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Vancouver, Whistler, Salt Spring, Sechelt?

The report :

Vancouver (1st 2 nights):
Blue Water Cafe - hasn't changed much since our last visit 4 years ago. They do well what they do. It's polished service and menu combined. The price however is questionable. We did enjoy dinner again. But as for returning - no need to run back again anytime soon. (Some oysters are $3.50ea - that's very high.)

Rodney's Oyster House - ditto on the hasn't changed much. We somehow always get a brand new waiter (ours had just started that night) with no training what-so-ever. You are there for the oysters and they don't disappoint. Expect to be there a while. Oysters are slightly cheaper than Blue Water but not much. They had 10 selections on the weekend night we visited. Cooked food good, esp. vegetables. Service is the only issue.

Sechelt/Gibson's/Rogers Creek -

Sharkeys - Wow, certainly no neon lights directing you to it. Google Maps will show you it's at the crossroads but it's actually just before them on the north side of Rogers Creek Road. It's a little garage style building with a roll up door. The sign is tiny. Look for the open sign in the window. The Fish & Chips are made to order. We had Split fries with Salmon and Halibut. The coleslaw is vinegar based. The tartare sauce is excellent with a hint of dill in it. The fish is crunchy and not greasy. Best F&C ever? No. But very good. We took our lunch and ate at the beach park at the very end of Roberts Road - they have picnic tables there.

Smitty's Oyster Bar - we went for lunch and would happily go back anytime. Just 3 oyster types when we were there during the week. The Oyster po'boy had some heat, but was delicious. The open kitchen is tiny, but the chefs are cooking with care. We also had the lobster sliders (you taste the toasted roll, not the lobster) and the lamb burger. It's hidden down two flights of stairs underneath Molly's - so don't miss out going when you drive by and can't find it. The staircase runs on the north side of the long pier. Look for the blue building down below.

Sechelt Fish - Scored the spot prawns. They were fresh and gorgeous with no heads at 19.99/pound. Lots of other fish, much of it frozen.

We went to Wheatberries for bread and Bliss Cafe in Gibson's for a ferry lunch. Bliss is a wacky place - the baked goods are fantastic though! We loved the selection of lunch food but found it lacking in flavor - either too many ingredients or two few. The Shepherd's Pie was terrible. Don't miss the baking though. Wheatberries bread is fine (good ingredients) but nothing to swoon over. Tried the maple cinnamon roll - way too sweet for my taste.

We're in Whistler now... so will report on that shortly....

May 26, 2012
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Vancouver, Whistler, Salt Spring, Sechelt?

Thanks for the heads up Christy. I'll go search for it :)

May 22, 2012
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Vancouver, Whistler, Salt Spring, Sechelt?

Thanks Anne. I did find that and we'll see what we get to! I missed the Lepp farm market - but added it to the list. Thanks Georgia :)

May 14, 2012
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Vancouver, Whistler, Salt Spring, Sechelt?

Those insider tips are fantastic Georgia. Thanks so much! I've printed and bookmarked. We are familiar with some of the BC wines and love a well brewed beer as well. We'll check out the Sechelt wine shop. Now I have too many great food choices! What to do :) We'll definitely try and hike out to Smuggler Cove :)

May 14, 2012
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Vancouver, Whistler, Salt Spring, Sechelt?

Thanks for the Whistler inside track. We do have a car so we've booked Araxi and we do have a weekend night so we'll try and make it into the Big Smoke :) The Rim Rock or Edgewater will probably fill in another spot. The Vancouver rec's are great! Again thanks so much :)

May 14, 2012
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Vancouver, Whistler, Salt Spring, Sechelt?

Happy to return the favor. We're about an hour north of SF in Wine Country :) Thanks for the wishes!

oooooh Petite Souris. Yum, Got it :)

May 13, 2012
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Vancouver, Whistler, Salt Spring, Sechelt?

Wow. Thanks for all the great suggestions.

I've since added Marketplace Cafe in Ganges, the restaurant 62 in Abbotsford (thank you waver & anne) - and noted all the great shopping destinations Georgia suggested for the Sunshine Coast - looks like I'll be doing some cooking! SpotPrawns here we come!. Wish the Curry in the Creek worked with our timing - what a great idea :)

I've added The Salt Table and Chambar to the Vancouver lineup and noted JapaDog and Feastro among other food trucks..

Any advice on a Sunday dimsum that is worth seeking out? Kirin?

May 13, 2012
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Vancouver, Whistler, Salt Spring, Sechelt?

Glad I'll have a kitchen on the Sunshine Coast. Thanks George & J for the rec's. We will definitely seek out Spot Prawns there and visit the docks. Much appreciated.

May 13, 2012
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Thanks for the thumbs up on Araxi.

I've just added to my list: The Salt House, JapanDog cart and Chambar in Vancouver.

May 11, 2012
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Vancouver, Whistler, Salt Spring, Sechelt?

We're planning a BC Adventure and require top foodie destination help!! Great adventurous winelists are also an attraction.

in Vancouver - Chinatown destination and awesome oyster spots and somewhere to score spot prawns. great Indian or Greek?

what I've planned:
Vancouver: Hawkshead, l'abbatoir, BWC, Tojo's or Miko
I've noted Yew, Cru, Vij's and the Fresh Local Wild Truck.

Whistler: Sidecut, pasta lupino - is Araxi worth our time?

salt Spring: Hastings House

Sechelt/sunshine coast - we'll have a kitchen - oysters?

abbotsford: ???

all and any help is appreciated :)

Joanne

May 11, 2012
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