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Gulf Islands, BC food report! Warning! L-O-N-G post....
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Posted to Thread #24627 at 5:14 am on Jul 5, 2013
We started in Vancouver, then ferried through some of the Gulf Islands - Saturna > Pender > Galiano > Vancouver Island > Newcastle Island.
Calabash Bistro, Vancouver:
Wow – the best Caribbean food I have EVER eaten! Of course, it could be colored by the fact that I had my first poutine and roti…I could not stop eating either one! We shared around: Mango & goat cheese salad with tamarind dressing, mussels, jerk chicken, and of course the poutine and roti. Five stars in my book!
Saturna Winery, Saturna:
We stopped here for a wine tasting and snacks. They were one week delayed in opening their café so we got what they had – a fresh tomato soup and bread. The manager was waiting for his chef to arrive the following week, but in the meantime was trying out a focaccia recipe made with fermented grapes as the levening– we were lucky enough to get to try that, which was delicious! The star, of course, was their wine. This is a small winery and you won’t find it anywhere else but direct from the winery. Their wild ferment reisling was absolutely fabulous and a bottle came home in my luggage.
Café at Hope Bay, Pender:
Really fabulous food! This was one of our best meals with a creative chef and fresh, organic ingredients. Dill cream linguine with scallops and shrimp; apricot glazed turkey with preserved lemon quinoa and pumpkin seeds with roasted veggies. We shared a salad with hazelnuts and strawberry mint basil dressing TDF!!! Sorry, no food pics :(
Corbett House B&B, Pender:
This was our first B&B and our hostess, Eve, served up a lovely breakfast with omelets (range-free eggs), fresh locally grown fruit and tomatoes. She had woken up late or we would have gotten her home made cinnamon rolls…darn!
Pender Island Bakery Café, Pender:
We grabbed a slice of apple pie to take on the ferry. If I had known how good it was, I would’ve bought the whole pie, and I’m pretty picky about my pie. The crust was perfect, the thinly sliced apples were not too sweet. It relied solely on the delicious apples and I almost licked the take-out box.
Rocky Ridge B&B, Galiano:
Full breakfasts here by the husband/wife team of Chuck & Judy Garland. Chuck makes the best omelets (one of his specialties is pecan pie) and Judy makes everything else…and boy, does she! She bakes her own fresh bread every morning (French toast one morning), cans her own jam, homemade granola – when she served bacon, I was looking around the yard for the pigs! She does it all and with such care – it was absolutely delicious and we left stuffed every morning. No food pics - but I highly recommend staying there!
Café Boheme, Galiano:
The La Berengerie near Montague Harbor is a prix fix menu - $35. If you walk around back, there is a little Bohemian restaurant called Café Boheme where you sit outside and have 4 dinner choices plus a dessert. Dinner runs about $12 and items change according to what the chef wants to make. BTW, it’s the same chef that is cooking for La Berengerie – they share the same kitchen! We had the Indian chicken tali with dal, pappadum and roasted veggies; Thai green curry with saffron rice; caramel custard.
Hummingbird Pub, Galiano:
What can you say about a pub – it is about what you would expect, but the food was actually a notch up from what I expected. Crispy fish & chips with fresh fish.
Galiano Grand Central Emporium, Galiano:
We had lunch here that was pretty good – sandwiches, burgers.
Sea Blush (used to be Harbor Grill) on Montague Rd, Galiano:
We were told the food is very good, but it was never open when we tried twice to go.
Galiano Inn & Spa – Syrene’s Café, Galiano:
We had lunch here – it was just ok so I wouldn’t recommend it. Burger and fries, sandwich, pretty standard but more expensive than other places.
Max & Mortiz food truck, at the ferry in Galiano:
Seems funny to review a food truck, but this food was awesome! Judging by the line and the smells, we had to try this truck. After all, how can you pass up an Indonesian German menu?! We had the rasi goring (fried rice with veggies) and bami goring (stir-fried noodles with chicken and peanut sauce). Honestly, we couldn’t shovel it in fast enough….a big thumbs-up for this landmark.
The Roost Farm Bakery, North Saanich, Vancouver Island:
Really good pizza. You can sit outside and watch the ‘free range’ chickens running around. They are very friendly. Sorry, we were so hungry that the pizza never got photographed ☺
Merridale Cidery, Sea Cider Restaurant, Cobble Hill, Vancouver Island:
Cute place – pretty grounds to walk around. We lunched at the Sea Cider – chicken pot pie which was very good with lots of chicken and a nice salad, and Pemberton Meadows strip loin in red wine sauce with fries. I was disappointed as I’m really picky about my beef and the loin was a little too tough for me. Fries were not crisp enough, either. Other items on the menu looked good so I would not order the single most expensive item next time.
