Thursday, 28 June 2012

Review: Wildside Grill, Tofino BC

A Love-Hate Relationship With Fish

Growing up, my parents tried in vain to get me to eat fish. I couldn't stand the stuff. It smelled fishy and tasted even worse. Eventually they gave it up as a lost cause.

It wasn't until I moved to New Zealand in my mid-twenties that I discovered I don't actually hate fish, I just hate fish when it isn't fresh. Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean I was spoiled by all the fresh fish available. During the three years I lived there I tried many different varieties and relished fish several times a week.

One of my favourite memories occurred when I visited Paihia, near the northern tip of the North Island. I had fish 'n chips there that was so fresh, probably only hours out of the water, that it practically melted in my mouth. Seven years later I'm still raving about it!

My fish-eating experiences in New Zealand have basically ruined me for eating fish in most other locales and even in Vancouver I don't eat fish very often these days.

The Wildside Grill: Magnificently Fresh Fish 'n Chips

Recently Hubby, Baby & I were vacationing in Tofino, BC, a gorgeous place with awe-inspiring scenery, amazing rainforest trails and gorgeous beaches. I thought, being right on the water, that this may be a good opportunity to indulge in some fish 'n chips.

The locals recommended the Wildside Grill as THE place for the best fish 'n chips in town.

Hubby & I split two orders of fish 'n chips: the panko crusted salmon and the daily special, tempura battered and panko crusted halibut, caught right off Long Beach. Each order came with fries, house-made tartar sauce and their specialty coleslaw made with apple.

The Food:
Outstanding! Out of this world! Extremely fresh! Those are some of the words that come to mind when I think of this fish. This is fish as it's meant to be, so fresh that it's practically leaping off your plate. I expect I will be talking about this fish experience for years to come.

The portions are generous and the batter is crispy and not too thick. The apple adds a distinct flavour to the coleslaw that is very appealing. Even though I was overly full I finished every last bite. Fish this fresh is too good to waste.

If you're not in the mood for fish 'n chips they also serve a variety of other foods including fish tacos, shrimp 'n chips, pulled pork, salmon, tuna, beef & chicken burgers, seafood gumbo and more.

They are also open for breakfast.

Check out the Wildside Grill Menu.

One of the things I really like about Wildside Grill is that they use local ingredients and they catch the salmon, shrimp and prawns themselves so you know it's fresh.

The Service:
Even though there was a healthy line-up, our order only took ten minutes to prepare. The staff were very friendly and courteous.

The Verdict:
A 'must' when visiting Tofino. Very fresh and great value for money. I'm sad we only discovered the place on our last night in town.

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Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Easy 3 Bean Salad Recipe

Legumes make an ideal healthy snack because they are protein-rich and high in fiber.

Make this easy 3 bean salad and you'll have a healthy snack that you can eat throughout the week.

540ml (19 fl oz) lima or butter beans
540ml (19 fl oz) chickpeas
398ml 14floz navy beans
I orange bell pepper
1 red bell pepper
1 English cucumber
2-3 green onions
1/3 tsp each sea salt, garlic powder, cayenne pepper
1/4c apple cider vinegar
1/3c olive oil

Thoroughly wash and rinse the beans. Dice the cucumber and bell peppers. Slice the green onion into small rings. Combine in a mixing bowl (I like to keep the butter beans aside and add them last. They break apart very easily so too much mixing will result in a butter bean paste). Mix the apple cider vinegar, olive oil, sea salt, garlic powder & cayenne pepper in a separate container then drizzle over your bean salad. Mix well and then stir in your butter beans.


Thursday, 7 June 2012

Recipe for Mini Quiches

Mini Quiches - Spinach and Cream Cheese
I have been absolutely dying to try this recipe ever since I curated it for my Squidoo lens Recipe for Quiche: Delicious and Easy to Make. This recipe was created by Diane Denny of Jacksonville, Florida and presented on

What I think is particularly clever about this recipe is that the quiche crust is make from Pillsbury Crescent rolls. You just spray your muffin tin, line each cup with one crescent roll pastry triangle, and off you go. How easy is that?

I decided to make these for brunch recently and I was very pleased with the results. I award this recipe five stars and will definitely be adding this to my repertoire. I served three per person along side crisp bacon strips and fresh pineapple.


2 cans of garlic dinner crescent rolls (8 triangles each)
1 - 8oz package of softened cream cheese
3 eggs
1/4 cup of chopped onion
1 box - 9oz of frozen spinach, thawed and drained (you will have to squeeze out the water)
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Note - I couldn't find garlic flavoured crescent rolls so I used the plain ones and added a little garlic power to the filling.