Lockdown Cuisine

So there is a lot of home cooking going on these days with the Coronavirus Shutdown. But maybe you are really craving some restaurant food. Well, there are some good Take Out options. Here are some of them in the PARKSVILLE Qualicum Beach area. 

Salt Pizzeria. Great pizza.  Phone in your order and pick up. At FRENCH CREEK landing. 250-586-2121. We love their pizza. 

FRENCH CREEK Pub is open for Take Out Tuesday to Saturday 11-4:30. Excellent Fish & Chips. 250-248-3713. 

Papa’s Burgers in PARKSVILLE.  Great Burgers and Fish & Chips. Phone and order and pick up at their Drive Thru. 250-586-3743

Mekong River in PARKSVILLE is doing Take Out. 250-586-8000.  We love their food. https://www.mekongriverparksville.com

If you like Thai Food , WHITE ELEPHANT in PARKSVILLE is open for take out and delivery. 250-586-6611. We have lunched there. Nice people and good food. https://www.thewhiteelephant.ca/menu-c5hf

Black Bird Schnitzel House in Qualicum Beach. 

http://www.blackbirdschnitzelhaus.ca/  250-752-8500. Our neighbours ordered from there and said it was great. 

New Canton Chinese. Now located on Qualicum Beach. Same neighbours ordered for his 80th Birthday. Really enjoyed the food. (250) 752-2198

Q Burger on 2nd in Qualicum Beach are doing take out. 250-898-3450.  Have not tried but friend Tim recommends. 

Tidal Taco in Qualicum Bay are open. Take your own chairs and enjoy the view. Great Tacos. 

BOME in Coombs are also open for take out. Buy lunch or cheese. 250-586-2663  https://bomecheese.ca/covid-19/

Need coffee? Creekmores in Coombs is supplying coffee on Mondays and Friday’s. Call in advance. 250-752-5343. 

If you want to do a bit of food shopping and want to avoid the big stores please try the SILVER MEADOWS FARM on the Errington Road just off 4A. Great fruit and vegetables, Island Farms Milk and Ice Cream, Portofino Bakery goods.  The best eggs from Mountain View Farms in Black Creek, north of Comox. And Silver Meadows also have their own Beef, Pork, Bacon and often fresh Roasting Chickens. 

Just saying…



As a result of the Covid 19 Pandemic, the global cruise ship industry is shut down. Much of the fleet sits idle at anchor in or near the Bahamas today. How large is this crisis?  The marks in blue on the chart below are all cruise ships.


Some research on line shows that there are approximately 200 large cruise ships globally.  About half are owned by Carnival Cruise Lines headquartered in Miami. Carnival owns Princess, Holland America, Costa, CUNARD, P&O, Seabourn and AIDA. Royal Caribbean is also based in Miami and owns Celebrity with a fleet of 41. Norwegian Cruise Lines also owns Regent and Oceana Cruises and has a fleet of 29.  There are also a bunch of other lines some with smaller ships. One can see that cruising has become a huge industry.  In 2018 it was a $34 billion industry with a passenger capacity of over half a million.  The ships employ more than 250,000 people.

I roughly calculated how much revenue they are losing during this pandemic. It is probably $650,000,000 per week.  No revenue but the ships must be at least partially crewed and maintained.  The losses to the industry are enormous.

Will the industry survive? Probably, but it may be very slow recovering. Some of the ships will be mothballed temporarily.  Some of the orders for new ships will be cancelled which impacts those shipyards.  Ports of call will suffer from the lack of tourists. Victoria, Vancouver, Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway will all feel the pain.

We have been on several cruises and loved everyone. I hope the industry can recover quickly

Just saying…