Pack your bag and your appetite as we head down to Vancouver for a whopper of a seafood sandwich.
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Here in Canada, children learn to scuba dive for fun. But in Honduras, Ariel's work is largely invisible. Tourists tucking into a seafood meal just down the shore from his boat -- perhaps raising a glass of wine at sunset -- likely have no idea who hauled up their dinner from the ocean floor.
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With the help of citizen scientists, genetic testing can offer a powerful approach to righting environmental wrongs. Combining crowd-sourced scientific data, public policy reform and consumer activism is already showing positive results. The same approach could work in areas such as testing for antibiotics, pesticide and mercury residues and more.
Canada is home to 202,080 kilometres of coastline. Those who visit the Great White North only to ski its mountains and hike its trails are missing out on some serious seaside fun, including some of the freshest seafood in the world. The following are the country's top five coastal towns for filling your stomach with seafood and enjoying some sightseeing too.
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The Peasant Table is self-described as a gastropub that specializes in Northern Italian cuisine and includes regional influences from the Adriatic Sea and Eastern Europe. The owner, Chef Boris Babic, is a veteran of Canada's culinary scene for over 20 years.
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Each year on a hot July weekend, the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration, aka i4C in Niagara-on-the-Lake, hosts over 60 different winemakers from countries all over the world to allow attendees to "tour the world in a glass". It's a gathering of the minds, an opportunity to chat intimately with sommeliers and winemakers about their passion for crafting chardonnay. So what did this year have in store?
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The most famous of the aphrodisiacs, oysters have the "je ne sais quoi" to take your summer gatherings up a notch. These steps are the easiest and the most fun. Slide oyster into your mouth, chew and swallow. Take a sip of wine. Enjoy. Repeat.
Unless you have a friend or relative from one of the islands, it's virtually unknown to the majority of the populace. This is a good and bad thing. Good -- because these islands preserve some of the most untouched and natural beauty left in the world. Bad -- because if you're not here, you're missing out.
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Legend says that these nine lonely islands, 1300 km off the coast of Portugal, are leftovers from Atlantis. In reality, the archipelago was born out of volcanic activity, and first settled by Europeans starting in the 1400s. Since then, the Azores have flown under the radar for many travellers, partly due to their distance.
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If you do want to spoil yourself with lavish eats, I recommend any of the specialty meals at Café Boulud, located inside the Four Seasons Hotel. Crafted by Chef Sylvain Assié and overseen by Chef Daniel Boulud himself, you may have a difficult time returning to your regularly scheduled meal times afterwards.
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When a restaurant is owned by a company whose vision and mandate does not address food -- but rather sports and entertainment -- it gives me cause for concern. MLSE: Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, is an archetype of this business model. But of course, a company such as this would (inevitably) expand into food-focused outlets, regardless.
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Yes, there's still a litany of chain restaurants that reside in the endless string of plazas and strip-malls one sees on International drive. But, as far as the perception goes that it represents Orlando's dining scene -- is an outdated notion -- a relic of the past.
I should have known better. Generally, you need to offer some leeway for new kids on the block -- at least three months to work out kinks. But I didn't. Because at the time, I thought -- "Bumpy ride, be damned! Imma get me some Hotline Bling." Oh, how naively hopeful I was.