Time to lighten things up a little after all this Planck business, and get back to food.
I'd like to take credit for this, but it's not my creation. This is Chi Cake, a vegan cheesecake available in Vancouver. I mentioned it before, but had forgotten to snap a photo.
This cake is not only vegan, but the crust is also gluten-free! There are three flavors of Chi Cake available. My fave? It's a toss-up between the New-York (lemon-vanilla; pictured) and Chocolate Hazelnut. I like a sauce with this type of rich dessert, so I like that the lemon has an organic berry topping. But, when I order the chocolate-hazelnut flavor, I whip up a quick sauce of my own.
Chi Cake is smooth and creamy, and light in texture, unlike some vegan cheesecakes that can be thick, dense and 'tofu-ish'. This particular cake we ordered for our daughter's birthday. She loves it (well, we all do) and she was super-excited about it. (Yeah, yeah... me too. Alrighty, I had baked cupcakes and a dino cake for her kindergarten class and birthday party - I deserved a break - and some Chi Cake, already!)
You can pick up slices of chi cake in different veg restaurants and cafes in Vancouver. You can also order whole cakes from the owner, Alan Munro.
Side Note: Anyone in Vancouver looking to rent commercial kitchen space for prepping/testing/packaging vegan foods? Alan mentioned that he has a new, 1800 sq. ft. kitchen that is the first (to his knowledge) all-vegan kitchen in Vancouver. You can contact Alan if you're interested.
I know, a very Vancouver-specific post, but you know, you can still look at the picture. And imagine.