Summer Fun Food and Drink 2009 – Sooke and Jordan River weekend

Crusted Halibut at the Point No Point RestaurantWhen you live on the heaven that is Vancouver Island, you often take for granted the sheer awesomeness of it all.

Except this weekend. I made the mental effort to dig every facet of this wicked place – because it is just not right to neglect a gem like this.
And this weekend we split the urban misery to drive out to our top secret romantic get-away – Point no Point – It is far away from everything – and yet only about an hour and a half from civilization.

Point no Point is a small series of cabins – all with private hot tubs (generally under the stars…) most of them a hundred feet from the ocean at most.
So you are lulled to sleep by the sound of moderately gentle Pacific surf buffered by the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
And if you work as hard as I think I do, Point no Point is ideal for an early get-away on a Friday – escape work at 3:30 or so… and you are in the hot tub by 6 PM!

All the units have full kitchens – but if you want some culinary pampering, check out the victuals (photo above) – and in this meal, I had grilled halibut with a cheese tart and melon sorbet. Andrea has a nice fillet of triple-A beef, on caramelized onions, deep friend carrot strings and a mussel stuffing.
1/2 liter of French wine and we are good to go. For dessert, the chocolate mousse at the Point no Point lookout restaurant is knock-out good!

The Kitchen Sink at the EdGe - Sooke B.C. CanadaA discovery in Sooke B.C. on Saturday mid-day was The EdGe restaurant. EdGe is a fusion of foodie personalities Edward and Gemma – and their edible vision of the World. Edward was the executive chef at the Sooke Harbor House for 12 years and his long time sweetie, Gemma handles much of the client flow logistics; hostess, menu interpretation and general inspiration and warmth.
I had the kitchen sink bowl (shown at right) which contained a scrum of homemade chicken sausage, white fish, salmon, shellfish, two kinds of peppers in a hot and sour broth. The price tag a staggering $8.95! Andrea had a linguine in a cream sauce with home made salami and mushrooms. We shared a glass of red wine, a Syrah I believe. Utterly delightful!
Finishing up in Sooke including several Americano and espresso from The Stick in the Mud cafe on Eustace off of Sooke Road. This is an absolute must stop when passing through the village.
We mused while sampling their 2% Jazz coffee: “There was a time when you could drive to Sooke and go back in time 10 years… or more.”
Now Sooke is easily as hip as Victoria.
If not more so.

When you live on the heaven that is Vancouver Island, you often take for granted the sheer awesomeness of it all. Except this weekend. I made the mental effort to dig every facet of this wicked place – because it is just not right to neglect a gem like this. And this weekend we split…