Tag Archives: market

Makes Cents to Support Local Business

It thrills me to see the steady expansion of smart local businesses (not to say that I don’t shop at mega international vendors, that tends to be a given). Smart means local coffee shops like JJ Bean, opening their 16th location in March. These businesses often figured out the region’s market formula. Starting off conservatively, […]

Finding Favorite Food and Features in the Pacific Northwest: Portland

An opportunity to visit friends in the Emerald city presented an over night side trip to Portland. What did I discover, or rediscover? Dining Piazza Italia is a neighbourhood restaurant. Located in the trendy Pearl District, this trattoria’s offerings include the Italian classics, rigatoni bolognese is delicious here, with a nice combination of recommended house […]

Joined At Last: Starbucks Brings La Boulange Baked Goods On Board

Spring 2013 saw Starbucks acquiring French inspired San Francisco chain, La Boulange Bakery and Cafe, as mentioned in my post, “San Francisco Houses of Kick Starts.” Fast forward a few months later and we’re already seeing La Boulange product line in Starbucks shops across Washington state. I was happily surprised to get the same great […]

Brunching & Lunching in San Francisco

  Tourists and San Franciscans alike congregate at the Ferry Building Farmers Market for its famed food stalls (think food trucks at a farmer’s market) where lunch hour lineups snail on to the Embarcardero. Not only will you get to taste this region’s freshest produce and hottest dishes, you may even bump into a local […]

Night Markets New and Old

Like every North American coastal city, summer in Vancouver is synonymous with ferris wheels, cotton candy and mini-donuts (Playland). But, did you know that Vancouver is also famed for it’s fusion of the east and west with night markets? The May long weekend (Victoria Day) marks the summer long tradition of the Asian inspired night […]

Home Grown and Abroad – Farmers Markets

Sometimes the chain supermarkets, though convenient, leave urbanites uninspired in the cooking department. What better way to support your local agricultural industry and inspire seasonal recipes at home than a trip to your local farmers market? Caution though, visiting outdoor markets may become habit forming. Trout Lake farmers market in Vancouver is one I enjoy […]

Safety First: Fire Delays Vancouver Christmas Market Festivities

The Vancouver Christmas Market was due to open this morning until a fire began with an explosion from a propane tank. The fire was contained and only 6 vendors were affected. Fortunately, no one was hurt during the course of the blaze. Christmas Market staffers informed visitors that the market would be closed until further […]