good morning good morning guys from
rainy wet and windy Vancouver Island here in Comox I guess we are checking
out of our Airbnb bright and early and today we are continuing to our final
destination we are heading down to Victoria for two
days yes exciting we’re basically trading in
the wilderness and the small communities for the we’re gonna be seeing the two
biggest cities today we’re driving by Nanaimo and then our final destination is
Victoria which is the biggest city on the island yeah and we’ve got my dad in
the driver’s seat he’s gonna get us there I’m gonna go there but it is
raining all night and I’m very winded today yeah a lot of wind so well guys
it’s not gonna get any better unfortunately I don’t think I was
checking like Nanaimo and a few other places it looks like it’s gonna be rain
all day but even with that in mind we’re gonna be making a few stops
probably visiting a couple places along the coast and of course eating Nanaimo bars to choose ourselves up about the weather will play try the traditional
one and then we’re gonna try some contemporary twists on it we found one nanaimo bar
that had maple bacon and also dulce de leche fat restaurants open with bacon I
mean okay we’re in Canada but that’s overdoing it no it’s overkill with maple
and all of that that’s right I know on our way we’re on our way anyways yeah we
got a long day of driving we are heading south we’re basically right now in Comox
we’re midway up the island and we’re heading to the far south of the island
so a busy day so guys our first stop of the day was that Fanny Bay oh my gosh
it’s still raining really hard it’s super windy so what I did was I just
walked out basically on this tiny little trail that led out to the coast
it’s just like rough rough waters wind rain not a soul in sight and yeah so
that’s basically our first stop we’re just back in the car and now we’re going
to be driving on the way to Nanaimo so we have made our well I’m calling this
our first stop of the day P first official stop one was Fanny Bay and it
was so windy and so rainy and Fanny Bay is so small that we really didn’t see
much I’m the only one at stormy waters yeah that’s all that’s all it was
so now we’re at Arbutus Grove Provincial Park our beautiful park yep we’ve come to see the Arbutus it’s known
as at Adonis in Spanish and we saw lots of those when we were in Patagonia yeah
but Google Maps kind of led us astray and then we got here and there was a
group of German tourists who are also kind of lost and they’re looking for the
Arbutus yeah so we don’t know if we’re in the right place we do see two there’s
two beautiful orange trees the two beautiful ones but there should be more
yeah look that might go into the woods a bit or that might also be the dead end
too well we kind of found a few trees in the
forest I did for your viewing pleasure they’re like a different variety from
the same tree that we have in Argentina it’s not the same one yeah
like it still has that red bark is a different tree in order to access
there’s no trail in the forest variety I think we’re gonna have lunch and then
try a different access point this is obviously not and it looks like we kind
of just walked through someone’s backyard even though we didn’t but but
we are snacking at least I am on some blackberries these are nice this is bear
food so we’ve arrived in the city of Nanaimo
and that means that it’s time to eat a Nanaimo bar not just any here a word
starting with a fancy one so first let me tell you what the classic Nanaimo bar
should have so this is a Canadian dessert and there is no baking involved
it has three layers the bottom layer typically has wafer and a coconut crumb
base then you have your custard with butter icing and chocolate ganache on
top this one instead of putting coconut into it they’ve put crushed pretzels and
then the custard also has dulce de leche mixed in and then on top it’s a white
chocolate instead of a dark chocolate and it has bacon bits so I feel like
it’s extra Canadian with the bacon how do you feel about eating a dessert with
bacon my dad feels a little bit like it’s supposed to be a sweet it’s got
dulce de leche does the Argentinian typical caramel yeah the heck you’re
gonna put bacon up here yeah I think they screwed up with this one I don’t
know I’m gonna try you know there’s some places that do donuts with bacon on top
so it’s it’s kind of a trend apparently it’s meant to be delicious
all right why don’t you guys take your first bite don’t take my bite I think
it’s really good and I like the bacon I have to say just a little bit of added
saltiness after eating one of these but you have to walk at least 25 kilometers
bring it down it’s heavy heavy yeah thanks good but he’s heavy well thanks
to what this is called smoking George’s smoking George’s and yeah they’re really
friendly staff inside they also specialize in I think pulled pork
sandwiches yeah if we hadn’t had lunch already
they probably wouldn’t go something savory too and I think we’re gonna hit
up one more place Sam had mentioned Reds bakery they also do Nanaimo bars and
they have classic bars but also contemporary Bart bars with a bit of a
twist yeah we will show you a classic and we’re also gonna won’t be our last
Nanaimo bar no we’re obviously gonna save some of it the whole bar angle by
how much were the early three or two or three bucks each hand over my car okay I
thought I’d noticed three seventy-five but for that side okay where are we guys
we can only be in one place we’re at the world’s largest hockey stick here and
Duncan and this thing is gigantic I mean look at it
look look at it look at how small those little cards look next to it and you
said you played hockey here yeah I played hockey here before and they
already had this this is like a famous landmark in the city to see the biggest
park apparel ventures – in the old days with the puck there they all lost their
I called the hockey so I remember oh yeah I first came to Canada all the
hockey players and all the kids in the streets a lot of them didn’t have any
more on teeth theses are where this is no wear helmets nothing they didn’t have
protectors either and they didn’t have the mouth guards they didn’t have the
visor is no helmet it was wild it was wild man but the goalies apparently they
had fractures in their faces and the jaw and yeah after each game that was
teaching them up like oh yeah yeah and they did there was no knowledge of
concussions back then so is this like you’re gonna puck to the head go back
home play yeah there’s fighting right fighting I
