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Eating Out As Vegans….

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One of the biggest challenges as vegans is finding restaurants that cater to our special diet. We have to say we are lucky to be living in a city like Montreal, that is pretty open-minded to folk like us.

Here are our favourite places to eat out:

1) Aux Vivres

This place is paradise for vegans. If you look at their menu, you will be amazed at the diversity they offer. The portions are HUGE, and you won’t break the bank either. When we first tried the place, we were suspicious as to how filling their meals really are… Don’t let the fact it’s all veggie fool you. Look at their Dragon Bowl:

In this, you’ve got: grilled tofu, shredded carrots, beet, and red cabbage, daikon, sprouts, organic brown rice, and their famous Dragon Sauce (sesame-based; can’t say much else!). The bowl is HUGE and it’s only $11.95, and I promise you that you will leave the place full. In a future post, we will talk about their delicious fresh chapati bread with veggie butter (my favourite snack!) and amazing desserts.

2) Indian Express

We’ve been faithful customers of this small restaurant ever since we moved to NDG and these guys never let us down. Of course, they offer non-vegan items on their menu but we can tell you that the veggie-friendly stuff we’ve had here was nothing short of amazing. If you tell them in advance, they can make “butter tofu” and replace the cream by coconut milk. I wish I saved the photo, cause this was even better than when I’d have butter chicken! Our new favourite meal from this restaurant is called Chana Masala, and it’s basically chick peas and potatoes in a tasty curry sauce.

With a little bit of raw red onion on top, this was just amazing! Oh and it’s ridiculously cheap. You can get a lot for $20 for 2 people. They have amazing veggie samosas!

3) Burritoville

This is the very place I had my first date with my now husband, and it will always have a special place in my heart. The entire restaurant is vegetarian, fair-trade and organic, and you can easily get a vegan meal by removing the cheese or replacing it by something else (sweet potatoes or guacamole). My favourite thing to get there is the Sweet Potato Burrito (minus the cheese of course ;)) and when in season, their soups are to kill for! It’s also quite affordable when you think that it’s all organic and fair-trade, and taxes are included in the price. No photo unfortunately!

4) Agostini

Family-owned Italian restaurant in NDG, where you are always greeted nicely by an energetic elderly woman. She’s adorable. They have amazing pasta and salads! I do not have a photo of food to show you for this one, but it’s quite good and inexpensive!

There are other restaurants we have yet to try… We will post more restaurant reviews as we try new places! Stay tuned!

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A Romantic Dinner for Two at Aux Vivres

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Hello world! As you may or may not have noticed, Vegan Muffin is a blog written by my lovely wife-to-be, Andree-Anne and yours truly. At least in name only. I’m afraid I’ve been something of a slacker in contributing my own reviews for the blog. But I’m happy to report that I’m finally going to be writing a lot more and will be providing my two cents on a variety of vegan-related topics from product reviews to vegan politics and the hilarity therein.

Valentine’s Day came and went this past Tuesday and while every day is Valentine’s Day as far as I’m concerned (living with an amazing woman like Andree-Anne will do that to you), I specifically go out of my way on this day to make my Queen feel even more special. So I took her out for a romantic dinner for two at our favorite new Vegan restaurant, Aux Vivres. Some of you may recall our last visit there where we dined on some of the most delicious waffles we’ve ever tasted. This time around, we went for dinner and we weren’t disappointed.

I arrived at Aux Vivres before my sweetie and asked the hostess for a romantic spot for two. Now, as much as I adore this restaurant and the values it stands for, I do have a little bone to pick with them. It seems like without fail, whenever we go there, the first place they always seem to seat us is next to the bathrooms. They did that the first time we went there (but thankfully reseated us once we made it clear that the only odors we wanted to inhale were the aromas of fresh ground coffee and organic maple syrup as opposed to the manmade concoctions one creates while sitting on the porcelain throne) and they did it again on the 14th. They may want to seriously reconsider the seating arrangements as I can’t imagine anyone seriously wanting to sit next to the flatulence express.

Once we were seated, we perused the menu and decided on a variety of items.

We both ordered the Aux Vivres Burger, which consisted of a fresh “garden patty,” chipotle mayo, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes and caramelized onions along with side orders of roasted potato wedges, coleslaw and chipotle ketchup. I ordered a side garden salad with dill dressing. She ordered some corn bread with vege-butter. For drinks, she had a raspberry lemonade and I had a Cafe Frappe smoothie.

