Showing posts from August, 2013

Little Mountain Cafe (Parksville)

part of the Little Mountain cafe menu   With no expectations and a few recommendations we decided to venture into the Parksville/Qualicum region for a Saturday breakfast. Deciding on Little Mountain Cafe was one of our better decisions of the day.   Upon speaking with the daughter of the owner she informed me her mother took over the cafe 3 years ago. Located at 1000 Bellevue Rd , it is tucked between a pet store and a doggy day care . Nonetheless, you should never judge a book by it's cover. A tantalizing surprise awaits.  If you are a fan of Ukrainian foods (perogies, cabbage rolls, etc) this place might just be your dream come true. There aren't many places that can combine the deliciousness of Ukrainian food and breakfast into one splendid plate. But they do it and BY GOLLY they do it well! The menu is a sufficient size with plenty of traditional Ukrainian choices but also basic breakfasts for the non-Ukrainian palates. The menu also stated that everything is local

Video of the day: Top 10 Restaurants in Victoria B.C

Brought to you by ! Have you had the pleasure of dining in any of these top-notch eateries on the south of Vancouver Island?

Photo of the Day: Nanaimo Fishing Pier from Seaplane

 This was my view recently when I caught the Harbour Air seaplane from Vancouver back to Nanaimo. The Nanaimo Harbour fishing pier is a popular place to gather in the inner harbour in attempt to catch some shellfish. Be sure to check the local Fisheries regulations before heading out. The daily limit for Dungeness and Red Rock crab is 4 per person per day. Be sure to throw females back. Females have a wider "beehive" looking abdomen. Dungeness crab must measure at least 165 mm. Red Rock crab must measure at least 115 mm. A crab is measured in a straight line through the widest part of the carapace, or shell. Harvesters are advised to measure crabs using a calliper device. Undersized crab must be returned to the water immediately. If you'd like to submit a Vancouver Island based photo to be featured as our "Vancouver Island Photo of the Day" feel free to e-mail us your photo along with a brief description to vancouverislandreviews@live

Cowichan Wine & Culinary Festival

  Cowichan Wines presents the 9th Annual Cowichan Wine and Culinary Festival September  7 to 15, 2013 Cowichan’s Annual Wine and Culinary Festival is a weeklong celebration of what our beautiful region on Vancouver Island has to offer.   The festival is presented to you by volunteers from local wineries and food establishments and sponsors who recognize the importance of supporting the region upon where they live.  Explore the breathtaking landscape as the winding country roads take you on a journey to discover award winning wines, ciders, spirits and food.  The Festival takes you to the cellar doors and to the farms where the food and drink are created.  Enjoy a true authentic experience that is rich in taste and variety--something for everyone. Here are a few events to wet your palate.  Start off the festival with the MNP Grape Stomp! on September 7 at the Cowichan Exhibition.  Enter a team and prepare to stomp away for good old-fashioned grape harvest adventur

Nanaimo Bar Trail

Where have you tried the famous Nanaimo bar? Vegan, plain or deep-fried there are a ton of varieties!

Rocky Creek Winery wins Excellence in Winemaking

    Rocky Creek Winery , one of the smallest wineries in BC continues its tradition of hitting above its weight class in international competitions.  President Linda Holford says “It’s so important to us because we are trying to establish our region as a world player”.  In the short time since they started in 2005, they have been going toe to toe against the best wineries in the world, Rocky Creek Winery has brought home their best year so far in medals, 13 for just this year, including many notable firsts: First gold medal for their Wild Blackberry 2012 after winning fifteen medals in previous competitions.  Already their most award winning wine and consistently the best in its class.  It was recognized as being truly exceptional by the judges at the Northwest Wine Summit in Oregon. “This is our island speciality, something our region has that you won’t find elsewhere, after eight years of passion to make it the best it’s great to see it recognized as truly ex

Victoria Adoptables Dog Rescue

Upon deciding we wanted to add a dog to our small family, it was a no-brainer for me to start perusing the Victoria Adoptables website for a suitable canine. We wanted a dog under 15 lbs, active enough to run and hike with us. I immediately came across Lisa, an assumed chihuahua dachshund cross with a very timid personality. The process was relatively simple, I had been following the Victoria Adoptables Facebook Page for quite sometime and filled out an application form which is located underneath every adoptable on their website. It's important to read their Adoption Info prior to filling out an application for adoption. They do not adopt out to families with children younger than 6, puppies and dogs up to 1 year are $450 and adult dogs are $350. This includes first vet exam, 2 de-flea and de-worm, first and second vaccinations, spay/neuter, and microchip for identification.  Photo of Lisa (front) from Victoria Adoptables site They require ample and complete informa