Do you remember the first time you bit into a carrot? Well Dan Cheung, owner of Nourish on Granville, does. He said tasting a carrot from a local farmers market was like tasting a carrot for the first time. Produce at the grocery store is often sourced from external providers, usually Mexico or California. Non-local produce tends to be harvested too early, so that it arrives at its destination ready to hit the shelves. This premature plucking causes produce to lose nutritional value and taste. Purchasing produce grown and harvested locally not only preserves more of its nutritional content, but also just tastes better!
Locally grown, organic produce is the inspiration for the menu at Nourish. Located inside Chopra Yoga studio at 451 Granville Street, all ingredients used are sourced from BC farmers such as Cropthorne Farm, Shalefields Organic Gardens, and Vancouver Food Pedalers. When Dan and his wife Abbey found out they had a baby on the way, they wanted to educate themselves on best eating practices in preparation for parenthood. The more they researched, the more they became aware of the importance of eating responsibly – not only to fuel the body but to protect the environment as well.
Nourish brings the concept of responsible eating to Granville Street. With a focus on using seasonal ingredients, the team at Nourish keeps things interesting with two consistent dishes and three seasonal meals that change weekly to keep up with awesome local ingredients.
Trying to make the leap to healthier eating but unsure of where to start? Dan suggests eating less meat. He and his wife started with “Meatless Mondays” where they would eat vegetarian one day of the week. One day turned into two, and two turned to into more. Dan says that becoming a vegan or vegetarian does not have to be your end goal, but you should focus on eating smaller portions of meat and let the fruits and veggies shine! He calls this “flexitarianism”, where you adjust your eating habits according to the situation. At a dinner party with no vegetarian options? Don’t worry! Just balance out a meat-heavy meal with plant based meals the next day. Nourish makes it easy to grab a fresh, healthy meal in the heart of downtown.
First time at Nourish? Dan suggests the Bangkok Noodle Salad – his personal favourite!