Since these are more food related, my latest adventures have mostly been posted over at my food blog, EdEats.com.
A week or so ago, my friends and I dug our Christmas cheer out from storage and headed to the Vancouver Christmas Market. From November 24th to December 24th, Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza is blanketed with various festive eats, crafts and entertainment. There’s ornaments, nutcrackers, mulled wine, sausages and all the sorts of things you’d expect to find this time of the year. Well, I guess sausages are good all year round.
The Vancouver Christmas Market feels very European-influenced, mostly German. That’s quite a stark contrast from Vancouver as we’re mostly a West Coast and Asian food society and I can only think of one local German restaurant off the top of my head. Of course, not to be outdone, when I went, Vancouver was her usual rain-soaked self.
Admission is $5 ($2 for kids 12 and under or if you go on a weekday afternoon) and it’s good for the entire duration of the market. It gets crowded on the weekend in the evening.
A few days ago, Whole Foods invited a group of local food bloggers and media to their Cambie location to show us some of the special new products they’re stocking on the shelves as well as to share some food and drink. I’ve never been to a party in a supermarket before, so I didn’t really know what to expect for a sneak peek of Whole Foods Market’s holiday gift items.
Denise Breyley, Whole Foods’ local forager, explains how they want to provide top quality products but also try to emphasize shopping local whenever possible. Many of the items shown tonight are made in BC while others come from our neighbours in Seattle.
I was a little surprised to receive an invite from the Vancouver Aquarium and Ocean Wise for their event to promote sustainable seafood. I thought that must’ve meant that they never found all the posts I made about how I wonder what penguin tastes like or if there was only one bluefin tuna left on the planet, that fish is going in my face. I mean, someone’s going to eat it. Might as well be me.
However, if we can prevent delicious, delicious animals from extinction, then by all means, we should. I would be quite sad to find out if some of my favorite foods were no longer available because they simply don’t exist anymore. Heck, maybe dodos or the Pyrenean ibex or that weird half-zebra, half-horse looking thing tasted amazing and now we’ll never get a chance to eat them because people wanted to mount their heads over their mantles.