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Can an e-mail make a difference? The Boathouse

We recently went for a lovely dinner at the Boathouse in New West. Here is the e-mail I just sent them.

I ate at your New West location last Saturday night. The meal itself was delicious. I was impressed by the cloth tablecloths and napkins. Then I noticed that my friends drinks were arriving on paper napkins. One friend had a Ceaserwith a straw plus 3 plastic non-recyclable skewers of olives and other stuff on top. When I ordered my glass of wine I asked for no napkin. The waitress did do exactly what I asked for. I was so excited to enjoy a zero waste meal at your restaurant. Then my Lobster Bisque arrived. Between the bowl and the plate there was a paper napkin. I was saddened by the unnecessary waste. Please consider using another method like smaller cloth napkins for under bowls and drinks. Your business has a chance to make a big difference.

Thank you,


If they have their restaurant set up to wash tablecloths and napkins then a few more shouldn’t be too difficult!

One more quick rant. Under the heading of local, fresh daily, sustainable seafood in their menu is the offering of Ahi Tuna from the Phillipines. Yes, you read correctly… the Phillipines. My friends that are from that culture assure me that it would be at least a 12 hour flight for the fish to arrive in BC. How local, fresh and sustainable is that?


You say, ‘If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied,’ you make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled. -Charles Spurgeon



About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


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