Vancouver's Top Pie Picks for Pi Day, ala mode

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Oh thee hallowed Pi Day…The day for gourmands and mathematicians alike to worship our beloved Pi and our succulent Pie.

Our cultural obsession with celebrating number sequenced days will be hitting a peak next year on this day. When the traditional Pi day (3.14 aka March 14), will be celebrated to 12 places.

“Yes, the time is upon us. Everyone knows pi day is March 14th, but any true nerd realizes pi is not 3.14, but rather an irrational constant which continues infinitely in decimal expansion. Starting at 9:26:53 (.589… sec) AM, the longest extended Pi Day of our lives will come into action. The date, at the AM and PM hours, will be ” 3/14/15 at 9:26:53.589. Days like this only come once in a lifetime!” –The Only Pi Day of Our Lives Facebook group.

So as you can see, this is serious business. What can we as mere mortals do to celebrate Pi day? I have sacrificially researched and taste tested my way through some of Vancouver’s top pie spots to find my picks for getting your pie fix today.

1. The Pie Shoppe

Located a block off Main street in Chinatown, this little spot is worth trekking off the beaten path. The owners, two sisters, are incredibly friendly and take a lot of pride in their pies.

Their top seller: The Pecan Chocolate Pie, a gluten free commodity paired amazing with coffee.

Address: 721 Gore Ave, Vancouver, BC
Phone: (604) 338-6646

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2. East Village Bakery

This one is for our gluten-free friends! Located on Hastings just a few blocks off Nanaimo street, East Village Bakery has gained a reputation for creating gluten-free goodies that don’t taste like cardboard.

Their delectable nibbles have the same texture and flavor of foods with gluten but cater perfectly to a gluten-free diet. They carry the perfect balance of both gluten-free and items containing gluten, both delicious.

Celiac Disease sufferers rejoice! Same deal as the Pie Shoppe, give them a call for special orders.

Address: 2166 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
Phone: (604) 568-5600

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3. Aphrodites Organic Cafe and Pie Shoppe

Address: 3598 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC
Phone: (604) 733-8308

This is my choice for best organic pie in the city. Aphrodites focus on using local organic ingredients has made them a local hot spot in Kitsilano. They offer gluten-free options as well. Their menu allows for an organic meal that can be finished off with their legendary pie.

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Image: Aphrodite Facebook Page

If you aren’t close to these three top pie spots there are a few other options throughout the city. The Pie Hole Savary Island Pie Company Tarts Bakery Black Rook Bakehouse The moral of this torrid pie tale is simply this, celebrate Pi day with some coffee or tea and a slice of your favorite pie with those you value, to the most decimal places!

Photography by Angie Holubowich | Vancouver Top Pies

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