So! We arrive at the final wedding-related post - our honeymoon! We went to Victoria B.C. for 4 nights. The main reason we chose Victoria is because my mom's cousin co-owns an amazing 5-star Bed & Breakfast there. In all these years, we had never been... even though they are super vegan-friendly. Our agavemoon seemed like a perfect time to go for it!
Our B&B: Villa Marco Polo
Hernandez Mexican Food
When we very first arrived in town, I was on the verge of total collapse from hunger. We had to wake up at 4 am to catch our flight (very romantic way to start a honeymoon), and then the airplane had no vegan options... and I was starting to go into All Systems Shutdown Mode. So, we made a beeline for Hernandez Mexican Food - a place I read about in Sarah Kramer's excellent little Vegan Guide to Victoria pdf. I'm sorry this is the only picture you get of my burrito, because it was Totally Freaking Delicious and I was too busy eating to take more pictures. This place was really really good! They had a bunch of vegan or veganizable options, and my burrito was full of veggies and beans and flavor and spices... it was just great. Plus, I loved the Lotteria cards they use to bring you your order!
Each morning includes a fruit dish and smoothie, a baked goodie, a savory dish, and a sweetie. HEAVEN. Day one was a fruit plate with a raspberry smoothie, some excellent vegan muffins, a tofu-asparagus scramble (the non-vegans got eggs), and pancakes with ginger syrup and peach slices. Yes yes yes!
Royal BC Museum
Pizzeria Prima Strada:
cheers! to a happy honeymoon! to a happy marraige!
Walking home to the B&B, exploring the clean and floral streets of Victoria, we saw this Pizzeria that looked good. So, we took note, and headed back later for dinner. Our pal Liam, who is the other owner of the B&B along with my cousin, told us later that Pizzeria Prima Strada is one of his favorite spots in the city! Good find! In fact we went back on our last night in town, together with Liam, for more pizza. It's really that good.
On the left is their amazing - and vegan - fennel salad with oranges and grapefruits with a light vinaigrette. So delicious! It was light and crunchy and refreshing and all the flavors were absolutely great together. I got it again when we came back a second time. On the right is their most simple pizza from the menu: tomato, garlic, herbs and olive oil. When then ingredients are good, a pizza like this can be quite enough. I loved it! The second time we went back, I decided to add on a bunch of other veggies - which they were totally cool about - and that was fun too.
Breakfast Day Two
Dinner with Friends!
Lucky for us, we actually have friends in Victoria! My special PPK Pal Vijita lives in Victoria nowadays - and she had us over for dinner. It was SO FUN. Somehow I got pictures of their cat Puddy sitting in his special spot, and I got pictures of our delicious dinner, but no pictures of us together. I guess that shows where my mind is at! Food and fur! :) It was so great to finally meet Vijita's really excellent boyfriend and sweet kitty Puddington. And dinner was delicious - she made 3 different salads from Terry Hope Romero's upcoming book Vegan Eats World. They were all great, and all different, and a big salad bonanza really hit the spot. Plus, it is so fun to go to someone's house for dinner and know that 1) the food will be vegan; 2) they are an awesome cook and you will like whatever they make; and 3) the company will be great. It was such a treat! Thanks again, Vijita!!!
Breakfast Day 3:
This is what the breakfast table at the Bed & Breakfast looks like every morning. Amazing!
Melon balls for the win! So fun and cute and sassy! Plus a great little tofu scramble thingee with veggies and spices, and for dessert a couple thin slices of chocolate torte with blackberries. I think the muffins that day were the same as the day before, and I forgot to take a picture. So instead, here is another picture of the cute little coffee/tea zone. As you can see, the breakfasts really were pretty spectacular. We never even considered lunch until about 3 pm.
Breakfast Day 4: