Saturday, June 4, 2011

From the Beginning-Vancouver 2011

Somehow in downloading or uploading or whichever loading it may be, my pictures got all messed up!  Soo I need to get my journal out and refresh my memory!  This is the bed & breakfast called La Villa Antoine B & B we stayed in right down the street from The Herbal Husband's nephew and family.  It is an enormous craftsman style house.  We stayed in two different rooms because we took a little side trip and rented a car and went down to Victoria on Vancouver Island and into Washington state off of Bainbridge Island to see my cousin and his wife.  We were busy, but were able to relax here.  It was like being at home.  Within walking distance of a lot of great shops and restaurants, it was very nice and with a great breakfast.

Including a shop called Thomas Hobbs who is a famous Canadian garden designer and if I had realized that we could have visited his nursery called Southlands.  Not enough hours in the day especially when The Herbal Husband is planning them.

The Florist shop was next to the design shop and looked like it had been a bank in its former life.  Well, he must be very good because he was selling basil plants although it wasn't warm enough yet to have the basil go in the ground in Vancouver.
We tried to walk to VanDusen Garden which I told you about the other day, but we came up just short and went back to the room to get ready to go to tea.  We had to have a small mid-morning break at Cobs Bread with a cheese and chive scone!  Oink! There's that bite out before I could take the photo!

We went for lunch at the The Secret Garden Tea Company in the neighborhood.  The Herbal Husband had lunch and I had the demi high tea.
The Herbal Husband's lunch, a spinach, bacon, red pepper and pimento cheese quiche with a small tossed salad with vinaigrette and a sweet apple scone for dessert!  Always has to have his clotted cream!

My demi high tea consisted of a chicken salad and cole slaw bite and a salami and roasted red pepper mini croissant and a mini sweet apple scone with clotted cream and jam.  Dessert was a lemon tart (YUM) and the pink triangle was a coconut surprise (YUM, YUM) and the other was a piece of The Herbal Husband's scone!  Thanks for sharing dear!  If you are in the neighborhood make reservations for high tea.  I think you will enjoy it.  Well, this was just the first day.  I jumped ahead and now in my next post I'll show you our float plane ride to Whistler mountain.  Hope you are having a great day.  We are off to see the new Pirates movie and dinner at Red Robin. Yum!  Talk to you later.


Carol said...

Sounds like a fun trip and the food sounds very very yum!

Unknown said...

Folks here buy herbs not so much to plant but to have in the kitchen ready to cook with them. Fresher than the grocery. Love how you take the photo of the scone with the bite out. You have to taste it to tell us if it was good or not. Tell us more...

Lemon Verbena Lady said...

It was very yum, Carol.

You are right, TG. I always forget to get the camera ready!

Thanks for stopping by, ladies.

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Wow, what a bird's eye view you've shared and some good tips too. Now, about Thomas Hobbs, I've toured his garden and it is BEYOND REMARKABLE. Have you seen his book The Jewel Box Garden? Great.

Sending love and welcome home,


Lemon Verbena Lady said...

Hi dear Sharon,

Stay tuned float plane adventure coming up next! xxoo Nancy

Anonymous said...

Oh, what a lovely trip! That B&B is just beautiful and I love all of those quaint shops. I am with the herbal husband on the creams!

Lemon Verbena Lady said...

Thanks dear Mina for stopping by! It was a very fun trip!