Using locally grown rice, this tiny craft sake producer (the first of its kind in Canada) should be on everyone's Granville Island to-do list. Twinkle-eyed sake maker Masa Shiroki creates several tempting tipples and you can dive in for a bargain $5 three-sake tasting. It's an eye-opening revelation to many drinkers who think sake is a harsh beverage. Take-out bottles are also available.
Consider buying a jar of kasu; the lees left over from the fermenting process are a great exotic cooking ingredient and are even used in the small array of artisan chocolates for sale on the counter.