC/AMEX, $

Chomp Vegan Eatery
3586 Fraser St., Vancouver, BC V5V 0B3
(604) 917-0201
Vegan/organic/gluten-free. Chomp Vegan Eatery is a 100% vegan and gluten-free restaurant featuring organic and local foods. They share space with Fairy Cakes. Selections include various wraps and salads, as well as pizza, chili, and more.
Open Wednesday through Monday for lunch and dinner. Closed Tuesday.
Full service
vegan options
take-out, catering
VISA/MC, $-$$

Edible Flours
2280 W. Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K 2E3
(604) 734-8351
Vegan/bakery. Edible Flours is entirely vegan and also offers gluten-free, wheat-free, soy-free, and sugar-free products. Ingredients are organic whenever possible, and they only use unrefined sweeteners. Enjoy such treats as cakes, brownies, cookies, cupcakes, muffins, and donuts. They also serve coffee and tea. Edible Flours is a small, intimate space with some seating available. They are located in the neighborhood of Kitsilano.
Open Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Monday
Counter service
take-out, delivery, catering
VISA/MC, $-$$

Indigo Food Café
2589 W16 Ave., Vancouver, BC V6K 3B9
(604) 537-7288
Vegan/raw foods/organic. Indigo Food Café; serves gourmet vegan raw foods that are wheat- and sugar-free. Tasty menu items include Carrot-Curry Soup, Ukrainian Perogies, Raw Pizza, Collard Roll-ups, and Russian Borscht. They offer many raw foods cooking classes along with catering services. Indigo features live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights, which is why they suggest reservations for those evenings. Outdoor seating is available.
Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Closed Sunday and Monday
Full service
take-out, delivery, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, special beverages
VISA/MC, $-$$

Vegan Pizza House
2119 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5N 2T4
(604) 248-5336
Vegan/pizza/Italian. Vegan Pizza House offers an all-vegan menu with pizzas such as Vegan Meat Lover, Greek Special, Vegan Seafood, and Hawaiian. They also offer Spaghetti with Vegan Meat Sauce, Baked Lasagna, and Salads. Gluten-free options are also available.
Open daily for lunch and dinner
Counter service
take-out, delivery, catering
VISA/MC, $$

Lotus Pond Vegetarian Restaurant
617 Johnson St., Victoria, BC V8W 1M5
(250) 380-9293
Vegan/Chinese. Located downtown, Lotus Pond Vegetarian Restaurant is a vegan Chinese Buddhist restaurant. They offer many dishes, including Crispy Taro Rolls, Black Moss Shredded Vegetables Thick Soup, Seaweed Tomato Vegetable Tofu Soup, Shiitake Delight (battered shiitake mushrooms sautéed in a basil sauce), Mock Salmon in Peking Sauce, and Lily Bulb Delight (pan-fried lily bulbs, lotus roots, mushrooms, and snow peas). They also serve chow mein, chow fun, udon noodle dishes, and three flavors of tofu ice cream. Their pay-by-the-pound lunch buffet is a bargain.
Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday
Full service
reservations recommended
VISA/MC, $$

For a complete list of veggie restaurants in the USA and Canada see:
http://www.vrg.org/restaurant/index.php

To support the upkeep of this extensive guide, please donate to The Vegetarian Resource Group at:
www.vrg.org/donate

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