Roadtrip 2014 – Lloydminster Vegan Food – Wok Box

dandan tofu udon noodle box from wok box in lloydminster

I’m still writing about our Summer Roadtrip 2014 adventure when we ate our way through the USA and Canada. After one final morning in Saskatoon, we drove on towards Edmonton. On Highway 16/aka Yellowhead, the natural midway point between Saskatoon and Edmonton has always been Lloydminster, which is a city that exists in both Saskatchewan and Alberta, it’s a decent place to fill up on gasoline, and grab a bite to eat. The weird thing about Lloydminster is that the Alberta-Saskatchewan border is delineated in the middle of the city, by a series of huge metal posts all the way down the street. Vegan options beyond going to a grocery store or Nutter’s Market are minimal, and in years past I was limited to wendy’s baked potatoes drenched in hot sauce, potato related things, or a smoothie, but on this visit I spotted a Wok Box and we rejoiced – especially since it would be the first time JC had ever visited the wonders of Wok Box. Wok Box does exist almost all over Canada (including a few locations in Ontario – Oshawa and London), but it’s still mainly a west-west central thing. But they’ve been a vegan-friendly spot since the…

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Roadtrip 2014 – Honey Bun Cafe – Saskatoon

This is just a quick post in a series of posts about our 2014 Roadtrip around North America. At this point, we had driven from Toronto, through Michigan, taken an extended stop in Chicago, IL, and driven on through Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, stopping in Winnipeg, MB and Riding Mountain National Park. Our time in Saskatoon is winding down with only a couple more stops before heading on toward Edmonton. When I lived in Saskatoon, I attended a few sessions of the Rosebud Burlesque school of dance and fun, and one of the nicest things I got from those classes was connecting with people I hadn’t ever met before and lasting friendships. Conveniently, one of those pals saw I was in Saskatoon and gave me the heads up about Honeybun Cafe having some vegan stuffed buns that day. So of course we went, and picked up two of that day’s Featured Stuffed Bun – the Roasted Yam and Black Eyed Pea Chilli Stuffed Bun. They had non-dairy milk (for an extra charge) for coffee. We whipped out our computers and hung out for a while, connected to their wifi. It was tough to find a plug in, at least ones…

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Wandering around New York City

For the last few weeks we were in New York City, cat sitting and relaxing for a friend of a friend. The nice part about NYC is being able to get nearly anything I want, whenever I want. Maybe it’s the large population in a relatively small area, maybe it’s just America in general, but it always seems like anything is possible there. Maybe that why I keep getting drawn back into the fold. We were staying in Hells Kitchen in Midtown Manhattan which was conveniently located just outside of the delivery zones of a variety of delicious vegan restaurants, thankfully, this helped encourage us to go outside somewhat regularly. As it was tempting to do as Gizmo is doing above (the cat we were borrowing for our visit), and remain inside, wrapped in blankets, ordering delivery food (thanks seamless!) and groceries (thanks instacart!) and at most standing by the window looking outside. But ultimately, the trip still managed to remind me how much I like walking, in spite the cold. So we did a lot of walking, our google fit and pebbles excitedly buzzing and displaying cheers after a few hours of significant activity everyday. Long walks to wherever. Sometimes…

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That time I made Samosa Soup

So, as of last Thursday, I was obsessed with making Samosa Soup from Yup, it’s Vegan. But we were away in Washington DC, and Baltimore for ExpoEast, and I didn’t have access to a kitchen, but the day we got back I had to make Samosa Soup. The air in Toronto is still reasonably warm but it also has that distinct taste of autumn wafting around. The leaves were green last week, and now they are dramatic reds and golds (though there is still a lot of green left too), so a hearty spicy potato soup seemed like the perfect thing to make and eat and share. The problem with me and recipes, is that unless I’m testing recipes for someone’s upcoming cookbook, I don’t follow the recipe. I look at it, and I’m inspired by flavours or techniques, but otherwise, I change nearly everything, and go my own way. This one was pretty inspiring, so I went with it. My version turned into more of a one-pot-meal (+ 1 bowl.) First I fried up onions, leeks, garlic & spices (turmeric, guaram masala, coriander) in a large pot with a splash of olive oil, then set them aside together in a bowl. Next was the…

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Quesadilla for Amazing Vegan Mexican Food in Chicago

After spending the day walking around wicker park, JC and I had worked up an appetite. And after repeated recommendations, we had only one place on our mind – Quesadilla La Reyna del Sur, a vegan-friendly (lacto-ovo-vegetarian) Mexican restaurant in the Bucktown area of Chicago. We loved this place, and can finally understand the enthusiasm our Toronto vegan pals had when recommending this spot (thanks Amanda & KT). Everything on the menu is veganizable and everything we ordered was absolutely great. Service was lovely, and when we got the check we experienced this weird shock at why it wasn’t more expensive. We started with an order of chips and guacamole. Guacamole was fantastic, with cilantro and lime and a good quantity of salt. It was also much bigger than we had expected. This was the beginning of a trend at Quesadilla for us… portions were incredible value for the money. JC and I both ordered Platillo’s (plates) of Tacos, though for some reason I ordered the dinner with rice and beans. I expected much smaller portions, but three tacos/person were more than enough for us. JC had a plate of three tacos, and I don’t remember what he ordered but…

