Written By Guest Writer Elsewhere / Places / Travel Mar 23, 2017 April: Up Island News SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest“The French say; “you never grow old at the table”, so let’s sit down, savour wonderful food together- and stop time.”April 6th is a special day for long time resident McLean’s Specialty Foods in the Old Quarter of downtown Nanaimo. This day marks 25 years of providing locals and travellers alike with the best selection of hard to find gourmet goodies available. From imported and local cheeses and charcuterie to sauces, stocks, pickles, British imports and vinegars – there’s something for everyone. Place an order for pick up, and stop in for a lovely lunch – if you time it right! Be extra sure to stop in on The Big Day for some extra special celebrations. www.mcleansfoods.comQualicum Beach is the proud home of the West Coast Food House, and it’s helping put the seaside community on the map for lovers of good food. This new place is operated in part by Ashley Martz, owner of the much-loved and heavily patronized Tidal Taco Shack. The West Coast Food House seems destined to follow in the Taco Shack’s footsteps, if the past few months are any indication. The restaurant has plans for ‘special’ nights and features like buckets of seafood such as the delicious Coconut Curry Mussels on the menu so put it on your radar and drop by next time you breeze through Qualicum. WebsiteAfter two months of intense construction, The Kingfisher Resort and Spa along with owner Bill Brands and Executive Chef Nyle Petherbridge are pleased to profile the extensive transformation of the old Breakwater Restaurant, to unveil AQUA Bistro & Wine Bar and their new fine dining establishment Ocean7 Restaurant. The new AQUA Bistro & Wine Bar will feature creative casual shared plates paired with fine wines and signature cocktails, while Ocean 7 Restaurant will focus on West Coast seafood, grain fed meats and fresh organic produce from local valley growers and purveyors. Your culinary experience will be unparalleled with unique creations in a spectacular setting – on nice sunny days two large garage doors will open beside the fireplace onto the patio where you can enjoy a local libation as you gaze across the water, stopping time for as long as you desire. www.kingfisherspa.com– BY KIRSTEN TYLER SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Elsewhere / Restaurants February 27, 2017 An Interview with Chef Renee Lavallee of Canteen in Nova Scotia Chef Renee Lavallee has worked in restaurants across the globe, and now calls Dartmouth, Nova Scotia home. After opening the successful sandwich shop ... Read More Elsewhere / Restaurants November 25, 2016 What’s up at the new Toscano’s Mediterranean Grill Last winter the venerable Toscano’s Trattoria in Comox changed hands. With Chef Kevin Frisch (formerly of Atlas Cafe and Locals, two highly ... Read More Elsewhere / First Look September 28, 2016 Biblio Taco Opens in Cumberland (home of the mountain biker) Ask a mountain biker if they have been to Cumberland, BC and you will probably see their eyes light up, ears go back like a dogs do and then a ... Read More Elsewhere / Reporter September 7, 2016 The Tofino Buzz | Sept & Oct 2016 Winding into fall is probably my favourite time of year in Tofino. The weather is still amazing, and there’s time to appreciate the town at a ... Read More Destinations / Elsewhere / Events May 31, 2016 Feastival is coming on June 17 & 18 “FEASTIVAL” is Nanaimo’s second annual festival celebrating the Island’s culinary culture. This year, the mid-Island’s food and beverage ... Read More Chefs / Elsewhere / Out of Towners May 2, 2016 Terroir Hospitality Symposium: 10-years on and still going strong Last Monday (April 26), Terroir Symposium, Canada’s most influential gathering of the biggest and brightest culinary minds, celebrated its 10th ... Read More Comments are closed.