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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
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
THREE UNEXPECTED WAYS TO TOAST NYE IN VICTORIA

THREE UNEXPECTED WAYS TO TOAST NYE IN VICTORIA

We think of it as the calm after the storm before the storm: a break in the action to power-digest all of that pastry, chocolate and Baileys before the next round of festivities hits. It’s just enough time to eat a salad and plan your next move. With a gazillion (yes, it’s a Scrabble word ... Read More
Only in Victoria: The Bicycle-Powered Taco Tour

Only in Victoria: The Bicycle-Powered Taco Tour

Julie and I were rock climbing at Fleming Beach — Victoria’s best urban outdoor climbing spot, tucked away near Macaulay Point in Esquimalt — on a summer evening a couple of years ago. We hadn’t brought enough food with us, and so naturally started talking about tacos. “We should go to ALL of them!” we ... Read More