Whole Foods Market can have my entire pay cheque. I’m willing and ready to fork out any exorbitant sum, so long as their gourmet salad bar’s alluring array of ingenious, beautiful creations continues to flow. They are worth their weight in gold (which is, in fact, very near the price they charge), as are many of the unique food items adorning the shelves.

Here are seven of my most exciting recent discoveries at the 510 West 8th Avenue location, conveniently located within eyesight of Yaletown, directly across Cambie Bridge.

‘Certified Organic Fair Trade’ Vanilla Infused Sugar
Sinfully delicious on buttery toast slices, cream of wheat, or in coffee.

...because sugar temporarily solves problems.

So Delicious’ Coconut Milk Mint Chip ‘Ice Cream’
Whiter than milk and lighter than your regular variety, this dairy-free ‘ice cream’ is a thrill for those suffering from lactose intolerance. Serving size = one tub per person.

...because it's the only way you'll get enough calcium in your diet.

…because it’s the only way you’ll get enough calcium in your diet.

Nona Pia’s Gourmet Strawberry Fig Balsamic Reduction
Drizzle over baked fruit for an ideal summer dessert.

...because it's thick, rich, and a healthier alternative to chocolate.

Cocolico’s Burnt Caramel Sauce
Some things taste better a little burnt, like roasted veggies, chicken wings, and caramel sauce. Spill generously over vanilla bean ice cream.

...because it's all about the sauce. The more the better.

O Olive Oil’s California Olives Crushed with Blood Oranges
Dunk your sourdough in this for a citrus twist to the usual balsamic + olive oil.

...because your hair, skin, and nails need the healthy fat.

OrganicVille’s Miso Ginger Organic Vinaigrette
Enjoy this Japanese-inspired dressing by the spoonful or on salads.

...because without dressing, a green salad has pretty much no nutritional value.

Pecan Cinnamon Bun
The best I’ve ever tasted…my splurge of all splurges (you’ll smell it when you walk in):

...because it's so good, it can't be bad.

Ciao for now,

Erin

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