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A Visit To Parksville

On Sunday, after Church and a light lunch (that is another story) Don decided to take a drive to Parksville to sightsee. We had never been there and the drive is very beautiful. We stopped off and played a game of Mini Golf (it had been years) and this one is the most interesting and challenging game designs that I have ever played. It was a lot of fun and on a beautiful sunny afternoon, it couldn’t be better.

Now, it is time for lunch. Where to go? We drove down the highway for a bit and nothing came to mind but Don said, let’s try to find a Pub as they always have good food. I tried to google it and found 3 listed. One was about 40 km from where we were and the other? HAHAHA It was 150 ft ahead of us.  It is the RJ Rod & Gun Hospitality .

We went in and it is huge. They have one of the longest bars and it looks like a Saloon of old in the middle of a large room. I thought this was the entire restaurant but it is not.  They have an dining room on the other side of this and then, again, you go outside to a patio area. For those who smoke, there is an ‘upper deck’ just for that purpose. Grab a beer and away you go.

Our server, Chelsii was delightful and very helpful. She talked about the City, beaches and how wonderful it was to live here. We found the prices for food is a lot less expensive here than, say a larger City.

Don ordered the Bangers and Mash and I ordered the ‘Loaded Local’. A burger that had beef, bacon, mushrooms, tomato, lettuce and a pickle. Whew! Don like the Bangers and Mash and his beer. Because they had only one brand of wine (one I won’t consume) I ordered a Michelobe Ultra Beer. I find it even better than Coors Light and that used to be the only beer I would ever try, if I had to.  We spent a most enjoyable time in this establishment and I can honestly say, we will be back.

Back home we go and, again, it is a wonderful drive and we have so much more to peruse here on the Island.



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Convivia Bistro Cuisine

I know I have talked about this establishment recently, but never for a dinner sitting. On Friday night, four of us went to celebrate two birthdays. When we arrived it was almost full but there were a couple of tables out on the deck. Even though it was nice and warm, we sat inside and enjoyed a wonderful meal with ambience and a terrific server.

My girlfriend (birthday #1) ordered the Calamari with a Provencial Aioli, followed by the Pirate pasta dish consisting of shrimp, scallops, crabmeat, fresh cream and mozzarella cheese. She loved it. Her wine choice was the Pinot Gris.

Her beau ordered the French onion soup and a goat cheese pizza. His choice of beverage was a sour apple cider.

My husband (birthday #2) started with a Tropical Ceviche. This was seafood, lime and cilantro. No crumbs left here. Then he ordered the lasagna. Meat sauce, fresh cream, parmesan and mozzarella cheeses. He proclaimed it was the best lasagna he had ever eaten. Believe me, that is really saying something. His choice of beverage was O’Doul’s.

I ordered the seared scallops with saffron cream. Okay…if we had been at home, I would have licked the plate. Never have I had anything that was this good in a restaurant, ever. Then came my pasta of choice, Carbonara.  Spaghetti , fresh cream, bacon, ham, egg yolk and parmesan. The amount of bacon and ham was truly amazing. OMG this was delicious. The Pinot Gris was fabulous.

Three of us had the Crème Brulee. This, my friends, was like silk. They added sparklers in the two birthday servings.

The best part of this restaurant? They serve half portions and it is without a doubt the best size as it allows you to actually finish your meal. Oh yes, we will return. This is a wonderful establishment. From the Management, our server and the Chef – kudos. Job perfectly done.

If you are ever in this part of the Province, please go. You will not be disappointed, I promise.


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