I guess the longer title for this post should read, be a tourist in your own city. Vancouver has a lot to offer, great restaurants, beautiful beaches, hiking close by, farmers markets, awesome shopping and a young happening art scene. Vancity has a bunch of different neighbourhoods to explore and I am lucky enough to live with in walking distance of a bunch of different ones. One locally loved hot spot that is also a major tourist destination is Granville Island Market. Located under the Granville street bridge and jutting out into False Creek the market can be reached walking, biking, driving or even by water taxi. I can take the seawall for the scenic route or just head down to Granville for a more direct but noisier walk. I don’t go longer than a month without checking out the market. Exotic fruit? Check. Amazing florists? Check. Crazy cheese and deli selection? Check. Amazing bakeries and pastries? Oh yes and chocolate, wine, coffee, local crafts and in the summer months world class buskers and performers scattered around the market buildings.
Whenever my dad is in town, a trip to the market is a necessity. We gather bread, cheese (horseradish cheddar and St.Agur blue from Oyama,deli) marinated artichokes, humus (from Duso’s), olives, pate (for my dad) and a couple of giant lattes, nab a table and spread out our feast. Talk comes to a minimum as we concentrate on filling our faces. Although the summer crowds can be overwhelming, forge your way through and be prepared to get lost and disoriented by the overload of pyramids of fruit and glassed in displays of fresh pasta.
I went there yesterday with my mom and discovered a new store that has a wall of olive oil and vinegars infused with fruits and herbs, you take an empty bottle and fill it with what ever you like. As I’m typing this I just realized that I could mix the oil and vinegar right there, instant dressing. There was also a row of French fruit infused vinegars that I am going to have to indulge in. The apricot was an amazing saturated peachy orange colour, just dying to be made into a yum dressing. Anyway, I thought I would post some pics I’ve taken there in the past and put them up. I’ll be putting up some salad recipes next week!