Granville Island in Vancouver was one of my favourite spots I discovered while on my second trip out to BC some 14 years ago. On my last visit this past summer, it was on my list of places to visit again.
I didn’t have nearly the amount of time I wanted to just wander and explore it again, but such is life when you’re traveling in a group.
I could seriously have spent an entire day there, just exploring all the little shops and places to eat. On my first visit to Granville Island, I had the better part of a day to spend wandering its streets and alleys.
Granville Island is full of artisan shops, theaters, eateries, galleries and so much more! You really need at least a solid day to explore all it has to offer.
My favourite thing to do there is being able to wander about the Granville Island Public Market. There is so much to look at and to taste!
I love me a good market and Granville Island may have the best one I’ve ever had the privilege to discover in Canada.
Since I have a massive sweet tooth, it didn’t take long for me to zone in on a lovely choice of pastry and desserts at Stuart’s Quality Baked Goods. There was a line-up at the counter which testified to its mass appeal, which left me with ample time to snap a few quick pics of all the nom-noms with my cell phone. I’m pretty sure I gained 10 lbs just staring at them all.
OK, you can do this, you can pick only two, so make it count. Yes, I could totally have sampled a little of everything, but my wallet and my waistline couldn’t take that kind of hit. So two it is.
I’m a sucker for fruit tarts and raspberry tarts are right up there as probably my favourite of all time. You can bet that one of those was going in my box!
I also spotted a raspberry chocolate tart and well I know how good those two go together…it will be a double raspberry adventure! Squeeeeeeee!!!
I patiently waited my turn, selected my raspberry tart and my chocolate raspberry tart and eagerly accepted my box of goodies before wandering off outside to a sunny spot with a bench where I could sit and enjoy not only my yummy nibbles but the sights and sounds of Granville Island.
It was a hot sunny Summer day in Vancouver and my tarts glistened from the condensation that covered the tops of the tarts.
I decided to bite into my chocolate raspberry tart first and save my raspberry tart for later.
The chocolate raspberry tart was quite good. I really love the play in tastes and textures of chocolate and raspberries, for me, they just work.
My personal preference would have been to have just a little less chocolate filling and a lot more raspberries. Don’t get me wrong, it was a lovely piece of pastry yumminess, but I felt the raspberry angle on this tart was lost to the amount of chocolate. This is strictly a personal preference thing here, I think I would have preferred it more if it had more of a half and half balance, being able to taste the chocolate and the raspberries equally.
Did I eat it, you betcha I did! It was delicious, come on, pastry, chocolate and raspberries. YUMMO! It gave me some ideas for playing around in my own kitchen. Now I just have to find the time!
And on a side note, the fresh raspberry tart was Dee-Freaking-Scrumdilicious. Fresh raspberries and me, BFF.
My second visit to Granville Island, though much shorter than I would have liked, proved to be as fun an experience as the first time. I had some lovely little treats and found a couple little keepsakes to bring home to remind me of my latest Vancouver adventures.
Do you have a market that you love? I would love to hear about it!