It's always a treat to be invited to media events. After all, you get to mingle, grab some tasty bites and receive some swag at the end. Viv and I were fortunate to attend an event sponsored by Tourism Vancouver Island promoting Vancouver Island & the Sunshine Coast. Kim, Joyce & Frank, Victoria, Darina, Anita, Mijune and Jonathan were also present. Arriving a little bit late, Viv and I were only able to catch the last bit of the First Nations performance. We were quickly ushered into another room where celebrity chef Bob Blumer was hosting sessions with fellow chefs from the Island and the Sunshine Coast.
During the presentation, we were treated to various oysters and seafood from Pacific Kiss. The oysters were shucked right in from our eyes and served on ice. These babies were so fresh and sweet. Just then, Kim comes strolling by with a plate of steamed clams. With clam juice flowing down his arm, being the gracious fellow that he is, he offered me some. I had a few; but not really satisfied, I made my way over to the source and scooped a dish for myself. Now, it wasn't all that easy since the lady in front of me took her sweet time choosing the best ones. Then, she proceeded to eat them standing right in front of the tray being totally oblivious at the lineup behind her. I quickly took a look a the person beside me and we both simultaneously had the "WTH" look on our faces. All we could do was laugh and shake our heads...
However, that was not the last example of cluelessness. While Bob Blumer was hosting the cooking sessions, some dude decided to stand right in front of the display and remain there for the entirety even though no one, including the house cameraman, had no clear view. Even after several people (myself included) asked him to move, he continued to stay there. He even seemed annoyed at the requests to move. Honestly people... a free event doesn't mean you can be rude and obnoxious! Okay, enough of my rant. I'm sure David Pratt would be proud... Anyways, we were treated to oysters with a Hollandaise sauce. They were a bit salty; but they were a treat to eat.
Next up were skewers of Geoduck that were sliced thin and cooked properly. They cannot be fully cooked since they get really rubbery and chewy easily. Moreover, only the "snout" is good to eat in this manner. The innards are typically good for soups and stews only. If you've never tried Geoduck, I strongly suggest you do despite it looking like a really large "appendage". Remember, size doesn't matter! The last item we got to try was scallops on top of sushi rice. Since it wasn't served hot, the texture of the scallops weren't ideal. Whatever the case, we expected that and they were still quite good. And in all honesty, this was a nice treat, courtesy of the Tourism Vancouver Island and the fine people representing Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast.