Unsung Heroes of the Pacific served during 10th annual Vancouver seafood festival

Blue Water Cafe's rendition of sea urchin 2014

Blue Water Cafe’s rendition of sea urchin 2014

Each February, for the last 10 years, Blue Water Cafe chef Frank Pabst expands palates while supporting sustainable seafood.

Dubbed “Unsung Heroes”, Pabst initially created the month-long event to celebrate local and unique seafoods at the same time avoiding over-fished species or species harvested in ways that can damage ocean beds.

I am the Pabst target market: concerned about the environment, slightly hesitant land lubber raised eating the usual ocean suspects: salmon, halibut, crab, and oysters. I must admit when I was invited to a preview event I was a little nervous, I’m an adventurous eater but not entirely familiar with all the weird and wonderful fruits de mer. Luckily Pabst and his friendly and accommodating staff are proud to share their passion for delicious and ocean-friendly seafood at an affordable price (Unsung Heroes dishes range from $9.50 – $12.50).

“Our objective was – and is – to utilize lesser-known ingredients while introducing guests to new experiences and flavours,” says chef Pabst.  “The popularity of the event has increased tremendously and these formerly ‘unsung’ species are now heroes in their own right – they have truly entered the ‘mainstream’ of the public’s consciousness.”  Continue reading:
Unsung Heroes of the Pacific served during 10th annual Vancouver seafood festival

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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December is here! Start off the beginning of a new month with a weekend full of activities! Read on for our roundup of events and things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

CandyTown Holiday Festival Comes to Yaletown

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Santa’s coming to town! The 2nd annual CandyTown comes to Yaletown this weekend to kick-start the holidays. Last year, 15,000 people visited the outdoor Christmas festival to shop, enjoy live music, go for horse-drawn carriage rides, and of course, visit with Santa. CandyTown is the only free winter festival in downtown Vancouver and promises to get visitors into the Christmas spirit. Candy canes and Christmas lights will line Mainland St while costumed characters parade along, transforming Yaletown into a winter wonderland.

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CandyTown Holiday Festival Comes to Yaletown

Fine food, lunch-time trolleys and do-gooder yoga all feature at Taste of Yaletown 2013

Lois Lake Steelhead at Provence Marinaside Photo credit: Emrys Horton

Lois Lake Steelhead at Provence Marinaside Photo credit: Emrys Horton

Pulse survey: who loves Dine Out Vancouver? If your answer was ‘yes, I do, I do’ then you will be happy to hear you don’t have to wait until the grey days of January to participate in a Dine Out-esque experience.

That’s right, the ninth annual Taste of Yaletown celebration is back – Dine Out Vancouver’s mini me.

Taste of Yaletown takes over Vancouver’s historic waterfront warehouse district from October 16-27th. This year’s festival of dining, drinking, sampling and sipping features three different set menu prices ($25, $35 and $45), special events and over 30 restaurants. Continue reading:
Fine food, lunch-time trolleys and do-gooder yoga all feature at Taste of Yaletown 2013

Bike-Seeing the Vancouver Waterfront

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When it comes to spectacular waterfronts, Vancouver ranks with the world’s great cities. Throughout downtown, busy streets dead-end at beaches and waterside parks, offering postcard-worthy views of the ocean and snowcapped mountains.

Vancouver’s waterfront also happens to be uniquely accessible. A 14-mile seawall – a broad ocean-side promenade dating back to 1917 – extends uninterrupted for nearly its entire length. And one of the best ways to experience the seawall is on two wheels.

Dozens of shops throughout the city rent bicycles by the hour. Meanwhile, a unique bike-sharing program to be unveiled in 2014 means there will always be a set of wheels nearby. It’s possible to bike the entire seawall in one go or to explore different sections one-at-a-time. Here’s a quick preview of what to expect:

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Bike-Seeing the Vancouver Waterfront