Tag Archives: British Columbia

Weekend Brunch at Cibo Trattoria – Vancouver


By: Mark Sutherland

Since being named ‘Best New Restaurant in Canada’ by enRoute Magazine in 2009, Cibo Trattoria has been a mainstay in Vancouver’s Italian dining scene. Being located in the heart of Vancouver’s Arts & Culture district, Cibo Trattoria is a popular place for pre-theatre dining. However, Cibo Trattoria also does a fresh, organic and local approach of Italian fare to weekend brunch. And with their cozy, 50-seat dining room inside the Moda Hotel, it’s the perfect little escape as fall approaches.

French-toastThe menu ranges from comfort foods to options for the more adventurous, while delivering lovely little Italian twists. My family often takes a similar approach when making French Toast by using panettone – a traditional Italian loaf filled with raisins and candied fruit, typically consumed over the holidays. The light texture of the loaf impecably soaks up the egg for this dish. Accompanied with strips pancetta and a bourbon, maple syrup, this is definitely brunch made for those with a sweet tooth! A little fruit compote would nicely round this one out!Cibo-brunch

You know how the best part of brunch is taking foods you love having for lunch and dinner, then slapping a few eggs on it and calling it brunch? Dishes such as the Crispy Polenta with wild oregano, soft scrambled eggs, pancetta, pecorino and pepper, or the Poached Eggs with prosciutto, grilled focaccia, greens, aged balsamic and parmesan do exactly that! Not to mention that the crispy polenta was prepared to perfection with a crunchy exterior and smooth interior. (more…)

Hernande’z on Bay – Victoria, BC


By: Simone Paget 

If you’re planning on visiting Victoria, BC and love amazing, cooked from scratch Latin American food, you need to make sure you grab a meal at Hernande’z on Bay Street. Locals are already familiar with Hernande’z, as their self-serve location on Yates Street has become a Victoria institution since it started serving up it’s signature, home-cooked tacos and burritos. In fact, when I was still living in Toronto, I’d always make a point of stopping by for some tacos whenever I was visiting the West Coast. Needless to say, I was super excited to find out that they have opened a second, full-service location on Bay Street.


Flanked by palm trees and nestled between two of my favourite neighbourhoods (Fernwood and Haultain), Hernande’z Bay Street location serves as a welcome tropical oasis amidst an otherwise quiet residential area. Described as “the smallest, earliest closing cantina on the West Coast” inside the cozy and inviting space you’ll find a handful of tables (candlelit at night) and colourful art that plays homage to the owner’s El Salvadorian heritage. (more…)

Travel Guide: Victoria, British Columbia


By: Simone Paget

After spending over a decade living in Toronto, I decided to move back to my hometown of Victoria, British Columbia in search of a change of pace. I’ve since discovered that my sleepy hometown on the West Coast has produced a surprising number of really great restaurants, independent coffee bars and boutiques since I’ve been away. I’m really excited to be sharing with you today some of my favorite places to eat, drink and shop in my hometown!


Where To Eat

Red Fish Blue Fish: This tiny seafood take-out stand is located right on the pier of the Victoria inner harbor in a transformed freight container. The menu features 100 % ‘Ocean Wise’ environmentally friendly seafood and it is delicious. Try one of their fish “Tacones” – BBQ Wild BC Salmon wrapped in a thin flat-bread with sweet-smoked chili adobe, pea shoots and lemon pickled onions. Enjoy it while dangling your legs off the edge of the dock. (more…)

This Beautiful Life: Simone Paget


Think you have a crazy dating story?

I can betcha Simone Paget has an even crazier one! As a sex and relationship columnist, Simone is always pulling from her own life experiences with her fantastic wit and hilarious sense of humour. I have been so proud to watch my friend’s career grow from blogger to a national syndicated columnist. I love Simone Paget and think you will too!

How did you become interested in writing about sex and relationships?

Throughout my twenties I dated extensively and during this time people would always tell me things like, “You have the craziest stories!” I started my blog Skinny Dip on the cusp of my 30th birthday so I would have a place to sort through the romantic wreckage of my 20’s and tell some of these stories. My blog and my freelancing career have grown from there! (more…)