Providence Farm, Duncan, Vancouver Island:
This is an old working farm that now employs and trains disabled people. They have a little store that sells the crafts made, as well as a dinner restaurant served by those learning kitchen skills. You must book at least 3 weeks in advance during the slow season!! I could not find any info about it at their website, so you need to call if interested.
MacMillan Provincial Park, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island:
We had an alfresco lunch at the lake. It included fabulous homemade bread (they mill their own flours) from True Grain Bakery in Cowichan, brie and onion jam from Little Qualicum Cheeseworks, and raspberries from the Old Farm Market in Duncan.
Inside me lives a skinny woman crying to get out, but I can usually shut her up with cookies!
Other messages in this thread:
- 24627. Gulf Islands, BC food report! Warning! L-O-N-G post.... - cheezz - 5:14am on 07/05/13 (26)
- In PhotoBucket I made all the pics the same size...apparently it does it's own thing! [NT] - cheezz - 6:08am on 07/05/13
- First: I LOVE your post. It's almost like being there - and the food looks delicious. - EvaN - 11:58am on 07/05/13
- Beautiful post, Jane! Thanks for sharing! [NT] - CynUpstateNY - 12:17pm on 07/05/13
- That was a fun way to start my morning! Thx for sharing! Looks and sounds like a trip to remember [NT] - barb_b - 12:58pm on 07/05/13
- Agreed -a nice start to the day! [NT] - deb-in-MI - 1:29pm on 07/05/13
- Fabulous trip! Fun to enjoy with my morning coffee. :) Thanks! Also, gorgeous family! [NT] - ErininNY - 1:06pm on 07/05/13
- Looks great! A couple of questions: is that you sitting in front of the fireplace with fork raised? - Michael in Sarasota - 1:50pm on 07/05/13
- Yes, Michael, that was me? Shows how looks can fool, huh?! I think we ate 6 times a day :-/ - cheezz - 5:02pm on 07/05/13
- Oh, and we WERE there 9 days...just so we don't sound like complete gluttons [NT] - cheezz - 5:05pm on 07/05/13
- Ahhhh, Well, there you go, then. [NT] - Michael in Sarasota - 7:34pm on 07/05/13
- [clappiing!!!] My goodness...Canada should just hire you for PR! Into the Great Threads!!! - MarilynFL - 3:29pm on 07/05/13
- They really know how to do food...I think every single person on every island - cheezz - 5:03pm on 07/05/13
- there ya go Steve---your next career is ready as a B&B owner in the islands [NT] - AngAk1 - 5:26pm on 07/05/13
- Where do I reserve? [NT] - MarilynFL - 5:45pm on 07/05/13
- If you head that way you won't be sorry. Small islands, few B&Bs make for competition - cheezz - 6:29pm on 07/05/13
- What a wonderful post! It felt like I was right there with you...think I could smell the ocean! :) [NT] - MariaDNoCA - 4:12pm on 07/05/13
- OMG Jane, this was wonderful. Thank you so much! [NT] - Barbara in VA - 4:40pm on 07/05/13
- Thank you cheezz, I agree it's great Canadian PR. [NT] - Curious1 - 5:59pm on 07/05/13
- Jiminy, it's like a nonstop eating orgy. I hope you got to enjoy the spectacular scenery. Glad you - Marg CDN2 - 6:16pm on 07/05/13
- Improved as in got warmer, yes, but when you're hiking to the tops of mountains... - cheezz - 6:27pm on 07/05/13
- Oh what fun you had and what great meals! Poutine.... [NT] - Heather_in_SF - 9:15pm on 07/05/13
- My first poutine experience and I was in love! All the recipes I see have cheese curds - cheezz - 12:14am on 07/06/13
- Yep. They gotta have cheese curds to be poutine. There are so many Fr. CDNs here because of the - Marg CDN2 - 1:05am on 07/06/13
- True. We were at Little Qualicum Cheeseworks the day they were making cheese curds :) [NT] - cheezz - 7:10am on 07/06/13
- Ang, thanks for adding me to the travel thread...I didn't even know we had one! [NT] - cheezz - 12:13am on 07/06/13
- Thanks everyone! And for the restaurant suggestions. I just used my iPhone for the shots. [NT] - cheezz - 9:57pm on 07/06/13