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Victoria Dining Guide

Victoria Dining Guide

Wondering where to dine in Victoria? I LOVE trying new restaurants, and I've been compiling my BIG list of favourite eateries for more than a decade. Click the fork-and-spoon image to read my Victoria Dining Guide.

Artist in Residence at The English Inn

The lovely English Inn in Esquimalt has new owners, and the hotel has become a local music, arts, and culture hotspot thanks to a partnership with Esquimalt’s energetic Township Community Arts Council (TCAC). If you haven’t seen the extensive renovations that have transformed the heritage inn from yee dumpy . . . → Click to read full blog


Farmers’ Markets & Artisans’ Markets: Greater Victoria’s Wonderful Public Markets

Throughout the summer months in Greater Victoria, outdoor farmers’ and artisans’ markets offer some of the best free entertainment in the city. The more established annual markets start up in April/May, and some carry on well into October and even November. Some put up their tents every week, while others . . . → Click to read full blog


Secret Savings on Shows at the Royal and MacPherson Theatres: Victoria, BC

I’m surprised how few people seem to know about the benefits of subscribing to the RMTS OnStage electronic newsletter. RMTS stands for the Royal and MacPherson Theatres Society, representing Victoria’s two major stage venues for live productions.

It costs nothing to sign up for the newsletter, and the RMTS doesn’t . . . → Click to read full blog


Ride the IKEA Bus from Victoria to Richmond for a Shopaganza!

There is a wonderful and surprisingly little-known solution for IKEA-starved Islanders: the Pacific Coach Lines’ IKEA Day Trip, just $40 *return* fare per person. . . . → Click to read full blog


Shopping for the Best Men’s Shoes in Victoria, BC

When I ask men where they shop for stylish shoes in Victoria, many develop a pained or perplexed expression. The most common response is a mildly sarcastic “Vancouver.”

Honey often laments the lack of shoe-shopping options for Victoria men, certainly as compared to the smorgasbord of women’s shoes. (See . . . → Click to read full blog


Groupon Victoria, Couvon, DealFind, TeamBuy, and Other Daily-Deal Sites Offering 50-90% Local Discounts: Victoria BC

UPDATED: January 6, 2014

Are daily-deal coupon sites like Groupon losing their appeal?

To keep my informed, I follow all of the daily coupon websites targeted to Victoria consumers. (See the full list below.) Some days, it seems I’m getting considerably more junky offers than legitimate bargains sent to . . . → Click to read full blog


Cheap Drinks in Victoria: Where to Get the Best Deals Every Night of the Week


Where do you go when you feel the urge to celebrate, but don’t want to spend a bundle on drinks? Well, it depends on the night of the week. Pubs, clubs*, and restaurants around Victoria offer various special . . . → Click to read full blog


Best Shoe Stores in Victoria, BC (mostly for women, some for men)

I’m overdue in updating my “best of” round-up of Victoria shoe stores for women. Since I last wrote on the subject, there have been some exciting developments on the downtown shoe scene.

(Don’t worry, guys. I haven’t forgotten about you. Click here to read my round-up of the best places . . . → Click to read full blog


Where to Find Fabulous Greeting Cards in Victoria, BC

With the holiday season on the horizon, I set out last night to search for some special Christmas cards for friends and family. By the time I left home around 5:30 p.m., I knew I would be too late for the six-o’clock-closing of two of my favourite shops: The Shieling . . . → Click to read full blog


Get Costco Prescriptions for $4.49 Dispensing Fee: NO Membership Required

If you take prescription medications, my post today could save you a LOT of money.

I had heard that Costco pharmacists dispense pills for a much lower fee than other Canadian pharmacies—less than $5, versus as much as $12!—but I’m not a Costco member. Honey and I tried the big-box . . . → Click to read full blog