I love musicals, so I was super excited to finally watch award-winning Avenue Q. It’s a hilarious and raunchy show about millennial college grads looking for a purpose in life — with puppets.
Sounds crazy, but it totally works. If you’re in Vancouver, it’s been extended til Jan. 10, 2015. Go see it!
It was fortunate that Jason and I decided on dinner reservations at Edible Canada right across the street from the Arts Club. Our babysitter arrived late, then there was insane Saturday evening traffic amid torrential rain. We were pretty frazzled by the time we arrived, but the staff were accommodating and gracious.
We’ve always only had breakfast/brunch at Edible Canada because it’s great for kids. But turns out dinner is fantastic for adults too.
We started with the charred Pacific mackerel ($15), which arrived on a rustic board with roasted leek cream, chili oil, watercress, and sunchoke chips. The cream was kind of bland and didn’t add much to the full-flavoured fish, which was delicious.
Jason ordered the heritage Angus flat iron steak ($30) done medium rare. It came already sliced and perfectly pink. He loved the wild mushrooms and rosemary frites sides, but felt the portion could have been a tad bigger.
Jason has this uncanny knack for picking the best item on a menu. But on this night, I won with the sublime Pacific grilled octopus ($23). I’ve never had good octopus; only a chewy version passed off as cheap sushi. I went out on a limb since I figured a restaurant that boldly lists it as the first entree is going to do it right.
And they do here.
I cut through the octopus with a butter knife, and took a bite. A faint sweetness came through, which paired well with chorizo rouille sauce, crispy spiced onions, and sweet roasted grape tomatoes. A handful of watercress and smoked fingerling potatoes brought everything together.
This is probably one of my favourite dishes of the year.
Edible Canada, Granville Island, 1596 Johnston St., Vancouver, (604) 682-6681.
Lunch weekdays 11 a.m.-3 p.m., bar menu 3-5 p.m.
Dinner 5-9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 5-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Weekend brunch 9 a.m.-3 p.m.