Tag Archives: al fresco dining

Waterfront dining at Kingfisher’s Ocean 7

We had one of our ‘junket days’ up to Courtenay recently and decided on the spur of the moment to have lunch on the way home at Kingfisher’s new Ocean 7 restaurant. It was one of our very rare sunny … Continue reading

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Cowichan’s Unsworth Restaurant relaxes

The vibe has changed, but the ambiance at Cowichan’s Unsworth Restaurant remains very much the same since new operators Christie Pope and Steve Elskens took over a couple of years ago. Situated amidst the verdant beauty of  the Unsworth Vineyards, … Continue reading

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Café Talia – good simple food in a charming vintage setting

It was just too intriguing to pass by.  We were wandering around downtown Ganges on Salt Spring Island recently when we happened upon the most interesting tiny building – obviously of vintage provenance and offering food and drink under the … Continue reading

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Not your average pub food at Moby’s

We had to do a little island-hopping in the southern Gulf Islands recently and found ourselves on Salt Spring Island at lunch time. It is the largest of the southern islands and the most settled, with plenty of dining options … Continue reading

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Summertime bliss at Sproat Lake Landing

The essence of summertime bliss.  That was what we found when we made the 45-minute jaunt cross-Island to the newly-opened Sproat Lake Landing near Port Alberni. Located at the site of the old West Bay Hotel on the shores of … Continue reading

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Bird’s Eye Cove Pizza Night offers the best of all worlds

What to do for supper on a lovely early summer evening when all of your favourite restaurants (and the new ones you would like to try) are closed? We were faced with exactly this conundrum during a recent trip to … Continue reading

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Cuckoo Trattoria brings a little bit of Italy to Coombs

Mamma mia! Who would expect to find a beautiful trattoria on the backside of the Old Country Market (best known these days as Goats on the Roof) in the tiny-and-kind-of-wild settlement of Coombs? Cuckoo Trattoria and Pizzeria has been serving … Continue reading

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‘Perfect storm’ makes for a memorable evening at Nanaimo’s Bistro at Westwood Lake

              Maybe it was the snow and the silent, white beauty outdoors.  Maybe it was the warm lighting and soft jazz that greeted us as we came through the door.  Maybe it was the fact that we had the … Continue reading

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A perfect fit for Courtenay’s Locals Restaurant – beautiful food in a spectacular location

  Wow! Finally, Locals Restaurant in Courtenay has a location befitting its beautiful food and service.  We recently enjoyed a wonderful dinner at the new place, the city’s beloved Old House, a heritage home constructed on the banks of the … Continue reading

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Happy news for lovers of good food – Port Alberni’s new Starboard Grill raises the bar for mid-Island dining

Waterfront location. Pretty views of mountains, fishing boats and the Alberni Inlet. Clean, modern design.  Wonderful  service. Indoor and outdoor dining.  Linen tablecloths and napkins. And great food. Finally, Port  Alberni has an upscale restaurant with all the ingredients, both culinary … Continue reading

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