|The pace of life is definitely more mellow!|
Am I the only one who associates vacations with good eats & lots of them? A few years ago Mom, Bronwyn & I literally ate our way around San Francisco - it was scary. And delicious. The enjoyment of good food includes little mini-trips, like this one to the island. We have a few favourite restaurants over here and we try to hit them all when we come over. Add to that the fact that my mom is an amazing cook, and we are pretty much going from one delicious meal to another.
Stop #1: Pizzeria Prima Strada. We usually come here straight from the ferry! It's not only the best pizza in Victoria, but it's probably some the best pizza we've had anywhere. Yes, even including Italy!!
The afternoon was spent hanging out at the house. My parents have two awesome dogs, Kia & Corrigan, who always offer up an enthusiastic "Hello! Welcome back!" when we get to the house.
|The Welcome Committee|
|Mom cooking up a delicious dinner|
|Kia brings me my socks. Is this a hint?|
|Yes, we are excited!!!|
|Walking at Willows|
|Willows Beach, looking towards Cattle Point|
|Willows Beach, looking toward the marina|
|Willows Beach Park|
Oof! After all that activity, we had better have something to eat. How about Sun Wah, our very favourite Chinese Restaurant? Derek has been known to destroy a large bowl of Hot & Sour Soup on his own. It's quite impressive!
|Mmmm..... lunch at Sun Wah|
Victoria's Chinatown is the oldest in Canada and the second oldest in North America, after San Francisco. Here is the "Gate of Harmonious Interest":
I shopped my way through downtown, ending up at Bastion Square, where I stopped to people watch over a gelato. I'm pretty easy to please when it comes to an iced-treat on a warm day, but I will say that nothing can touch the gelato we ate in Italy!
|Great day & perfect spot for people-watching|
I have a renewed love for the Inner Harbour & downtown Victoria after Derek & I got married here this summer. We were lucky enough to have a habour-view room at the Empress; I definitely felt like royalty for those few nights! What a view!!!
On the way home I stopped for a swim at the Oak Bay Rec Center. I have so many fond childhood memories of Oak Bay Rec. We did swim lessons here, I'd hang out here with friends & every Sunday night Dad took us all for a swim. We really enjoyed Sunday evening swims with Dad, but 5 minutes before closing, all of us kids would make ourselves scarce as it was Dad's habit to register a complaint to the staff. You could see them all scatter as he approached. Dad was unhappy about injustices against us kids - toys being put away too early, the water-slide closing early. At the time it was embarrassing, but if I could go back in time, I'd totally have Dad's back. After all, he totally had ours!
Not much to do after such a busy day but relax.....
|Kia & I relax with Pride & Prejudice|
|Dad is the coffee-master in the morning|
|Good thing, 'cause my eyes aren't even open before I have my first latte|
|Working away at my Brunch Station|
You'd think after all this, I might escape the kitchen, but no! I had also volunteered to make dessert for that night. I remember hearing when I was young that "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach". At the time I didn't understand it, and now I don't believe it... But I still do like to find new chocolate treats to delight my chocolate-loving husband. How about "Chocolate Silk Pie" from The Smitten Kitchen?
|Chocolate silk pie|
|Dad, Kim, Brad, me & Derek|
I'll leave you with the belly shot of the week:
|33 weeks, at Willow's Beach with my babe!|