p l a c e : The Fish Counter

I’m so glad we checked out this great new place last week.  The Fish Counter is a fish market and café combined.  The market looks well stocked with Ocean Wise fish, stocks and soups and the café menu is amazing.  It was really hard to make a choice on what to have but we settled on sharing the Bouillabaisse (awesome) and each had cod and chips.  I don’t know what to say except that everything was exceptional.  The only downside is a lack of seating for busy days but I wouldn’t want this place to grow or change to much so I’ll just try to make a point of going there on less busy days.

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sorry, ate half before I remember to take a pic!

sorry, ate half before I remember to take a pic!

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t h i n g : Shiny Fuzzy Muddy

This past weekend I had the good fortune to check out an amazing craft fair – Shiny Fuzzy Muddy was on at the Heritage Hall on Main Street.  I’ve never been and to be honest my expectations weren’t too high.  I’ve been to many Christmas craft fairs and in my experience they tend to be hit and miss but of course it’s all a matter of personal taste.  Shiny Fuzzy Muddy hit it right on the mark for me (and my companion).  There were a wide variety of items and each vendor was absolutely amazing.  I was floored by some of what I saw.  Since most of my Christmas shopping is done and I’ve reached my budget quota I could only afford to look but I’ve definitely got some items on my “For Me Wishlist” Pinterest board for 2014.

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a few of my favourite things from cathy terepocki

a few of my favourite things from cathy terepocki

this gorgeous eclipse series from jessie turner

this beautiful eclipse series from jessie turner

gorgeous onesies from Nana Fro

gorgeous onesies from Nana Fro

I really, really want one of these buffalo canisters from sandpiper studio

I really, really want one of these buffalo canisters from sandpiper studio

inside the Heritage Hall

inside the Heritage Hall

p l a c e : The Anchor Eatery

We were in West Vancouver last week and stopped at one of our favourite places for a snack but when told their kitchen was closing we headed across the street.  The Anchor opened last May in Ambleside but we had never been.  I’m so glad we happened to check it out because this is my new favourite spot for pizza.  We ordered a veggie.  It’s loaded with spinach, kale and olives and is absolutely delicious.  Seriously good.

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t h i n g : Christmas Wreath Making at Olla

Last weekend I went with a friend to make wreaths.  Olla Urban Flower Project was hosting a workshop and I was excited to try my hand at a living wreath.

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Megan demonstrating the how-to

Megan demonstrating the how-to

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finished! on the front door

finished! on the front door

A big thank-you to Megan and Sarah for a lovely morning and for sharing their beautiful space.

c r e a t i v e s : Paul Stamets

I’m not sure if “creatives” is the right category for Paul Stamets but I think it will work.  I recently found out about the mycologist from Olympia, Washington by chance.  I’ve been feeling pretty stressed out and disheartened (to say the least) over developments (or lack thereof) at the Fukushima nuclear plant.  The amount of radiation leaking into the Pacific Ocean is horrendous.  While the ocean is great at dilution I don’t see how it can possibly deal with the amount that is leaking into it every single day.  To make a long story short in sharing my concerns with others I was turned on to the incredible power of mushrooms.  Hope has returned.