10 patios you need to visit in Greater Victoria before summer ends

Patio season is soon to be over, but it’s not too late to spend some time on one of these 10 unique patios. Enjoy the last few days of the season at these restaurant patios in Greater Victoria.

September 16th, 2021
  • Recipe: Steak Sandwich with Blackstone Porter Onion Jam

    We guarantee you and your guests will enjoy this Steak Sandwich with Blackstone Porter Onion Jam. This classic steak and porter pairing is familiar and a tried-and-true combination.

    September 15th, 2021
  • The best places to visit in Squamish

    Whether you are visiting in the summer for hiking, climbing, and mountain biking, or passing through in the winter for some snowsports, the Squamish food scene will satisfy your adventure seeker appetite. We took a trip through this booming Sea-to-Sky town to give you the lowdown on where to visit.

    September 10th, 2021
  • Victoria’s best veggie burgers

    We all love a great burger, don’t we? These days vegetarian and vegan burgers are everywhere you look, and there are plenty of creative options to choose from. Veggie burgers have certainly come a long way from portobello mushroom caps on a bun. Whether you’re on the hunt for a quick plant-based lunch, junky pub grub, or late-night eats, we’ve got you 100% covered. Read on to find out where to try the best veggie burgers in Victoria:

    September 8th, 2021
  • Indian restaurants to discover in Victoria

    Looking to add a bit of extra heat to your summer? Try out these seven delicious, mouthwatering Indian restaurants in and around Victoria. Each of these eateries has something different and diverse to serve.

    September 7th, 2021
  • Tasting Victoria’s top-5 rated food trucks

    When you’re out and about on a hot summer day in Victoria and need a quick bite to eat, is there anything more convenient than a food truck? Parked in prime locations, with the smells of tasty eats wafting down the street, they're an easy and inviting way to satisfy your cravings. We are here to give you the inside scoop on the most popular food trucks in Victoria that each have rave reviews online and five-star ratings—and for a good reason! Let’s get rolling and give you the information that you need to decide where you should stop next time you feel your stomach rumble after a hot afternoon at the beach.

    August 31st, 2021
  • Vegetarian Recipe: Beer Battered Jalapeño Tacos with Grilled Corn Salsa

    Who doesn't enjoy trying new food with a creative twist to keep life interesting? The flavours and textures of these Beer Battered Jalapeño Tacos with Grilled Corn Salsa are incredible! These tacos are spicy, sweet, and totally unique.

    August 30th, 2021
  • First Look: Upgrade Café Victoria

    The guests at Upgrade Victoria Cafe know that the coffee, beverages, food, and supplements are the purest available, and you can expect to feel a difference in how you perform the first time you experience them.

    August 27th, 2021
  • Phillips Brewing Celebrates 20 Years

    Lift a glass to Phillips Brewing for celebrating 20 years in business! What is a true recipe for success? For Matt Phillips, the answer is a great team, doing what you love, focusing on the quality of product, and creativity. These values are why Phillips Brewing is now in its 20th year of business serving Victoria locals and people across the country.

    August 26th, 2021
  • 6 must-try tuna dishes in downtown Victoria

    We are heading into the tail end of August (gasp!) and although some people are starting to wonder about their fall wardrobe, or how to maximize two more weeks of beach days, we are here to tell you that your palette should prepare for some fresh tuna. From now until October, we are officially in prime tuna season on British Columbia’s Westcoast, so you might as well take advantage of it by maximising your tuna experience in Victoria with these six delicious dishes.

    August 24th, 2021
  • Teacher Appreciation Day at MOD Pizza Belmont Market

    The data is clear—we love teachers! From Monday, August 23 to Wednesday, August 25, bring in your school ID and mention you're an educator when you visit MOD Pizza in Langford for a Buy-One-Get-One-Free MOD-size pizza or salad.

    August 20th, 2021
  • Lunch on the lawn at the Fairmont Empress: A summer experience you don't want to miss

    This quintessential summer pastime in Victoria, done only as the Empress can, is back by popular demand for summer 2021. It’s the ultimate al fresco dining experience on the hotel’s iconic front lawns, with stunning views of the Inner Harbour.

    August 19th, 2021
  • Recipe: Steamed Clams with Beer and Bacon

    What's better on a summer hot night than sitting back, relax and enjoy this recipe for Steamed Clams with Beer and Bacon? Made with local ingredients, we are sure you will enjoy!

    August 19th, 2021
  • Hidden gems you didn't know about in Victoria

    We asked what your favourite hidden gems are in and around Victoria and you delivered! If you’re searching for the next delicious discovery in Victoria, then this is the list for you. These restaurants, bakeries, and cafes make for the perfect foodie experience this summer.

    August 18th, 2021
  • Experience world cuisines in Sidney, BC

    It's been more than a year where international travel is not a thing. We miss the experiences, but most importantly, the world flavours. The Tasting Victoria team embarked on a mission to try out the best international cuisines in Sidney, BC., and they did not disappoint. From authentic Italian to a taste of Tokyo, here are our top international cuisine restaurants in Sidney.

    August 13th, 2021
  • When Happy Hour Meets Plant-Based Goodness

    The newest additions to Earls Kitchen + Bar's menu are here, and you definitely don't want to miss out on them.

    August 12th, 2021
  • 7 spots to get mocktails in Victoria

    There is truly nothing like a cool drink on a hot summer day! If you're looking to share a refreshing cocktail with friends and or family this summer, but want to forgo the alcohol then check out Tasting Victoria's list of recommended restaurants and bars for the best 'mocktails' this season. Mocktails are the perfect way to enjoy your favourite cocktails, minus the liquor.

    August 11th, 2021
  • The Dutch Bakery and Diner - Creating delicious breakfasts, lunches and bakery treats since 1956

    Congratulations to the Dutch Bakery and Diner for celebrating 65 years in business! What is a true recipe for success?  For the Dutch Bakery and Diner the answer equates to strong family roots, importance of consistency, quality of product, loyal customers, and a warm and welcoming atmosphere. These traditional values are why the Dutch Bakery and Diner is now in its 65th year of business serving Victoria locals and visitors.

    August 9th, 2021
  • Sip & savour Salt Spring Island: Top 10 food and beverage experiences

    Salt Spring Island is known for its laid back lifestyle and misfit bunch of artisans and off-the-griders. You can barely drive two kilometres without seeing a farmstand with local produce, fresh flowers, or baked goods, so it’s no surprise the Island, only a short ferry ride away, is also a foodie mecca. If you head out to Salt Spring and are looking for something to eat or drink, you can’t go wrong with any of the following 10 businesses.

    August 5th, 2021
  • The Best Vegan Desserts in Victoria

    Once upon a time, delicious vegan baked goods were pretty scarce unless you baked them yourself. Well, not anymore. Today, so many of our local restaurants and bakeries now have at least one vegan dessert option. Whether you’re in the mood for a box of doughnuts, a custom cake, or a warm cinnamon bun—if you can imagine it, it’s probably available somewhere in Victoria.

