Foodie Friday comes to you from my sanctuary- my inspiration, motivation, and haven. In the peak of summer and tourist arrive by the bus loads and Granville Island on a sunny day becomes an even bigger attraction. Located under the Granville Street Bridge on a tiny little island, Granville Island Public Market isn’t the only big attraction at Granville Island. The shops in the Net Loft, Granville Island Brewing, and the artist and artisans inside and outside the market will keep you busy for hours. I’m being 100% honest when I say the only reason I went to the culinary school that I did was purely because of it’s location. I researched many schools all over the states before I decided to apply to The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, and the only reason I felt that this was the school was purely because of the fact that Granville Island was right outside it’s doors. I imagined running down the market to grab ingredients (which I had to do once! We were completely out of berries at the school), walking through with our Chef instructor has they talk about ingredients or vendors (also did this with my culinary instructor), or just walking around the market before or after school to kill so time (pretty much on a weekly basis). So I guess you could call it a dream come true.
There are tons and tons of websites and travel sites that will rave about Granville Island, and I truly cannot express how much of an inspiration this little slice of culinary heaven in the middle of downtown Vancouver is. I spend a lot of my free time thinking of recipes and food- like I’ve said many times, I’m pretty simple in my thoughts- and each time I think about Granville Island Public Market. Many times I can’t even keep up with my thoughts because of the sensory overload of the smells and sights of produce, meats, and variety of food all around. I’ve been to the market easily over 100 times now and as many pictures as I take every time I go, they will never compare to my first trip to Granville Island. I was a kid in a candy store and the pictures I took that day remain my favorite from any I’ve taken since. I guess it’s because every time I look at them I’m reminded of that day and all of its magnificence. Wandering in and out of the shops and possibly even loosing Darren at times, I was lost in my culinary world I would dream about. My first trip to Granville Island was also when I noticed The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts and thought to myself how amazing it would be to go there. Little did I know that 4 years from there thats where I would be.
I rave about Granville Island to all my friends and family back home and it truly is one of my most favorite places in the world. I never get tired of going there and probably never will.