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10 best places to eat in Vancouver according to local yogis

By DH Vancouver Staff, DH Vancouver Staff Aug 09, 2012 8:25 am

Newsweek recently came out with 101 Best Places to Eat in the World according to famous chefs and not a single resto from our spectacular city made the cut. Perhaps it’s because Vancouver isn’t known for its snail porridge or its fois gras ravioli. But what Vancouver is known for is its green, healthy glow – and some of the best people to look to as examples of healthy eating are yoga teachers. Here’s a top 10 list of our city’s most delicious vegetarian-friendly restaurants recommended by local yogis.

1. NUBA

(207-B W. Hastings St. at Cambie)

“Delicious Lebanese food for everyone! We love Nuba because gluten-free, vegan, paleo – whatever your dietary restriction – Nuba has something AMAZING for you. Try the crispy cauliflower. It may change your life.”  – Laura

“One of my favorite lunchtime picks is the garden falafel with avocado and extra horseradish.”  – Danielle

 

2. ORGANIC LIVES

(1928 Quebec St. at Chopra Yoga Center)

“Pretty amazing recipes here. All vegan. Even though I’m a sushi snob, I absolutely love the “pecan sushi” and their dipping sauce. My favorite smoothie is the “super” – yummy chocolate!”  – Danielle

“All raw food, dairy-free, gluten-free, and I can’t even remember what else! So, it’s really wonderful if you have a very restricted diet.”  – Lisa

 

3. APHRODITE’S ORGANIC CAFE & PIE SHOP

(3598 West 4th Ave.)

“Pie. Chai. Completely organic brunches, lunches, dinners and desserts!  This is our favourite neighbourhood hang out with delicious, nutrition, veg-friendly food.  And gluten-free pie – come on!!”  – Laura

“Vegan pie!”  – Lisa

 

4. EAST IS EAST / CHAI GALLERY

(4413 Main St.)

“Delicious veggie-friendly food and chai.”  – Rachel

“Go for the $25 all-you-can-eat Chai Feast. It won’t feel like you’re stuffing your face like a pig because it’s all served in small portions so it’s easier to pace yourself as you try almost everything listed on the regular menu.”  – Vish

5. SUSHI ZERO ONE
(559 West Pender St.)

“This is one of my favorite fast food sushi spots to go to. It’s right by our yoga studio and the ingredients are always fresh. The rice is cooked perfectly (I’m a bit of a rice snob, since I’m half Japanese). They also have vegetarian options here. One of my favorite dishes is the wild salmon okura natto (fermented soybeans) don or the ikura yamaimo (Japanese mountain potato) don.”  – Danielle

6. LA TAQUERIA TACO SHOP

(322 West Hastings St.)

“The most amazing tacos of your life. Handmade corn tortillas, tons of creative vegan options…need we say more?!”  – Laura

7. MILESTONES

(1145 Robson St.)

“For gluten free options, Milestones actually has a small selection which is really nice when you feel like having a burger.”  – Lisa


8. ALPHA GLOBAL SUSHI & BAR

(1099 Richards St.)

“Another great find. This is a Japanese tapas bar. You can get anything from sushi rolls to agedashi tofu. Vegetarian options available here, too. They have vegetarian Japanese curry and are open for lunch now as well.”  – Danielle


9. SHIZEN YA

(1102 W. Broadway)

“Excellent brown rice sushi [first in Vancouver, actually!]. Some great veggies options: awesome avocado and yam tempura rolls, lotus root salad, veg-friendly rolls – and amazing service, too.”  – Rachel


10. THE NAAM

(2724 West 4th Ave.)

“The poppy seed dressing is to die for – and the vegetarian chili burrito will satisfy even the hungriest of men. Also, don’t say “noh” to the Noh pie.” – Vish

 

So, next time you forget to fill your mason jar with healthy green goop, skip your morning fitness routine, or break your 5-day detox cleanse, nosh at one of these restaurants and enjoy the scrumptious taste of good health. Remember, you are what you eat – and who wants to be fatty duck liver?

 

Thank you to the following teachers and studios for participating:

Laura Cullen, Studio Manager at Moksha Yoga Vancouver @mokshayogavan

Daniel Mika Nagel, Director of Chopra Yoga Center daniellemikanagel.com

Rachel Scott, Director of YYoga Teachers’ College, and a generally cool chick rachelyoga.com

Lisa Boaz, RYT specializing in restorative practice at OneSproutYoga.com

 


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