We’re husband and wife, from Montreal. Together, we created Eh Vegan on Instagram to fuel our passion, support our goals, and inspire others.
Christopher: For the last few years, I’ve been working on different startups, and managing a couple of my own businesses. It became clear that I truly appreciate connecting with people, and connecting others (we’re often the last ones out the door at social gatherings; something I’m pretty sure Vic holds against me). Eh Vegan allows me to do just that. I fuel my passion for animal rights, supporting healthier eating habits, and growing the plant-based collective. When I’m not working on building my company, I am organizing local tech startup events, walking around the neighbourhood with Blizzard, or traveling somewhere new and exciting with Vic.
Victoria: I work as a store manager at lululemon. It’s an environment where goal setting is alive and encouraged. I had it written in one of my 5 year goals to have published a cookbook. You’ve got to start somewhere right? We had just come back from a trip to LA, and were sitting by the ocean in Vancouver when we decided to start up EH VEGAN. A place where we can share what we’re up to and inspire others along the way! What I love most about this project is that it brings together so many things that I’m passionate about—food, travel, fun & photography. When we’re not busy cooking and making a serious mess of our kitchen, I like to spend my time doing yoga, stand up paddle board, or exploring with our husky, Blizzard.
Given the opportunity, we support Canadian companies. Yoso shares that vision by supporting local economy. We’re excited to join a community of people who share similar passions. We learned a lot as we transitioned from vegetarian to vegan. Giving back is something that gives us a sense of purpose. If sharing our experiences can help people make healthier lifestyle choices and live cruelty-free, we’re all for it.
We asked a few questions about their dairy-free lifestyle as part of this series, Living Dairy Free:
Why are you dairy-free?
In just two words: animal welfare. We decided together in 2010 that we were going to stop eating meat. After flirting with veganism a couple of times since then, we finally committed to the lifestyle this year. With the growing number of alternatives, like Yoso, it has been easier to ditch dairy. We can satisfy our cravings for milk products without exploiting animals—for us, it was an easy choice to make.
Top five favourite dairy-free products? (in no particular order!)
- Field Roast (Tomato Cayenne Chao Slices)
- Daiya (Key Lime Cheezecake)
- Earth Balance (Organic Whipped Buttery Spread)
- So Delicious (Coconut Almond Bars)
- Yoso (Premium Creamy Cultured Almond and Cashew)
Favourite local spot to eat that accommodates dairy-free?
Oh boy. This one is a toss up. We need to mention Aux Vivres. They have an amazing menu. We served their Coconut BLT as the main course at our wedding and NOBODY was disappointed. Can’t count the number of times we’ve eaten it since. It is out of this world. The other is La Panthère Verte. Bold statement—They make the best falafel in the Montreal. The FalaFusion is a must-try.
Favourite place to shop for groceries?
Marchés TAU, hands down. They have pretty much everything you could want living dairy-free.