Or what I like to call “Vancouver’s Slice Of Foodie Heaven”.
I don’t remember where I first heard about Gourmet Warehouse, but since discovering its existence, I knew one day I would have to go. I saw a customer at work come in with a reusable bag from their, and chatted her up about the place. Her testimonial not only made me want to go, but made me wish I was moving back out on my own NOW so I could pimp out my kitchen with new toys.
Although it always remained in my back of my mind that one day I would have to make the drive into Vancouver to go ogle all the wonders in the store. Unfortunately, my schedule has been crazy, and I just never got around to it.
Fast forward to my recent house sitting stint.
As I was rummaging through the cupboards, looking for things to put into my oatmeal one morning. I came across these.
Unopened containers of gourmet oils and whole vanilla beans.
A light bulb went off.
I happened to have this whole day off. So I decided it was time to make that drive.
Gourmet Warehouse isn’t exactly located in the best area of Vancouver (On Hastings Street, near Clark Drive, the edge of East Vancouver for those in the know), but it wasn’t bad enough that I worried about parking my car in the lot beside the store.
Upon entering, I was greeted with a sort of organized chaos of kitchen wares and foods. It was hard to know where to start. The isles don’t all line up exactly, so you kind of walk around in a daze, trying to take it all in. After a walk through of the store, I had to go back, not just to decide what to buy, but to see all the things I had missed.
Fortunately, each of the crowded shelves has groupings of like items, so if you know what you are looking for, you’ll find it all in one spot. There were plenty of treasures to discover, such as these hot sauces.
“See Dick Burn” Hot Sauce…I know there’s a joke in there that’s totally inappropriate.
There seemed to be an abundance of bacon items. Baconnaise anyone?
Should Baconnaise not be to your liking, I also saw bacon salt, bacon lip balm, and even bacon flavoured envelopes. Because everything is better with bacon, right?
Speaking of salts, I thought this vanilla sea salt would be awesome on homemade caramels or truffles.
Any avid baker could get lots in all the baking supplies.
The sea of white dishes made me long for my own set, so I could take even better food photos. There’s something about that clean white canvas that makes the food pop.
Eventually, I had to make some tough decisions and pick some items to take home with me. I considered the bottle of Lobster oil, but decided it was a little pricey. Turns out, my cousins had a bottle in their own fridge anyways.
The things you discover in other people’s kitchens.
I know what you’re thinking – “Marianne, cut to the chase. What the hell did you actually purchase?”
Ask, and ye shall receive.
Some Food Should Taste Good chips in flavours I’ve never tried – chocolate and cheddar. It was highly unfortunate when the bag of chocolate chips broke open in the car and I had to sample some. Highly unfortunate indeed.
Pumpkin butter! Packaged in fancy European drinkware no less. Take that Trader Joe’s!
Soba noodles, 2 ways – sweet potato and buckwheat, and brown rice and wakame. I see delicious, brothy, Asian-inspired dishes in my future.
Pomegranate molasses and avocado oil. Both of which I’ve had on my “to try” list for quite some time.
Side note – pomegranate molasses is amazing on top of Greek yogurt. Get thee some and try it ASAP!
Fancy pants Thomas Haas white chocolate with matcha. I think this bar should just have my name stamped on it, because it was obviously designed for me.
And my favourite frivolous purchase – Falksalt flaked wild mushroom sea salt. I picture finishing off pastas, risottos and pizzas with this.
Other than a severe lack of fancy nut butters (their staff told me they don’t have a demand for anything other than peanut butter and tahini – can you believe?!) and a lack luster array of teas (compared to my favourite tea places in Victoria), I was very impressed with Gourmet Warehouse. There is definitely something for every kind of foodie – from the home cook to the gourmet chef – to enhance your culinary fun. I will be back. In fact, I may already have plans for that in the near future, perhaps with a fellow blogger 😉
1340 East Hastings St