Yesterday I went to two of my favorite places ever. It all started with a hankering for cheese.
When you want great cheese in Vancouver, sure, you have some options, but many agree the best of the best is Les Amis du Fromage
With 300-400 cheeses from BC and around the world I could spend days in there trying cheeses before either passing out in a cheese-coma or being dragged away by the authorities. I can never resist trying the local cheese, so the owner Alice (with a borderline frightening amount of cheese knowledge) helped me pick out a nice chunk of Tomme D’or and Feta, both from farms in Salt Spring Island.
And since I was now only a couple blocks from Granville Island Market, how could I say no?
Browsing the usual stocks of amazing products, I overheard such things as a man giving a passionate presentation on corned beef. It was like on the Daily Show when Jon Stewart asked Barack Obama to “hope-up” some common everyday phrases like “Are you happy with your cell phone service?”
I also stumbled across some of this stuff :
Hickory Smoked Salt.
Now flavored salts are nothing new, they are easy to make and can add great flavor, but I was just amazed at the intense amount of smoke flavor these little babies had. I have actually tried to make my own smoked salt with semi-decent results, but this salt smelled and tasted like it had been living in the woods near a campfire for years like a wild man. You could seriously sprinkle this on a cucumber slice and it would smell and taste like Texas BBQ.
Go pick some up and see for yourself, and grab some cheese while you’re at it.
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