Category: Vancouver (BC)

field trip :: save on meats

Ack! This post is long overdue, but better late than never right?! Last month, we visited Save On Meats for their DIY workshops which we purchased via Groupon to learn how to make our own bacon, pancetta, and sausages. My family used to shop at Chinatown every Saturday and then we would make our way to Woodward’s and Army + Navy for a malt or hot dog. I remember Save On Meats well and I am pleased to see what it has become today with the cafe / meat shop / cooking facilities / classroom space (coming soon!).

I have learned that meat isn’t exactly the most attractive thing to photograph and as we made the sausages in one of the meat lockers upstairs, the light wasn’t the best. I will say that both the workshop and the company was fantastic, and I will never purchase bacon again. D.I.Y. (do-it-yourself) all the way! We are pretty much through (we did give some away!) the several pounds of meat that we brought home and I can’t wait to truly document our second attempt! Cheers to newfound skills!

field trip :: granny and grumpa’s antiques

On Friday, we met up with Lily to pick up a few wooden crates and we started talking about thrifting haunts in the Valley. One thing led to another and the next thing we knew we were starting up the GPS and heading out to Sumas Prairie to one of her favourite places – Granny and Grumpa’s Antiques.

 As part of the Circle Farm Tour, their farm apparently houses the largest single private collection of antiques in the entire province of British Columbia and I believe it. This place is huge with about 6 separate buildings where you can easily spend hours browsing through the endless rooms. Everything is neatly organized and some rooms are even themed such as Coca Cola, ashtrays, and a {spooky} doll room that I suggest avoiding if you aren’t into that!

Unfortunately, I didn’t pick anything up on this trip as there was just too much to take in. However, I will be sure to come prepared next time! Check out some great tips by Birch + Bird for shopping at barn sales!

field trip :: nelson the seagull

A few years ago, I would have never thought to walk down Hastings and Carrall Street in Vancouver. Honestly, I probably wouldn’t even go past Dressew, but the City has changed. Holy moly, has it changed! One early morning walk later, we discovered fantastic eateries and shops such as Old Faithful Shop, Cartem’s Donuterie, Revolver Coffee, Meat and Bread, and Nelson the Seagull. And really, with a tagline of “Bread and Coffee”, did you expect anything else, but brilliant toast and flat whites? Yes! Flat whites!

Nelson the Seagull
315 Carrall Street, Vancouver

field trip :: marché st. george

Shhh… I’ve been twitter stalking Le Marché St. George when I was still in London, so you can bet your bottom dollar that we were going to visit soon after returning to Vancouver! You see, I have a “thing” for neighbourhood storefronts attached to houses. Maybe it’s because there aren’t that many of them in Vancouver, but they just seem so special and Le Marché St. George is just that. A neighbourhood grocer, they carry locally sourced grocery staples including Beta 5 chocolates, D-Original sausages, and farm house cheeses.

The husband and wife team also runs a cafe with a coffee bar and light lunch menu including a range of quiches and baked goods. Their hot chocolate is one of the best I have ever had – chocolatey, but not too sweet! A true hidden gem in South Vancouver (BC)!

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city guide :: vancouver, bc (part 2)

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click here for part one of the city guide :: vancouver, bc

For part two of our Vancouver, British Columbia city guide, we visit the Main Street and Fraser / Kingsway part of town for a few of my favourite spots for crafty supplies and indie craft goods. Like any busy city, there may be a shop or cafe that is missing from the list. Please feel free to leave a comment below with your suggestions!

Collage Collage – 621 Kingsway

Focused towards children aged 3 to 12 years old and those young at heart, a one stop shop for supplies, books, kits, handmade goods and workshops. Check their website for special events and art installations.

Spool of Thread Sewing Lounge (above) – 101 – 649 E. 15th Avenue

One of the only places in Vancouver for modern and Japanese fabrics. Workshops and drop in sewing stations are also available.

Ruby Dog’s Art House – 623 Kingsway

Good selection of altered art and books, collage, mixed media and vintage ephemera. opening days + hours are limited, check website for details

Bird on a Wire – 2535 Main Street

Filled to the brim with handmade delights, owner, Karen is passionate about supporting local artists by carrying handmade creations within a 100km radius. You can find lots of local work from artists such as Firefly Notes, Earthgirl Aromatherapy and a cagey bee to name a few.

Dandelion Emporium – 2442 Main Street

Super sweet shop filled with handmade goods and indie craft finds.

photo credit: traceylikesyou

Regional Assembly of Text (above) – 3934 Main Street

Find lots of handmade goods by owners Rebecca and Brandy including a button making station, letter writing club and the lowercase reading room. Check out my write up on DIY Vancouver Granville Online.

Three Bags Full – 4458 Main Street

A knit shop filled to the brim with lovely yarn such as favourites from Two Sisters Stringworks formerly known as Yummy Yarn and Sweet Georgia Yarn.

Devil May Wear – 3957 Main Street

Owner and designer, Stephanie Ostler, hand makes her own clothing, lingerie and accessories on-site. Check out her wares and other local artists’ goods at the newly expanded store 2 blocks down from their original location.

Plush on Main – 4296 Main Street

Run by two sisters, Plush on Main is a studio / work room at the back and retail shop at the front. As of early this year, they carry locally made gifts from almost twenty artists mostly from the lower mainland and comprised mainly of women.

Flaming Angels – 4307 Main Street and Adhesif Clothing – 2202 Main Street

Both past Got Craft vendors, each store carries an eclectic mix of locally handmade, vintage and eco-friendly clothing, jewelry, accesories and home decor pieces.

collage collage : photo credit unknown

honourable mentions for local handmade finds + a quick bite to eat: Barefoot Contessa – 3715 Main Street (2nd location on Commercial Drive), Twigg & Hottie – 3671 Main Street, Les Faux Bourgeois – 663 E. 15th Avenue, Two of Hearts Clothing & Boutique – 3728 Main Street, Congee Noodle House – 141 E. Broadway (cash only), Rhizome Cafe – 317 E. Broadway, Mr. Lee’s General Store & Haberdashery – 109 W. Broadway, Urban Source – 3126 Main Street, Solly’s Bagels, Bakery & Deli – 189 E. 28th Avenue (it’s all about the cinnamon buns), Hawker’s Delight – 4127 Main Street, Bead Freaks – 4412 Main Street, Goldilocks – 2833 Main Street (lumpiang shanghai), coffee shops – Our Town, JJ Bean, Bean Around the World