Yearly Archives: 2016

10 Picks For Dine Around 2016

10 Picks For Dine Around 2016

Here’s the thing: there are only a couple months left before Victoria’s streets and restaurants are crowded with tourists — which sure, is nice in its own way. But in the winter, us locals also appreciate having the city more or less to ourselves. And that’s part of the idea behind Dine Around & Stay ... Read More
La Taqueira Opens in Victoria

La Taqueira Opens in Victoria

If you’ve been following along with The Vic Life for awhile, you probably think we’re obsessed with tacos. Well, you’re not wrong. And that’s why we were so excited when we heard that Vancouver transplant La Taqueria Pinche Taco Shop was opening its doors on Fort Street. The first thing you’re likely to notice when ... Read More
10 Go-To Spots in Up-and-Coming North Park

10 Go-To Spots in Up-and-Coming North Park

Let’s face it: North Park is a bit of an underdog when it comes to the neighbourhoods of Victoria. It’s not gentrified Fairfield or trendy Fernwood. Hell, sandwiched between downtown and Fernwood, North Park is simply a place to pass through for many people. But this plucky inner-city quadrant is on the up and up. ... Read More
Five Victoria Taco Spots You’ve Gotta Try

Five Victoria Taco Spots You’ve Gotta Try

What’s the perfect food to pair with … well pretty much anything? Why tacos, of course. Thankfully, Vic is home to a bounty of great taco spots, ranging from the traditional to the downright experimental (think: deep fried avocado). Most of the best places take a bit of finding, but fear not: we’ve got the ... Read More
Radar-Worthy: Three Things to Do This Weekend in Vic

Radar-Worthy: Three Things to Do This Weekend in Vic

Looking for something to brighten up your weekend in Victoria? We’ve got a few ideas for ya. Let’s start with a free one, the season opener of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s Water + Pigment + Paper: Experiments in Watercolour exhibit. We’re planning to hit the free public reception from 8 to 10 p.m. ... Read More
Slay the Winter Greys (and Blues) at the AGGV

Slay the Winter Greys (and Blues) at the AGGV

We might give our sub-zero Canadian cousins the ol’ T-shirts-and-daffodils routine, but it’s the time of year when even diehard Vic fans can be grappling with a serious case of the blahs. Consider the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV) your antidote. Tucked away in one of the city’s leafiest neighbourhoods, the gallery is stacked ... Read More
Eat Your Gluten Free Heart Out at Victoria’s Origin Bakery

Eat Your Gluten Free Heart Out at Victoria’s Origin Bakery

If I had to say one thing about Origin Gluten Free Bakery in Stadacona Centre in Victoria it would be this: Origin will immortalize sourdough like Proust immortalized the madeleine. My gluten intolerant friends, prepare to be flooded with memories of a doughy, flavourful past one slice at a time with this rare celiac-friendly delicacy. ... Read More
Channel Your Inner Picasso in Oaklands

Channel Your Inner Picasso in Oaklands

In the heart of Oaklands, a former hair salon has transformed into a community art space that is taking this emerging neighbourhood’s cool quotient to another level. Opening this weekend, Poppet Creative offers adults and children alike the chance to channel their inner Picasso with dozens of monthly classes including jewellery making, pottery, watercolour painting, photography – ... Read More
A Date with Downton at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel

A Date with Downton at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel

I arrive to Victoria’s venerable Oak Bay Beach Hotel wearing a ‘20’s-inspired gold gown, elaborate headband and a long-dead fur (all borrowed from the stellar Langham Court Theatre Costume Loft). I have to admit I’m feeling a little Oscar-y, even if I keep catching one heel in the hem of my dress. I’m at the ... Read More