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Drop-in-dinner – Vegan Night at the Depanneur with Emily Zimmerman

Amazing vegan comfort food, with local organic vegetables from Fresh City Farms. New menu published every Monday. —– Pay What You Can after 7:30 Fresh City Farms CSA box pickup 5-8pm http://www.freshcityfarms.com/ —– Emily Zimmerman is the lady behind Pear and Pepper – a freelance chef cooking deluxe, delicious vegan dishes and retro comfort food like whoah. She can be found at The Depanneur every Wednesday evening, and hosting the occasional Rusholme Park Supper Club or vegan Workshop. Learn more about our Drop-In Dinners: http://thedepanneur.ca/drop-in-dinners Some notes on accessibility of venue: – Front doors are not automatic. There are no steps to get in. – One gender neutral restroom – is not wheelchair accessible but is on the main floor. There is one step to get in. – Venue is kid friendly, has a little activity table, has a changing station in the bathroom, and a breastfeeding friendly sticker in the window.

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Drop-in-dinner – Vegan Night at the Depanneur with Emily Zimmerman

Amazing vegan comfort food, with local organic vegetables from Fresh City Farms. New menu published every Monday. —– Pay What You Can after 7:30 Fresh City Farms CSA box pickup 5-8pm http://www.freshcityfarms.com/ —– Emily Zimmerman is the lady behind Pear and Pepper – a freelance chef cooking deluxe, delicious vegan dishes and retro comfort food like whoah. She can be found at The Depanneur every Wednesday evening, and hosting the occasional Rusholme Park Supper Club or vegan Workshop. Learn more about our Drop-In Dinners: http://thedepanneur.ca/drop-in-dinners Some notes on accessibility of venue: – Front doors are not automatic. There are no steps to get in. – One gender neutral restroom – is not wheelchair accessible but is on the main floor. There is one step to get in. – Venue is kid friendly, has a little activity table, has a changing station in the bathroom, and a breastfeeding friendly sticker in the window.

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Drop-in-dinner – Vegan Night at the Depanneur with Emily Zimmerman

Amazing vegan comfort food, with local organic vegetables from Fresh City Farms. New menu published every Monday. —– Pay What You Can after 7:30 Fresh City Farms CSA box pickup 5-8pm http://www.freshcityfarms.com/ —– Emily Zimmerman is the lady behind Pear and Pepper – a freelance chef cooking deluxe, delicious vegan dishes and retro comfort food like whoah. She can be found at The Depanneur every Wednesday evening, and hosting the occasional Rusholme Park Supper Club or vegan Workshop. Learn more about our Drop-In Dinners: http://thedepanneur.ca/drop-in-dinners Some notes on accessibility of venue: – Front doors are not automatic. There are no steps to get in. – One gender neutral restroom – is not wheelchair accessible but is on the main floor. There is one step to get in. – Venue is kid friendly, has a little activity table, has a changing station in the bathroom, and a breastfeeding friendly sticker in the window.

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Drop-in-dinner – Vegan Night at the Depanneur with Emily Zimmerman

Amazing vegan comfort food, with local organic vegetables from Fresh City Farms. New menu published every Monday. —– Pay What You Can after 7:30 Fresh City Farms CSA box pickup 5-8pm http://www.freshcityfarms.com/ —– Emily Zimmerman is the lady behind Pear and Pepper – a freelance chef cooking deluxe, delicious vegan dishes and retro comfort food like whoah. She can be found at The Depanneur every Wednesday evening, and hosting the occasional Rusholme Park Supper Club or vegan Workshop. Learn more about our Drop-In Dinners: http://thedepanneur.ca/drop-in-dinners Some notes on accessibility of venue: – Front doors are not automatic. There are no steps to get in. – One gender neutral restroom – is not wheelchair accessible but is on the main floor. There is one step to get in. – Venue is kid friendly, has a little activity table, has a changing station in the bathroom, and a breastfeeding friendly sticker in the window.

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Drop-in-dinner – Vegan Night at the Depanneur with Emily Zimmerman

Amazing vegan comfort food, with local organic vegetables from Fresh City Farms. New menu published every Monday. —– Pay What You Can after 7:30 Fresh City Farms CSA box pickup 5-8pm http://www.freshcityfarms.com/ —– Emily Zimmerman is the lady behind Pear and Pepper – a freelance chef cooking deluxe, delicious vegan dishes and retro comfort food like whoah. She can be found at The Depanneur every Wednesday evening, and hosting the occasional Rusholme Park Supper Club or vegan Workshop. Learn more about our Drop-In Dinners: http://thedepanneur.ca/drop-in-dinners Some notes on accessibility of venue: – Front doors are not automatic. There are no steps to get in. – One gender neutral restroom – is not wheelchair accessible but is on the main floor. There is one step to get in. – Venue is kid friendly, has a little activity table, has a changing station in the bathroom, and a breastfeeding friendly sticker in the window.

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