I love supporting places that not just take care of my cravings but take care of the planet too. Communitea Cafe in Canmore is one of those places. Their mission is to "be a positive impact in someone's day, in our community and in the world" They're very committed to eliminating the use of disposable paper cups, providing fair trade goods as well as going local and organic where ever possible. They also do a great job of labelling their menu items letting you know whether an item is vegan or gluten free.
Now, usually you would never catch me at a place that sells a side order of quinoa or offers you a bowl of sprouts and calls it a salad, but there's something about this place that takes the stereotypical "rabbit food" and turns it into something amazingly delicious! On this trip I ordered the Pad Thai with gluten free rice noodles in a peanut sauce with tofu, eggs, shredded carrots, bean sprouts, purple cabbage, tomatoes, green onions, crushed peanuts and I added some free range chicken. It's definitely not a traditional pad thai, but it was still super yummy. The noodles were nicely coated and all the veggies were cooked al dente so there was still a nice bite to them. The portions were very generous as well.
They have a side station where you can add your own hot sauce and condiments as well as pick up your own water. The cafe is fairly huge and is divided into two distinct seating areas. One side is pretty laid back with bean bags and comfy chairs while the other half has traditional chairs and tables. There are large windows letting the sun come in and with the wifi, one could easily spend all afternoon here. At night they have local live music as well.
My friend Lyssa ordered the Mountain Veggie Wrap with hummus, avocado, apple, shredded beets, carrots, alfalfa sprouts, and spinach on a sprouted grain tortilla. Visually this wrap was absolutely beautiful, the beats and carrots just made it look so organic and wholesome. Definitely something I'm not use to eating but I had a few bites and it was surprisingly really good. The crunchy texture made me feel like I was eating something deep fried - minus the grease, while the hummus spread provided great flavour.
I'm not a huge fan of chickpeas but I always enjoy the hummus here. You could put lashings of this onto a tire and it would be delicious! It comes with apple slices, rice crackers and cucumber slices. My only complaint is that they don't give you enough things to dip the hummus in. I hate it when restaurants do this. They are so generous with the dip but then they give you three crackers and expect that to stretch! We ended up spreading the hummus on our individual dishes and then took the rest home.
The Sok sister ordered the free range chicken pesto panini with herb cheese, roasted red peppers, vine ripe tomatoes, spinach and a basil pesto on ciabatta bread. The herb cheese was great and I really liked the toasted ciabatta bread!
They also have a great selection of teas, free trade coffee as well as gluten free and vegan treats made by a local shop in Canmore. This place seems to be doing it all right. Not only do they help to support the environment but they support the community as well. What also keeps me coming back to Communitea is the large portions. Usually at places like this you pay an arm and a leg for some organic carrots and a table spoon of quinoa salad, not here, you definitely get what you pay for. The girls at the counter are always friendly and informative too! So make sure to stop by if you're ever in the neighbourhood!
Check out my post about what else we did in Canmore here.
117, 1001 6th Avenue