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WillTravel Feb 5th, 2010 12:03 AM

I'd say that the dishes NWM mentions *are* from eastern Canada.

It's really hard to pin down "Vancouver cuisine" because there are immigrants from every corner of the globe here. However, I think Bishop's is a restaurant that's seen to serve fresh local Vancouver food, whatever that is, so you might like to look at the menus here:

traveller69 Feb 5th, 2010 07:32 AM

Grandmere - I have a very close friend who is the executive chef at one of "the" restaurants in Vancouver. I emailed him last night and asked what he thought was "Vancouver" food. He answered of course salmon is no. 1, spot prawns and sea asparagus. He realizes that in Pittsburgh it is hard to get good smoked salmon. Here is the rest of his reply which I thought was nice.

"Another idea might be a seafood clubhouse. Smoked salmon, cream cheese, avocado +/or tomato, shrimp salad mix, arugula, toasted sour dough or rye, little lemon mayo/aioli. Our Fanny Bay oysters are great smoked also. I can go down to the local fish monger tomorrow and see what I can find. Let me know if you want me to find something and get it shipped out.
I'm getitng hungry. Talk to you later."

Thought that was sweet that he would take the time to go find something for you and have it shipped!!! He is serious though if you wanted something.

grandmere Feb 5th, 2010 03:10 PM

Traveller69, that is indeed very, very kind of both you and your friend to offer to do that, but I think I will just make do with what I can find here in the 'Burgh. Please thank him for me. This is one of those "random acts of kindness" that we hear about but don't often experience. You have been a real help, and I think I will come back to this Canada forum again! I can imagine getting "flamed" on some "other forums" for even asking a question like this that is not directly related to travel. :-)

That seafood clubhouse sounds delicious; I'm getting the best ideas from this post! I think I will serve mugs of the chowder for this do but will try the clubhouse very soon.

Again, thank you so much.

traveller69 Feb 5th, 2010 04:08 PM

grandmere - you are so welcome. I know your friends will enjoy whatever you serve. It is going to be a great night for those of us from Vancouver (I am actually going to watch from our winter home in Arizona and be very proud of the city I grew up in) Enjoy the ceremonies and the Olympics.

grandmere Feb 5th, 2010 04:57 PM

To host the Olympics in your home town is certainly something to be proud of; I am sure we will all have a better knowledge of Vancouver by the end of the two weeks.
Enjoy your stay in AZ!

ileen Feb 6th, 2010 10:54 AM

Hi Grandmere-This has been an interesting thread. I now live in the NW, but lived in Monroeville area for many, many years. So, finding your thoughts very interesting esp. that PG wants to maybe do a story on your Olympic food idea. Hoping they do the story as I read it online!
Have not been to Vancover as yet but plan to go in spring, so maybe will have more idea about the city. But it will be too late to help.
From my own research I have found that Vancover has a multi-cultural population and thus there are a lot of Chinese, Indian and other Asian country restaurants.
Thus, wondering if you would consider serving easy items as snacks such as spring rolls or even Samosas. There are several Chinese and Indian restaurants in the Pittsburgh area from where you can buy them so easily.
Of course you want to cook yourself, so enjoy the ideas of others and see what you can buy easily and then plan your menu.
Would love to see your final menu and maybe recipes.
PG is reporting everything is shut-down due to lots of snow today. Hope it is not too bad.
Good Luck.

grandmere Feb 6th, 2010 10:14 PM

Hi, lleen!
Yes, we here in Mt. Lebanon have over 21" of snow but do have power although my two grown children and their young families, who live nearby, do not! The city is truly shut down.

Good idea about samosas or spring rolls; I might add that to my menu.

Not sure P-G is interested in my little get-together since I told them that I am only having two couples in, not a big bash! We'll see.

I will report back.

NorthwestMale Feb 7th, 2010 12:21 PM

Thanks for your testimony!

Indeed there "are" foods from Canada. So what if you have to go to "eastern Canada" to find their origins. (that is to be expected when you consider that Canada's origin is also "eastern Canada")

The point is that there really is no significant "Canadian food", so any effort that way is a stretch. It is a cute idea for the Olympics-themed party though. I know... if only one could use CANDY BARS as the Canadian theme, then you'd have some substance.

Some dumb travel guides list "Canadian" under "cuisine", and there just is no such thing. I don't even think "Timbits" count.

As I stated: Nobody (anywhere on earth) comes up to you and asks "Where can I find a (good) Canadian restaurant?"

It doesn't happen in Belgium, it doesn't happen in Australia, and it doesn't happen in China. This doesn't mean that an American tourist can't be quite comfortable when dining in Canada, but that is mostly because of familiarity and continuity (***which beats the life out of some culinary concerns in other countries).

I love Canada, but my lack of gourmet taste never causes me to miss-out when there.

NorthwestMale Feb 11th, 2010 03:13 PM

Somebody sent me this story on the same topic:

(It basically underscores the void in terms of "Canadian food") (though I wish we'd have mentioned

"Canadian Bacon" here already)

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