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.
Dads can be notoriously difficult to buy gifts for. Surprise him this year with the best present he can’t wait to get his hands on. Forget the neckties and garden tools. What dad really wants is something he can enjoy! [Photo credit: iStock/g-stockstudio]
Whether you’re looking to save some money, bake a lot of goodies or simply like to keep your kitchen well stocked, buying in bulk is economical. While most stores in Vancouver have some bulk items, here are some great places to get the best bulk buys. [Photo © Yellow Pages / Pages Jaunes]
While there are plenty of places to indulge in take out downtown, there are plenty of grocery stores that offer fresh and exotic ingredients to cook at home. Here are some top spots to stock up on groceries. [Photo © Yellow Pages / Pages Jaunes]
Surrey has become one of the most culturally diverse cities in the Lower Mainland. And this diversity is reflected in Surrey’s many unique local grocers. Here are a few awesome places to go for all your cooking needs. [Photo © Yellow Pages / Pages Jaunes]
Whether you are on a mission to find bulgur wheat, curry ketchup or packaged rose petals, Richmond is home to a number of specialty shops that sell unusual edible goodies you may not easily find elsewhere. Visiting these unique grocery stores can also feel like a mini vacation to a foreign land, and that’s always a bonus!
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.
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]
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]
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