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#331 Old 04-13-2010, 05:23 PM
 
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Yay, BC? I'm not sure, I just wanted to make myself known, but I'm obviously far off from the last time anyone was actually here (February? Really? D: )

Anyone else from Vancouver Island?



I'm here in Nanaimo.... Still searching for other veggies around here. I really don't know where they all are.
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#332 Old 04-13-2010, 06:28 PM
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I'm about 45 minutes north of you

You'll meet other veggies, they just aren't on here. Not lots forum, y'know. Especially the superduper hippie ones...
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lol. Yes, I think most of the veg*ans in these parts are the "superduper hippie ones." That may be why I am missing them.
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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.



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The 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.



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Island 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.



And Thrifty's 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 that.



For now, that's all I can come up with. Hope this wasn't redundant.
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Hello all! I'm from Kamloops and am going to be taking a trip down to Victoria very soon, any veg friendly restaurants/stores I should be aware of?
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Check Happy Cow. (I linked it for you.)
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Hi there Caitlinan -

You -definitely- want to go to a place called "Green Cuisine" which is located in the Market Square, downtown Victoria.

They have 100% vegan menu and it's amazingly fantastic.



http://www.greencuisine.com/



The only downside, if there is one, is the cost. It's a pay-by-weight service. You fill up your plate with your choices and then they weigh and charge you for it.



They do have a couple of deals though which can cut down on cost if you have that concern. What I'd recommend though as a visitor if you don't have to be frugal is to put a taste of everything on your plate, it's awesome. Oh and they have a cookbook. If you love their food, buy it.



The deals are: a bowl of potato wedges, rice, or soup is I think $2.50 then you can put your other choices on the plate to be weighed, to go along with it.

The soup I had there last week was so good I raved about it all night (I'm a soup lover, admitedly)



NO I don't work there and I"m not related to the owner! hehe I just love their food!!



For other veg friendly choices check the website "urban spoon" there is a couple of others there with some reviews.

The only other place I go to regularly is more of a grocery market that has a deli - called "lifestyle market" and they have many veggie-friendly meals as well.
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Rose- Thirsty camel is amazing :P

I need to find out how they make their falafels though, the Boy suspects they are microwaved, not deliciously made like Abdul's.
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Hey Annette. I've been there, I was surprised at how small it was but they keep most of their stock in the back so you have to ask about it. They carry a lot of stuff, but I find they are out of stock a lot of the time which is annoying. The lady was really nice and you can order most of their stuff online too. I'm just happy there is a store that is entirely vegan, even if it is small



I used to live in Whalley, so I could just hop on the skytrain and go there but now I'm further out in Maple Ridge so I haven't been there in aaaages now. I do find that I can buy any "specialty" vegan products from other stores however, with the exception of Field Roast (which they never have in stock anyways!!).
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Hey Annette. I've been there, I was surprised at how small it was but they keep most of their stock in the back so you have to ask about it. They carry a lot of stuff, but I find they are out of stock a lot of the time which is annoying. The lady was really nice and you can order most of their stuff online too. I'm just happy there is a store that is entirely vegan, even if it is small



I used to live in Whalley, so I could just hop on the skytrain and go there but now I'm further out in Maple Ridge so I haven't been there in aaaages now. I do find that I can buy any "specialty" vegan products from other stores however, with the exception of Field Roast (which they never have in stock anyways!!).



Thanks for the info. I live 30-45 minutes away from the store and I was wondering if it's worth going out there. I would like to shop around and try any cheese they have in stock. (I've been looking for vegan cheese in my regular supermarkets and none of them seem to be vegan, they are just soy cheeses for people with lactose intolerance.)
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Rose- Thirsty camel is amazing :P

I need to find out how they make their falafels though, the Boy suspects they are microwaved, not deliciously made like Abdul's.



Yeah, it's probably my fave restaurant to go to right now. I'm not sure how they make their falafels. I like them though. lol. Everywhere else I've had a falafel it was all dried out and blech! Their's are at least moist (lol- I hate using that word). Where's Abdul's? I've never heard of it.
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OK. I live in Nanaimo. Does anyone know where I can find a vegan multivitamin anywhere near me? I pester Island Natural and Charlie Brown's all the time, but they still haven't stocked any. I would really like to find one.
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OK. I live in Nanaimo. Does anyone know where I can find a vegan multivitamin anywhere near me? I pester Island Natural and Charlie Brown's all the time, but they still haven't stocked any. I would really like to find one.



