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Korean-Canadian Youtube sensation Rose Lee (aka Cheap Lazy Vegan) kicked off the new year by opening a vegan café in Calgary this month – aimed at making veganism accessible to the masses.
Lee made an appearance on local news channel, CTV Calgary, earlier this week to discuss veganism and her motives for opening saVeg YYC – which is co-owned by her parents- explaining that she wants to show people that plant-based eating is easier than it seems.
She said: “You can have good food, that tastes good and fills you up…and just happens to be plant-based.”
The segment also included a plug for Lee’s YouTube channel, Cheap Lazy Vegan – which currently has more than 350,000 subscribers- and encouraged viewers to check it or the café out to acquaint themselves with the plant-based lifestyle.
Lee is known for her popular recipe videos
The café offers diners a variety of plant-based options which are also, unsurprisingly, affordable – the majority priced at under $10.
Many of the dishes, such as japchae and bibimbap draw from the family’s Korean heritage, but the menu is varied, and also includes options like breakfast burritos and smoothies.
Lee took to Instagram to sum up her opening-day experience – and international commenters offered an outpouring of support.
The eatery also received local support – it has been featured in Avenue Magazine, as well as being frequented by locals.
Lee wrote: “It was so amazing to receive all the support and love from the vegan community here in our little humble city, Calgary.”