    August 3rd, 2021
  • It's Tasting Victoria's 6th Anniversary! 12 Victoria businesses and over $3,000 in prizes! Here’s how you could win (CONTEST)

    It’s Tasting Victoria 6th Anniversary next month and we want to celebrate with you! Thank you for all the support these years. We present our latest contest series win “A day of Tasting Victoria!” Over the next 3 weeks we’re launching 3 different packages with local business’ prizes with the chance for you to win the perfect day Tasting Victoria, just by subscribing to our weekly Newsletter.

    July 30th, 2021
  • Aura Waterfront Restaurant is giving off all the right vibes this summer

    Tucked away in James Bay, Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio, located at the Inn at Laurel Point, is a hidden gem that overlooks the expanse of the Inner Harbour from an elegant, yet lively setting. Visitors can expect to enjoy spectacular views while sipping on a Zen Martini on the patio, or indoors in the modern and spacious restaurant; adorned with glass walls and elevated decor.

    July 29th, 2021
  • Summer is for Poké Bowls at Bento Sushi

    Why we love poké bowls? It is an easy one-bowl midweek meal that tastes absolutely fresh. For lunch or dinner, Bento Sushi’s take on the Poké Bowl offers the perfect balance of marinated raw red tuna or salmon, fresh avocado, edamame, seaweed salad, pickled vegetables on a bed of sushi rice.

    July 28th, 2021
  • Where to grab a cocktail in Victoria

    Victoria has an impressive cocktail scene. The downtown core is home to many restaurants and bars that take the cocktail curation, creation, and presentation to the next level. As we make our way through the summer months and continue the beloved patio season, cocktails seem to taste better and better the warmer the weather gets. If you are looking for your next spot to try a handcrafted cocktail, we have you covered. Here’s our list of top places to grab a cocktail in Victoria:

    July 27th, 2021
  • How to order your favourite treats from Euphoria Bakery

    Euphoria Bakery is an online order and delivery sugar free bakery in Victoria, BC. As per requested, here is more information on how you can order your baked goods to have them delivered in time just when you want them.

    July 21st, 2021
  • 5 Mexican restaurants you need to try in Victoria

    If you’ve been following Tasting Victoria for a while, you may already know that I, Amelia, founder of Tasting Victoria, am from Mexico. When I first arrived in Victoria in 2009 it was hard to find good and authentic Mexican food, but luckily, things have changed. Now there are a variety of options to choose from, whether you are looking for carne asada—which originated in northern Mexico—nixtamal tortillas—mostly made in the center of Mexico—or even Mexican brunch.

    July 20th, 2021
  • Pagliacci’s has held the keys to sustaining a local family business for 42 years

    From Howie Siegel to his son, Solomon, Pagliacci’s has warmed the hearts of Victorians across generations

    July 19th, 2021
  • Tour the cideries of southern Vancouver Island

    The weather is nicer, venues are welcoming back guests, and we could all use an excuse to comfortably explore some beautiful orchard backdrops. Follow along with us as we guide you on a scenic and sip-worthy tour of southern Vancouver Island’s cideries. Grab your designated driver and get started on this scenic itinerary.

    July 17th, 2021
  • Sherwood: The place to enjoy day and night

    If you love Habit Coffee in Victoria, we are sure you’ll love their new café and bar: Sherwood. Sherwood is a bright, approachable café/bar available for eating and drinking throughout the day and night.

    July 16th, 2021
  • 8 restaurants with the best views in Victoria

    Surrounded by ocean and mountain views, Victoria is an incredibly scenic city. Millions of tourists visit the capital city and region each year to take in the spectacular nature and historic architecture—and this can all be enjoyed while eating at some of Victoria’s best restaurants.

    July 15th, 2021
  • A renowned community hub—in the woods off the highway

    How does a cafe in a tiny seaside community attract international acclaim?

    July 14th, 2021
  • Our favourite treats from Euphoria Bakery

    If you are on a mission to satisfy your sweet tooth without the sweet, you’ve come to the right place! Euphoria uses natural sweeteners to bake goodies that taste incredible and are surprisingly good for you. This weekend we had the pleasure of tasting their ‘Not So Vanilla’ cupcakes, chocolate cake bites, birthday cake bites, chocolate chip cookies, Sugar(free) cookies, and their new up-and-coming chocolate and vanilla cakes.

    July 13th, 2021
  • Sidney restaurants to try this summer

    Come explore Sidney with these diverse restaurants, eateries and bakeries. Sidney has something to offer everyone and is a town by the sea where delicious food, shopping and spectacular views of the ocean meet. With warmer days and an abundance of sun this town is the perfect getaway for fun in the sun. Sidney offers a welcoming array of restaurants so you and your family and friends can find the best places to enjoy a satisfying meal to remember.

    July 8th, 2021
  • 14 Vancouver Island craft brewery specialty beers to try this summer

    Plan your next getaway using the BC Ale Trail and be sure to download the app so that you can collect reward points at all the breweries you visit and then redeem them for prizes and discounts.

    July 7th, 2021
  • The ultimate patio guide to Victoria & Sidney

    Patio season is here to stay, and with warmer temperatures and sunshine in the city, we've combined together the best patios in and around the city of Victoria and Sidney, where you can soak up some vitamin D and have a great meal with friends and family this season! Whether you're looking to try out a new cocktail, burger, brunch or or an incredible view, one of the restaurants below is sure to offer the perfect meal and patio for you!

    July 6th, 2021
  • Victoria Spotlight: Songhees Food Truck

    Since its inception in 2013, The Songhees Food Truck has created dishes unique in both flavour and appearance. The Songhees Food Truck, located on Admirals Road, is a taste of traditional Indigenous Cuisine with modern touches and inspirations. This food truck is the place to visit for food you can savour! Chef Dave Roger and the staff at the Songhees Food Truck told us, at Tasting Victoria, all about the exciting news and updates that are coming to the local food truck. Read on to discover what the Songhees Food Truck is all about!

    July 5th, 2021
  • Monthly super customer service shout out: Bin 4 Burger Lounge

    One of the most important attributes of a great restaurant is consistency. Having a consistent experience builds trust with your customers and creates a positive reputation for your restaurant. Consistency encompasses service, food and atmosphere. The June monthly service shout out goes to Bin 4 who nailed this in each category. On a recent Friday night visit to pick up our take out order we once again experienced their efficient and kind service, and then went home to enjoy another hearty and delicious meal.

    July 2nd, 2021
  • Where to enjoy a tasty chilled coffee this summer in Victoria

    If you’re a coffee lover, you know that there’s nothing more refreshing on a hot day than a chilled coffee drink, whether that’s a classic smooth cold brew or a creative new iced latte. With restaurants and cafes opening back up, this is the perfect year to discover new coffee shops and their delectable seasonal offerings.

    June 29th, 2021
  • Summer has arrived to the Bay Centre’s eateries

    Summer is here and we couldn’t be more excited! If you are looking for cold and refreshing treats, look no more than Marble Slab Creamery at the Bay Centre.

