As the weather starts to get shabbier day by day, it’s important to focus on the comforts in life to get through the rain and gloom. Among them? Soup, in every wonderful brothy or creamy form it may take. Or perhaps soup’s not on your radar at all; rather, it’s a seven-course wine degustation with some of the world’s finest vintages. Whichever option you’re dreaming of, this week’s newsletter has both.
😍 5 spots to try right now
Stage Wine Bar: For a chic, dimly lit date night. Picture fine wines, eclectic tapas and charcuterie.
Be Love: Vegan farm-to-table with mindfully sourced, seasonal ingredients.
Blue Fox Cafe: Victoria’s OG all-day breakfast joint. Their pancakes are to die for.
Crust Bakery: Sourdough boules, fine pastries and hearty sandwiches in a cozy cafe setting.
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Victoria is getting an exclusive wine tasting event
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If you’re a die-hard wine lover, this one’s for you.
Victoria’s Fairmont Empress is hosting a one-night-only exclusive wine tasting night for the first time in history, providing guests with one of the most lavish dinners accompanied by the finest red, white and sparkling wines.
Think 2004 Dom Pérignon and 1983 Chateau Palmer paired carefully with luxurious dinner items like lobster and caviar in what is sure to be one of the most extravagant seven-course dinners one can experience in a lifetime. It’ll also set you back $1,200 per person.
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Top 10 soup destinations in Victoria
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Which means that while the weather is getting colder, rainier and a little bit more dreadful, we’ll be just fine tucking into the delicious comfort that is soup—be it chicken noodle, clam chowder, or beef brisket pho—in every form it may take.
And as it turns out, Victoria is a city full of amazing soups. Allow us to introduce you to some of them and, though it pains us to choose favourites, take you through a list of some of the finest.
A reusable cup exchange program to tackle fast food waste. A&W is officially launching an exchangeable and reusable cup program across the country to address fast food waste. Customers can now pay $3 for a reusable cup when ordering a beverage.
The Island’s latest menace? A fluffy owl. Perched comfortably above the trails of Reay Creek Park in Sidney, a Barred Owl has had multiple run-ins with people while trying to defend its territory.
Have a restaurant, business, or event to promote?
The Best of BC: Join executive chefs Brian Tesolin and Geoff Molloy for an exclusive multi-course gala dinner, marking the 25th anniversary of Magnolia Hotel & Spa. All proceeds will go to the Central Okanagan Fire Relief campaign.
Imagine Afternoons: You can drop by Victoria Event Centre every Friday to meet new people, play games and engage in lively conversations. The best part? Coffee, sandwiches and baked goods are all free.
Trivia Thursday: Brickyard Pizza is hosting a lively trivia night this Thursday with a bunch of fun prizes to win at the end (among them, of course, delicious pizza). Rally the troops and tuck right in!
Drop Dog Wednesdays: If you’re in the mood for a good hot dog, save your appetite for Smiths Pub - they sell $3 dogs with an endless list of toppings to choose from every Wednesday from 4pm to 10pm.
Herbal Winter Wellness: There’s no better time to fill our pantries with immune-boosting goodies than now—this two-hour wellness class will teach you how to make them.
• 2 for 1 fish and chips at Bard & Banker every Monday (with a purchase of a beverage, as if we could even fathom fish and chips without beer!).
• $5 fish tacos and $5 shots of tequila at Craft Beer Market each Thursday, all day, for a match made in heaven.
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