Diners dig in at Victoria’s Cafe Brio.
I get excited every year when Tourism Victoria releases the participating restaurants in the annual Dine Around Victoria event. When the list goes up online, I have to put aside a good hour or more for foodie reverie—which is to say, I . . . → Click to read full blog
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
Victoria’s burgeoning food truck scene is reinventing the term “meals on wheels.” Savvy diners know that low overhead at these portable restaurants allows owners to serve creative cuisine at distinctly lower prices than you’ll find at bricks-and-mortar venues around town.
While a few trucks shut down over winter, most . . . → Click to read full blog
Attention coffee lovers. Reader Sam M. sent in this very savvy tip about where to score a terrific $2 Americano in our fine city.
“Victoria’s 2% Jazz, a locally owned and operated cafe, has $2 handmade Americanos every day of the week. The trick is that you need to . . . → Click to read full blog
If you love seafood, get ready to grin. My friend Robyn has introduced me to one of the best birthday deals in Victoria.
The elegant Blue Crab Seafood House in James Bay offers diners a FREE entree in their birthday month. To be eligible, you need to sign up for . . . → Click to read full blog
If you wrinkle your nose with displeasure at the words “blue cheese,” you may find it hard to relate to my next story. But if you enjoy other gourmet cheeses, bear with me.
Several years ago, Honey and I were on a weekend getaway to Vancouver, whiling away Saturday morning . . . → Click to read full blog
What a great question I received yesterday from reader Lisa O.
I am a foodie having a 50th birthday in Victoria, and I want a good cake for it. Any suggestions? I can’t bear having a supermarket cake or a low-budget bakery children’s style . . . → Click to read full blog
For the first time, I understand why some people are just CRAZY about French macarons. Standing in Victoria’s new Bon Macaron Patisserie, I have just taken my first bite of one of these tiny, brightly coloured, almond-meringue cookie-sandwiches.
The texture is a wonderfully sensory experience. The macaron’s outer shell . . . → Click to read full blog
There’s a new cheap eatery in town, and its name is The Tartan Toque.
Kudos to my friend Ann-Marie for her foodie radar on this one. She also snapped the accompanying photo of the new restaurant’s order window. “It is bar service,” she explains, “so you pop up to . . . → Click to read full blog
Just a few years ago, I made my first visit to New York City. I was invited there to receive a writing award for British Columbia Magazine, where I worked as an editor for 15 years. Honey came along, and though we had just three nights in Manhattan, we made . . . → Click to read full blog