    June 28th, 2021
  • Where to grab a shaft in Victoria

    As the go-to round for the table and the signature welcome cocktail for visitors, the shaft holds high-prestige in Victoria. While some claim that the drink originated in Calgary, Victoria locals insist that Victoria is the official origin story of the shaft. The shaft is a staple cocktail on all Victoria drink menus. The craze around the cocktail has led to many interesting and tasty variations of the classic. If you are a big fan of the shaft, then this is the article for you. We have put together our top suggestions of where you can grab a shaft in Victoria:

    June 26th, 2021
  • Q&A with Euphoria Bakery

    Euphoria Bakery, Victoria’s first sugar- and grain-free bakery just launched last month and it has been a total hit. The Tasting Victoria team had the opportunity to try their products, and we are truly impressed by how good they tasted and how you can’t even tell they don’t have any sugar. We sat down with Lucia Nuechter, Euphoria’s lead baker, to learn more about them.

    June 24th, 2021
  • How a Victoria-based entrepreneur broke into the competitive space of gourmet ice cream

    Häagen-Dazs? Ben and Jerry’s? Lori Joyce says her old-world, natural ice cream is the best in your grocery store’s frozen food aisle

    June 23rd, 2021
  • Best farmers’ markets in Victoria & Sidney

    Farmers’ markets, found in cities across the globe, are the perfect place to connect with one’s own community and the people that live in it. In each unique market, opportunities exist to sample an amazing array of delights from organic produce and freshly baked treats to handmade artisan goods, including one-of-a-kind jewelry and clothing. Here is your one-stop guide to the best farmers’ markets to visit and enjoy this season on the south Island.

    June 22nd, 2021
  • Father’s Day Recipes (& Beer Pairings) for Every Type of Dad

    If your dad appreciates good food and good beer, a homecooked meal is one of the best gifts that you can give him this Father’s Day. While not all dads are built the same, we know that *most* of them like to sit back, relax, and enjoy a cold beer. Whether your dad is a traditional manly-man dad, an adventurous dad, or dad who enjoys the finer things in life, here are some perfect local and seasonal recipes to celebrate him this Father’s Day weekend.

    June 18th, 2021
  • 5 ideas for Father’s Day 2021

    Finding the perfect Father’s Day gift can be a difficult task, but fear not as Tasting Victoria is here to help. From tender steaks to juicy burgers, one thing is certain: dads love food. This Father’s Day, show your appreciation for the ultimate foodie in your family with this list of Father’s Day gift ideas:

    June 17th, 2021
  • BinBreeze is changing the relationship Victorians have with food waste

    We all know composting is good for the planet, but it’s a constant war choosing who has to take out the smelly, dripping bin. What if we told you your compost doesn’t have to stink, drip, or bring fruit flies into your home? Meet BinBreeze, the world’s first organic indoor compost deodorant powder. And the best part is that it was founded in Victoria last year.

    June 16th, 2021
  • Best coffee spots around downtown Victoria

    Spring is here and that means going out for drinks, picnics in the outdoors, fresh air, and patio service. Whether you're a latte, cappuccino, or mocha drinker these 10 coffee spots will make those spring activities even better.

    June 14th, 2021
  • Victoria’s best vegan ice cream

    Spring has sprung, the flowers are in full bloom and the sun is shining. You know what that means? Ice cream season is among us! Once upon a time, dairy-free ice cream was difficult to find, but not today. Whether you’re vegan, dairy-free, lactose intolerant, or just love ice cream of all kinds, these 6 local shops have got you covered.

    June 11th, 2021
  • 5 sugar-free treats you need to try at Euphoria Bakery

    Euphoria Bakery, Victoria’s first 100% sugar- and grain-free bakery is here to stay. The bakery’s products can be ordered online for delivery in Victoria on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The Tasting Victoria team has been tasting their different products and these are the treats we are sure you’ll love:

    June 9th, 2021
  • 2% Jazz: more than just a coffee shop

    If you’re a coffee lover in Victoria, you’ve likely heard of 2% Jazz coffee and probably enjoyed a delicious brew in one of their cafes. In fact, with 2% Jazz now acting as a wholesaler to other coffee shops and restaurants around town, there’s a good chance you’ve sampled their delightful beans without even realizing it.

    June 8th, 2021
  • Victoria’s first urban agriculture project: TOPSOIL

    If you have ever taken a stroll on the Galloping Goose trail down by Dockside Green in Vic West, you may have noticed a fenced-in garden in an otherwise empty lot. That’s TOPSOIL, Victoria’s first urban agriculture project.

    June 7th, 2021
  • 5 restaurants you must visit now that indoor dining is allowed

    Finally, the time has come: indoor dining is back in BC. You can now enjoy tasty bites, cold beers, and craft cocktails inside at your favourite restaurants. It’s more essential now than ever to support Victoria’s fabulous restaurant industry, so in celebration of BC’s reopening plan, we have put together a list of five restaurants you can visit now.

    June 2nd, 2021
  • Recipe: Savoury Ham & Swiss Waffles

    Waffles are one of the best breakfast and brunch recipes out there— but have you ever enjoyed a savoury version before? Using just a few basic ingredients from the pantry, you can make these Savoury Ham & Swiss Waffles at home! Enjoy these waffles on their own or with a fresh salad for a full meal.

    June 1st, 2021
  • Victoria is on fire for Refire Kitchen

    Offering high-quality fresh or frozen meals to bake at home, Refire, a term known in the restaurant business for heating food to perfect temperature, has now become a local brand, capturing the hearts and appetites of people in Victoria.

    May 31st, 2021
  • I-like-a Iluka

    We visited Victoria’s newest waterfront spot, Iluka Espresso, and met with owner Salina Salter to give you the foodie update and inside scoop on this beachy venue.

    May 27th, 2021
  • Victoria's first 100% sugar-free bakery

    Introducing Euphoria Bakery, Victoria's first sugar- and grain-free bakery. Euphoria is dedicated to bringing you and your family delicious treats that satisfy your sweet tooths, without using any sugar, grains, or gluten.

    May 26th, 2021
  • First Look: L’Authentique Poutine and Burgers

    After years of planning and much anticipation, L’Authentique Poutine and Burgers opened their doors to their first brick and mortar location in the heart of downtown Victoria! This concession-style eatery serves up delicious French-Canadian classics like poutine, corn dogs, and Montreal smoked meat sandwiches.

    May 21st, 2021
  • 5 Waterfront Patios to Check Out in Sidney

    Summer is just around the corner, and with the restrictions in place, the Tasting Victoria team has embarked on a mission of checking out as many patios as possible, to give you a list of our top picks in every Victoria neighbourhood. We’ve partnered with Sidney BIA to give away $150 in gift cards to a restaurant of the winner’s choice. Read on for contest details.

    May 21st, 2021
  • Victoria's Best Pains au Chocolat

    Whether you're a pastry lover, chocolate lover, or both, pain au chocolat is the perfect dessert to satisfy your cravings. Warm, buttery, crispy, crumbly, with ooey-gooey chocolate inside, this dessert is one of my ultimate favourites.

    May 20th, 2021
  • Tasting Campbell River: Meet the Chopped Canada champion behind Mattone Italian Kitchen

    From the interwoven communities of the Comox Valley to Campbell River, the Central Island is bursting with food-passionate folk. There’s no doubt the pandemic has hit many of the restaurants here hard. But, like in Victoria, the communities are supportive beyond belief of their local eateries.

