Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Bring home a taste of the city with these
local souvenirs.
Sure, you could purchase the usual bottle of maple syrup
from a tourist shop as a memento of your trip, but that bottle's not really
from Vancouver—it's probably from Quebec—and there are more imaginative
ways to bring back a piece of Vancouver with you.
Here are five souvenirs to
savor that will conjure after you leave.
Salmon Candy Also known as Indian candy, this is a protein-packed snack
with a sweet coating.
It's typically made from wild BC salmon that's been
marinated in sugar, then smoked, giving the fish a charcuterie-type
You can pick up a pack at Granville Island, from vendors such as
Finest at Sea, a sustainable seafood company in BC.
The Liberty Distillery Vancouver is a drinking town.
It takes its alcohol
seriously, and spirits are no exception.
The Liberty Distillery on Granville
Island creates hand-crafted spirits entirely from local grain.
The liquor goes
through a triple distillation process in handmade copper stills.
You can try
their vodka, gin, and whiskey lines at the lounge, then decide which bottle to
take home.
Regional Wine British Columbia takes pride in its homegrown,
sophisticated wines that compete on an international level.
Okanagan Valley is
the area's primary winemaking region, and the best way to see a wide variety
of local labels is to browse a BC Liquor Store for BC VQA wines, a labeling
program that denotes the origin of the wines, and guarantees standards of
You can find a list of the 2015 BC VQA Wine Award winners here.
Craft Beer Visiting local craft breweries to get growler filled is a
local pastime.
You might not want to take home a heavy growler of beer, but
perhaps a souvenir bottle might interest you.
"The Growler Craft Beer
Handbook" lists all the local breweries in the area.
You can go directly to a
microbrewery to sample what they've got, or go to BC Liquor and check out the
local beer selection.
Coffee Vancouverites love their coffee, and you'll see them hanging out
in cafes throughout the day.
While you won't see coffee grown in Vancouver,
you will see locally roasted, artisanal coffee.
For instance, 49th Parallel
Roasters, which has a direct relationship with their coffee farmers, has a
roaster in Burnaby, about a half-hour drive from downtown Vancouver.
They also
have cafes in the Mount Pleasant and Kitsilano neighborhoods of the city.
Aileen Torres-Bennett covers the Vancouver beat for Travel + Leisure.
her blog at: abttorres.wordpress.com.

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