Honey dry fried beef

Kung POW! Does not Pack Much of a Punch

Kung Pow! is a nice place to eat with friendly and attentive staff. Most of the food was well executed with some outstanding dishes including the house-made wontons in Sichuan chili oil, the fried fish balls, and many of the vegan offerings. However, the over-sized pot stickers, too much cabbage stuffing in the spring rolls, sorry mu she pancakes, and an inferior choice for the steak makes it difficult to rate this establishment above average. If you’re looking for some decent Chinese food in NW Portland, though, you could do worse than give these folks a try.

Oysters at The Fish Store

The Freshest Oysters in Tofino

In a foodie town brimming with restaurants, The Fish Store and Oyster Bar is a standout. Located near Tofino’s docks, this establishment owns sole distribution rights to Clayoquot Sound oysters and supplies all the other local restaurants. This arrangement guarantees fresh oysters in all of Tofino’s restaurants, but none are fresher than at The Fish Store where they can be eaten only ten minutes distance by boat from their long line deep water fisheries. Whether you eat it there or take it away, the seafood at The Fish Store and Oyster Bar is exemplary in a town where local, fresh, and sustainable maritime sustenance is de rigueur.

Fried calamari

Storm Shelter

Shelter is a typical Tofino restaurant; upscale rustic setting, way nice wait staff, and good food. Warm chevre salad composed of braised greens, Okanagan goat cheese, double smoked bacon, caramelized onion, roasted garlic, and apple cider vinaigrette was the best dish of the evening.

European Battlefield Tour EPub

MagoGuide’s European Battlefield Book – Now in EPUB!

We’re pleased to announce that the “MagoGuide’s European Battlefield Tour” book is now available as an Ebook! Just go to Smashwords, buy it, and download it to your favorite EReader. For more information, check out our page on https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/563638

European Battlefield Tour

MagoGuide’s European Battlefield Tour Book for Sale

2014 marked the 100th anniversary of World War I. Team Mago spent two weeks in the early summer of 2014 exploring the fields of valor that made up The Western Front of The Great War as well as many of its antecedents and successors. This book takes you to battlefields and other military artifacts not typically found in guidebooks, providing detailed context, analysis, and local knowledge that enhance the experience for both travelers and readers. With over 350 photos as well as reviews of restaurants, hotels, and chateaus, this book both entertains and enlightens. If you are planning a visit to coincide with the centenary of the First World War War or are a student of military history, MagoGuide’s European Battlefield Tour is a must read.


A Jewel Box B&B: Wildwood Manor

If you are planning a trip to the San Juan Islands, Wildwood Manor is a must stay. Be sure to book early for the well-attended summer season, and if possible splash out for one of the suites. Tell Michael and John that MagoGuide, not TripAdvisor, sent you.

Eggs with a "man cake"

Bummed About Besaws? Stroll over to Stepping Stone for Breakfast

Stepping Stone serves the best breakfast in NW. Its fare includes excellent hash browns, biscuits, and sausage gravy. The sausage gravy is exemplary; you can really tell that some one took the time to make a genuine flour-based gravy as opposed to the vile glue one finds in many diners, even good ones. And don’t pass up the “smothered badass.”


You Can Skip McMillin’s

Don’t bother eating at McMillian’s. If you want to go to Roche Harbor (and Mago Guide does not recommend this crowded and spendy mini-resort and condo cluster on San Juan Island), eat at the downstairs Madrona Bar and Grill, which serves much better, simpler, and cheaper food. The wait staff is much nicer and more attentive there as well.

Scallops with sweet pea semi-fredo

As Easy as Duck Soup

Duck Soup is a small, pleasant, and intimate restaurant in the midst of San Juan Island. The location alone makes it a desired dining destination. Unfortunately, everything about Duck Soup from the wait staff to the wine list to the kitchen is just a little bit spacey. Scallops with sweet pea semi-fredo was the best thing we were served. The tomato fennel soup, however, was too thin and the fennel too dominant.

Scallops in a beure blanc sauce

Backdoor Kitchen to Tasty Food

Backdoor Kitchen is the best restaurant we tried on San Juan Island.

Scallops in a beure blanc sauce were perfectly cooked while the shitake mushrooms acted like sponges for the sauce. Soy sesame glazed cod was the best piece of fish I have eaten in a long time.

Don’t fail to give them a try if you’re ever in Friday Harbor.

St. Mihiel poster

BBC: WWI’s Forgotten Photographs

Germanicus sent us a YouTube video from the BBC entitled “Hidden Histories: WWI’s Forgotten Photographs.” The stories are fascinating and the photographs haunting. Germanicus features in our upcoming book MagoGuide’s European Battlefield Tour scheduled to be published before the end of the month.

Steamed gooseneck barnacles, boiled octopus tentacles, and raw scallops wrapped in sage leaves

Wolf in the Fog or Cruise Ship on the Rocks?

Six fabulous courses, each paired with an excellent wine, two superb chefs, and one amazing location. Tofino’s vibrant boat-to-table cuisine was on display at Wolf in the Fog restaurant’s recent wine pairing dinner featuring the cuisine of local chef Nicholas Nutting and Vancouver’s David Hawksworth. Their collaboration produced an all-seafood five course panoply paired with wonderful vintages from France, Luxembourg, Italy, Germany, and South Africa. Pastry chef Joel Ashmore supplied an etherial dessert to wrap up the evening’s festivities. All the seafood was very local and sustainably harvested. To top it all off service was flawless, professional yet personable in a very Tofino sort of way.


Bamboo Sushi: Excellent Sustainable Seafood meets Marginal Happy Hour

Bamboo Sushi has some of the best sushi we’ve eaten in the US. Try to get seats on the right side of the sushi bar. The head sushi chef’s station is in the right hand corner of the bar as diners face it. We had the pleasure of attending Chef Kevin’s station on our most recent visit and he added touches to our order that we did not experience at other locations around the bar.

Go elsewhere for happy hour, but be sure to hit the sushi bar, especially when it is not slammed.