    May 18th, 2021
  • Meet the Owners of Fern: Victoria’s First 100%Vegan Café and Bakery

    Tamara and Braden Parks arrived in Victoria with one dream: to open a vegan café and bakery. In 2018, that dream came true. Every day for the past three years, Fern Café and Bakery has delighted diners with wonderfully creative plant-based options such as Big Bad Cinnamon Buns, Crafty Mac and Cheese, and fried Buffalo “Chickun” Burgers.

    May 14th, 2021
  • Low carb and keto-friendly dining in Victoria

    If you’re trying to stay in ketosis or generally cut down on carbs, you’ll know that it can be tricky to dine in or take out while sticking to meals with lower sugar and starch. However, If you simplify your options by sticking to the basics of low carb—greens, meat, cheese, eggs—you will find an abundance of options across Victoria. Whether that means ordering straight off the menu or slightly modifying a meal to swap out a starch for greens, you’ll find that most places will be able to accommodate your preferences.

    May 12th, 2021
  • Vancouver Island Brewing’s Pod Pack Raises Funds to Support Southern Resident Killer Whales

    Five Island-based breweries collaborate on the 2021 Pod Pack with each beer named after a different orca.

    May 11th, 2021
  • 10 hidden gem patios in Victoria

    Patio season has officially arrived—good food, refreshing cocktails, and sunny days await. Whether you want to sit by the sea, catch some rays, or enjoy the hustle and bustle of downtown, Victoria has a patio for you. Eat, drink, and support local this spring and summer with our list of top Victoria hidden gem patios.

    May 7th, 2021
  • Brentwood Bay Resort offers the perfect Island staycation

    Searching for a perfect Island staycation? Look no further than Brentwood Bay Resort, tucked in the peaceful harbour located close to the Mill Bay Ferry. Offering luxurious hotel rooms, a spa, marina, restaurants, eco-adventures, and outdoor patio space, this destination will provide you with the perfect balance of outdoor adventure along with the opportunity to pamper your body and tempt your palate.

    May 5th, 2021
  • Monthly super customer service shout-out: Red Barn Market

    Red Barn Market is a locally owned Victoria business that sources Island-raised, Island-made, and Island-grown products first. Red Barn Market was first opened in 2002, and the business has since grown into seven locations in the Greater Victoria area.

    May 4th, 2021
  • 8 gift ideas for Mother’s Day 2021 in Victoria

    Mother’s Day is a day to celebrate the special women in our lives. Whether you are looking for a gift for your mom, your wife, or both, this list of decadent sweets, afternoon teas, and savoury grazing boxes are sure to dazzle the wonderful mothers in your life. To make Mother’s Day a little bit easier, we have put together a list of tasty brunch menus and our top gift ideas for Mother’s Day this year

    May 3rd, 2021
  • Best patios in Vic West you need to visit

    With its perfect views of the city surrounded by water, Vic West is naturally a hotspot for stunning patios. All five of these top patio spots offer brunch, lunch, snacks, and delicious drinks, so no matter what you’re in the mood for, Vic West has you covered. Take a tour on foot or by bike to these five foolproof outdoor finds.

    April 29th, 2021
  • Recipe: Herbed Chicken Pot Pie

    This Herbed Chicken Pot Pie is the perfect recipe for transitioning into the spring season. This homemade pie is loaded with fresh seasonal herbs, chicken and vegetables. This recipe is made even easier with a few shortcuts, so you can enjoy this recipe any day of the week!

    April 28th, 2021
  • Bicycle Pizza serves a new way of doing business

    There’s no doubt that restaurants are reinventing themselves, especially since the pandemic started last year and businesses all over the world had to pivot to primarily takeout and/or delivery models. And it was at the beginning of this year that a new pizza business with a very unique business model launched on the Saanich Peninsula: Bicycle Pizza—an online-only and takeout-only pizza business.

    April 27th, 2021
  • Lighthouse Brewing releases Kapitan Czech Pilsner as tribute to Co-Founder David Thomas

    Last August, Victoria’s Lighthouse Brewing mourned the death of one of its co-founders, David J. Thomas. Now, the brewery is celebrating his life by releasing a special beer called Kapitan Czech Pilsner.

    April 22nd, 2021
  • Top 6 Vegan Restaurants in Victoria

    While veganism was once considered a fringe lifestyle reserved exclusively for the hippie crowd, people from all walks of life are now consuming fewer animal products. This is just one of the many reasons why our local vegan scene is currently booming in Victoria. Whether you’re concerned about your health, the environment, or animal welfare, these days, there are tons of creative vegan-friendly options to explore in this city. Read on for our list of Victoria’s best vegan restaurants.

    April 21st, 2021
  • Celebrate Mother’s Day at Inn at Laurel Point

    Celebrate your mum this Mother's Day with help from Inn at Laurel Point. The Inn offers the ultimate home away from home experiences, and for a limited time, you can also purchase a beautiful Mother's Day gift box. The Mother of All Gifts includes a stellar selection of food goodies and treats that you can indulge in with your mum. When deciding how to treat your mum this Mother's Day, look no further than Inn at Laurel Point.

    April 19th, 2021
  • Westshore must-try patios this spring and summer

    After what has felt like the longest winter, spring is here. It’s finally time to retire the sweaters and embrace the warmth of a West Coast spring. Whether you live in Colwood, Langford, or Sooke—or you want to explore outside of your neighbourhood—the Westshore has many fantastic patios to visit. From local beer and handcrafted cocktails to casual bites and West Coast-inspired dishes, there is a lot of great food and drinks to discover. With another spring spent staying local and with our bubbles, ring in the warmer weather and sunny days with our list of top Westshore patios.

    April 16th, 2021
  • Meet Mike Rathjen of Rathjen Cellars

    Mike Rathjen started his farm-based winery Rathjen Cellars on the Saanich Peninsula in 2016, opened his tasting room in 2019, and produced just shy of 2,000 cases of wine in 2020. In this interview, Tasting Victoria catches up with Mike to learn about how he got started with wine, upcoming wine trends, and how you can get more involved in the local wine scene here in Victoria.

    April 15th, 2021
  • Best patios in Oak Bay, Fairfield, and Cook Street you need to visit

    Spring is here and that means sunny days, blossoms, and patio season has now arrived. If you and your bubble find yourself around the Cook Street, Fairfield or Oak Bay areas, be sure to check out one of these patio spaces. With warmer weather and sunny days to come, sitting outside with your bubble at one of these restaurants is a splendid way to kick off the spring season. Each of these restaurants features a wide selection of menu choices. Whether you're looking to try out a new cocktail, burger or want to enjoy brunch with your bubble, one of the restaurants below is sure to offer a patio and food-worthy service.

    April 8th, 2021
  • A twist on a local classic: Moon Under Water Brewpub's themed shaft flights

    Shafts are a staple drink here in Victoria. Despite the great debate of where the shaft originated, Victoria locals have claimed the drink as their own. The shaft usually consists of Kahlua, Baileys, vodka, coffee or espresso, and cream.

    April 2nd, 2021
  • Victoria’s first 100% plant-based Indian restaurant

    With more vegans per capita than any other province, British Columbia is no stranger to plant-based eating. It’s no surprise that new vegan-friendly restaurants and menu items keep popping up as the movement has only picked up steam in recent years. Now, our local community is embracing its first and only 100% plant-based Indian restaurant, Delhi.

