Tiny Karmavore Organic Juice Bar sends the scent of fresh fruit and vegetables wafting throughout the River Market at Westminster Quay, tempting busy shoppers to stop and indulge in a glass of puréed produce. Following the same health-conscious philosophy that fuels Karmavore's café location, the juice bar uses only fresh, organic ingredients in its vegan offerings. Alongside glasses of fruit and vegetable juice, the shop serves up a variety of handmade wraps and salads, each of which blesses diners' hearts for their healthy choices on the way down.
One million probiotic cultures per gram sounds like a lot. That's the amount of the healthful stuff you'll ingest when eating frozen yogurt made from powdered mix. But when eating fro-yo made from fresh yogurt, as it's made at Qoola Frozen Yogurt Bar, you'll be consuming as many as 700 million probiotic cultures per gram. It's an astonishing increase, one that's complemented by other conscientious methods: Most of Qoola's products are fat-free, gluten-free, and certified kosher.
Qoola's low-calorie concoctions helps patrons feel better about indulging a bit at the toppings bar, where they can opt for lighter scoops of fresh fruit and flax seeds, or go all-out with crumbled candy bars and chocolate sauce. As committed to the health of the planet as it is to the health of its customers, Qoola uses biodegradable, compostable, and recyclable containers and utensils, and keeps its facility bright and sparkling with energy-efficient lighting and natural cleaning supplies. Qoola also proudly gives back to the community by supporting a number of charitable organizations.
Cold Stone’s ice cream, made in-store daily, inhabits a quantum flux between soft-serve and traditional ice cream, with a rich, creamy texture that whispers tales of its super-premium quality as it glides over taste buds. Ice-cream voyeurs can create their own ice-creamplosion from old favourites or unheard of delights ($2.89–$4.59 with two mix-ins), eliciting taste tests of dozens of silky flavours such as cake batter, cotton candy, and piñata. Each ice-cream creation generously welcomes up to two of the shop's dozens of mix-ins as traditional as Oreo cookies and chopped nuts or as quirky as pie crust. Those willing to bequeath the invention of creamy concoctions to the professionals can try a Cold Stone Signature creation, such as the almond-studded and caramel-slathered Coffee Lovers Only or the Peanut Butter Cup Perfection with Reese's peanut-butter cups, fudge, and a side of endorphins ($3.99–$5.75). Once concoctions are chosen and perfected, they're scooped cold into freshly made waffle cones or bowls.
Since 1997, Big River Brewing Company has created its craft beers on the banks of the historic Fraser River. At the brewer's restaurants, you can pair their 8 distinctive brews with hearty pub food. In some cases, that pairing is taken care of for you?the chicken burger is marinated in Sidewheeler blond ale, and there are beer-braised onions, crisp bacon, cheddar cheese, and a special sauce on the Big River classic burger. Sauces are another specialty here?a cajun basil pesto amps up the chicken quesadilla; meanwhile, Frank's red hot sauce coats the brewhouse wings and the fingers of everyone who eats them. The Coquitlam location has an open kitchen, so you can watch at the chefs incorporate ales and lagers into their dishes and sauces.
Sfinaki dazzles palates with an array of fresh, homemade fare culled from authentic family recipes. Reward secret-keeping mouths with a menu stuffed with traditional Mediterranean entrees, such as mousaka, layers of spiced ground beef, eggplant, zucchini, and a creamy béchamel sauce ($16), and kleftiko, a tender spice-marinated shoulder of lamb ($17). Seafood such as the kalamari, stuffed with a blend of rice, shrimp, and artichokes ($17), makes mouths tingle like Captain Ahab's phantom leg. Vegetarians can delight in the spinach-stuffed spanakopita ($16), as well as an array of hearty salads ($8–$11). Sfinaki is situated mere minutes, or approximately 27 leapfrogs, from Empire Field and Pacific National Exhibition, offering amusing vistas during postmeal digestion.