Showing posts from May, 2013

BC Shellfish Festival (Comox Valley)

The Comox Valley will host the biggest shellfish festival on the West Coast. The BC Shellfish Festival will take place June 14th & 15th. The Chefs' dinner (which is now sold out) will take place June 14th, this dinner brings in chefs from all over Vancouver Island/Vancouver.

If you didn't grab tickets to the Chefs dinner you can still partake in some BC Shellfish Festival activities! Starting at 12pm, the beer gardens/concessions and booths will all open at the Comox Marina Park (near the Blackfin Pub). 

12:15pm the cooking demos will begin. $2 will get you a taster and a recipe card to take home from some of BC's top culinary talent. The Comox Valley Chowder Challenge will take place at 1pm, which chef in the Comox Valley has the best chowder? 2pm will be the Fanny Bay Oysters Shucking Championship. There will also be plenty of concession booths offering $1 samples:

The Beez Kneez: Asian prawn rolls
Fanny Bay Oysters: oysters on the half shell
Flavours of Asia: various

Dawn "Mary-Ann" Wells Reunited with the original SS Minnow

Customers got a special treat at the Qualicum Beach Quality Foods when famous Gilligan's Island actress Dawn "Mary-Ann" Wells visited. Earlier in the day Dawn was reunited with the famous boat that was featured on the popular 1960s sitcom the SS Minnow. 

The SS Minnow was purchased a few years ago by QF Director of Operations Ken Schley and refurbished. It is now used for 3 hour tour fundraisers for charities. The boat now resides in the Nanaimo Harbour.

2 Chefs Affair (Nanaimo)

If you follow the blog, you know I love a good solid breakfast. Best meal of the day in my humble opinion! I do love a great eggs benny. Quite possibly my favourite breakfast dish. I have tried the eggs benny at Atlas Cafe and Willie's Cafe among others.

2 Chefs Affair has been on my radar for quite sometime now, a handful of people have recommended I try their amazing eggs benny with their unbelievably delicious house made hollandaise sauce. I finally made it to Daniel and Tammy's wonderful little food joint on Commercial Street in Nanaimo. 

  We arrived later than usual for breakfast (trying to avoid the busy breakfast rush) and it was perfect timing since there were a few empty tables in the warm inviting space. With high ceilings and local art, the room feels cozy yet hip. We all ordered a round of coffee and it was a delicious medium roast. I checked out the menu, spotting lots of things I'd like to try - but I had already made my mind up before arriving that I would b…

New Audi commercial filmed in Campbell River

This Audi commercial caught my eye immediately, I recognized the landscape and surprise surprise - they are driving on the Gold River Highway! Parts of Strathcona Park and upper Campbell Lake can be seenin the background. Filming took about 4 days. Very cool!

Nori Japanese Restaurant (Nanaimo)

I LOVE sushi. Yes I do. Seafood rolls, tempura rolls, veggie rolls, inside out rolls, cones, nigiri or maki - I love it all. It's time to talk about the highly acclaimed Nori Japanese Restaurant. This sophisticated japanese restaurant boasts the best sushi in town!

 As soon as you enter the doors of Nori, you are immediately greeted by the chefs - who are very warm and friendly. You have the option of sitting at a table or sitting up at the sushi bar and interacting with the chefs, either way you are in for a treat. I have never had bad service at Nori and always appreciate the complimentary dishes the chefs usually send out. 

 I always start out with a miso soup. If you dig miso soup and can handle some spice, try theSpicy Miso Soup ($2) - rich flavour, abundant stock and perfect spicyness for the heat lover. 

    We also tried theKanisake Tempura ($5.99) which was salmon and crab tempura drizzled with a delicable sweet soy sauce. 

Of course we had to order a couple rolls to complete…

Vancouver Island Parks: Colliery Dam Park (Nanaimo)

Colliery Dam Park is a popular location for fishing, swimming and walking/hiking in the South end of Nanaimo. These dams have a rare link to Nanaimo's coal mining history. Built in 1910-11 by the Western Fuel Company to supply water for coal washing and for use by miner's, mules and horses in the mines. It soon had a secondary purpose, homes near the pipeline were allowed to tap into it for domestic purposes and this water was carried to most of the homes in South Harewood. Although no longer fulfilling these domestic purposes, the park has become well-loved as a fresh water swimming area, an off-leash park (the upper portion of the loop and only between 6am-10am and after 4pm) and slightly over 2.5 kms of trails loops through dense wooded sections of the 28 hectare park. 

 On May 14th the City of Nanaimo had a news release announcing the immediate removal of the lower and middle dams. The plan is as follows:

Early June - staff will release the tender for the removal of both da…

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