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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


See Gorgeous Christmas Trees and Gingerbread Houses for FREE in Victoria


Could you use a great big dose of holiday cheer this season? I can recommend two excellent budget activities full of Christmas spirit. Both are annual fundraisers at elegant downtown Victoria hotels: the Inn at Laurel Point and the Fairmont Empress. Admission is by donation.


The . . . → Click to read full blog


Be a (Penny-Pinching) Tourist in Your Own Hometown

UPDATE: FEB. 28, 2014. Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown is running this weekend!

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Though I personally think one visit to Miniature World in a lifetime is enough, I’ve found good value in the Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown program over the . . . → Click to read full blog


Gingerbread Showcase Just Gets Better and Better

Playing with your food is elevated to an art form at Canada’s National Gingerbread Showcase, running November 23, 2013 to January 5, 2014 at Victoria’s Inn at Laurel Point. Amateur and professional chefs have used slabs of spicy holiday gingerbread as the sweet building blocks for some amazing creations, . . . → Click to read full blog


Rollicking Fun at the Victoria International Buskers Festival

Expect to see some pretty quirky people around town in the week of July 19-28, 2013. Our fair city is again hosting the Victoria International Buskers Festival.

Watch for Kif-Kif at the 2013 Victoria International Buskers Festival. These identical twin sisters from Quebec City put on a rollicking fun . . . → Click to read full blog


Fernwood’s Fernfest is an Annual Fun Fest

Fernwood really knows how to throw a party. Their annual Fernfest neighbourhood festival is one of the best in Victoria with a multitude of free events and performances.

June 21 and 22 this year, come out to Fernwood Square—Gladstone Avenue and Vic High Field—to enjoy musicians, dancers, magicians, artists, cold . . . → Click to read full blog


Clay Connects Pottery Show and Sale

I love handmade things.

Since the dawn of the industrial age, factories have been cranking out thousands upon thousands of objects that look exactly the same. Efficient it is; artful it is not.

Handmade objects, by contrast, are indisputably one-of-a-kind. I like that you can see the artist’s “fingerprint” in . . . → Click to read full blog


Victoria Day Weekend 2013 Events: Victoria, BC

Those of us who live in B.C.’s capital city like to see the Victoria Day weekend as our holiday. (Apparently other parts of the country see the statutory day off as a nod to Queen Victoria.)

The lineup of special events over the long weekend is entertaining and varied. Forecasts . . . → Click to read full blog


Discover Vic West’s Fun and Funky Vibe at the Vic West Art Quest 2013

Mosaic by Vic West artist Hart Downey.

Have you noticed? Victoria’s Vic West neighbourhood is developing a great community vibe. It’s hip, it’s arty, it has a funky coffeeshop and an artisan bakery. It has arrived.

The Spiral Café on Craigflower has long been a communal hub for the . . . → Click to read full blog


60th Annual Fine Art Exhibition & Sale at Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney, B.C.

If you appreciate good art, I encourage you to attend the annual Saanich Peninsula Arts & Crafts Society exhibition and sale, April 27-28, 2013.

I do so not just because my Honey, Michael Giles (an experienced and, IMHO, wonderfully artistic potter) is one of the participants. Though Michael will have . . . → Click to read full blog