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Temptation Island

I mean Granville Island, Vancouver, BC 😉

has a certain charm that I just can’t resist. Rich with fascinating history and buzzing with a colourful artistic community, the peninsula was once a busy industrial area.

Luckily for me, these days it seems she has decided to let her hair down, imbibe a few drinks, put on her most comfortable pair of jeans and embrace her inner millenial.

Some cool amenities now include an extensive marina, a university for art and design (Emily Carr University of Art and Design), a community centre, various performing arts theatres, galleries, microbreweries, kitschy boutiques and waterfront restaurants.

Artisanal everything is just the norm here in Granville Island
Artisanal everything is just the norm here in Granville Island
So we bought these pillows. I don't remember why except they seemed a good buy at the time
So we bought these pillows. I don’t remember why except they seemed a good buy at the time
And these 'Silver Bells' seemed a good buy too, right mom? haha! (sorry, private joke ;) )
And these ‘Silver Bells’ seemed a good buy too, right mom? haha! (sorry, private joke 😉 )

The main attraction (for me) however would be the Public Market which holds a treasure trove of items to tempt you, things that you probably don’t need – but might want.

Say hello to my parents :)
Say hello to my tour guides – my parents 🙂

And personally, I like to meander around the food hall, sniffing and then tasting everything that vendors boast to be ‘home cooked’, ‘artisanal’, ‘organic’, ‘third wave’ or ‘locally made’– words that speak to most hearts these days.

Everything you want your vegetables to be: fresh, organic and cheap
Everything you want your vegetables to be: fresh, organic and cheap
So here's that food hall I just mentioned. It gets pretty packed and sometimes you might need to share a table, but it's a great way to make new friends :)
So here’s that food hall I just mentioned. It gets pretty packed and sometimes you might need to share a table, but it’s a great way to make new friends 🙂
This man was thoroughly enjoying making his pasta noodles - it was a joy to watch and I swear, it almost made me want to switch careers.
This man was thoroughly enjoying making his pasta noodles – it was a joy to watch and I swear, it almost made me want to switch careers.
Sweet treats...
Sweet treats…
...and delicious meats
…and delicious meats

I just love that every visit is slightly different and that there’s always room for the unexpected.

And you never really know what you will see or who you might meet…

Look who I bumped into. Two charming Filipina ladies serving the most delicious clam chowders I've ever had.
Look who I bumped into: two charming Filipina ladies serving the most delicious clam chowders I’ve ever had.

…and the best surprise of all…

Mama Mia! Will you look at that!
Mama Mia! Will you look at that!

…what you will eat 🙂

Love,

Celine

p.s Granville Island is located across False Creek from Downtown Vancouver, under the south end of the Granville Street Bridge

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