vegetarian restaurants in Vancouver

 

Beer battered haloumi at The Acorn. Photo by Heather Joan
Beer battered haloumi at The Acorn. Photo by Heather Joan

An out of town friend asked for vegetarian restaurant  recommendations. I asked my friends on Facebook, then checked their suggestions on Yelp. Finally I filtered out some places I don’t like.

Many people seemed to find the list useful, so I’m posting it here too. I’ve updated it for various conference planning groups I’ve been a part of.

The best options are not downtown, so if you’re in town for a conference it’s another good reason to get out of downtown.

Last updated January 2017.

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Freedom to Read Week Meet-Up in Vancouver

Freedom to Read Week 2009

Come join the B.C. Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee as we make buttons, discuss current events, have a drink, and listen to local authors read from some challenged and banned books. Did you know that Harry Potter was a challenged book? Authors to be announced.

Saturday February 28th, 7pm-midnight at Rhizome Cafe 317 East Broadway. Come early for dinner! Rhizome Café has a delicious menu, available throughout the event, and is fully licensed.

By donation, no one turned away.   For more info please email bclaifc@gmail.com.   RSVP on Facebook.   See you there!

Posted in events Tagged: freedom to read week, ftrw, meetup, vancouver

Artist argues new Vancouver Olympic bylaws affect freedom of speech

from Kimberly Bakers Olympics series

from Kimberly Baker's Olympics series

Over breakfast today I read an article in the Georgia Straight about Kimberly Baker‘s intent to challenge the changes Vancouver City council has approved to be in line with the federal Bill C-47, the federal Olympic and Paralympic Marks Act.

According to a City of Vancouver administrative report, the amendments are necessary to allow the city to remove graffiti and ‘illegal signs’ from private property without notice.   The City can also fine repeat offenders up to $10,000/day.

Kimberly Baker’s artist statement on the Olympics series says:

My intention within this work is to create a visual narrative that can address controversial social / political intersections within our contemporary world so as to encourage public awareness and engage dialogue.

The Straight article states that City councillor Heather Deal insisted that the charter amendments are not meant to stifle free expression.

I think that this is not good for art, free expression, or democracy.   Bill C-47 scared me, but the knock on effect on municipal and provincial legislation scares and worries me even more.

Thanks to Brian Campbell for sending this to BCLA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee and Information Policy listervs, to Annelle Harmer who directed me to that-artist-who-might-have-been-an-Emily-Carr-student-who-makes anti-Olympic-art’s website and for helping me find “that book that’s about this big, that is red”, and to the friendly City of Vancouver staffer who helped me find the Council agenda, report, and minutes.

Posted in policies Tagged: bc, bylaws, freedom of speech, olympics, public, vancouver

Queerotica review

Last night I went to Roundhouse to hear Queerotica, a erotica/porn reading, that was part of Pride in Art.A   I thought the reading was going to take place in the theater, but instead it took place in the open space outside the theater where the art exhibition was located.A   I was surprised at how packed the place was, especially on a fireworks night.A   There was at least 150 folks assembled to hear some dirty stories read live.

All of the Little Sister’s staff were scheduled to read.A   First up was bookstore manager, and free speech activist Janine Fuller with three books in hand.A   First, she spoke briefly about Peyton Place by Grace Metalious, a trashy novel from the 50s that was turned into a television series in the 60s.A   Next, she held up Pat Califia’s (now Patrick Califia) Sapphistry: The Book of Lesbian Sexuality.A   Janine shared that she the first queer book she ever bought, and that she was extremely nervous when she bought it.A   Finally, Janine spoke about Jane Rule as a person who built bridges and made the walls come down.A   She described her with deep respect and admiration in her voice as someone who embodied dignity, reverence and a sense of community.A   She then held up Restricted Entry:A   Censorship on Trial and read Jane Rule’s powerful testimony from the court case against Canada Customs. Janine then ran back to work to relieve some of the other staff people so they could come and read too.

When Jim Deva, co-owner of Little Sisters, announced he was going to read some of John Preston‘s work, there was a small cheer from the crowd.A   John Preston, who was himself a leatherman, is known for writing deliciously kinky and literary pornography.A   He also wrote very powerful, quasi-academic, political essays.A   Jim decided to read one of these.A   Jim read part of the introduction from Hot Living, a safer sex anthology.A   John Preston died from AIDS related complications several months before the Supreme Court case and was unable to testify.

It wasn’t all heavy politics.A   Tony Correia read a hilarious and sexy piece about a man with a wrestling fetish.A   Amber Dawn read a funny, autobiographical piece about being “an old ho”.A   Afuwa Granger read a piece that was one side of a very steamy conversation.A   Mette Bach read a hot story about the sexual possibilities of a cucumber, that was initially bought with the intention of making Greek salad.A   It was wonderful to be in a room with such talented people who were pushing the envelope with their sexy, honest, and raunchy words.

I didn’t stay until the end, around 10:30pm I knew I’d better hop on my bike and head home.A   So, unfortuantely I missed Michael V. Smith, Elaine Miller, and Anna Camilleri‘s readings.