We were at Granville Island for a play, and I took advantage of the opportunity to poke around the market a bit. After making my usual stops for bagels and rugelach (Seigels), lox bits (Longliner), and soups (Stock Market), I found a few things I hadn't noticed before:
1) Edible BC sells prepackaged entrees from Vij's. I'd never peeked into the freezer before, so I didn't know what they had on offer. I bought a package of lamb curry, which we will try for dinner tonight. Since I will never, even convince my husband to go through the stand-in-line-and-hope routine at Vij's, this is as close as I'm likely to get to their food.
2) There's a place across from Edible BC called InDish that sells mostly pre-made meals that you can take home, assemble, cook, and enjoy. I don't recall seeing this place before, but I haven't been to GI in several months. They aren't cheap, but I'm willing to give them a try, to see if the quality matches the price. Unfortunately, they were sold out of the entree I wanted to try (chicken breasts stuffed with goat cheese), so I'll have to wait to give them a try.
3) I'm sure the Longliner has always sold chowders, but I hadn't noticed them before today (I've probably been distracted by all the other goodies they have). I picked up an $11 container of clam chowder for my son - again, I am hoping that the quality matches the price. My son will happily eat Campbell's Chunky Clam Chowder, but I'd feel better about his eating something made locally.
There were also some interesting temporary vendors set up - wild mushrooms looked intriguing, but I'm not sure how to use fresh chanterelles, or dried mushrooms of any variety. All in all, a rewarding day - I love tasty surprises!