Locavore in Vancouver

February 19, 2010 at 3:40 pm Leave a comment

For the past week we’ve been in Oregon visiting a longtime friend and then Vancouver soaking in the sights and energy of the 2010 Olympic games. I was wondering what the food scene would be like in the Pacific Northwest and well, I can tell you it’s a much more local scene than here. Even in their large supermarket chains like Safeway they have numerous local organic options. Maybe that’s a result of there being more land for farming? Or perhaps it’s just a difference in lifestyle. The people of Oregon and Vancouver seem more deeply connected to the land somehow.

Since we were in B.C. for Valentine’s Day we decided to celebrate with a local organic dinner at The Refinery. We started off with some bubbly and moved on to The Organic Blackberry – a martini of sorts. For dinner we began with olives, house made hummus and baba ganoush with local bread. Then a seasonal salad of greens, crab, and scallops. VERY fresh. Next was the chef’s mixer board and O.M.G.  I could eat that food every night. Tapas style portions charcuterie, cheese, and preserves. It was all so delicious. My favorite combination was the double brie with apricots on toast. Yum yum yum. Then there was the artisan flatbread pizza, which was the main course and we took home to for later. Goat cheese cheesecake and chocolate covered strawberry for desert. I mean, that is just way too much food. I do love me some tapas and this was no exception. Bravo Refinery, bravo. Thanks for hooking us up with a local organic meal Pacific Coast style.


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