Famous Foods

08th January 2011, in Dairy, FIND IT, Fruit, Groceries, Meat, Vancouver, Vegetables (0 Comments)

I follow the advice of former CBC radio food critic, Scott Mowbray (yes, really former). He figured there was no point in telling people where not to go. What do we need with that information?

Whereas a reminder of why you want to drop by Famous Foods is really quite valuable.

To start, it’s a good place to stock up on the things you need for your new year’s eat better plan.

This is where to get flours, whole grains, lentils, nuts, seeds, herbs, spices, powders, and potions – organic and otherwise. Many packaged in varying sizes right up to the 50 pound bag – should you need this many barley groats.

And to make the most of your trip, here’s a companion resource on grains from Fine Cooking Magazine.

Cam Bruce bought Famous Foods a few years ago and somehow expanded it without compromising its mixed-bag quality. Still no attitude, it manages to be a local grocery store and a natural food store with a diverse clientele – neo-hippies, vegan octogenarians, low-income families, former Soviet block immigrants, tattooed students. Which, come to think of it, also describes some of the staff.

It’s been around for some 50 years. Originally it was at Clark & Hastings but they’ve been on the The Kingsway (as one immigrant friend calls it) for most of their life.

Like people remember their first record album (CD or Limewire download), I first went to Famous Foods in the late 70s to get some engevita yeast for my popcorn. They still carry it but now I’m more interested in the international selection. You know, sprats from Estonia, kosher dills from Israel, Hungarian pepper paste.

It’s also good for meat. The focus is on organic and hormone free. But you can get the other stuff. Ditto, the produce and dairy.

And the prices are always good. Sometimes even fantastic.

Shopping and browsing plus a cruise down Kingsway. This must be what they mean when they say destination shopping.

Famous Foods
1595 Kingsway
8:am-9:pm / 7 days a week

Famous Foods

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