Bubby Rose’s Kitchen

I have passed by this place in Cook St. Village for quite some time without ever going in, but I finally made the time to do so. I had such a delicious jerk chicken wrap- I’m not big on spicy things so I was pleasantly surprised when it arrived and the jerk chicken wasn’t spicy. It was made with lettuce, mango-ginger aioli sauce, tomato, avacado, bacon, jerk chicken, on naan bread! I also ordered a bottle of “Brew” root beer. My friends and I sat on the patio and then migrated to Beacon Hill to enjoy the sunshine. The meal came to about $15 (including the drink) and came with a side of really tasty, crispy fries. The atmosphere was sweet; creative wood pieces and artwork. 

Happy food and good people!

xox

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Hope Key

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Oh my goodness! You want to meet the cutest people ever? Go to Hope Key restaurant on Douglas! I have yet to try the food there, however the service is awesome, and the bubble tea is good! I usually opt for the strawberry cream flavor with both tapioca and coconut balls on the bottom. I swear, these people can have a million customers in a day and they will still treat you like you’re their only one- so smiley and welcoming. The lady (I think she is the wife) has this booming voice which is really funny because it catches you off guard but she just seems stoked on life to be helping you out. I love bubble tea so I’ve tried most of the places in town serving it, I’d suggest Hope Key more for the fun experience/atmosphere than the bubble tea (I’ve tasted stronger elsewhere) but the food smelled awesome, and my boyfriend’s bubble tea was excellent (mine was a little bland.) He got the mango, peach, pineapple, I believe. The other place I love to go is “The Bubble Tea Place” in China town… get the strawberry vanilla mix- it’s amazing. 🙂 Happy beveraging my friends!

XOX

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HEY YOU!

Hello! I’m Amelia and I am absolutely in love with my hometown of Victoria, BC. There are so many things to do, places to see, and especially meals to be savoured, and beverages to enjoy! The nice thing about Victoria is that no matter what the weather is like (although you can pretty much count on it being rainy) there are adventures to be had! I’ve come to terms with the fact that I basically work pay cheque to pay cheque to feed my food and drink addiction, (I must add I do not drink alcohol) so if later on down the road you’re wondering why I have not suggested a beverage of those sorts to try around town, that’s why! 😛 I have a lot of friends who don’t venture downtown too often, and when they do, they have no idea where to eat, shop or rest… but fear not friends! That’s what this blog is intended for. I hope you enjoy my pictures and suggestions, and if you do not, feel free to yell obscene things at me through the computer screen!!

XOXO,

A

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Willows Galley

This place is close to my heart because I grew up just down the road from it. When I lived in Oak Bay it was owned by a man named Glen and it seriously had the best fish n chips in town. Now our family friend Dave owns it and restored the greatness that Glen’s Galley used to be. He added curry to the coleslaw and made it his own… HOLYYYY COOW it’s delicous. The Galley has always had excellent coleslaw but this really steps things up. The Halibut is fresh and the fries are made just right. This restaurant is small and friendly. The fish are caught Monday and Tuesday so the Galley is closed, but the rest of the week is ready for business. In the summer time the milkshakes are an awesome way to cool yourself down as you walk to Willows Beach to enjoy the kids playing in the sand, and the occasional older man strutting his stuff in a speedo (although that’s not nearly as enjoyable.) I recommend Willow’s Galley any time of the year because you really can’t go wrong with fish n chips and a vanilla milkshake, am I right or am I right??

XOX

A

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Abkhazi Garden

What a TREAT this place is, my mom told me about it a few weeks ago, and I didn’t think to check it out until I saw it advertised on Groupon, I got a 2 for 1 pass, and my boyfriend and I went for lunch and a stroll. When I say this is one of the loveliest places to go for tea or lunch, I seriously mean it! (If you are planning to go eat there, make sure you leave yourself enough time, as lunch finishes at 2:30) We lucked out by going on one of the first hot days of 2012, they sat us out on the patio and the waitress was just so cute and friendly! I ordered the seafood chowder and salad, and ma man ordered a salmon sandwich and salad. The dressing they use on the salad, as well as the seafood chowder, and (I overheard marmalade) are all local ingredients, and you can so totally tell, it was all extremely fresh and seasoned delightfully. The coffee was delish, and the view out to the garden truly makes you feel like you’re eating at an expensive restaurant in some far away magical land. You don’t feel rushed or judged no matter how young you are… I find that at certain places in settings like these you are looked down upon and not given as much attention because they think you won’t tip as well or something, but not the Abkhazi Garden… it was just so pleasant. There are volunteers on hand to help you name the plants and flowers around, and let you know the history of the Abkhazi’s and their love and dedication their whole lives for nature. It was a fantastic experience and I hope everyone will go check it out. After we were done eating we took a walk through Ross Bay Cemetery (my boyfriend had never walked through a cemetery as a leisurely activity before) but Ross Bay is beautiful, from the aged head stones, to the view of the ocean, I can understand why there are no places left for people to be buried there. What a peaceful place and a nice setting for a free afternoon in the sunshine ImageImageImage

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Shine Cafe

Shine Cafe has two locations in Victoria, one on Fort St. and another on Blanshard. Not only is the service awesome, but the food is awesome too. When I find something I like at restaurants I usually stick to it and order the same thing practically every time I go in, for me that’s the Classic eggs benedict and a cup of earl grey at Shine Cafe. They have a large selection of eggs benny, some including salmon! The hollandaise sauce is to die for! When I’m feeling less hungry, and just a bit peckish I go for the half order and then get a side of fresh fruit! The girls (I don’t know if I’ve seen any men working there before… I’m sure they are hiding there somewhere) are so accommodating and will find a way to fit all your friends in there even if it seems impossible, or grab you a high chair for small children that may be with you. Breakfast (when done correctly) is my favourite meal of the day, easily, and being the late morning/early afternoon riser that I am, “all day breakfast” is music to my ears- thank goodness for Shine Cafe! 🙂 

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Sombrio

Where to begin? Sombrio is one of my favourite spots on the island. There are so many times when I feel like I want to go on a road trip, yet find that I have work the next day, or short on money. Problem solved; Sombrio, or anywhere up the coast for that matter. Sombrio is about an hour and a half drive from Langford, and the entire journey is full of green trees and (for me at least) good tunes. I venture up there with some of my friends who surf, we put on some Current Swell, or Deep Sea Gypsies and soak in the West Coast goodness. I highly recommend bringing along a rain jacket and multiple layers as you’ll probably be sitting on a log or walking down the beach and get sprayed by the waves and rain. It’s always handy to have a change of pants, shirt, and slippers in the car waiting for you because your rain jacket and multiple layers might not do the trick, especially if you’re going to be up there for a few hours. Sombrio is also an excellent place to go alone if you’re feeling creative; bring a journal or sketchbook and your ipod, or opt for no music and let the repetition of the waves set your groooooove. Sombrio is one of the island’s best kept secrets and is hard to find if you haven’t been there before, it’s hardly mentioned on the signs leading up to it and the turn off really just looks like any of the other rocky paths along the road, however if you print off directions or have gps (warning! you probably won’t have any service out there) it shouldn’t be hard to reach.

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