Veg Consumer

March 12, 2010

Big Mountain Veggie Burgers

Filed under: Food — Tags: , , — vegconsumer @ 2:13 am

These things are awesome! They are more flavourful and softer than Yves Veggie Patties, which I find bland and sometimes plastic-y.

Veggie Burger
Here are the facts from their website (which has a lady in a tanktop holding up their navigation menu, kind of weird gimmick but nonetheless):
– no meat, fish, egg, or dairy (completely vegan)
– no tofu or soy
– made of vegetables, beans and spices
– no cholesterol, no MSG
– no nitrates or artificial preservatives
– 3 month shelf life in the fridge (probably if closed)

So these can be used as veggie burgers, or broken up and put on a salad, in a wrap, etc. They might not be as sturdy for flipping in the frying pan or on the barbeque as Yves or other burgers because they are all vegetable and bean based, no soy. But I actually prefer a burger with no soy as we vegans & vegetarians often use a lot of tofu / soy products. I think you can get them from Safeway – if you know other places to get them, please comment below!

Their website for more info (and in case anyone wants to offer them a redesign haha) is: http://www.bigmountainfoods.com

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February 25, 2010

Tim’s Jalapeno Cascade Style Chips

Filed under: Food — Tags: , , , , — vegconsumer @ 6:21 pm

This author (there are multiple authors to this blog) lives in Vancouver and it’s become difficult to find good Jalapeno flavoured chips here – some brands came and then disappeared. The current brands chip bags are so small!

Tim’s Cascade Style Chips are probably not the healthiest snack but they are one of the best Jalapeno chips in my books. They remind me of the old Thunder Crunch brand. I found “natural flavours” on the ingredients list and warning bells went off.

Whenever you see “natural flavours” on any ingredients list, you have to be cautious. Natural doesn’t really mean plant-sourced. It could also be animal-sourced. It only means, non-manufactured. Therefore, it is always good to call the company and ask whether those natural flavours are plant-sourced or animal-sourced. Thankfully, when I called Tim’s a few months ago, they said the natural flavour in their Jalapeno chips is just some seasoning / flavouring derived from plants, spices, etc. and nothing animal-sourced.

But this is the only flavour I know about for sure – if you know more please feel free to comment. Another good thing about Tim’s is their company also commits to environmental responsibility and tries to prevent/reduce waste. Check out their website for where to get these chips and other info.

If you have other “vegetarian safe” or “vegan safe” potato chip suggestions, feel free to comment below 🙂

Happy Veggie World

Filed under: Food — Tags: , , , , , — vegconsumer @ 5:00 am

This place is in the warehouse units on the corner of #6 Road and Cambie in Richmond, BC. I believe they are Buddhists and they supply many of the vegan and vegetarian restaurants in the Lower Mainland.

They have a huge selection of soy products, and vegetarian versions (made from soy and other ingredients) of meat, seafood, etc.

Most of their products are vegan, but some contain egg and/or dairy so be sure to check the ingredients and to ask questions if you need help. Besides the awesome name 😀 the products are great, the staff are very nice and personable and the prices are reasonable. I have been going there for a few years.

Here is a Google Map of the location:

February 24, 2010

Avoid: Yves Veggie Round & Patties

Filed under: Food — Tags: , , , , , , — vegconsumer @ 5:22 am

Hi 🙂

I used to love having Yves Veggie Ground Round and Patties but recently I have noticed the packaging says "May contain eggs."

Some products like bread say "may contain trace amounts of egg," which seems to be an allergy alert – but this says simply "eggs," not "trace amounts of egg," so I am more suspicious. I am going to try to get in touch with Yves because unfortunately I think a lot of strict vegetarians continue to consume their product without knowing about this change.

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