Friday, August 26, 2011

The Pointe Restaurant at The Wickaninnish Inn (Tofino)

If, for some weird reason, you ever find yourself wondering why you live in BC, I highly recommend a mini-getaway to Tofino. Breathtaking scenery hosting a multitude of outdoor activities combined with an adorable village and restaurants featuring a plentitude of local seafood will be enough to remind.

After several mornings of toast and peanut butter, we finished off our holiday with breakfast at the world-famous Wickaninnish Inn. The “point” of visiting The Pointe Restaurant is its precarious perch overlooking the spectacular Chesterman Beach. Of course, the morning we went it was fogged in (locals refer to this month as ”fogust”). Luckily we had just spent four glorious days in a cottage down the beach and already had our share of stunning views. Besides, the food was so delicious, it was still worth it.

Over the course of our trip, I enjoyed the freshest seafood in almost every way imaginable – seafood chowder, cod burger, fish tacos, prawn and scallop ceviche, seafood gumbo, salmon jerky. Therefore, I wanted to round out my seafood experience by having the Tofino Dungeness Crab Benedict. It was perfect, just like our time in Tofino.

500 Osprey Lane, Tofino, BC
Brunch hours: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Daily

Sunday, August 14, 2011


One of the many elements I enjoy so much about these breakfast adventures is the people I get to share them with. I have discovered that what makes a breakfast great is the overall experience, not just the food. Of course, the food is an extremely important part, but not the whole.

Today I had the opportunity to experience the re-created Save-On-Meats for the first time with a first-time breakfasting friend. One of the traits she and I share is our love of talking about food. So I knew exactly what she meant when she said, “don’t you love it when you love what you ordered!” The “what” she was referring to was her 3 Egg Scramble with sausage, cheddar, and tomatoes, and a savoury herb biscuit subbed for the standard toast. I sneaked a taste and the sausage was the obvious standout - good marketing for the butcher shop.

I was so busy having a good time, however, I forgot to explore the other side where the butcher shop and take-out window are located, delivering the already infamous $1.50 breakfast sandwich. I may have to abandon my “new places only” practice to return and try this signature item.

43 West Hastings Street
Breakfast hours:
Monday to Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Saturday/Sunday: 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.