Indian... sushi... shawarma... sushi... as seen on Commercial Drive.
I was reading a great post on the Ethnic Eats blog where there was an attempt to answer the following question:
"What is Canadian cuisine?"
"I’ve thought about that question before and I’ve always thought that Canada’s identity is too regional to truly have a national cuisine. I mean, there isn’t one cuisine that represents Canadians as a whole (Tim Horton’s, Ketchup Chips, and Kraft Dinner doesn’t count!). There are food items that are unique to Canada (butter tarts, apparently), but it’s not really a cuisine.
However, when you think about each province or region – there is certainly Canadian cuisine at a regional level, whether it be the salmon of coastal BC, or Alberta beef…. the Ukrainian delicacies of the Prairies… the Saskatoon-berries of Saskatchewan, the seal-flipper pies and cod tongues of Newfoundland, or the Digby scallops and lobster of Nova Scotia. This doesn’t even cover the indigenous game meat of the arctic territories, which is practically foreign to the rest of Canada. You’ve already covered Quebec, and Ontario can claim Tim Horton’s. ;)"
(Can you tell I took one too many cultural geography classes at UBC? Ha!)
But seriously, it got me thinking, if Canadian cuisine is a hodgepodge of regional ingredients and ethnic dishes from the immigrant settlers, how can we define Vancouver cuisine? What would we choose?
Sushi and Starbucks?
Oooh, speaking of which, the Vancouver Sun published an article back in 2004 (as seen here in this defunct blog) comparing the amount of sushi restaurants in Vancouver to the amount of Starbucks. Starbucks gave sushi a good run for its money, but sushi ultimately dominates.
Getting back on track, is Vancouver cuisine smoked salmon?
Maybe it's a dinner using the 100 mile diet philosophy, which you can get from Bishop's or the Rain City Grill.
Whatever it is, Vancouver Magazine published the Best Things to Eat and Drink in Vancouver 2009 which gives great insight into local cuisine.
How would you define Vancouver cuisine?