Thursday, July 21, 2011

Back from Victoria!

Actually we've been back for about a week and a half now but the day after we came back we had family from out of town staying with us for a week so it was a little crazy around here!

Back in June dh and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary and originally we had planned on going to San Francisco to celebrate but then we ending up doing some renos to the house (and some renos led to more renos...you know how it goes!) so San Fran was out. But we decided we still wanted to do something special so we decided to go to Victoria, BC for 5 days with the kids. Victoria is near and dear to s because its where we honeymooned 10 years ago.

So we got a really good deal on a hotel and ended up staying at the Fairmount Empress which is right on the harbour. The hotel was awesome, the staff was super friendly and very nice to the kids and the location was excellent - walking distance to everything we wanted to do.

We hit the Victoria Bug Zoo (best attraction for the kids imo) and we went to the Underwater Sea Gardens which the kids LOVED! We also went to the Royal BC Museum and watch Born to be Wild at the imax there and we took a tour around the harbour in a boat which was also a lot of fun. One day we hot Beacon Hill Park which was beautiful to walk around. And the hotel had a pool in it so of course the kids loved that (and it was a free thing for them to do which was good cuz it can get expensive going to all the touristy things!).

But for me one of the highlights of the trip had to be ReBar. I've had their cookbook for a few years now but I'd never made anything from it - which is a real shame cuz I was missing out! I told dh that I one place I really wanted to eat when we went was ReBar and we actually when there for supper the first night.

Wow - amazing food! If your in Victoria I highly recommend you try to make it there. Not everything is vegan but there are a lot of options and the staff is super friendly and knowledgeable. The kids where so excited to have so many options to pick from and finally a restaurant that serves a non-dairy milk other than soymilk. None of us are fans of soymilk and they had soy, almond and rice milk! It was so good we actually ate there on our last night too. Needless to say since we've been back I've made a few things from their book and its been awesome.

Pics to come next post!