Birthday Escape To Victoria – Part 1

As I mentioned in my last post, I spent the weekend back in my second home town, Victoria. I never thought I’d think of it as a second home, but every time I go back after moving back to Vancouver, I realize just how much it too feels like home.

My birthday weekend escape started off well before I actually left the house to get the ferry. I knew it was going to be a fun indulgent weekend, so I thought I should at least get in some healthy eats before I left. I started my sunny, hot Friday morning off with a bowl of oats.


This would be a version of custard oats – you know, oats with an egg stirred in near the end. Fresh apricots were also involved.


I’ll be posting a recipe soon – they are delicious! I topped these ones with coconut butter and fresh raspberries.


Plus a glass of Happy Planet Extreme Green juice. I was just cramming in all the fruits and veg I could before I left!


I had plans to go to a BBQ at a friend’s house on the Saturday, and of course I said I would bring something for dessert. It’s pretty much a given that I’ll bring a sweet treat to any gathering. If I wasn’t going to be a dietitian, I would probably end up in pastry school. Mmmm, pastry…

Of course, the one friend I was staying with isn’t exactly the baking type, so I had to do some prep work on my dessert before I left.


And had to pack some kitchen essentials to finish if off once I was there.




Who doesn’t pack a hand blender, pie plate, and 4 ripe avocados (among other things) in their suitcase?

Speaking of packing my suitcase – someone wasn’t happy I was leaving.


Cats always know when something is up. And always try to make it as hard as possible to complete your packing. 

After I packed an insane amount of carry on baggage for a weekend getaway, I made a quick lunch.

Toasted English muffin with red pepper jelly and mozzarella.


Plus a bowl full of fresh & tangy gazpacho (another recipe soon to come!)


And a slice of birthday cake. Because hey, it was still birthday week!


Finally I was on my way to the ferry. I managed to make good time, and soon enough I was boarding the vessel and finding a quiet place to relax for the trip.


That’s actually not my ferry, but another one in dock.

I was soon to set sail into the great blue yonder.


It was tempting to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine and scenery on the ride over to Vancouver Island, but I didn’t feel like busting out the sunscreen, so instead I paid a premium to sit in the Sea West Lounge.


The lounge is basically a place for the business set, or anyone who doesn’t want to listen to screaming kids and loud tour groups for the 1.5 hour sailing. They also have snacks and drinks included in the “cover charge”.


I hauled all my belongings inside and set up camp to blog.

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With a plate of fresh fruit, cheese, and some tasty little oat bar.


I totally went back for another pile of melon. What can I say, I love me some melon!

BC Ferries finally has free Wi-Fi for passengers, so my trip completely flew by. Before I knew it, they were announcing our arrival in Victoria. I snapped a picture off the back of the vessel before packing all my things and heading down to disembark.

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My friend picked me up, and we drove back into Victoria, where we got ready for a night out on the town…



… which you will just have to wait for until my next post.

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Categories: Baking, Birthday, Breakfast, Getaway, Lunch


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8 Comments on “Birthday Escape To Victoria – Part 1”

  1. August 17, 2010 at 3:40 am #

    The last time I was on the ferry we saw killer whales swimming along side the boat. Very cool!

  2. August 17, 2010 at 5:55 am #

    everyone deserves a fun, indulgent weekend once in a while. i’m glad you had fun!

    have your custard oats improved at all? any tips? i’m interested in trying them but afraid i’ll screw them up

  3. August 17, 2010 at 9:11 am #

    Have a blast in Victoria!

    Your kitty looks just like mine. Hopefully he’s not trying to kill you like Pea Kitty.

  4. August 17, 2010 at 9:20 am #

    yay welcome back to my city!! hehe ❤
    perfect weather too 🙂

  5. August 17, 2010 at 11:33 am #

    Sienna’s a chubbers now! Sweetie pie. Everytime you post a picture of her I just wanna give her a good rubbing!

    Hmmm…4 ripe avocados, eh? That perked me up!! 😉

  6. August 17, 2010 at 1:53 pm #

    What a fun boat ride – I would have paid the extra $$ to not hear screaming children too – and HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!!!!!


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