Grocery Gripes No More

Fantastic Frugal

The number one gripe I hear from people in the lower mainland is that “it is soooooooooo expensive to live here!” Yeah, thats what the news papers, and the news casters say, its so expensive… I am not gonna argue, some things are expensive; Rent, ICBC, MSP, TransLink, but these are all unavoidable expenses. Grocery shopping is unavoidable however the expense does not have to be. Let me teach you how Grocery Shopping can become a liberating experience and pleasurable for your pocket book.


When You are living Fantastic & Frugal you become smarter with Your money. For instance shopping at a branded grocery store on a main road means you are paying extra to that company for their: Branding, Location, Hours, and Purchasing Power. For certain grocery items it is necessary to stop in at these places where high end quality brand name products are available (like when you need semolina flour for pasta and it HAS to be the right kind). The smaller Bodega style grocery stores around town will ot have Kraft Dinner or Heinz Ketchup, what they will have is prices on Produce that under cut the Big Boys by half if not more.

Have you ever wondered at those tiny little ladies pulling the loaded to the gills cart across the crevices of  South Vancouvers side walks? I have! How did they afford to get all those groceries?? Who on earth are they feeding with that much food?? Seriously You had the same cart yesterday just as full of different food!!??  Yes these Ladies know about South Vancouvers dirty little secret; Fraser Street South!


Fraser Street South also known as Sunset Neighbourhood is a lovely collection of family run grocers and little shops. Nestled between 33rd avenue and 52nd avenue on Fraser street, its a walkable open air mall of sorts. The shops are quaint and bustling, expect to be run into with a cart or three. Just enjoy the experience, pretend your on vacation in a foreign country 😉

The Prices will blow your mind, You may need to purchase a cart of your own to get all the tasty fresh food home. if a $20 is the new $10 then You need to come to South Fraser street to do Your grocery shopping; $20 should net you a hefty 2-3 reusable bags of fresh produce along with other little items like canned coconut milk and longinisa sausages.



Personally I like to start or finish my shopping at Breka Bakery just south of 49th Avenue on Fraser Street. You saved a lot of money today, treat yourself to something special.


Warning: The following pictures are EXTREMELY delicious and may have you salivating on your laptop/phone!


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I’ve had many more Frugal and Fantastic findings recently, check back soon for another adventure installment written by Jamie Learning!



Free Pancakes!! YES FREE! from IHOP

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Free Pancakes at IHOP!! March 3rd, 7am-10pm, All proceeds collected as Donations on March 3rd go to Childrens Miracle Network!

To find your closest IHOP and plan tomorrows Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner

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Pressure Cooked Turkey and Gravy

Start a New Tradition of NOT Spending Your Whole Thanksgiving in the Kitchen!

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Pressure Cooked Turkey and Gravy

Fresh from the Pressure Cooker Fall Off the Bone Turkey and Gravy

Turkey is time consuming to prepare, slow roasting a Turkey in the oven is tedious, getting a Game Day worthy Roasted Bird can be near impossible…



Pressure Cooking as a technique has been around since the mid 1800s, these ingenious Pressurized Steam utilizing engineered pots were made available to households in North America in the early 1930s. I am a big fan of all things Vintage and Pressure Cooking is definitely that.

Turkey in Pressure Cooker

a Turkey about to be Pressure Cooked.

Pressure Cooked Turkey is the new, old fashioned, way to prepare a Holiday Feast with Classic North American style.

Braising a 15 Lbs Turkey in the oven

Braising a 15 Lbs Turkey in the oven

When utilizing the steam of the pressure cooker to quickly and efficiently cook your goose…errr Turkey, you need to consider things like crispiness and moisture balance. To obtain crispiness meats must be braised before going into any pressure cooker. Make sure your Broiler burner is extra hot before braising the outside of your turkey.

*LifeHack: Broiler not hot enough? open the windows in your kitchen and then prop the oven open a bit(some oven doors do this automatically) The cool air will trick the ovens temperature gauge, the Broiler burner will continue to heat.

CAUTION: Do not leave the door open like this for to long or walk away from a Braising bird, this needs your full attention… but only for about 15 minutes tops.

Baking Potatoes, Yam, Chestnuts

Roasting Potatoes, Chestnuts, and a Giant Yam low and slow for a couple hours. Enjoy the company of your holiday Guests, kick back have a beer and watch Your team win a football game!

Candied Yams with Mini Marshmallows

Candied Yams with Mini Marshmallows

Not slaving over the turkey means all kinds of extra time for your sides, not to mention oven space for said sides. I may have went slightly overboard with 6 sides but when you have the time why not get creative?

Oven Roasted Mashed Garlic Potatoes

Oven Roasted Mashed Garlic Potatoes

Of course Your extra time is yours to do what you choose with. May I suggest a crisp Autumn Stroll with your Loved Ones, or a new tradition of playing in the yard as a Family… Yes ALL of You! Even Mom!

Garlic Kissed Roasted Broccoli

Garlic Kissed Oven Roasted Broccoli

For those spending Thanksgiving with just one or two people this Pressure Cooking process works well in a smaller pressure cooker with a smaller bird or even using a “cut” of Turkey like a side or butterflied Turkey breast.

Pressure Cooked 15lbs Turkey

Fresh out of the Pressure Cooker; a Gorgeous, Crisp Skinned, Mouth Wateringly Moist 15 lbs Turkey!

It takes 2 hours… TOPS! That’s it. 2 Hours to Turkey! That means you may have to steal Uncle Mike away from the last touchdown or while the commercials are on to carve the bird!

Thanksgiving Dinner Plate

Thanksgiving Dinner Plate Including: Garlic Kissed Oven Roasted Broccoli, Buttered Peas, Candied Yams with Mini Marshmallows, Oven Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Lime Infused Green Beans, Chestnut Dressing, and the Piece De Resistance Pressure Cooked Turkey with Home Made from alllllllllllllll the Drippings Gravy!