I don't think I've ever seen a vegan multivitamin in a health food store (I haven't looked particularly hard though). The closest I've seen is vegetarian multivitamins, which are vegan except for the vitamin D3. It's extremely difficult to find vegan vitamin D capsules without ordering them online, so I'd guess that very few multivitamins have vegan D



However, if you can order items online, a Canadian online vegan store, vivagranola.com, sells a vegan multivitamin!



http://vivagranolaveganstore.com/cat...roducts_id=589



The shipping is much more reasonable than ordering from an American vegan store like veganessientials.com, because the shipping is domestic! And no worries about paying tax or duty. You could pick up some other goodies there while you're at it
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Abdul's is, I believe, near BCIT campus (so, not really a quick an' easy trip for us :P). He used to attend there, so I'm assuming that's the one, although I'm not sure off the top of my head. either way, it's mainlandside, so not for us.



If you try (or maybe call first) Naked Natural's, in parksville. They're an amazing health food store with lots of vitamins (I'm from a pretty small town, but most of the ones I've seen are smaller and this one's fairly close to me and about half an hour from you). I believe it's owned by the son of our local thrifty's owner, so they were really well set up from the beginning.

/endrant (I love that place)

I'd call ahead, of course, unless you're coming that way already.



The internet is also wonderful, of course.
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Thank you guys for the pointers!



Abbey- You are quite right. My health food stores stock all-natural vegetarian multivitamins (they have only one brand at both different health-food stores), but it contains D3 (which I realised after I bought it, goddamn it, and I'm not relishing the idea of eating wool!). I will check out Vivagranola. I was going to look online but wanted to see first if there were any stores not too far from me. I don't have a credit card so I will have to apply for one first, I think, before ordering online. But now I know where to look Internet-wise.



Afidavit- I think I'll look up Naked Naturals and I'll try to contact them to ask about vegan multivitamins. Hopefully they have some in stock! It would be soo nice. If not, I have yet another someone to pester the crap out of about stocking vegan vitamins. Because, believe me, each and every single time I stop by one of the health food stores I make a point of getting into a conversation with one of the staff about how I can't find any vegan vitamins around and I've been looking for years and- oh- how nice it would be if they could get some. I just keep hoping that someday they will take the hint.
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Thank you guys for the pointers!



Abbey- You are quite right. My health food stores stock all-natural vegetarian multivitamins (they have only one brand at both different health-food stores), but it contains D3 (which I realised after I bought it, goddamn it, and I'm not relishing the idea of eating wool!). I will check out Vivagranola. I was going to look online but wanted to see first if there were any stores not too far from me. I don't have a credit card so I will have to apply for one first, I think, before ordering online. But now I know where to look Internet-wise.



VivaGranola also accepts Paypal and Canadian money orders!
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I found out Thrifty's carries Sisu vitamins! I always shopped at the downtown location, and they didn't carry any vitamins down there so I just thought Thrifty's didn't sell that stuff. But yesterday I went to the Longwood station and, wonder of wonders, they carry a huge selection of vitamins! And the Sisu ones are only 20bucks, they come in veg caps, and they have D2 not D3. Yay! I guess it's kind of like Save-On and their spices. The one nearby at Terminal has like noo selection, but if you go to the Woodgrove one they have a huge bulk section for spices.



But thank-you Abbey. It's great to know they take money orders. It's still worth having a boo, see what other brands are out there.



You guys have been very helpful.
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Oooh Abbey- I've been checking out VivaGranola. They have soo many cool products on there. Thank you for pointing it out to me again!
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Oooh Abbey- I've been checking out VivaGranola. They have soo many cool products on there. Thank you for pointing it out to me again!



No problem! But if you order Daiya cheese, make sure to order lots. I got 2 bags of cheddar and 2 of mozzarella, and I wish I had gotten 5 bags of each!
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Abbey- I have never tried Daiya before, but it's on my list of things I'm going to try. I'll definately order some some time. Have you ever tried the marshmellows? I don't think I've eaten them since I was a little kid, and I was contemplating getting some to try.



