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The Poke Guy: Best Poke in Vancouver

2016 seemed to be the year that poke took a real foothold in Vancouver with countless poke shops popping up all over the place. The problem, however, is that most of the places calling themselves “poke” shops really weren’t staying true to the original poke from Hawaii.
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Iwasa Sushi (Tokyo 2016): Omakase and Chirashizushi at Tsukiji Fish Market

For any sashimi connoisseur, a trip to Tokyo wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Tsukiji Fish Market, the largest wholesale seafood market in the world. We had heard that there were plans to move the fish market in November 2016 (our planned trip to Japan) mainly because the market occupies a large section of valuable real estate in the Chūō ward (centrally located in the heart of Tokyo), but the move was fortunately postponed.
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Isomaru Suisan Asakusa (Tokyo 2016): Big Chain Sushi at the Best

During our trip to Japan, we found ourselves wandering around the Asakusa district of Taito (Taito is a special ward of Tokyo – actually the smallest in terms of area). Asakusa is known mainly for the Sensō-ji Buddhist temple which is the oldest in Tokyo and the massive Kaminarimon “Thunder Gate” that dominates the entrance. There’s also a large area of shops leading up to the temple along the Nakamise-dōri.
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Flamingo Chinese Restaurant: Lobster with Sticky Rice and Dim Sum

Flamingo Chinese Restaurant is one of our go-to places for Chinese dinner… especially since they moved to their new location on SE Marine Drive. Sure, the new location isn’t as big as their old place, but it is closer for us.
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Blue Water Cafe: Seafood Tower

Blue Water Cafe, located in Yaletown, has been one of our favourite restaurants since our first visit. In the past, we’ve often enjoyed their single tier Shellfish Plateau. However, on this occasion, we set our sights on their signature Seafood Tower.
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Sockeye City Grill

Sockeye City Grill is one of the many food establishments located on the main boardwalk in Steveston. As you can imagine in a fishing village such as Steveston, the focus is on seafood.
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Carp Sushi + Bento – Poke Bowls

2016 will come down as the year that poke finally arrived in Vancouver. Poke (pronounced po-keh) is a simple but classic dish that we fell in love with when we visited Hawaii… cubed, fresh, raw fish, marinated in special sauces (mainly shoyu, sesame oil, and/or spicy mayo).
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Seasons in the Park (QE Park) – Reminiscing About Summer

With autumn quickly creeping up on Vancouver this year, I wanted to reminisce about our visit to Seasons in the Park back in the early parts of summer. After all, what better place is there to visit during the changing seasons in Vancouver?
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Arms Reach Bistro – Coconut Curry Mussels

Back in late June, we decided to take a hike up to the very popular (read: busy) Quarry Rock in Deep Cove. We generally don’t visit Deep Cove much due to the difficulties finding parking in the area.
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Wayfarer Restaurant (Cannon Beach Road Trip 2016)

A few years ago, we took a road trip down the Oregon coast. But because we were in such a rush, we didn’t get a chance to stay and spend some quality time at Cannon Beach. On our road trip to Portland this year, we knew we needed to correct this and decided to focus just on Cannon Beach.
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Fresh Ideas Start Here – Spot Prawns

After zipping around town looking for spot prawns a couple of weeks ago, we wound up at F.I.S.H. (Fresh Ideas Start Here) down in Market Crossing. I’m not sure why we didn’t come here sooner because we’ve been picking up fresh sushi here for years.
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Pajo’s (Steveston) – Halibut and Chips

No trip to Storybrooke is complete without some good eats. Specifically, something with seafood!
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