Continuing on our Vancouver food tour, we treated ourselves to a decadent vegan marshmallow stuffed cupcake with maple frosting and a cinnamon roll at Edible Flours. Completely worth the long hot walk west on Broadway. Before that, we stopped at City Square Mall to sample Everybody Loves Veggies. Who would have thought there would be an all vegan counter in a food court? The menu wasn’t terribly interesting, but the food was good and I’m glad it exists.
We also enjoyed burritos at Budgie’s, though they forgot to add the Tofurky sausage to Ashleigh’s order. They don’t have vegan cheese, but replaced the dairy with guacamole at no extra charge, which is a great alternative. Dinner last night at Foundation on Main St. in Mt. Pleasant was filling and reasonably priced. They offered a few exciting rice and bean combinations including black beans and banana or mango.
Way to go Vancouver.
seems simple enough.
PETA infographic: what would happen if the world went vegan? Come on, PETA haters! It’s kind of funny! Also, this is clearly inspired by the rad gay marriage pie chart so, credit where credit is due! I’d like both on a t-shirt, each circle over a boob. Some people wear their hearts on their sleeves, I wear my opinions on my boobs! OR something. I don’t know, it’s Friday! Isn’t it? Leave me alone!
pizza from Hell
There are times when we just want to have someone make us dinner. Probably everyone feels this way sometimes/ all the time. While we don’t often give in to these feelings (mostly because we are travelers on a budget) every once in a while we do and it is nice to have NZ chains which have vegan options on the menu. We’ve already professed our love for burgers from Burger Fuel, and today, it is for another nearly perfect food item: pizza.
Getting a no-fuss vegan pizza in NZ is as easy as a stop into Hell.
The kitschy branding of flames, dark and evil mixed with pizza (and while it may not the best pizza ever) is pretty darn good. There is a vegan pizza on the menu called “the Sinister” and it is loaded with refried beans, jalapenos, tomatoes, salsa, avocado, and onions on a crust that is reliably crispy on the bottom and soft and chewy closer to the top. The combination of toppings, while not traditional, is pretty effing delicious and it is nice to order a pizza off the menu that is vegan as is.
Additionally, there is “the Creator” which gives you a chance to pick up to eight toppings off a surprisingly long list. Pineapple, caramelized onion, tomato, spinach, corn pizza? No problem. Just be sure to specify no cheese because it comes standard on the Creator otherwise.
Prices seem to vary a bit by location which is a bit unfortunate. Queenstown, for example, was a bit more expensive than Hamilton. But otherwise, Hell is a pretty reliable place to stop in for vegan pizza.
And, if by chance you have one or two slices of leftover pizza after eating, the pizza box can be turned into a small coffin shaped takeaway box.
eating vegan in wellington
We don’t go out to eat all that often these days, (being travellers means being on a budget) but since we have been living so close to Wellington for the past few weeks we decided to treat ourselves and try a few new places. As far as vegan food goes, we were spoiled living in Baltimore, and were excited to see what Wellington has to offer.
At Pranah Cafe in Newton, the all vegetarian menu on the wall behind the counter clearly indicated which items were vegan, gluten free, or could be made vegan. We ordered the fresh garden scrambled tofu and the oat & walnut pancakes. The food was served quickly and was beautifuly presented.
Both the scrambled tofu and the pancakes were incredible. Beyond delicious. Maybe it was because we hadn’t been on a brunch date since we left the States in August, but neither of us could stop exclaiming how good the food tasted. The portions were filling but didn’t leave us completely stuffed and the prices were reasonable. Plus, there were plenty of other things on the menu and behind the counter which were vegan and looked delicious.
Hearing about vegan nachos brought us to Midnight Espresso, a cafe on Cuba Street. We had also heard that the nachos could be hit or miss, and so with that in mind we crossed our fingers and ordered a small vegan nachos to split. Though they seemed a bit over priced at first, ($11 small/ $18 large) we were soon revealed to see the plate piled high with beans, avocado, hummus, creamy cheesy stuff, tomatoes, jalapenos, olives and more.
There was enough for the two of us to split, but for a full meal, we would recommend the large. Both of us are nacho snobs and these definitely passed the test. There was enough topping for every chip and each topping tasted good on its own and mixed together. Like at Pranah, there were plenty of vegan options on the menu as well as behind the counter including two types of vegan cake which we came back and sampled later. (Strawberry passionfruit and chocolate - both delicious!)
burger fuel, it’s really good
Within our first hour of arriving in New Zealand, we were told that we must eat at Burger Fuel; and very soon we had heard enough people tell us that we must that it felt like some kind of weird cult. We didn’t believe everyone. We didn’t understand. At the end of our first week in NZ (and after looking at the menu online) we decided we needed to try it for ourselves.
It was magic. We meet up with friends from the hostel and very quickly realized that everyone had been right. It was so good we forgot about the internet and taking pictures of our food and this blog and everything. So we have been waiting for the past month and a half to be back near Auckland so that we could go again. Sunday night we went back to the Burger Fuel on Ponsonby Road and ordered:
Lindsay: V8 Vegan burger
Ashleigh: Combustion Vege without aioli on a gluten free bun
to share: an order of kumara fries
And for NZ$ 23 or about US$ 18 we feasted. It was still magic. The burgers are effing good. There are four vegetarian burgers on the menu, all of which can be made vegan and they are not made out of boring things which is probably what makes them so delicious. They are also the size of your face and have all sorts of topings, so you get this cardboard holder thing at the counter to help you out. For example Ashleigh’s Combustion Vege had a patty made of chickpeas, sunflower seeds and spices and topped with salad (lettuce and tomato), avacado, and a ton of delicious peanut sauce all on a really good gluten free bun. Lindsay’s V8 Vegan had a patty made of pumpkin, cashew and ginger and was topped with a mushroom, olive and sage paté.
This is the kind of fast food place it’s easy to get excited about. It kind of felt like NZ’s Chipotle; all cool and hip and delicious with vegan options that are really good and reasonably priced. So far we have both been missing all sorts of vegan food things from home but Burger Fuel is a NZ thing that I am sure we will be craving when we are back in the States. So for now we are just going to have to stuff our faces whenever we are in a city with a Burger Fuel. Because it really does taste like magic.
P.S. The first time we went we got a soy carmel malt to split and it was pretty delicious as well allthough maybe a little bit runny (still though, we love being able to order a vegan milkshake at a chain restaurant).