When I first switched from vegetarianism to veganism, I tried some vegan “cheese”, and did not like it. Since then, I have acquired the taste for it, though it is by no means a main part of my diet. I have also now tried a few veggie meat substitutes. Again, they are not a main staple. It is not something I miss, or crave, but just something to eat once and a while to change things up. Honestly the item I would miss the most from a pre-vegan diet would have to be Reese products… Peanut butter cups, reese’s piece’s, and the reese peanut butter cup ice cream sandwich. My craving for peanut butter chocolatey goodness has been covered though. I discovered probably the best peanut butter chocolate item ever invented, and it is completely vegan. Karmavore in New Westminster BC makes them, they’re amazing oat/peanut butter/chocolate bars, of the home made variety. Anyways that’s really all that I missed and I found an even better replacement. Luckily for me, they are about 45 mins drive or an hour by transit, so I am not over indulging in their goodness.
Anyways, on to the subject of todays entry.
I went on a nice vegan outing today. I took the bus into New Westminster BC mid-morning. New West is right on the river, and they have a really cool river market and board walk. In the market is Crepes Des Ami’s. THey make vegan crepes. I have never had a crepe before going vegan, but they are quite good. I never liked pancakes or waffles, but crepes turned out to be quite delicious. They make various different vegan crepes, but the one I get is the “Vegans Sensation”. It has diced tomatoes, tofurkey, and daiya, with a little syrup. After breakfast, I headed across the tracks (right next to the market), and stopped by a safety clothing company on the way to Karmavore. My work requires me to wear CSA approved safety boots. The ones I have are falling apart. It seems to be near impossible to find any that are not made of leather. The people who worked there looked at me like I was stupid, for asking.
After I struck out at the boot store, I went to Karmavore Vegan Shop. I got a chocolate milkshake, and peanut butter bar. Then I took transit a bit further into town, to stop by Nice Shoes, a vegan shoe store. Honestly, their selection of shoes, for men at least, is rather slim. I did however inquire about vegan CSA approved work boots. They said they get the question a lot but up until now have not been able to find any. Good news however, is they think they should have some in fall!
I got back on transit and took it to Burnaby Village Museum, it’s an open air museum of an early village, farm house, bank, black smith, theater, etc. I had a wander around, and then again boarded transit (I had a day pass).
I returned back in New West (I must pass through on the way home anyways), and stopped back at Karmavore. I’ve never had one before, and especially not in a restaurant, but I got a vegan “cheez” burger. It was topped with what I believe was daiya, sparingly, and lettuce and tomato. It was very good. I also had a berry smoothie. Yum.
After that, I boarded transit again, and headed home. My kobo (ereader) makes transit fairly enjoyable.
It was an enjoyable vegan outing. 9 hours ago