    April 1st, 2021
  • Monthly Super Customer Service Shout Out! Vis-à-Vis-Bouchon Bar

    Vis-à-Vis, meaning “face to face” in French, offers a personalized and engaging experience. The stylish and quaint Vis-à-Vis Bouchon Bar is located in the heart of Oak Bay Village. Bouchon equates to a type of restaurant typically found in Lyon, France that serves traditional Lyonnaise cuisine. The emphasis in a bouchon is not necessarily on haute cuisine but rather a cordial and warm atmosphere. There are small tables and front-row seats at the bar, where visitors are able to interact with the bartender while sipping on a glass of wine, locally crafted beer, or signature cocktail.

    March 31st, 2021
  • 10 eggs-ellent ideas for Easter 2021

    Last year, we did not get the opportunity to celebrate Easter—a time usually spent with family, friends, and Mini Eggs. Even though we’re still in the midst of the pandemic, there are many ways that we can enjoy and celebrate Easter weekend this year. Celebrate Easter and the beginning of Spring with this list of local restaurants and businesses offering delicious Easter menus and tasty treats:

    March 30th, 2021
  • All things Mini Eggs! Where to find the best chocolate Mini Egg treats this spring.

    It’s time to get excited because chocolate Mini Egg season is here! Every year we have more delicious Mini Egg treats in the city, from Mini Egg ice cream, cookies, cheesecakes, macarons, and even Mini Egg chocolate bars! Here are the ultimate chocolate Mini Egg treats you need to try in Victoria.

    March 28th, 2021
  • Victoria restaurants doing their own delivery

    A great way to support local restaurants is by ordering delivery directly. Here are some Victoria restaurants that do their own delivery.

    March 27th, 2021
  • Downtown Victoria’s best patios you need to visit

    It’s a well-known fact that Victorians truly enjoy patio season. With warmer temperatures and sunshine in the city, we've put together different series of guides of the best patios where you can soak up the sun and have a great meal this season! Whether you’re after delicious food, a great drink, or an incredible view, here are our top picks for patios in downtown Victoria. Follow along to see the best patios in other Victoria neighbourhoods.

    March 24th, 2021
  • Clarke & Co gives a masterclass in spirits

    There are three stages to a tasting, Laura Ritchie explains, if you want to do it properly. With six varieties of vermouth laid out from driest to sweetest in the middle of Clarke & Co’s rich wood-grain bar, we approach each one with all available senses.

    March 24th, 2021
  • Yelp's Top 100 Restaurants of 2021 List Includes Five on the Island

    Vancouver Island really knocked it out of the park, with an impressive five local eateries making the cut. Keep reading to find out what makes them all worthy of acclaim — and our insider’s pick for the must-try dish at each.

    March 20th, 2021
  • Deep Cove Winery: a tasting to remember

    A visit to Deep Cove Winery is worthwhile for so many reasons and is a definite must for any wine lover’s bucket list. The stunning drive out to the winery, located in the Deep Cove community of North Saanich, is a pleasure in itself. Once there, you are bound to enjoy your time at the winery, along with the opportunity to meet the wonderful owners and hosts, Elyse and Tasem Ramadan.

    March 19th, 2021
  • Best happy hour spots in Victoria

    Looking for a fresh new spot for happy hour drinks in Victoria? Well, one of these hot spot restaurants in the city is sure to offer you and your bubble a drink selection worthy of any kind of celebration. Some of these restaurants even offer happy hour food options, so you and your bubble can enjoy delicious food along with your choice of drinks.

    March 18th, 2021
  • 250 in the 250! 10+ Victoria businesses and over $2,500 in prizes! Here’s how you could win (CONTEST)

    Spring is just around the corner and we want to celebrate with a special treat for our readers!

    March 16th, 2021
  • Victoria’s beer scene hops up the rankings through online bracket

    It started with more than 160 beers from across the province, but Justin McElroy—CBC Vancouver’s famed ranker of all things—has whittled the list down to the top four beers in BC. Three of them are from Victoria.

    March 11th, 2021
  • Taj: Taste of India invites Victoria to celebrate one-year anniversary

    Just days before COVID-19 induced a lockdown in British Columbia, an innovative new Indian restaurant had opened its doors in Victoria. Now, one year later, Taj: Taste of India remains open for business against all odds, and is ready to celebrate the light at the end of the tunnel with diners across the capital city.

    March 10th, 2021
  • Smoke & Mirrors pairs good coffee with social responsibility

    Smoke & Mirrors Coffee Co. is a fascinating local company centred on the unusual trio of great coffee, charitable giving, and advanced science. Tasting Victoria was lucky enough to speak with two of the owners recently to find out all about how they started, what drives them, and what we can expect in the future.

    March 5th, 2021
  • Pagliacci’s shines with stellar customer service

    Customer service is a term that can’t be ignored in the restaurant industry. Superior customer service, along with amazing food and ambiance, ensures that guests will want to return time and time again.

    March 4th, 2021
  • Victoria’s best apple fritters

    The famed apple fritter is perhaps the most socially acceptable pastry to eat for breakfast—because well… fruit. For many of us, the smell of cinnamon and apples encased in warm, sugary dough is enough to bring back happy, nostalgic memories.

    March 2nd, 2021
  • Victoria's food scene straight to your inbox with Tasting Victoria

    Become a part of the community with our email newsletter that brings food stories, events and exclusive content directly to your inbox every week. Sign up now and stay informed about what's happening in Victoria's food scene.

    February 27th, 2021
  • A Tasting Victoria exclusive event with Chef Kristian Eligh and master bartender Jayce Kadyshuck

    Come learn a new recipe from one of Canada’s most renowned chefs, Executive Chef Kristian Eligh from the TopTable Group. Chef Eligh is currently working on opening Victoria’s first TopTable restaurant and will be joined by Victoria Master Bartender Jayce Kadyschuk who will walk you through how to prepare a signature cocktail.

    February 25th, 2021
  • Rape allegations connected to a popular bar lead to a reckoning for Victoria's restaurant culture

    Workers say sexual harassment and assault are endemic among the city's bars and restaurants—and that their managers know it's happening

    February 24th, 2021
  • Dine around & stay in town is back by popular demand!

    Dine Around and Stay in Town Victoria has been extended! Locals can take advantage of this fantastic culinary program and support local businesses by enjoying a wide range of culinary experiences and then staycationing at world-class accommodations offering special rates.

    February 23rd, 2021
  • Coffee, Treat, View – Repeat

    A terrific way to start the day is a visit to The Beach House Café in beautiful Cordova Bay.

    February 20th, 2021
  • Indulge in Victoria’s best pizza at these 5 local hot spots

    With its mouth-watering combination of melted cheese, savoury toppings, and crispy crust, pizza serves a powerful punch. Whether it’s loaded with various veggies, packed to the brim with meats, or garnished with the controversial pineapple topping, pizza reigns king! Check out these pipinghot spots on the Island this season for some carb‘o’licious indulgence like no other!

    February 18th, 2021
  • Bonfires and S’mores! A Bilston Creek Farm experience with your “bubble”

    The novelty of a campfire, coupled with s’mores and hot chocolate, was enough to convince me to book a bonfire site for our bubble. So if you love campfires, s’mores, and lavender, this is an outdoor event for you!

