A great way to kick off the new year. We now have craft beer on the coast. Persephone Brewing.
If you feel like a mushroom it’s usually not a good thing. No one likes to be kept in the dark and fed shit. When you start to look around at Mushrooms, at least around here, you realize what comes of these growing conditions. Crazy diversity, beauty as well as stuff that’s really tasty or really toxic.
Just a handful of the many many mushrooms a few steps into the woods on the sunshine coast on an early November day.
People get so excited about mushrooms in these parts they even have a mushroom festival
A late summer night provides as good an opportunity as any for a nice dinner out. The Ruby Lake Resort is one of a handful of ‘dining experiences’ on the sunshine coast.
It’s an Italian place, but not quite like your typical ristorante. It’s eclectic, sort of. The menu goes to Italian, wild game and fresh local seafood. Sounds diverse, but not really. The Italian food is essentially long noodles with a typical variety of sauces. No other choices like a risotto, lasagna, or a stuffed noodle – or even pizza. The food, however is nicely prepared and Interesting, I suppose, if you’re into the wild game thing. (I wanted to try the crab, but they had run out – early)).
The wine listing is a broad, but scant survey, of Italian wine. The non Italian wines are limited to a couple of pedestrian Australian labels. Too bad that no BC wines are represented, because this is such a quintessential BC setting.
What have we walked into? This place is weirdly beautiful. It’s an Italian rainforest hunting lodge, if that makes any sense. Lot’s of peeled logs and heavy wood furniture. Everything is heavy, but not at all dark. The patio opens up to a quiet lagoon, and the dining room has good views over Ruby Lake.
The Ruby Lake Resort is about 30 minutes north of Secret Cove on the Sunshine Coast Highway.
Thursday, May 10, 6 PM: Upper Deck opens for the season.
Fabulous sunshine, but a little cool. Went with the Lake Breeze Sauvignon Blanc and baked Brie (with roasted garlic, cranberry and walnuts)!!! Yummy. Let the season begin.