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I Ate This – Fisherman’s Boot Cafe

Having heard of this mythical Fisherman’s Boot Cafe, my wife and I decided to go for a walk in an effort to find out if there was any truth that the Steveston Harbour Authority had this rough cut gem of a restaurant inside of its compound.
Fisherman's Boot Cafe
Located at the south end of Trites Road in Richmond, BC inside the somewhat ominous Yellow Gate, otherwise known as the Steveston Harbour Authority (though open to the public kind of), this old school greasy spoon restaurant serves up relatively decent homestyle cooking at what I can define as affordable prices.

Now if you’re looking for a full service cafe with a tonne of choice, you’re likely better off heading west into Steveston because you won’t be finding that here. The menu has at most four or five breakfast options, house specials, sandwiches and mains. And while tasty, the options are also quite basic. The cafe does have daily specials, but the suffice to say that menu is quite concise.

For instance, my wife and I went for both lunch one day (we missed breakfast, our intended meal) and had ham & grilled cheese sandwiches. Served with fries, each plate set us back $7 – affordable yet basic. On the following day, we got up earlier to ensure we could grab breakfast and each had bacon & eggs (served with toast, hashbrowns & coffee) for $6. Again, while straight and to the point, I’m not sure I can even beat that price at home.

There’s also the fact that it’s inside what I can best describe as a fishing warehouse. Why does that matter? Well, you can definitely smell the history in there. But I feel that adds to the character charm of the place. And there’s also the regular clientele that add to the atmosphere and truly reflect its unique location.

Would I go back again? For sure. Is the service phenomenal? No, but then again it seems to be a one-person shop and considering how busy & steady business was, I doubt she could do much more. Is the food out of this world? No, but then again the prices reflect that and frankly, provide far better value than anywhere else.

And good value ain’t that bad.

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Ships to Shore in Steveston

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Nippon Maru – courtesy of Steven Arai

Back in 2002, the City of Richmond hosted the Tall Ships Challenge and Festival. Although many people were able to see sea going vessels reminiscent of days gone by, the event itself cost a fair amount of money and was considered by some to be a failure. Since then, the event has been revisited by the City and other local interests as something worth doing again, but time and time again it was decided that it was too hard to coordinate effectively. As a resident of Steveston, I’m always supportive of events that showcase my community and was disappointed when the efforts to host the Tall Ships Challenge this year fade away.

Anyhow, I was pleasantly surprised to read just a couple of days ago that a similar and smaller event was going to take place this year. From June 3 – 7, Ships to Shore will feature the Lady Washington, Hawaiian Chieftain, Adventuress and Zodiac who will provide shipboard tours, day sails, and even mock cannon battles. Beyond the ships themselves, there will be a festival atmosphere with community entertainment, a farmers market (Steveston has a pretty solid Farmers and Artisans market), and pirate-themed movies each night. Most of the events will be free of charge and family friendly, so you should have no reason not to give us a visit.

If you’re stoked like me, and want to see one of the most picturesque communities on the Fraser River, why not swing through town. And if you are, give me a holler – I’ll come out and give you a tour!

Sockeye Salmon in Steveston

Sockeye Season in Steveston

The Line for Sockeye Salmon

On a recent walk through Steveston (while reminiscing with Gladys – @gloomybb), I was utterly amazed at how busy the pier was with people looking to grab themselves some fresh Sockeye Salmon straight from a boat. Having grown up in Steveston, I remember days when this was the case (especially when the pier was redone), but in recent years I only remember a spattering of boats selling the odd fish or crustacean so the sight was one for sore eyes.

With the massive return of sockeye salmon (estimates of over 30 million have been provided making it the largest return in over a century) I would have thought there would be enough to go around, but apparently this past Sunday only one boat had any sockeye available as the others had sold out. This in turn created lineups of over 50 people each (there were two to the same boat). As sockeye is also considered to be the most desireable salmon to eat, it does make sense to be that popular but I’ve read that processing plants have had trouble keeping up that they are turning boats away, so you’d think there’d be enough for the average joe to pickup at the pier. Go figure.

cast for salmon off the public fishing wharves..

The Fish was THIS Big – courtesy of Iwona Erskine-Kellie

Not being a seafood guy myself you won’t catch me lining up for a $20 fish, but for those that do want to grab one I do have advice for you – arrive the night before and bring a sleeping bag.

Buying Local

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Ladner Village Market – courtesy of freedryk

Although I’m sure I could do a much better job at buying local, it becomes much easier for me to do so this time of year between the Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market and the Ladner Village Market. Every Sunday from now until the end of summer (both markets run 10:00 – 4:00 alternating Sundays – LVM: June 13 & 27; July 11 & 25; Aug. 8 & 22; Sept. 12 & SFAM: May 23, June 6 & 20; July 4 & 18; Aug. 1, 15 & 29; Sept. 12 & 26; Oct 10), each market will bring together a variety of local vendors who provide anything from fresh fruit, veggies & baked goods to plants & handmade wares. I’ve had some great success at obtaining some of the best produce I’ve found at both, bought my parents a fantastic framed print of the Ladner harbour for their anniversary a couple years back from one of the vendors at the Ladner Village Market, and today found some pretty decent smoked Olive Oil and Roasted Garlic Balsamic Vinegar that I plan on giving someone as a gift (if I don’t use it myself). Everything you could need to get by seems to be available.

But that brings me to think of other ways we can support local business beyond events that bring us all together – what do you do in your own way to shop local?

Chris Needs a Bike

Winter Olympics: Heineken House Bikes

Heineken House Bike – courtesy of Hugger Industries

When Marnie and I decided on Steveston prior to buying our house, the lifestyle that the community could afford us was the big selling point. In fact, you may have noticed I talk about that outdoor lifestyle on a regular basis here. So with Spring just around the corner and inspiration from seeing all those Dutch Heineken House models around town (and here in Steveston), I’ve decided to bite the bullet and get myself a bike.

That all said, I don’t know much about them.

I think the last time that I owned a bike and used it had to be over 10 years ago. It’s sad, I know, but I was simply “too busy” to have a bike that would simply take up space in a two bedroom apartment with no storage. Anywho, I’m hoping the vast world of of the internet might be able to shed some light on what I should be looking for.

Any suggestions?

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