Btw, Affadavit, I got a message back from Naked Naturels. They too carry vegan multivitmains! Now I got lots of choices! Thanks again for your help.
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Abbey- I have never tried Daiya before, but it's on my list of things I'm going to try. I'll definately order some some time. Have you ever tried the marshmellows? I don't think I've eaten them since I was a little kid, and I was contemplating getting some to try.



You mean the Sweet and Sara marshmallows? YES, I love them! I order them WAY too often! They are literally indistinguishable from regular marshmallows, except for the square shape. They are so good! Now I need to order more



Oh and I never order them with a cold pack, even though it's recommended. I've never had any trouble with them melting en route or anything.
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Thanks for the advice Abbey. I'm pretty broke right now, but I'm still thinking about those marshmellows.





...... Oooh, you know, I just noticed that quote in your siggy. I love it.
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...... Oooh, you know, I just noticed that quote in your siggy. I love it.



Thanks! It's what keeps me on the vegan path when I feel like I'm not making a big difference. A small difference is still a difference!
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Thanks! It's what keeps me on the vegan path when I feel like I'm not making a big difference. A small difference is still a difference!



I think I'm going to quote that sometimes. People always like to grill my ass when I try to eat healthy because I still haven't managed to quit smoking. I always tell them that if the smoking is damaging my body, it's probably even more important that I eat well. Why should I completely give up just because I'm doing one thing wrong? That's such a pessimistic view of things.
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I think I'm going to quote that sometimes. People always like to grill my ass when I try to eat healthy because I still haven't managed to quit smoking. I always tell them that if the smoking is damaging my body, it's probably even more important that I eat well. Why should I completely give up just because I'm doing one thing wrong? That's such a pessimistic view of things.



Exactly. I've had people tell me that I should go ahead and eat meat because bugs get killed during crop harvests. Right. So because I can only prevent some animal deaths by being vegan, I should just give it up and cause more animal deaths! Hey, while I'm at it, I sometimes take long showers, which ends up wasting water (I'm working on it). So since I waste water sometimes in the shower, maybe I should just keep all my taps running all day! After all, I can't prevent ALL water wastage, so why bother trying??
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That's precisely it Abbey! You might not be able to make everything perfect, but that doesn't mean you should start eating six pounds of beef everyday, smoke meth, quit your job to go get drunk, leave the sprinklers on for two weeks, and throw yourself off a building because- oh my!- I stepped on a bug on the grass today- Let's give it all up and stop trying.



You know... A little bit of effort just makes a big difference.
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Hey!!

I'm so happy to see so much activity here on the BC board!! LadyRose, my boyfriend and I are both vegan and in Nanaimo. We live on Prideaux Street.

I LOVE your list. I visit all those places regularly. Thirsty Camel, Green Store, love 'em!

Have you tried Armani's Grill?? My friend who is also vegan works there, and the owner/manager is super conscious of veganism. Almost anything on the menu can be made vegan. Burgers, stirfrys, curries, you name it. It's great! I also LOVE Kasira Thai over by Superstore. They have lots of fabulous vegan options. YUM!!

We were just in Victoria last weekend and we tried Dayia cheese on a pizza from The Joint. OHMYGAWD It was un-be-lieveable.

Anyways... I do some stuff sorta activisty stuff occasionally, and I like to have vegan potlucks on occasion. If you're interested in meeting other Nanaimo vegans shoot me a message and I'll invite you to the next potluck!! You can add me of Facebook if you'd like, it's www.facebook.com/heather.roxanne
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Thanks Paisley- I'll have to add Kasira's and Armani's! I sent you a message on FB (could you see how excited I was to find another veggie? )
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Does anyone here know of a Vancouver / Lower mainland location to purchase gallon jugs of Dr Bonners liquid soap? and if so, how much are they?
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Hey, My name is Andrea, I live in the Courtenay/Comox area on Vancouver Island, I also travel alot to Nanaimo to visit family. I would love to meet other Vegans. We have a great Vegan potluck here in Courtenay every Wednesday night at 6pm, at a local juice bar, if anyone is interested let me know!
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