Saturday, October 1, 2016

Day 1 of 9 in Prince Edward Island

Well this is it. The day has finally come that we start the 3rd official Chef Dez Culinary Tour and we have arrived safely in Canada's smallest province: Prince Edward Island.

It was a very early start this morning. We met up with all of our tour guests at 4:45am at YVR in
preparation for our 6:30am West Jet flight to Toronto, then a connecting flight to Charlottetown, PEI. I went to bed at 7:30pm last night and only got about 4 hours sleep, but some of our guests didn't go to bed at all (they have been up since Friday morning) and took advantage of the flights to catch up on their sleep. We are 4 hours ahead of all our friends and family back home on the West Coast, so my plan was to be tired for tonight here in PEI. You see when it's 10pm here, it is only 6pm back home, and unless I am really tired, there is no way I am falling asleep at what feels like 6pm. This will make the transition in time change much easier. We'll see how I sleep tonight and I will update you tomorrow.

 You can see the Confederation bridge that connects PEI to New Brunswick in this photo. We will be crossing that bridge and spending an afternoon in Shediac later in our trip.

The flights today were uneventful, except for a bit of delay in Toronto, but that couldn't stop our excitement. We made it on time to Charlottetown and checked into our first of three properties we will be staying at: The Hotel on Pownal. We will be staying here for our first three nights. This contemporary hotel is the sister property of The Great George Hotel - where we will be spending our last 3 nights. They have welcomed us with open arms.

Before everyone got settled into their rooms the hotel greeted us with a wine & cheese reception
exclusively for our group. I then handed out the official Chef Dez Scavenger Hunt details. The grand prize for this hunt is a Large Big Green Egg complete with stand and shelves, valued at over $1600. There is a possible total score of 26 points. If more than one person gets all 26 points, then we will do a reverse draw to determine the winner at the end. This winner will be announced on the evening of Saturday October 8th at our wrap-up dinner... So stay tuned!

The rest of the ending was free to the group to either relax or start exploring the nightlife in Charlottetown. Everything in Charlottetown is pretty much in close proximity of everything else, so it makes it very easy to explore through self-guided walks. We all ended up going out for dinner together at a local pub called Fish Bones. It was good food. I had a seafood chowder.

Since it was a long day of travelling, the whole group gets tomorrow as a free day to relax and explore at their leisure, after our complimentary breakfast. One of the things on my list for tomorrow is to check out the Old Triangle Pub for some classic pub grub and live Celtic music!

For now, however, it's goodnight for me. I wish you pleasant dreams from the other side of the country.

Until next time... Happy Cooking!

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