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26.9.16

The Black Goose Inn

Black Goose logo from their website

 This family owned and operated British (with a bit of Scottish thrown in!) pub style restaurant was originally constructed in 1921. Located near Rathtrevor Beach in Parksville, the location couldn't be better and the food is excellent! 

 The Black Goose Inn offers up traditional, home-cooked meals 7 days a week - as well as 19 beers and ciders on tap! In the warmer months you can enjoy an ocean view and sit at one of the many outside patio tables. In the cooler months you can enjoy a beautiful log fire inside! 

Delea and I enjoying a couple Phillips Blue Bucks!
 We sat down outside on a warm Sunday, but the clouds quickly came in and it started sprinkling so we made our way inside. Regardless of whether you enjoy your time at the Black Goose Inn inside or outside, the ambience is fantastic and you'll be cozy and happy. 

The delicious seafood salad
The service is British pub style so it is counter service, food and drinks are ordered at the bar. The menu offers up some amazing traditional UK meals, including assorted ploughmans, meat and vegetarian pies, bangers and mash and fish & chips. The large menu will please even the pickiest of eaters.



Traditional bangers & mash
  


I'm a huge fan of the seafood salad ($18.95) romaine lettuce, cucumber and peppers drizzled with a delicious wasabi dressing completed with smoked salmon lox, shrimp and bacon on top. 

Banger and mash ($11.95) is a very traditional UK dish you can order at the Black Goose Inn. 

There are daily lunch and dinner specials. 

They are open at 11:30am daily 7 days a week, they close around 9pm in the winter and 10pm in the summer. There is a children's menu available.

Located at: Beach Acres Resort, 1051 Resort Drive, Parksville, BC, V9P 2E4
Tel: 250 586 1001

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18.7.16

Cassidy Country Kitchen

 The Cassidy Country Kitchen is up and cooking some amazing home-style food again after a fire ripped through the building just over a year ago, seems like it is even better than before! 

 The small but delicious menu focuses on fresh home-made meals, including breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sunday offers up a 7am-3pm brunch. After many recommendations we decided to check out the Country Kitchen for breakfast. 

 Upon entering the new building we were impressed by the attention to detail in order to create a "country kitchen" feel. Success. We were pleasantly greeted and seated quickly, showing up at 10:30am on a Sunday for breakfast can be dicey but service was excellent. 

 My mom ordered the BC Benny complete with two poached eggs, local Johnston's bacon, cheddar cheese, creamy hollandaise sauce on a fresh made in house buttermilk biscuit served with fried red skinned potatoes. 
 

The delicious BC Benny


The scrumptious Southwestern Skillet
  I ordered the Southwestern Skillet with ground chorizo sausage, red peppers, jalapenos, a blend of cheddar and mozzarella cheese topped with two eggs any style (I had scrambled) fresh avocado and fried red skinned potatoes and choice of toast. I also ordered a side of their delicious hollandaise sauce to complete an already amazing dish. 

 The food was amazing, quickly served and greatly enjoyed - we can't wait to come back to try the lunch and dinner menu! 

 Hours: Closed Mondays. Tuesday - Thursday 6:30am - 9pm. Friday & Saturday 6:30am - 10pm. Sunday 7am - 3pm.
Hours of Operation:
Closed Mondays
Tuesday-Thurday 6:30-9:00pm
Friday & Saturday 6:30-10:00pm
Sundays 7:00am-3:00pm


Hours of Operation:
Closed Mondays
Tuesday-Thurday 6:30-9:00pm
Friday & Saturday 6:30-10:00pm
Sundays 7:00am-3:00pm
 Address:
2930 Trans Canada Hwy
​Nanaimo BC
V9G 1J8

Phone: 250-924-2500

Contact: 
cassidycountrykitchen@gmail.com


Hours of Operation:
Closed Mondays
Tuesday-Thurday 6:30-9:00pm
Friday & Saturday 6:30-10:00pm
Sundays 7:00am-3:00pm

Hours of Operation:
Closed Mondays
Tuesday-Thurday 6:30-9:00pm
Friday & Saturday 6:30-10:00pm
Sundays 7:00am-3:00pm

Hours of Operation:
Closed Mondays
Tuesday-Thurday 6:30-9:00pm
Friday & Saturday 6:30-10:00pm
Sundays 7:00am-3:00pm
Hours of Operation:
Closed Mondays
Tuesday-Thurday 6:30-9:00pm
Friday & Saturday 6:30-10:00pm
Sundays 7:00am-3:00pm


 




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11.7.16

Invermere Beach (Dog off-leash area) - Nanaimo


Lisa running full speed in the sand!
 Acquired in 1951, this park is located at the very end of Invermere Rd in North Nanaimo (off Dover Rd)
  It's super easy to find, just follow Invermere Rd all the way to the bottom, where you will find a few parking spots and a sign indicating the beginning of the trail. You follow the stairs to the bottom and come out at gorgeous Invermere Beach. These stairs are quite steep, if you have mobility issues it may be unpleasant.
The beach facing North
 The park is open 6am - 11pm. This is an open beach off-leash park so there is no fencing. There are a few fresh water streams running into the ocean but these are not always guaranteed. Pick-up bags are located at the trail head as well as a garbage can for disposable (Please pick-up after your furry friend!)

 The beach is mixed pebbles/rocks and open sand, be sure to check the local tides as it is much more fun for the dogs if you go at low tide! 

 This beach is great for letting the dogs run in open space, they love the sand and all the awesome ocean smells (beware of things to roll in UGH)! Most importantly be courteous to other park goers and people and keep control of your dog at all times OH and have fun! 

My cute little rescue dogs (Sidney & Lisa) enjoying the beach life!
 

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