Twa Dogs Brewery in Saanich, just outside Victoria. Photo courtesy BC Ale Trail

Sip and savour: Artisanal beers abound on Vancouver Island

When it comes to voting for the BC Ale Trail’s Best Brewery…

 

Rodrigo Pinto, General Manager for the Vancouver outlet for Finest At Sea holds up live crabs in front of a  shellfish tank. Don Denton photograph

Finest At Sea is a different kettle of fish

Fresh seafood from the deli or the restaurant

  • Aug 27, 2021

 

Julie Stevens is makin’ bacon, lots of it, and cooking other things and pouring beer and serving and everything else at Canteen on the Green due to the labour shortage. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Worker shortage leaves Vancouver Island business owners scrambling

Lack on interest in customer service jobs about to take another hit with back-to-school

 

A tasty breakfast treat. (Philip Wolf photo)

COLUMN: Does your guilty pleasure involve a captain, a tiger or a cartoon monster?

WOLF: The siren song of sugary breakfast cereals remains hard to resist

A tasty breakfast treat. (Philip Wolf photo)
Friends of Dorothy. Lia Crowe photography

Fun, food and drink at Friends of Dorothy

A lounge fit for a queen

  • Aug 16, 2021
Friends of Dorothy. Lia Crowe photography
Graeme Macaloney from Macaloney’s Caledonian Distillery & Twa Dogs Brewery

A neat discovery: Savour a taste of Vancouver Island’s whisky distilleries

Whisky is inextricably linked to the British Isles, but whether it originated…

Graeme Macaloney from Macaloney’s Caledonian Distillery & Twa Dogs Brewery
Bending lengths of chicken wire into arches, Philip Smith constructs trellises for beans to run their way up. Drawn to the work and the cause, Smith has been volunteering at the farm three days a week since March. “It’s fun because there’s different stuff all the time and it’s outside and I’ve got a wonderful boss – don’t tell him I said that,” he says with a cheeky smile. “It may not be for everybody but I enjoy it.” (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)

Farm to food bank: Volunteers ensure free, fresh produce for Greater Victorians in need

Fruits, vegetables delivered directly from Gatton House Farm to free food markets

Bending lengths of chicken wire into arches, Philip Smith constructs trellises for beans to run their way up. Drawn to the work and the cause, Smith has been volunteering at the farm three days a week since March. “It’s fun because there’s different stuff all the time and it’s outside and I’ve got a wonderful boss – don’t tell him I said that,” he says with a cheeky smile. “It may not be for everybody but I enjoy it.” (Jane Skrypnek/News Staff)
Travel inspired recipes from Ellie Shortt. Lia Crowe photography

Great Escapes with Travel-Inspired Recipes

Think global and source local with these international tastes

  • Aug 6, 2021
Travel inspired recipes from Ellie Shortt. Lia Crowe photography
Destination Greater Victoria has used Stats Canada data to confirm Victoria as the Canadian city with the most restaurants, eateries, pubs and bars per capita. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria leads Canadian cities in restaurants, pubs, bars per capita

Victoria’s 4.6 hospitality businesses per 1,000 residents tops Vancouver, Niagara Falls: Stats Can

Destination Greater Victoria has used Stats Canada data to confirm Victoria as the Canadian city with the most restaurants, eateries, pubs and bars per capita. (Black Press Media file photo)
Last year, Port Alberni’s Twin City Brewing earned the BC Ale Trail’s Best Brewery Experience award for the quality of its beer and food as well as the way it adapted to the pandemic.

Which BC brewery do you think offers the best overall experience?

Voting is underway for the BC Ale Trail’s Best Brewery Experience award

Last year, Port Alberni’s Twin City Brewing earned the BC Ale Trail’s Best Brewery Experience award for the quality of its beer and food as well as the way it adapted to the pandemic.
Black Press photojournalist Arnold Lim. (Submitted photo)

Black Press photojournalist Arnold Lim reports from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Podcast: Chat includes things to do while quarantining and Lim’s movie ‘All-in Madonna’

Black Press photojournalist Arnold Lim. (Submitted photo)
Thea VanHerwaarden of Comox. (Photo supplied)

Food: Catching up with British Columbia chef, TV personality Thea VanHerwaarden

Podcast: Talk includes an early introduction to food, time on TV and future plans

Thea VanHerwaarden of Comox. (Photo supplied)
FarmFolk CityFolk’s annual Feast of Fields event goes online this year, but participants can still enjoy delicious locally grown and produced foods and beverages through a harvest box program. (Black Press Media file photo)

Feast of Fields offers virtual farm connection, hands-on Greater Victoria produce box

Attendees encouraged to reimagine annual event’s feast, at home

FarmFolk CityFolk’s annual Feast of Fields event goes online this year, but participants can still enjoy delicious locally grown and produced foods and beverages through a harvest box program. (Black Press Media file photo)
The idea of helping residents create a successful home vegetable garden is being cultivated by Growing Together, a Greater Victoria-based initiative. (Black Press Media file photo)

Home gardeners supported through Greater Victoria growing program

Initiative teaches residents to grow food at home, connects new gardeners with resources

The idea of helping residents create a successful home vegetable garden is being cultivated by Growing Together, a Greater Victoria-based initiative. (Black Press Media file photo)
Terry Raven in her Pots and Paraphernalia shop in Duncan. Don Denton photograph

Terry Raven’s eye for detail

Pots & Paraphernalia brings artistic flair to the world of retail

  • Jul 2, 2021
Terry Raven in her Pots and Paraphernalia shop in Duncan. Don Denton photograph
A consumer complaint has prompted the recall of Little Saigon brand spring rolls because they contain wheat which is not declared on the label. (Pixabay)

Spring rolls sold in B.C. recalled due to undeclared ingredient

So far, there has been one reported reaction associated with the product

A consumer complaint has prompted the recall of Little Saigon brand spring rolls because they contain wheat which is not declared on the label. (Pixabay)
Owner/Chef Kate Cram at the doorway to her Wild Poppy Market in Ladysmith. Don Denton photograph

Healthy and Delicious with Chef Kate Cram

Ladysmith’s Wild Poppy Market offers food choices

  • Jun 25, 2021
Owner/Chef Kate Cram at the doorway to her Wild Poppy Market in Ladysmith. Don Denton photograph
Chef "Pino” Posteraro opened Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill and Enoteca in Yaletown in 1999, and it’s been on all the “best” lists ever since. Lia Crowe photograph

The Master and the art of Italian cuisine

Chef Giuseppe “Pino” Posteraro’s Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill and Enoteca

  • Jun 23, 2021
Chef "Pino” Posteraro opened Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill and Enoteca in Yaletown in 1999, and it’s been on all the “best” lists ever since. Lia Crowe photograph
(Victoria Cool Aid Society/Facebook)

Victoria food drive aims to feed those also struggling with housing

Quadra Village furniture store hosting drive-thru event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

(Victoria Cool Aid Society/Facebook)
Rain Dogs Wine Bar. Photography by Lia Crowe

Rain Dogs & Blind Dates

Victoria wine bar promises unique experience

  • Jun 18, 2021
Rain Dogs Wine Bar. Photography by Lia Crowe