Dorothy Hawes, BA, MA, AVCM

Recipes: MINI eggs for MAXimum enjoyment!

We all know spring is coming when those chocolate mini eggs appear in multiple forms in almost every store in town. Small, cute, incredibly delicious, these colourful chocolate eggs should come with an addiction warning. As much as you might enjoy eating mini eggs on their own, just try adding them to your baking and your taste buds will hit a whole new level!

virtuous pie brunch

Brunch at Virtuous Pie

Virtuous Pie in Victoria, BC, opened its doors to the public in December of 2019 and has been impressing locals ever since. If you have already frequented Virtuous Pie you will know that they are famous for their vegan pizza and ice cream. Kelsey McInnes, general manager at Virtuous Pie, is thankful for the reception they have received in Victoria. 

Christmas Table Talk

There is no season quite so enticing as Christmas with the allure of festive indoor gatherings and cozy meals around the table. This is the season of candles and mini lights, greenery and pinecones, glitter and gold—, but don’t limit your imagination to traditional expectations of colour and style. Reinvent your table in the way it best reflects your affection for the holiday season, offering your guests a visual feast that matches the food you serve.

It’s beginning to taste a lot like Christmas!

Smell and taste are the two senses most strongly linked to memory, so it’s no wonder that holiday baking is so evocative of the Christmas season.  The aroma of gingerbread cookies, spiced nuts, warm rum cakes, chocolate, peppermint, and almonds—, or whatever your preferred treat might be— will be sure to conjure sweet memories as you bake and eat your way through the holidays!  So whether you dig up those classic recipes that grandma used to make, or forge ahead and try something new, most of us would agree that certain special magic emanates from our kitchens at Christmas.

Nuts about The Nutcracker

Celebrating the joy of Christmas, The Nutcracker ballet is a visually stunning blend of music and dance, magic, and colour. Traditionally performed throughout the world by professional and amateur ballet companies alike, the beauty and charm of this holiday event is beloved by all ages.  While this year’s live performance of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet has been cancelled once again due to the pandemic, there are definitely ways to still enjoy this holiday classic.

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.