BC Day Long Weekend Part 3 – Foodie Fun

I know you’ve all been impatiently waiting for the third and final instalment of my adventures with my sister this past BC Day long weekend. Well, you are in luck – here it is!

We started out Monday morning by sleeping in. We were both pretty tired from our long day of hiking, BBQ’ing, and rocking, so it was definitely needed. Of course, we started out with breakfast at home. I decided on a bowl full of creamy, delicious oats.

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  • 1/2 cup oats, milk, water
  • 1 super ripe banana, sliced
  • splash of vanilla
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed
  • swirls of peanut butter
  • chocolate chips

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With a glass of Happy Planet Mango Peach Party, of course 😉

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We then spent some time packing up some of my things for my sister to take back with her, as well as hanging the curtains my mom made to replace the blinds that my cat broke. Speaking of Sienna, here she is lounging in the kitchen window, enjoying her new curtains 🙂

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Then it was time to head out for the day. Our travels took us out Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, near Sidney.

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The cidery is located on a beautiful piece of property on the Saanich Peninsula, overlooking the ocean.

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Visitors can walk around the grounds, and visit the Ciderhouse for tastings and nibblies. It would be a great place for a cocktail party, or even a small wedding reception.

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All of their ciders are made from certified organic heritage apples, and are pressed at the Ciderhouse. They have also partnered with a local organization – LifeCycles – to produce one of their ciders, the Kings & Spies cider. LifeCycles picks fruit from people’s backyard trees that would otherwise go to waste, and in turn distributes it to various organizations. Proceeds from this cider go towards Lifecycles.

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As we sat down, and perused the menu, we were brought water and roasted sunflower seeds.

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My sister and I decided to go all out, and order the Long Flightgenerous tasting of all 9 ciders made at Sea Cider. Our server was excellent, bringing each cider to the table, explaining a bit about it, and pouring each glass.

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The top 6 ciders you see are all sparkling, and more dry. The bottom three are not sparkling, and would be equivalent to a sherry or port, to be served after dinner with dessert. After getting all 9 ciders poured, we almost forgot what the first ones were! Fortunately, we had our handy tasting guide to help us along.

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We also ordered the Artisan Cheese plateMontana sheep cheese, eggplant & sundried tomato relish, rustic breads. It made for a tasty palate cleanser.

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The combination of the sheep’s cheese and eggplant relish was amazing. I wish I had bought some of that relish to take home with me, it was that good.

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As for the ciders, I think my absolute favourite was the Perry, which is the only one not made with apples – it’s made with Perry Pears. It was the easiest to drink, and I found it to be the most effervescent of the sparkling ciders. If I had to choose an apple cider, I would go with either the Pippins or the Kings & Spies. Of the “dessert” ciders, the Pomona was so sweet and so smooth, it would be very easy to drink in larger quantities than you might like. Alas, we didn’t end up purchasing any to take home – I just didn’t want anything more to move in a couple weeks! I will definitely keep an eye out for it when I’m back on the mainland though. A great alternative to wine, especially for someone like myself who doesn’t drink beer.

After all that alcohol consumption (don’t worry, I only had tastes as I was driving, I made my sister finish them all off 😉 ), we headed in the opposite direction and back to downtown Victoria. In particular, Chinatown.

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Our destination – a favourite of myself, my coworkers, and my sister…Noodle Box!

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I think my sister requests this every time she’s in Victoria. It’s a great “fast food” option when you want some Asian fare. They have a variety of stirfries and curries, made fresh to order, and you can customize dish much like you would a coffee at Starbucks. Plus they serve the “to go” eats in those iconic takeout boxes.

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Can you decode my order from the writing on the box? 😉 I’ll help you out. I ordered the Spicy Peanut Noodle BoxIndonesian style peanut sauce, wok fried with peppers, asian greens, crushed peanuts, herbs, sprouts, coconut milk, and lime on ribbon noddles. I had mine with tofu, extra veggies, medium-mild spice, and no cilantro.

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As fun as it is to eat directly out of the box, I find it really hard to get the sauce distributed evenly, and frankly, there is too much food in the box for one meal. So I always toss mine in a large bowl, serve myself half, and save the rest for another day.

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Check out that creamy peanut sauce. I need to find a recipe that mimics this.

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I had a little watermelon for lunch dessert as we sat outside, enjoying the sun.

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Shortly there after, it was time to drive my sister back out to the ferry to head home. It’s okay though, I’ll be seeing – and living with – her in less than 2 weeks, so it’s not like it was a sad goodbye.

I returned home, and cleaned up the house, watched some tv, played some Wii – basically relaxed and enjoyed the rest of my long weekend. I had a little dinner later on that evening.

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I pulled out a serving of ED&BV Cocoa-Coconut Chili from the freezer, heated it up, and topped it with some avocado and sharp white cheddar.

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I also rescued one lonely corn bread muffin from the freezer to have alongside the chili.

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Pretty good for a freezer dinner.

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The rest of the evening was spent relaxing, and may have included a bowl of popcorn, with a little butter.

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Talk about one jam packed weekend! I almost needed another day to recover from all the outings we had over those three days. Oh well, soon enough, I will be on holidays. I hope you all enjoyed the highlights of my long weekend as much as I did 😀

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6 Comments on “BC Day Long Weekend Part 3 – Foodie Fun”

  1. lilybeans
    August 5, 2009 at 5:07 am #

    You and your sister look you had so much fun! I never knew there were so many flavors of cider.

    What a frezzer dinner! How did you make that corn bread muffin??? It looks so delicious!

  2. August 5, 2009 at 5:30 am #

    Cocoa-coconut chili??? YUM! The spicy peanut noodle box also looks fantastic. Wow, what a great day of good eats!

    The cider reminds me of fall, I LOVE fall and I can’t wait for it to get here (well, I love the weather of fall, not the fact that school and jobs start!)

  3. August 5, 2009 at 7:37 am #

    MMMM! Sounds like–and looks like you had a wonderful and tasty weekend!!

  4. August 5, 2009 at 4:23 pm #

    The cider place looks fabulous! What a great selection they have. That’d be something good for me, too as I don’t like traditional wine or beer.

    The Noodle box sounds like a great place, too. I’m betting you miss it when you move.

    Little Sienna…she has no idea what’s coming, does she?! 😉

  5. Jessica
    August 6, 2009 at 2:51 am #

    Mmm, I love The Noodle Box. I go there every time I visit Vancouver. It’s one of the only places I’ve found that can actually back up their spiciness claims. Although I always laugh when they warn me about the spice level, because I love my heat 😉

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