After a Sunday with rain and drizzle that already started in Vancouver – witch I welcomed with open arms. It was just what my body and soul needed if 14 days of constant sunshine – we are back on the sunshine path today again. Unbelievable. It’s like the sun is glued on to me. Talked to one of my best friends over in Sweden today … over Skype and its have more or less rained since I left.
So this morning my friends drove me into the center of Victoria … and the its famous harbor area – tourists everywhere. Not much has changed downtown – there is a new mall and one of my favorite restaurants has been turned into an office – gambling authorities have taken over the hall mall. When I living here, gambling wasn‘t allowed. So things have changed.
Where we had our head office and one of our terminals has now the “Clipper Vacations” - has taken over and our office building wasn’t there anymore – now car lanes for the Clipper and green grass.
My friends had talked to me about this eating experience in the harbor – red fish blue fish – serving fish and seafood out of a container – and so soon I saw the queue I knew I had come to the right spot. They hadn’t even open up and people where queuing and I join the queue – and it was worth the 45 min before I had my food. It wasn’t the fastest service, but I think that was more down to us customers than the staff. Because it was mostly paid by credit card and people where splitting on to different cards.
Ordered a “Cod Dog” – tempura cod with dill-Dijon, lemon-tartar and dill pickles in a freshly baked toasted sub and a mineral water and it came to CA$11.80/US$11.60/€9.45/£7.40 – it was outstanding and worth the 35 min of sweating queuing in the strong sun. Next time I’m downtown I will queen again.
After that gourmet experience and in a massive need of a restroom (the bladder problems) I found a café – “Mirage Coffee” - on 733 Yates Street – a local coffee and café concept … and it was without the doubt the best coffee I had so far. It was excellent, was like velvet. Had a cappuccino and an apple bran muffin and the damage came to CA$7.50/US$7.40/€6.00/£4.70 – got my cappuccino in a big crockery cup and muffin was so moist. The coffee was made real care and tenderness – not a minute job like at Starbuck’s.
Together with my “Cod Dog” down on the dock – it made one of the best lunches I had for a very long time. And it all came to CA$ 22.00/US$21.70/€16.75/£13.85 with tip. Well done Victoria. It’s great to be back.
Yesterday evening we all went to “Cactus Club Cafe“” on Douglas Street and I had a “Grilled Tuna Club Sandwich” together with a glass of white crispy British Columbia Sauvignon Blanc – excellent. This photo are from their website. “Cactus Club Cafe” is a Canadian chain that have very good reviews and I had a snack at their English Bay location in Vancouver and their fish tacos were very good.
“Ask not what you can do for your country,
ask what’s for lunch.”
Photo provided by and thanks to; cactusclubcafe.com