Food

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Gourmet Sausages

 

Sausage may not be the first thing you think of when you take a trip to the West Coast, but Oyama's sausages are famous in Vancouver and served in the city's top restaurants.  What makes these sausages very Vancouver?  A few magic words such as "local farms", "rare breeds of pigs" and "hand-made."  Carefully crafted using European recipes, Oyama Sausage Co. has been driving locals wild with hunger for five generations.

 

There is little need to fuss with these delicacies. Just bring them home from The Public Market and barbecue.  Or for a picnic feast, pick up some of Oyama's pates and cheeses and serve them with a baguette from La Baguette et L'Echalote.

 

Oyama's manager, Jerome, is perhaps the happiest man in the market.  Not only does he sell "the best product on earth," he has also crafted a walnut wine in honour of his grandfather's life.  You can read the story of Jerome's grandfather's near-death experience during World War I in the Granville Island Book.  After reading the tale, why not try the wine?  It's available at Liberty Wines, just across from The Public Market.

Wild Pacific Salmon

 

Smoked salmon is famous on the West Coast, but have you ever tried Indian Candy? When making Indian Candy, the chef soaks the salmon in sugar or maple syrup before smoking it. This produces sweetly glazed product that is sometimes seasoned with garlic and black pepper. You can eat Indian Candy as a snack or serve it as you would fish. It's wonderful on a salad with a simple olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing.

 

For smoked salmon, very little beats a toasted bagel with cream cheese, smoked salmon and capers. Try to find this classic in The Public Market or prepare it at home.

 

Since the salmon is so fresh, west coast sushi is also hard to beat. You may try salmon sushi or sashimi in the market or at The Sandbar Restaurant.

 

Longliner Seafoods sells Indian Candy and smoked salmon by the gram, so you can buy a small amount to sample. (Remember, it's pre-cooked!) They will pack your fish for travel. The business is run by Jim Moorehead, a fisherman from Northern B.C. who knows his fish and many of the local fisherman.  

 

What is it like to be a fisherman off the coast of Alaska? Jim tells stories of sunken ships and massive storms in the Granville Island Book.