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Vancouver's Vegan Pizza House (2119 Kingsway) uses the award-winning Daiya cheese.
While Vancouver understandably wasn’t voted Favorite Veg-Friendly City (that honour went to New York City), a few locally based businesses came out on top inVegNews’ 2011 Veggie Awards .
Readers of the San Francisco-based magazine voted Daiya as Favorite Vegan Cheese for the second year in a row. Vegan and soy-free, Daiya comes in cheddar, mozza, and pepperjack flavours. It’s easily the best vegan cheese out there for melting on pizza and nachos.
Gardein was named Favorite Veg Meat. Made by Richmond-based Garden Protein International (founded by Yves Potvin—yes, that Yves), Gardein is a meat alternative that’s free of animals and dairy. Available in forms resembling chicken strips, pulled pork, and stuffed turkey—without the killing—it’s found in grocery stores and the odd restaurant. In my home, we like to call Gardein’s faux chicken breast “veggie boob”.
Produced by Port Coquitlam’s Sequel Naturals, Vega was voted Favorite Supplement in the Veggie Awards. Vega is a line of plant-based dietary supplements, including meal replacements, smoothies, and energy bars.Brendan Brazier, a former professional triathlete who is vegan, came up with Vega.
Over in Victoria, Sarah’s Place (533 Pandora Avenue), owned by cookbook author Sarah Kramer, got a nod from VegNews editors for being part of a “new crop of vegan shops” opening up around the world.
Thanks to the Georgia Straight for mentioning us!