Sunday, November 18, 2012

Fraser Valley Food Adventures: 1 Fish 2 Fish

The very first time I ever tasted a raw oyster, I was on my honeymoon in Australia.  John and I had purchased this wonderful all inclusive package where we stayed in a cabin on the beach, learned to scuba dive, and could eat all we wanted in this incredible five star restaurant on site.

Even back then, I was still quite adventurous with my food and ordered oysters, not really knowing that they are served raw.  A plate of luscious oysters arrived at the table, covered with bits of other tasty things (I don't remember now what it was), and there I sat in the candlelight with my love across from me, eating them with a knife and fork.

Young love is blind, isn't it?  Eventually I figured out that something was 'off', and I held an oyster up to the candlelight, trying to see what I was actually eating.  With a squeal, I realized that they were, in fact, raw.

I don't think I've eaten raw oysters since, until the lovely people at 1 Fish 2 Fish in Langley invited me to their Sip and Slurp event a few weeks ago.

"Mom, you MUST eat oysters, and you MUST tell me about them."  Kevin was so jealous, he made me promise to take him by the market later on this month.  That boy obviously has more culinary know how than I ever did in my 20s, as he already mastered the art of slurping oysters at Eat Vancouver.

If you've never been to the Sip and Slurp event at 1 Fish 2 Fish, I highly recommend that you snap up (slurp up?) some tickets next year.  Go hungry, because the food is incredible.

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Scallops wrapped in bacon? Yes, please.

Chef Dan from Ignite Cafe seared and stirred, chopped and created some of the most amazing food using the market's great selection of oceanwise seafood and fish.  My friend Jackie and I stuffed ourselves silly!

Deep Fried wonton wrappers, a coleslaw, and seared Tuna.

I've often lamented about how it was hard for me to find really great seafood on the Sunshine Coast, and often I resorted to buying things that were lower quality or ended up getting things that were not oceanwise.  Why is it important for you to buy oceanwise, anyway?

According to the Oceanwise website, "90% of the large, predatory fish are already gone from the world's oceans" and if we aren't careful, there will be a complete collapse of fisheries world wide by 2048.  It's important now, more than ever, that consumers are educated about what they are eating and that we choose options that are more sustainable.  What I love so much about 1 Fish 2 Fish is that everything they carry is oceanwise and super fresh, so you can be assured that what you are getting is not only really high quality, but good for the oceans, too.  The staff are so friendly that they answered all our questions, and recommended that if I had anything particular in mind to phone ahead so that they can order it in.  The selection changes all the time to go with what means their high standards and what's available, but still they have a huge amount of things to choose from, with everything from live crab or lobster to fresh fish and, of course, those famous oysters.


"Try this one, Karen.  It's not too salty, lots of body, really good."  Jackie pointed out the Kumamoto oysters in front of us.  Gingerly I picked it up, tilted my head up, and slurped that baby back.

"Well?"  Jackie grinned at me, and I immediately smiled back.

"I think I need another one.  YUM."

1 Fish 2 Fish is open 7 days a week in Langley, BC. Heather, the owner, recommended that I call ahead if I need something specific so that they can be sure to have the freshest product in store.  Sometimes things sell out quickly, so it's best to let them know before you pop by. 

This post was not sponsored in any way, but I was invited to the Sip and Slurp event free of charge.  Thanks so much, I had a wonderful time!

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