I spent the weekend on a mini adventure in Northern Alberta. Part of it was spent in the Lake Baptiste area and part of it was spent wandering around the hills in Athabasca. It’s so beautiful to get out of the city every once and a while, and forget about time.
Vegan options were sparse in Athabasca, as far as I could tell. We didn’t do much walking around town, but dropped into the Riverhouse Cafe (5002 43 ST, Athabasca, Alberta), and I had one of the best soy vanilla lattes I’ve had in a while. I watched her make it with soy milk, but the foam was an unusually frothy consistency (which can be hard to achieve with soy) They did not have any vegan dessert, but were full of gluten free options, and the owner seemed like the type of person that would make vegan dessert if there was even a bit of a demand for it.
I felt strangely uninterested in cooking all weekend. There was something about being in the middle of the woods, with no concept of time, made it more appealing to snack on raw veggies, pita bread, olives, rice chips, guacamole and hummus.
And one of my favourite things was flat bread covered with zahtarr spices. We baked it and sliced fresh tomato on top.
If you want more information about the veganness of the Fraps, check out the Veggywood blog. This awesome blogger contacted Starbucks (nine times!!!) and got a whole bunch of useful information. In short, the mocha, matcha and vanilla bean powders are vegan, as is the strawberry syrup. The light syrups (contain both milk and gluten) and java chips (contain milk) are not vegan.