I recently went back to Canada to visit some of my favourite friendly Canucks. And along the way I had some pretty fab vegan food =)
I used to find travelling super annoying as I always had a hard time finding food. But I have learned it just takes a little more prep and creativity. I used to fly between Canada and the US and would have to buy airplane fare. I think even non-veg people can agree that it isn’t ideal. It’s overpriced, not particularly healthy and doesn’t even taste very good. Since I’ve moved to Northern California, I have discovered the magic of flying from California to Michigan and lucky for me, my family lives a fairly short drive from the Detroit airport (and it’s super cheap to fly there!). Since the flight is now national (instead of international) I can now pack food for the plane:
I was in a hurry to catch my plane, so these aren’t the greatest pics. I brought chopped veggies & hummus, an apple, an orange, homemade kale chips, homemade date balls (recipe to come!), strawberries, almonds and a lara bar, a rice cake and cashew butter and some leftovers from the previous nights supper. I didn’t end up eating it all, but it was nice to know I wouldn’t go hungry. What are your favourite travel snacks?
And when I got to my mom’s, she made sure I wouldn’t go hungry either and stocked her pantry for me. I’m so lucky to have such a supportive family with my diet.
And would you believe that I actually have an easier time in Southwestern Ontario finding vegan & gluten free eats than in Cali? Believe it baby. Check out the coolest health food store in Sarnia Ontario called Urban Marketplace (Sarnia friends – check out 146 Cameron Street for some local, organic and healthy finds). I love this store! The owner is nicest person ever and she takes requests. If you are anywhere near Sarnia, I would even recommend just taking a road trip to check this place out. Look how cute it is!
You can find just about anything you need there. Check out the freezer – it has healthy frozen (home-made!) foods for you when you just don’t have the time to do your own cooking (try the chili – it’s the bomb, seriously).
Check them out on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/urbanmarketplacesarnia?fref=ts
or their store website: http://www.urbanmarketplace.ca
And as wonderful as my mom’s stocked pantry was, I did manage to get out to eat once while I was there and wouldn’t you know it? There is a very veg-friendly restaurant that happens to have a vegan “Fiesta Friday” every Friday for dinner and they have gluten-free options. The food is awesome! I have to eat there at least once each time I visit. They also have a brunch every Sunday that is completely vegan & gluten-free =)
It’s the cutest little café and I hear their coffee is pretty great too (can’t verify myself as I don’t drink the stuff). The food is so good though! And I got a dessert, which put me in my chocolatey bliss heaven, making me forget to take a picture. It was raw chocolate cheesecake and it was soooooooooo good *sighsdreamily*
You can check them out on facebook as well: http://www.facebook.com/treehouseballs?fref=ts
or their café webpage: http://www.treehousesarnia.com/
My mom used to tease me as after going vegan, whenever I went on vacation anywhere, most of the pictures were of food. I guess I should have known then the career direction I would take would either be holistic nutrition or culinary school.