This past weekend was the Victoria Day long weekend here in Canada. While this is a patriotic national holiday here, I have to be honest and say that I spent it in Bellingham. I don't often get to spend weekends in Bellingham anymore and now that I work full time, I only make it there one night a week. So with Alyssa having no school on the friday before the weekend, I jumped at the chance of spending 4 days there. Victoria day of course is always celebrated on the Monday before May 24th, which is actually Queen Victoria's birthday, the monarch after which this holiday is named. She was the monarch who gave royal assent to Confederation, forming the Dominion of Canada in 1867, creating the nation that was once a British Colony. There, that's your history lesson for today!
We had a lovely 4 days of relaxing. Alyssa and I went to the gym to do our zumba thing on Friday and that evening we just stayed in and had pizza while watching the Dallas Buyers Club. On Saturday, I worked out again in the morning while Trevor and Alyssa went to the Bellingham Farmer's market to shop for fresh veggies and ingredients for a couple of recipes they planned to make for the weekend (I will blog about that tomorrow). Then I met them for lunch at the Colophon Cafe in Fairhaven. This place is fabulous! Apparently this used to be an ice cream parlor/espresso place. You enter the Cafe at street level and are surrounded by the biggest selection of balsamic vinegars you can imagine.
The selection was vast -- row upon row of steel vats, each holding a different type of balsamic vinegar. Then in the center of the room there was a tasting station with cubes of bread and toothpicks so that you could dip the bread into your choice of balsamic vinegar. We tasted a few, including the lavender flavour. So yummy!
Then on the other side of the room there were all different kinds of pastas.
Did you see that dark chocolate linguine pasta? The instructions on the box said to serve it with a berry sauce and whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on top. Sounds delicious, huh?
The restaurant itself is downstairs in the basement.
Our waitress was friendly and quirky and the food was good. I had the Popey's Spinach salad, Alyssa had the superfood Quinoa salad and Trevor had the Chicken Avocado sandwhich. As always, we each had a bit of what the others ordered :)
We had a great time and the weather was beautiful. When we got home, we lazed around a little bit, then we all went for a bike ride before dinner. Down the road from where the house is, is a church with a fairly big parking lot that winds around the church and through to the back of it so we like to go down there and zip around in our bikes without having to worry about traffic. We biked for almost an hour then headed back home, up the hill. It was a lovely day!
The suggested link below is the blog post that I made about Victoria Day last year, which coincidentally we spent in Bellingham as well, taking the boat to Sucia Island, visiting Burlington and biking (like this year!)
Tomorrow, I will blog about the tasty pesto and salmon dinner that Trevor and Alyssa cooked up and our Sunday breakfast (in Fairhaven again!) with some friends from work.
More to come :)