I thought I'd post about some of the cool veggie places around here for the benefit of anyone who happens to visit here or live anywhere near here. In the very least, it gives me something to do.RestaurantsThe Thirsty Camel
is almost completely vegan. They have awesome falafels and the Jereusulum (sp?) mix is fantastic. They also have vegan chocolate-lavender cookies made from spelt flour. Their sodas in the pop cooler are all-natural and organic and they have a juice bar.
Bocca is a great coffee shop near The Global Village at the Old City Quarter. They have a vegan, gluten-free muffin or scone of the day. They also have vegan chocolate cake: It's very cheap for what you get- They serve it to you on a dinner plate, and I have to eat the "slice" at at least three different occassions because I couldn't possibly eat it all at once. The only sugar they offer is raw cane and they have soy milk on hand. They have smoothies, which are or can be vegan, and fresh juices. They have a variety of other baked goods and lunches that are vegetarian, but not vegan.A Wee Cupcakery
is a few doors down. They offer vegan cupcakes. They are expensive, but well worth it as a treat. They're very good.
Alladin's Cafe is on Victoria Crescent. For Mexican food: Gina's
, the pink house on the hill on Skinner Street, has some veg-friendly options, and Delicado's
as well. Delicado's has two locations in Nanaimo: One on Wesley and one on Auld's near the Home Depot and Staples.
The Urban Beet, up by Costco on Applecross, has some vegetarian-friendly food. For any veg*an, they are absolutely your best bet for breakfast food in this town. They offer a vegetarian quinoa-mushroom patty in place of bacon or sausage. They also have a fantastic quinoa porridge. And they make what I believe is a homemade jam that is just stellar.OtherIsland Natural
is the best place to shop. If you need it and it's vegan, it's there or give up. They sell everything from fresh produce to soy pudding, non-dairy milk and ice-cream, nutritional yeast flakes, agar-agar, seaweed, vegan chocolate chips, natural cane sugar, and I've even seen vegan lollipops there. They sell vitamins, all-natural cosmetics, cereal, tea, and household items. Plus they have lots of free mags.
The Green Store is by the casino in Port Place. They're sort-of like a liquidator. They have great deals on eco-friendly stuff either because it's damaged, past it's best before, or other reasons like it's just there. There are a few vegan chocolate bars usually there, non-dairy cheese, animal-friendly cosmetics, locally made veg soaps, etc.
is your best bet for generic shopping around here. They have a great selection on stuff and thumbs up that they tossed the plastic bags
They are a little expensive sometimes, so look for sales. There is finally some vegan bread there, and vegan cheese, soy yoghurt, and other great stuff. They used to sell this fantastic vegan pate made on Hornby Island, but I couldn't find it last time I went shopping, which was disappointing. They don't sell herbs and spices in bulk anymore, so try Quality Foods
For now, that's all I can come up with. Hope this wasn't redundant.