Edible Canada – Seasonal and Local Ingredients

Granville Island is one of my favourite neighborhoods in Vancouver. There is so much culture, travelers and of course fresh and local produce.

I can’t believe I haven’t written about Edible Canada, I’ve been there so many times! This may be slightly overdue but, I promise it will be good.

They have a little gourmet snack and spread section at the back of the store carrying an array of delicious candies, spreads and, more sweets. The layout reminds me of Manzo at Eately in New York

The patio wraps around from the front to the side. As much as I love patio’s be wary of sitting close to the flower beds during bug season. There was a huge clusters of flies, not so appetizing. I always ask for a table inside. I’ll tell you about the horrific bug experience at Minami’s patio another time. I must warn you, it was so disturbingly graphic that I downed two shots of vodka to make me forget and that is saying something, I’m not usually a shots kinda girl. No really, not lying, I can hear you skeptics.

Edible Canada features a mix of local seasonal produce and seafood.

I just love it when I snap pics and you catch people discreetly checking each other out. In her case she had bug eyes and a smirk, not so discreet. I wonder if she got the guy?

Started with Togarashi Rice cracker crusted wild albacore tuna, warm fingerling potatoes, peas, kale, wild mushrooms $15. This was refreshingly pleasant on the palette. The dish was simply flavored, which allowed the quality of the ingredients to come through. 4/5

Togarashi Rice cracker crusted wild albacore tuna
Togarashi Rice cracker crusted wild albacore tuna

Sloping Hills Pork Duo, Slik spice crusted grilled 8oz pork chop, braised pork belly, hot & sour vinaigrette $24. A huge dish, the braised pork belly was so tender and flavourful. The grilled pork chop was a little over cooked making the meat a chewy. 3.5/5

Sloping Hills Pork Duo
Sloping Hills Pork Duo

PEACE COUNTRY BRAISED LAMB PASTA, rigatoni, wild mushrooms, peas, sorrel. $22 Lamb pasta was yummy, our favourite dish of our meal. 4.5/5

PEACE COUNTRY BRAISED LAMB PASTA

PEACE COUNTRY BRAISED LAMB PASTA

KASU & BIRCH SYRUP SABLEFISH, fava beans, asparagus, peas, northern beans, Swiss chard $26. Sable fish was silky smooth. I would definitely re-order this dish 4/5

KASU & BIRCH SYRUP SABLEFISH
KASU & BIRCH SYRUP SABLEFISH

LOIS LAKE STEELHEAD SALMON local Dungeness Crab croquette, wild salmon caviar, smoked tomato vinaigrette. We ordered this because they had crab croquettes. Apparently, it was very delicious I didn’t even get a chance to try it. I did try the salmon, which was very fresh 3.5/5

LOIS LAKE STEELHEAD SALMON
LOIS LAKE STEELHEAD SALMON

I’ve been back a few times already and the food has been fairly consistent. The service was a slow, it took 10 minutes to get our water refills.

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Herons Restaurant Promotion – Fairmont Waterfront

Herons Restaurant & Lounge located in Fairmont Waterfront
Similar to their previous lunch promotion last year, $17.50 lunch buffet per person. Sweet deal! For a sample of dishes presented at their buffet and a review check out
Fairmont Waterfront Herons – 2 for 1 Lunch Buffet

Preston – Why Empty Restaurants are Creepy

Preston, is a little piece of Yaletown in Coal Harbour. With its dark wood and black on red decor. Peering from the outside it looks pretty dead, going to an empty restaurant could be pretty creepy. I walk by this place daily and always make a mental note to try it but, always get creeped out when it’s completely empty. Thankfully, on a Saturday night it was half full, whew…

We decided on the Saturday Date Night menu, $49 shared appetizer and desert and, seperate entrees.

Appies

Started with the Sweet Prawn Gyoza and Scallops – Dumplings were nice and crispy. I wouldn’t say it was brilliant but, it was above average.

