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Plum Project Studio

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

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Our Thursday night knit group decided took a little field trip this week to a new Shop on the Dollarton Highway called Plum Project Studio. The shop caters to a couple crafts – knitting and crochet but also cross-stitch and sewing as well, with a heavy bias towards stocking ethical products – fair trade, organic, small business, plant dyes, hand-printed.

The shop offers classes and the use of its sewing machines and other tools to customers. It’s a small space with a little sampling of a lot of different things, including some really cool ceramic buttons. The owner, Janice, said she wanted to get a feel for what customers want and then she’ll order stock and schedule classes and activities accordingly.

We arrived early and had a chance to wander around the shop before other people began to filter in.

It was a good group of people that showed up and lots of laughs were had by all. It was a nice change of pace from our regular Thursday evenings. I don’t have any pictures, but Steve posted some. You can sort of see the top of my head in the first one. Yay me.

Salmon n’ Bannock

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Last week while we were having dinner before Wesley’s gig my roommates and I decided that we would go out for dinner every week to a different restaurant.

Mye’s suddenly really starved for authentic west-coast experiences so when she came across a listing in the Georgia Straight for First Nations food and decided that that was where we needed to go.

Salmon n’ Bannock is on West Broadway and seems to be pretty new. I think what shows in this restaurant is the fact that the owners have put a lot of effort into creating a really comfortable space filled with art and themed music. The owners were very friendly and the service was decent throughout our visit.

They had venison on the menu, which is pretty uncommon in Vancouver but we all stuck to seafood and can vouch for the smoked salmon, salmon mousse, salmon candy and crab fritters being very delicious. Our meals came with side salads and bannock.

I think every Canadian has at some point in their lives made bannock in school or while camping but banish thoughts of bisquix and camp fires from your mind. This was the good kind – fresh, not oily, made from scratch. It was quite good.

I liked that they used a lot of local ingredients and products in their restaurant. There was a definite emphasis on using products from small and First-Nations owned businesses. We saw a lot of brands featured that you don’t see around often, which makes the experience a little more unique.

Overall it was pleasant and a nice change of pace from a lot of other restaurants I’ve been to lately.