Hello, Dear Reader:
Today Marcia and I celebrate our 100th Monthaversary of being married, so it’s only fitting that today we should profile where we went to celebrate our 18th Anniversary of the day we met. (In case it’s not really obvious, we find some way to celebrate ‘Us’ every day…)
On February 19th we went to a restaurant we’ve been meaning to try for some time: Red Fish Blue Fish. To say that the restaurant is small is almost an understatement; the primary structure has been built out of a shipping container. Their address is listed as 1006 Wharf Street but you’ll find them down on the wharf, behind the Inner Harbour Centre and near the float plane docks. Just look for a long line-up of people…
In our opinion, Red Fish Blue Fish has several good things going for it. First, the location is wonderful, right by the ocean and out in the fresh air. There are a collection of tables and stools randomly distributed around and also a section of benches to sit on, but you can also take your selections away down the shore if you prefer. Second, the food is very good. The fish is fresh, the batter is very light, and the fries are tasty! In addition to battered fish they serve chowder, salads, fish tacones (grilled tortilla hand rolls or taco-cones), and for vegetarians they serve an edamame tacone. Third, the operation is very environmentally friendly. The footprint of the restaurant is small, but it goes beyond that.
All of their seafood is sustainably caught and certified by the Vancouver Aquarium’s ‘Oceanwise‘ program.
“The Vancouver Aquarium is a self-supporting, non-profit association dedicated to effecting the conservation of aquatic life through display and interpretation, education, research, and direct action.
Overfishing is the number one problem facing the world’s oceans…
Ocean Wise is a Vancouver Aquarium conservation program created to educate and empower consumers about the issues surrounding sustainable seafood. Ocean Wise works directly with restaurants, markets, food services and suppliers ensuring that they have the most current scientific information regarding seafood and helping them make ocean-friendly buying decisions. The options are highlighted on their menus and display cases with the Ocean Wise symbol, making it easier for consumers to make environmentally friendly seafood choices. The Ocean Wise logo next to a menu or seafood item is an assurance that the item is a good choice for keeping ocean life healthy and abundant for generations to come.”
In addition, there are no garbage cans for the customers. Instead, they have a two-bin system (in cooperation with reFUSE, I believe). A blue bin collects metal, glass and plastic for recycling, and a green bin collects leftover food, napkins (paper), dishes (pressboard), coleslaw/condiment cups (paper) and cutlery (pressed wood fibre) for composting. If they told me that their fry oil went for biodiesel production and that the vegetables for the salad and slaw were locally harvested, I’d be in ‘green’ fast food heaven!
We were there for lunch on a February afternoon; out of the wind and with the sun shining down it was a lovely day for al fresco dining! Red Fish Blue Fish is closed over the winter, but open 7 days a week for most of the year. They do close early during inclement weather, so please call ahead if you’re uncertain.
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