Sweet Prawn Gyoza and Scallops- Preston
Sweet Prawn Gyoza and Scallops- Preston

Entrees

Wild Mushroom Ravioli – Wow, it was so dry and undercooked it was like eating tree bark dipped in sweet and sour sauce. The flavors did not complement each other. The combinations of flavors were so odd, we were left feeling confused, what the hell am I really eating, sweet and sour, with wild mushrooms?!?

Wild Mushroom Ravioli- Preston
Wild Mushroom Ravioli- Preston

In replacement of the sweet and sour tree bark ravioli, we ordered the Pad Thai. It was a bit bland but, certainly passable. My dining companion mixed in some soy sauce and chili paste to the leftovers the next day and apparently, that was good.

Pad Thai- Preston
Pad Thai- Preston

AAA top sirloin – The meat was tender and juicy, albeit very salty. I’m guessing they accidentally dumped too much salt on the steak, so much so I could still see little chunks of crystals that I had to scrape off.

AAA Top Sirloin - Preston
AAA Top Sirloin - Preston

Strawberry Balsamic Cheesecake – I love strawberry cheese cakes with sweet balsamic reduction.

Strawberry Balsalmic Cheesecake- Preston
Strawberry Balsalmic Cheesecake- Preston

The service was exemplary, the hostess came around to each table and asked, using your name, and extra added customer service touch was pleasant and saved the dinner from being a complete failure.

Value: [rating=4]
Service : [rating=4]
Ambiance: [rating=4]
Price: $$
Cuisine: West Coast Restaurant
Location: Downtown Vancouver

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Joe Fortes – Sweet Lunch Deal

Joe's Gold Oysters - Joe Fortes
Joe's Gold Oysters - Joe Fortes

Value: [rating=4]
Service : [rating=4]
Ambiance: [rating=4]
Price: $$
Cuisine: West Coast Restaurant
Location: Downtown Vancouver

Like most of us, we have one restaurant that stands above all others, our #1 Go To restaurant. We love that restaurant because it is cozily familiar, provides great service, and, above all, serves superb food. My #1 Go To restaurant for lunch—d no not Cactus—Joe Fortes. Their prix fixe lunch menu is my absolute favorite in terms of value. Two courses for -$14.95 or three courses for $17.95 is a steal for the high quality of seafood served. Available 11 – 4PM Monday thru Friday.

It took me less than 2 seconds to sell my friends on this deal.

We started off with our appies. The hefty portion of Mixed Greens Drizzled With a light Balsamic Vinaigrette was crisp and refreshing, unlike crappy restaurants where thegreens are drowning in dressing and taste like gooey slop over ripe green mush. – Pretty appetizing isn’t it?

Mixed Greens - Joe Fortes
Mixed Greens - Joe Fortes

The cup of clam chowder was a little smaller, not too rich, and had the right creamy consistency. Whole pieces of clam, bacon and thyme.

Clam Chowder - Joe Fortes
Clam Chowder - Joe Fortes

For our entrées my friends ordered the Maple Glazed Wild Salmon with Roasted Potatoes. The subtle smoky maple flavor gave it an extra layer of flavor.

Salmon - Joe Fortes
Salmon - Joe Fortes

The Shrimp Linguine with Basil Marinara Sauce was simple, too simple. The dish needed a spark of creativity that was missing. No cheaping out on the shrimp though. I split it with my friend, so double the picture below to get the true portion size.

Shrimp Linguine - Joe Fortes
Shrimp Linguine - Joe Fortes

To finish off, we all ordered the Vanilla Crème Brulée with Caramel Sauce. After my friend Soph, announced she was too full to possibly have another bite, she proceeded to attack the dessert voraciously, finishing it in record time. Apparently, it was that good!

Creme Brulee- Joe Fortes
Creme Brulee- Joe Fortes

It’s a popular hangout during lunch, so make reservations.

I do recommend making reservations for lunch, it’s a pretty popular hangout during lunch.

Simon Vortel
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