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In praise of frozen fish, wincing over vodka

Eating frozen fish is more environmentally friendly, much of the time, than eating fresh fish. Frozen fish can be transported with less fuel. Fresh fish, to stay fresh, has to be flown using big-carbon-footprint planes.

Messiah a hit through the ages

IN CONCERT What: Victoria Symphony: Handel's Messiah When: Friday, Dec. 18, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 20, 2:30 p.m. Where: Farquhar Auditorium (University Centre, University of Victoria). Tickets: $16 to $41.

Critics' Picks

THEATRE What: A Christmas Carol With Scott Hylands Where: Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Ave., Sidney When: Dec. 17 to 23 Tickets: $10 to $25 (tel.

Genre-bending Brits at home in America

What: Band of Skulls with Forestry When: Monday, 9 p.m. Where: Sugar Tickets: $16 at Lyle's Place, Ditch Records and Don't believe everything you read about U.K.

Sips takes wine and small plate to next level

This article was first published in December 2009. I love the idea of showcasing B.C.

He could have been a Beatle

IN CONCERT What: Rod Davis of the Quarrymen (opening for Guy Davis) When: Saturday, 8 p.m. (doors 6 p.m.) Where: Ambrosia Event Centre, 638 Fisgard St. Tickets: $28.50 advance, $32 door (at Lyle's Place, Ditch Records or online: www.

Grammy-winning violinist James Ehnes a big draw for Symphony IN CONCERT What: Victoria Symphony (Legacy Series) When: Monday, Dec. 7, 8 p.m. Pre-concert talk at 7:15. Where: Royal Theatre (805 Broughton St.). Tickets: $17 to $68.50.

An outing for five at Ferris' Grill

Malaysian curry, $14. Ferris' Grill 536 Yates Street, Victoria, B.C. On a recent chilly, rainy Saturday night, five of us dropped in on Ferris' Grill.

Slow food, Thanksgiving meal in a bun, and secret restaurants

Maira Kalman at has a quirky essay about food and the pursuit of happiness, fast food versus slow food, industrial versus agrarian. She meanders around the U.S. and makes her case with poetic phrasing, sly humour, drawings and photos.

Your guide to Christmas fairs on the Island

NOVEMBER 27- Dec.3 Christmas in November Art Show and Sale today, Saturday, 2-8 p.m. and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Free. Sooke Harbour House, 1528 Whiffen Spit Rd. Garden Room and upper lobby. Christmas Crafts and Bazaar. Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., St.