cuisine specialty at the end of the ‘Restaurants’ section in the Yellow Pages. The following is a list ofareas where specialty businesses are located.ChineseOn the downtown east side of Vancouver (Main and Pender streets) there are many Chinese grocers, fruit and vegetablemarkets, restaurants, appliance stores, and Chinese herbal medicine businesses.JapaneseLocated north-east of the Chinese markets (at Powell and East Hastings Streets) is a smaller group of Japanese grocersand produce markets. In addition, there are a few grocers located in other areas of the city and many restaurants thatspecialize in sushi. Some Safeway stores (large supermarkets) carry limited sushi making supplies.IndianTwo blocks from Langara College, on Main Street, there is a diverse collection of markets, restaurants, clothing storesand hardware stores that specialize in Indian products. In addition, Indian restaurants can be found throughoutVancouver.Gratuities in RestaurantsAcross Canada, it is normal to leave a gratuity or ‘tip,’ at the end of a meal, for the person who serves you in arestaurant.þTips are normally calculated at 10% to 15% of the total bill. An appropriate way to calculate a tip is to double theGoods and Services Tax (GST) which is 5%.þTipping is intended to be a supplement for people working in hospitality positions because they are usually earningminimum wage. It is also a way to indicate that you are pleased with the service you received.þYou do not need to tip when you are in a fast food restaurant.Fruit and VegetablesThroughout the city, many independent businesses sell fresh produce. A number are located near Langara College onMain Street, Fraser Street, and Victoria Drive.Garage Sales and Used GoodsAre you looking for a winter coat? Perhaps a lamp for your room? Stores that sell used goods, and garage sales, provideeconomical and fun alternatives for buying items that you might not otherwise be able to afford. þGarage sales occur throughout the year and are advertised in local and community newspapers, and by handmadesigns that are posted near garage sale locations.þUsed clothing and housewares are also sold from stores. For more information look in the Yellow Pages phonebook
-30-under ‘Clothing & Accessories - Consignment & Resale’, or ‘Secondhand Dealers.’Some secondhand stores located in or near Vancouver are:TSalvation Army Thrift StoreTValue VillageMEDICAL INSURANCEo matter where you go in the world, you can experience illness or injury at any time. In British Columbia, health care focuses on prevention and early detection of illness. You should seekcare before you are in a crisis or emergency health situation. Insurance ensures that a majority of yourhealth-related expenses are covered.þHaving an appropriate level of medical insurance coverage is the lawfor everyone living in British Columbia.
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