Sunday, 12 July 2015

Summer Road Trip | Comox {part two}

following our time in victoria, the next leg of our road trip took us to comox, where we were lucky enough to spend three days with friends.
top notch hospitality, great people, this was by far the highlight of the trip for the kids.  between multiple games of twenty-one, hours spent on the trampoline, and just general kid-ness, our two families got along fabulously.

upon arrival, there was cold beer waiting and a chalkboard welcome. next we were off to Goose Spit for a BBQ beachside.  the views were spectacular, the food was delicious, and the sunset was breathtaking.
the next morning we woke to a great day ahead.  ventureland playground for a picnic lunch, followed by bumper boats {to which i came out drenched}, mini golf {to which i won*}, a trip to coombs, for one of the best markets i've been to, {i scored a 9x5ft rug for $23} followed up by an amazing dinner @ cuckoo trattoria and pizzeria.

brick oven focaccia, rye & honey wheat bread w/ fresh tomato bruschetta 

 tomato & onion caprese |  fresh bocconcini, capers, olive oil, balsamic reduction 

 vesuvio pizza |  pepperoni, hot italian sausage, spicy salame, hot capicollo, chili garlic inferno sauce & mozzarella cheese

mediterranean cioppino |  fresh local mussels, clams, prawns & scallops sautéed w/ extra virgin olive oil, garlic & tomato in a white wine sauce 

fettuccine al salmone |  wild B.C. smoked salmon, garlic, capers, dill, white wine & a light cream sauce 
the next morning the boys took on an early morning golf match,  
meanwhile, the girls and kiddos hit up the local farmers market.
do you want to know what makes the comox farmers market better than the ones in calgary?  the fact that you can sample wine, champagne, gin & vodka.  and we did, all four, or five, if you count the coffee liqueur. #thebest

after the farmers market, we decided to take a trip to kyebae for some ocean time/low tide/shell collecting/sand dollar finding/mini surfing action.
and because the we can't let the kids have all the fun, the adults carved out time to wine taste & vineyard sit, at beaufort winery.  owned by the titanic directing man himself, james cameron, we tasted, we tested, and relaxed on the deck, overlooking rows and rows of grapes.  #devine
after devouring a bottle of delicious rose, which is my current summer go-to, we headed back for a delicious home cooked dinner at our hosts abode.
 the next morning it was time for one last game of twenty-one, before saying our goodbyes.
it was hard on the kids.  it was hard on us.  
but we were vancouver bound and excited for round three.

a huge thanks to the duncans.  you were amazing hosts, great friends, and you can expect us back approximately the same time next year.  #justsaying
farewell comox, we miss you. xo.

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