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Troll’s, West Vancouver

I have to admit, freely, that for once due to the most frustrating day at St. Paul’s, and being screwed up with B.C. Ferries at Horsehoe Bay Terminal, we found we had 1 1/2 hours to lose. Our choice is: sit in the car and bemoan the fact of what had just occurred or get up, dust ourselves off (sounds like a song, doesn’t it?) and find a place to eat in the little Village.

Don says he had heard about the BEST Fish and Chips here and I am thinking who told him that? Anyway, off we go and walked into Troll’s Fish and Chips. I had a joking ‘vent’ to the Restaurant Hostess and then we sat down.

This restaurant is truly one of the best. They had a “Happy Hour” special of a bottle of wine for 1/2 price. I have only ever heard of specials on glasses of wine not the bottle. Okay, here is humble pie….I like a  Pinot Grigio and there were two shown. I picked a Wayne Gretzky Okanagan Valley wine and, I have to admit, it is one of the nicest wines I have had the pleasure to consume. No lie, and they bagged it up and we brought it home.

The meals came out without a long delay with our server, Cole leading the way. This young man had the most pleasant smile and demeaner, I jokingly asked Don where our #3 child was. This, also, was a huge surprise. It IS the best Fish and Chips since we moved to the Island more than 3 years ago. Does it sound like we really like this place? I hope so.

We are thinking that missing the Ferry was not such a bad deal. If you miss the Ferry and have the time, go here and order the Fish and Chips.

We WILL be back.


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Tin Horn Creek Winery/Miradoro Restaurant

This weekend, Don’s #1 niece, Michelle, and her husband, Grant, were here for their 8th Anniversary weekend. We were fortunate enough to have them here during our mini-hurricane Friday.  What a time!

Everything we had on the deck blew…in fact, the wind blew Don’s glasses off his face and he never even knew it, and almost blew the plants right out of their planters. Enough of that!

We had a super great dinner and all the while they were informing us of their departure time the next morning. HAH ! We had a beautiful breakfast -fresh fruit and strawberry yogurt and lemon poppyseed muffins – just out of the oven. After Breakfast it was suggested we show them around…so off to Covert Gardens. We enjoyed a coffee, they sampled some of the wines and, after purhasing some of the fresh produce, we left for Tin Horn Creek.

We have been there several times before but Michelle and Grant hadn’t. Whooee. Now, I have never before see anyone buy wines like that……then they offered to take us for lunch at Miradoro. Can never say no to that. Great food, great wine, great company on a beautiful sunny, warm day.


Three of us shared a bottle of their Pinot Gris. Michelle and Grant shared a rustic  Bascaiola pizza made up of Italian sausage, grilled mushrooms, cream, parmesan cheese, sweet garlic, parsley, and chilies.

 Don ordered the  West Coast Manila Clams with chorizo sausage in a beautiful Saffron tomato sauce and,

  I ordered the very best grilled cheese sandwich with a quince jam and, believed it or not, crispy onions on foccacia bread. This was the very best grilled cheese I have ever tasted.

We were far too full to go for dessert or coffee and, after picking up the wine, we headed for home and they were off to Spirit Ridge for the balance of their stay. Lucky them!

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