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Jun 24, 2011 03:10 PM

Vancouver foodie gift suggestions, please.

Hi, We'll be in Vancouver in about four days. What are some food and food-related gifts that are distinctly Vancouver-flavoured that we can bring home to the US for chowish friends and family? Thank you.

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  1. Ice wine from the Okanagan Valley.

    Most things from Edible BC on Granville Island @ the Market

    BC made Sake again on Granville Island

    Smoked Chinook Salmon from the Longliner

    Cookies from Butter Bakery

    1. Artisanal Gin and Eau de Vie from Victoria Spirits (most BC liquor stores will have the gin, private stores e.g Brewery Creek may have the EdV).

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      1. re: kinnickinnik

        Kinnick: Do you like Victoria Gin? My wife is in BC and I may have her bring me a fifth back to the States .....

        1. re: hawkeyeui93

          Oh I love it! It has a lovely warm, smooth flavour (rose and orange, cardamom come to the fore).
          I love it in a dry or not so dry martini with a twist, and in cocktails like the aviation or french 75 that don't overwhelm the gin. It's a bit wasted in gin and tonic (though I've had it with premium tonic and that was very nice indeed). Victoria spirit's orange bitter works really nicely with their gin.

          They also make a lovely, smooth and slightly nutty hemp vodka. I made a savoury cocktail with it and tomato water last summer that was terrific.

          1. re: kinnickinnik

            Is the rose as pronounced as it is in Hendrick's Gin?

            1. re: hawkeyeui93

              I don't think so but maybe close? - but haven't compared them side by side. The rose in Hendricks might stand out a bit more in contrast to the cucumber? I find the citrus comes out a bit ahead of the rose in Victoria gin.

              1. re: kinnickinnik

                Kinnick: Sounds great. I find the rose in Hendricks to be overwhelming!

            2. re: kinnickinnik

              Kinnick: My wife picked me up a fifth of Victoria Gin and further surprised me with a small bottle of the hemp vodka. Although I have yet to try the vodka, Victoria Artesinal Gin is all you said it was and more. In my favorite Spring/Summer drink [Gin Buck], the botanicals are perfectly balanced and the additional heft that it has [being 45 percent alcohol] is an added bonus. Thanks again for the recommendation.

          1. Thank you all so much. Sam Salmon, Edible BC was an especially great tip. I think we might have missed it if it hadn't been for your post and I got some perfect gifts there. There was a woman there today selling an outrageous all-natural almond brittle. If you go by and she's there giving out samples, you have to try some.

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            1. re: ninrn

              I know the brittle you are talking about -- comes in a brown box, either dark or light chocolate, right? I was buying it in the small size at Gourmet Warehouse and then discovered they carry the larger one at EBC. Doomed, I am.

              1. re: grayelf

                Yep, that's the one. Doomed, indeed. Maybe this is what the Mayans were tuning into. Not with a bang, but a brittle.

                1. re: ninrn

                  Do you remember the brand name? Might as well give this person proper props here.

                  1. re: fmed

                    I don't have the box anymore. -- My Dad tore into it and had tossed the outer wrapping away before I knew what happened. But I just checked the Edible BC website, and they say they carry something called Almond Butter Crunch from Fraser Valley Gourmet, so I'm pretty sure that's it. The lady who makes it is Katherine Geiger.

                      1. re: fmed

                        Yeah, that's it. That box is the larger version that EBC carries. And has sealed my doom therein :-).

                        BTW was at GIsle yesterday (getting potato rolls from La Baguette, natch) and noticed what looked like a store going in over by the info centre/instabanks in the middle called Edible Canada. Any intel on that?

                        ETA: Google is my friend:

                        Looks like Edible BC is expanding and will include a bistro, though a bit behind sked per the link. Interesting...

                        1. re: grayelf

                          Yup. I think they've had a soft opening of the bistro already. I spied folks eating out there last week (or maybe it was just the work crew). I'm looking forward to their longer hours in the new loc.

                          ETA - looks like it was a soft/preview opening:

                          1. re: kinnickinnik

                            I was recently in Vancouver and re-newed my love affair with th GIM. Got some flavoured "flick" salts from a small vender. Love them, esp. the mushroom one. They have made great gifts when paired up with the appropriate veg from my garden. Also some amazing Fraser Valley honey from blueberry fields, it was to die for.

            2. Cocoa West chocolate is to die for and are made in Vancouver (well Bowen island). The hot chocolates are at Edible BC truffles are on their store on Bowen.