So we headed to Steveston today, an active fishing port in the southern end of Richmond that has, over the years, developed a heritage "character" and waterfront to attract tourists. It can be a bit kitsch but we were hoping for some spot prawns (none!) and some good photo ops. What we weren't expecting was the rain, but I think I mentioned that already so I'll digress.
We did find a few really awesome spots. The first was The Romania Country Bread bakery. When was the last time you went to a store that only sold one thing in one variety? Right. Well this place has no variety of baked goods; it sells bread, one type of bread, and nothing else. Thick, hearty and tasty whole wheat bread. It was awesome and I'm kicking myself for not buying a few loaves.
The second hit we made was a store that sold everything from Tintin paraphernalia to gourmet teas. Now I have a bit of a tea problem... I can't stop buying them. I love tea. Especially the really funky flavours. At this moment, I have about 8 boxes in my cupboard and was ready for more. But I was good, boring but good, and walked away without purchase. Although I spent a good 15 min smelling them like an addicted freak.
Another surprising find was a restaurant called Gudrun, run by a local Stevestonian. A closer look revealed a really cool, clean, looking space focused on fresh, local artisanal suppliers of cheese, veg, wine, art etc. Definitely a place I would love to bring visitors to. There was also a communal table outside that was built around a tree. Gail cleverly pondered "I wonder how that tree must feel being surrounded by a fallen comrade". I love Gail.
All in all a nice day although it would have been nicer in the sun, with some spot prawns, dry feet and free hand (occupied by an umbrella) to take even more pics.