Thursday, 3 May 2012

Eating Green Across Canada: Vancouver

With more restaurants in British Columbia offering menus made with locally grown and organic ingredients than just about anywhere in Canada, it's not surprising that Canada's most eco-friendly province is littered with eco-friendly dining options. In BC it seems that eating healthy and organic is so ingrained in the culture most restaurants need not even specify that they do. Here are a few that go that extra mile in the "greenest city" of Vancouver.
Aphrodite's Cafe and Pie Shop

3598 West 4th Avenue
Vancouver, BC, Canada
(604) 733-8308

Known for, but not exclusively serving, pies, Aphrodite's has been specializing in being green for over ten years. They aim to ensure that their menu has the smallest ecological footprint possible. A varied bill of fare serving such staples as vegetarian chili, salmon burgers, and turkey potpies, Aphrodite's dessert menu is as rich and delicious as their mains serving over a dozen different flavors of pie including wheat and gluten-free options.

Pair Bistro
3763 West 10th Ave.
Vancouver, BC, Canada
(604) 224-7211

Hard to know what comes first here - a love of food, or a love of planet Earth. The two are so systematically intertwined that it almost seems that eating green and eating well were as nature intended, and Pair Bistro has tapped into that knowledge. Part oyster house, wine bar, restaurant, and place to chill and unwind, Pair offers seafood, BC oysters, and game all served to its clients while in partnership with farmers, ranchers, and fishermen who have a trusted understanding and connection with the soil, their livestock, and the sea.

Mainly Organics Pizza
861 Denman Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada
(604) 688-3380

Located in the heart of downtown and specializing in pizza with whole wheat, organic white, or gluten-free crust (thick or thin) and served with organic ingredients. They also serve organic pastas. 

Organic Lives
1829 Quebec Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada
(778) 588-7777


451 Granville Street (Chopra Yoga Center)
Vancouver, BC, Canada
(604) 424-9422

With multiple locations, Organic Lives is best know for its juice bar smoothies. With a strong emphasis on the link between eating green and nutrition, they also have an online store as well as offering workshops on how to cook green and become more earth conscious when it comes to one's diet.

1943 Cornwall Avenue
Vancouver, BC, Canada
(604) 733-0162

Serving mostly pizzas and pastas this Kitsilano watering hole also serves up special events of every kind and is a fun and relaxing place to kill time. Their menu serves up food that is made from fresh, local, and organic products and ingredients.