This week’s Meatless Monday looks at A Vegabond Voyage in one of Canada’s original founding provinces, Nova Scotia.
Nova Scotia is surrounded on 3 sides by water so it is no surprise that the typical fare is seafood. However, with local and imported goods a vegetarian/vegan can still eat well here without much difficulty.
I began my journey with an indulgence of french fries.
Bud the Spud is an iconic chip truck located centrally on Spring Garden Road in Halifax. Though individual tastes prevail, the way to eat them is with malt vinegar, salt and ketchup. They even offer a salt substitute for those concerned with their sodium intake. Vegetable oil is advertised as the frying oil of choice.
After consulting Happy Cow listings for Halifax I managed to find two terrific meat-free establishments: Fruition and EnVie.
Fruition is located in Seaport Market near the Pier 21 Museum and sells its raw and vegan food to go. As the sign suggests, this food is vegan, local and tasty-it certainly was. My food highlights:
- garden burgers – sunflower seeds, carrots, spices and sun-dried tomatoes. Great for a protein snack on-the-go.
- sweet and tangy cashew mayo – cashews, dates and a vinaigrette make a great dip for garden burgers. I could have eaten it with just a spoon.
- blueberry macaroons – luscious in their simplicity: wild Nova Scotia blueberries, organic coconut, raisins and fair-trade vanilla bean.
- Kelp Krumbles – something to sprinkle on your salad for a bit of seaweed ooomph.
EnVie-A Vegan Kitchen is a sit-down establishment and sells a full menu of beverages, meals, and desserts. They also offer cooking classes. My food highlights:
- gluten-free mini chocolate doughnut – held together like a gluten-full doughnut and chocolate topping tasted like just that, chocolate. Commercial chocolate doughnut icing is usually made with cocoa powder, some sort of fat and a copious amount of liquid glucose; however, the chocolate on this doughnut didn’t taste anything like that.
- King Mushroom Chowder (pictured below). Herbaceous rosemary and creamy cashew make this dish sing. I was so inspired I attempted my own chowder. And making a guest appearance is a non-yeasted spelt and millet sourdough bun from the Halifax Farmers’ Market.
And when you’re stuck there’s always the Atlantic Super Store and local Farmer’s Markets. The former did not disappoint as they have a selection of organic produce, salad kits, to-go meals and vegetarian/vegan products. I fell in love with the organic chia seed and soba noodle salad kit. It is a meal in itself and even comes with a fork.
During summer, there are a number of farmers’ markets throughout Nova Scotia and you will likely find some wild blueberries, baked goods and meals that fit the vegetarian/vegan category. The usual guidelines apply for eating meat-free here. The places that will likely have respectable choices for the vegetarian/vegan are:
- heavily populated areas such as big centres and capital cities
- ethnic restaurants (i.e. Middle Eastern, Indian)
- farmers’ markets and grocery stores
Rest assured that those on a plant-based diet in this seafood-centric province won’t go hungry.
From Weal World Travel:
Nutrition & Travel – A Taste of Nova Scotia
From Happy Cow:
Vegetarian Restaurants and Health Food Stores – several listings throughout the province.