27 September 2013

Canada has good food, eh.

First and foremost, the food, right? Oh the food. So much food. To be specific, so much seafood. Enough to just make your heart burst (with love, of course!). For the sake of brevity, I give you our British Columbia Tour of Food in one line reviews. Important to note that we started each dinner with oysters. And they were amazing.

Ferris Oyster Bar, Victoria, dinner
Tired, very tired, but yummy Lavender sidecar and yummy steamed mussels and clams.... from what I remember.

Point No Point, Shirley, lunch
And don't call me Shirley! (Ok, a two-line review.) Quaint, amazing views, the best shrimp salad sandwich I've ever had, washed down with deliciously fizzy lime Perrier.

Pescatores, Victoria
Brad had an amazing halibut I think he's still drooling over, and I sampled some local lobster in orzo, and beer.

2 Chefs Affair, Nanaimo, lunch
Unplanned but irresistible super cute cafe, risotto balls (Brad), fish three ways, including the most delicious shrimp cake I've ever had.

Hawksworth, Vancouver, dinner
"Best new restaurant in Vancouver," also in our hotel, did not disappoint with octopus ceviche, crab custard, and some of the most beautiful fish we've ever seen.... including crispy skin (YUM). *sidenote, when places are extra hip or fancy, I try to reign in the nerdy photo taking!

Random pub in Whistler, lunch
Kind of like being at Cedar Point, you're there for the entertainment and, in this case, the view, which, for us, was (outside) looking up both Whistler and Blackcomb from the base of the ski hills, where daredevil bikers were biking down the mountain.

Yaletown Brewery, Yaletown, Vancouver, dinner
Our casual night, decent beer...

...decent pub food, prompted a trip to a better brewery after and then back to....

Hawksworth, for snacks

Go Fish, Granville Island, Vancouver, lunch
On the docks, straight from the fishermen, popular fish shack for fish (Brad) and oyster tacos that were mostly worth the 45-minute wait when they lost our order ticket.

Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar, Yaletown, Vancouver, dinner
Repeat visit for us, as amazing as we remembered, wishing I could eat a million more sockeye salmon nigiri pieces RIGHT NOW because they might be the most amazing bites of anything, anywhere.

Not pictured, the second round of salmon nigiri.

Fish House, Vancouver, brunch
In Stanley Park, in the rain, learned Ceasars are bloody Mary's w/ clamato instead of V8 and insanely delicious, Brad discovered the glory of eggs benedict, with crab, and I stuffed my face with a seafood hash.

Light on the hollandaise, please and thank you.

Steamworks Brewery, Gastown, Vancouver, beer
Breaking my own rule here for a word on Steamworks because it was fun, friendly and had delicious beer. We went twice.


And finally, a few extra words for our FINAL meal of vacation. We'd popped by a waterfront bar Saturday afternoon (revisiting from our last trip) for a few drinks, where we were chatted up by a middle-aged gentleman with a slightly younger (ok, much younger) girlfriend, and I believe he was showing off a bit for her (her first trip there). We exchanged a few restaurant recommendations, when he "warned" us about our choice for the next night - Rodney's Oyster Bar. He said with somewhat of a sneer, "...well, the oysters are good.... but's it's like pub food! Have a plan B." We felt pretty secure in our choice still but were still like, hmm, wonder why he said that.... BUT on our last afternoon, leading up to our dinner, two locals seemed incredibly excited that we planned to go there and had nothing but rave reviews. So glad we listened to them and didn't waver because it was... perfect. Travel tip... don't ever listen to the snooty tourist but always to the locals.

Rodney's Oyster Bar, Yaletown, Vancouver, dinner
Loud, casual, simple seafood menu of oysters and other shellfish, with salads (which we were mad craving) and soups (Slapjack = my new favorite soup, cream, butter, leeks, oysters), and, of course oysters.... and more oysters for dessert.

I'm OBSESSED with this in-house sauce that made my mouth burn.

The world IS our oyster!

1 comment:

Rachel said...

Gastronomical! Looks/sounds fantastic. Can't wait to see what's next on your travel menu. :D