Five Rainy Day Culinary Experiences

Don’t get me wrong, I love throwing on boots and a rain jacket and stomping through puddles, but sometimes it’s nice to get out of the house for some rainy day adventures that satisfy without getting soaked. So, if you are looking for a few ideas on what to do on a rainy Nanaimo day, I compiled a DELICIOUS little idea list for you. Enjoy and #ExploreNanaimo’s culinary scene!

1. Pick up a copy of the Nanaimo Bar Trail brochure and check off a few favourites. Most of them are indoors and they pair nicely with coffee to warm you up. Chat to the store owners and staff to hear about their unique recipe and what makes their Nanaimo Bar special. I love that each café, restaurant or bakery prides themselves in using only the best ingredients and enjoy hearing how they are made with love and right in-store. Once you’ve indulged your sweet tooth, treat your feet to something sweet – the Nanaimo Bar Pedicure at Kiyo Salon & Day Spa! My feet smelled like chocolate the entire day.


2. Take an hour to do some tastings and find a new favourite pint from one of our local breweries. Longwood Brewery, Wolf Brewery and just opening their doors this week is White Sails Brewery. If your taste buds prefer wine, Chateau Wolff recently opened their new tasting room with complimentary tastings of their two white and two reds. Millstone Estate Winery have six wines to try and are open this winter. If you would like someone else to drive and include a few culinary delights along the way, check out the “A Taste of Nanaimo – Local Food, Craft Beverage & Estate Winery Tour” with Vancouver Island Expeditions. They will book all of the tastings for you and even have a luxury van to drive you and all your friends.


3. Have you ever had your tea leaves read? It’s pretty neat and the Calico Cat Teahouse in Nanaimo books 10, 20 or 30 minute readings with insightful, world-class Tea Leaf Readers. I suggest pairing your tea (you have 12 to choose from) with the crepes, one of my favourites.

4. Speaking of tea, sometimes it’s nice to take your girlfriends, mom or even grandma (like I did) out for a traditional English afternoon tea. Sit by the fire, sip the same tea the royal family enjoys and nibble on delicious goodies while you visit. The Grand Hotel does a beautiful afternoon tea service for only $24.95 per person.


5. Take a trip to the farms. Take a drive out to beautiful Cedar Yellow Point to pick up some fresh honey, herbs and cranberries to use for your rainy afternoon baking days. You can pick up fresh cranberries, jams, jellies and mixes from Yellow Point Cranberries cottage gift shop. Next I suggest visiting Hazelwood Herb Farm to pick up beer breads, scone mixes and dried herb blends. Last but not least you must visit to Frederich’s Honey Farm for fresh honey, bee bread and handmade soap.


I hope you enjoy these culinary adventures as much as I do. See you on the foodie trail.