    February 12th, 2021
  • Recipe: Chili Oil Noodles

    If you love spicy noodles, these Chili Oil Noodles are the perfect recipe to serve for your Lunar New Year celebrations this year! These Chili Oil Noodles have become a trendy recipe recently, and for a good reason. These Chili Oil Noodles are made with just a few ingredients and they come together in under 10 minutes! Check out the full recipe and video below to see how to make them.

    February 9th, 2021
  • The most romantic restaurants you need to visit in Victoria

    It's February: the month of love! A month where we celebrate our relationships, enjoy a nice date with our partner and spend some time with the people we love, friends and family.

    February 7th, 2021
  • Your local guide to Valentine’s Day 2021 in Victoria

    Grab your Valentine—it's time to celebrate that special someone in your life!

    February 4th, 2021
  • Celebrate Valentine's Day at home with the Inn at Laurel Point

    The Inn at Home online store offers Valentine's day and seasonal treats, baked goods and meal kits to enjoy at home.

    February 3rd, 2021
  • Victoria’s best restaurants (according to Victorians)

    Tasting Victoria and Capital Daily readers chose the city's best views, vegan food, happy hour, winter patio, coffee shop, and more

    January 30th, 2021
  • 5 restaurants to try before Dine Around 2021 ends

    Since mid-January, the Tasting Victoria team has embarked on the task of checking out as many participating restaurants as possible, and sampling their delicious menus, to give you our top list of restaurants to try out before Dine Around ends.

    January 29th, 2021
  • Level Ground: Profile of a Coffee Roaster

    For such a small city, Victoria is blessed with an abundance of excellent local coffee roasters. On a recent morning, Tasting Victoria toured Level Ground’s Tasting Room and roastery—and sampled their delicious Americano.

    January 27th, 2021
  • Dine Around Restaurants offering take-out

    Victoria's biggest foodie event is happening now, and this year you get the option to enjoy it at home.

    January 20th, 2021
  • Your food guide to Dine Around 2021 Victoria

    JANUARY 14 - FEBRUARY 7, 2021

    January 11th, 2021
  • Burger Crush just opened a new Victoria storefront

    Hey Burger Crush fans, Burger Crush just opened their new location at 787 Fort Street.

    January 6th, 2021
  • 12 of the most Instagrammable restaurants around Victoria

    If it’s not on your story, did it even happen?

    January 4th, 2021
  • Victoria's best new restaurants of 2020

    It’s been a difficult year for restaurants. They had to adapt and reinvent themselves to be able to work according to the new COVID-19 restrictions. But despite it all, great restaurants joined Victoria’s culinary scene this year. These are Victoria’s best new restaurants of 2020.

    December 31st, 2020
  • Dine in or take out: Victoria restaurants celebrating New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

    A lot of Victoria restaurants are offering New Year’s Eve dinners and New Year’s Day brunch: for dine in or take out. Here are a few ways to celebrate in Victoria.

    December 29th, 2020
  • Finding community and delicious pizza at MOD Pizza: a pizzeria where happiness is a slice away

    In the heart of the Langford community you’ll find MOD Pizza: a pizzeria that prides itself on quality pizza and community involvement; a pizza joint where everyone and anyone is welcome. At MOD Pizza, good vibes and great food go hand in hand.

    December 21st, 2020
  • 15 Victoria restaurants serving Christmas Dinner (Dine in and To-Go)

    The holidays will be different in some ways this year, but there are always good reasons to celebrate and enjoy. There are tons of Victoria restaurants offering Christmas dinners: for dine in or take out. Here are some of them to make your December 25 complete.

    December 17th, 2020
  • Bar 500 Eatery opened its doors in the Oswego Hotel in James Bay

    Southern Italian inspired, with an innovative and global influence, Bar 500 Eatery showcases local and sustainable products, true cocktails, smart wines and Whistle Buoy draught.

    December 4th, 2020
  • Victoria welcomes acclaimed Executive Chef Ken Nakano

    Inn at Laurel Point is delighted to welcome acclaimed Executive Chef Ken Nakano to its renowned gastronomic team.

    December 3rd, 2020
  • Tacofino Victoria! Moved to a new location downtown

    Tacofino Victoria said goodbye to their Fort Street location. They are now open at their new and bigger space.

    December 1st, 2020
  • Ramen Joints in Victoria to Try This Holiday Season; Comfort Food Like No Other

    Were you ever or still one of those people who adored Mr. Noodles? Well, ramen is on a whole other level! Ramen is a traditional Chinese noodle dish, served with soup, vegetables, meat and usually a hard boiled egg. Filled with so much flavour, ramen is a choice pick on any given day. Check out these four Ramen hot spots for a tasting experience that’s out of this world.

    November 30th, 2020
  • Recipe: Crispy Baked Shrimp Balls

    The holiday season may be marked by festive decorations, cool weather, and tasty holiday cookies. But most importantly, this season brings lots of delicious holiday appetizers! While we may not be going to big parties with friends and family this year, we can still treat ourselves with some delicious home cooked food, including my recipe for Crispy Baked Shrimp Balls!

    November 29th, 2020
  • Bubby Rose’s Bakery and Café just opened a new downtown location

    This is their 4th location including two spots on Cook street and one in James Bay.

    November 27th, 2020
  • Drop Coffee Service: the coffee service we’ve all been waiting for

    Do you know where your next cup of coffee is coming from? Wouldn’t it be nice if someone just brought it to you?

    November 26th, 2020
  • 6 Ways to Use Your Tasting Victoria X Nature Bee Wraps (PLUS a Giveaway!)

    So, you managed to get your hands on the limited edition Tasting Victoria X Nature Bee Wraps. Congratulations, you now own what will quickly become one of your best friends in the kitchen!

    November 23rd, 2020
  • First Look: Tres Gourmet Bakery and Cafe

    A new cafe concept opened this summer on Broad Street and if you haven’t visited this gem yet, it’s time to make some eating plans.

    November 17th, 2020
  • Holiday offerings at Chocolats Favoris

    It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

    November 16th, 2020
  • Dumpling Drop opens its doors in Victoria’s Chinatown

    The 556A Pandora Avenue eatery is officially open.

    November 13th, 2020
  • Faro Lane brings a new take on Victoria patio season

    Oak Bay Beach Hotel just introduced FARO Lane, an extension of FARO Handcrafted Pizza and Tasting Room’s outdoor patio, brought indoors.

    November 3rd, 2020
  • Best breakfast sandwiches in Victoria

    It’s hard to beat a good breakfast sandwich in the morning, whether it’s a simple brioche with a perfectly cooked egg and melted cheese or a towering concoction of Eggos and crisp bacon. There are countless variations on this classic, all of which provide the perfect fuel to get your motor running on these cooler fall days. Victoria is a city steeped in brunch restaurants and swimming in great breakfast sandwiches. Lucky us! Keep reading for some of our favourites, plus one intriguing honourable mention.

    November 2nd, 2020
  • 8 places to get spooky Halloween treats in Victoria

    Spooky season is here! If you’d like to enjoy some treats from Victoria local businesses to celebrate the holiday, here are 10 places where you’ll find some spooky treats! Let us know which one you end up getting.

