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Sunday, September 20, 2015

10 INSANELY GOOD FOOD CHOICES ON BOWEN ISLAND


CAUTION AHEAD

 You will not find one chain restaurant on Bowen…….No Mickey D’s, No Olive Garden, No Tim Horton’s, and No Starbucks. Will you survive? Even more than survive you will be impressed with our locally owned restaurants. This is part of the character of Bowen that makes it so charming…….. DELICIOUS FOOD lovingly prepared by local owners.
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Are you planning your meals for your extended or weekend stay on Bowen? Cooking in or eating out? check out our favourites below....
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BOWEN ISLAND'S FARMERS MARKET 

https://www.facebook.com/BowenFarmersAndTailgateMarkets?fref=ts


Buy your Fresh Produce on Bowen.
Lucky for you Bowen has its own locally grown Farmer's Market open every Saturday, June - October. Located at the School just past the 4 corners. 
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TWO EE'S ORGANIC MARKET

http://www.wegroworganic.ca/

Part of my routine when driving up from Seattle to Bowen is to stop and shop at Two Ees Organic Market in Surrey to pick up my farm fresh produce.  What a treat!! I can certainly taste the difference between 2 Ees’ versus grocery store lettuce, spinach, and broccoli. Can you?  

What I really LOVE is the price of the red peppers……ONLY 99 cents per pound… You can buy 3-4 for just a $1 unlike at home where they are always $1.25 PER pepper. 

When you tire of cooking never fear....We have at least 20 insanely good food suggestions for you while on Bowen. 



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BOWEN ISLAND PUB

479 Bowen Island Trunk Road  ~~~  604-947-2782

I rarely eat beef and when I do it is a real treat…….. especially if it is a burger on a gluten free bun. These are hard to find!!! But the Bowen Island Pub serves one up that is juicy, tasty, and they have plenty of options to dress your burger up or down. Add in the freshly made coleslaw and hand cut fries and my hunger pangs disappear.  

BONUS ~ If you love burgers make Thursday night your out to dinner night at the Pub ……..Special ~ 2 burgers for the price for 1. 

Ok, I do order their Cobb Salad at times too. My son loves their French Dip

The word is……don’t forget the pizza…. It is the best on Bowen. 

For some really good values check out the nightly specials here: http://www.bowenislandpub.com/menu/  



The Pub is one of the few spots open on Bowen 7 days a week.

Just sayin’... don’t judge a Pub by its cover or interior either……Glenn and his partner have huge plans for the betterment of the Pub and Bowen Island. The Pub is slated to be torn down in the near future (estimated winter 2016) and replaced with this gorgeous building. Learn more about the timeline and planned architectural improvements here: http://bowenpub.tumblr.com/

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RUSTIQUE BISTRO


A French inspired bistro and crêperie in the heart of Bowen island BC. Thierry and Céline offer sweet and savory crepes along with soups, salads and French bistro special dishes like steamed mussels and French fries, braised lamb shank and more. What I love is the large selection of gluten free items, like our Galette (traditional French savory crepe) and most our daily specials.

One favorite dish at the Rustique Bistro? IMPOSSIBLE!! The food is SOOO GOOD!! So, how about Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner favorites? That works for me……….


BREAKFAST

The Bistro is known for their breakfast crepes, sweet or savory.  My fave is the West Coast with eggs and salmon…….of course gluten free for me on a galette. The galette is made from organic buckwheat and gives me the satisfaction of tasting a “grain” ….I will forever miss flour.

LUNCH

I do love a good salad made by someone other than myself. Don’t you think food tastes better when someone else makes it? I sure do. My favorite is the Cobb Salad. It is truly like eating in the French countryside as they pull a freshly organic chicken off the rotisserie and shred the chicken onto fresh organic greens, avocado, bacon and blue cheese. Yummy!!

DINNER

Céline and Thierry know how to keep me coming back for more. I have been seen having lunch and dinner in the same day at the Bistro and I always order the Braised Lamb Shank with mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables. Tasty!!!

Celine Boyer, owner, proudly says, “The Rustique Bistro is a beautiful French bistro located in the heart of Snug Cove on Bowen island, serving up delicious crafted French inspired breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Bistro also offers a selection of savory and sweet crêpes.”  

