i met john at the davie safeway today (since it’s conveniently located doors down from the liquor store). they had no basil… we thought – that’s okay, there’s so many lil markets between here and home, we’re bound to find some somewhere else. it took a couple more trips to local stores/markets before john located some basil at the Robson Public Market – he says we always underestimate that place. i think we do… we usually end up at Robson/Denman safeway.
Per my conversation with laura earlier this evening, what the heck is with all the “express” lanes over there? there’s like 5 checkouts and 4 of them are 15 items/9 items or fewer. so i told her we should just call it Safeway Express… although she said there’s really no point of the “express” since it takes so gosh darn long to get rung through any way.
okay that’s my supermarket rant
ps – check out the Robson Public Market :p
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Yes, many people underestimate the Robson Market. But, they have good bagels and lox at the bakery downstairs; great sandwiches at the little shop upstairs; great fruits and veggies in the produce place; and great candies and spices at the Mediterranean store. The place is definitely underrated.
There is also that organic wine store in there too. The people there are really helpful and love their wine. The only draw back is that since it’s organic, there is sediment that settles at the bottom of the bottle. So be careful when getting wine from there. That “crud” at the bottom isn’t bad for you, but it might be if you’re caught off guard. :p
The best alternative to the supermarkets that I’ve found in Vancouver is the farmer’s markets. Unfortunately, they only run for some spring / summer / fall months. The up side is that the produce is incredible and the prices are very decent. Plus, you’re buying directly from the growers so you know the money is going to them, not the end point in an industrial value chain.
Check out Eat Local (http://www.eatlocal.org/) for more information. There’s a west end farmer’s market that gets going in May.