The food, the surf, the people, the culture, and the food (oh covered that already) make Tofino one of our favs and we try to get out at least once a year. It just so happens that this trip was extra special...
It wasn't the Humpback whales we saw (we have never seen them there before).
It wasn't the epic weather.
It wasn't because I caught the biggest waves I have ever ridden.
It was because it was our last trip as a family of two...well three if you throw in our crazy mut.
In about 2 months we will be expecting our first child! We could not be more excited and it prompted a rather spur of the moment "babymoon" for one last trip together.
We arrived to the island on Good Friday and stayed the night in Nanaimo. We have done the drive in one day before but it is rather exhausting. Throw in a high strung dog and a 8 month pregnant women and your playing with a ticking time bomb.
The next morning we got up and drove about 20 minutes to a little town called Coombs for breakfast. There isn't much there except this amazing market with goats on the roof. Yep goats on the roof!
We arrived in Tofino about 1 pm on Saturday, unpacked, made a little lunch, and headed to the beach to check out the surf. In Nanaimo I helped and rather vertically changed women get her surf board off her Jeep and she mentioned that Chestermen beach should have good surf due to the rather ginormous swell that was hitting the island that weekend.
And good it was! About 3-4 foot clean waves and virtually no wind. Perfect conditions to get my surfing legs back.
One big change we made this trip was that we packed A LOT of food for breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. We were staying at a lovely house so we had to fortunate opportunity to cook. Something we both love and appreciate.
Now I mentioned the food! You have to understand this...in Tofino there is a by-law which does not allow any franchises to exist. This means that every coffee shop, restaurant, and grocery store is a mom-and-pop set up. A recipe for some delicious grub!
Oh and the Tofino Brewing Company will blow you away!
Local food is sourced as much as possible. The seafood is obviously incredible. And many of the restaurants and cafe's have won awards, been featured on TV, and are just hidden gems waiting to be discovered.
What this means for me is that I tend to go a little over board. It not uncommon for me to put on a couple pounds when we are staying in "Tuff City". But this time was a little different.
Our food prep mean't that we could eat some super healthy meals but still enjoy our usuals. I just didn't indulge everyday which is my achilles heal.
The day before we left I went and spent about $400 on food for the week. We planned to eat breakfast at home everyday, virtually every lunch, and go out for two to three dinners during our stay. The plan was executed to perfection...until Friday...I'll get to that in a second.
It probably sounds stupid to go through all this "trouble" but food prep is the absolute easiest way to set yourself up for success. And like I have said before I am a fat kid at heart. Let me eat out at all these amazing places and I WILL over do it. I can't help myself.
So bringing a lot of our own food allowed us to eat delicious healthy meals, stay fuelled for some gruelling surfing, but still get out and enjoy some of our favourites...and a few new ones.
What are our favs...
1) Tacofino - They make the best burritos in the world. But even better are these Albacore tuna tacos. There are like sushi in a taco...need I say more!
2) Sobo - They just might prepare the best food in Tofino? And they make an ice cream sandwich that will rock your world!
3) Wildside Grille - Best fish tacos around.
4) Tofitian - Great coffee shop:)
5) Chocolate Tofino - They make some top notch gelato and some incredible hand made chocolates.
6) Tofino Brewing Company - These guys make some amazing brews! What is super cool is they will make some experimental beers using local ingredients like Pine Spruce Ale...WOW!
You can see how I can pack on a few pounds when we are here. To really understand how good it all is you just have to get out and try it.
Now we hit up a couple new places this trip...
1) Wolf In The Fog - This place one best new restaurant in 2014 and I would have to say it lived up to it's name!
2) The Pointe and the Wickaninnish Inn - We have always wanted to try this place and we figured what better trip then this. We decided to go here for brunch and it may have been the best brunch we have every had. So good we went back again!
So between surfing everyday and eating really healthy, at least in terms of my typical Tofino standards, I was actually getting leaner. Trust me this never happens to me here!
That is until Friday rolled around.
It was time to just let myself go and immerse myself in all the Tofino "delicacies".
It started with a breakfast back at The Pointe. Why...brownie pancakes! Yep, brownie pancakes. And they were the best flapjacks I have ever had.
After devouring those we swung by a little coffee shop to grab some local doughnuts. I am a sucker for baked goods like this. Doughnuts, cinnamon buns, pastries...those are my weakness. So obviously I decided to have two.
When lunch rolled around we hit up the Wildside Grille and I had an amazing salmon burger chased with a salted caramel gelato from Chocolate Tofino.
Finally it was time for supper and we were headed to Sobo. Kristen wasn't very hungry so she had their salmon chowder, probably the best chowder in the world, and a fish taco. I opted for an entire exotic mushroom pizza.
For dessert is was creme brûlée for myself, coconut cream pie for Kristen (but I ate half of it), and not one but two ice cream sandwiches for dessert after dessert.
I crazy day right! But everything in moderation including moderation. Once in a while you just need a day like this. Although if I am not careful I can have them a little too often.
I am a foodie no doubt. So when food like this is around me I can have days like this all the time. It is the reason I eat so healthy at home. So that when I am in places like this I can completely enjoy myself.
That being said a week long of days like this would have added up quickly. This was the reason for the food prep.
I would highly recommend that next time you are on a vacation, road trip, whatever, plan and pre-pack a bunch of healthy options for yourself. If you keep yourself on track during your trip you can afford to fall, or in my case plummet, off your rocker once in a while.
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