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BC Advice Needed - the Irish are coming.

SeeDee | May 27, 200801:26 PM

First trip to Canada, would appreciate some direction on matters food. Travelling mid-July, four nights Vancouver and a week on Vancouver Island.
1. Arriving after flight(long), staying Robson St (nr Denman), somewhere close and relaxing for dinner. The Fish House in Stanley Park?
2. Being quite partial to a pub crawl (being Irish), the Izakawa idea holds much promise as our aparment seems right in the zone. Question One; to max the number of venues, is it acceptable to share a single plate (no sharing of beer though) and move on? Or is there a min order policy? Question Two: Are queues/lines are regular feature or is there an optimum night where things are quieter (we stay Wed to Sat). Question Three: anybody brave enough to give their top 3/4 places with fave 3/4 menu choices (translated!)
3.Staying in cabin in the woods, Pacific Rim Natl Park. Man's gotta burn some food. Is bison truly edible or would my walking boots be tastier on the barbeque? Fish to barbeque - tuna (too dry?), halibut (fall apart?). Tuff question for Tuff City - SoBo or Rain Coast Cafe?
4.Victoria seems well provided with interesting spots. Any stand-outs at the moment?
5.One last night, staying in the Quality on Howe St. back in Vancouver. Not necessarily a budget-bustin, card-melting night out but one to remember would be nice.....
6.Flying on to Toronto, staying downtown (hotel on the Esplanade) so where do the Canucks chow down when they hit town?
7.Last question. Wine. Would like to sample the regional produce but am sadly ignorant.
Any recommendations for whites - our taste would be Sancerre/ Pouilly Fume French or the cheaper Falangina/Pinot Grigio Italian. Dry but not too tart a la Chilean Sauvignon Blanc and not the peaches/perfume of Australian Chardonnay.

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