think when we came here to play our team ended up fighting so it’s kind of funny
but anyways the biggest hockey stick guys if you come to if you’re driving
the say between Victoria Nanaimo stop here for a photo it’s pretty cool
hello Victoria we made it oh my gosh what a long day of
driving in the rain and wind oh my I think we had Sun for 15
minutes yeah and we ended up making fewer stops because we had planned a few
hikes and provincial parks but it was just pouring rain like there was no way
we could be outside it’s not like it was sprinkling like it was just a torrential
downpour and it just yeah it’s the kind of it’s the kind of weather that’s not
pleasant for being out yes so we checked into our Airbnb a little bit early and
now we are preparing dinner it’s almost five o’clock what’s on the menu today we
got pepper beef burgers Oh pepper beef burgers I don’t know what it took so
long that would be fun pepper corn beef burgers yeah and then we’re gonna work
boiling some potatoes which we plan and which we plan to pan roast yellow and
we’ve got BC wine yeah Okanagan I should mention well we were in an I vote we
also stopped at Reds bakery another really famous place for a Nanaimo bars
and we picked up two kinds for yes the classic one and then another one with
peanut butter yeah yeah we’re gonna be trying both of those I don’t make it
three and I’m a bar one day I have to say the first one was really good the
moment was adolescent bacon me Wow and sea salt I would eat that again for sure
yeah I mean it’s super decadent but so tasty anyways we’ll sit down with wine
and food soon hmm dinner is served
dinner is served soif this is a delicious meal prepared by Audrey’s dad
thank you thank you we’ve got a peppercorn steamed with cheese
humbug uh amber gasps hmm and we also have a pan-roasted potatoes olive oil a
little bit fried yeah you got the wine another wine mmm it’s pretty decent it’s
uh it’s from its local wine throw what I mean by locals from the province of
British Columbia it’s from the Okanagan Valley in BC the
most famous area and the province for for growing wine and we got a Cabernet
Merlot from 2016 5 vineyards by Mission Hill mm-hmm yeah it’s a decent table
wine it’s nothing no it’s for everyday it’s a wine that you can have with your
meals no problem whatsoever with this wine it’s not the same category is the
25 year old Spanish well no like I always say that this this area in Canada
they’re shed beginning you know it’s not that they have a centuries of experience
to doing wine it’s not like other countries that you have five six seven
eight hundred years it’s a new industry you know and they are doing pretty good
and also considering that here they have to deal with a lot of problems are the
climate they know they keep improving year after year after year so yeah they
came up with a really good wine here yeah it’s it’s a it’s a nice emerging
industry here in Canada and if you have a chance to try the Canadians do so
because every province sells their own unique wines yeah yeah and so the food’s
good and what we’re gonna do is have nama bars in a bit steak and for that all right the third time this is their
time we’ve already dug into the Nanaimo bars Red’s bakery mm-hmm my dad’s
halfway done his but what do you guys think opinion we’ve got a classic and a
peanut butter peanut butter one now this one is peanut butter yeah you can really
taste the peanut butter the creamy peanut butter the center here it’s a lot
of butter when you have it in your mouth it feels like you have a little small
piece of butter that is melting rapidly in your in your mouth you know I mean
it’s a good dessert but you need a you need to have a specific palette for it
like maybe people that were grew up here eating these since they were small yeah
like me I like it yeah they will go crazy for it but for the ones that were
showing it for the first time I brought up in Latin America like us we kind of
need something a little bit more I don’t know you know this is the typical North
American dessert it kind of the United States you know that a lot of people
will find them beautiful-looking when you you see them from outside but then
you need a you need to have a special palate for it you know like I mean it’s
not your average dessert I think you prefer baked goods like cakes and pies
and tarts things like that and this is just like a refrigerated sugary dessert
okay no but it’s good but and if you have to choose your favorite out of the
three Nanaimo bars you’ve had today I’ll think I’ll go with the peanut butter one
peanut butter one you know what the peanut butter one reminds me of a
Reese’s Peanut water I don’t hide my under yeah I’ll go then
a better one and taking into account that I do not like peanut butter okay I
very seldom eat that because I mean it is like a paste of a peanut you know
miyamura dulce de leche type you know I think the one with the peanut butter is
a little bit softer in taste no you ask them to try it let’s see were full-blown
Canadian here yeah he grew up eating these I did he grew up in it is this is
a Vancouver Island food regional Vancouver Island food so a little bit of
coffee first yeah I’m gonna try the classic and guys something to remember
about this keep it refrigerated oh yeah it starts to melt otherwise like the
butter cream it just starts to oh yeah dissolve I thought oh my gosh good
quality thank you definitely the closet that’s the kind of I mean I was most
used to have any on the island mmm-hmm yeah my mom would make it wouldn’t eat
this all the time but like it’s definitely served a couple times a year
you know peanut butter but you are the peanut butter fan peanut butter monster
mmm yes awesome peanut butter for the win for sure so if
you had to choose your favorite out of all three no yes I actually really like
the the other experimental one yeah I would choose the first one we had but I
would swap the pretzels yeah in the coconut but I also I also like the
classic one just cuz it’s a familiar taste from my childhood so I mean like
all three of em good yeah I don’t think I’ve ever had three different when Milo
bars in the same day so it’s breaking a new record here yeah just we made the
most of a rainy day tomorrow guys the weather’s looking better we have a full
day in Victoria we’ve got afternoon tea plan we’re gonna
go visit the Parliament building go along the harbour garden
Butchart Gardens I mean Victoria is beautiful it is the big city of the
island and we’re gonna show it to you tomorrow
so we’ll see you then