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Cactus Club, Nanaimo, B.C.

On Don’s birthday this year, Kelly and I had planned for weeks for special surprises for him. Firstly, his picture and names of all in the family were on the CTV morning News. Then we were planning on going to Cuckoo Trattoria in Coombs for an early dinner.

In the morning we had gone plant/planter shopping at a couple of places and it wore him out (don’t forget Don broke his back a year+ ago and he has to be really careful). So…the plans for dinner got changed at the last moment and we opted to go to the Cactus Club rather than stay home. (more on that later).

The Cactus Club is and always has been one of our most favourite places to go, but the Covid has made a lot of changes in what we do and where we go without fear of being infected.

We were placed in a ‘pod’ outside on the patio and it was darn chilly but we stayed the course. We ordered beverages and started with potato skins as the appetizer. Then after a while we ordered our dinner and, because we were so darn cold, we ordered another round. HA!

Don ordered a green curry shrimp dish, Kelly ordered her one and only tuna poke and me? If you know me you know it was the butternut squash ravioli. OMG! it was all so special. We were far too cold to wait for dessert so we took it home.

Our server, JOY, is a true server on the stellar level. She introduced herself to us (no one does this), asked what Don had done for his birthday, was attentive throughout, still with a smile and sincere interest in her customers.  The Cactus Club management should make her their trainer of how to serve your customers.

Of course we will return. We love it here.


p.s. the reason we had to go out was because a friend of Kelly had built 3 planters for him and a new base for one of them to stand on and he couldn’t be here when they delivered it. We took his phone away at the restaurant because our security was showing the delivery. HA!

Coombs? We will come out when it is a tad warmer. Far too cold to be on patios right now and we will make sure it will be okay for Don to travel. Thank you for understanding our plight.


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Ristorante Mozza, Monte Carlo, Monaco

The second last dinner we had in Monte Carlo was in the harbour at Ristorante Mozza. We had been here on our previous visit to Nice and it is so enjoyable. The food is excellent and the service is beyond reproach.

The evening started with a choice of beverage and the appetizers begin. A tasting platter of cold cuts and Burrato cheese. Yummy to say the least. Then comes a mixed salad with octopus, and greens. Again, a very tasty salad should  you really like octopus. A beautiful, freshly made Rosemary Focaccia makes the rounds and by now, you think you have had dinner. But wait!

The main course is either the Catch of the day with vegetables and potatoes or Beef tagliata, parmesan, rocket, meat sauce with thyme. Trust me, there is no bad choice here. Both are fabulous.

Now, out comes the dessert and it is the largest Tiramisu you could imagine. Good? OMG! It is like silk but, oh so, huge. And, not done yet, comes out the coffee or espresso for those with any more room.

This is a must restaurant to dine in, enjoy and you come away wishing you lived closer.

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