I didn’t wake up this morning expecting to do or see most of things I did today. By the way, waking up at 04:15 isn’t any more pleasant just because your internal clock says it’s actually three hours later, if you were curious. We somehow managed to drag ourselves out of bed, check out of the hotel, and even secure 3 courtesy to-go “breakfasts” from the not-yet-open kitchen, all fully on schedule.
Tsawassen Ferry Ride
Exploring Victoria, BC
Victoria Public Market // Chinatown
A short drive over to the city center brought us to Chinatown and the Victoria Public Market. We explored a little bit and immediately found a French bakery called The French Oven. We split a bacon cheddar mini croissant, a raspberry chocolate mini croissant, and a mini eclair, plus 6 macaroons for later. All were excellent, and the croissants even rivaled the ones I had in France.
Red Fish Blue Fish
I’m going to spend quite a bit of time describing this meal, because it was one of the best seafood meals I’ve ever had. We got 3 varieties of fish and chips: halibut, cod, and salmon (which I’d never had fried before). All were fresh and locally sourced from Victoria Island. Of course, they were served on a pile of delicious fries, and came with scrumptious tartar sauce and slaw.
Dad and I also split a small side of oysters and 2 tacones, one with seared medium-rare ahi tuna, and another with fried cod. These came with homemade tortillas, lemon pickled onions, pea shoots, cilantro slaw, and a special sauce. They were unlike anything I’ve ever had, and were truly delicious. We all LOVED the meal, and the view was great as well. It was definitely worth standing out in the cold. The line was almost 20 people long and growing by the time we left.
Red Fish Blue Fish
Victoria, BC, Canada
I’d have never though to beer-batter and fry salmon – but these people did, and it was delicious! Our whole meal was amazing, and sitting out on the docks gave it a nice charm (but bring a jacket).
* – Would definitely visit again
** – Exceptional, must visit if you’re in the area
*** – Worth making a special trip to eat there
Goldstream Provincial Park
Ferry to Seattle
Here’s a long P.S. for you:
I’m writing this on the ferry ride home Dad and *mainly* Mom are sound asleep, so I’m going to close with a Scott Van Pelt-esque epsisode of “The Best Thing I Saw Today”…after they wake up.
Mom: The best thing I saw today was… the moss covered forest at Goldstream. (She even took a picture of a dead stump that does not make the cut for the blog.)
Dad: The best thing I saw today was… “mine is a toss-up between the world’s largest totem pole and fried salmon”.
The best thing I saw today was… a college student slipping and busting it in the river at Niagara Falls. Actually, I just heard it, but the sounds were unmistakable.
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