Monday, August 30, 2010

Sleepless in Victoria

Hola Bloggies:

Happy Monday!!! In the words of one of my good elementary school friends: “Be Great” this week!

Today, I’m excited to share with you one of my favourite places in Victoria (Vancouver Island, Canada). When I moved to Victoria, to start Law School, it was one of the very first places I discovered: Fisherman’s Wharf.


Unlike, the wharfs one finds in other tourist cities, this one is still a working wharf.


People live here.


In ridiculously cute arrangements.


People work here (fisherman still bring in the catch of the day).


People sail out of here.


And of course tourists congregate here.

The main draw for tourists (aside from all the ridiculous cuteness) is Barb’s Fish and Chips. A wonderful take-out restaurant floating in the wharf. And that my dears, is the reason I was at Fisherman’s Wharf.

The line-up was very long. In fact I think I waited twenty minutes in line and almost fifty minutes for my food. But the food at Barb’s is worth every minute.

Let me put it to you this way – my parents, who have visited Victoria twice, still wax poetic about the fish and chips at Barb’s. It’s all in the freshness of the catch.


Once I got to the front of the line, I didn’t hesitate. I ordered myself a one piece halibut dinner with salad instead of chips. It’s the kind of meal that dreams are made of.

While I waited for my meal I headed off to browse around the Wharf. It’s really grown since I started going there, years ago.




Eventually I was called to the window to pick-up my meal.

I took my precious loot and found a nearby bench. It had been much too long since I had some Barb’s.




The coleslaw at Barb’s is my favourite – bar none. And the salads are fantastic (I love me some beets).


And then there is the fish – halibut just doesn’t flake like this, away from the Coast.

I loved every moment of my Fisherman’s Wharf experience; and I can’t wait to go back.

Question: What is your favourite fish? I love salmon, red snapper, halibut, cod, and tuna – equally!


Laura said...

I haven't been to Victoria but really would love to go....and now I have a serious fish and chips craving.
I pretty much love all fish and seafood, except mussels and shrimp. Yuck.

Marianne (frenchfriestoflaxseeds) said...

I can't even count the number of times I've been down to Fisherman's Wharf in Vic, but can you believe I've never eaten at Barb's?! I know, insane. I was always there for work though, observing the halibut offloads, so I wasn't in the mood to eat fish.

Have you been to Red Fish, Blue Fish? Love them. So good!

Carolyn said...

Yuuuuuck! One thing we don't have in common! Allergic to shellfish & just plain grossed out by the rest of I do take fish oil capsules, though. Brain food!

Rita said...

I nice to see all these familiar sites and pictues; we have been spending the month of March in Victoria for the past 5 years; just love it there.

Andrea (Off Her Cork) said...

Oh my goodness what a cute little nook of a town! I am in love. :D I love me a good fried fish, no lies! I also wouldn't mind a hushpuppy or down with that dinner. :D