Great Coffee Date

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Made with love at Cafe for Contemporary Arts, North Vancouver. Photo by Suzanne

Yesterday my daughter took me for a beautiful coffee date. This is the designs made with creamy almond milk poured beautifully into organic fair trade coffee. This was an awesome coffee date and one of the better coffees that I have had in a long time – filled with love. Cafe of Contemporary Arts in North Vancouver.  They offer good vegan food and an interesting interior complete with paper for drawing upon should you feel the urge plus wi-fi and awesome location.

Photos by Suzanne

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P.F. Chang’s – Waikiki – Good For Vegetarians/Vegans

Vegetarian Lettuce Wrap

Below is a small sample from their menu. We like it here as it offers good selection for Vegans with the staff very helpful in a great location offering open tiki torch deck and plenty of room inside with a huge upstairs. It is very busy however it doesn’t take long, especially for small groups e.g. couples, three or four in your group. We had to wait for maybe 10 minutes and that was fine – good people watching  🙂 or enjoying a drink from the bar … Warm welcoming place accommodating those with different food interests. Not full Vegan or Vegetarian. This is one of the few places we found that caters for Vegans/Vegetarians with more than just hummus and chips or avocado. We have enjoyed the Buddha Feast, the Mushroom Combo, Asparagus small plates along with the Tofu Lettuce Wrap.

vegetarian MA PO TOFU
Sichuan’s famous dish of crispy silken tofu in a vegetarian sauce with steamed broccoli 11.5

vegetarian BUDDHA’S FEAST
Vegetable medley with five-spice tofu served steamed or stir-fried 9.95

vegetarian COCONUT CURRY VEGETABLES
Stir-fried mixed vegetables, crispy silken tofu and peanuts in a vegetarian coconut curry sauce 10.95

vegetarian spicy STIR-FRIED EGGPLANT
Tossed with scallions in a savory chili pepper sauce 10.95

vegetarian spicy VEGETABLE CHOW FUN
Soft, wide rice noodles and vegetables in a vegetarian sauce 11.5

vegetarian VEGETARIAN FRIED RICE
Our fried rice in a savory vegetarian sauce 12.5

Spicy and Vegetarian Legend View our Nutritional Information
All entrees are served with a choice of steamed brown or white rice.

If you have a food allergy or special dietary restrictions, please notify a manager or chef and we will try to accommodate you.

Hawaii (Waikiki)Traveler Vegan Food Finds from Ruffage Natural Foods and Alaska Airlines

We flew to Hawaii on Alaska Airlines and we noted last time that they offer a Vegan/Vegetarian Pack which is pretty good and includes these yummy olives, hummus pack, corn chips, dark chocolate piece in a 100% recycled cardboard box pack. For a short flight this works well and costs $6 paid by CC (no cash). NOTE: Alaska Airlines does separate waste in flight for recycling and I found out they gathered enough last year for 3 more jets or plenty of upgrades which they appear to be always doing – so that’s kinda cool and a two thumbs up for their initiatives in this area.

Ruffage Natural Foods in Waikiki area offers good options for Vegans/Vegetarians – here is the Acai Banana Bowl we had for breakfast with Acai, Blueberries, Banana and Granola – we took out the honey but that is usually on this item.  Cost $6.99 for small (picture shows the small) and $8.99 for large and could share.

Pictured above is the Super Antioxidant Smoothy which was Banana, Papaya, Acai, Goji, Pomegranate, Noni and Mangosteen. It’s pretty good. We also had the Organic Peanut Butter with Banana Smoothy which is excellent for a good protein starter of the day.  Cost $5.99 and could share.

Tofu Scrambler with Toast from Ruffage which had Earth Balance Butter. Note the toast is nothing special no grains just a plain brown bread but it did the trick and we don’t eat much bread so that was different and wished they offered better bread but hey travel as Vegan is often an interesting challenge. Cost $8.99 and could share.

Ruffage sells the Kombucha Drinks with a good selection – I tried this one for the first time the Grape and Chia Kombucha – its AWESOME!

Ruffage Natural Foods offers what the Vegan / Vegetarian traveler wants. You can expect the food to be pretty good for the most part however the customer service experience is lacking from the owner and her staff. Don’t expect a big smile and warm welcome with conversation.  To be honest we have been there enough to know that we only only certain items and have low expectations from a customer service experience. They offer a health food store style with vitamins and bags of nuts, chips, assortment of drinks, chocolates, etc.  This not exclusive Vegan so know that animal products are on the menu which could pose a challenge to some.

I recommend the Smoothies, The Tofu Scramble, The Veggie Burrito and that’s about it.

All in all Hawaii can be difficult if you want more than fruit and basic salads for Vegan travelers so you do have to make some efforts to look around and ask questions (the shops offering smoothies or acai bowls are made with yogurts so DO ASK QUESTIONS) or go to the supermarket which we do and get some items that suit you. Restaurants are big on seafood and meats. Perhaps changes are slowly coming so look for it, ask for it and give feedback for it.

We didn’t starve nor did we spend alot of cash on food. We were wanting to eat well on a budget and we did with some effort and work it was all good and of course mainly we were there for beach sun fun and the food was secondary but still important.

Always have fun and make the experience a good one.

All photos by Suzanne expect for the image below which is a postcard I found.

Mexico City International Airport – Offers Vegan Options Without Knowing It

Photos by Suzanne

There are a number of Vegan options, accidental I believe, at Mexico City International Airport if you look. These few photos give you some ideas of what is on offer with some hot food options plus there are small shops that offer fresh fruit and soy milk options for a hot coffee. People in Mexico eat alot of meats so looking for true Vegan options does require some effort on your part, especially if there is a language barrier, however it can be done with a little persistence respect and smiles. Of course many Mexican people I am sure are Vegetarian or Vegan however for the International traveler it can be challenging to find something without animal product as they are heavy users of a variety of meats particularly chicken (pollo) and leche (milk). Note: careful with rice as it is often cooked with pollo broth. Regardless these are part of the adventure and it offers interesting conversations while making of new friends and learning together. Perhaps you will find something new and interesting to eat too.