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Restaurant Review: Authentic Mexican molé hits the spot

Restaurant Review: Authentic Mexican molé hits the spot

Restaurante la Tortilla Mexicana’s hearty, spicy sauce works well over enchiladas, writes Allan Reid

  • Oct 13, 2019
Restaurant Review: Authentic Mexican molé hits the spot
FILM REVIEW: Downton Abbey series an endless banquet; film version is a sumptuous brunch

FILM REVIEW: Downton Abbey series an endless banquet; film version is a sumptuous brunch

Royal visit with the Crawleys, Mr. Carson, Mrs. Patmore and others proves amusing: Robert Moyes

  • Oct 1, 2019
FILM REVIEW: Downton Abbey series an endless banquet; film version is a sumptuous brunch
TESS VAN STRAATEN: Tess takes an autumn art adventure

TESS VAN STRAATEN: Tess takes an autumn art adventure

Salt Spring National Art Prize attracts top-notch artists from across the country

  • Sep 27, 2019
TESS VAN STRAATEN: Tess takes an autumn art adventure
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MATHIEU POIRIER: Winterbrau a feast for dark beer lovers

MATHIEU POIRIER: Winterbrau a feast for dark beer lovers

Canoe’s popular annual celebration of winter brews expanding to two days, Nov. 9-10

  • Sep 19, 2019
MATHIEU POIRIER: Winterbrau a feast for dark beer lovers
Hester Creek’s 2018 Chardonnay is a winner that you can order direct from the Okanagan winery, writes Robert Moyes. hestercreek.com

WINE NOTES: Hester Creek uncorks a delicious surprise

Summer whites may be waning, but this 2018 Chardonnay is worth ordering, writes Robert Moyes

  • Sep 17, 2019
Hester Creek’s 2018 Chardonnay is a winner that you can order direct from the Okanagan winery, writes Robert Moyes. hestercreek.com
ALLAN REID: Paul’s undergoes a culinary face lift

ALLAN REID: Paul’s undergoes a culinary face lift

The team behind Fol Epi/Agrius revamping dated motel restaurant in its seventh decade

  • Sep 15, 2019
ALLAN REID: Paul’s undergoes a culinary face lift
Server Kim King stands next to a wall of tea cannisters at the Westholme Tea Farm near Duncan. Photo by Tess van Straaten

TESS VAN STRAATEN: It’s tea time in Cowichan!

Monday’s intrepid columnist makes a unique escape just north of Victoria

  • Aug 25, 2019
Server Kim King stands next to a wall of tea cannisters at the Westholme Tea Farm near Duncan. Photo by Tess van Straaten
RESTAURANT REVIEW: Bracing for changes to Pluto’s experience

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Bracing for changes to Pluto’s experience

Monday reviewer Allan Reid will miss this Art Deco former gas station

  • Aug 24, 2019
RESTAURANT REVIEW: Bracing for changes to Pluto’s experience
Mathieu Poirier: Craft beer and carnivores collide at Brewery and the Beast

Mathieu Poirier: Craft beer and carnivores collide at Brewery and the Beast

Popular event continues to grow, spreading out at Royal Athletic Park

  • Aug 23, 2019
Mathieu Poirier: Craft beer and carnivores collide at Brewery and the Beast
WINE NOTES: Going gaga over B.C. Gewürztraminer

WINE NOTES: Going gaga over B.C. Gewürztraminer

Robert Moyes offers up some interesting late-summer vino choices

  • Aug 16, 2019
WINE NOTES: Going gaga over B.C. Gewürztraminer
TESS VAN STRAATEN: Take a rural ramble on the North Saanich Flavour Trail

TESS VAN STRAATEN: Take a rural ramble on the North Saanich Flavour Trail

Mid-August celebration of farm-fresh produce, wineries and more promises flavours galore

  • Jul 30, 2019
TESS VAN STRAATEN: Take a rural ramble on the North Saanich Flavour Trail
HOROSCOPES FOR AUGUST: Leos are in their power month

HOROSCOPES FOR AUGUST: Leos are in their power month

Georgia Nicols sheds light on what the stars say for you and those in other signs

  • Jul 26, 2019
HOROSCOPES FOR AUGUST: Leos are in their power month
WINE NOTES: Rosés are the real thing this summer

WINE NOTES: Rosés are the real thing this summer

Robert Moyes looks at both domestic and international offerings for August

  • Jul 25, 2019
WINE NOTES: Rosés are the real thing this summer
MATHIEU POIRIER: Exciting changes in store for Great Canadian Beer Fest

MATHIEU POIRIER: Exciting changes in store for Great Canadian Beer Fest

Annual celebration of craft beer expands to include more breweries from around the country

  • Jul 20, 2019
MATHIEU POIRIER: Exciting changes in store for Great Canadian Beer Fest
RESTAURANT REVIEW: Down-home biscuits amazingly filling

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Down-home biscuits amazingly filling

Shanzee’s Biscuit Cafe takes this Deep South staple to the next level, writes Allan Reid

  • Jul 12, 2019
RESTAURANT REVIEW: Down-home biscuits amazingly filling
Mathieu Poirier: Local craft beer the star in many summer events

Mathieu Poirier: Local craft beer the star in many summer events

From The Thirsty Chef event to pop-up beer gardens in Centennial Square, brewers have you covered

  • Jun 26, 2019
Mathieu Poirier: Local craft beer the star in many summer events
REVIEW – Boom + Batten: Taste and style with a view to die for, sometimes

REVIEW – Boom + Batten: Taste and style with a view to die for, sometimes

As reviewer Allan Reid writes, the long wait is over for this waterfront gem

  • Jun 25, 2019
REVIEW – Boom + Batten: Taste and style with a view to die for, sometimes
REVIEW: Anna doesn’t quite know what it wants to be

REVIEW: Anna doesn’t quite know what it wants to be

Monday film reviewer Robert Moyes not impressed with the latest Russian femme fatale flick

  • Jun 24, 2019
REVIEW: Anna doesn’t quite know what it wants to be
The Honda Celebration of Light, a fireworks extravanganza accompanied by a music and food festival on the Vancouver waterfront, features three presenting countries this year: India on July 27, Canada on July 31 and Croatia on Aug. 3. It is B.C.’s largest outdoor spectator event. Instagram

TESS ON TOUR: Festivals and attractions make it Vibrant Vancouver

Monday columnist Tess Van Straaten crosses the water to check out what’s hot in the big city

  • Jun 21, 2019
The Honda Celebration of Light, a fireworks extravanganza accompanied by a music and food festival on the Vancouver waterfront, features three presenting countries this year: India on July 27, Canada on July 31 and Croatia on Aug. 3. It is B.C.’s largest outdoor spectator event. Instagram
COLUMN: Revisiting a decade ago as Victoria celebrates 20 years of Ska

COLUMN: Revisiting a decade ago as Victoria celebrates 20 years of Ska

4 million tourists visit Greater Victoria each year and there’s a reason we remain despite them

COLUMN: Revisiting a decade ago as Victoria celebrates 20 years of Ska