The Taco Surf empire grew from the dream of a father and son who, in 1988, decided to found a restaurant that captured the distinctive flavors as well as the festive spirit of Baja California. Basing the menu on generations-old family recipes, the duo stick to tradition by making everything from crispy tortilla chips to tamales in-house. Charbroiled flank steak, slow-cooked pork, and grilled chicken appear throughout the menu; however, the ocean's influence is unmistakably prominent. The iconic Baja tacos arrive brimming with breaded white fish and drizzled with a signature spicy Baja sauce, which the restaurant generously sells by the bottle and by the thimble.
Seafood staples and baja barbecue standbys are awash with Pacific flavor on The Fish Bucket's sun-drenched menu. Take flight with a pound of island chicken wings, doused in a tangy szechuan-style sauce, bedazzled with sesame seeds, and served with ranch dressing and a black box to document the experience ($9). The california burger plants a cheddar-laden beef patty beneath a garden of avocado, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and ranch dressing with a haystack of fresh-cut french fries ($9). Transpacific tastes are tempered with two baja-style tacos bursting with beer-battered cod, melty pepperjack, cabbage, and tartar sauce ($7). Sweetly cap off the meal by basking in the glow of the bonfire brownie, served warm with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, and toasted marshmallows ($5), an ideal compliment to a spooky ghost story or pathologically sentimental sing-along.
For more than 80 years, Gemmell's Garden Centre has nurtured green thumbs with vast variety of plants, gardening accessories, and educational workshops. During the two-hour evergreen-display workshop, students artfully arrange verdant evergreen branches and boughs within the elegant confines of an 8-inch Victorian urn. Gardening gurus assist students as they prune their greenery and complement its display with a vibrant, weatherproof bow to create festive centrepieces for snowman weddings.
Stacks Pancake House’s extensive menu teems with specialty omelets, syrupy french toast, and hearty sandwiches. Diners can dig into a fluffy three-egg meat-lover’s omelet bursting with bacon, ham, and portuguese sausage ($8.50), or the loco moco, a hamburger patty served on top of rice and crowned with gravy and two eggs ($6.95). Or put an exotic twist on a morning tradition with an omu-rice omelet, stuffed with japanese fried rice ($7.50) and teamed with a tasty tower of pancakes with topping varieties such as macadamia nut, blueberry, and strawberry ($1.00–$2.00). A decadent plate of Nutella s’mores french toast ($6.95) charms sweet teeth with slices of hawaiian sweet bread stuffed with graham crackers and gooey marshmallows for easy adherence to a dining partner’s forehead, while belgian waffles fill their battery compartments with crunchy add-ons such as pecans ($5.50), oreo cookies ($6.95), or 5-franc coins.