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THE SNUG CAFÉ and CATERING

443 B Bowen Island Trunk Road  ~~~  604 947 0402 


The Snug Cafe is a small rickety old building (I call it charming) that is almost as old as Bowen Island itself. It is  more than a coffee shop and far greater than a breakfast and lunch cafe. The Snug is an institution, a meeting place, a corner stone of our Bowen community. 



This is simple…….it’s a pair of fresh poached eggs over gluten free toast with a side of pan grilled potatoes.  For those of you that can enjoy all the menu try the Salmon Benedict or Breakfast Burrito.

On those mornings when dashing for the ferry I like to leave the accommodation 1 hour prior to my sailing, get a parking spot close to the Snug Café and pop in for coffee and breakfast. 

”Absolutely brilliant food, served quickly and served with a smile.”

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ARTISAN EATS CAFÉ and BAKERY

539 Artisan Lane  ~~~  604 947 0190 


Artisan Eats is a bright and airy café with a modern country décor boasting amazing views of the mountains, ocean and forest. They serve French Bistro fare, delicious breakfast & decadent brunches. This is a great spot to pick up your made from scratch croissants, pain au chocolate, muffins, country breads plus more all freshly made by Pastry Chef Michael. 

My favorite dish at Artisan Eats is as green as can be, Kale and Green and Black Quinoa Salad with dried dates, feta cheese, fresh mint, & slivered almonds $9. Sometimes I add a bit of protein: chicken or prawns $4. 

Since lunch is so healthy I must follow up with one of their freshly made peanut butter cookies (gluten free – Who knew?)  

Other locals give the Power Bars and Morning Glory Muffins high praise. Try ‘em…….you’ll like ‘em.

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COCOA WEST CHOCOLATIER

581 Artisan Lane  ~~~   604 947 2996  
  
Ok, yes, it’s true…………I love sweet treats, How about YOU? And oh what a treat to have a rich dark chocolate Italian Gelato at Cocoa West Chocolatier.  

If you prefer something a bit warmer with the rainy season coming our way a steaming cup of Famous Certified Organic Hot Chocolate will be a soothing alternative.

Cocoa West is well known for their artisan truffles, all made on site with natural and organic ingredients. Nothing says “Bowen” more than a gift box of truffles for your favorite friends back home.

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OLD ORCHARD GRILL

449 Bowen Island Trunk Road   ~~~  604 947 2997 

The locals are raving about the Clam Chowder. Murray Atherton says, “It’s the best on Bowen.”

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BOWEN SUSHI TO GO

 994 Dorman # 202  ~~~  (604) 947-6806


My Neighbour and Bowen’s Citizen of the Year 2010,  Murray Atherton says, “Great Sushi on Bowen!!  A treat to find on Bowen Island. Our favourite are the California Rolls as a take-home! Can't go wrong!” Eat in or take out.

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DOC MORGAN’S PUB AND RESTAURANT

439 Trunk Road   ~~~  604-947-0808
Doc’s location is premiere and so are their Fish and Chips! A bustling summer restaurant right on the lawn down by the USS Steamship Marina. For the first time in years Doc’s will be operating through the winter months.

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THE VILLAGE BAKER CAFÉ

https://www.facebook.com/villagebakerbowen/photos_stream
992 Dorman Road   ~~~  604 947 2869
What better way to balance out your yoga session with some Cinnamon Rolls from the Village Baker Café? Well, that’s what the yoga ladies do. Oh, I miss cinnamon rolls and I hear these are delicious!!!

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ALDERWOOD FARM SPECIALTY FOOD SHOP

1351 Adams Road  ~~~  604 947  9439
There is nothing more fun than eating at a picnic table in the country with chickens free ranging at your ankles, burrows baying just beyond the fence and one big sleepy dog sprawled at the steps. 

OK this isn’t a restaurant any longer but I think if we apply pressure and ask about the weekend BBQ’s Maybeeee….. they will bring the Weekend BBQd Lamborghinis back.

But in-between now and then……stop by Alderwood Farm and pick up some Lamborghini patties and grill at home. They are the VERY BEST!!!


Grill your Lamborghini's on the Lazy Bowen Hideaway propane BBQ and then sit and enjoy the ocean view. 



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