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10 Picks for Dine Around 2017

10 Picks for Dine Around 2017

So far as winters in Victoria go, this has been a pretty, ummm, enduring one. Thankfully, there’s light on the horizon. No, not actual warmth, but Dine Around — an excuse for locals to get out of their jammies and hit the town for some ridiculously good grub. Here’s how it works: dozens of Victoria’s ... Read More
Love Fernwood Bites? Meet Fernwood Lights (Win tickets!)

Love Fernwood Bites? Meet Fernwood Lights (Win tickets!)

It’s no secret Fernwood Bites is one of Victoria’s standout events of the year: it’s a blissful mix of eats, drinks and hob nob in one of the city’s most cherished neighbourhoods. Our only gripe? Waiting the 12 long months until it rolls around again. Not anymore. It’s as if event organizer Fernwood NRG heard ... Read More
Vancouver Island’s First Tea Farm Debuts

Vancouver Island’s First Tea Farm Debuts

A life-long love of tea has taken me to some of my favourite exotic landscapes: the Zomba plateau (Malawi); the lush interior hills of Sri Lanka (Ceylon); south India’s Western Ghats; and the misty Himalayan foothills of Darjeeling. While it’s the exact same plant (Camellia sinensis) that blankets these and so many other hills from ... Read More
8 Sweet Victoria Patios

8 Sweet Victoria Patios

It’s official: it’s patio season. With the record-breaking temperatures this week, who could resist indulging in a cold bevvie or two in the sunshine? Here are eight of our favourite Victoria spots to soak up some rays with a cold one in hand. 1) Canoe Brewpub is the most obvious choice downtown, because its patio ... Read More
Saltchuck Pie Company Is Nicer Than Pie

Saltchuck Pie Company Is Nicer Than Pie

It’s lunchtime and the Saltchuck Pie Company in Rock Bay is bustling. The simple décor — retro signage, Formica tables, bright orange floor — and the sunlight streaming in makes for a cheerful, beachy vibe. It’s the right tone for a spot serving up Kiwi/Aussie-style savoury pies of the sort that take pride of place ... Read More
Three Picks for Victoria Beer Week

Three Picks for Victoria Beer Week

With the third annual Victoria Beer Week fast approaching, it’s time to get your thirst on. The nine-day series of events (from March 4 to 12) will feature more than 50 craft breweries from across British Columbia this year. The schedule is jam-packed with fun events for the beer-lovers among us, but here are our ... Read More
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