I’ve been taking a course with Michael Stone down on Granville Island (more on that soon). The Island â€”which is technically not an Island but a Landfillâ€”is an urban wonderland of hidden treasures and oddities. My coolest new discovery is the big green dumpster in front of the trÃ©s-upscale Public Market. Yesterday a quick exploration yielded carrots, green onions, and a package of baby pattypans. The day before, a fine cabbage, a perfectly good red pepper, many red and yellow potatoes, and a small spaghetti squash. There was lots more, considerately layered between waxed cardboard boxes to prevent the goods from getting crushed. But I only took what I needed, as i’m sure that dumpster gets a lot of customers. For our class potluck I made a spicy asian dumpster slaw. When people tell me it’s so expensive to live in Vancouver I just smile and say, depends where you shop.