Vancouver is home to many expats, adventurous foodies and those wishing to expand their culinary palates – and all of us can benefit from the impressive variety of foods found in our city's international grocery stores. If you're looking to sample some delicious delights from around the world, or trying to locate hard-to-find specialty ingredients, pay a visit to one of these global grocers.
Want to step up your at-home bartending game? From small boutiques to restaurant suppliers, Vancouver is home to plenty of shops that cater to amateur mixologists and cocktail enthusiasts of all sorts. Deck out your bar cart and master the Old Fashioned by visiting these fine retailers. [Photo courtesy of Sips Cocktail Emporium]
Once upon a time you’d have to head out to a hidden warehouse in an industrial park if you wanted to get a behind-the-scenes look at how a distillery crafted their liquids. Today, there are many local spots in Vancouver where you can get a peek at the distilling process and sip handcrafted small-batch spirits.
Stinky, salty, creamy, crumbly: Vancouver has access to a plethora of quality cheese from across the globe through multiple cheese mongers and specialty stores where you can discover some of the most unusual – and delicious – dairy products around.
You don’t need to travel to the Okanagan to try delicious B.C. wines. Drive less than an hour from Vancouver to Langley and Fort Langley to find some of the Lower Mainland’s best hidden treasures for your wine cellar, or simply enjoy an afternoon of discovery. [Image courtesy of Backyard Vineyards]
When it comes to picking out the finest food, local chefs know all of the secret spots around the city. From busy market stalls and neighbourhood grocery-store gems, to places to try fancy treats: here are a few local shops where Chef David Hawksworth, of Hawksworth Restaurant, finds the freshest local produce in Vancouver.
Steveston is often considered a destination for fish and chips, ice cream and a stroll along Fisherman’s Wharf. What you might not know is that many businesses in the seaside village offer all kinds of tasty treats: from mini doughnuts to cupcakes, French pastries, Belgian waffles, artisan chocolates, pies and cakes, oh my…. these goodies put the wind in my sail!
Have a craving for Japanese snacks but don’t know where to get them? Looking to cook up a storm of Asian dishes but can’t seem to find all of the ingredients you need? From mochi to pocky to ponzu sauce, here are a few Vancouver supermarkets worth checking out for your Japanese grocery needs. [Photo credit: iStock.com/TAGSTOCK1]
In the Pacific Northwest, craft beer is akin to religion. We sip our porters, lagers and IPAs made with care from local brew-masters. As liquor laws have changed over the last couple of years, a different kind of craft is happening in the Lower Mainland: distilling. Small-batch distilleries are producing fine vodkas, sakes, gins and whiskeys right here in Vancouver. [Photo courtesy of Odd Society Spirits]
There’s nothing more comforting than the smell of fresh-baked bread wafting from the oven. Unfortunately, most of us don’t have time for all that kneading, rolling and flouring – but we can grab our daily (handmade) bread at one of these fine Vancouver bakeries, where rustic rye, French baguette and plain ol’ white are on display among other, more adventurous varieties. [Photo credit: iStock.com/LOVE_LIFE]
Congratulations, you’re getting married! Now comes the fun part - choosing a cake. Whether you want a classic tiered cake, a gluten-free gateau, or a mountain of bite-sized cupcakes, there’s a cake shop in Vancouver that can help make your sweet dreams come true for your special day.
You can’t have a proper birthday party unless you have a delicious birthday cake! With the diverse food scene in Vancouver, there are many fabulous bakeries where you can find the perfect celebratory treat. Make your big day a little sweeter this year and pick up the perfect cake to fit your style.
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