Travel Eats: Victoria, BC - thrive360
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folepi bakery hazelnut macaro

Travel Eats: Victoria, BC

Let me explain why I’ve been neglecting this blog. I was away at a conference in Victoria and sandwiched a vacation around it: Seattle, Victoria, Tofino and Vancouver. Time  travelled at warp speed but between the sights we did manage to eat some fantastic food.

For those in the know, Victoria is perched on the southern end of Vancouver Island. We took the ferry over from Tsawwassen on the mainland to Swartz Bay, then drove 30 minutes to downtown Victoria. Although parts of it are steeped in its English roots, Victoria has some trendy spots with a hip vibe. Here are three foodie highlights:

1) fol epi bakery– We crossed the Johnson Street bridge to west Victoria to get a taste of Paris.  Walking through what appeared to be an abandoned shipyard on Broad Street made me second guess my decision to trek out to try their macarons, which were highly recommended by a colleague. Made with natural ingredients and without food dyes, the hazelnut macaron was heavenly with a rich and full-bodied hazelnut flavour. What’s impressive is that the bakery mills its own red fife wheat flour. The croissant and pain au chocolat were buttery and flaky just like the ones I had in Paris last year. Too bad I discovered this place on our last day.
2) Red Fish Blue Fish — Operating out of a dockside cargo container, the name of this eatery  conjures up images of Dr. Seuss, but rest assured there are no wacky offerings here. After waiting in line for a half hour, I went for the spicy Pacific fish “tacone”. Succulent chunks of fish were served up with zippy coleslaw, all wrapped in a flour tortilla. For $5 this was a filling lunch. Serving Ocean-wise seafood, they run a brisk fish and chip business.3) rebar — While I usually shy away from strictly vegetarian restaurants, this was an adventure with a few colleagues in between conference sessions. The most popular item is their almond burger, which consistently runs out. The recipe is highly guarded — it doesn’t even appear in their cookbook. I was highly skeptical when I ordered it as I like a solid beef burger. But whatever secret ingredients they use have just the right amount of umami to make you feel you’re eating a legitimate burger.Do you have any food highlights of Victoria?

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