Heading north for good Mexican–at La Vida Vegan

Through the magic of Twitter I just found another great vegan business: when I recently tweeted my happy discovery of vegan Nanaimo bars at a coffee shop just a few blocks from work, I netted a new Twitter follower (who quickly became a followee).

La Vida Vegan is an all-vegan food truck serving a simple menu of tacos and tamales, plus lots of made-to-order juices and a few sweets. Although they’re based in the central-Vancouver-Island town of Parksville, Jud and I caught up with them in Qualicum Beach and managed a quick snack before meeting my parents for dinner farther up island.

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La Vida Vegan, serving up delicious food at the Qualicum Beach visitors’ center.

We opted for one taco and one tamal to share, plus juices.

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Both dishes were really delicious–topped with similar crema, salsa verde and fermented vegetables (similar to sauerkraut), but different in form, of course, and with different fillings of black beans, lentils and vegetables. Their focus on making their products from scratch clearly comes through in nicely balanced fresh flavors, right down to the tortillas.

Jud had a beety “Duncan” juice, and I had a “Tofino,” with celery and lime. Thumbs up on both!

If we hadn’t already had dinner plans, I would have been glad to make a meal of some more tacos and tamales. Did I mention that they’re gluten free to boot?

Check them out on Twitter and Facebook to learn where to find them on a given day.

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