Read my first post about Granville Island here.
Read the rest of Ton-Ton's Journey: Vancouver 2007.)
With Thanksgiving and the rest of the American holiday season fast approaching us, I wanted to share with you another post about my favorite Canadian cornucopia of edible delights. After all, it wouldn't be a trip to Vancouver for Cat and I without a visit to the Granville Island Public Market.
I first posted about Granville Island earlier this year. I covered a number of specialty food stalls and their fine Canadian products.
But, the vendors so nice that I needed to mention them twice was the Oyama Sausage Company. Every one of my trips to Granville Island is a pilgrimage to this home of carnal carnivorous contentment.
Their counter displays a slew of fine dried meat, sausages, pate, and cheeses, all locally produced. The cheese, in particular is advertised as world class. Every time I go, I wish I'd rented accommodations with a kitchen so I could properly enjoy some of their finer items. The boudin taunts me. Why does it mock me so!?!
Fortunately, between the food court, produce stalls, and many merchants selling processed foodstuffs, we can always but together a spread large enough to distract me from dreams of unctuous blood pudding for yet another year.
This year we let Ton-Ton pick out breakfast. Since he's a panda, we ended up with a far healthier meal than usual. Well, except for the donuts. Even pandas have their vices.
Fresh fruit galore, to quench the thirst and whet the appetite.
We also bought some baby bananas for self-wrapped portable snacks to take back to the hotel. Fruit is an ideal grocery when traveling because it doesn't need refrigeration.
Salmon jerky is another great product for the hotel-dweller. It's also a signature Canadian food.
A trio of refreshing salads; Asian Coleslaw, Greek Cucumber and Tomato, and Lentil. If you've never had salad for breakfast, you should really try it. It perks you up without weighing you down.
I also found something I'd never seen before. One of the stalls in the food court was selling burrito-sized Vietnamese Goi Cuon (Summer Rolls). These things were huge! The top roll had poached chicken and the bottom had smoked salmon. Guess America isn't the only country super-sizing its food anymore.
After breakfast, a stroll around the island to take in the sights. False Creek was really beautiful that cold, stormy morning.
I always like looking at Yaletown. So many people paying a fortune to be crammed into such a small amount of space. Those are some of the world's largest and most expensive sardine cans.
Ton-Ton stopped for a break and a drink of water. Little legs can't walk too far too fast. Other tourists gathered around to take pictures of him. A very pretty blonde girl, whose foot you can see in the bottom left, snuck a photo with her digicam when she thought I wasn't looking.
It started to rain, but Ton-Ton wasn't deterred. He wanted to play on the teeter-totter...
... and pilot the S.S. Tupper.
We left once it got too wet for even Ton-Ton's indomitable spirit. On the way out, we saw this truly surreal bit of graffiti.
The Granville Island Public Market - Rain or shine, always a good time. Go and bring your eatin' pants. You know, the ones two sizes too large with the elastic waistband.
Granville Island Public Market
1689 Johnston St.
Vancouver, BC V6H 3S2