Yesterday, I Bixied around my hood and made two important vegan discoveries with an added green twist. As you may already know, vegans do not eat any animal or dairy products. The Panthère verte on St-Viateur is a small lunch counter that serves strictly vegan meals and uses organic and local products in all its dishes. I've read some rave reviews about the Pv's falafel, so I tried one yesterday and was not disappointed. It was delicious! And the restaurant itself is very relaxing with its painted green vines growing in unlikely places. I also liked the metal colander lampshades, which cast some beautiful light patterns on the ceiling.
However, what makes this place so special is that it offers bicycle delivery to the urban jungle from Monday to Saturday. And that's not all. Many of you will recall my five part series on Tim Hortons, and my call for a bigger customer discount for those of us who brought our own cups. Well, the Panthère verte is the only small business that I have ever seen offer a $0.25 reduction to its costumers for bringing their own cups. The coffee and donut slinging conglomerate only reduces its price by $0.10 because, otherwise, their compelling generosity would eat into their profit margins. Reader please help me. How do you spell green-wash? But I digress...
The other vegan discovery I made yesterday was at the Arterie boutique and second-hand clothing store at 175 Bernard West. This store's tag line is Think Local, and this business carries several lines of clothing and jewelry made by local designers. I was also interested in the various lines of vegan footwear the store carries. So what makes a pair of boots or shoes vegan? No animal is used in the footwear's manufacture. Instead, the products used are hemp, cotton, polyurethane, microfibres (or a mixture thereof) or rubber, and I must admit, there was a pair of boots I was immediately smitten with, "the Chelseas." To see them, check out the boutique's vegan footwear 100 video.
So there you have it. You can have a perfectly vegan day in the Mile End. Sit down for a falafel at the Pv and then head to Arterie to buy some vegan boots.
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