Needless to say, our taste buds experienced a barrage of mouth orgasms the likes of which they’ve never felt before. I’ve had plenty of veggie burgers in the past and while the ones at Harvey’s and Benedict’s passed the test as far as notable edibles go, they paled in comparison to the mouth-watering ecstasy that was the Aux Vivres Burger. I’m not entirely sure what the patty was made of. They also serve tofu, tempeh and mushrooms burgers, so clearly the patty is not made of those materials. I imagine it’s a patty made of a variety of vegetables forged in such a manner as if to resemble an actual patty. Case in point, when you take a bite into it, there are shades of red mimicking what a medium rare patty would look like. The choice of toppings complemented the burger nicely and I especially appreciated the fact that they divided the toppings equally on both sides of the patty. All too often, the toppings are piled on top of each other, canceling the various tastes out. But in this case, when I took a bite, I was first greeted by the tangy mustard, crisp lettuce and succulent patty followed by the spicy mayo and refreshing pickle. Great, great stuff. I was initially about to complain about the portions (which admittedly aren’t plentiful) but much like Boustan’s (an amazing Lebanese restaurant that we’ll one day write a review for), good things come in small packages, or in this case, portions as it doesn’t take much for you to feel full and satisfied. The potato wedges were delicious but the coleslaw was a little watery I’m afraid.

As far as the sides go, my garden salad was absolutely divine. It consisted of lettuce, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers with my choice of dressing. I chose the dill and wasn’t disappointed. My sweetie’s corn bread was also quite tasty and the vege-butter that came with it was pretty impressive. It had a cheesy taste leaving us wondering what it was made of.

I can’t recommend their smoothies enough. The Cafe Frappe smoothie was amazing! It was so sweet it could almost be a dessert in its own right. My sweetie’s soda was also refreshing but we knew that already as we often purchase this organic soda when we go grocery shopping.

The main disappointment with the meal, however lay in the dessert. We ordered an apple pie to go and we were quite unsatisfied with the choice. The crust was tasty but the pie had a lemony aftertaste which seemed to clash with the apples. Next time, we’ll probably go with the uncheese cake or the promising apple chocolate cake.

The poor choice in dessert notwithstanding, Aux Vivres has quickly become a new favorite for us. So much so, that we plan on turning brunch/dinner a weekly tradition so stay tuned for more Aux Vivres reviews to come!

Aux Vivres – Best Vegan Restaurant In Montreal!

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Well, to be honest, I haven’t tried all the vegan restaurants here, but from the reviews I’ve been reading, it doesn’t get any better than this.

Aux Vivres┬áis an all-around vegan restaurant that opened in Montreal back in 1997, located at 4631 St-Laurent, on the Plateau. They serve lunch and dinner Monday to Tuesday, 11am-11pm, and brunch Saturday-Sunday, 11am-4pm. We went for the brunch around 12pm today. They have 3 options (tofu scramble with tempeh bacon, cornbread, fresh fruit, salad & sweet potatoes; waffles with cashew cream, apple berry sauce & organic maple syrup – which we both had; fried polenta, black bean refritos, guacamole, salsa & salad), which may seem limited, but you’d be missing one hell of an amazing brunch if you let that influence your decision.

For a little more than $12, you will get 2 waffles topped with apples & berries (the apples seemed to have been dipped in berry coulis or something like that, which was delicious!), cashew cream (kind of a custard-like sauce), organic maple syrup, fresh fruit, and your choice of a cup of chai latte or coffee. And because this IS a vegan restaurant, you will have 3 choices for your coffee creamer: coconut milk, rice milk, or soy milk. Matthew had the rice milk, but it looked a little too clear, probably because they might have forgotten to shake the container. I had the chai latte, which was really amazing!

The waffles were not as thick as what you’d expect, but don’t let that fool you. Neither of us could finish our plates! They were VERY filling. The cashew cream was absolutely delicious! I didn’t even put maple syrup on my waffles, the cashew cream being amazing on its own. The fresh fruit consisted of banana (not a fan, unfortunately), pineapple (I am allergic to it, so I couldn’t eat it) and orange (which was standing against the pineapple, so I couldn’t eat that either), which was probably my only disappointment with my meal. The waffles were the best I’ve EVER had in my whole life, as far as I can remember.

I put emphasis on this, because I’ve heard people say vegans deprive themselves from eating with pleasure because apparently you can’t replace dairy and eggs. I’d like them to try these waffles, and then get back to me. They tasted better, for a reason I can’t explain aside for the fact my conscience was guilt-free.

Matthew and I will be going back on Valentine’s Day for a romantic vegan dinner. We are looking forward to trying their dinner options! You can take a look at their menu online here. I am especially curious about their uncheese cake!