If you’ve watched TV in Metro Vancouver, you’ll recognize Fiona Forbes, a veteran broadcaster who just launched a new talk show.
“I feel so lucky to do what I do for a living,” she says. “I get to meet so many interesting people every day and hear their stories. I’ve lost count, but I think I’ve interviewed over 25,000 people over the last 18 years.”
You can often find Forbes at social events supporting, among others, the CKNW Orphan’s Fund, Pink Shirt Day and Variety Club. We asked this lady about town to take our "My B.C." questionnaire, and here's what she had to say:
Favourite restaurant in B.C.?
Oh so many! We are so spoiled here in the Lower Mainland! My go-to spots are Chambar (the moules frites are a must!), Blue Water for fabulous seafood, and Vij’s for the best Indian food you will have in your life! I could go on and on — there are seriously so many fantastic restaurants in our city! If you’re a sushi fan, Vancouver is heaven!
Favourite independent business in B.C.?
I’m going to go with SPUD. They’re a grocery delivery service that I just started using. They focus on local, sustainable produce and you can’t beat the convenience. Using produce that's local and in season has made me have to expand my horizons in the cooking department, which is a good thing! It’s encouraging me to learn some new, healthy recipes and I can feel good about the food in my fridge.
Favourite outdoor activity in B.C. and where?
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I love to run on our seawall and anywhere by the water here in Vancouver. Also, I don’t know if it’s a favourite because it’s so tough, but the Grouse Grind is an amazing challenge. There’s nothing like the feeling when you climb to the top of that mountain and get to enjoy the incredible view!
For pleasure without the workout, just getting out on the water here is unbeatable — sailing and stand-up paddle boarding are my top two faves!
What’s your coffee order?
Currently I’m a sucker for the new Flat White from Starbucks. There is also a fab local coffee joint in my neighbourhood called Higher Grounds that makes a mean Americano.
Favourite B.C. band?
I’m going to have to go with Michael Bublé. He’s an old pal who first appeared on my old TV show over 15 years ago. His success and fame have not changed him a bit — he’s a good ‘ol Burnaby boy!
Where do you take people from out of town?
Always to the beach and the mountains. We are truly blessed to have the diversity and the beauty here in our province. It’s an incredible and magical place.
Favourite place in B.C. to be alone?
A good long walk on Kits Beach is where I get my zen time.
How would you describe B.C. to an alien?
I would try to explain all the yogis wandering around stretching and contorting and the constant cloud of smoke in the air around 4:20.
Okanagan wine or Vancouver craft beer?
Oh definitely wine! I’m not a beer drinker but appreciate our huge craft culture!
What’s your B.C. spirit animal?
My tiny dog Chewbacca… Does that count?
"Fiona Forbes" airs on Shaw TV Thursdays 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Repeats on Friday 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 10 p.m., and weekends 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.