    October 28th, 2020
  • Vegan Cream of Mushroom Soup With Crispy Tofu Crumble

    Now that it’s officially fall, the time has come for cozy sweaters, hot chocolate, and comforting bowls of creamy soup. Though I’m not a vegan, I make this recipe regularly because it’s delicious, healthy, and inexpensive -- not to mention very easy.

    October 26th, 2020
  • Pumpkin Spice Everything - Where to find the best pumpkin spice treats this fall

    Are you obsessed with Pumpkin Spice as much as we are? There are delicious Pumpkin Spice treats in Victoria, from pumpkin tarts, pumpkin cheesecakes, pumpkin donuts, and even pumpkin spice cocktails! There are some vegan pumpkin treats too. Here are the ultimate pumpkin spice treats you need to try in Victoria

    October 23rd, 2020
  • Taste of Japan in a Cup!

    Paradise Parfait does pop-up each month with their one signature parfait and uses local and organic ingredients whenever it is available and possible. Parfait is simply described as an alternating layer of several ingredients such as chocolates, ice cream, fruits, granola, whipped cream, the possibilities are just endless and paved in a tall cup or glass.

    October 22nd, 2020
  • 12 Victoria Restaurants serving Thanksgiving Dinner (Dine in or To-Go)

    Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we may be celebrating it a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a good Thanksgiving Dinner. Here are some Victoria restaurants that will do the cooking for you, whether you choose to dine-in (tables of six or fewer only) or do take-out.

    October 7th, 2020
  • Best Japanese and Sushi Restaurants to Try This Fall!

    Craving some Sushi and or Japanese food? Looking to start Fall off with discovering new delicious restaurants and food? Then give these five hot spots in and around Victoria a try! These restaurants and their atmospheres are diverse and range from casual eateries to fun spots to go on a night out with friends. Some of these spots in Victoria offer take-out and or patio service and dine in. Check out these splendid restaurants for fun flavour-filled adventures!

    October 6th, 2020
  • First Look: Flourish BeauTea

    Hey FAM, there’s a new tea cafe in town — Flourish BeauTea. Located in Downtown Victoria, this spot offers carbonated fruit tea incorporated with fresh fruit, unique blends of coffee and light refreshments.

    September 28th, 2020
  • The King of Market Square: The Making of Los Panas Kitchen

    It’s a busy summer afternoon at the historic centre of Market Square in downtown Victoria. Down in the lower courtyard, people line up to grab a seat on the patio of local brewing company Whistle Buoy. With the brewery’s varied selection of drinks and surrounded by food pop-ups, the crowd sits back and soaks up the sun. A tricolour food cart stands in the left corner of the patio, showing off the vivid red, blue, and yellow colours of the Venezuelan flag. Every Friday and Saturday afternoon, Los Panas Kitchen set up and open up their business to serve authentic Venezuelan arepas.

    September 11th, 2020
  • Island Holiday at The Fairmont Empress - A magical experience

    Millions of people have had to cancel their holiday plans, meaning that the Victoria tourism industry has taken a massive hit. But, why not do a Staycation in your own town? Victoria is a beautiful city, people all over the world come to visit and explore all Victoria has to offer and we could definitely take the time to appreciate all we have around us while supporting the local economy.

    August 27th, 2020
  • First Look: ASH Refillery & Co.

    Cook Street Village’s newest kids on the block are here to make incorporating sustainability in your daily lifestyle even more easy and accessible.

    August 17th, 2020
  • Grocery shopping a little more Low-waste

    Being environmentally conscious when out in the community is equally important as making good choices at home and in the kitchen. There are a ton of environmentally friendly restaurants in town so what can we do at home?

    August 12th, 2020
  • Recipe: Cypriot Cooking - Halloumi-Mint Scones

    Cypriot cuisine has a Mediterranean allure, mixing Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavours and ingredients. It is similar to Greek food, but say where a Greek recipe might use dill, the Cypriot recipe might use mint instead. I am thrilled to be sharing this recipe in the run up to the release of my cookbook coming out September 27 called Cypriot Cooking.

    July 28th, 2020
  • Recipe: Cypriot Cooking - Garden Greens Phyllo Pie

    I have been a big fan of the Tasting Victoria platform for awhile now. So I am thrilled to be sharing two recipes in the run up to the release of my cookbookcoming out September 27 called Cypriot Cooking. Cypriot cuisine has a Mediterranean allure, mixing Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavours and ingredients. It is similar to Greek food, but say where a Greek recipe might use dill, the Cypriot recipe might use mint instead.

    July 23rd, 2020
  • Recipe: Gochujang Chicken Wings

    If you can’t decide between spicy or sweet chicken wings, these Gochujang Chicken Wings are the best of both worlds! This recipe uses delicious Korean Gochujang paste, local honey, and a few other simple ingredients. These Gochujang Chicken Wings are incredibly versatile and can be enjoyed at any occasion including a fancy cocktail party, on game day, or even on a weeknight!

    July 19th, 2020
  • Summer’s Calling! Burgers, Wraps, Treats and More! 5 Tasty Restaurants to Try this Summer

    Have you been in search of some delicious casual restaurants and eateries to try? Well, look no further then these hot spots in Victoria. These popular restaurants are a ‘must try’ for any foodie or newbie to Victoria. Check out these restaurants, and you'll be dying to go back again!

    July 16th, 2020
  • 7 Ways to Start Your Morning Right in Cook Street Village

    Nestled right by the ocean and Beacon Hill Park, you’ll find Cook Street Village tucked away in this beautiful, charming, tree-lined neighbourhood that’s brimming with history. With its array of coffee houses and bakeries, patios, restaurants, and local independent shops, there’s always something for both locals and visitors alike.

    July 9th, 2020
  • The Making Of: Blue Nile East African Restaurant

    Opening a restaurant is never easy, especially in a place like Victoria where the restaurants per capita is said to be the highest in Canada. Add to the mix two broken arms, a baby expected to arrive any day, and a cuisine relatively unknown to most of the city’s residents, and you get a whole lot of nerves.

    July 7th, 2020
  • The best spots in Victoria to grab a bite/drink after a run, long hike or bike ride

    There’s nothing quite so satisfying as capping off a long hike or bike ride with a delicious meal, fresh cup of coffee, or sweet treat. In Victoria, we’re lucky to have both an abundance of beautiful hiking and biking trails and a collection of restaurants and cafes designed to serve them. Keep reading for some of our favorites.

    June 28th, 2020
  • First Look: Bear and Joey Café

    From Sydney, Australia to Victoria, BC.

    June 21st, 2020
  • Healthy & Easy Recipes For Home Cooking - ‘Vegan Explosion’ Addition

    Plant-based, hearty and absolutely delicious! These healthy vegan recipes are not only easy to follow but produce wholesome and amazingly satisfying dishes! Whether you're a meat eater, a seafood connoisseur or a vegan yourself, these recipes are a fun and healthy incorporation into any diet!

    June 18th, 2020
  • Recipe: Cast Iron Pan Pizza

    If you’ve never made bread from scratch before, homemade pizza is an easy way to break into making your own dough for the first time. It’s nearly impossible to go wrong, and even if you do, the sauce, cheese, and toppings are there to cover for you! This recipe requires no kneading at all, and the timing is incredibly flexible. You can make the dough up to 4 or 5 days in advance, whenever you have some free time, and just let it chill out (no pun intended) in the fridge until pizza day.

