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Review of Buddha-Full (Northwoods Village): Our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee

Author: Shirley & Mike Wong

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Vegan and gluten-free looks beautiful – almost aspirational – as witnessed by Northwoods Village’s new Buddha-Full. It’s Stop 119 of our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee.

“Now where did you find her.”

-INXS (from “Beautiful Girl”)

A week ago, the second location of Buddha-Full opened in North Van’s Northwoods Village. You could say this plant-based eatery is a local triumph of values.

You see, vegan and gluten free can sound limiting – and maybe a concept that’s hard to grasp – to some traditional meat-eaters. But that’s changing with a growing movement. Simply meaning, more people want to eat healthy and delicious food in an appealing space.

And Vancouver cafés are getting very good at filling this void. You’ll find they’re dialing down the hippy-dippy, and turning up the idea that eating conscientiously can be sophisticated, approachable, and dare we say, stylishly aspirational.

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Review of The Workshop Vegetarian Café: Our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee

Author: Shirley & Mike Wong

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A chef at The Workshop Vegetarian Café putting final touches on avo toast. This eatery charmed us with their intimate atmosphere and homespun eats. It’s Stop 102 on our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee.

“Imagining the world has stopped.”

-The Rolling Stones (from “Get Off My Cloud”)

At North Van’s newest, The Workshop Vegetarian Café, we push open the door. It feels like we’ve come home, greeted by our favourite kind of welcome: a seductively mouthwatering, intense fragrance.

We have to ask the chef behind the counter – aproned and sporting a Yankees ball cap – what the heck he’s making. He looks up, a finger points to a giant pot steaming on the stove. Inside, a homemade broth simmers, which surely must accompany their popular handcrafted ramen and udon. Continue reading Review of The Workshop Vegetarian Café: Our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee