Visiting and eating and having fun…


You may have noticed I’ve not been posting as much the past couple of weeks.
You didn’t?
I guess I covered my tracks pretty well.
I’ve visited family, eating, visiting some more, eating some more and now I’m home.
About time too, I tell you. Since when we get together we love to visit and share meals.
My clothes were getting a little tight.
All of my sibs are great cooks, which can present a problem, nah.
I had fun introducing them all to a Low Country Boil, along with some Cheese Grits and my Tomatillo Cheese grits, and a corn/tomato/okra dish. I’ll tell you all about that in another post, how to do a Low Country Boil, that is. I also made a Banana Pudding for dessert. Again, that will be a whole nother post.
I ate out a few times, for lunch actually. For today, I’ll just share some pictures of the food I enjoyed. I’ll share my dinner pictures later, don’t want you to drool too much on the keyboard.
Had this fabulous chicken sandwich at Just Jakes, I do love sweet hot Chile Sauce. They served this chicken patty on a bed of coleslaw on a Ciabatta Bun.  The bun was wonderful, and the salad served with it was really good as well, you can see it at the back there.  They also have a great choice of vegetarian and celiac friendly meals.  And they also brew their own beer.  I saw a porter being served at another table, and I want to try it the next time I’m there.
My sisters and I went out for Sushi one day, and it was also very good, they served it in a Bento Box, with a selection of veggies and a shrimp in a Tempura Batter. I need to practice making good Tempura. Really I do.   I think it would be a great Tapas dish, hmmm.   And the Sushi was good.   The meal also started with Miso Soup, and I think I’m in love with that as well.  Pardon the poor quality of the pictures, I took them with my phone and the camera in it is, well, let me just say it’s lacking.

 

 If I remember correctly the Sushi was Salmon and Halibut.   And it was good.
We were a little too early to pick up my great-niece at camp one day, so my older sister and I popped into the Crofton Hotel for lunch. She said it was a great place for lunch and she was right. I had fun reading the menu, and then I saw it.
Poutine.
I’ve wanted to try it, I mean I knew how good Fries and Gravy were, but adding some cheese to it, that takes it over the top and back again. I ordered it off of the Appetizer menu, and when it came out, was a tad surprised at how big the dish was. But with a little help, we made a good inroads on it. All I can say is, it’s a good thing I’m 3500 miles away from it, cause I think I could get into trouble.

I don’t know if you can see the steam coming from it, but I burnt my tongue on one of the fries.  Which is a good thing.   I hate cold fries.    I’m still dreaming about this.  My sister had the Calamari, but she still snuck a few of my fries.  Personally, I think it could have fed a couple more people, there was so much.  But I’m not complaining.

 So, if you’re in Crofton, B.C.  Check this place out.  You can even sit outside and watch the harbour.
We really didn’t eat all the time, but my last lunch out with family, we had taken a lovely long drive, my BIL drove through areas familar and not and we ended up in Chemainus for lunch. I’d expressed an interest in Fish and Chips, and they took me to the Harbourside Cafe.
I didn’t get Fish and Chips though.
The special of the day was Curry Chicken. It was offered served up on rice or coleslaw or french fries. My sister ordered hers with half rice and half coleslaw. So, I copied her. Thought it was a kinda strange combo, but, when in Rome.
I ate all the chicken and most of the coleslaw. And it was good. And this isn’t a real authentic curry, one might say it’s Canadian style curry. Basically, it’s a lovely curry sauce served over breaded deep-fried chicken. I’ve decided I need to experiment with trying to replicate that sauce.  Soon.
And I did get my Fish and Chips, well, I passed on the Chips, but I did get a nice piece of cod at Flynn’s Fish’n Chips in Mill Bay. An old school friend of mine and her husband own and run this little place (shameless plug here). I’d hoped to visit with her a bit, but our schedules didn’t mesh too good this trip.

 

My last meal out was Liver and Onions, not a meal I get to enjoy often, but boy when I can get it, I love it.  Again the pictures aren’t great, but the food was.  My phone camera just isn’t that good. But…
I had a lovely Porter with the liver and it was good.   I guess I should tell you where.  A little place called Dave’s Diner in Seattle.   I’ve actually eaten there a lot, cause it’s usually just down the road from my hotel, and haven’t had a bad meal there yet.   The decor is really fun, check out all the old license plates hanging on the walls.
I’ll tell you about some of the other great meals I got to enjoy, and share a few more recipes as well later on.
I’m so stoked, I learned how to make a killer, as in vampire killer, Caesar Salad dressing, with loads and loads of garlic. Gotta go now and get away from food thoughts, I’m making myself hungry, and I just ate not too long ago.

Well, gotta go and get some more chores done and start planning my meals for the next week.   I’m back in my kitchen again.

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