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Bridget Burns

Vegan Writer

Bridget Burns is the founding member of The Vegan Project, and the passionate recipe designer behind many of the VP’s signature dishes. She loves a good challenge, like veganizing a family pie crust recipe and inventing the perfect food: the lasagna sandwich.

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Elisa Finamore

Fashion Stylist

Elisa Finamore is a dressmaker and fashion stylist from Italy. She used to work in Florence, London and Principality of Monaco, for fashion designers and fashion magazines, and is now working in Vancouver, Canada.

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Louis Gervais

Chef

Louis Gervais is a professionally trained, award winning chef with a culinary arts diploma from the Institute of Hotel & Tourism in Montreal. He spent several years working with some of Montreal’s top chefs before moving to the West Coast in 1982. Louis then devoted his culinary talents and expertise to many of Vancouver’s finest restaurants and hotels, most notably at the Sutton Place Hotel.

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King Otis

The Shiba Inu

King Otis is a cute Shiba Inu from Vancouver, Canada. He’s the dog of Ida and she knows all the best places for pet lovers in Vancouver!

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Clare Briffett

Jewelry Designer

Clare Briffett’s jewelry is a reflection of her passion to bring her New Zealand culture and life experiences into works of art. Having traveled and lived abroad, Clare has been exposed to many countries and cultures. Using techniques learnt at the Vancouver Metal Arts School in Canada, she creates one of a kind pieces to express her personal cultural identity. Her work is inspired by the ways in which people identify and represent themselves culturally in a global society.

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Emily Wight

Cookbook Author & Blogger

Well Fed, Flat Broke is about eating great food, and not paying a lot for it. It’s about eating seasonally, and making the most of what you have in your pantry and what you can afford. Good food doesn’t require expensive ingredients, and eating isn’t a task accomplished in a rush, at least around here, most of the time. It’s about slowing down, planning ahead, and savouring what you put on your plate.

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Lynn McIlwee

Beer Blogger

Lynn was born and raised in Vancouver and has watched the Vancouver beer scene grow exponentially in the past few years. She has traveled to many US states as well as Belgium and the Netherlands for beer trips, is a novice home brewer, backyard hop grower and co-founder/organizer of Farmhouse Fest. You can read about her beer travel at hopscanary.com.

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Colleen Friesen

Travel Writer

I am a cappuccino and travel junkie. My writing is often a collection of ephemera, transitory images, random thoughts and events that happen wherever I find myself in the world.

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Jeanette Jarville

Artist

I am a professional full time artist with a degree from the renowned Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver BC Canada.

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Mike and Shirley

Coffee Bloggers

The coffee-obsessed blog called Vancouver Barista was created by two native Vancouverites with a passion for coffee and Vancouver. Mike and Shirley visit a different café every week and blog about the amazing coffee shops this world class city has to offer. They also blog about their food experiences, 101 coffee lessons and fun things going on in Vancouver. Check them out on www.vancouverbarista.com, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Chris Ronald

Singer Songwriter

Chris Ronald’s vocal and songwriting talent have brought him to perform across Europe and Canada. His natural ability to combine guitar with melody and meaningful lyrics emerged at the age of 15. Since then, Chris has amassed a collection of beautifully crafted contemporary folk songs that have gained him a passionately loyal audience. The Celtic roots of his upbringing combine seamlessly with hints of Ron Sexsmith, David Gray, and James Taylor.

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Coastal Peoples

Fine Arts Gallery

Established in 1996, Coastal Peoples is a leading Gallery showcasing museum-quality Pacific Northwest Coast and Inuit artwork for inquisitive newcomers as well as seasoned collectors. Recognized for representing First Nations' master artisans, the Gallery has earned a reputation for discovering a new generation of gifted talent who push the boundaries of this legendary art form.

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Tracy Kadonoff

Gluten-Free Baker

Lemonade Gluten Free is the brainchild of head pastry chef, Tracy Kadonoff. She studied at the Baking and Pastry Arts program in Vancouver, continued in Paris at the prestigious Ecole Lenotre and the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley (she really knows how to pick her spots). She held a sixteen year long, award winning stint at one of Vancouver’s premier pastry shops. Yes, this girl can bake!

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Troy Tyrell

Personal Trainer

I’m an experienced personal trainer, I do one-on-one training and small (max 4) group gravity training classes. I am one of the few Vancouver personal trainers who are certified on the Gravity Training System. This system is safe for all ages, experiences and fitness levels it gives you faster results using a Pilates based system using your bodyweight as resistance.

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Shaun Layton

Beer Expert

I’ve been in the bar industry for over 10 years and I ran bars such as L'Abattoir, and George. I won multiple awards, including Vancouver Bartender of the Year, and Western Living’s Top 40 Under 40.

