BC Day Long Weekend Part 1 – Cha-Ching!

Buckle your seatbelts, this is going to be a long, picture filled post!

First, I will let you ponder this.

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My sister and I started off our day leisurely, with a little breakfast. I went with a yogurt & granola mix.

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On top of some hidden yogurt, you will find raspberries, Saskatoon berries, granola, coconut, hemp seeds, and delicious icing…I mean macadamia nut butter.

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With the usual.

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Then we were off to the produce market and grocery store, per my usual Saturday routine. After that was out of the way, we wandered down to the mall for a little shopping. I found nothing to my liking, she grabbed a couple things on sale. Then it was time to pick up lunch. Where did we go?

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One of the more original fast food places in Victoria – Naanwich. My sister had never been, so we had to go before I moved home. Basically, they take your choice of filling (most options are Indian food based), cook it up, place it in a naan bread, and you add toppings Subway style. I ordered the Palak Paneer (spinach & homemade cheese), to which I added lettuce, red cabbage, cucumber, pickles, mango chutney, and yogurt sauce.

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These bad boys are messy to eat! We ate outside, just to avoid spilling on anything in the house. I managed to not end up wearing any of it – talk about skill. They are also huge! See that first picture? Double that, and that’s how much you get. I ate maybe 2/3? Too messy to save the leftovers for later though. Oh well.

After we were properly fuelled, we headed downtown to the Victoria Bug Zoo.

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I know, who goes to the bug zoo? But some coworkers said it was pretty cool, I’ve never been, and it was only $8, so why not? There were lots of interesting bugs, but it was alot smaller than I thought it would be. I think my favourite was the leaf cutter ant colony – I love those things 🙂 Here are a few shots of some awesome bugs – if you don’t like insects, you might want to scroll on through quickly.

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We then decided to do some more shopping because well, who doesn’t like shopping? I was on a mission to find new jeans. Alas, that didn’t pan out. If only I had hips & an ass to fill out the jeans – even the sales person said they were all baggy in the bum 😦 Anyone know if you can get jeans taken in at the rear? I’m no tailor, and I’m hesitant to spend alot of $$ on jeans I can’t have altered to fit me well.

All the sun, shopping, and walking around led us to our dinner destination – The Pink Bicycle.

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You may recall I first went to the Pink Bicycle when my mom visited a few weeks ago. It was that good that I just needed to take my sister there. Mostly as an excuse to eat there again myself 😉

It’s a small restaurant, maybe seats 30 people or so? Only the bar is downstairs with the seating area. The kitchen is located upstairs – you gotta be a good server to not bail with those plates of food!

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Every table receives a bottle of water, which is great – that way they are running around, trying to keep glasses full. Plus it’s classy in that old wine bottle.

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Neither my sister or I are big drinkers when we go out, so we decided to share a bottle of the bubbly…water that is.

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I decided to order something different this time, as I would probably love to try every burger on the menu if I had time! I went with the Portabella Burger, with a side of truffle fries and some roasted garlic mayo for dipping (because everything is better with dip).

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Yum!

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The burger itself was two medium sized portabella mushrooms, sandwiched with the goat cheese, and served with lettuce, tomato (I ordered mine without), red onions, and I believe a little mayo. All on a beautiful sesame seed bun, baked at the bakery next door. I tried to get a picture of the inside of the burger, but it wasn’t the most photogenic.

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The truffle fries are crispy, golden fries tossed in a little truffle oil (or at least, I assume that’s how they are made). The truffle flavour is subtle, but a definite gourmet step up on the classic french fry. The waitress suggested I pair them with the roasted garlic mayo, and it was a suggestion well made.

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We left the restaurant with full bellies and smiling faces. And we were lucky we showed up a little early – there was a huge line up/wait list to get in when we left. Also, I’m almost 100% positive that the writer of the Victoria Burger Blog was dining at the table across from us with a group of out of towners (I overheard talk of ferry rides). Not surprising, as he has written highly about the joint – in fact, I stumbled on his blog when I was searching for the restaurant’s own website.

The night was still young, the sun was just starting to descend in the sky, and there was a nice breeze coming off the water. So we went for a wander along the Inner Harbour – gotta burn off those burger calories somehow 😉

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Unbeknownst to me, there is a was a Night Market set up down along the harbour. Being the shopping fiends that we are, we had to check it out.

