Published 24 October 2011
Art & Culture , Bio , Canada , Food , Friends
Tags: apple, apple pie, dessert, Jane Roskams, parties, party, pie, pie contest, Point Grey, tarte tatin
Jane Roskams, UBC neuroscientist and fellow Point Grey denizen, has a mighty apple tree in her backyard. Each year, it provides an abundant harvest — or rather, an over-abundant harvest. To mitigate the apple onslaught, to broaden the wealth, and to share the fun, Jane holds an annual Apple Pie Party. The 2011 event took place last night, and we were fortunate enough to wrangle an invitation.
The concept of the party is simple: help Jane use the damn apples. And one more thing: be prepared to be judged on your effort.
Continue reading ‘Let Them Eat Pie’
Published 13 November 2007
Canada , Environment , Science & Technology , Service
Tags: chum, coho, ecosystem, English Bay, habitat, habitat restoration, Pacific Spirit Park, Point Grey, restoration, salmon, Spanish Banks, Spanish Banks Creek, spawning, Vancouver
Thanks to the planning, sweat, and diligence of a neighborhood volunteer group known as the Spanish Banks Streamkeepers, coho salmon are spawning in Spanish Banks Creek for the first time in more than fifty years.
Spanish Banks Creek, just down the beach from us in Vancouver, originates in Pacific Spirit Park, overlooking English Bay and the Straight of Georgia. The creek once ended in 90 meters of choked, narrow, subterranean culvert running beneath the N.W. Marine Drive roadway, the Spanish Banks parking lot, and the beach itself. Now, the creek-bed has been restored and the salmon are returning.
Continue reading ‘Salmon at Work (Part One)’