Cork & Fin

 It's all about being fresh. I love being home because you can get the freshest seafood, and have it turned into something delicious. Cork and Fin not only has a great cocktail list, but the food menu shows promise. The oysters (which were a dollar each during their monday event "a buck a shuck",) were super yummy and from the east coast. My mum had their seafood chowder, that came with fish too. For my appetizer, I had the salmon tartare with quail egg and caviar on top (seafood friendly). To finish, I had the lobster ravioli (a bit too thick of a pasta might I add but the lobster meat and cream were fantastic).   Of course we had to have dessert and we ordered the olive oil ice cream with fleur de sel. The ice cream was very different but loved it - except for that there was too much fleur de sel (there were moments where I was trying to have a conversation or enjoy the ice cream, but the immediate saltiness was quite overwhelming at times...)  Overall, I had a great experience at Cork and Fin, I highly suggest you go if you're in Gastown, Vancouver.

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Bridges (Inspired by Ron Biaauw), Amsterdam

Last summer, my family and I got to visit Amsterdam for a couple days. The hotel restaurant was known for its michelin stars. Although presentation exceeded expectations, if I do recall, the food wasn't up to par. The restaurant was all about seafood. The fish was very fresh and tasty. For a restaurant in Amsterdam, it's pretty up there for price but here aren't many wow food places (or at least my family and  I found only a couple). It's not too shabby. The service was okay and the hors d'oeuvres and fish were the highlights of the evening. Enjoy the photos!