It’s Victoria Day in BC, and we’re enjoying a long weekend in honour of our long-departed Queen Victoria. Yesterday, my family took the opportunity to visit a historic fishing village, Steveston, BC. Think sun, quaint, farmer’s market, long weekend, and then smack yourself on the side of your head and say, “Doh!” You got it. A stupid idea all around. It was so crowded that I couldn’t get very many decent shots.
The box of pansies and I tried to have a quiet moment together, while hoards of people streamed by.
It was time to get the heck out of Dodge. So we headed for the quieter area in search of a couple of shops that come highly recommended. The first stop: Rocanini Coffee Roasters. The hand-dripped coffee is really, really delicious, and the interior is filled with gorgeous light fixtures, communal tables, and funky accessories.
Next stop (with coffee in hand): Sinfully The Best Chocolates, Fine Foods & Gifts.
We were greeted by a smiling chocolatier, Dorothy Suen, with a plate of HUGE chocolate cups filled with exquisite mousse. You had me at, “Would you like to sample our chocolate?” They make all of their products in-house, and they’re de-li-cious!
I was drawn to the little squares of chocolate with what look like ampules of different coloured liquids. Apparently, they’re the store’s version of a liqueur chocolate. You bite of the chocolate and then squirt the liqueur into your mouth–a big hit at dinner parties, I was informed. Each chocolate is enrobed in a thin layer of perfectly tempered chocolate that snaps when you bite into it. Divine.
Pay no attention to my complaining about crowds, and make sure you visit Steveston. I’ll be back for sure. Lots more to see.