Guest Post: Shelley’s Gastronomic Getaway

My mom’s a pretty great gal. You can see a picture of her here, with her superb hollywood hairdo and flowery housecoat, as she carefully slices into my sister’s amazing ginger-lemon cake.

All three kids are out of the nest, and I really do love hearing about all the fun that my parents get up to now that we’re not around to bug them. Recently they went on a weekend getaway up-island to Tofino, the legendary surf spot on the west side of the island, for a little R&R. I invited my mom to write about it to share her adventures, culinary and otherwise. All I can say is I can’t help but notice how all the fancy dinners seem to happen when I’m not around. Clearly there is a conspiracy afoot.

In any case, don’t take my word for it. Read on!

Joshua’s father Bill and I ventured to the west coast of Vancouver Island last weekend to the lovely Wickaninnish Inn.  I was so excited about our Saturday night dinner at The Pointe restaurant that I immediately emailed Josh to ask if I could be a guest blogger to share our fabulous food experience. First a little snippet from The Wick website…the  description doesn’t really do the place justice:

  “Travel + Leisure readers voted Wickaninnish Inn as the top rated Canadian hotel and one of the top 25 resorts in North America for 2011 in their World’s Best Travel Awards.

The Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino Canada, is a landmark Relais & Châteaux property- an enchanting and critically acclaimed destination perched on the awesome western edge of  beautiful British Columbia. No trip to BC – and indeed, Canada – should be made without experiencing this remarkable Tofino hotel destination. The Wickaninnish Inn is the only resort on beautiful Chesterman Beach.”      

The top photo is the view taken from our private balcony on Friday evening. Every room has an ocean-view deck and a fireplace in the room, both perfect for a west coast getaway!  

This is a dog-friendly property and our thirteen year-old Maltese “puppy” loved coming along for the trip. He ran on the expansive beach and enjoyed the glorious October weather.

The select dog-friendly package includes a comfy dog bed for a tired dog, dog treats, china dog dishes and a copy of Modern Dog!  Arnie really needed his nap after all that  beach exercise.

The views are spectacular, the beach is wild and pristine but let’s face it- it’s all about the food. And the renowned Pointe restaurant at The Wick does not disappoint! We were excited to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary – if you are looking for the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion, the Wickaninnish Inn is unsurpassed. Our server Philip was uber-professional yet friendly. He commended us on our decision to enjoy the four course chef’s tasting dinner which was aptly named “Treasures of the  Ocean”.

The dinner commenced with an amuse bouche of tuna tartare (not pictured). The first course was a spectacular plate of seared albacore tuna served with miso glaze, sesame and succulent smoked Okanagan plums. I have never had anything as delicious as those smokey-sweet plums picked in B.C.’s paradise of fruit, the Okanagan valley.

Our next course was a grilled Island sardine, served with smoked tomatoes, pickled peppers, and garnished with a homemade focaccia crisp. I asked Philip where the sardine was caught, and he smiled and said the next bay over. I believe him! The sardine was meaty yet tender, crispy yet so fresh it quite literally melted in my mouth. An amazing sardine experience!

By this time I was beside myself with anticipation for the main course. How could it possibly surpass what we had already savoured? The cider-glazed lingcod was yet another experience of culinary perfection. The beluga lentils were a beautiful addition and the apple and roasted parsnip rounded the dish out with sweet and savoury delight.

 A gala apple with fireball ice cream and a not-too-sweet chestnut financier was for dessert. Light but rich, a satisfying ending to our dinner. 

And the price for our four course heavenly dinner was  $80 Canadian dollars each – a veritable bargain for this level of culinary delight!

All good things must end. These are the views from The Pointe dining room the following morning…(I also recommend breakfast!! The best poached eggs on the planet). For those of  you who have never been to Vancouver Island, this is a bucket list destination for sure and The Pointe restaurant at The Wickaninnish Inn is where you have to eat!

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