Category Archives: Organic/Salad/Juices

Aphrodite’s Organic Cafe

Aphrodite's Organic Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - ZomatoWe had driven by this cafe a few times, and seen the nice interior and charming character of the cafe, so we finally decided to check it out.

The cafe is very spacious, with lots of space in between the tables, so you get some privacy.

idearabbit_aphrodite1 idearabbit_aphrodite5 idearabbit_aphrodite4 idearabbit_aphrodite3 idearabbit_aphrodite2idearabbit_aphrodite6I ordered the Vegetarian Chili $16 which came with whole wheat bread, a side of salad and a bowl of chill. For a ‘healthy’ dish, I was surprised at the huge block of butter. After I switched to a healthier diet, I stopped buying butter, but I do have a bit when I do dine out (indulgence! lol). There wasn’t anything extraordinary with the dish.

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Sheepie ordered the Chicken Quesadilla $18. The tortilla was super thin and a bit burnt. It was too crispy and brittle that it was impossible to eat without the thing falling apart.

I would say that it’s on the pricier end, but then again, they use local Oceanwise fish, organic poultry and vegan and offer vegetarian and gluten-free options. They aim to work directly with local organic farms to ensure that their menu has the smallest ecological footprint possible.

We weren’t ‘wow-ed’ by it to think of coming back again, but maybe it needs a second assessment.

Satisfactory service.

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Chop n Toss in Coquitlam Mall

Chop n Toss Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - ZomatoLocated in the middle of the hallway right at the mouth of Coquitlam mall’s food court, Chop ‘n Toss has a clean, modern and ‘healthy’ look. Since I was thirsty, I decided to get a juice, rather than the cheap, but sugary pop from the other venues. They had already juiced drinks, and I picked up KALE $4.73 which had kale, spinach, carrots and orange.

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When I went to the till, the shy Asian lady told me that the drink had just been juiced and that it was not chilled yet. I told her that was ok. In fact, I was rather happy it wasn’t chilled since I tend to avoid cold drinks unless I’m in dead-hot weather. And what better to have a fresh drink too!

idearabbit_chopntoss_coquitlam_mall3It wasn’t sweet – which I am ok with, and rather have than a lot of sugar. It was just perfect. If only I can get into juicing at home…

The drink was good, and the lady was cheerful. Not a cheap drink, but worth it.

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Heirloom Vegetarian Restaurant

Heirloom Vegetarian Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - ZomatoSo I had set up a friends get-together for lunch at Heirloom. It was with fellow classmates of the yoga teacher training program that I had taken last fall. During our short lunch break, we often went to get salads or smoothies at the Heirloom Juice Co. On our last day of classes, we went to Heirloom restaurant to celebrate. Unforutnately, without a reservation, the wait was going to be 45 minutes to an hour. So we left… idearabbit_heirloom_vegetarian1 idearabbit_heirloom_vegetarian2

This time, I thought I’d make reservations, but due to their popularity, they said it’s a first come first serve on Friday nights, Saturday all day, Sunday brunch, and holidays. I arrived 30 minutes earlier than our meeting time. The host was very friendly. When one of my friends arrived, we went outside to wait. The host told us that usually, they don’t allow groups to sit down unless all parties are there, but they made an exception, as thing were slowing down a bit at that time. He even came outside the restaurant to bring us back in.

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For an slightly higher-end restaurant, we were all surprised at the wide selections on the menu which made it harder for us to decide. I had already checked online, and knew that I was going to order the Eggs Benedict. Even then though, I took a long time to decide which kind… I finally decided to get the Mushroom $19.95 with arugula, caramelized onions, and leeks on top of English muffins and tooped with their house-made hollandaise . The dish also came with hash browns and house salad. Some items on the menu, such as the eggs benedict has the option for gluten-free.

idearabbit_heirloom_vegetarian3The atmosphere was lovely. Mostly white walls, with beautiful wooden tables. A lot of windows let natural light in, setting a calm, relaxing feel. I also love when restaurants place glass water bottles so you don’t have to pester the servers for more water.

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The presentation of the food was great. The vinegar dressing on the salad was delicious. Not sure if I can say the best dressing, but pretty close to it. The hash browns were crispy. The eggs were a bit over-cooked. It wasn’t runny like how I like them. More hollandaise sauce would have been nice.

Overall, I was impressed with the dining experience. Slightly pricey, but you dine in a nice setting, good service and they take into consideration of the ingredients by using fairly traded and healthy choices. Some minor adjustment could have made the dishes great, but I’d love to come back to try more!

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