Healthy Fare with Multicultural Flair

By Deanne Gagnon

When it comes to healthier meal options in Thunder Bay, the list just got bigger, and more flavourful.  The city’s newest “fast food” restaurant—more accurately described as “quick and healthy food with a twist”—is Good Life Foods Co., the brainchild of Daljit and Rakhi Ahluwalia, who moved to Thunder Bay from India.

Coming from India and having spent time in Mexico, the couple was inspired to combine flavours from around the world in a more healthy way. They are both vegetarians and found there were not a lot of vegetarian options in the city. Wanting to change this while adding a multicultural element, they decided to open up their own restaurant to share their knowledge and love of world cuisine.

“Our food is influenced by the world,” says Rakhi. “The cultures, the people, the cuisines. The zeitgeist, the sights, the smells. The streets, the surroundings, the markets. Hearty greetings, sad goodbyes, happy reunions, fortuitous meetings. One of the things that inspired us to create food with flavours from around the world, is to bring together people of different cultures. We love learning about the history and culture of people who come from such diverse backgrounds and especially learning about their food! Latin flavours. Middle Eastern sauces. Indian spices. We love them all. “ 

Good Life Foods Co. is not only a vegetarian restaurant—there is a wide selection of vegan, vegetarian, and meat-based protein options. There is something to appeal to all tastes, like the satisfying and nourishing Hungry Buddha bowl made with quinoa or brown rice, tofu, spinach, red onion, pumpkin seeds, carrots, and zesty tahini dressing. The menu includes a variety of items including tacos, salads, burritos, wraps and more. With the reasonable price point and central location, Good Life Food Co. is sure to become a main stop on your lunch or dinner circuit.  

Good Life Foods Co. is located at 701 Memorial Avenue. For more info, visit