|We’re The Vegan Project. Our mantra? We’re The Vegan “Project,” not perfect.
We just love animals and try our best to reduce our consumption of animal products while encouraging others to explore veganism too.When it comes to food, we are unwilling to sacrifice on flavour. We’ve paid our dues in fries and salad. When we eat out, we are determined to get a satisfying meal that is just as good as the rest of the menu. And if there’s no veggie option, we’ll make one! We’ve been living on the “vegan block” in Vancouver for a while now so we’re very excited to be documenting our dining experiences as we review vegan cuisine in beautiful Vancouver, BC.
For us. For them. For the planet.
Restaurant: Shizen Ya, 2 Locations: 985 Hornby St. and 1102 W.Broadway, Vancouver BC, www.shizenya.ca
Bridget Burns: Vegan. Food enthusiast. Always an optimistic diner. Can scan a menu & put together a vegan meal in less than 12 seconds.
Sam Shorkey: Vegan. Resident fitness freak/bland & healthy dessert addict. Eating anything that isn’t plain asparagus, yams or protein powder is a real treat.
Jessica Grajczyk: I’m a pescatarian who’s mostly vegetarian at home. When I go out, I like to dine on the finest Ocean Wise seafood options available.
Jen Boyle: Whole foods advocate. An enthusiastic diner with a love of just enough salt.
The Vegan Project gals have been dining at Shizen Ya for years now and have even reviewed it on our own blog. It is hands down, the best veggie sushi in the city. We’re talking tempeh rolls, quinoa inari, tofu and avocado salad, and so much more. All of their seafood is ocean wise and their greens are organic. Oh ya, AND they’ll make you vegetarian miso soup on request too!
Some of what we ate:
Mango Avocado Roll
This item was on the daily specials board and sounded so delicious, we ordered it right away while we waited for Jen, along with a bottle of Sake (of course). Made with brown rice, cucumber, avocado and slices of fresh mango, this roll was the perfect balance of sweet and savoury. It was served with a ginger-soy dipping sauce and was a perfect start to our pal Christmas get-together over the holidays.
Wild Rice and Tofu Salad with Quinoa
Jessica: The waitress made a mistake and brought us the wrong tofu salad – I am a HUGE fan of their tofu and avocado salad, which has a delicious black sesame dressing, baby tomatoes (I always gladly eat Bridget’s), avocado and organic greens. The one she brought with quinoa wasn’t as tasty unfortunately, but I do enjoy their other quinoa options, like the quinoa inari pockets. She did end up bringing us the real deal as well, so we were not disappointed.
Tofu and Avocado Salad
This is the aforementioned salad that Jessica was raving …READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY>>>