I’m also a contributor for Scout Magazine.

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Julie Beyer

Culinary Artist

Julie is a culinary artiste based in Vancouver, BC, and is the founder and CEO of Julie Beyer’s For the Love of Food Inc. She is the recipe creatress behind sugar-free GLOW Goodies and Chocolate including GLOWBall Consciousness Truffles which have been featured on CTV BC news as one of Vancouver’s Top 5 Christmas treats, on the Peak Radio station and were featured at TED Global’s 30th Anniversary event in Vancouver, BC.

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Corrine Hunt

Artist

Born in Alert Bay British Columbia in 1959, Corrine has been creating contemporary art that reflects the themes and traditions of her First Nations Komoyue and Tlingit heritage since 1985.

Corrine’s works include engraved gold and silver jewelry and accessories, custom furnishings in carved stainless steel and reclaimed wood, modern totem poles and other sculptural installations. She is also the designer of the medals for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

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Sandy Bahrich

Artist

Sandy Bahrich from Firefly Notes is a self taught artisan and west coast native who works out of her Steveston studio surrounded by her husband, two kids and cat.

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Leah Schell

Illustrator

Leah Schell is a Vancouver, BC, based illustrator working primarily in watercolour. As a lifelong faerie enthusiast, much of Leah’s work and life is inspired by the wee folk. Whether or not one chooses to believe in faerie, the stories of our childhood are rich with lessons from faerie wisdom that teach us to believe in magic, the healing powers of laughter, and to connect with the world around us.

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Darina Kopcok

Writer

Hi. My name is Darina. I live in Vancouver, BC, Canada. I primarily write fiction and have a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. I also freelance as a food & travel writer; my work has appeared in cookbooks and in online and print publications such as Edible Vancouver, AOL Travel Canada. I started the Gratinée blog because my biggest passions in life are writing and food. Gratinée was followed by Gastrostoria, where you can find me today.

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Christine van Imschoot

Chef

I’m a true traveling foodie. I’m a certified chef, pastry chef and author of the books Food & The City, about food and food shopping all over the world, and 1 Keer Koken - 3 Keer Eten, about cooking once for three dinners. I also love organizing food workshops at home and I organize food shopping trips to London.

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Granville Island Boat Rentals

Boat Rentals

Granville Island Boat Rentals, located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, has the safest and most modern boat rental fleet in Vancouver. We have been servicing all of Vancouver’s speed boat rental needs since 1982.

Experience the thrill of driving your very own private speed boat while navigating the majestic Vancouver coastline and surrounding Islands.

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The Vegan-Friendly Vancouver Guide

The Vegan-Friendly Vancouver Guide

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Bridget Burns

Vegan Writer

Vegan and vegetarian eats in Vancouver. This guide is all about vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants and cafes in Vancouver. I have selected my all-time favorites and combined them with the newer kids on the block, making sure there is something here for all of you. Meat eaters should not be afraid, as the restaurants listed here will definitely surprise your taste buds with their flavorful, comforting food.

  1. vegan +Add

    Edible Flours

    “Vegan croissants, need I say more?! An all-vegan bakery full of ...
    Locals' Pick
  2. Nuba Cafe +Add

    Nuba Café

    “Lebanese cuisine with lots of vegan options, fresh juice and ...
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  3. Polenta fries with wasabi pea mayo (vegan) at The Acorn Restaurant in Vancouver +Add

    The Acorn

    “High end vegetarian cuisine at its finest. The Kale Caesar is the ...
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  4. sushi groove +Add

    Shizen Ya

    “Fresh, organic sushi with TONS of vegan options. Tofu Avocado ...
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  5. Heirloom Vegetarian Restaurant in Vancouver, BC Canada +Add

    Heirloom Vegetarian

    “Vegan Eggs Benny! Beautiful room. Nice location for shopping ...
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  6. san marzano tomatoes +Add

    Sweet Cherubim

    “Located on Commercial Drive, this organic deli/market is best ...
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  7. Burrito Platter at the Naam +Add

    The Naam

    “One of Vancouver’s original veg restaurants, this place is ...
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  8. Quinoa Nut Burger Platter at Radha in Vancouver +Add

    Meet On Main

    “Fairly new on the Vancouver vegan scene, this placed has wowed ...
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Bridget Burns

Vegan Writer. Bridget Burns is the founding member of The Vegan Project, and the passionate recipe designer behind many of the VP’s signature dishes. She loves a good challenge, like veganizing a family pie crust recipe and inventing the perfect food: the lasagna sandwich.