A bluebird sky today, perfect weather for a fly around the Cowichan Valley with my favourite pilot @k44no
Mt. Baker was looking absolutely stunning (as always) and the Valley as beautiful as ever. It’s nice to see it from a different view point.
Special called Pumpkin Spice French Toast from Jam cafe in Victoria, BC. Went there on a weekend trip in Sept ‘17, would highly recommended this place and taking the clipper from Seattle if you’re in the area 🛳 #victoriabccanada#jamcafe#pumpkinspice#frenchtoast
I’ve been craving this breakfast lately, that I had during my recent stay at @fairmontempress in Victoria. When Veterans Day occurred it reminded me, with a smile, that this breakfast led to my having a wonderful conversation with an older gentleman who is a Veteran and who was staying at the hotel when I was. He thought my breakfast was far too healthy to be one that would also taste good. Suggesting I swap it out for pancakes like he had with a wink and a chuckle, he was quite amused when I told him that in fact it was really delicious and though healthy, very enjoyable for me to eat. The type of breakfast I actually look forward to and don’t get to eat often enough in fact. However, wanting to fully support his pancake habit (for it soon became evident it is) I then preceded to tell him about my family history with pancakes. That they are something my mum has cooked for us for as long as I can remember. Given she makes pancakes better than anyone else, and that hers are Swedish Pancakes which I’ve now come to prefer, with only real Vermont Maple Syrup, well...... when I travel, it’s just not the same. No matter how good the pancakes are, they’re never as good as my mother’s. So instead I choose to enjoy those when I visit her, and explore other foods when I travel. We had a nice talk but eventually the gentleman went back to his paper and his pancakes and I devoured my delectable Avocado Toast, salad and fruit bowl at the table next to his in @qattheempress. Our connection might not have lasted for long but food brought us together for a moment and I find that food usually does bring people together in a way few other things do. After all, it’s something we all need to survive and it’s something we usually all have stories about that we can share.
My goal with food now is to never miss those connections, those stories. To always be open to the ways a meal can open doors. And I’m grateful for the moment this meal provided during my hosted stay at #FairmontEmpress where their kitchen garden ensured that much of this was as fresh as possible and locally-sourced. Another thing that always makes me happy where food is concerned. ❤️ #FairmontMoments