Jam Cafe

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I recently visited Jam Cafe and was thoroughly impressed. Upon entry, my party and I were greeted by genuinely pleasant and happy staff. Although extremely busy with a full restaurant, we were talked to immediately and assured of seating in a short time. We sat at the long wooden bar and I admired the pioneer-chic deco and delicious savoury smells wafting out of the kitchen. We all ordered caesars and much to my delight, they were garnished with a piece of candied bacon and pickled asparagus. After being sat in the window seat (score!) we all ordered the huevos rancheros. Surprise Surprise. This was one of the best huevos rancheros I’ve tasted yet. The guacamole was fresh and flavourful with large chunks of avocado and tomato and freshly squeezed lime juice. The black beans were equally as delicious and plentiful. I loved the chorizo sausage on the side, and the corn bread tasted like it was made seconds before it hit my plate.

For dessert, we all had a round of mimosas to toast the birthday boy, and those too were wonderful, both in flavour and aesthetic. Our server was friendly and down-to-earth. She happily dealt with all of our intricate modifiers to our meals and seemed to genuinely enjoy our business.

Price wise, the meal was affordable and priced appropriately. I was very pleased when my cheque came.

I can not stop dreaming of my amazing meal and incredible beverages. My next brunch out, I will be returning directly to Jam Cafe with an even larger cohort.

Until next time!

http://www.jamcafevictoria.com/

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Graduation Lunches – Spinnakers Brew Pub

Victoria is famous for it’s microbreweries. One of my favourites is Spinnakers Brew Pub located just across the Johnson Street bridge. For my graduation lunch, my family and I decided on Spinnakers. The view of the inner harbour is beautiful, and heritage house vibe creates a very comfortable character-filled atmosphere.

I ordered the beer braised pulled pork sandwich with the kale and goat cheese salad. It was divine.

 

 

My sister had the local water shrimp melt. Also, amazing. This was no ordinary seafood melt. The flavours were unique and incredible. Probably, my favourite dish at lunch.

 

My Dad had the 3 Baked Outlandish Oysters. Also, incredible. A definite must-have, especially for out-of-town visitors looking for good seafood.

 

My Mom had the smoked salmon baguette. Simplistic but wonderful. If you’re a fan of smoked salmon you’ll love this one.

 

 

Whether you’re a local or an out-of-towner looking for somewhere original and delicious to eat, head to Spinnakers Brew Pub. You won’t be let down.

Bon Appetit my friends!

Graduation Breakfasts

I recently graduated from the Bachelor of Professional Communications Program at Royal Roads University and this meant a visit from my family all the way from Kelowna, B.C., and many special meals. I thoroughly enjoyed the diner at Paul’s Motor Inn on Douglas Street. The decor was directly out of pulp fiction with it’s diner vibe. I shared the breakfast wrap with my mom, which was filled with the standard scrambled eggs, onions, bell-peppers but also basmatic rice… which I would probably go without next time but it was nice to try something new. 

 

My sister tried the fried tomatoes which were rich but delicious. 

 

Overally, the service was great. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable and easy going. The atmosphere was perfect for the cozy diner feel. I would definitely do a breakfast or two there, especially with line-ups so long at other breakfast locations on the weekends around Victoria.

Summer Eats

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Summer Eats

Looking forward to the up and coming season. Summer! My roomie and I’s healthy summer bathing suite dinner. Grilled tofu steaks with dijon, dill, balsamic glaze. Sautéed onions & mushrooms. Steamed brocoli. And summer salad- mixed greens, tomato, celery, sun flower seeds and olive oil. .

Chocolate Tofino

I recently embarked on a one day Tofino super-tour with my roomie Alesha, her older sister Arelia, and my mother. A whirlwind girls’ trip would of course call for a chocolate stop. Just outside of Tofino lies the most adorable chocolate shop. Tucked away in a small collection of interesting shops which include a surf shop, a blown-glass art studio, and a coffee shop, Chocolate Tofino sits in a beautiful wood cabin-esque shop. Run by a young couple – Kim and Cam Shaw – who have made their way from the planes of Loyd Minister,Alberta, to the western coast of Vancouver Island, Chocolate Tofino makes beautiful artisan chocolates free of artificial flavours, colors, or preservatives. They use organic and local flavours that bring the liveliest notes of fresh taste to their chocolates. Which brings me to the Salt Spring Island Organic Lavender Truffle. My eye was drawn to it in the glass case because of my visit to the Salt Spring Island Organic Lavender farm last summer. I had tasted the fresh lavender sorbet there and I was more than excited to try the lavender truffle. The flavour was incredible. The lavender was subtle but distinct, and absolutely amazing. The chocolate was incredible. My chocolate craving was absolutely satisfied.

 

 

 

Want to impress someone with your savvy Vancouver Island knowledge of the best chocolates in town? Go for a weekend drive to Chocolate Tofino and buy a case load of the Salt Spring Island Organic Lavender Truffle. Until next time, xx.

 

My Addiction: Mussels De Cha Cha Cha at Tapa Bar

My cousin introduced me to Tapa Bar last October. One night after hot yoga we decided to go for something light and she suggested Tapa Bar. I found it tucked away in Trounce Alley on Broad and Yates downtown, lit up with romantic tea-lights. Inside I was immediately tranfixed by the ambiance. I felt like I had just stepped onto the set of Vicki Christina Barcelona and I half expected Javier Bardem to join my cousin and I at our table. The lighting was dim but intimate with candles at each table and the spanish music complimented the setting perfectly. Being starved after burning so many calories at hot yoga, we devoured the complimentary roasted sun-flower seeds on the table. And then, it happend. We ordered the Mussels De Cha Cha Cha. I have never tasted anything quite as delicious. The “fiery pepper sauce” doesn’t even begin to describe the delight of these mussels, or the ectasy of dipping the fresh (and unlimited) foccacia bread into the sauce and savouring each bite. The sauce is the perfect combination of white wine, garlic, parsely, sambal, and tomatos. I’ve tried numerous times to recreate it at home, but I’ve never achieved the astonishing taste of this sauce. The mussels are always fresh and succulent, and they don’t cheap out on the amount of them either.

And ever since I tried them, I’ve been addicted. One Monday a few friends and I went to Tapa Bar for Martini Monday, and I  ofcourse orderd the Mussels De Cha Cha Cha. Later on, my boyfriend (at the time) joined us, and we shared another order. Yes, they were so nice, I got them twice… in one sitting.

There are also many other amazing options on the menu. Another favourite of mine is the Grilled Carrots (in sweet mustard sauce). When I first saw these on the menu I was skeptical… grilled carrots? How exciting can those get? I was suprised to find them absolutely astounding. The sweet mustard sauce is a unique flavour and can also be eaten by the spoonful. I also suggest the Chorizo Fondu – its warm and smoky and delicious.

Looking for a Friday night dinner before going out? Put on a little black dress, your best Spanish accent, pretend you’re Penelope Cruz and strut down to Tapa Bar in Trounce Alley and experience the Mussels De Cha Cha Cha with some good friends and good wine.