Wednesday, September 26, 2012

On the Road: Wildside Grill, Tofino, BC

On our West Coast road trip, we  once again returned to the Wildside Grill. In our books, a trip to Tofino is not complete without a stop (or two or three) at the Wildside Grill.
There are two locations in Tofino - one at the Live to Surf Complex along the highway just south of town and one at the Long Beach Golf Course. We have never been to restaurant version at the golf course location because we love the outdoor cafe version with its covered garden seating. The cute little covered courtyard is a great place to eat - even in the rain!

The specialty at Wildside is burgers and their burgers are amazing - huge portions, fresh ingredients and creative tastes. I strongly recommend trying one of the fish burgers - salmon, tuna and cod are all amazing. All of the fish is caught locally, a lot of it on their own boat! It could not be fresher!

The french fries are the chunky style that is traditional served with fish and chips. They are always served piping hot, made fresh to order.

Their fish chowder is also tasty - not as rich and creamy as most but delicious none the less. I love the dill.

I strongly recommend a stop at the Wildside Grill to anyone visiting the Pacific Rim.

Wildside Grill
Live to Surf Complex, 1180 Pacific Rim Highway
Tofino, BC
Rating: out of 10


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Barbecue Chicken

A great version of barbecued chicken. The herbs take the recipe to the next level - use fresh herbs if they are available.

The original recipe creates a very basic barbecue sauce to coat the chicken, however this can easily be replaced with store bought barbecue sauce or your favorite barbecue sauce recipe. I used homemade Root Beer Barbecue Sauce. Unfortunately the recipe has gone missing so I am unable to post it right now.

Adapted from Taste for Adventure, serves 4


4 chicken breasts
1 tablespoon paprika
1/2 tablespoon thyme
1 teaspoon rosemary
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/3 cup ketchup
2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Hot sauce, to taste


Preheat the barbecue to medium heat.

In a large bowl, combine the paprika, thyme, rosemary, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder and pepper. Place the chicken in the bowl and toss to coat. Can be refrigerated overnight to marinade.

Grill the chicken until the internal temperature reaches 165 F and the juices run clear, turning periodically. Remove from the grill and allow to rest.

In the meantime, combine the brown sugar, ketchup, Worcestershire and hot sauce in a small bowl. Brush the sauce over the cooked chicken and serve.


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

On the Road: Tacofino, Vancouver, BC

Passing through Vancouver on our West Coast road trip, we were lucky enough to be able to catch the Tacofino food truck since we had missed it in Tofino.

Both Dave and I ordered the Tuna Ta-Taco for $6.50. The taco was simply delicious. High quality, fresh ingredients. Decent size portion for lunch. I especially loved the seaweed salad topping.

We managed to snag their last Chocolate Diablo Cookie for dessert. These cookies are to die for! Rich chocolate cookie with a hint of spice.

The Tacofino food truck has fast, friendly service and is definitely worth a stop either in Tofino or Vancouver. They have recently opened a restaurant location in Nanaimo as well.

I wish we had one in Calgary.
Tacofino Food Truck
Tofino and Vancouver, BC
Check out Facebook or Twitter for their current location
Rating: out of 10

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