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10 September 2019 : Ucluelet            jump to this page > > >
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We had asked around and the consensus was that the nicest special occasion restaurant in Ucluelet, and possibly one of Canada's ten best new restaurants, was Pluvio, so obviously we needed to eat there.

Fascinating menu, not long, but studded with interesting choices. After a delicate amuse bouche of Okanagan Prune-plums with gomasio and crispy crackers and trout roe, we chose the Crab, Pickled Carrot, and gently sautéed Apple Lettuce Wrap, served with a little bottle of gentle hot sauce and house made aioli, the Shar Sui Pork Belly with Scallops, more sautéed Apple, and gently steamed vegetables (served by the chef, who explained the preparation and that he couldn't serve the proteins without the crunchy vegetables as relief.) Wow!


Forgot to mention, there on the lower right, a wonderful Mille feuille with house made coconut-based vanilla ice cream. I'm writing 17 days later, and I confess that the really memorable dish was the one served in a crab shell on a plate of pebbles: the lettuce wrap.

15 September 2019 : to Bend            jump to this page > > >
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But there was!

Rochelle did a quick laundry while I monkeyed with these pictures, and then some good Bend grub: Wild Rose Thai, surprisingly (or maybe not?) one of the best Thai restaurants we've been to. It specializes in Northern Thai dishes, Chiang Mai style. We had a definitive Tom Kha Gai and Thai Sweet Sausage Fried Rice. Num num num. For the soup our server asked the traditional question, "How hot?" and I started to say the usual answer, "Mai pet" (Not hot) but he said, "Scale of 1 to 5." We negotiated a 2.5, but it turned out we could easily have handled a 4.0.

And home to our house by the river.

16 September 2019 : Bend            jump to this page > > >
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22 September 2022 : Shakespeare            jump to this page > > >
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Dinner at an old favorite, Cucina Biazzi, an old school Italian place where we shared a four course menu, antipasti, pasta (rissoto), grilled prawns, salad, and warm chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. Lovely place, great ambiance, sprightly server. We walked home remarking that, as when we ate extremely well in France, we felt replete but never too full. 

Unfortunately the light was so 'romantic' that I took no usable pictures. 

30 May 2023 : Vancouver B.C.            jump to this page > > >
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Then a short walk to Beeryani – compound of Beer and Biryani; I skipped the beer, because the Mango Lahsi was fabulous. Had their special Lamb Biryani, but I was so excited to eat it I didn't get a good picture. But here are the Papadums, Tamarind chutney, and Indian pickles. After, we had gelato.

After a difficult day, we're doing okay. Nothing doing tomorrow except maybe Poutine. 

31 May 2023 : Vancouver            jump to this page > > >
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We walked into Stanley Park past a bunch of busy tennis courts to Stanley Park Brewing because we'd found that it offers salads, an apparent rarity here in health-conscious Vancouver (!?!) and after our potato outrage at lunch, that's what we wanted for dinner. Plus a superb house-brewed cloudy IPA, 'The Captain.' Our server Sabrina was personable and funny, said she envied my outfit, recommended the beer.


Rochelle at dinner

3 June 2023 : Port Hardy            jump to this page > > >
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Finally, some food worth memorializing!

Karai Sushi and Korean Grill on Market Street fed us dinner, miso soup, Edamame, good green tea, and the gorgeous edible pictured at left: the Port Hardy Roll, prawns, (pretend) crab meat, cream cheese, smoked salmon, seaweed and rice with a 'special sauce'. Beautiful to look at, difficult to get into your mouth, and then delicious. We are plotting to return here Sunday week.


And now to bed, to the airport tomorrow by 9am; rain anticipated, showers here, drizzle at Klemtu. Our clothing is packed in garbage bags in anticipation . . . but we would not be disappointed if the rain didn't come true. At this point, the rest of the week is looking sunny.

4 June 2023 : onboard the Great Bear II            jump to this page > > >
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Every evening of the voyage (except the last one when we appetizered on the foredeck) we sat in the aft saloon and devoured a spectacular spread plus BC wines and ciders while watching Chef Jen prepare and plate our wonderful dinners.  



You may wonder about bears. None yet, but when they appear, they will do so on a separate set of pages to protect their locations from discovery by poachers.

5 June 2023 : onboard the Great Bear II            jump to this page > > >
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Upon our return, we had cruditées and and Trish’s amazing crab dip, then adjourned to the pilot house en famille for a delicious dinner: chicken in an Indonesian curry sauce, basmati rice, and asparagus with peach shortcake, mango sauce, and whipped cream with a chocolate sauce decoration for dessert.


We repaired early to our small stateroom, and were asleep by 10.


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