This post is brought to you by Wendy Vaz, our Social Engagement Director.
Nestled in the heart of Yaletown, Zend Conscious Lounge is a botanical bar and restaurant that serves 100% plant-based foods. This is NOT your average healthy restaurant. This lounge is a space of community, where healthy food lovers gather and indulge in organic, dairy-free and gluten-free delicacies. OKAY, I know what you're thinking: "C'mon Wendy, how can dairy-free and gluten-free food possibly taste good?!" Trust me, I got you; just wait till you read my next paragraph!
Zend is super creative with their ingredients and food offerings. They boast a nutrient dense menu that ranges from vegan quiches and chickpea patty wraps (!!!) to Garden of Eden salad and coconut chia yogurt. Think about it: since everything is plant-based, you'll feel healthy and AMAZING even after eating a traditionally heavy dish like “cheese board” (yes, vegan cheese boards exist, my faith in humanity is restored). How could you possibly say no?!
Dayummm look at those avocados and tacos, BRB I'm taking a bus to Yaletown now! 😂
ANYHOW, remember how I was saying that Zend is a space of community? They really are! Besides serving nutritious plant-based delicacies, the lounge also runs a talk series every Tuesday called #ZendTalks, which covers a wide array of topics ranging from health to entrepreneurship. On Fridays and Saturdays, they also "turnip the beet" with live music and in-house Dj's. Albeit no alcohol (I know I know, that's something us students are most concerned about), Zend has a specialty "shot" that is a crowd favourite. The Zend "shot" is a kava-based beverage known for having incredibly calming, balancing and (natural) relaxing qualities. Who needs alcohol when you have a deliciously nutritious alternative like that?!
As a fan of social enterprises myself, I dig the fact that 100% of Zend's profit is donated to ZAG Heartbeats, a partner driven philanthropic initiative that supports organizations like BC Cancer Agency, United Way, Vancouver Food Bank and Kids Help Phone. This means that whenever you visit Zend, not only are you in for a great dining experience, you're also helping Zend give back to the community. I love how they take their values so seriously and serve so much more than just healthy foods!
The wooden interior of the store gives it a classy yet cozy vibe, and with all the effort they take to get the community together, I will definitely hit up Zend again. This is not just "another healthy restaurant." Whether you're vegetarian or simply curious about how the heck healthy food can taste so yummy, you should definitely check out Zend when hunting for a place to dine in Yaletown!
And of course, the moment you've been waiting for... *drumrolls* we're raffling off a $20 gift card so you can go experience Zend Conscious Lounge for yourself! Simply follow the steps in the Rafflecopter below to seize a chance to WIN!