    June 9th, 2020
  • 6 Local Gift Ideas you’ll Love

    When you’re buying a gift for someone, you’re not just acquiring an object. An item they’ll love or an experience they’ll cherish in years to come are gestures that show that special person that you’re thinking about them. Gifts are a way of keeping in touch with them and bringing a little happiness to their day, wherever they may be.

    June 5th, 2020
  • 5 picnic-spiration spots in Victoria

    As BC navigates Phase 2 of re-opening amidst COVID-19 and warmer weather becomes more frequent, making a picnic out of your favourite eateries is a perfect way to support them as much as possible while getting out of the house. Victoria is surrounded by gorgeous scenery so you never have to venture far to find an idyllic spot to enjoy some takeout--the hardest part is narrowing them down.

    June 2nd, 2020
  • 5 Easy and Inexpensive Ways to Upgrade Your At-Home Coffee

    We’ve all been spending a lot more time at home this year, and whether this spring of isolation has been one of stress or boredom for you, a better cup of morning coffee is a surefire to boost your spirits. And it’s easier than you think! Read on for six easy ways to improve your morning brew, none of which costs more than a couple of jaunts to the Starbucks.

    May 29th, 2020
  • Top 5 Bakeries/Cafes in Victoria to Combat Your Sweet Tooth

    Are you looking for new cafes and lunch spots around Victoria to try, whilst indulging in your sweet tooth? Well we have some of the top spots here in Victoria to satisfy all those cravings and awaken your inner foodie!

    May 28th, 2020
  • Four Great Falafels in Victoria

    The very best are fried fresh to order, leaving them light and crispy rather than greasy -- and fortunately, Victoria has some great options!

    May 20th, 2020
  • Healthy & Easy Recipes For Home Cooking - ‘Asian Fusion’ Addition

    Looking to expand your repertoire of recipes and explore new dishes? Try this collection of Asian fusion recipes! These dishes incorporate a wide array of ingredients and flavours to satisfy any palate and appetite. Widely tasty, healthy and easy; these simple to follow recipes do not disappoint!

    May 14th, 2020
  • Victoria Restaurants Offering Free and Discounted Goods for Healthcare Workers

    It's National Nursing Week this week, and our community is very grateful to all those who risk themselves to help others. Local restaurants and food businesses are offering special healthcare discounts as appreciation and we are happy to share these offers with you!

    May 11th, 2020
  • Recipe - Rhubarb & Cream Cheese Danish

    Treat your mom to a very special breakfast this Mother’s Day with these Rhubarb & Cream Cheese Danishes. While this recipe looks impressive, the use of store-bought puff pastry makes this recipe incredibly fast, and is simple enough for chefs of any age or cooking level to make!

    May 7th, 2020
  • Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Home

    Cinco de Mayo Celebrations are just around the corner! Since part of the Tasting Victoria team is originally from Mexico, we couldn't help but share with you some local options, a guacamole recipe and a mexican playlist to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at home!

    May 3rd, 2020
  • Recipe - Thai Red Curry Noodles

    While we may have lots of time at home these days to cook and experiment with new recipes while staying at home, sometimes you just want a quick and easy meal made with just a few ingredients. Or even better, a quick and easy meal made with ingredients that you already have in your fridge and pantry!

    April 23rd, 2020
  • Victoria Lunch Spots to Order From if You’re Working From Home

    Staying home as much as possible goes a long way, and helping out local restaurants while practicing self-isolation is one of the ways we can support the community that, not too long ago, was part of our everyday life.

    April 16th, 2020
  • Healthy & Easy Recipes For Home Cooking - ‘Feeling Fruity?’ Addition

    Stuck at home and looking for some new recipes to try? These simple and healthy dishes will just do the trick; not only are they packed with tasty ingredients but they use foods that can fit any budget!

    April 10th, 2020
  • Bubble Tea in Victoria

    From its chewy and sweet pearls, the tea based drinks and the right amount of ice and sugar, Bubble Tea is one of the favorite drinks of all time in Victoria

    April 7th, 2020
  • 13 Local Businesses that are Adapting to Coronavirus

    Due to the current pandemic, many local businesses have had to close or reinvent themselves. Small businesses have moved quickly to make changes to survive and keep services relevant during this period of uncertainty. We can’t name them all, but here are our favourite iniciatives from local businesses.

    April 3rd, 2020
  • COVID -19 Guide for Local Restaurants and Food Businesses

    The COVID-19 crisis took us by surprise, without any preparation. It is affecting everyone, in every industry. The restaurant and hospitality industries are without a doubt some of the most affected in Victoria.

    March 31st, 2020
  • Sausage, Kale & White Bean Soup

    Today, I am sharing a one-pot recipe for Sausage, Kale and White Bean Soup. This recipe is simple to make and uses fresh and local ingredients! by Melissa from @seasonserveblog

    March 22nd, 2020
  • How to support Local Businesses during the COVID-19 Outbreak

    COVID-19 has presented all of us with a big challenge. As we social distance ourselves, in order to help support local businesses, the people they employ and the charities they support, we can help by doing small things.

    March 16th, 2020
  • Victoria’s 2020 Most Anticipated Openings

    We just can't wait to try them all!

    March 5th, 2020
  • Our Dine Around & Stay in Town 2020 experience

    Our 2020 Dine around experience: Victoria's biggest food and drink event, happening every January!

    March 5th, 2020
  • 8 Reasons why we love Fresh Prep - a local meal kit delivery service

    We find too many obstacles when it comes to cooking to ourselves. Planning meals, finding the time to go to the market, looking for the best local ingredients, and cook them when we are already hungry.

    March 4th, 2020
  • Low Package Alternatives and Where to Find them

    Are you also feeling guilty about the amount of disposable packaging in your life? Breaking up with this convenience isn’t easy, but there are other fish in the sea. Here are a few of my favourite local alternatives.

    February 27th, 2020
  • How to enjoy Brunch in a more Nourishing way

    Balance is key! We interviewed Holistic Nutrition student Jimena Conde and here are her simple tips to enjoy brunch in balance.

    February 20th, 2020
  • 12 Brunch Spots to Visit in Victoria

    Our favourite part about weekends is brunch! Here is a list of our favourite Brunch spots in Victoria.

    February 13th, 2020
  • Fresh, Delicious and Nutritious - A Hawaiian restaurant in Victoria - Poké Fresh

    Video Interview with local entrepreneur Aviv Guy, owner of Poké Fresh in Cook St. Village.

    February 4th, 2020
  • The Most Romantic Restaurants in Victoria

    Did you know Valentine's Day is the 2nd most popular holiday to dine out after Mother's Day? And it’s just around the corner!

    January 30th, 2020
  • Best New Restaurants/Eats opened in 2019

    Our city's food scene keeps growing and growing! We love that! These are our top favourite openings from last year!

    January 23rd, 2020
  • Who we are - Tasting Victoria

    A description of who we are, what we do and why we do it!

    January 23rd, 2020
  • TOP Coffee Shops in Victoria

    We asked our community and these are our top coffee shops in Victoria!

    January 22nd, 2020