As promised, here are piccies of the vegan goodies I brought back with me from Canada.
There really was quite a good selection of vegan food in the grocery stores, though I still think that in most cases, British vegan “meat” and “cheese” beats the Canadian stuff hands down.
Fake meaty things: “Prawns” from T&T Supermarket, and Yves “bacon” and “bologna”. We haven’t tried the prawns yet, though I’ve had this brand before (they’re from West Best, based in Vancouver). I remember them being really yummy. (The fantastic Mong Lee Shang vegan prawns that we were buying here in England are not currently available, due to factory refurbishment or some such silliness. Hence the ones from T&T.)
The Yves vegan bacon is really good… both Mr Thrifty and I like it better than the Redwood version. The bologna is good too, though Fry’s polony is a similar, but better product. I need to work on a homemade version of bologna.
Craisins: I like ordinary dried cranberries, but these flavoured ones are so, so, SO good. At least the cherry ones are… I haven’t tried the orange ones yet. Dear Ocean Spray, why can’t I buy these in England?
Nativa Organics maple leaf creme cookies & chocolate vanilla creme cookies: O.M.G. These are the best cookies EVER, especially the maple ones. The amount of filling is practically obscene. They are vegan and organic. If you live in Canada, you must go to Shoppers Drug Mart and buy these now.
Old Dutch Ketchup chips, Popcorn twists & Dill pickle chips: Of course, I had to buy Mr Thrifty some uniquely Canadian foodstuffs. Like these crisps! He hasn’t tried the Popcorn twists yet, but loved the Ketchup and Dill pickle crisps.
Cereal: EnviroKidz Panda Puffs and Barbara’s Cinnamon Puffins. Mr Thrifty has only tried the Panda Puffs so far (verdict: yumm), but I know he’ll love Puffins too! Neither of these is available on this side of the pond.
I also bought a bottle of Colman’s liquid smoke, which is strangely absent from the shelves over there.
BTW, am I the only geek who loves grocery shopping when travelling?