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There was alot of jewellery, some crafts, dishes, preserves, chocolates, and clothing. There was also a steel drum band playing at the far end, lending to it a bit of a festive atmosphere. I stumbled upon one booth with some very cute clothes, screened with awesome animal designs, by a designer named Jadefish (well, that’s her company name – her name is Jade). Of course, it was the fish designs that caught my eye, the puffer fish in particular. What can I say, I have a soft spot for sea creatures? I couldn’t leave without making a purchase.

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How cute is this fish?!

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I am in love. With a hoodie. Is that sad? Whatever – my jeans shopping mission may have been a bust, but at least I got something good!

What else does one do on a beautiful summer evening on the town? Get ice cream of course!

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I have a place in my heart for Marble Slab Creamery, even if they aren’t quite as good as some of the local ice cream shops. When I was living in Australia, we would always go to Cold Rock, which did the whole ice cream mixed with whatever you liked on the frozen slab. When I found this place here, it was nostalgic to that time. I like to visit every now and then.

I went with the cheesecake ice cream mixed with raspberries and graham crackers.

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Uh, yeah – we had to devour those cones fast, because they were melting like nobody’s business!

We finally made out way home, watched The Simpson’s Movie on dvd, and now my sister is sleeping as I write this post with only my bedside lamp (transported to the living room) to guide me.

So, do you have an answer to the question I posed to you at the beginning of the post – Can a fish love a bird?

Night 😉

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12 Comments on “BC Day Long Weekend Part 1 – Cha-Ching!”

  1. August 2, 2009 at 6:02 am #

    Oh goodness, what a yummy food-filled post! I can’t get over the truffle fries, yum! I’ve never seen those before, or heard of them, I want to try! The Naanwich restaurant/cafe sounds great too. I’m a huge fan of naan and it’s a nice change using naan instead of wraps, so clever.

    Great bugs pics, despite my tendency to get grossed out by up-close bug pictures, yours were kind of cute!

  2. August 2, 2009 at 6:45 am #

    I need to buy MacNut Butter!!! It looks so decadent and creamy! The Naanwich sounds so good and the concept is so cool!

    That beetle looks really cool! The color of his shell is so beautiful. The other bugs however, made me want to puke! I hate bugs *shudders*

  3. August 2, 2009 at 8:27 am #

    that are awesome bugs! oh yeah, and awesome eats. 🙂 so much fun!

  4. August 2, 2009 at 9:33 am #

    Cheesecake ice cream, raspberries and graham cracker crust is the EXACT same mix I get whenever I go to Cold Stone Creamery. Sounds like the same concept as Marble Slab to me!

    Nice hoodie, I love the color!

  5. August 2, 2009 at 10:56 am #

    That looks like so much fun! Yay for trips with sissies!
    The bugs are totally amazing!
    My bro thought up and idea for an Indian restaurant: “Naan for you” LOL

  6. August 2, 2009 at 5:56 pm #

    What a great post! Love all the food and the hoodie! I have the opposite prob when buying jeans…I’m all ass and no waist! That means a big gap in the back. Yuck!
    The bugs are cool, the spidey not so much. Gave me the cooties just scrolling past it.
    Can wait to read more about your weekend with your sis!

  7. broccolihut
    August 2, 2009 at 9:14 pm #

    Agh! I totally want a naanwich now!

  8. August 3, 2009 at 8:45 am #

    Wow – what a great day with your sister!! I am with broccolihut – I want a naanwich too!

    And never heard of a bug zoo either! 😀

  9. foodforfuel
    August 3, 2009 at 2:19 pm #

    what an awesome post!! I literally almost screamed when I saw that Naanwich place– Indian food is my favorite! Gotta find me one of those places. And as for whether a fish can love a bird, I’d say that my boyfriend is a metaphorical fish (he likes to just chill and stay put where he is) and I am a total bird (all over the place!), so it’s possible 😉 adorable hoodie!

  10. August 3, 2009 at 6:29 pm #

    OMG I want a Naanwich!
    Gotta say though, the bug zoo would probably freak me out a little too much to fully enjoy it. Creeeepy! Pretty cool concept though. I DO like the rainbow beetle.

    Looks like you’re having a great time. And some great eats!

  11. August 5, 2009 at 9:52 am #

    NAANWICH ! dang! BEST IDEA EVER. I might have me some naan today!!

    and I LOVE YOUR SWEATSHIRT!!!!!!! so so cute!!!

  12. outsideoslo
    September 23, 2009 at 8:10 am #

    Thanks for sharing that food portrait of Victoria. I’ve only been there on quick trips in recent years, with The Empress being the main food stop. A delightful experience, but it’s good to get to know the city in a different way in your post!

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