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Early evening glow from the pool deck at the Brentwood Bay Resort and Spa. Photo contributed

TESS VAN STRAATEN: Brentwood Bay bliss awaits

Saanich Inlet waterfront area offers a perfect opportunity for a staycation

  • May 10, 2019
Early evening glow from the pool deck at the Brentwood Bay Resort and Spa. Photo contributed
RESTAURANT REVIEW: Downtown treasure offers quality, from pizza on up

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Downtown treasure offers quality, from pizza on up

Interesting and creative lunch menu satisfies at Zambri’s, writes Allan Reid

  • Apr 25, 2019
RESTAURANT REVIEW: Downtown treasure offers quality, from pizza on up
FILM REVIEW: Wild creatures help tame prisoners

FILM REVIEW: Wild creatures help tame prisoners

Robert Moyes offers up his take on The Mustang, screening at local theatres now

  • Apr 24, 2019
FILM REVIEW: Wild creatures help tame prisoners
Mathieu Poirier: Beers beat wines for pairing with food

Mathieu Poirier: Beers beat wines for pairing with food

Complexities, ingredients and styles offer more diverse choices, writes Monday beer columnist

  • Apr 23, 2019
Mathieu Poirier: Beers beat wines for pairing with food
PERFECTLY POTABLE: Take a trip from California to Italy to Okanagan

PERFECTLY POTABLE: Take a trip from California to Italy to Okanagan

Wine notes by Robert Moyes features the latest vintages to cross his palate

  • Apr 13, 2019
PERFECTLY POTABLE: Take a trip from California to Italy to Okanagan
PERFECTLY POTABLE: Spanish blends make delightful pairing partners

PERFECTLY POTABLE: Spanish blends make delightful pairing partners

Monday wine columnist Robert Moyes looks home and abroad for good vintages

  • Mar 21, 2019
PERFECTLY POTABLE: Spanish blends make delightful pairing partners
TESS VAN STRAATEN: Marine magic at play in James Bay

TESS VAN STRAATEN: Marine magic at play in James Bay

Ogden Point and Fisherman’s Wharf are destinations for locals and visitors alike

  • Mar 20, 2019
TESS VAN STRAATEN: Marine magic at play in James Bay
Lt.-Cmdr. Michael Irwin was unable to be the guard commander at the opening of the legislature this week due to the snow, but that didn’t stop him (and his dog, Xena) from running through the drill. (Facebook/ Karen Hough)

COLUMN: Spring weather finally here after record-breaking chill

Rod Chilton has been a climatologist for 40 years

  • Mar 18, 2019
Lt.-Cmdr. Michael Irwin was unable to be the guard commander at the opening of the legislature this week due to the snow, but that didn’t stop him (and his dog, Xena) from running through the drill. (Facebook/ Karen Hough)
Big on Bocks: Ancient German lager/ale has many different styles, flavours

Big on Bocks: Ancient German lager/ale has many different styles, flavours

Monday craft beer columnist Mathieu Poirier gets his goat on

  • Mar 16, 2019
Big on Bocks: Ancient German lager/ale has many different styles, flavours
ALLAN REID: Nondescript Chinese restaurant all about the food

ALLAN REID: Nondescript Chinese restaurant all about the food

Monday’s food reviewer discovers a hidden gem in Hong Kong West

  • Mar 9, 2019
ALLAN REID: Nondescript Chinese restaurant all about the food
WINE NOTES: Around the world and back to B.C.

WINE NOTES: Around the world and back to B.C.

Monday wine columnist Robert Moyes offers his take on a cross-section of reds and whites

  • Feb 28, 2019
WINE NOTES: Around the world and back to B.C.
TESS VAN STRAATEN: Chilling in Cook Street Village

TESS VAN STRAATEN: Chilling in Cook Street Village

Monday’s adventure columnist tones it down for a trip to the heart of Fairfield

  • Feb 26, 2019
TESS VAN STRAATEN: Chilling in Cook Street Village
CRAFT BEER COUNTDOWN: Victoria Beer Week 2019 nearly upon us

CRAFT BEER COUNTDOWN: Victoria Beer Week 2019 nearly upon us

Monday beer columnist Mathieu Poirier revels in this learning and tasting extravaganza

  • Feb 19, 2019
CRAFT BEER COUNTDOWN: Victoria Beer Week 2019 nearly upon us
REVIEW: Allan Reid finds a meal fit for a king

REVIEW: Allan Reid finds a meal fit for a king

Monday’s intrepid restaurant reviewer gets the royal treatment at the Fireside Grill

  • Feb 12, 2019
REVIEW: Allan Reid finds a meal fit for a king
BEHIND BARS: Waterfront bar will Lure you in

BEHIND BARS: Waterfront bar will Lure you in

Adam Wang and his counterparts have cultivated an impressive local following

BEHIND BARS: Waterfront bar will Lure you in
Nicole Kidman underwent a stark transformation for her role as LAPD detective Erin Bell in the new film Destroyer. Annapurna Pictures

ON FILM: Nicole Kidman digs deep in her new starring role

Monday reviewer Robert Moyes talks about Destroyer, the latest film to ditch star beauty for story

  • Jan 30, 2019
Nicole Kidman underwent a stark transformation for her role as LAPD detective Erin Bell in the new film Destroyer. Annapurna Pictures
BEER AND CHOCOLATE: An ideal Valentine’s combination

BEER AND CHOCOLATE: An ideal Valentine’s combination

Monday craft beer columnist Mathieu Poirier explores the options in Victoria

  • Jan 27, 2019
BEER AND CHOCOLATE: An ideal Valentine’s combination
Travel: Romantic rendezvous awaits on South Island

Travel: Romantic rendezvous awaits on South Island

Monday columnist Tess van Straaten discovers an easy-to reach getaway off the Malahat

  • Jan 27, 2019
Travel: Romantic rendezvous awaits on South Island
ASTROLOGY 101: Here’s your horoscope for February

ASTROLOGY 101: Here’s your horoscope for February

Georgia Nicols presents her look at what awaits you in the coming month

  • Jan 26, 2019
ASTROLOGY 101: Here’s your horoscope for February
WINE NOTES: From Down Under cab sauv value to a glorious Tuscany altesino

WINE NOTES: From Down Under cab sauv value to a glorious Tuscany altesino

Monday wine connoiseur Robert Moyes weighs in on vintages from both hemispheres

  • Jan 23, 2019
WINE NOTES: From Down Under cab sauv value to a glorious Tuscany altesino