Lauren Gaultier

Chef Spotlight Series: Matt Cusano, Boom + Batten

Welcome to the first installment of our Chef Spotlight Series where we were able to catch up with Boom + Batten’s executive chef Matt Cusano. His self-described simplistic, no-fuss, Italian-inspired West Coast-style of cooking focuses on taste over looks. Matt would rather skip the flair and serve you a perfectly cooked and seasoned carrot that …

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Victoria’s Six Best Cinnamon Buns

Nothing screams fall like cinnamon and baked goods, so dust off those sweatpants and get ready to indulge! We dug deep and tested out more than a dozen different raisinless cinnamon buns across the city and rounded out the top six.  Yes, we said raisinless… but if you are a fan of those tiny dried grapes in your rolled cinnamon pastries, some of these locations also have options for you. Read on and you might find some helpful tips and maybe even your new favourite! 

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.