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How to spend 12 hours in Prince Edward Island

If you’re looking for a quick way to spend 12 hours in Prince Edward Island, here are my suggestions:

  • If you’re lucky enough to be here in August on the right day, then Saucer Parade for an hour. (9:30am – 10:30am)
  • Drive the central coast, on your way to dig for clams (10:30am – Noon)
  • Meet up Ron Perry and go digging for clams and then have clam lunch in a CN Train Caboose (Noon – 3:30pm)
  • Head over to JMK Fish Market for Sweet Chilli Heat and Mango Curry Mussel with some fresh Malpeque oysters (3:30pm – 4:30pm)
  • Do the scenic North Cape Coastal drive … and grab a picture of the lighthouse. (4:30pm – 9pm)
  • Stop off at Scooters for an Ice Cream
  • Order a Super Donair at Jack’s Pizza (10pm)

As for my list above, Digging for Clams is easily one of the best things to do on the island … and I haven’t done a lot here, but I can compare to the 1000’s of other tourist activities I’ve done worldwide. Kids and adults will love it … Ron Perry is an excellent facilitator, knows the local seafood and having lunch in a train caboose is simply awesome. A full post will come on this activity!

Washing the clams we dug up!
Heading for lunch on the train
Prepping our clam lunch

 

Yummy Clams …
Sweet Chili Heat Mussels at JMK Fish Market
Trust me … some of us need this in Trinidad!
Yep … places look like this …

West Point lighthouse has an inn built into it!
Just like in the PEI commercials
If you’re going to get buried … why not on the Ocean forever!
The red cliffs of PEI
Friendly horsies!!
Finally got to the North Cape lighthouse!
Time for more snacks and fried ridiculousness at Scooters! Which also happens to be D*’s nickname!

Now the next section is about the Super Donair at Jack’s Pizza. I’ll devote a couple words to this as it defies logic and breaks the space/time continuum. The donair is to the Maritimes what the banh mi is to Saigon, the jambon-beurre to Paris. It is a quintessential Maritime gastronomic experience. To the uninitiated, the donair is intimidating.
First, there is donair meat, heavily spiced ground beef that’s shaped into a large loaf and roasted on a spit, then shaved and seared on a flat top range. The meat is placed on a thin, Lebanese-style pita and topped with tomatoes and raw onions. The donair sauce is an addictively sweet blend of evaporated milk, vinegar, garlic powder and sugar. The sandwich is wrapped in tinfoil and eaten out of hand. Kind of. As the pita has a tendency to sop up the juices and sauces, making the bread fall apart, donairs are best eaten over a cardboard plate and as far away from your body as possible.
Jack’s Pizza Super Donair takes this to a ridiculous level … this can easily feed 2-3 people and I couldn’t finish the entire thing … I felt that if I did, I would fall asleep and never wake up.

You really can’t tell how large this thing is …
It came with a lot of foil!
I can’t eat the sickly sweet sauce!
It’s bigger than the large plate we have

 

D* doesn’t mind the sauce!
It easily dwarfs my BB10 … which isn’t that small

About Rishiray

Rishi Sankar is a Cloud HRMS Project Manager/ Solution Architect. Over the past 15+ years, he has managed to combine his overwhelming wanderlust with a desire to stay employed, resulting in continuing stints with 3 major consulting firms (IBM, Deloitte, Accenture). He documents his adventures around the world on "Ah Trini Travelogue" with pictures and stories from the road/tuk-tuk/camel/rickshaw. You can follow him on Twitter at @rishiray and on Facebook at "Ah Trini Travelogue . He doesn't like Chicken Curry but loves Curry Chicken and is always trying to find the perfect Trinidadian roti on the road. He also doesn't like cheese and kittens ... and definitely not together. E-mail from his blog is appreciated like a 35 yr old Balvenie at [email protected]

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