(Photo: Martin Laprise)
(Photo: Martin Laprise)

Hooked On Fish & Chips

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She says:
Abbott & Costello, movies and popcorn, spaghetti & meatballs, PB & J, cheese and crackers... there are many pairings in this world that just need to be together to make the experience memorable. Fish & chips certainly fall in that category, in my book.

We wanted to grab something to eat on our way out of town last Friday so that we could manage to get to Calgary and not starve along the way. Being in the afternoon traffic we knew that time was of the essence (why is it the bridge is always backed up when you are trying to stick to a schedule?!). Thankfully, Martin already had a plan, so we stopped in to see the folks at Hooked on Seafood across London Drug off the highway, where they are now set up to do fresh fish & chips.

I know I may sound silly when I tell you it was an ethereal food experience, but after all, where better to get fresh fish and chips than a fresh fish store? The only place that beats this in my memory is the stuff I had once with a friend in Steveston, while still on the dock, and that was probably due as much to the ambience as anything. The up-side here is, you don’t have to fight the seagulls for your meal.

We could get into the finer points of fish & chips too if you like... do you prefer halibut or cod? Or maybe you are adventurous and like salmon or shrimp? (They have that too, with wonderfully crispy panko crumb coating on the shrimp and that light but tasty batter on the salmon...) Do you dip your chips in ketchup or tartar sauce, or perhaps you are a vinegar fan? If you like vinegar, do you fancy the malt or white? Not to worry, they have all those options available to you.

I know we often exalt the benefits of healthy eating, and so this may seem to be a bit of a departure from our style. Well, I say “When in Rome (or in this case, the fish store)...” I remember as a child being able to go with my dad when he picked up the fish & chips on the odd Friday night. I could sit with the warm package of newspaper-wrapped morsels on my lap and munch on the few extra homemade fries they always placed on top just for the ride home. The fries I had last Friday were just that good, and it made me smile.

So, treat yourself to some good old-fashioned fried food someday soon, and support a local business. Sometimes it is better to let someone else do it – I don’t know about you, but as much as I love homemade fries I am not all that keen to have my kitchen smell like frying oil! I will cook the piece of fish that comes home, and if we’re lucky we can enjoy it on the deck with some grilled garden squash! (Yes, we still have some left – drop by if you need one!!)

He says:
I have to say, Hooked on Seafood’s fish & chips was well done. Not greasy, no thick batter but just right. I was missing a slice of lemon, but I am working on Barb & Wayne to start adding some lemon in the bag for next time. Aside from that, this was good quality take out food at a reasonable price.

Hooked on Seafood is also getting a new neighbour on September 14th, called “Choices Market”. It’s a grocery store that specializes in healthy food. They have a huge section of vitamins and all sorts of supplements. Their bulk food section is usually very nice, offering many flours that we don’t get at Save-on-Food. They also usually have great produce and many vegetarian take-out options from their deli. It’s about time that they come to Kelowna they have been pleasing greater Vancouver with a few stores and we certainly need more choices here! I would suggest that you wait a few weeks before you show up, as just like a new restaurant they will need some time to work out the kinks from opening day.

If you live on the Westside, keep an eye on “Bravo Deli” on the highway: they have a nice business which should offer more choices as time passes. It’s a small version of Valoroso or The Mediterranean Market on Gordon.

Well, summer is almost all gone, so get out there and enjoy our local fruit and vegetables because it’s not going to last much longer.

Happy shopping, cooking and eating!

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About the Author

Kristin Peturson-Laprise is a customer experience specialist by trade, which means she is someone passionate about people having a good time. 

Her company, Wow Service Mentor, helps businesses enhance their customer experience through hands-on training, service programs, and special event coordination.

Kristin enjoys her own experiences too, and that is what she writes about in this column. She and her husband Martin Laprise (also known as Chef Martin, of The Chef Instead) love to share their passion for food and entertaining.  

Kristin says:

"Wikipedia lists a gourmand as a person who takes great pleasure in food. I have taken the concept of gourmandise, or enjoying something to the fullest, in all parts of my life. I love to grow and cook food, and I loved wine enough to become a Sommelier. I call a meal a success when I can convey that 'sense of place' from where the food has come . . . the French call that terroir, but I just call it the full experience. It might mean tasting the flavours of my own garden, or transporting everyone at the table to a faraway place, reminiscent of travels or dreams we have had."


E-mail Kristin at:  [email protected]

Check out her website here:  www.wowservicementor.com


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