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Homesteaders Emporium (Vancouver) – a review by GaddAboutEating

Homesteaders Emporium

649 E Hastings St
Vancouver , BC, British Columbia
Canada, V6A 1R2
(604) 568-7675


Blessed are the Cheese Makers, the Bee Keepers, and the Folks at Homesteaders Emporium where you can find what you want or need for all types of homesteading activities. Old fashioned and new fangled; practical and beautiful things.

Candles, canning and cheese; in this store you’ll find the supplies for these.

Sausage making
Mushroom Cultivation

Farm & Garden supplies from seed to tool and don’t forget bee keeping, composting, and backyard chicken coops.

Home and Garden supplies from cookware to storage and also:  knitting and fibrecrafts,

The store and website are full of some great things and connections to some amazing knowledge.  Check out their EVENTS page for some great happenings!!!!  You should definitely visit them soon.

Main Street Honey Shoppe – Vancouver

Review by GaddAboutEating

Main Street Honey Shoppe
4125  Main Street
Vancouver, B.C.  V5V 3P6

604 – 879 – 6052
Fax: 1 – 888 – 424 – 3079
Email:  info@mainstreethoney.com

Main Street Honey Shoppe (inside)An amazing location full of honey products.   Honey, wax, bee pollen, candles, and beauty products.    The honey selection is second to none.  If you want to try different types of honeys from different parts of the world, this is your place.

Connected to the HoneyBee Centre in Surrey (which also sells bee Main Street Honey Shoppe (inside)keeping supplies) their depth and breadth of knowledge is impressive.  There are instructional sessions held at the shop – email them to get on their mailing list for updates about activities at the store.

They also have a selection of tea and some baked goods made with the products.  A lovely bright shop and well worth the visit.

Review – West Coast Seeds

Review by GaddAboutEating. Photo from West Coast Seeds

West Coast Seeds

4930A Elliott Street
Ladner, BC, British Columbia
Canada, V4K 2Y1


Don’t worry – it’s not just for West Coast People.   This is the place to go for organic seeds and gardening supplies and they are available online or in person.  I started using West Coast Seeds years ago.   At that point they weren’t in their fancy store.   It was a shop in a barn on a farm property.   The  selection was very good  and the service has always been consistently great:  pleasant, helpful, and well-informed staff.

West Coast Seeds believes in the principles of organic gardening and as such they only sell untreated seeds.  They have wonderful varieties of heritage, heirloom and organic seeds for your vegetables and flower gardens.

The staff is wonderfully knowledgeable and incredibly helpful.  It’s an interesting experience listening to their conversations with other customers and you scan the racks of seeds – what you overhear are some interesting tidbits about other’s gardening practices and concerns as well as getting the sense that all the staff are genuinely interested in helping and are very passionate about what they do.


Most years I start my seeds super early and fill up my tiny kitchen table and shelves with trays and lights.   This year I’ve managed to show some restraint – only because of my incredibly busy school schedule – and am about 2 months behind.   Which probably puts me right in line with when normal people would start.

I haven’t yet taken my Spring trip out to their store but good news is:  I have a selection of seeds that I’ve been collecting for years; I’m seeing West Coast Seed displays in my local garden centres; and – something you internet people will love – they have an amazing catalogue and webstore.

The website is an amazing resource itself.
The site includes planting guides for all areas of Canada  [LINK]  as well as many other informative guides, instructive articles and blogs, and glossaries.

Happy Spring!!!

West Coast Seeds
West Coast Seeds

GaddAboutEating at Tibisti Grill

Article and photography by GaddAboutEating, Voiceover by Lew Williams. 

February is the Month of Love.

I love food.  I love sharing food.  I love sharing food with the people I love.   It’s lovely.

I must have written about this place a half dozen times; visited too many times to count.   Watched, years ago, as the renovations were done to the space and were eager to see what was being brought to life in the neighborhood.  (I really don’t have to GaddAbout very far in order to enjoy some incredible food). Tibisti has that ‘family’ feel;  you will be welcomed on your first visit and treated as if you were a long-time friend.

Tibisti baclawaAbsolutely the BEST baclawa.  Yes I realize I am reviewing the last part of the dinner first.  I cannot be expected to leave the best to last.

Best Baclawa Ever.  It doesn’t get any better than this.  My partner theorized that the key was in the honey used.    When complemented on its excellence the chef said it’s his specialty – a secret.  I asked if the secret was the honey or the sweet water he used;   I got  no reply from him other than ‘he makes his own syrup”.  So it remains a mystery…. but isn’t that what magic is all about?

…and why should I have to save the best for last?…


Mirgaz or Merguez.   What a lovely word.   What delicious food.  It’s a North African and Middle Eastern food.  Spiced ground meat with seasonings.  Sometimes it is put into a casing – made into a sausage. Tibisiti style is wrapped on flat long skewers and grilled.  Fresh.

Tibisti hummusHummous.   The food of the gods.  An ancient food made with basic ingredients.   Delicious and freshly made and like everything else at Tibisti:  it is the best.

Tender, lemony roasted potatoes.   Drool factor about Tibisti lemon roast potatoesan 11 on a scale of 10.   I’m making myself hungry while I’m typing this up.  I’ve managed to figure out a fairly decent recipe for making these at home but no matter what I do – they are never as good as the real thing made by Chef Mohammad at Tibisti.

Tibisti ribeye steak dinnerHalal meat from the butcher’s case, sliced fresh and grilled to  absolute perfection.  Tender and tasty.

Tibisti offers an eat-in, take out grill with a variety of tender and juicy Lebanese and South Asian dishes.  Great service and atmosphere. When they say “This is the best ______ you’ve ever had”, they’re telling the truth.

Tibisti Foods & Grill
(604) 737-1000
6990 Victoria Drive
Vancouver, BC