Pender Island’s newest eatery has been open at the Driftwood Village since early June, and has quickly become my favourite place for lunch and dinner.
Chef Gernot and his partner, front-of-house manager Amanda, have lived on the west coast for many years, and their offerings reflect their extensive knowledge of this corner of the world’s people and our palates.
Welcome back to The Cafe at Hope Bay! Situated in one of the most beautiful locations on Pender, historic Hope Bay, the restaurant is a success again after a few tough years. Amanda and Rob assumed ownership last year and have really turned things around.
If you’ve been around Island Vittles for a while, especially if you’re a fan of my Facebook page, you’ll probably know that I’m not a huge fan of pumpkins as an edible. Oh, I have couple of favouites — my Mom’s pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, and a pumpkin/peanut soup warms my soul — but I have to say that, as a food blogger, I’ve come to dread October and the “creativity” of some bloggers who work it into everything from coffee to a dessert dip made with puree and cookie dough. (The single most disgusting recipe I have come across in 3 years of blogging — no, I’m not sharing the link here, cause that would just be mean.)
Aside from the fact that too much of anything always becomes vomit-worthy in the end, the other reason for my pumpkin despair is the amount of farmland North Americans take up growing jack o’ lantern pumpkins. Land that could be used to grow food, not ornamentals.
I wrote the following article a couple of years ago, for a local Pender magazine that has since folded, but I’ve pulled it out of my archives to
nag encourage you to recycle that pumpkin into your favourite dish. Continue reading
I eat a lot of ice cream in the winter. Don’t get me wrong…I love a soft serve on a hot August day as much as the next girl…but I seem to eat a lot more of it at this time of year for some reason.
I suspect it’s the wood stove — we rely on our cast iron fire box as our primary heat source in January and February — and the fact of the matter is that it’s a little big for our cozy living room. Nine years of experience means we now light small, low fires that burn slow. But at some point almost every night, we have to open the front door for a few minutes to let the heat escape.
And, since one of us is up, we may as well have a bowl of something cold to lower our core temperatures, right?
Call it medical necessity.
Penderites gathered at Magic Lake on New Year’s Eve for my favourite island tradition of the year: Lantern Fest – a one-of-a-kind show mixing light, music, singing, dancing and theatre. Here’s a look at the 2011 show: