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Black Bear Pub, Nanaimo

Sometimes accidents turn out to be winners. We were running a few errands yesterday and came across this little pub. It was lunchtime and we all thought we would pop in and see what it had to offer.

We opted to sit outside on a HUGE two tiered deck. All tables were appropriately spaced and the view was really something. You could see the lake from where we were and the green space was like a park.

Now to the good stuff. We ordered beverages as in water, soda water and coffee and had to take our time on choosing what we wanted to eat. After several changes in each of our choices we went for it.

Don ordered the Beef Dip which was so big, he brought half of it home and ate it for supper. Kelly ordered the Black Bear Burger and I ordered the Mushroom Cheese Burger. OMG! They were soooo delicious and the crumbs left behind proved it.

Kelly ordered a Coors to go with her burger and I opted for the Pinot Grigio and it had to be one of the better wines I have had in a restaurant. Not sharp but really nice. I was shocked that the brand was Naked Grape.

Thanks you Kelly for lunch and yes, we could make this a favourite place to ‘pop in’. Our server Kathleen was pleasant, informative and very likeable.

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Inn At Laurel Point, Victoria

We spent a lovely weekend at this establishment for two reasons. My Aunt and Uncle put on another family reunion for both sides of the family tree and 52 of us got together, caught up and enjoyed the rooms here. They were clean and very comfortable. We had a beautiful view of the harbour.

The staff were more than you normally find. Polite, always smiling and were willing to accommodate your every wish. The Valet fellas were on the spot every time, smiling, offering help if needed and generally making you feel welcome the moment you drive up.

The Banquet we had with the Family Reunion was quite plentiful and there was something for everyone. We enjoyed it and then the real fun began where each family stood and talked about what had transpired since the last time we were all together. The staff, although I am sure they wanted us out of there sooner so they could clean the room, stood patiently by throughout all of this.

Then, my husband and I were treated to the Sunday brunch with 4 of our children the 5th was already here) and grandchildren who came over to the Island to celebrate our birthdays together. We are the same age, only 28 days apart.

Back to the Brunch….there was live entertainment and they were awesome. The Buffet was like we haven’t seen before. Table after table of foods hot/cold. seafood of all kinds, salads, vegetables, roast beef, omelets, waffles and on and on and then the dessert tables (yes tables) was awesome. They had reserved a private room with our own attendant where we could talk, laugh, take pictures and genuinely enjoy  the time we had. One daughter asked for an item to be cooked a little more, and off to the kitchen and it was done to perfection. Wonderful.

We truly enjoyed this Hotel and all it had to offer. To our family, all cousins and their mates, thank you for the ability to get together and catch up and to our children and grandchildren, thank you for the magnificent gift of Brunch, all together in the same room at the same time. One granddaughter was still at school but we did chat.

We are so blessed with the family we have, the lives we share from many parts of Canada and we shared, once more, Easter altogether.

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