Lonsdale Quay Market in Lower Lonsdale, North Vancouver: Something Fishy's Going On
The Quay is home to some wonderful seafood shops, and your first stop should be The Salmon Shop. Located at the south end of the Quay, The Salmon Shop boasts some wonderful, freshly caught salmon and other sundry fish. This shop looks, feels and definitely smells authentic. It's the kind of place where you would expect Captain Ahab to wander by, or where the guy behind the counter would hum "I'se the Bye" under his breath. There's a fabulous array of fresh, locally caught Digby scallops, wonderfully thick chunks of freshly caught crab, and salmon so large, it could feed an army.
The Salmon Shop offers lots of fresh Salmon, as well as the B.C. Famous Barbeque Sauce
I told these fellas to look "snappy" and smile!
Across the hall from The Salmon Shop is a wonderful seafood store called Screaming Mimi's. How can you possibly go wrong with a seafood shop that has a giant Marlin hanging from the rafters. This shop seems to cater more to the shellfish lover, and this lover is certainly interested in smacking her lips around a nicely simmered muscle or two, doused in butter and wine. (Hey, I'm talking about seafood here...). There's a live crab tank for those who take the meaning "fresh" to a whole new level. Just watch out! Read the sign: don't stick your fingers in the tank! Something crabby just might want to jump up and pinch you.
Screaming Mimi's (Do you think the Marlin's name is Mimi?)
Now there's a Warning Sign if ever I saw one!
Another joy at Lonsdale Quay is admiring all the beautiful, floral arrangements and live orchids available. Once you've picked up the salmon for dinner, you'll need to bring your sweetheart home a nice bouquet of colourful flowers for the dining table. Flowers add so much colour, life and joy - why not?
Salmon - check. Flowers - check. What's missing? Oh yes, a nice, chilled bottle of local B.C. wine to wash down the superb meal with. Simply wander over to The Artisan Wine store, and pick up a couple of reasonably priced, local bottles of B.C. wine. There's a nice selection at very reasonable prices.
It's easy to impress your friends with a meal to remember, all locally gathered at the Lonsdale Quay Market. Oh, and don't forget dessert... And tell them Sally Thibeault, Sally Brown and Sally Weatherley sent you! Bon appetit!