Food: Villeray's Subtle Rawesomeness

Counter and Kitchen/Classroom at Saveurs de vivre.
For all of us with competing family and professional responsibilities, eating out is an obvious remedy for tired parents at the end of the day. And, yes, at times, we worry about the nutritional value of the food we're consuming, but what are parents to do? I have the solution, and it's right down the street at Saveurs de vivre.

This small take-out operation serves up a daily variety of healthy and delicious vegan, flextarian and raw meals. This is the perfect address for those who are lactose intolerant or require a gluten-free diet. For organic meats and pulses look no further.

I was surprised to discover just how reasonable the prices were at Saveurs de vivre: detox juices and smoothies (16 oz) $5.95; vegetarian meals from $7.50; organic meat dishes from $9.00, and raw desserts from $4.95. You can order single, double or family-sized orders. They even have a "social" size for when you want to invite friends over and don't have time to cook.

Family-size Beef Stroganoff w/ Noodles
Tonight, we are trying the Beef Stroganoff and egg noodles made with organic beef, onions, cream, paprika, homemade veal stock and dill pickles. The total cost for a family of four is $24.00, tax included. This is certainly cheaper than pizza, take-out chicken or Chinese, and more importantly, better for you.

Another little known fact, owners Lucie Boivin and her chef husband Pierre Sanglard offer cooking classes. Under chef Sanglard's direction, you will cook three different dishes and then eat your creations at the end of the afternoon course. I just walked by and the next class, May 19, from noon to 3 pm, is on preparing rabbit  ($75 plus tax). La Presse has named Saveurs de vivre one of the five best places in Montreal for cooking classes. The take-out counter is located at 7901 Henri-Julien, corner Gounod, tel. 514-904-0521.

Cru vitalité and Rawesome

Raw Desserts at Cru Vitalité
Just two streets west of Saveurs de vivre is Cru vitalité, a small eatery specializing in raw vegan desserts and snacks, such as kale chips, macaroons, super goji energy sticks and flax crisps. You may also want to try the vegan parmesan for seasoning. But whatever you do, make sure you try their gourmet vegan organic ice cream, which apparently has half the fat and only two thirds the calories of its conventional cousin. I had a taste of apple pie ice cream today, and it was sublime. Try it for yourself at
151 Gounod.

Other Villeray-related posts:
Buying Local: Slak on Villeray 
Churros: The Uruguayan
Who's a Cyclopathe
Neon Icon: Miss Villeray
Café Cuzcatlan: Roasting Local Coffee Beans
Creole Cuisine
Oriental Pastry Delights




TanyaLalonde | May 13, 2012 at 11:58 AM

I live so close to both of these places and frequent them often. They are wonderful additions to our community for sure! :)

Heather | May 13, 2012 at 1:29 PM

I'm glad to hear that you go often. The last thing I want to see is for these places to close down. In fact, I was on my way over for two dinners for next week. Thanks for your comment.

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