OK, so Gourmet Warehouse isn't so much a "discovery" as it is a destination.
As the name depicts, Gourmet Warehouse is a large store with warehouse-type ceiling - they recently expanded to 12 000 square feet, and still offer kitchen gadgets, food and kitchen products galore.
I haven't been in a long while, and it was a nice treat. I went in for a spaetzle maker (but deemed it too expensive and not practical) but walked out with a set of cute ramekins and kitchen tools.
I loved (as always) the kitchen gadgets - the cake stands, the cookie cutters, the chocolate molds, the japanese graters. I figure I will go back some time to peruse their "salt section" once more (my visit got cut short as M called me to meet for dinner. hmmm.)
I also loved their variety of quality chocolate and vanilla extracts - they had every variety available, as well as a vanilla bean paste.
Another thing I loved about Gourmet Warehouse is their support of local businesses as well. They stocked marshmallows from Butter Bakery, sauces from Vij's, sausage from Cioffi's Meat Market & Deli in Burnaby, and Vancouver Croissant's organic croissants.
Love it love it love it. Definately a go-to place for all your kitchen needs, if not some inspiration!
Gourmet Warehouse does offer some classes and events - however when I inquired at the cashier desk, she directed me to the newsletter on the website. At the time of writing, there is only an older newsletter (Fall / Winter 2008) available - hopefully they'll have some classes out by summer?
1340 East Hastings Street [map]