Downtown // Food
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.
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.
Northern Vancouver Island
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.